Tuesday, February 9, 2016

English Faculty Writes of What "Dreams May Come"

"Dreams May Come," a short story by English faculty member Briana Bizier, will soon appear in The Bookends Review.  Describing her work as "a surreal, fantastical piece about the afterlife," Bizier says, 
"It's a 525 word piece written in second person describing the afterlife as a park at dusk where you have a conversation with your brother. It was inspired partially by that disorienting sensation of recognizing someone in a public place only to realize the person you're thinking of lives on the other side of the country."  

Speaking of her writing process, Bizier observes that "For me, the hardest part is overcoming that inner critic. (My inner critic tends to tell me my ideas are all too weird.) I would encourage students who are interested in writing to sit down and write, to trust their story - and don't be afraid to be weird!"

Students interested in creative writing should look forward to Bizier's informal talk on Flash Fiction, soon to posted on the English Department's calendar of events.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

For English Grad, "Every Day is an Adventure"

2015 graduate Christianna Adams visited English Department friends and faculty today, sharing the good news about her position in marketing and publications with Bright Kids, a publisher of children's books and games.  Located in New York City's Financial District, Bright Kids also offers tutoring services and test preparation.  Christianna reports that her job involves blogging, running spreadsheets, and talking to customers.  "Every day is an adventure," she smiles, "You have to know how to balance marketing and publications.  Noting that she was well-prepared for her job by both the analytical skills required of her in literature courses and the media and communications skills she gained in the Communications/Public Relations track, Christianna says there is a lot of pressure to perform at a high level in the business world because "You're representing the whole company."  Encouraging current students to be patient while waiting for that first job, she recalls, "One day you're on the couch eating Cheetos and the next you get the call, and you've got the job."  We wish her all the best in her promising future!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Welcome to Dr. Artman, New Writing Faculty

The English faculty are proud to introduce our newest colleague, Dr. Margaret Artman, who comes to Daemen from Western Oregon University, where she served as Writing Program Coordinator and Writing Intensive Committee Chair.  Dr. Artman holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her current research examines the role and rhetorical influence of Facebook college confession pages.  Dr. Artman tells us how she came to choose her career path:

"One of my earliest experiences teaching writing was as a student teacher at a high school. There, I had the opportunity to observe how students write. One particular student liked to doodle while writing her draft. Often, my cooperating teacher reprimanded her, but my colleague had failed to understand her process: she wrote, doodled while she thought about her next sentence, and began writing again. This student forced me to reexamine writing instruction, to remember that each student’s process is different.

I realized I needed to learn more about writing, so I continued my studies at the University of Dayton (Go, Flyers) in English/Rhetoric and Composition. After that, I taught composition at three colleges in the Chicago area, but again, I needed to learn more. So, I went on to earn my Ph.D. in English focusing on Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Then, I worked in Oregon teaching composition, business writing, technical writing, news writing, web writing, and public relations writing.

My favorite job, though, was as student media adviser assisting students with the newspaper, radio station, and literary magazine. Our proudest moment was winning six awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. One student is a finalist for best editorial/opinion story from the national student newspaper organization, the Associated Collegiate Press.

My hope is to engage students with media to discover writing as a way to tell not only your stories but also other people’s stories. Stop by my office to sign up and be a part of our student newspaper, The Insight. Be more than just a member of Daemen’s community; let’s make a difference."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Win a Trip with New York Times Journalist

New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristoff is looking for a college student writer to accompany him on a trip to the developing world.  Kintoff has run a contest since 2006--the winner travels with him and writes a blog about their experiences.  "My aim is to generate interest in neglected global issues," Kintoff writes, noting that expenses will be covered.  He remarks that this year's trip may be to the two Congos and that "the travel is sometimes tough."  Read Kristoff's article for more details and application instructions:Win a Trip in 2016.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALBUS Team in London

Senior English major Ann Marie Rose and LIT 203 student Cieran Bailey spent their Fall Break in London, collecting materials for the ALBUS digital humanities project with Dr. Nancy Marck. ALBUS stands for Archive of Literary Britain Underrepresented in Scholarship, and students in LIT 203: British Literature to 1800 are preparing projects on a variety of topics and persons.

The first stop was the British Library, where Annie and Dr. Marck were able to page through a medieval manuscript for illustrations to support a project on the poem "Ganymede and Helen."  The medieval poem is styled as a debate on normative heterosexuality, with Providence and the gods weighing in at the end.

At the Tower of London, the team looked for materials for the student projects on Lady Jane Grey, who was executed here as a political prisoner of Mary I after her nine days rule as "uncrowned queen of England."  In the inner wall of an upstairs chamber in the Beauchamp Tower, where Lady Jane and many others awaited execution, many prisoners carved their names.  Jane (inscribed IANE) was among them.

While the team gathered other material in London, Dr. Marck traveled by train to Norwich to visit the anchorhold of Julian of Norwich, a medieval mystic who recorded her visions, the Revelations of Divine Love.  By becoming an anchoress, Julian was sealed into a small chamber attached to the church for the remainder of her life, to dedicate herself to prayer and reflection.  Her cell is called an anchorhold, measuring roughly 8' square, and it contains a window called a squint that looks into the church.  Julian of Norwich held controversial beliefs for her time, including the idea of the feminine natures of both God and Christ.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Departmental Meeting Thursday, October 1st

Pizza, New Friends, New Classes, and Upcoming Events--join the English Department for its first meeting for English majors this Thursday, October 1st at 11:30 am in DS 222.

We'll be introducing new majors and faculty, presenting awards to current majors, and discussing Advance Registration for Spring 2016 classes.  Plus, English graduate Thomas Wilkie will tell us about his entrepreneurial project, Storify.

Find out what's going on in the English Department, join the English Club, contribute an article to The Insight or a poem to The Writer's Block!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

English Major Finds a "Welcoming Community" in Internship

English major Hanna Perillo (junior, Communications/Public Relations specialization) shares her reasons for choosing English as a major and tells us about her internship:

"I chose to study English because I find it such an interesting subject to learn about; there are so many different directions that the English field can lead a person to, and I want to study all those different areas. I am someone who easily becomes lost in a book, finds interest in learning about multiple writing styles, and enjoys talking to people I may or may not know.  I am a 'people person,' and I believe that if I have the skills to speak calmly, coolly, and collectedly, I should pursue a major where I can put those communication skills to great use. 

 My internship has prepared me for my career path because I was able to learn about how much work goes into running a well-developed, rapidly growing company. Working for NOCO Energy Corp. this summer, and currently as an office intern, has given me the opportunity to see that communicating with people daily, promoting NOCO's company, and traveling to different areas of Western New York are all tasks that I enjoy. This past summer, I looked forward to each day of my internship because I was doing something new every time, and with each task came a new experience that I was learning from to help me follow a career path based on my Communications and Public Relations specialization. Most importantly, what I learned this summer from working for NOCO Energy Corp. is that my studies are heading  me in the right direction because my job did not seem like work to me, but rather a welcoming community where I could put my skills to use every day. I love the major I am studying, and I cannot wait to see what potential job opportunities are in store for me."