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Tuesday, October 04 7:00 PM

Masande Ntshanga Reading

The University of Georgia Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Avid Poetry Series, is pleased to present writer Masande Ntshanga for a reading at Ciné (234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601). Ntshanga is the winner of the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award in 2013, and a finalist for the Caine Prize in 2015. His novel, The Reactive, is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden death of his younger brother, for which he feels unduly responsible. Reading with Ntshanga will be CWP Ph.D. student Gabrielle Hovendon, whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and the Cincinnati Review.  This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 05 4:30 PM

Symposium on the Book: Textual Afterlives

Wed-Thurs, 5-6 October
All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building, 300 S. Hull Street.

Wed. October 5
4:30-6:00pm, Room 268: Plenary talk by Professor and Medievalist Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina): "
Unscrambling Ege: Educator, Bibliophile ... Villain?”

Thu. October 6
9:30am-11:00am, Room 329: Faculty panel featuring talks by Mario Erasmo (Classics) on Arcadia, Cynthia Turner Camp (English) on teaching in the Archives, and Miriam Jacobson (English) on Renaissance editions of Ovid.

11:00-11:30am Coffee Break

11:30am-1:00pm, Room 329: Rare Books Workshop 


Sponsors: Willson Center for Humanities and Art; Department of English; UGA Special Collections Library

Friday, October 07 7:00 PM

Fall Lit Ball Opening Ceremony Featuring Poets Stacy Szymaszek and Simone White

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to present poets Stacy Szymaszek and Simone White for a reading of their work.  This reading is the opening ceremony of the Fall Lit Ball, a two-day collaborative literary celebration sponsored by The Georgia Review, the Georgia Press, and the UGA Creative Writing Program.  The opening ceremony will take place at The Foundry (295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601) in Galleria I and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 08 5:00 PM

Fall Lit Ball Talk: The Poetry Project

As part of the Fall Lit Ball, the Creative Writing Program is pleased to present Stacy Szymaszek and Simone White for a talk about the 50th anniversary of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in New York. Szymaszek and White are the Director and Program Director, respectively, of The Poetry Project. The Fall Lit Ball is an two-day festival of readings and literary talks and activities sponsored by The Georgia Review, the Georgia Press, and the UGA Creative Writing Program.  The Poetry Project Talk and all Fall Lit Ball events will take place at The Foundry (295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601) and are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 25 5:00 PM

Guest Lecture: Dr. Lindsey Eckert (GSU), “Reading Lyric Form: The Written Hand in Albums and Literary Annuals”

Park Hall 265

The New Lyric Studies argues that lyric and modes of reading it are historically contingent. This lecture will argue that the poetry in widely popular nineteenth-century literary annuals presented lyric as a handwritten rather than an overheard form. In these poems it is the hand, rather than the speaker, that matters most. Examining the relationship between the printed content of literary annuals and their attempts to mimic manuscript albums, Eckert argues that understanding Romantic-era poetic form must account for the material form and context that poems take.

Lindsey Eckert is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University. She’s currently completing a monograph entitled “The Limits of Familiarity: Authorship and Romantic Readers.” Her work has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, European Romantic Review, and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

A reception will follow in the Park Hall Library. This event is free and open to the public; it is supported by the Willson Center and the Rodney Baine Lecture Fund.

Friday, October 28 6:30 PM

Pizzino, Arresting Development Book Launch

Avid Bookshop (293 Prince Ave) is hosting a book launch for Chris Pizzino's newly released book, Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature (University of Texas Press) on Friday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. 

From the jacket: "Mainstream narratives of the graphic novel’s development describe the form’s 'coming of age,' its maturation from pulp infancy to literary adulthood. In Arresting Development, Christopher Pizzino questions these established narratives, arguing that the medium’s history of censorship and marginalization endures in the minds of its present-day readers and, crucially, its authors. Comics and their writers remain burdened by the stigma of literary illegitimacy and the struggles for status that marked their earlier history."

Park Hall Monitor

Park Hall Monitor

Park Hall

Head’s Welcome


The annual commencement and awards ceremony of the Department of English is always an exhilarating experience. The happy faces of family members in attendance, along with the gratified countenances of the graduates and the award recipients, just seem to make everything glow.  Not to mention the weather, perfect as usual in early May in Athens.  Also perfect was our keynote speaker.  The English department’s class of 2016 was honored by the presence of alumnus Jack Bauerle, whose memories of Park Hall as an English major forty-some years ago were a vivid reminder of just how hallowed a place it is. Those in attendance were thrilled to share the memorable occasion with Coach Bauerle, who was head coach of the women’s swim team at the 2008 Olympics and whose stewardship of the UGA swim team has netted many national and SEC championships, (As I write this he is at the swim trials in Omaha in preparation for the Olympics in Rio di Janeiro.) Thank you, Coach Bauerle, for inspiring our graduating class this year!


This year we have much to celebrate.  For the second year in a row, an English professor was recipient of the Michael F. Adams Early-Career Scholarship Award. This year it was Cody Marrs. Ed Pavlic was recognized with the Christ-Janer Creative Research Award, the fourth time this has been granted to a faculty member from our department (out of fifteen total). Ed also entered the ranks of Distinguished Research Professor, one of the highest distinctions at the University of Georgia; he is its first recipient from our department in the long history of this award, which began in 1983. Dr. Pavlic has had a banner year. His poetry collection, Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno was published as a winner of the National Poetry Series and on the scholarly front, his book Who Can Afford to Improvise? James Baldwin, Black Music, and the Listeners came out almost at the same time. As returning director of the Creative Writing Program, Ed’s bifocal and multilateral interests and accomplishments are indicative of the ingredients that make our doctoral program in Creative Writing one of the top in the nation. Adding kudos to Creative Writing faculty, Magdalena Zurawski’s book Companion Animal was recently awarded the Norman Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America.


Another highlight of the commencement ceremony was the generosity of English alumnus Mary Hutcherson, whose H. Grady Hutcherson Memorial Scholarship Fund provided awards to four deserving undergraduates. With the decline of state funding for public universities in Georgia and across the country, the role played by the munificence of benefactors is more urgent—and appreciated—than ever.  The Department of English thrives with the support of its various endowed professorships and other endowments. This year, for example, the British Women Writers Conference received support from the Lanier, the Sterling-Goodman, and the Eidson chairs.  


On a concluding note, I want to salute another benefactor whose generosity will bring significant opportunities for students, faculty, and programs, both now and in the future. Mary Anne Hale has created the Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale Learning Enhancement Fund in memory of her husband. In recognition of this endowment, Park 265, the large lecture hall, will be named in commemoration of Doug Hale, who earned both a BA and MA in English and taught English literature in several colleges and universities before embarking on a stellar career in television and film. A loyal and consistent donor, Doug stayed in touch with his alma mater. A decade ago Doug returned to Park Hall on one of his annual trips here (he was a native Athenian) and gave a memorable talk in that very room, one soon to be named the Hale Lecture Hall. He was a raconteur who would have made Mark Twain proud, and he possessed an outsized curiosity about everything under the sun. It is always a pleasure to meet veterans of Park Hall, but Doug was one of a kind. Those of us who knew him will miss his wit, his appetite for life, and his booming voice, but thanks to Mary Anne Hale’s generous memorial gift, he will continue to have a positive impact on the Department of English.


Jed Rasula

Department Head

For more, please read the latest version of the Park Hall Monitor, the department's newsletter.

Distinguished Research Professor 2016
Distinguished Research Professor 2016

Distinguished Research Professor 2016
Creative Research Award 2016

Ed Pavlić, professor of English and creative writing, is an extraordinarily productive researcher and a gifted poet. Capping an unprecedented decade of creative and scholarly activity, his monograph on the great African-American writer and social critic James Baldwin titled Who Can Afford to Improvise? was published in 2015 by Fordham University Press. In it, Pavlić examines the life, writings and legacy of Baldwin and their relationship to the lyric tradition of black music, from gospel and blues to jazz and R&B. Pavlić also recently published his latest collection of poetry, Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno, a winner of the prestigious National Poetry Series open competition. This is the fifth title of poetry he has published since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2006. During the same period, he has published more than a dozen scholarly articles and had several earlier essays reprinted in scholarly compendia.


Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar Award 2016
Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar Award 2016

Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar Award 2016

Cody Marrs, assistant professor of English, is an accomplished junior scholar and author of the recently published book Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War. In it, Marrs analyzes the writings of four major authors—Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson—whose careers spanned both sides of the conflict. He argues against the traditional division of 19th century literature into either antebellum or postbellum categories, describing these authors as “transbellum.” Marrs is currently working on several related projects, including a second book titled The Civil War: A Literary History. This wide-ranging book is about the war’s cultural afterlife, from the 19th century to the 21st. He is editing a special issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies on Melville’s late works. He is also co-editing Timelines of American Literature, a collection of essays that seek to reimagine American literature.