Creative writing class brings Detroit Mercy students and alumni together

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of English Nick Rombes decided to do something creative for his creative writing class this summer, inviting several alumni to audit the class to create a mix of alumni and current undergrad students. “The idea was to bring together students and alums from different age …

Professor of English John Freeman‘s article, “E. E. Cummings by the Numbers,” was published in Essays in Criticism by Oxford University Press. Read the abstract available online.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published the entry, “Mary Barton (Gaskell),” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (Lesa Scholl, Editor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published, “An Ethics of Place: On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell,” in My Victorian Novel, published by University of Missouri Press. The book is available as an eBook at the McNichols Campus Library or through Project Muse online.

As we seek connection even in our isolation, Professor of English and Co-Director of the University Honors Program Nick Rombes meditates on the “lockdown” of COVID-19 in an article published in 3:AM Magazine. He says, “There’s an invitation in the way those hands touch that reaches, miraculously, across time to …

Professor of English Nick Rombes reflects on his time in Iran while serving as a guest speaker at the International Conference on Cinema in the Digital Age, post in 3:AM Magazine. Read the full article online.

Senior Lecturer in English Amanda Hiber published an article about soap operas and sexual consent, titled, “On Soap Operas, Rape Is Still Treated as a Crime of Lust and Passion.”

Professor of English John Freeman’s article, “Code Poetry in Motion: E. E. Cummings and his Digital Grasshopper” is now available from the journal, Postmodern Culture. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the College of Liberal Arts & Education Scholarly Colloquium.

Art Installation: For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children

Detroit Mercy students gathered together to raise awareness For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children from families all over the world with a chillingly real art installation outside of the McNichols Campus Library, Nov. 5. Created by a local artist Elaine Roseborough, the exhibit highlights childrens’ toys attached to wooden stakes. …

Poetry reading: Alison Powell

The English department Writers’ Series hosted its second reading by Oakland University Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Alison Powell on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bargman Room on the second floor of the McNichols Campus Library. Signed copies of Powell’s book, On the Desire to …

Professor of English Heather Hill-Vasquez presented, “A Lesson of Response to U.S. Family Separation Policy: ‘Re-membering’ a Late Medieval Play of the Slaughter of the Innocents,” at the Modern Language Association’s International Symposium: in Lisbon, Portugal. Hill-Vasquez also presented her essay, “A Compliant Bride Must Always Also Be an Unruly …

Editors wanted for student art journal

[sic], Detroit Mercy’s student art journal is looking for student editors for the Fall semester. [sic] publishes photography, graphic arts, poetry, fiction and prose. If you are an undergraduate student and interested in becoming a content editor in the next issue, contact Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston at weatherr@udmercy.edu …

Writers’ Series to launch this fall

College of Liberal Arts & Education’s English department will host an annual Writers’ Series this semester, featuring readings from published Detroit Mercy employees and community members. All readings are free, open to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bargman Room on the second …

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes’ short story, “Le Palace,” appeared in the anthology, We’ll Never Have Paris, published by Repeater Books (London). His poem, “Our Star,” appears in the online arts journal Berfrois.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, presented “Teaching Race: Identities, Politics, Empire, Pedagogy,” at the 2019 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies conference, hosted by Southern Methodist University. Harrison organized the featured panel with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Narin Hassan and Macalester College’s Andrea Kaston Tange. Harrison was also keynote speaker at the Detroit …

Rx for Reading Detroit, the children’s literacy program directed by Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, was recognized at the Trailblazer Awards ceremony for DTE REACH. The REACH Energy Group (Recognizing Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) is committed to creating awareness of black employees at DTE through talent development, mentoring and educational …

Dudley Randall Poetry Prize winners

Each year, the Detroit Mercy English Department honors Dudley Randall, the late poet, publisher and University of Detroit Mercy librarian and poet-in-residence, by sponsoring a poetry competition in his name. All undergraduate students at the University are eligible to submit poetry, and the prize is judged by a panel of …

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes will deliver a keynote and participate in the main panel at the International Conference on Cinema in the Digital Age in Tehran, Iran in mid-November. The conference was named after his book of the same name.

Associate Professor and Chair of English Mary-Catherine Harrison presented her research on “Race, the Victorians, and Pedagogy” at the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference.

United Children and Family Head Start (UCFHS) presented its Community Service Award to Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison in recognition of the partnership between UCFHS and Rx for Reading Detroit.