Colorado College News: English, Paulina Ukrainets ’19 Receives Princeton in Asia Fellowship Thu, 09 May 2019 10:45:00 MDT <p><strong>Paulina Ukrainets &rsquo;19</strong> has received a <a href="">Princeton in Asia Fellowship</a> with the Luang Prabang Film Festival in Laos.</p> <p>The Luang Prabang Film Festival, a charitable cultural organization, brings together the boldest storytellers and the most influential films in Southeast Asia.</p> <p>Ukrainets, <a href="">an English major</a> in the creative writing track from Oxford, United Kingdom, and Moscow, Russia, will work as a festival coordinator for the Luang Prabang Film Festival, whose mission is to celebrate filmmaking and promote cultural exchange in Southeast Asia, while supporting a sustainable local industry and art form.&nbsp;</p> <p>While an undergraduate at Colorado College, Ukrainets worked as the general manager and online content manager for <a href="">The Sounds of Colorado College</a>, CC&rsquo;s radio station and music blog. She also was an intern with &ldquo;<a href="">Air Check</a>,&rdquo; a program on <a href="">91.5 KRCC</a>, Colorado College&rsquo;s NPR-member station. She recently worked as a translator for a Russian documentary film, &ldquo;The Case,&rdquo; and co-teaches a yoga and meditation class at El Paso County Jail through CC&rsquo;s Prison Project.</p> <p>Ukrainets applied for the Princeton in Asia fellowship because of her experience growing up in multiple cultures. &ldquo;I have lived in Russia, the UK and the U.S., and the experience of transitioning between those cultures has given me the unique privilege of observing cultural expectations from the perspective of an outsider,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />&ldquo;The arts have always been the most effective point of access to understanding any culture, since they engage both emotional and rational modes of thinking. Princeton in Asia&rsquo;s media placements appealed exactly to this sentiment; they seemed like a great way to challenge any assumptions I might have absorbed over my college career, and to get to use my skills and privilege to &mdash; hopefully &mdash; help elevate underrepresented voices in South East Asia&rsquo;s film and media landscape.&rdquo;</p> Lindsey Aronson ’19 Receives Fulbright ETA to Spain Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:45:00 MDT <p><strong>Lindsey Aronson &rsquo;19</strong>, who graduated from Colorado College in December as an<a href=""> English</a> major, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Spain. She is one of six Colorado College Fulbright finalists this year.</p> <p>Fulbright applicants to Spain may request up to three regions, and Aronson&rsquo;s requested regions &mdash; Galicia, Asturias, and La Rioja &mdash; are all located in northern Spain. She was assigned to be an English Teaching Assistant in Galicia.</p> <p>Aronson, of Chicago, Illinois, decided to apply for a Fulbright ETA in Spain because of the deep connection she has with that country. She studied abroad in Granada, Spain, during the fall 2017 semester, and while there encountered the work of Federico Garc&iacute;a Lorca through a literature course. That led her to create a photographic interpretation of Lorca&rsquo;s &ldquo;Impresiones y Paisajes&rdquo; (&ldquo;Impressions and Landscapes&rdquo;) in which she selected sections of prose from his work, then shot, edited, and printed photographs that embodied his words.</p> <p>Returning to Colorado College, she applied for and received a <a href="">Keller Venture Grant</a> for her proposed project, &ldquo;Lorca&rsquo;s Granada: A Visual Investigation through the Lens of &lsquo;Romancero Gitano&rsquo;,&rdquo; which enabled her to return to Granada and expand the photography project she began during her semester abroad.</p> <p>On her return to Granada, Aronson concentrated on Lorca&rsquo;s &ldquo;Romancero Gitano&rdquo; (&ldquo;Gypsy Ballads&rdquo;). Using photographic and textual documentation, her project explored the sense of place in Lorca&rsquo;s &ldquo;Romancero Gitano&rdquo; and consisted of three main components: conducting biographical research on Lorca&rsquo;s movement through Andalusia, studying &ldquo;Romancero Gitano,&rdquo; and creating a photographic assemblage based on the collection of poetry.</p> <p>The project culminated with the creation of a book of photography and text that bridges literature and visual art. The goal, says Aronson, was to &ldquo;make this rich, important piece of Spanish literature accessible and of interest to the campus community.&rdquo;</p> Dissecting a Classic: Class Explores and Examines Shelley’s “Frankenstein” Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 MST <p>By <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</strong></p> <p>First published in 1818, Mary Shelley&rsquo;s gothic masterpiece &ldquo;Frankenstein&rdquo; is celebrating its bicentennial this year. In honor of that celebration, Associate Professor of English Jared Richman&rsquo;s Block 3 class,<em> Issues in British Romanticism: &ldquo;Frankenstein&rdquo; at 200</em> explored the novel as a historical, cultural, and literary phenomenon.</p> <p>&ldquo;We spent five class periods on the novel itself, moving later into various adaptations across film, literature, and graphic novels,&rdquo; says Richman. &ldquo;The course allowed us to look at &lsquo;Frankenstein&rsquo; from critical and theoretical lenses, across everything from feminism to Marxism to race and ethnic studies to environmental and eco-criticism.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shelley&rsquo;s classic novel tells the harrowing tale of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a salient and sentient being, the Creature, pushing up to and beyond the boundaries of scientific, ethical, moral, and spiritual inquiry. The novel is considered by some as a foundational text of science fiction, but more widely read as a gothic and horror fictional tale.</p> <p>&ldquo;Shelley wrote &lsquo;Frankenstein&rsquo; when she was just 18, so she&rsquo;s around the same age as some of the students in this class,&rdquo; Richman says. &ldquo;There are multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman, in the text, and it engages aesthetics, law, morality, science, and so on &mdash; all the questions it asks feel more relevant every day to me and, I hope, to my students.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Noah Smith &rsquo;20</strong>, an Art History major and English minor, and <strong>Madison Prince-Judd &rsquo;20</strong>, an English major on the Creative Writing track, both took the class; they&rsquo;ve been friends since their first year at CC.</p> <p>&ldquo;&lsquo;Frankenstein&rsquo; is a book that I never really appreciated until this class,&rdquo; says Prince-Judd. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve read it three times now and each time it felt like I was being forced into doing so. I didn&rsquo;t appreciate it in high school, nor when I was 18, but I do now. It&rsquo;s a text I&rsquo;ll definitely come back to, particularly as a creative writing major looking to improve narrative voice, storytelling and incorporating accessible ideas into my work.&rdquo;</p> <p>Spending one whole block (three-and-a-half weeks) exploring one text, with additional contextualizing and scholarly works is, in many ways, the ultimate example of what the Block Plan is all about. &ldquo;Frankenstein,&rdquo; as a monumental work of creativity, social commentary, and vision, serves as a canvas for huge varieties in interpretation and exploration.</p> <p>&ldquo;This has felt like the ultimate Block Plan class,&rdquo; says Smith &rsquo;20.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of those experiences where you&rsquo;re so rooted in one text that anything else you read, watch, or investigate almost seems like a distraction. What that extra material does, though, is it focuses you on the story that much more. For Jared, he always brings it back to Mary Shelley as author and creator.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of the bicentennial celebrations going on around the world, nearly 50 CC students, staff members, faculty, and alumni gathered in Tutt Library to read passages from the novel in a &ldquo;Frankenreads&rdquo; marathon event, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on October 31, joining another 700 partner organizations around the world, from universities in Japan to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>&ldquo;Frankenstein&rdquo; was also this year&rsquo;s CC Common Book Read text for incoming first-year students, with the text serving as a jumping off and diving in point for literary analysis, scientific morality, and exploring the social and ethical aspects of exploration, creativity, and investigation.</p> Genevieve Love Publishes Book on Theatre, Figures of Disability Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:45:00 MDT <p>Colorado College Professor of English Genevieve Love has published her first book, &ldquo;Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability.&rdquo;&nbsp;Through an examination of a range of plays, including Marlowe's &ldquo;Doctor Faustus&rdquo; and Shakespeare&rsquo;s &ldquo;Richard III,&rdquo; Love&rsquo;s book looks at the role&nbsp;of physically disabled characters in early modern English plays.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been interested for a long time in the question of how the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries imagine the power and the challenges of the theatrical medium,&rdquo; says Love, who is the Judson Bemis Professor in the Humanities and associate chair of CC&rsquo;s <a href="">English Department.</a></p> <p>Asking what&nbsp;work physically disabled characters do for the early modern theatre, her book shows that early modern theatrical representation relied on representations of prosthetic physical disability to navigate the &ldquo;likeness problems&rdquo; of theatre.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the past 10 years, I began to realize that one way this issue is explored in a range of plays is through the figure of the prosthetic disabled character. My sabbatical in 2015-16 allowed me to draw together my previous work into a proposal for a book project, and to write significant portions of the manuscript,&rdquo;&nbsp;she says.<br /><br />The figure of disability stands for the relationship between actor and character: prosthetic disabled characters with names such as &ldquo;Cripple&rdquo; and &ldquo;Stump&rdquo; capture the simultaneous presence of the fictional and the material, embodied world of the theatre. When the figure of the disabled body exits the stage, it also resolves a second problem of likeness, between plays in their performed and textual forms. While supposedly imperfect textual versions of plays have been characterized as &ldquo;lame,&rdquo; the dynamic movement of prosthetic disabled characters in the theatre expands the figural role which disability performs in the relationship between plays on the stage and on the page.</p> <p>&ldquo;Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability&rdquo; thus<em>&nbsp;</em>reveals how attention to physical disability enriches our understanding of early modern ideas about how theatre works, while also illuminating how theatre offers a reframing of disability as metaphor.<br /><br />Love, who joined the Colorado College faculty in&nbsp;2002, teaches courses on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as Introduction to Poetry and LGBTQ literature. Her work has appeared in journals such as&nbsp;<em>Renaissance Drama</em>,&nbsp;<em>Upstart</em>,&nbsp;<em>Shakespeare Bulletin</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Literature Compass</em>, and in the essay collections &ldquo;Richard II: New Critical Essays&rdquo; and &ldquo;Christopher Marlowe, Repertorial Commerce, and the Book Trade.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability&rdquo; was published in mid-October by&nbsp;The Arden Shakespeare.</p> Professor Richman Shares Insight at Union College Conference Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:35:00 MDT <p></p> Visiting Writers Series Brings Range of Authors to Campus Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College continues its acclaimed Visiting Writers Series this fall with an outstanding line-up of authors.The Visiting Writers Series, which has brought more than 225 authors &mdash; both established and emerging &mdash; to campus since its inception, celebrates a wide variety of genres, ranging from poetry to short stories to non-fiction as well as blended and hybrid genres.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is essential that we create a space on campus to interact with contemporary writers,&rdquo; says CC Assistant Professor of English and fiction writer Natanya Ann Pulley, who is one of the coordinators of the series, along with English Department faculty members Steve Hayward, Jane Hilberry, and Sylvan Goldberg.</p> <p><span>Among those coming to campus during Blocks 1-4 are Pulitzer Prize poetry finalist Diane Seuss, </span>award-winning journalist Helen Thorpe, and award-winning Din&eacute; (Navajo) poet and multimedia artist Esther G. Belin. Visiting writers Seuss, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, and Ramona Ausubel&nbsp;will be&nbsp;teaching blocks in the creative writing track as well.</p> <p>&ldquo;The literary world is more than readers and writers, more than an audience and truth-speakers or world-builders. It&rsquo;s about participating as a citizen in a literary community that is changing daily and taking on volatile and critical topics in every genre,&rdquo; says Pulley.<br /><br />&ldquo;We invite our community to engage in the arts through an embodied experience &mdash; attuned to the rhythms of voice and stillness, the sensory impact, and for those moments when our blood and skin respond a tiny second before our thoughts and emotions. We offer opportunities to ask our visitors questions, learn from them in craft talks and class visits, and to imagine creativity as a communal engagement. We also want our students, faculty, and staff to hear about the journey, the obstacles, and the negotiations of positionality and identity within the publishing market that writers and poets experience. By seeking and supporting diverse voices and styles as well as writers at every stage of their career and from a multitude of backgrounds, we hope to build a thriving and dynamic literary community at Colorado College and for Colorado Springs,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the lineup for the fall Visiting Writers Series:<br /><br /><strong>Tuesday, Sept. 11: Julia Dixon Evans<br /></strong>Julia Dixon Evans is the author of the novel &ldquo;How to Set Yourself on Fire.&rdquo; Her work can be found or is forthcoming in <em>McSweeney's, Paper Darts, New York Tyrant / Tyrant Books, Barrelhouse, San Diego CityBeat</em>, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor and host of <em>Last Exit</em>, a new literary journal, reading, and workshop series. She also serves as senior columns editor for <em>The Coil</em> and is nonfiction editor for <em>Noble Gas Qrtrly</em>. She was a 2014 PEN in the Community resident, a program of PEN America that brings professional writers into underserved schools and communities, and taught creative writing to ARTS&rsquo; TranscenDANCE youth dancers. She also is the former program director and editor for So Say We All, a literary nonprofit. She lives in San Diego. 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, Sept. 27: Diane Seuss<br /></strong>Diane Seuss is the author of three poetry collections, including &ldquo;Wolf Lake,&rdquo; &ldquo;White Gown Blown Open,&rdquo; winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and &ldquo;Four-Legged Girl,&rdquo; which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. <em>The New York Times Book Review</em> calls her newest volume, &ldquo;Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,&rdquo; a &ldquo;marvelous, complex, attractive, frightening book.&rdquo; Her work has appeared in <em>The New Yorker, Poetry, Brevity, </em>and<em> The Missouri Review</em>, as well as &ldquo;The Best American Poetry&rdquo; (2014). 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 2: </strong><strong>Helen Thorpe<br /></strong>Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver. Her journalism has appeared in <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>The New Yorker, Texas Monthly</em>, and <em>5280</em>. Her most recent book, &ldquo;The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom,&rdquo; is the 2018 Pikes Peak Library District All Pikes Peak Read selection. Says <em>The New York Times Book Review </em>of her new book, &ldquo;A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story... Thorpe&rsquo;s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.&rdquo; Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District. 3 p.m., Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 9: Juan J. Morales<br /></strong>Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including &ldquo;Friday and the Year That Followed,&rdquo; &ldquo;The Siren World,&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Handyman&rsquo;s Guide to End Times.&rdquo; His poetry has appeared in <em>CSPAN2</em>, <em>Copper Nickel</em>, <em>Crab Orchard Review</em>, <em>Hayden&rsquo;s Ferry Review</em>, <em>Pleiades</em>, <em>Poetry Daily</em>, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, the editor and publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and department chair of English and World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo. 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, Nov. 8: Esther G. Belin<br /></strong>Esther G. Belin is an award-winning Din&eacute; (Navajo) poet and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in outlets including <em>Wicazo Sa Review, BOMB, Democracy Now!, </em>and <em>Studies in American Indian Literatures.</em> She considers the following locations her homeland: Los Angeles; Durango, Colorado; and Din&eacute; bike'yah. Her writing and art grow from and are an offering to the collective humanity, bila' ashdla'ii. Sponsored by the NEH Professorship. 7 p.m.<strong>, </strong>McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Monday, Dec. 3: Ramona Ausubel and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer<br /></strong>Ramona Ausubel is the author of two novels and two story collections. Her most recent book, &ldquo;Awayland,&rdquo; was a <em>New York Times</em> Editors&rsquo; Choice selection. She also is the author of &ldquo;Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty,&rdquo; &ldquo;No One is Here Except All of Us,&rdquo; and &ldquo;A Guide to Being Born.&rdquo; She is the recipient of the PEN/USA Fiction Award, the Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Tin House</em>, <em>One Story</em>, <em>Ploughshares</em> and many other journals.<br />Kathryn Walsh Kuitenbrouwer is the bestselling author of the novels &ldquo;All the Broken Things,&rdquo; &ldquo;Perfecting,&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Nettle Spinner.&rdquo; Her short-story collection &ldquo;Way Up&rdquo; won a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Kuitenbrouwer's recent short fiction has been published in <em>Granta, The Walrus, Maclean&rsquo;s, Joyland, 7X7 LA, </em>and<em> Storyville. </em>She is an instructor with the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, associate faculty with the University of Guelph&rsquo;s Creative Writing MFA, and she works on creativity, language, and enchantment in the English Department at the University of Toronto. 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Monday, Dec. 10: Stanley Crawford<br /></strong>Stanley Crawford is the author of eight novels, among which is &ldquo;The Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine&rdquo; and three works of nonfiction about Northern New Mexico, including &ldquo;A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm.&rdquo; Recent novels include &ldquo;Seed,&rdquo; &ldquo;Intimacy,&rdquo; &ldquo;The Canyon,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Village.&rdquo; An NEA Writing Fellow and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award winner, Crawford has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Bellagio Study Center, and Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. He taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, UMass/Amherst, and Colorado College. Sponsored by the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies. 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p>The series is sponsored by the Colorado College Department of English with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment and through co-sponsors such as the NEH Professorship, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, the Journalist-in-Residence program, and The Press at Colorado College.</p> David Andrews ’18 Receives Fulbright to Brazil Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:30:00 MDT ]]> <p><strong>David Andrews &rsquo;18</strong> has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Brazil, becoming the fifth Colorado College recipient of a Fulbright this year.</p> <p>Andrews, of Louisville, Colorado, graduated <em>cum laude</em> with a degree in English in May, and plans to use poetry as a tool in engaging students in the classroom. He is awaiting placement for a position in Brazil that will begin in February 2019. He interned as an English teacher&rsquo;s assistant in Santiago, Chile, while participating in a &ldquo;Comparative Education and Social Change&rdquo; study abroad program his junior year, and during that time realized that teaching was his passion.</p> <p>&ldquo;I know that poetry can be a valuable tool in engaging students in English classrooms and addressing some of the challenges I experienced while abroad,&rdquo; says Andrews. &ldquo;There is a rich canon that English learners of various levels can use to understand United States culture as well as the English language and its nuances. Beginner learners can fill in blanks in simple poems, such as the work of William Carlos Williams, in a mad-lib style, to understand how English functions in its simplest form. More advanced learners can dive into a poem by Kay Ryan or T.S. Eliot to learn about extended metaphor and other uses of language.&rdquo;</p> <p>He hopes to use poetry writing groups and workshops to build community in and outside the school. &ldquo;Every student can benefit from at least attempting to express themselves in poetry,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;In return, I can offer my knowledge of poetic devices, English language poetry, and the possibilities that become accessible once poetry is understood as a tool for self-exploration and boundary-pushing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrews, a Boettcher Scholar, says his training as a peer writing tutor in CC&rsquo;s Writing Center, focusing on tutoring theory and collaborative practice, taught him how to listen, a skill he plans to use in his teaching assistantship in Brazil.</p> <p>While at CC, Andrews was the editor-in-chief of the&nbsp;<em>Cipher</em>, the student newspaper, and &ldquo;a somewhat hopeless, but dedicated, intramural captain&rdquo; of the soccer and futsal teams, he says.</p> <p>The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright&nbsp;of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s&nbsp;Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.</p> Clare Holtzman ’17 Named Princeton in Africa Fellow Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:15:00 MDT <p><strong>Clare Holtzman &rsquo;17</strong> has received a highly competitive yearlong <a href="">Princeton in Africa</a> fellowship, one of only&nbsp;51 recent college graduates accepted into the program this year.</p> <p>Holtzman, who graduated from Colorado College with a major in English and minor in Russian, Nonviolence, and Music, will work with the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania.<br /><br />The daughter of anthropologists, Holtzman spent extended periods of her life living with livestock herders in East Africa, where she learned firsthand the daily challenges impoverished rural families face in developing countries. During high school she also spent time in Japan, learning about Kyoto&rsquo;s education system. From these widely varied experiences, she developed a commitment early on to eliminating barriers to high quality education and an interest in the policies that shape people&rsquo;s everyday economic and educational realities globally.</p> <p>At CC, Holtzman worked on political campaigns, served as a legislative intern for two United States senators, and founded a college organization addressing socioeconomic challenges.<br /><br />In her study abroad to Russia, she conducted research about Russians&rsquo; understandings of their identities from a contemporary global perspective. After college, Holtzman served as a youth specialist for the non-profit Joint Initiatives, where she developed new strategies for strengthening youth voices at all levels of child and family systems and services.<br /><br />&ldquo;The fellowship with the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania has a mission I love &mdash; providing high quality education supported by the indigenous community the organization serves,&rdquo; says Holtzman.</p> <p>Princeton in Africa, founded in 1999, develops young leaders committed to Africa&rsquo;s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.<strong><br />&nbsp;<br /></strong>This year&rsquo;s fellows are from 31 colleges and universities, and are working with 31 organizations in 13 African countries. Since Princeton in Africa&rsquo;s founding, they have had 545 fellows in 36 countries.</p> Professor Natanya Pulley Wins Writing Competition Fri, 18 May 2018 15:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College Assistant Professor of English Natanya Ann Pulley has been named a winner of the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;">2017 Many Voices Project Competition</span></a>. Her collection of short stories, &ldquo;With Teeth,&rdquo; was selected as one of three winners from more than 450 submissions.</p> <p>&ldquo;With Teeth&rdquo; is a collection about desperate, resigned, bewitching, and spiraling storytellers in crisis &mdash; and the webs they weave around themselves. Through magical realism, absurdism, or experimental and realist styles, the narrators in these pieces can sense what it means to be stuck in a story or genre, for characters to be held by inevitable choices and well-trod paths. In this way, &ldquo;With Teeth&rdquo; believes there are no new stories, only old stories told in new ways.</p> <p>&ldquo;My influences come from a slew of writers, genres, and lyrical sensibilities, from &lsquo;Tristram Shandy&rsquo; to Carmen Maria Machado, from Italo Calvino to Roxane Gay,&rdquo; says Pulley. &ldquo;I engage in a tradition of storytelling, in which the narrators are teasing out the idea of what it means to be part of a story. I believe this comes from hearing my Din&eacute; mom&rsquo;s stories, which were a lovely mess of Navajo traditions woven through family histories and her assimilation experience as part of a program that removed young Navajo children from the reservation to live with LDS families in Utah.</p> <p>&ldquo;Time was never linear in any of these stories and in the Din&eacute; way, there were no explicit morals or endings to these stories. Instead, she would gather her perspective of the world through these patchwork tellings. Narrative, throughout my childhood, was always fraught, unstable, nebulous, but also always housing many truths. Like my mom&rsquo;s weaving of stories, the ones in &lsquo;With Teeth&rsquo; are a truth as well: a grappling of what it means to not only be human, but creatures accumulating memory, time, and aftermaths in order to make sense of a world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pulley says the collection comes from many years of writing short fiction between writing linked short stories collections, creative non-fiction, and a number of small projects.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s impossible for me to work on any one writing project &mdash; it doesn&rsquo;t make sense to me to put the kind of pressure I do on my work into one form at one time,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not certain that is how we live balanced and full lives either &mdash; we have to spread our work, energy, and passions around and allow projects (and dreams and relationships) be what they need to be. By doing so I feel I can concentrate and absorb myself in a project always knowing that the things that don&rsquo;t seem to <em>fit</em> <em>in </em>have another life in another project that may have my attention as soon as tomorrow.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pulley, who is Din&eacute; (Navajo), of Kinyaa&rsquo;&aacute;anii (Towering House) and T&aacute;chii&rsquo;nii (Red Running Into Water) clans has published work in numerous journals including&nbsp;<em>The Collagist</em>,<em> Drunken Boat</em>,<em> The Offing</em>,<em> McSweeney&rsquo;s</em>, <em>Waxwing</em>, and&nbsp;<em>As/Us</em>. Her work has been anthologized in&nbsp;<em>#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women</em>,<em> Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction</em>,<em> Women Write Resistance</em>, and more.<br /><br />A former editor of&nbsp;<em>Quarterly West</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>South Dakota Review</em> and a guest editor of the horror journal <em>Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable</em> (a special issue with all female writers and artists), she is the founding editor of the forthcoming Colorado College online literary journal,&nbsp;<em>Hairstreak Butterfly Review</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;With Teeth&rdquo; will be published by New Rivers Press, located at Minnesota State University in Moorhead, in Fall 2019.</p> Professor Jane Hilberry Wins Cantor Prize Mon, 14 May 2018 18:15:00 MDT <p>Colorado College <a href="">Professor of English Jane Hilberry</a> has won the inaugural Cantor Prize from the Telluride Institute for her poem, &ldquo;<strong>Poem Beginning with a Line from Paul Monette.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>The award is presented for the best poem submitted by a poet from Colorado for the Mark Fischer Prize, a national award for which Hilberry was a finalist. The poems were judged anonymously by Joan Logghe, former poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico.<br /><br />Hilberry will be reading the poem, which is about her father&rsquo;s death, at the <a href="">Telluride Literary Arts Festival</a> on Saturday, May 19.&nbsp; She and her father, Conrad Hilberry, co-authored a book of poems in 2009 titled &ldquo;This Awkward Art.&rdquo; The poems are each an individual response to a shared subject, seen from different points of view.<br /><br />She is the author of five books, one of which, &ldquo;Body Painting,&rdquo; won the 2006 Colorado Book award for poetry. Hilberry was named a <a href="">Colorado College Face of Innovation</a> in 2014.</p>