News from the English Department

Regie Gibson’s “Letter and Spirit: The Rants, Chants, and Coos of a Literary Musician”

By Monica Sager Regie Gibson is not just a lecturer at Clark University or the head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in Schools Program.” The widely-loved poet is also a literary performer who has presented across the United States, Cuba, and Europe. Clark students were welcomed to hear Gibson’s poetry April 22 for an…

Professor James Elliot and Retirement

With his retirement close on the horizon, Monica Sager interviews Professor Jay Elliot about his life, career, and future plans.By Monica Sager James Elliott came to Clark University in the fall of 1971. He was hired to teach American literature in the English Department. At the time, James Beard, another professor who Elliott called his…

Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’”

Guest writer Adelyn García reflects on Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’” by Adelyn García When a piece of writing strays beyond the conventional tropes of those of classic literature and becomes a hybrid of creativity and preservation, then readers are drawn in through an amalgamation of intrigue and…

“The Winston Napier Conference: Then and Now” (2020)

Monica Sager reflects and reports on the Winston Napier Conference, which was held to honor and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Napier’s foundational “African American Literary Theory.”By Monica Sager Winston Napier lived “expansively, graciously, and generously,” according to SunHee Gertz, Professor Emerita of English. Napier was born in Jamaica, before migrating to the United States.…

A Year Later and a Spring in our Step

A year into the Pandemic, Rachel Lloyd (Class of 2020) reflects on the coming of spring. This piece is a sequel to “Less Pomp, More Circumstance” (published here last June), which details Rachel’s experience of having a driveway graduation.  Odilon Redon, The Chariot of Apollo (series) Read “Less Pomp, More Circumstance” here. A year later,…

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020 (left to right: Lee Gaines, Kulani Abendroth-Dias, Cara Gross, Bryan Tamburro) By Milena Germon (’21) Although we could not gather in person for this year’s annual Chowder Fest, in many ways, I found myself doing the same thing I would normally be doing at Anderson House: wearing a big…

Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency in Young Readers

Dean Esther Jones explains the ways science fiction can benefit young readers, especially during Covid-19 times. Young people who are “hooked” on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially…

A Clarkie Reflects on Presenting at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention

Azariah Kurlantzick reflects on presenting their honors thesis at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention, the final event they attended before Clark shut down.As a senior, it’s easy to feel like I’m losing a lot over the next few months. Graduation is online, Senior Week is canceled, my final Spring Fling took place virtually. I have…

Q&A Commentary: Reflections on the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers Poetry Reading and Workshop

Professor Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez and students reflect on their experience attending the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers poetry reading and workshop this past February, speaking to the importance of events such as these and sharing work of their own.Can you start by telling us a little bit about the Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers poetry reading and workshop? M.G: The…

Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction Course Takes on the 2020 Climate Crisis

Olivia Simonds revisits Michael Carolan’s creative writing course, which is now engaging with the environment and confronting reality.By Olivia Simonds It’s gray and raining on a Monday as students slowly file into Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction class. They are a reserved group of eight, but present nonetheless. The room hums with anticipation. When I…