Personal Achievements During Covid-19: Clark Alum Lee V. Gaines on Rallying Pride in Difficult Times

I recently learned I won an award. I received my first ever regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news series. Now, I’m up for a national award, which is cool. When my mom called to congratulate me, she sounded happy. I have a hard time feeling the same way. It’s a positive life event…

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

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 just submitted a complete draft of my honors thesis to both of my readers so that I can defend it on Zoom…

April Paintings

In the rain, the mailman looks like a painting. He is dressed in blue, leaning against a red wall beneath a cherry blossom, the bottom half of his face hidden behind an N95 respirator mask. His eyes are deep and serious, one hand in the pocket of his blue shorts, the other hanging tired, his…

Professor Karen Osborn on Writing Her Novel, THE MUSIC BOOK

By Linda Shockley Congratulations on the publication of your fifth novel, THE MUSIC BOOK. I think this woman musician in the male preserve of chamber music in the 1950s is a fascinating tale. Let’s place it in a cultural context. What drew you to Irena and a celebrated summer music festival in a mansion in…

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

Can you start by telling us a little bit about the Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers poetry reading and workshop? M.G: The Clark Poets and Writers Reading Series invites published writers to campus to give a reading and teach a special craft class on a theme of their choosing, with the goal of fostering interdepartmental dialogue. The…

A Note of Inspiration from Professor Kourtney Senquiz: Earning her Ph.D. and the Importance of Academic Support

February 18th, what would have been Toni Morrison’s 89th birthday, I defended my dissertation, The African American Gothic Double, and earned my Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. My dissertation focuses on the ways African American authors transpose the Gothic idea of race with the use of the Double…