2/21: °C/°F Reading #15: Derek Beaulieu


On February 21st @ 3:30 in FUU 2001, visual poet and conceptual writer Derek Beaulieu will be speaking / performing. Our award-winning undergraduate student, Caroline Orth, will be introducing Beaulieu (as some of her Honors Thesis research draws on his work).

To give you a sense of the kind of vanguard practices you and your students might encounter…. Beaulieu’s most recent book, a, A Novel (published in France by Jean Boite Editions) “erases all of the text on each page of the original [Andy Warhol novel] , leaving only the punctuation marks, typists’ insertions and onomatopoeic words… This visually powerful half score/half novel highlights the musicality of non-narrative sounds embedded within conversation.” It’s also an interesting critique of gendered labor practices vis a vis Warhol and his typists. 


Beaulieu’s also the creator of a visual poem titled Prose of the Trans-Canada, his 16″ x 52″ Letraset-based response to Blaise Cendrars’s “Prose of the Trans-Siberian” from 1913. As Beaulieu explains, “If 150 copies of Cendrars’s volume were placed end-to-end, the result would be the same length as the height of that symbol of Parisian Modernity, the Eiffel Tower. If 150 copies of my work are placed end-to-end, it will be same length as the height of that symbol of Canadian modernity, the Calgary Tower, hardly as monumental.” Indeed, in 2014, his visual poem was actually projected on the side of the Calgary Tower. (See image embedded below).


Dr. Porco owns one of the 150 copies of Beaulieu’s Prose of the Trans-Canada, and he will have it on hand for students to take a look at.

We are very excited to have Beaulieu here. It’s rare to have an international writer/artist of his pedigree visit campus. Again, that’s Wednesday February 21st @ 3:30 pm in FUU 2001. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Alex Porco at porcoa@uncw.edu. 




Fall 2017 English Happenings

Here are just a few of the many magnificent happenings of the Fall 2017 semester! #nohopewithouthumanities

Have something to add? Email Victoria Petron at vap1583@uncw.edu

Students Attend the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in St. Louis, Nov. 19th

Lindsey Galloway and Samm Sawyer presenting their work from Katie Peel’s graduate class at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in St. Louis. They did a fantastic job repping Team English!


Lindsey Galloway and Samm Sawyer (pictured also with Dr. Malo) got to meet Laurie Halse Anderson at the ALAN Reception on November 19th.


Samm Sawyer with stacks of free young adult novels at the ALAN conference at NCTE.


What’s Your Story Wednesday at Foxes Boxes on Nov. 15th

Students discussed their experiences working with refugees and sharing recipes they developed with their families from Burma, the Congo, and Burundi. These recipes will be contributed to Interfaith Refugee Ministry as part of a fundraising recipe book. There was multicultural food offerings on the menu.


Tea Cakes and Grits Event, A Discussion of Zora Neal Hurston’s Work in the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, Nov. 14th



Steve Venright Poetry Reading Nov. 13th

Check out his latest collection of poetry here.


A History of Demonology & Witchcraft Lecture, Featuring Dr. Laudadio & Carlos Kase, Oct. 27th



Wentworth Poster Session, Oct. 25th


UPCOMING English Events & Opportunities

As the fall semester winds down (or turbulently accelerates before abruptly ending),  let’s take collective deep breaths and practice some self-care. Here are a few ways you can de-stress, and below are some limited-time opportunities to consider.

Doggy and Doughnut De-stress Day Monday, Dec. 4, 2:00-4:00, Morton Hall

Bring your friends! Therapy pups from Azalea Dog Training will be on hand to wag away your exam stress and jitters. If nice weather, find us outside, but we’ll be in the halls of Morton in the event of bad weather.



Sci Fi Atmospheres Live Soundtrack & Discussion

Check out this event on Friday, December 8th, 2017! See the Facebook event here.




Internship opportunities abound. Lumina News is looking for interns next semester. They will be moving into a new office space in December and will have a better facility to host interns for work on a variety of media projects, including writing articles, photography, graphic design, online media, social media, and other real-world tasks. Contact Dr. Lance Cummings if you are a junior or senior that is interested.

Babysitting Gig

From Dr. Jennifer Lozano:

Starting in the spring semester, we will need an in-home sitter for our 8-month old on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hours can be flexible, but will likely be between 5-6 hours a day in the morning and early afternoon. We also have two friendly dogs, so the sitter should be comfortable with dogs. (Sitter will not be responsible for caring for the dogs, though.) Pay is $8-10/hour depending on experience. If interested, please contact Dr. Jennifer Lozano at lozanoj@uncw.edu or 956-467-9192.

Graduate Assistant Needed in University College

Spring Semester Opportunity Only-Graduate Assistant needed to help create advising training materials as well as tutorials for incoming students. Student will work directly with Zack Underwood, Lead Advisor of Advising Technology and Support for University College. Student will create original and new materials to assist current academic advisors, students, and faculty members to improve academic advising at UNCW. Please submit a resume and cover letter to underwoodz@uncw.edu by December 11, 2017.

Graduate Student Needed for Manuscript Work

“I got a call from a writer looking for someone to retype and format a manuscript. If you’re interested in making some extra money, let me know and I will share his contact info. Thanks!” Contact Carie Kempton if you’re interested!

Martha Redbone Roots Project with Lakota John on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM, Kenan Auditorium. Click here for a description of the event. Graduate students can contact Stephanie Gasner at gasners@uncw.edu for free tickets on a first come first serve basis.



12/8 Live Science Fiction Film Soundtrack & Discussion w/ UNCW profs Laudadio, Kase, & Koszulinski


The “Live Science Fiction Film Soundtrack & Discussion” event will be held at Gravity Records on December 8th, at 6 p.m. UNCW film professors Carlos Kase and Georg Koszulinski, along with English professor Nicholas Laudadio, will be discussing science fiction film and performing a live soundtrack to one (or three).

Mark your calendars! This will be a great way to shake off the stress of finals and celebrate the end of the semester.

Click here for the event info on Facebook.

11/13: Poet Steve Venright, °C/F° Reading Series, No. 13 (Update)

On Monday, November 13th, poet, visual artist, and pataphysician, Steve Venright will be on campus for the 13th installment of the °C/F° Reading Series (see poster below for more details). Additionally, 100 postcards featuring 4 different pieces of Venright’s art will be available for students (1 postcard per student only).

I believe in domains of existence vivid and compelling beyond even this miraculous real­ity we call the world.

– Steve Venright

Variegraph #88, by Venright, also seen on the cover of Spiral Agitator, and one of the artworks to be featured on 25 postcards at the reading.

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Venright’s most recent work is a collection of new and selected writings, The Least You Could Do is Be Magnificent:

“For over thirty years, Steve Venright has devoted himself to the liberation of the imagination, documenting hallucinatory trips through Southwestern Ontario’s deliriomantic landscapes with his signature puns, portmanteaus, and spoonerisms. The Least You Can Do Is Be Magnificent: Selected & New Writings is a generous gathering of Venright’s most enduring and extraordinary poems, including the revised and expanded “Manta Ray Jack and the Crew of the Spooner”— the most outlandish and hilarious seafaring tale since Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark.  This volume also features an in-depth examination of Venright’s work by scholar Alessandro Porco.”

***To purchase this book click here. To purchase merchandise featuring Venright’s prints, click here. To learn more about his art, click here.***

Venright reading one of his poems.

UPDATE 11/18/2017:

Venright’s reading was a huge success with a great turnout! We very much enjoyed his anecdotes, humor, and stunning poetry, which took us places such as a live news studio broadcast and a bumpy ride with Sir Walter Raleigh.

The room was packed!

Venright is a stellar performer and a wonderfully warm person. He shared with us that he felt very welcomed on campus, and he spent time taking in the sights of Wilmington. Additionally, he took the time to sign each print of his “variegraphs” for students while conversing with us individually.

Venright Signing prints and talking with students.


Special thanks to Steve Venright for coming to our campus, Dr. Alex Porco for hosting, and the UNCW Office of International Programs for supporting this event.


Another piece by Venright that will be available on postcards at the poetry event.

ENG 566: “Migrations and Home in Contemporary Africana Literature” with Dr. Maia Butler

By Victoria Petron

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series. 1940-41. Panel 40: “The migrants arrived in great numbers.”

Dr. Maia Butler‘s new graduate English course will be available in the spring 2018 semester. It will focus on black migration and feature texts such as Toni Morrison’s Paradise, The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (see precise course description below). Dr. Butler, who recently relocated from Louisiana, wrote about migration for her PhD dissertation. She selected texts for the course based off of her own research interests that deal with stories of both international migration and migration that occurred within the United States.

Dr. Butler says that she tried to create a course that would provide “coverage” of lots of different locations and perspectives, including black Canada, the Midwest United States, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Students will learn about the subtle differences in these immigration narratives. “We’re going to talk about black immigrants who have very particular migration stories and issues.” The Middle Passage, for instance, is a somewhat satirical novel that follows the main character from the North down to New Orleans. “When we think of ‘middle passage,’ we think of the slave trade, but this a story of a reverse migration,” she explains. Students will be exposed to micro-narratives and counter-narratives that will help to dispel myths of master narratives, and the class will address issues of identity that black immigrants have faced. Class discussions will easily connect with similar issues in contemporary society.

Additionally, ENG 566 will feature a variety of guest speakers who will help students better understand the context of the different reading assignments. Dr. Butler says that “guest speakers will help students think about migration from different lenses outside of an American framework,” including cultural and international studies. Guests will include an architect who studies black communities, a speaker from the international affairs department who will talk about his experience in Sudan, and a historian who will discuss  the black Caribbean and Latin American experience.

Furthermore, Dr. Butler will have each student find and select a call for a paper and write a response to it. This will help students “ground their written work in something that scholars are thinking about now.” She will also cover the art of the abstract and biography writing so that students can familiarize themselves with these real-world situations that academics must be prepared for. As one of the founding members of the Edwidge Danticat Society, Dr. Butler will also be able to inform students about exciting panel and paper submission opportunities. (For a current call for papers click here.)

***This course will also count toward Women and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate requirements!***

Course Description: Migrations are ubiquitous in contemporary Africana literature and culture. In this course, we will read into the myriad ways home is represented and think about how conceptions of identity and belonging shift as immigrants are depicted moving and living in diaspora. We will consider how literatures of migration present issues of race, class, gender, region, and nationality as they respond to exigent geopolitical realities. We will defamiliarize the idea of home through reading and responding to fiction, memoir, poetry, and media portraying migrations to, from, and within the Americas, migrations both real and imagined. We will keep theory and criticism in Africana and Postcolonial Studies close at hand in order to: understand the current conversations scholars are engaged in, think about their responses to literature and culture as possible models for our own, and get a sense of how the work we will engage in throughout the semester contributes to the critical colloquy about migrations, home, and belonging.

Anticipated Texts: 

A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging, Dionne Brand

Corregidora, Gayl Jones

Middle Passage, Charles Johnson

Paradise, Toni Morrison

Fruit of the Lemon, Andrea Levy

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulaway

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, Edwidge Danticat



***Special thanks to Dr. Maia Butler for letting me interview her for this blog post!***