Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield’s fictitious narrator “Bradley Butterfield” tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. Idiot Boys is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie.Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.
The UW-L English Department is pleased to host a reading by Charlotte Boulay, a young poet who is touring with her first book, published by WW Norton. Her poems are smart and accessible, and the evening promises to be a really great art experience--hearing poems in the Fine Arts Center main floor gallery! Hope you'll take the time to review the material below, bring a poem of Charlotte's into your classes, and make it out in support of contemporary literature!
As part of the English Department's 2014-2015 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series English Department faculty member Matt Cashion will present a sneak preview of his short story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, which won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, judged by Lee K. Abbott, and will be published this November by the University of North Texas Press. This colloquium will provide an advance glimpse of the twelve diverse stories that make up the collection, as well as a brief discussion of the stories behind the stories—what inspired them, how they evolved through the process of revision, and how they came together to form a book that found itself (somewhat surprisingly, according to the author) the recipient of a national prize. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or 608-785-8295.
English Department faculty member Dr. William Stobb will present "You Are Still Alive," a series of new poems, as part of the English Department's 2014-2015 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium series. For summer 2014, Dr. Stobb received a CLS small grant for work to complete a poetry manuscript. Individual pieces from the collection have been published in a variety of journals, including American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Colorado Review, and have earned awards from Spoon River Poetry Review and The Science Fiction Poetry Association. At this colloquium presentation, Dr. Stobb reads from that collection and discusses his work. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5th in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-785-8295.
On Tuesday, April 1, at 5:30pm, in 1404 Centennial Hall, Dr. Robert Antoni will read and discuss his book As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic Books, 2013).
Dr. Antoni, a Trinidadian and Bahamian American, is recognized for his use of vernacular and multi-voiced narratives. Awarded The Commonwealth Book Prize for his first novel Divina Trace, he is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and teaches at The New School University, NYC.
This event is free and open to the public. For details or special accommodations email Dr. David Hart or call (608)785-8302.
UW-L Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color program College of Liberal Studies, UW-L English Department, UW-L
Book Reading by Professor Emeritus Annette White-Parks
Friday, September 27, 7pm at
Pearl Street Books, 323 Peal Street, La Crosse
Scholar, author, and peace-activist Annette White-Parks is a Professor Emeritus of English at UW-L. Since retiring, White-Parks has revived the small literary press Freshcut, is involved in writing groups, works to find help for the homeless, and is engaged in peace-justice activities in the Portland, Oregon, community.
Dr. White-Parks (English) will read from her book about her daughter, titled My Butterfly Girl: Light Flight from Cancer, Abuse, and Schizophrenia.
November 1, 2012
Murphy Library Special Collections 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please join us to meet the artists and hear them read excerpts from their work, followed by a panel discussion of their creative process, collaboration and the provocative subject matter.
Crossing the Tigris is a limited edition artist book created by the collaboration of Brian Borchardt, Caren Heft and Jeff Morin. Three letterpress books contained in a collage, handmade paper box houses stories from the Iraq war. The regional ephemera preserved in this collection fall into the realm of hildhood treasures. From the presses, "The inside of the container sets the stage for juvenile battle. These are the props for pretend war.” When confronted with the grittiness of war, do these ill-prepared soldiers simply break with reality? Are they taught that they are above the law? Neither the container nor the three books answer the questions posed above. This collaboration is intended to catalyze a conversation about the nature of change that allows potentially decent people to commit indecent acts.