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Senior Fellow Marty Cain '13
Capturing Rural Decay Through Poetry and Film

With hundreds of Walmarts and large malls spreading across the United States, shoppers can enjoy more convenient, sometimes cheaper goods, from groceries to car tires. While smooth highways bridge millions of Americans to glossy new shopping opportunities every year, the nation places less value on the quiet pastoral state that it once treasured. Marty Cain ’13 is exploring this dichotomy of lifestyles for his senior fellowship, The Poetic Art of Rural Decay: Reinterpreting the Pastoral with a Surreal Sense of Place.  More ...

Kiese Laymon
Author Kiese Laymon to Discuss Racism in America

Author and Vassar College professor  Kiese Laymon will give a reading and discussion about the lived experience of racism in America on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. The talk “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance,” is free and open to the public.  More ...

Onno Oerlemans
Oerlemans Presents Paper at Conference in Switzerland

Professor of English Onno Oerlemans delivered a paper titled "The Inhuman Voice: Birdsong in the Romantic Lyric" at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Aug. 15-19. The conference, on "Romantic Prospects," was co-organized with the University of Zurich and the University of Neuchatel, and was held in Neuchatel, Switzerland, in part to celebrate the tercentenary of Jean-Jacque Rousseau's birth.  More ...

Martin Cain '13
Cain '13 Explores Pastoral Poetry Through Emerson Grant

Creative writing concentrator Martin Cain’s poetry has already appeared in a number of literary journals, so his award of an Emerson Foundation Summer Research Grant to pursue a study focused on “pastoral” poetry should come as no surprise. Cain ’13 was also the youngest writer to attend Middlebury College’s prestigious Bread Loaf Conference in 2011.  More ...

Anna Paikert '13, left, with Professor Tina Hall.
Paikert ’13 Uses Creative Writing as Therapy in Emerson Project

Anna Paikert ’13 first conceived of the idea to use creative writing as a therapy to help developmentally disabled children while studying childhood developmental disabilities in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Her involvement in a long-term project involving the study of creative writing and its use in educating special needs children led to her Emerson Foundation Summer Research Project.  More ...

Naomi Guttman
Guttman Publishes in Food and Foodways

Naomi Guttman, professor of English and creative writing, has published the personal essay "Trial by Pancake: Confessions in Child-Feeding," in Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2012.  More ...

Larson Presents at Law & Society Conference

Professor of English and Creative Writing Doran Larson delivered a paper titled Ethnic American Civil Death: Constructing the Alien in Asian & Pacific Islander Prison Writing at the International Law & Society Association Conference in Honolulu in June.  More ...

Naomi Guttman
Guttman Accepted at International Writers' Residence

Professor of English and Creative Writing Naomi Guttman will spend four weeks this summer at the Château de Lavigny International Writers’ Residence near Lausanne, Switzerland, working on her poetry manuscript “The Banquet of Donny and Ari.”
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Naomi Guttman
Guttman Publishes in Arc Poetry Magazine

Professor of English and Creative Writing Naomi Guttman published an essay and nine poems in Arc Poetry Magazine #67, Winter 2012. The essay, “Scenes from the Opera: On Writing a Novella-in-Verse,” concerns the creation of the manuscript, "The Banquet of Donny and Ari," from which the poems are excerpted.  More ...

Martin Cain
Three Students Awarded Scholarships to Summer Writers Institute

Three Hamilton students were among 50 recipients of competitive scholarships to the 2012 New York State Summer Writers Institute. Martin Cain ’13, Joseph Michaels ’14 and Sarah Sgro ’14 were chosen from among more than 375 applicants to the prestigious institute that will take place in July at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  Students were nominated by creative writing faculty at their institutions; applicants included graduate writers in MFA and Ph.D. programs.  More ...

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