My Radar Data Knows Its Thing, a poetry chapbook authored by Assistant Professor of English Lytton Smith, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Foundlings Chapbook Contest and Artist Residency. The chapbook will be designed by guest book artist Steve Fitzmaurice, and Foundlings Press will publish Dr. Smith’s collection in mid-January 2018. Dr. Smith will complete a weekend residency at Hotel Henry in Buffalo this November. The four runners-up were Terez Peipins, Tige DeCoster, Benjamin Brindise, and George Guida. Dr. Smith’s chapbook includes poems about radio, radar and wireless, devised based on research visits supported by funds from the Office of the Provost. All the poems in the collection begin with or rewrite Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s famous novel opening, “It was a dark and stormy night…”
The English Department announced the winners of the annual Writing Contest for analytical and creative writing. Winners of the Writing Contest were recognized at the Department’s annual award ceremony held on Study Day. The Writing Contest is college-wide and students from all majors are encouraged to submit their analytical and creative writing for recognition.
Recent Geneseo graduate Zachary Muhlbauer (’17) has been awarded a six month writing internship with the national office of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors society. As part of the internship, Zach will be writing articles for The Key Reporter, an integrative online newsletter run by Phi Beta Kappa.
During his time at Geneseo, Zach served as a Writing Learning Center tutor, a Writing Course Fellow, and president of Sigma Tau Delta. He graduated magna cum laude in May 2017 with a double major in English Literature and Philosophy.
Graduating senior Evan Goldstein has been awarded the SUNY-wide Patricia Kerr Ross Award, administered by the New York Foundation on the Arts, for his poetry, photography, and his work with social justice/arts organizations such as Guerrilla, an on-campus arts group Evan founded which aims to put poetry in public spaces while working with under-represented groups. A recently-begun project involves outreach with the Geneseo Migrant Center.
The Patricia Ross Kerr Award helps bridge study at The State University of New York and first-time entry into a professional career in the creative or performing arts: namely music, theatre, dance, film and video, creative writing, and the visual arts. This award of $1,000 is given annually to an individual (or divided among two exceptional applicants) according to excellence, originality, and promise, and helps the recipient begin to make a career in the arts.
The following students have won department awards and scholarships for 2015-2016 and will be honored at an awards ceremony on Study Day, May 4.
Graduating Senior Awards
- William T. Beauchamp Literature Award: Jeremy Jackson
- Patricia Conrad Lindsay Memorial Award: Sean Fischer
- Calvin Israel Award in the Humanities: Britina Cheng and Harrison Hartsough
- Joseph M. O’Brien Memorial Award: Mary Auld and Christy Leigh Agrawal
- Outstanding Speech Buddy: Lauren Sarrantonio
- Natalie Selser Freed Memorial Scholarship: John Panus
- Rita K. Gollin Senior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Zach Muhlbauer
- Rita K. Gollin Junior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Amanda Wentworth
- Hans Gottschalk Award: Brendan Mahoney
- Joseph M. O’Brien Transfer Scholarship: Jeffrey Curtin
- Don Watt Memorial Scholarship: Jason Guisao
- Bonnie C Henzel Memorial Scholarship: Gabriella Garcia, Chloe Forsell, Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez, and Thomas McCarthy
- Jesse M Rodgers Memorial Scholarship: Erik Mebust and Evan Goldstein
- First place: Jeremy A. Jackson, “To Dr. C., Ph.D.”
- Second place: Leandra Griffith, “Birthday for That Generic Someone in Your Life”
- Third place: Lauren Sarrantonio, “The Amorphous Children”
John H. Parry Award for a Critical Essay
- First place: Carrie Anne Potter, “Ahead of Their Time: Temporality and Spatiality in Two Keats Odes”
- Second place: Joshua DeJoy, “The Objective, the Subjective, and the Ugly: E. P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class at Fifty-Two”
- Third place: Zachary Muhlbauer, “Nietzschean Dualism in Heart of Darkness: A Structuralist Analysis”
Jérome de Romanet de Beaune Award for an Essay in Diversity Studies
- First place: Ariana DiPreta, “Subversion of Bourgeois Masculinity in Ulysses”
- Second place: Veronica Taglia, “Construction of Black Masculine Identity in African American Drama, 1959–1969”
- Third place (tied): Emily Ercolano, “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Female Form”
- Third place (tied): Joshua DeJoy, “The Dialectics of Slavery: Hegel and the Contradictions in Slavery”
Agnes Rigney Award in Drama
- Emily Warnken, “Vampires”
Irene E. Smith Award in First-Year Critical Writing: INTD 105
- First place: Isabel Owen, “Searching for Answers in Silence: The Issue of Memory in State Violence”
- Second place: George Goga, “The Dictionary, the Gummy Worms, and the Grotesque”
Lucy Harmon Award in Literary Fiction
- First place: Katie Soares, “We Buy Gold”
- Second place: Leandra Griffith, “Mary”
- Third place: Margaret Thon, “The Ballad of Summer ’72”
Mary Thomas Award in Poetry
- First place: Savannah Skinner, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Ghost”
- Second place: Cassandra Schweizer, “What I Wrote For You”
- Third place: Kallie Swyer, “Hundreds of Birds”
- First place: Erik Mebust, “Shakespeare’s Rising Stars”
- Second place: Jessica Heppler, “Civil Disobedience and the Rawlsian Non-Citizen: An Appeal to Political or Natural Rights?”
- Third place: Veronica Taglia, “Subversion of the American Dream: An Analysis of Arthur Miller’s Leading Protagonists.”
- Best Analytical Essay: Azaria Davis, “Colorblind? That Ain’t Right!”
- Best Research Paper: Kathleen O’Brien, “Would There Be Slave Resistance without Women?: The Crucial Role Women Play”
- Best Creative Work: Chloe Forsell, “Mother Tongue”
Congratulations to four English majors who have recently received prestigious Geneseo awards:
- Jason Guisao: Geneseo Foundation Undergraduate Summer Fellowship
- Evan Goldstein: James Houston Ambassadorship in Innovation
- Chloe Forsell: Gerard Gouvernet Ambassadorship in French Language and Culture
- Mallika Shah: Provost’s Ambassadorship in Diversity
Geneseo English Department alumnus Nick Friedman has been awarded the highly prestigious Jones Lectureship at Stanford University. In March 2014, Nick was appointed a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. As a Jones Lecturer, Nick will teach courses in creative writing while also working to complete his first book of poetry. Previous Jones lecturers include Tobias Wolff, ZZ Packer, Nan Cohen, Ehud Havazelet, and Skip Horack. Two years ago this week, we reported on Nick’s selection for the Stegner Fellowship and reminded readers of his appearances in the New York Times’ T Magazine and on NPR’s Weekend Edition.