English at Wesleyan
English at Wesleyan is sponsoring two very special creative events on Wednesday, February 10. Both events showcase the creativity, energy, and fun we have in English at Wesleyan.
“How to Write a Love Poem That Doesn’t Suck,” February 10
Frosh and Sophomore English Department Valentine Week Event!
“How to Write a Love Poem That Doesn’t Suck” is actually the title of a poem and it is the perfect title for this creative event! This first-time-ever writing workshop is just for frosh and sophomores, and it will introduce those who attend to the artfulness and energy of English at Wesleyan. Frosh and sophomores interested in trying their hand at writing on the theme of love–poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction–can receive guidance from the English Department’s exciting Creative Writing Concentration faculty: Silverberg Shapiro Professor of Creative Writing and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Concentration Elizabeth Willis (poetry), Professor of English Deb Unferth (fiction), and Professor of English Lisa Cohen (creative non-fiction). Joel Pfister, Chair of the English Department and Kenan Professor of the Humanities, will introduce his talented colleagues. It all takes place on Wednesday, February 10, 4:15 Downey Lounge! Frosh and sophomores who love to write creatively (or who would love to try writing creatively) can write creatively about LOVE! Go for it! Groovy treats will be served!
“Creating the Creative”: English Department Writers Read, February 10
For all members of our Wesleyan Community!
“Creating the Creative” is a provocative quote from Herman Melville’s experimental novel, Mardi (1849). It can be argued that Melville here was referring to the creative energy of a literary text to keep generating meanings with readers and changing times. Three inspiring and distinguished Wesleyan writers who have taught at Wesleyan will read from their work: Kit Reed, Clifford Chase, and Douglas Martin (visiting writers Chase and Martin are teaching English courses this term). They will be introduced by the English Department Creative Writing Concentration Faculty: Silverberg Shapiro Professor of Creative Writing and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Concentration Elizabeth Willis, Professor of English Deb Unferth, and Professor of English Lisa Cohen. Joel Pfister, Chair of the English Department and Kenan Professor of the Humanities, will introduce the event. So come see Wesleyan artists who create the creative on Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 Russell House! Cool treats will be served!
English at Wesleyan Open House, February 11
The English Department’s Open House for prospective majors–interested sophomores and frosh–will be held the next day, Thursday, February 11, 4:15, Russell House.