With more than three score students, faculty, and guests in attendance, the Glassworks literary journal debuted its 19th edition, the Fall 2019 issue, with a reading and reception at the Rowan Art Gallery in late October. Two local high school English teachers and poets – Alison Lubar (Haddon Heights H.S.; at right in photo) and Laura R. Fiorentino (Kingsway Regional H.S., at left) – read from their collection of works, including several poems that appeared in the new issue. Click here to read the Fall 2019 Glassworks.
Brown Bag Series Focuses on Linguistic Diversity
Round three of the fall semester’s First-Year Writing (FYW) Brown Bag Professional Development Sessions will focus on readings about Linguistic Diversity. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Conference Room at Victoria Hall. Our department has taken some focused first steps toward increasing our commitment to linguistic diversity with our FYW statement on language and correctness, but there’s more we all can do. Please contact Kristine Lafferty for more details, and for copies of the articles that will be discussed.
Literary Agent to Speak at Writing Arts Student Winter Retreat
Ammi-Joan Paquette (left), Senior Agent at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency in Portland, Maine, will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Rowan Writing Arts Winter Retreat this coming January. Known professionally as “A.J.,” Paquette will address the students and faculty at the retreat on Saturday evening after a day of writing seminars and before a series of student presentations of their work. There are a limited number of slots remaining for the weekend retreat from Friday, January 10 through Sunday, January 12 at the Pendle Hill resort in Wallingford, PA. Have your students contact Jade Jones for more information and to enroll for the one-credit workshop weekend.
Act Now: Only A Few Thanksgiving Items Left to Be Purchased
Please contact Stephanie Heiser at your earliest convenience if you want to donate items for the family Writing Arts has “adopted” for the holiday season. While a few non-perishable food items remain on the list, there still is a need for financial donations toward supermarket gift cards to allow for the purchase of such perishable items as a turkey, milk, pie, etc. View the list here.
A Zine Is Born at Philadelphia Community Writing Conference
Following in the footsteps of American patriot Thomas Paine, who produced the first zine – “Common Sense” – in 1776, members of the Coalition for Community Writing held their third biennial Conference on Community Writing in Philadelphia last month. Rowan Writing Arts and the College of Communication and Creative Arts sponsored a workshop entitled “The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library” that gave attendees an overview of the history of zines and their role in the communities they serve. By the end of the three-hour session, the group produced a collaborative zine (see photo at right) that expressed their passions and interests as well as their experiences at the conference. Click here to view the zine the attendees created.
Neurodiversity Survey to Help Boost Awareness, Services
The university’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is inviting all Rowan faculty, staff, and students to take the Neurodiversity Task Force’s Neurodiversity Survey. Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal and that those differences should be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Tourette Syndrome among others. Please contact the DEI Division for more information.
For Your Calendar:
- Wednesday, December 4: Our next Student/Faculty meet and greet will take place at 3:30 p.m. at an as-yet-to-be-determined location. Contact Amanda Haruch for details.
- Tuesday, December 10: The annual Writing Arts Holiday Gathering will held at Chickie’s and Pete’s on Rowan Boulevard starting at 5 p.m. Contact me for more details.
- Thursday, December 19: The University Employee Holiday Luncheon will be held at the Chamberlain Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more details here.
. . . And Finally:
- Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5. Our entire 80-member state Assembly is up for re-election along with select state Senate special races. There also are county and municipal seats to be filled, local and regional school district contests, and several statewide ballot questions.
Do you have a new publication, a reading, or any other event of interest coming up? Please let me know so I can let all our colleagues know in the weekly Rowan Writing Arts Events Update newsletter. Stop by Victoria 521 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give me the 4-1-1.
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