Here are a pair of upcoming events you might find of value and interest:
- This Wednesday, March 21, is the spring semester’s Student-Faculty Open Mic event sponsored by the Writing Arts Department and Glassworks magazine. The event is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan Art Gallery, across the street from The Vic. Unlike last fall’s first Open Mic event, there are no specifically scheduled speakers this time around, so anyone who would like to share her or his poetry, fiction, or nonfiction work is invited to show up and sign up. Presenters are asked to keep their readings to five minutes or less in length. Glassworks editor-in-chief Katie Budris will be selling copies of the Spring 2018 issue of the literary journal ($10, cash only) and will be joined by representatives of Avant magazine. Please contact event coordinators Anthony Palma (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Donaldson (email@example.com) for more information.
- Also coming up, on Monday, April 2, starting at 7 p.m., also at the Rowan Art Gallery, will be the awards presentation and readings for the 2018 Denise Gess Literary Awards competition. Contest entries closed the Friday before Spring Break and the Writing Arts Department judges are hard at work reviewing entries in the categories of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. First-place ($200), second-place ($100), and third-place ($50) awards will be given in each category, and all winners will be asked to give brief readings from their entries. Please contact Gess Awards coordinator Lisa Jahn-Clough (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details.
Rowan Writing Arts made a strong showing at last week’s Conference on College Composition & Communication in Kansas City. Seven of our colleagues participated in four separate presentations over the four-day event. Grace Fillenwarth spoke on “Incorporating Engineering Practices into Engineering Writing Classrooms;” Jeff Maxson (top photo) discussed “Languaging One’s Way to Critique: Translating Languages, Translating Cultures;’ Jason Luther ( center photo) talked about “Historicizing Circulation in the Late Age of Print;” and the quartet of Amy Woodworth, Anna Bassiri, Steve Royek, and Celeste Del Russo covered the topic “Pivoting From The P-Words: Moving from Policing Students and Punishing Plagiarism to Teaching Students about Ethical Writing.” In addition to the conference’s annual Cultural Event (which this year featured a Kansas City barbecue dinner and a 14-piece jazz band), several publishers and textbook vendors sponsored events. In the bottom photo, from left to right, colleagues Jude Miller, Anna, Amy, and Grace attended a reading of Anthony Ray Hinton’s book “The Sun Does Shine,” published by St. Martin Press. . . . Mark your calendars for “4Cs 2019,” which will be in Pittsburgh from March 13-16. Next year’s theme will be “Performance-Rhetoric, Performance-Composition” and the deadline for presentation submissions is this coming May 7. Visit http://cccc.ncte.org for more details.
Showcasing the creativity and versatility that are hallmarks of the Rowan Writing Arts Department, colleague Keri Mikulski scored a pair of honors this month for her poetry and her romantic-comedy prose. Her poem “Weighted” was accepted as part of the “Philadelphia Says #metoo” anthology, and Keri was one of more than two dozen poets to read at a Center City Philadelphia event sponsored by the Moonstone Arts Center at Fergie’s Pub on March 11. . . . In addition, the North Texas Romance Writers of America selected Keri’s latest book, “Just for Kicks” as one of its top four finalists in the Contemporary Series category of its Great Expectations 2018 awards competition.
The Princeton Review placed Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business at number 295 in its rankings of “Best Business Schools” in a study that looked at more than 1,800 such institutions. Rohrer College has nine undergraduate and three graduate programs of study and boasts a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 86 percent, exceeding both national and regional averages in that category.
Stephen A. Royek, M.A.
Instructor, Writing Arts
2015 Rowan Medallion Award winner
Victoria Hall, Room 521