Our next Writing Arts Department meeting will be held Wednesday, November 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Room 200 here at The Vic. Jenn Courtney will circulate an agenda and other pertinent information several days ahead of time. . . . One activity that definitely will be discussed is our continuing drive to collect donations for The S.H.O.P., the Rowan University food pantry. On-campus studies have shown that nearly a third of our students go hungry more days than not and The S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Other Profs) is working to improve this situation. Writing Arts is the only Rowan University academic department publically committed to supporting the food bank. We have our own dedicated “S.H.O.P.-ping Cart” on the fourth floor and it’s already been filled and replaced once this year. Our goal is to need a new, empty cart after we fill our current one at next week’s department meeting. . . . Here’s a tip: One way you can continually support The S.H.O.P. is to look for sale items either online or in your supermarket’s advertising flyer while making your weekly shopping list. For example, a student favorite is on sale this week for a tremendous price at your local ShopRite: Six-packs of Nissin Top Ramen Noodle Soup – in beef, chicken, or shrimp flavors – are just 88 cents each (regular price $1.39) when you buy six. With two servings in each packet, this purchase provides 72 student meals for just $5.28.
Writing Arts Stays Visible And Vocal On The Literary Reading Circuit
Support your Rowan Writing Arts colleagues and students by attending a pair of community readings in the next two weeks: The first is Tuesday, November 13 as Lecturer and Glassworks’ editor-in-chief Katie Budris takes part in the monthly Mad Poets Society reading at Barnaby’s restaurant and tavern in West Chester, PA. The reading starts at 7 p.m. and Barnaby’s is at 15 South High Street (ZIP 19382). Contact Mad Poets event coordinator Brooke Palma for more information. . . . Our literary light will again shine bright just six days later as Writing Arts students Kaitlyn Gaffney and Devon James will be featured at the “New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets” reading on Monday, November 19. The event – reserved for poets under 25 years of age and sponsored by theMoonstone Arts Center – will start at 6 p.m. at the South Philadelphia branch of the Free Library, 1700 South Broad Street (ZIP 19145). Contact Writing Arts colleague Anthony Palma for more information.
All The World’s A Stage . . . For Our Writing Center Experts
Four representatives of our department shared their knowledge of writing and tutoring with the world last month at the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) annual conference in Atlanta. The quality quartet of graduate student Donna Mehalchick-Opal, Rowan Writing Center director Celeste Del Russo, Writing Arts Lecturer Marie Flocco, and graduate student Dan DeLuise (from left to right in the photo) presented on the topic “All Writing, All Bodies, All Voices: Mapping a Center’s Journey from Vision to Practice.” For more information on the panel, contact Celeste. In its mission statement, the IWCA says it supports writing center directors, tutors, and staff with meetings, publications, and other professional activities; offers scholarships connected to writing center-related fields; and provides an international forum for writing center concerns. FYI, for your professional development calendars, the 2019 edition of the annual IWCA conference will be held from Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19 in Columbus, OH.
One Singularity Sensation: Seeking Funds For A Rowan-Based Press
Singularity Press – a publishing house for young adult books and related multi-media projects that’s being developed by the Writing Arts Department – is seeking funds for its nascent publicity and marketing efforts. Assistant Professor Megan Atwood received a Rowan University SEED grant earlier this year to hire five students to help launch the entity; the students’ main objective is to advertise the business and make it more attractive for potential grantees or donors. Once fully funded and operational, Singularity Press will offer hands-on publishing experience for students with the long-term goal of turning profits from the company into scholarships for marginalized students in the field. Please click here to learn more about how you can help get this valuable program up and running, and feel free to contact Megan for additional information.
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 weeklyRowan Writing Arts Events Update newsletter. Stop by my Victoria 521 office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give me the 4-1-1.
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Stephen A. Royek, M.A.
Lecturer, Writing Arts
2015 Rowan Medallion Award winner
Victoria Hall, Room 521