Rowan Writing Arts Events Update
Week of October 21, 2019
Coming Soon: Order Your Personalized Rowan Writing Arts Apparel
Just in time for holiday gifts, even if it is a gift for yourself, we soon will have access to a web-based ordering site where Writing Arts faculty can buy shirts, jackets, and sweaters emblazoned with a Rowan Writing Arts logo and – if you’d like – your name. The site will be administered by Ace Screen Printing and Embroidery, located at 24 West High Street. Colleagues Marie Flocco and Kristine Lafferty are putting the finishing touches on the website, helping to design and seek approval for a Writing Arts department logo, and selecting a limited number of items to be featured. Please contact Marie or Kristine for more information or to offer suggestions
Glassworks Fall 2019 Issue Debuts This Thursday Evening at the Art Gallery
Local poets Laura Fiorentino and Alison Lubar will be part of the festivities this coming Thursday, October 24 as Glassworks launches its 19th issue, the Fall 2019 edition of the peer-reviewed literary journal. Fiorentino and Lubar will read their poems that appear in this latest issue along with other selections from their portfolios. In addition, students from this semester’s “Editing the Literary Journal” graduate class and members of the Glassworks staff also will be reading. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Rowan Art Gallery, across Mick Drive from Victoria Hall at 301 West High Street. Contact Editor-in-Chief Katie Budris for details. Published in the fall and spring, Glassworks is sponsored by our Master of Arts in Writing program.
Have Your Students Sign Up Now for Our Winter Retreat
Dinner with a publisher, faculty readings, and craft workshops are just a few of the highlights of our premier Writing Arts Winter Retreat scheduled for this January. We’re less than three months away from the weekend of January 10, 11, and 12, 2020 and our faculty-student get-away at the historic Pendle Hill resort, about an hour from Glassboro in Wallingford, Delaware County, Pa. The retreat, for which students will receive one academic credit, kicks off on Friday the 10th with a welcome dinner and a reading from several Writing Arts faculty members from some of their in-progress work. Saturday the 11th starts early with students choosing between a two-hour fiction or creative nonfiction workshop followed by lunch and another two-hour slot for either a poetry or children’s literature workshop. After several hours of on-own writing time and more workshops, dinner will feature remarks from an as-yet-to-be-announced publisher, followed by a student reading of works that were crafted over the weekend. Sunday morning the 12th is breakfast and farewells. For more details, please contact colleague Jade Jones or Writing Arts department chair Drew Kopp.
Help a Local Family Have A Happy – and Filling – Thanksgiving Day
In addition to our ongoing support of Rowan’s student food bank, The S.H.O.P., the Writing Arts Department is once again sponsoring a local family for Thanksgiving and providing all the fixings for a full holiday dinner. This is the time of year for family, friends, and festivities, but not everyone has the resources to feast on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie as do most of us. Working through the university’s Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement & Commuter Services, we have chosen to supply all the non-perishable food items and supermarket gift cards to feed a large family (defined as six to seven people). The shopping list for a family of this size contains 38 items, so if everyone can donate one can, box, or bag, we should – considering the size of our department – easily meet that quota. We also will gladly accept monetary donations for a supermarket gift card that will be used for perishables. Click here to view the SignUp Genius created by colleague Stephanie Heiser to keep track of what we’ve received and what’s left to be purchased. For more details, please contact either Stephanie or me. Thank you very much for your help!
More Accolades for Our Writing Arts Faculty Family
Following up on the recent publication of his fiction article “The New Priest” in the literary journal On the Seawall, colleague Grayson Morley has received word another of his works – “The Henchmen” – is being recognized as one of several Distinguished Stories among the Best American Short Stories of 2019. Please feel free to contact Grayson for more information. This is another example of the many talented professionals we have in our department who are passing along their knowledge and experience to students in our Writing Arts community and to all first-year writing students campus-wide. Keep up the great work, Grayson, and congratulations!
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Rowan Writing Center Wins Access and Inclusion Award!
Congratulations to Celeste DelRusso and her team at the Rowan Writing Center! It was announced yesterday they will be receiving an Access & Inclusion Award from the university’s Academic Success & Disability Resources Center later this month as part of Access and Inclusion Week 2019. The award is a fitting kickoff to a year of celebration at the Writing Center as it marks its 10th year of helping students campus-wide become stronger, more confident writers. Celeste and her tutors will be honored on Monday, October 21 at 10 a.m. in Room 221 of the Chamberlain Student Center.
Running from October 18-25, Access & Inclusion Week celebrates the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities in our university community. Formerly called “Disabilities Awareness Week,” the name was changed in 2015, according to Resources Center Director John Woodruff, to better reflect Rowan’s culture of embracing and celebrating differences. Nearly 10 percent of the university’s student body – roughly 2,000 individuals – have disabilities registered with the Resources Center.
Writing Arts ‘Meet and Greet’ Fills Victoria 200 With Students, Faculty, and Pizza
Last week’s inaugural reception to bring together the Writing Arts student community and our department’s faculty was a hit, judging both by the number of people and by the volume of excited and happy voices that filled Victoria 200. About two dozen students, and an equal number of professors, mingled and ate pizza and shared discussions about the benefits offered by our courses, programs, and activities. During the reception, colleague Jade Jones and department chair Drew Kopp formally announced our first Writing Arts Winter Writing Retreat, scheduled for January 10-12, 2020 at the historic Pendle Hill resort in Wallingford, Pa. Please have your students contact Jade if they are interested in attending the Retreat.
Local Poets to Help Launch Glassworks Fall Issue
The Fall 2019 issue of the Glassworks literary journal debuts on Thursday, October 24 with a reception and reading at the Rowan Art Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Local authors Laura Fiorentino and Alison Lubar – who both have poems in the new issue – will be reading selections of their work along with members of the Glassworks staff and students in this semester’s “Editing the Literary Journal” graduate class. The Rowan Art Gallery is across Mick Drive from Victoria Hall at 301 West High Street. Contact Editor-in-Chief Katie Budris (budris [at] rowan [dot] edu) for details. Published in the fall and spring, Glassworks is sponsored by our Master of Arts in Writing program.
‘Rowan Rules!’ at Mighty Writers, Collingswood Festivals
Rowan Writing Arts ruled the roost at two regional writing events held on back-to-back Saturdays in late September/early October. First, colleagues Nicole Cesares, Tiffany DeRewal, and Jackie Partyka were among the seven faculty members and interns who supervised a “Magnetic Poetry” activity at the 2nd annual Mighty Writers “MightyFest” on September 28 in Logan Square in Philadelphia. A week later, on October 5, colleague Jason Luther proudly represented his “Zines!” booth, one of the two side-by-side tents staffed by 15 Writing Arts faculty and interns at the 17th annual Collingswood Book Festival. We collected several dozen email addresses that day for our raffle of a gift basket filled with Rowan swag (hat, T-shirt) and several faculty-written books.
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