Staff Spotlight: Ginny Schmitz

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Staff Spotlight: Ginny Schmitz

Ginny Schmitz, assistant to the Chair of the Department of English, will celebrate 15 years at VCU this coming December. She began working  as an administrative assistant in December of 1999. She earned her master’s in Writing and Rhetoric at VCU and one of her professors in the English department, Elizabeth Hodges, advocated for her […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Joshua Eckhardt

British Virginia is a project to freely distribute scholarly editions of documents related to colonial Virginia co-founded by Dr. Joshua Eckhardt, associate professor of English, and Dr. Sarah Meacham, associate professor of History. The first British Virginia publications are now freely available online via wp.vcu.edu/britishvirginia. Dr. Eckhardt recently spoke at a conference held at St. […]

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Broad Street Magazine Launch & Storytelling Open-Mic Extravaganza

A celebration of Richmond’s newest magazine, Broad Street, will be held on Thursday, September 5th in the Scott House from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Broad Street presents true stories in an interdisciplinary variety of verbal and visual media. Issue 1.1 is themed “Dangerous Territory” and features new work by Jeanette Winterson, Yehuda Amichai, Paisley Rekdal, […]

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Harrison Fletcher Wins 2013 Colorado Book Award

Harrison Fletcher joined the Department of English last fall as an assistant professor of creative writing. He is also the author of Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life, a memoir in essays about his journey to know the father he lost when he was nearly two. Descanso, which means resting place in Spanish, recently won the 2013 Colorado Book Award in […]

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David Wojahn Wins Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The Academy of American Poets announced recently that poet David Wojahn from the Department of English has been named the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize recipient for his book World Tree (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) by judges Linda Gregerson, David St. John, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Awarded since 1994, this $25,000 award recognizes […]

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VCU Alum Finalist for National Book Award

VCU alumnus Kevin Powers was nominated for a National Book Award for his debut novel, “The Yellow Birds.” You can listen to an interview with Kevin Powers above. Kevin grew up in Midlothian and attended James River High School. He joined the Army when he was 17-years-old, serving as a machine-gunner in Iraq in 2004 […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Howard “Mack” Aumack Curle, Jr

Mack Curle has worked for Dominion in IT systems for 36 years; not exactly what you would expect from an English graduate. However, his path was quite logical. After graduating from Virginia Military Insititute with a B.A. in English Language and Literature/Letters Mack landed his first position job with Dominion Power. “I started with Dominion […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Katherine Bassard, Chair of Department of English

Dr. Katherine Bassard became chair of the VCU Department of English effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Bassard replaced Dr. Terry Oggel, who served as department chair since July 2006. Dr. Bassard received her undergraduate degree in English at Wake Forest University, an MA in English here at VCU, and her PhD in English at Rutgers […]

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Kathleen Graber Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

The College of Humanities and Sciences congratulates Kathleen Graber, Assistant Professor of English, for being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the top awards available to artists in the United States and Canada. From an article by VCU News: Graber, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English … received the […]

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Three VCU Students Win Boren Scholarships for Study Abroad Next Year

News courtesy of Jeff Wing, National Scholarship Office, Photos courtesy of VCU News Center: Senior Margaret Cotter, Sophomore Bertrand (Yohannes) Mpigabahizi, and Junior Rachel Sine have been awarded Boren Scholarships to study abroad next year.   With their selection, VCU students have now won twelve Boren Awards for International Study in the past five years. […]

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