Wheeler Hall Welcomes Children for Zachary Cruz Day

In what follows, graduate student Frank Cruz describes a different kind of English Department event, “Zachary Day.” The day commemorated Frank’s son Zachary, who passed away unexpectedly on February 27, 2009, just two weeks before his sixth birthday, when he was hit and killed by an automobile as he crossed the street in Berkeley. Read full post…

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Solidarity Reading Illustrates the Vitality and Importance of Berkeley Poetry

What follows is an account of a recent event, sponsored by a number of campus literary magazines and the newly-formed Solidary Alliance , in which students, faculty and community members came together for a poetry reading that expressed the frustration and outrage at the recent cuts to education in California. Read full post…

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Department Graduate’s Acclaimed Play Returns to Berkeley

A staged reading of English department graduate Wajahat Ali’s critically-acclaimed play Domestic Crusaders will be performed in Berkeley on April 10 and 11 as part of the ongoing “Islam Today” program run by Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for South Asia Studies, and Center for Southeast Asia Studies. Read full post…

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Alumni and Faculty in the News: Links.

Some links about alumni and faculty:

1. Young Jean Lee (who visited the Department as a Distinguished Alumna last Spring) has a new play out, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It has gotten a lot of attention from critics of all stripes who have been polarized over the piece. A sample of reviews can be found at the following links:

New York Times

The New Yorker

http://travsd.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/lear/

2. Professor Scott Saul is making his own press as a commentator on the recent death of J. D. Salinger. The blog for the SFWeekly quotes Professor Saul in their piece on the significance of J. D. Salinger, and you can hear an conversation with him on the same topic here.

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English Department Inaugurates Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poetry and Poetics

The English Department has recently launched the Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poetry and Poetics, a one-year position for recent PhDs that allows them to further both their creative and critical projects. This year we have three Fellows: Margaret Ronda, Jessica Fisher and Jeremy Ecke. In what follows, the three poet-scholars talk about their current projects, the importance of this Fellowship and what makes Berkeley an especially rich place to write poetry and criticism.Read full post…

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Department Starts New Publication Workshop for Graduate Students

This past semester, under the leadership of Professor Eric Falci, the department inaugurated a graduate student publication workshop. Designed as a forum for graduate students to receive feedback on their work-in-progress as they prepare that work for eventual publication, the workshop met five times in the fall 2009 semester, and plans to meet six or seven times this spring. Read full post…

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