Elephants, American Indians, and the Circus

Photo by Dr LeAnne Howe

My mother collected elephants, bronze, ceramic, silver, large and small urns shaped like elephants, and even a belt with the silver images of marching elephants.  After she died in 2003, my brother and I were going through her things and dividing the mementos that we each wanted to keep.  I chose her elephant collection.  Today the yellow, or gray, or silver elephants of all shapes and sizes rest in various places nooks and crannies in the house that has been passed down from my grandmother, to my mother and now me.

Dr LeAnne Howe Collaborates with Irish Poets

Dr Howe and others at the 2015 Colloquium on the Trans-Atlantic Choctaw/Irish Exchange at UGA

Dr LeAnne Howe is collaborating with Irish poets Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Padraig Kirwan on both scholarly and poetic projects that celebrate the Choctaw gift to the Irish in 1847 during the Irish Potato Famine, a pair of projects that honors, as Kirwan writes, this act of " empathy and dialogue between culturally distinct communities." Learn more about these collaborations, and read new poetry by Dr. Howe and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, at the Irish Times.

Congratulations to our Graduating MA and PhD Students!

Our newly minted PhDs with their major advisors

The University of Georgia English Department is thrilled to announce that twelve students have graduated with an MA or a PhD in English in Spring 2017.  The graduates are listed below, with conferred degree, dissertation or thesis title, and the members of their committees.

John Bazzle
"Deep Video"
Committee members: McKnight, Henken, Zawacki, Pizzino

Elizabeth Cunningham
“Women & Children”
Committee members: Zawack, Pavlic, Rasula

Professor LeAnne Howe Publishes Article on the History of the Native American Literature Symposium

LeAnne Howe

Professor LeAnne Howe published an article in Wasafiri Magazine - International Contemporary Writing.  The article, "Four Things You Likely Didn't Know About NALS," tracks the history of Native American Literature Symposium (NALS), a literary conference now in its 19th year.

Read the full article here.

English Graduate Student Accomplishments Spring 2017

Johnny Damm's The Science of Things Familiar

The University of Georgia English Department is home to more than 85 M.A. and Ph.D. students, studying a range of creative and critical work—from creative writing to literary to language studies. This wildly accomplished group of students consistently publish, win awards, and achieve other accolades in their fields of study.  Below are a listing self-reported accomplishments from the Spring 2017 semester.

Johnny Damm