English Events


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Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00PM

With the support of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Native American Student Association, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Stephen Graham Jones at the Student Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The author of sixteen novels, six story collections, and a comic book, Jones is a genre-bending writer who spans the worlds of experimental fiction, horror, crime, and more. The event begins at 7pm, with a book signing and reception to follow.


Chaucer Poster

Friday/Saturday, October 19/20, 2018

The English Department will host the conference "Chaucer: Sound and Vision" on October 19 and 20 at the USA Faculty Club.  Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University will be the plenary speaker.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 4:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the Center for War and Memory present Frye Gaillard reading from his new book, A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost on Tuesday, October 2 at 4pm in the USA Faculty Club.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing is proud to present Roxane Gay, one of America’s most beloved writers and cultural critics.  Her New York Times best-selling books include Bad Feminist, Hunger, An Untamed State, and Difficult Women. This event will be held in the USA Student Center Ballroom, with a reception and book signing to follow. Co-sponsors include Jaguar Productions, the English Department, AAUW at South Alabama, Phi Kappa Phi , Gender Studies, and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:00PM

The 16th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Associate Professor of English at USA.  Her presentation, "Trac(k)ing Chaucer's Cut With Jacques the Knife: 'Wild' Analysis and the Symptomatic Storyteller," will take place on Thursday, August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium.  A reception will follow.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing is proud to co-sponsor a lecture by journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert.  Her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, won the 2015 nonfiction Pulitzer and is first on the Guardian’s list of the 100 best nonfiction books ever.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7pm in the Student Center Ballroom.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents poet Jamaal May, who will read from his work in the Terrace Room of the Student Center at 5pm.  A reception will follow.


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Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:30PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the Independent Music Collective present John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats at USA's Dramatic Arts Mainstage Theatre in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.  The two-act event will feature a musical performance, a reading, and a short interview conducted by the Stokes Center's new writer-in-residence Adam Prince. Doors open at 7 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm.


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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents award-winning writer (and native Mobilian) Michael Knight, who will read from his latest collection, Eveningland, in the Terrace Room of the Student Center at 5pm.  A reception will follow.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00AM

Dr. Charlotte Pence’s fall poetry class will be reading with Catharsis to celebrate the end of the semester.  This event will be held in the Room 205 in the Student Center.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00PM

Please join us at 7pm on Thursday, November 16 in the Student Center Ballroom.  Charlotte Pence, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, will conduct a Q&A with Yaa Gyasi, the award-winning author of USA's 2016/17 Common Read selection Homegoing.  A reception will follow the presentation.


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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:00PM

Please help us welcome Stokes Visiting Writer Adam Prince.  He will be reading from his work in the Terrace Room at the USA Student Center on Monday, October 30 at 4pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30PM

Please help us welcome Nathan Poole, our new Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.  He will be reading from his work at the Faculty Club on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30pm.  A reception will follow.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00PM

Professor Emerita Sue Brannan Walker will celebrate the launch of her new poetry book titled Let Us Imagine Her Name (Clemson University Press, 2017).  This event, co-sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, will be held at the Faculty Club.  A reception will follow.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00PM

The 15th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Charlotte Pence, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at USA. Her presentation, "Many Small Fires: A Poetry Reading," will take place on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Faculty Club with a reception following.


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Monday, February 20, 2017 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Molly Brodak at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.  Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night, winner of the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize, along with three chapbooks of poetry and Bandit: a Daughter's Memoir (Grove Atlantic).


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:00PM

The English Department and the Stokes Center for Creative Writing present Dr. Nick Sturm, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.  His lecture, "Poetry and the Living Archive," will take place on Tuesday, February 7 at 4 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00PM

The 14th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will feature Dr. Cris Hollingsworth, Associate Professor of English. His lecture, "Countdown and Aftermath: Edgar Allan Poe and Anxiety in the Age of Rockets" will take place on Wednesday, November 16 at 5 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Poetry Salon with Frye Gaillard and Julie Suk at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Nathaniel Mackey at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. An esteemed poet and scholar of 20th century poetics, Mackey has been awarded the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and The Bollingen Prize, among other awards. His most recent book of poetry, Blue Fasa, was published by New Directions in 2015.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Rebecca Morgan Frank at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.  Currently the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University, Frank is the author of two collections of poetry, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon, 2012).


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Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Ada Limón, Michael Robins, and Adam Clay at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.


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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:30PM

The English Department's annual Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Faculty Club.  Carolyn Haines will deliver the address.


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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Major Jackson at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A prizewinning poet, Jackson is the author of Leaving Saturn (Georgia, 2002), Hoops (Norton, 2006), Holding Company (Norton, 2010), and Roll Deep (Norton, 2015).


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Kirstin Valdez Quade at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. The author of Night at the Fiestas (Norton, 2015), Quade's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:00PM

The 13th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will feature Mira Rosenthal, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at USA. Her lecture, "Tracing the Lyric: A Reading from Recent Poems and Translations," will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 4 p.m. in the Archaeology Museum with a reception following.


Remembering Americais War in Vietnam

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:00AM to 4:00PM

The Center for the Study of War and Memory is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium in Seaman's Bethel Hall titled "Remembering America's War in Vietnam, 1965-2015." Andrew Wiest, Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include Frye Gaillard, Steven Trout, and Elizabeth Rivenbark.


Remembering Americais War in Vietnam - Screening

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00PM

As part of the symposium "Remembering America's War in Vietnam, 1965-2015," the Center for the Study of War and Memory will be screening the Errol Morris film The Fog of War:  Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) in the Marx Library Auditorium.  A panel discussion and Q&A with Vietnam veterans will follow.


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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Center for the Study of War and Memory is hosting a symposium in the Bethel Hall titled "The Civil War in History and Memory, 1895-2015." Benjamin Cloyd, author of Haunted by Atrocity: Civil War Prisons in American Memory, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Frye Gaillard, Mel McKiven, Elizabeth Rivenbark, and Carol Ellis.


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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:00PM

The English Department's annual Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Actor Laura Cayouette (English MA, '88) will deliver the banquet's keynote address.


2014 Hamner Lecture

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:00PM

USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard will deliver the twelfth Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  Prof. Gaillard’s talk, "Journey to the Wilderness," will be held at 4pm in the Marx Library Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.


2014 DeChant

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:00PM / 7:00PM

Award-winning Nashville songwriter Anne E. DeChant will visit USA on Thursday, Oct. 30, appearing at two events sponsored by the Common Read and Gender Studies programs. At 4 p.m., DeChant will join USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard at the Marx Library Auditorium for a discussion of "Story-Telling Through Song." The discussion will followed by a 7 p.m. acoustic concert at Satori Coffee House. Both events are free.


WWI Poster

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 2:00PM

Please join Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. (University of Georgia) and USA faculty members Susan McCready, Dan Rogers, and Steven Trout for a panel discussion in the Marx Library Auditorium.  "The First World War:  100 Years After" will explore the impact of WWI on 20th-century history.  USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard will moderate.  Everyone is welcome.


Morrow Bookcover

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00PM

Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. (University of Georgia) will discuss his latest book, The Harlem Rattlers and the First World War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (2014).  A signing will follow the presentation.  The event will be held at the Marx Library Auditorium.  Everyone is welcome.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:30PM

Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard hosts an evening of readings and song featuring author and syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson and acclaimed Nashville songwriters Davis Raines and Pamela Jackson. This free event begins at 6:30 at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library.


Haggard

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:30PM

Professor Hong Pan, the Chair of the Foreign Languages Department at Fuzhou University Zhicheng College, will give a presentation on the Victorian novelist Rider Haggard.  This event will be held in the Arts and Sciences Dean's Conference Room (HUMB 122).


Tremblay

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents a reading by Bill Tremblay, award-winning author, poet, and founder of the Colorado Review.  The event will be held at the University of South Alabama Faculty Club, and will begin at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome.


Past Events

The English department has sponsored an impressive roster of writers as speakers at USA, including Charles Bernstein, Marjorie Perloff, Hank Lazer, Jeanie Thompson, Sandra Gilbert, Jack Coulehan, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, Marge Piercy, Jack Gilbert, Andre Dubus, Vivian Shipley, Richard Moore, Virginia Spencer Carr, Wade Hall, W. D. Snodgrass, Diane Wakowski, Mike Shugrue, Tom Franklin, Brewster Milton Robertson, Robert Morgan, and Eugene Walter.

African American Studies has also helped bring an impressive range of speakers to campus, including Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Johnson, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Alex Haley, Cornel West, Juan Williams, Priscilla Cooper, Wallace Terry, Albert Murray, Maulana Karenga, Constance Baker Motley, Tony Brown, Mary Frances Berry, Ted Joans, Michel Fabre, Rosemary Braziel Butler, Trudier Harris, and Clifton Taulbert.