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Archive for September, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Professor talks “Campaign Talk”

Hart Rod cropped imageContrary to the famous proverb about windows to the soul, political communication expert Rod Hart would argue that language is the window to the soul, not the eyes. He should know. Hart has spent the past 40 years studying the language of American politics.

Earlier this month, his book “Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us,” (Princeton University Press, 2000) received the Graber award, honoring the best political communication book of the past 10 years, from the American Political Science Association. The…

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ransom Center celebrates Edgar Allan Poe with Poe Mania

Edgar Allan PoeThe Harry Ransom Center kicked off Poe Mania, in anticipation of the exhibition “From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe,” which is now open.

Several Poe-centric online features were unveiled:

• View a video preview of “From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.”

• Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been one of his most popular poems since its publication in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror newspaper. This popularity has led…

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Poet C.D. Wright Visits UT Campus

copyright 2004C.D. Wright is a poet who defies labels. Over a distinguished career and  twelve published volumes of poetry, prose, and a slippery mix of the two, she has continually reinvented herself.

Variously described as narrative, experimental, Southern, deeply personal, and fiercely political, Wright credits her roots in the Arkansas Ozarks for her resistance to joining a single, identifying “ism” of the poetry world—she was born to a stubborn independence.  And the breadth of her range is as great as the remove between…

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Alumnus Reading of Debut Novel at BookPeople

Author photo by E. McCourt

James Hannahan, a 2006 alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers MFA program, will read at BookPeople  from his debut novel “God Says No,” which was published this summer by McSweeney’s Books. The reading will begin at 7 p.m., September 16.

Hannaham completed his bachlor’s degree at Yale University and was a culture reporter for the Village Voice and other New York publications before joining the MFA program. Since graduation, he’s been a staff writer for…

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Playing with Fire: Michener alums receive awards for debut poetry collections

Two former classmates from The University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers’ MFA class of 2004 have won major recognition for their debut poetry collections.  Jessica Garratt was awarded the 2008 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry for her “Fire Pond,” (University of Utah Press).  And Carrie Fountain received the 2009 National Poetry Series award for her “Burn Lake,” (Penguin Books) which will be released  in early 2010.  The uncanny similarity of their titles is entirely coincidental, each poet having followed a very different trajectory since graduating…