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This fall, doctoral student Jessica Apolloni was chosen to be one of ten participants in an inaugural fellowship from the Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance (another doctoral candidate, Caitlin McHugh, also was selected). The fellows will spend five weeks next spring working with a distinguished group of senior Renaissance scholars, first in Oxford, England, then in Rome, and finally Chicago. Each receives a stipend of $10,000 in addition to room, board, and airfare. Apolloni, who received her BA in English at Minnesota, also won a fellowship in her first year of doctoral studies--a Fulbright to spend a semester in Italy. It was then she developed a fascination with early modern stories of criminal activity, which is now the subject of her dissertation. Read on.12/05/13
Ever hear of a "blog tour"? That's what young adult novelist Swati Avasthi (MFA 2010) is on, as she celebrates the publication of her second book, Chasing Shadows (Knopf). Young adult fiction has spawned a thriving world of bloggers, who for a blog tour review the author's book, ask her questions, and/or invite her to guest post. Avasthi's book has received a lot of interest, online and off, for its fresh combination of prose and comic-styled graphics: it was a November 2013 Junior Library Guild selection, and Publishers Weekly called it a "superb novel about grief, friendship, and mental illness." Check out some highlights from Avasthi's blog tour.10/31/13
The new director of our nationally ranked Creative Writing Program this month published his third collection of poetry with the University of Chicago Press, El Dorado. (You can hear him read the title poem at Slate.) Professor Campion launches the book at the Sixth Annual Hunger Relief Benefit Reading 7 pm Tuesday, October 29, at McNamara Alumni Center. He will be joined by Graywolf Press novelist Robert Boswell, who has a new book himself, Tumbledown. (Plus, of course, host Charles Baxter.) "I wanted to get more voices into these newer poems," Campion relates of El Dorado; "some of them are more ventriloquial than previous poems of mine." For more about the rewards and challenges of directing and teaching Creative Writing, why he doesn't tweet, and the impact of technology on poetry criticism, read on.10/24/13