Celebrate National Poetry month with David Lee

David Lee

"If we were a civilized nation, we would declare David Lee a national treasure." -- Sam Hamill

David Lee has published twenty-two books of poetry, including The Porcine Legacy, Driving and Drinking, So Quietly the Earth, and A Legacy of Shadows: Selected Poems, all from Copper Canyon Press. His most recent book, Last Call, is a memorial to his close friend, the poet Bill Kloefkorn, and it has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Lee has been a boxer, pig farmer, seminary student, cotton mill worker, and the only white baseball player for a Negro League team. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award in Poetry and the Western States Book Award in Poetry.

The first poet laureate of Utah, Lee received the Utah Governor’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

David Lee's Last Call

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Rotunda, MIKC (room 201)

Sponsored by:

English Department's Public Occasions Committee

For further information:
Gailmarie Pahmeier
Department of English/0098
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557


Posted April 01, 2015

"Ancient Rhetoric As An Imperial Project"

"Ancient Rhetoric As An Imperial Project"

What happens to ancient Greek rhetoric after the collapse of the Athenian democracy within which it was forged? In this talk, Susan Jarratt pursues this question by shifting attention from pedagogy to performance and from the free-speaking associated with democratic contexts to the “figured” discourse demanded of Greek rhetors in the Roman imperial period. She makes a case for these rhetors, known as Second Sophists, as engaged commentators operating within constraints posed by their geopolitical context, and offers as a case in point an analysis of a 4th-century CE Greek novel: Heliodorus’ Ethiopian Story. The subtle stagings of gender and geographical difference, power and violence, ethnicity/skin color, and religious practices in this popular cultural genre offer insights into the potential for rhetorical analysis in our own (imperial) era.

Susan Jarratt's interests are ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric, and contemporary rhetoric and writing in universities and public contexts. She is at work on a book about the significance of space and the imperial relationship in ancient Greco-Roman rhetoric. Other work in progress includes a collaboration with Andrea Lunsford, Jody Enders, Robert Hariman, LuMing Mao, Thomas P. Miller, Jenn Fishman, and Jacqueline Jones Royster in editing the Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing.

Date: April 14
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joe Crowley Great Room 403

Sponsored by:



Posted April 07, 2015





“Rarely does a balancing act as bizarre as Lucas De Lima’s in Wet Land come so fully realized, so humane, so self-aware, so diabolical. The book is inspired by the tragic death of the poet’s close friend Ana Maria, who was killed—in the book, and in life— by a “10 FOOT 400 POUND / ALLIGATOR.” The gator becomes even larger in the poet’s imagination: a ferocious, unmitigating god of death that we must ultimately become allies with if we are to accept our own lurking mortality, the hysterical absurdity of anyone’s demise, the lack of clarity and meaning underlying the whole human project.” --Coldfront, Top Poetry Books of 2014


Lucas de Lima was born in southeastern Brazil. He is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) as well as the chapbooks Ghostlines (Radioactive Moat) and Terraputa (Birds of Lace). A contributing writer at Montevidayo, he pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

"Lucas de Lima's stunning book affected me so profoundly at all the stages of reading it, encountering it— before it was a book and afterwards, when it was. In the work of this extraordinary writer, the fragment is not an activity of form. It's an activity of evisceration.“ - Bhanu Kapil


Date: Tuesday, October 6th,
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Graduate Reading Room, Room 422, Knowledge Center

Presented by:

The Black Mountain Institute of UNLV

UNR English Department

Nevada Humanities



Posted September 29, 2015


Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work -- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work-- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

Dr Bloom is Associate Professor of English at UC Davis. Her areas of interest include early modern English literature, especially Shakespeare and drama, gender and feminist theory, theater history and performance, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her first book, Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England (University of Pennsylvania Press, Material Texts series, 2007), won the award for best book of the year from the The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and according to Theatre Journal, “should be given pride of place on every feminist bookshelf.” Her research on the use of games in early commercial theater led to one of her current projects, a collaboration to develop Play the Knave, a “Shakespeare Karaoke” videogame on Kinect.

Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work-- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

A prototype of the game will be available to play from 1:30 to 5:00 on April 17 in WRB 3046.

Come act out your dream version of Shakespeare!

Date: April 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: AB 106

Sponsored by:

The Hilliard Endowment

The Nevada Early Modern Organization

The UNR English Department


Posted April 07, 2015

Triple-major University student receives Fulbright Award to travel to Mexico

Triple-major University student receives Fulbright Award to travel to Mexico

After 30 essay drafts in three weeks, an interview conducted in Spanish with the Fulbright Commission and her studious upkeep of worthy grades in classes within all three of her majors, University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate student Allana Noyes has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to go to Mexico and teach English for a year.

"I'm really excited to go back to Mexico," Noyes, triple-major in linguistics, Spanish and French, said. "I just love it there. It's so beautiful. I'm so happy that I get to work there."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides awards that place grantees in schools in different countries to supplement local English language instruction. While spending a year in Mexico with the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, Noyes hopes to gain linguistic and cultural knowledge to enhance her translation of literature from Spanish into English.

She plans to spend the year reading, writing and absorbing the culture and language of Mexico while also giving back to her host community through her proposed community project. Campaigns have been started in Mexico to increase literacy, and Noyes hopes to support that need by focusing her efforts on education in Spanish and English literacy. She is particularly fascinated by literature from Latin America and is also interested in human rights issues dealing with Mexican and United States relations.

Noyes appreciates the people who have helped her reach her goals, especially her mother, whom she considers her hero. She said her mom has inspired Noyes to work hard and follow her passions in life.

"She has taught me everything I know about tolerance, loyalty and sacrifice," Noyes said.
To arrive at her award-winning essay, her numerous essay drafts were repeatedly edited by University Assistant Director for the Honors Program Daniel Villanueva and John Pettey from the University's Office of Undergraduate Fellowships, as well as by her mentor, Jodie Barker, a lecturer of French in the College of Liberal Arts.

Noyes thanks Barker for being a reliable source of support and guidance. She considers Barker's unswerving belief expressed in her to be an incredibly empowering force in her life.
"She always believed in me," Noyes said. "In a professional sense, I've never had someone encourage me to be brace and to be my best like she has. She is wonderful and cares so much about her students."

Noyes already spent a semester in Mexico in 2010, through the University Studies Abroad Consortium's program in Puebla, Mexico.

Following what she considers to be an unforgettably positive experience in Mexico, she decided to take time to study and practice French as a live-in nanny, teaching English to two boys in France for a year. In retrospect, it surprised her how much she learned about the art of instruction during the time she spent caring for those boys.

Although she lived near Paris and said she really enjoyed embedding herself in the culture of France, she ultimately felt more comfortable and gratified in Mexico.

In 2011, Noyes came back to the University to pursue her studies in linguistics. During High School she never really expected to attend any sort of higher education, especially because neither of her parents did, but her love for language fueled her need to learn more. Due to this desire, Noyes took almost every Spanish and French class available here at the University.
"It's really fortunate to find something you're passionate about," she said. "Not everyone is so lucky."

Ultimately, she would like to pursue her passion for language and linguistics through writing creative and literary translation. She is excited to be going into a graduate program which not only focuses on translation, but understands of the need for skills in creative writing, rooted in the belief that good writers make good translators.


Posted April 14, 2015

a visit from writer David Treuer

a visit from writerDavid Treuer

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of Literature at USC.

The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses--one in anthropology and one in creative writing--and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. His third novel The Translation of Dr Apelles and a book of criticism, Native American Fiction; A User's Manual appeared in 2006. The Translation of Dr Apelles was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. He published his first major work of nonfiction, Rez Life, in 2012. His next novel, Prudence, is forthcoming from Riverhead Book. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The LA Times, and

Date: October 12th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AB 106

Sponsored by:

The UNR English Department Public Occasions Committee

Thie Hilliard Endowment


For more information, contact Christopher Coake:


Posted October 1, 2015

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