Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
All interested students are invited to take part in the creation of a theatrical piece for the Spring Arts Festival
Monday, March 29, 2010
The image above is Francis Floris' painting "Banquet of the Gods" (1550),
owned by the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp
Friday, March 26, 2010
Please submit a completed application form, an updated transcript, a short letter of reference from someone outside the Department of English and Languages
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT NOT LATER THAN TUESDAY, APRIL 13
Dr. Yozzo, Horace Mann 319
inquiries or clarifications to
Application Forms available here: HM 301 (the chair’s office) and HM 319 (Dr. Yozzo’s office: “but he’s never there”)
In four categories:
-- Upper Division (3000-4000) Literature
-- Lower Division (2000-level) Literature
-- Writing Courses: Advanced Essays, Technical & Professional Writing, Persuasive Writing, Composing Theories (excludes Creative courses)
-- Language Courses: Linguistics and Grammars
For essays composed between April 1, 2009, to the present.
Submit as many entries as you wish.
Remove your name from any inside pages, but print a copy of your essay with a cover sheet which includes your name, the class for which you composed the essay, the semester, and the professor.
Submit entries to Dr. John Yozzo, HM 319 by Tuesday, April 13
Winners announced April 21 at the English and Languages Banquet
Or click here to get a sneak preview. Featured Scissortail speaker, poet laureate Jim Barnes, is interviewed at the start of the program. Dr. Hada and Scissortail reader Jeanetta Calhoun Mish come in at the 13:51 mark.
4/7 @ 8 free?
Novelist Richard Russo (see image at right and video below) @ OSU-Tulsa
4/13 @ 7 $10
Ishmael Beah (from Sierra Leone via Oberlin; see image at left and video above) @ OCU
4/14 @ 7:30 free
OCU documentary film festival Sundays (3/28, 4/11, 4/25) @ 2 free.
The opening film “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” (see video below) is about the folk singer who advocated for peace. Seeger was accused of being a communist by members of the U.S. government for his views but he continued to spread his message. Some of his most popular songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” "Turn, Turn, Turn” and "If I Had a Hammer."
Thank you, Dr. Davis for passing these along.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
(That' an image of young Norman at right.)
Cash prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded to National Winners. Four finalists in each category will be awarded trophies. Sixteen semifinalists in each category will be awarded certificates.
Norman Mailer produced extraordinary works in many genres, including the category of this year’s award: Creative Nonfiction. Students may submit work in any of the subgenres of creative nonfiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, profiles of people or places, and so on. Whatever its type, the best work will be true material presented with compelling literary merit.
ELIGIBILITY, PAGE LENGTH, and DEADLINES
Entries will be accepted online only and may include one or more pieces of writing. Winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony's National Award Ceremony. Entries accepted March 22 - April 29, 2010, Noon CST.
Students may submit one or more pieces of writing. Although there are page limits for these pieces, quality is far more important than quantity. No late entries will be accepted.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
If you’re interested in discussing books, articles, poetry, films and related ideas and would like to make bold pronouncements about the wild success you expect to enjoy on Literati's game night, join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, in the Tower Room on the 2nd floor of the University Center.
Here's amazon.com's description of Lightfall and its author:
In Sugar Roses, Oklahoma, events tumble rapidly toward the End of the World. We're introduced to a cross-section of this fervently Baptist college town as it struggles to comprehend a series of supernatural phenomena: roadkill returned to life, a little girl who speaks classical Greek, an ominous shortwave signal, and a demonic voice that calls itself the Megatron. No less foreboding is the news from around the world, in which Christian fundamentalists and Muslim terrorists alike seem hellbent on hastening the Apocalypse. Who or what caused these mysterious events? And if they do presage the foretold Rapture, what on earth--or beyond--will come after? Lightfall is a secular, satirical thrill ride, in which all humanity's glories and vanities can be seen in one lyrical, hypocritical microcosm. The Lightfall is coming...
More from amazon.com: About the Author
Christian Carvajal was born in San Pedro, California but spent fifteen years in small-town Oklahoma. He holds an MFA in theatre directing and has acted and directed in four states. He spent seven years in the Los Angeles film and television industry, where he worked as an actor, extra, writer, and assistant for a major studio. His writing has appeared in newspapers, online, and in Cinefex magazine. He currently teaches mathematics at Olympic College in Bremerton and Shelton, Washington, where he's hard at work on his second novel.
It was a bitter cold night, but my husband and I’d disposed of our blankets after those first few cases of pox appeared. Folk wouldn’t listen to us about it, though whenever they complained of the cold I’d remind them of the dreadful hot summer we spent in the camps, of the mosquitoes and the stench. People have forgotten a lot of things since our lives were all cast into disarray, and seemingly they’ve forgotten how to revere the advice of an old woman, too. But I didn’t live to this age by accident.
The boy who’d interrupted my firelight sewing shifted from foot to foot, jaw tight as a snare. “I was told you have a knack with medicine and herbs. I want you to take a look at my mother.”
“There are doctors with the wagon train, doctors with full equipment and medicines and such,” I pointed out, because I felt I ought to.
He grimaced. He was tall enough to be around fifteen but his face didn’t have that angular gauntness that the men’s all have – he looked hungry in the way children do, big empty eyes eating up his face. “White doctors. I wouldn’t trust them with a dog. I want you to do it.”
by Liana Willis (Norman North)
The paint wouldn’t come off of Michael’s fingers as he furiously tried to clean them, rubbing his forefingers together, spit laden and burning with tension. There was no telling what the deacon would say if he managed to get a glimpse of his blue tinted fingers. He could just picture it now. “Miguel! How dare you show up to this congregation unclean!” and all he would be able to do is shrug and offer a meek smile in his defense as the rest of the Spanish mass’s attendants ‘tsk’ed him, shaking their bronze faces back and forth like mechanical dolls.
“God!” he yelled. The art room was empty and his voice reverberated off the stark white stone walls, echoing against the subtly cracked mirrors, no one in the room to berate him for his blasphemy. This constant frustration never left him. In his mind a never-ending ‘to do’ list was settled, one after the other, dense enough to irritate but not totally disable him. The only solace he could find was in the few brushstrokes he put to canvas; the tiny lines to which he confined his worries to. Giving up, he let his stained hands rest on the porcelain sink.
by Lydia Hall (Norman North)
“Why won’t you just tell them that we’re together?” William asked Craig for the four-hundred-thirty-seventh time that week, not that Craig had been counting or anything. William gently traced patterns onto the back of Craig’s hand.
Craig sighed and rubbed the ever-growing crease between his eyebrows with his free hand. “Will, they don’t even know that I’m…gay.” It was a struggle to get that word out even with his own boyfriend.
Craig stood, somewhat frustrated. William stifled a giggle, and yanked on Craig’s arm, pulling him back beside him on the living room couch. “Well, you aren’t gay. You just like me, remember?” Craig smiled at the bittersweet, but pleasant, memory of asking out his best friend.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Click on the links to read the works.
First Place (prize $250)
Nicki Peterson, Norman North, "Forsaken"
Second Place ($150):
Liana Willis, Norman North, "The Congregation"
Third Place ($100):
Lydia Hall, Norman North, "Out"
Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
Teddie Gwinn, Altus, "Because His Eyes"
Joceyln Roberts, Norman North, "Letting Go"
Keaira Woolfolk, Star Spencer, "My Story"
Paige Warren, Norman North, "Fire Inside"
Erin Fuller, Verdigris, "Job Anxiety"
Abbie Vestal,Broken Bow, "Beautiful Destruction on Glory Road"
First Place ($250):
Katlynn Fife, Lawton High School, "Windmill or Wyvern?"
Second Place ($150):
Kayla Crego, Norman North High School, "They"
Third Place ($100):
Meghen Mann, Ada High School, "My Play On Words" & "Human Fire"
Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
Anna Halverson, Lawton High School, "Drowned Out Flames"
Angela Shen, Norman North High School, "What goes on behind closed doors" & "Shanghai"
KayLeigh Thomason, Pittsburg High School, "I know, I hear"
Gage Few, Ada High School, "Dancing Sheet Music"
Jamie Little, Durant High School, "Last Loves"
Arthur Dixon, Ardmore High School, "Namesake" & "Sonnet for Amy"
We congratulate all the winners and invite you to send us a digital copy of all or part of your winning works if you would like to see them posted on the ecuenglishtalk website where other authors, teachers and the general public may enjoy it. This is not a requirement--just an invitation. If you are interested, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and stipulate whether you want us to post all or part of your work (a teaser). If you want only part of it posted, you may also choose to send us an e-mail address we can use to contact you if interested readers write in to say that they would like to read the “rest of the story.” (We will not publish your e-mail address online.)
* All Oklahoma high school students (9th - 12th grade) are eligible.
* Poetry (up to 100 lines) or Short Fiction (up to 5,000 words) is acceptable.
* Limit 5 poems and 1 short fiction piece per student.
* All entries must be the original work of the student.
* All entries must be neatly typed; please double-space fiction entries.
* Entries will not be returned, so keep your originals.
* No identifying marks should be on the manuscript itself, except for the title.
* Provide cover page with contact information: 1) Student’s name; 2) Teacher’s name 3) School 4) Classification 5) Phone number, Email and mailing address.
* Work may be submitted through conventional mail or email.
Contest Information: Dr. Joshua Grasso (580-559-5430); Dr. Mark Walling (580-559-5440). Scissortail Creative Writing Festival Information: Dr. Ken Hada (580-559-5557)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Submissions are now being accepted for the Page One Literary Art Gallery, which will be open for viewing on one night only: April 2nd, 2010, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p. m. at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center at 400 S. Rennie Street in Ada, Oklahoma. (The image at right comes from October 2009 issue of Frieze.)
· are welcomed from any writers--emerging or emerged--who would like to get in on the Scissortail vibe;
· must not be previously published;
· must be limited to one submission per author;
· must include author’s name, school affiliation (if any) and status (student, teacher, etc., if applicable);
· may be submitted via e-mail (as a Word attachment), snail mail (see addresses below) or dropped off in the door box in at ECU in the Horace Mann Building, room 336E;
· must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31st;
· will be displayed at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center and on ecu’s englishtalk website (www.ecuenglishtalk.blogspot.com);
· must be limited to a single page. Submissions that run longer than a page may be displayed in full on ecu’s englishtalk website, but when determining awards, judges will only consider the first page of the entry and only the first page of the entry will be displayed at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.
· will be identified by our panel of faculty and student judges;
· will be awarded with gift certificates designated for the purchase of books (authors scheduled to appear in the Scissortail reading program will not be in the running for these awards);
· must be in attendance at the Scissortail Wrap when the awards are distributed, some time between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center;
· send your submissions to: email@example.com (subject line: Page One Literary Art Festival) or mail to Steve Benton at 1100 E. 14th Street, PMB B-7, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma 74820-6999.
The image at left is a detail from Jacques-Louis David's Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine (1805-07, Oil on canvas, 629 x 979 cm).
This event enjoys the sponsorship and support of Literati (ECU’s English Student Club), Originals (ECU’s student-run creative writing journal), ECU’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter(International English Honor Society), and Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Click here if you have more questions.
IMAGE SOURCE: http://www.frieze.com/images/back/poth.jpg
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Where and When
The Department of English and Languages announces the 2010 Paul Hughes Memorial Writing Award, an annual creative writing competition open to all East Central University students. Any form of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction, is eligible for consideration. Submissions will be accepted in the English department, Horace Mann 301 or Horace Mann 317, until Monday, March 29, at midnight. Students may also email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Students may submit a total of five individual works. Individual prose submissions may not exceed 10,000 words. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Last year, the awards were $200, $100, and $50.
Born in Roff, Paul Hughes attended Ada High School and earned his B.A. with honors from East Central in 1936. At ECU, Hughes served as president of the senior class, editor of the campus newspaper, and captain of the debate team. At age 27, Hughes published his first novel, Retreat From Rostov, with Random House. He went on to publish 15 other books, including Challenge at Changsa (Macmillan), Jeff (John Day), and The Salsbury Story (Univ. of Arizona Press), and numerous short stories in magazines such as Collier's, Seventeen, Woman's Home Companion, Vogue, and Liberty. After a brief term as night editor of the Ada Evening News, Hughes began a long career with KTAR Radio and Television, becoming one of the most recognizable air personalities in Arizona. In 1971, he gave the ECU commencement address and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Submitted manuscripts for the award should be neatly typed. Prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced except to separate stanzas. Each work should have a cover page listing the author's name, title of the work, classification (senior. . .), major, address, telephone number, and email address. Notification will be delivered to the email address. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries will not be returned.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Have some Fun! Downtown Chickasha!
7:00 p.m. until the Fun Ends
OddFellows Music Hall
118 South 4th Street, Chickasha, OK
(4th Street = Highway 81, between Kansas and Chickasha Avenues)
(Located on the west side with the big red star on the front — Park behind, enter in front or in back)
Featured Poet: Ken Hada
Ken Hada is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Languages at East Central University where he teaches courses in Humanities, American and Ethnic Literatures. In addition to teaching at ECU, he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival held on the ECU campus the first weekend of each April.
Ken’s has authored three collections of poetry, The Way of the Wind (Village Books Press 2008), Spare Parts (Mongrel Empire Press 2010) and a chapbook of link poems, April Meadows, (1995), that are translated in Japanese by Japanese students at Ogaki Women’s College.
An avid fly-fisherman, canoe and kayak enthusiast, Ken’s research interests and creative writing both increasingly merge in the areas of nature writing and ecology concerns, regionalism and the American west.
Also, Ken is the area chair for Literature: Eco-criticism and the Environment for the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture meeting held annually in Albuquerque. Some of his publications may be found in Southwestern American Literature, College Literature, Ethnic Studies Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal and Journal of American Studies Association of Texas.
Open mic reading also
Read your own or bring a favorite or two
Refreshments Available for Purchase
Sponsored by the Chickasha Area Arts Council
For more information, contact Rockford Johnson, 224-0160; 317-7506
Directions to Chickasha Poetry Reading
at the Oddfellows Music Hall (118 S. 4th Street = Highway 81)
From OKC on I-44: Exit # 83/US 62, Right on Highway 62, Left on US 81 (= 4th Street),
South 1 ½ blocks to the building with the star on the west side.
From Lawton on I-44: Exit # 81, North on US 81 (= 4th Street) about 2 miles,
3 ½ blocks north of the Sonic Drive-In