Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.
Robin M. Earnest, Esq., served as a writing/legal consultant for Maryland State Delegate Alonzo Washington. Most recently, she ghost authored an article for submission to the Baltimore Sun entitled: “Disciplining Nonviolent Behavior in Public High Schools—What Went Wrong in South Carolina.”
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern, Assistant Directors of The University of Maryland's Writing Center, presented Bridging Relationships: Creating Connections Among Diverse Communities for the 2015 Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association (CAPTA) Conference at George Mason University in October. Throughout their presentation, Nabila and Doug invited participants to discuss ways to bridge relationships between established academic communities (specifically, Writing Centers) within both post-secondary institutions and high schools. Both were asked to contribute a blog post for the CAPTA website with an overview of their presentation as a way to further extend the Writing Center's commitment to community outreach. Keep reading to learn more.
Danuta Hinc presented a paper at the 2015 South Central MLA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October. The paper, titled, “The Limits of Losing: The Silence in the Second Language,” discussed Eva Hoffman's, "Lost in Translation," Herta Müller's, "The King Bows and Kills," and Vladimir Nabokov's, "Speak, Memory."
PWP lecturer Rebecca Ritzel was chosen to serve as a 2015 literature grant panelist for the Ohio State Arts Council and traveled to Columbus in December to adjudicate the criticism category. Rebecca teaches ENGL 398A Writing for the Arts and also writes Backstage, The Washington Post's weekly theatre column.
On October 20th, the Department celebrated the National Day on Writing by asking students, faculty, and staff why they write. Using the hastags #whyIwrite and #UMDwrites on Twitter, participants gave their thoughts on writing, which is archived in a Storify.
Rebecca J. Ritzel received her first byline in the New York Times last month when she covered Broadway star Victoria Clark's wedding for Vows in the Times' Sunday Styles section. Also over the summer, Rebecca received her third straight critic-in-residence fellowship from the Chautauqua Institution. Locally, Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and serves as The Washington Post's weekly theater columnist.
Writing-Related Panel for Law School Applicants
In September 2011, several law school admissions officers joined University of Maryland faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on writing personal statements for law school applications. Videos of the program, which was cosponsored by the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, can be viewed by clicking on the links below: