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Marygrove College Faculty Member Publishes New Scholarly Book

Written by Donald E. Levin on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. Posted in News, Press Releases

Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England

Michael Martin and Book

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michael Martin, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Writing Center, whose book, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, has just been released by Ashgate Publishing in the UK.

In a review, literary scholar Gregory Kneidel from the University of Connecticut calls Michael's book "a sophisticated and informative study" that is "bolstered by penetrating insights from medieval and postmodern religious thinkers."

About the Author

Donald E. Levin

Donald E. Levin

Associate Professor of English

B.A., Oakland University; M.A., University of Detroit; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo.

Areas:
Composition theory, rhetoric, business and professional writing, creative writing, literary theory, history of the English language, early British and American literature, and honors education.

(313) 927-1205

Marygrove College receives NEA grant

on Monday, 10 December 2012. Posted in News, Press Releases

to support 2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

Detroit, MI, Dec. 10, 2012 - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Marygrove College is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.  Marygrove is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.  Since its inception 24 years ago, the series has emphasized the importance of African American literature and fulfilled the community's desire to hear nationally recognized African-American writers discuss their work before a diverse audience. Marygrove celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series in 2013 by featuring National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, author of four collections of poetry (Muscular Music, Hip Logic, Wind in a Box, and Lighthead).  Each installment of this distinctive series has four components: a  class session conducted by the author for students from Marygrove College and Detroit area high schools, a VIP reception and dinner honoring the author, two writing contests, and the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture-a reading open to the public. Hundreds of people-community leaders, students, and lovers of literatureÑfrom the metro area participate in each year's event.  New this year is a fifth component: an art exhibit which expands awareness of the selected series authors and their influence on social and cultural environments.

In this FY 2013 funding round, the NEA received 393 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000.  The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include 49 first-time Arts Endowment grantees. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

"We're gratified that the NEA has recognized the significant role that the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series plays in the cultural life of this community," said Donald Levin, chair of MarygroveÕs English and Modern Languages Department. "This grant will help us to pay fitting tribute to the work of the authors who have visited our campus over the past quarter century."

"The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "We're proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities."

See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at www.arts.gov.

 

ABOUT MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

www.marygrove.edu

2012 Writing Contest Winners

on Thursday, 15 March 2012. Posted in Press Releases

Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest Winners Announced

DETROIT, March 15, 2012 - The Department of English and Modern Languages at Marygrove College has just completed the judging for the second year of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest, offered in conjunction with our Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS). Named after nationally-renowned scholar, editor, essayist, and teacher Dr. Mary Helen Washington, and supported through the generosity of series sponsors Lillian and Don Bauder, this annual contest asks students to write essays in response to the works of the CAALS guest artist. The top four winners receive cash prizes.

This year, students wrote their essays on the works of novelist, poet, and literary scholar Paul Beatty. 

The College is pleased to announce this yearÕs winners, listed below with their essay titles, schools, and teachers: 

Grand Prize: Nadia Cannon, "Exception," Martin Luther King High School, Francene Ambrose-Gunn

Second Prize: Mikaela Zamarron, "The Childhood of a Chinese Bastard," Cass Technical High School, Vicki Green

 

Second Prize: Brenda Vasconcelos, "Cutting Deep, Doesn't Set Me Free," Cass Technical High School, Vicki Green

 

Second Prize: Lujine Nasralla, "Vanilla-Filled Chocolate Cake," Fordson High School, Kerry Howell

 

The winners will receive their recognition at the Master Class held on the morning of April 20, 2012, with Mr. Beatty. 

Although the entries for the contest were submitted and judged anonymously, the College is proud to announce that the teachers of the winning students are all former students in Marygrove's Department of English and Modern Languages.

The Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture, featuring a reading and book signing by Mr. Beatty, will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Alumnae Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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ABOUT MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

www.marygrove.edu

Writing Award Winners Announced

Written by Laurie LePain Kopack on Wednesday, 22 June 2011. Posted in News, Press Releases

Amy S. McCombs- Frederick P. Currier

DETROIT, April 8, 2011- Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Amy S. McCombs/Frederick P. Currier Writing Award held in conjunction with the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. This year's winners are:

Mia Balbin-Cuesta, "Harryette Mullen, John Cage, and the Significance of the Avant-Garde," essay
Percy Pierce, "It's All About the P & E's," poem 
Emily Sese, "Moving through Mullen," essay
Theresa Spiteri, "Harryette Mullen's Critique of Women's Fashions: From Constraints to Liberation," essay 
Della Young, "Goldilocks Goes to Jail," essay

The Amy S. McCombs and Frederick P. Currier Writing Awards are cash prizes given annually to students whose essays, fiction or poetry best express the spirit of the work of the visiting author in the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. Students can submit a poem, short story or play; a personal, reflective essay; or a critical analysis of some aspect of Mullen's writing.

English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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