News and Announcements

Upcoming WCI Events

WCI''s Inaugural Writing Contest Celebration

The Writing and Critical Inquiry Program hopes you will join us in honoring this year's writing contest winners and finalists on Friday, April 24th from 3:00pm-5:00pm, in the Science Library Standish Room. There will be an announcement of the winners, a brief presentation by the contest committee, and excerpts read from the winning essays. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP your attendance to WCI program secretary Kim Nava ( no later than Friday, April 17th.


WCI Poet Published

WCI professor and poet Juliette Gutmann has had her poem "Process 1: Cursive Distance" published in the magazine Barzakh. Gutmann's poem is a letter, one the journal describes as a "message, cherished yet estranged. Without conflating or assuming a consensus between the writer and the reader, between the past and the present, the letter nonetheless becomes the fold, correspondence, that brings them into intimate relation." Barzakh explains itself as a "multi-genre journal with an international stance," publishing in a variety of mediums; the journal is out of the English Department at the University of Albany. Visit Barzakh and read Gutmann's poem here.

Faculty Contributions

The Writing and Critical Inquiry faculty, in addition to teaching, have made a number of contributions to the scholarship in their fields during this academic year. Their work includes a variety of publications as well as presentations at writing and literature conferences.

Dr. Robert Yagelski, Program Director, and Laura Wilder of the English Department presented findings from their study, "Describing Cross-Disciplinary Analytic Moves in First-Year College Student Writing," at the Conference on Writing Research in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 28, 2014.

Dr. Susan Cumings presented her paper, “Face On, Face Off: YA Fiction's Discursive Activism on Cranio-Facial Anomaly" at the Nomadikon/Center for the Ethics Of Seeing Symposium on Phenomenology of Face/Faces, in Athens, GA October 2014. Young Adult Fiction is investigated as a strategic site for interrupting social and economic discrimination based on anomalies of the face. "Discursive activism" is writing that changes the world!

Lisa Arrastia's article "The Bridge Back to Blackness: Chris Johnson and the Art of Social Transformation" was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Exposure: The Journal for the Society for Photographic Education (spring 2014): 4-17. You can read the article online here.

Dr. Brendan Mahoney attended the International Association of Environmental Philosophy, "The Fleshy Texture of Things: A Phenomenological Response to Timothy Morton," conference in New Orleans, LA in October 2014.

Dr. Mahoney also had his article "Heidegger and the Art of Technology: A Response to Eric Katz" published in Environmental Philosophy 11.2 (Fall 2014): 279-306.

 Dr. Moriah Hampton's short story "The End" recently appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Blazevox: An Online Journal of Voice. You can read this short story here.

"Standing," Moriah Hampton's submission to the Pine Hills Library Written Art Show will appear in the forth coming exhibition chapbook. As part of the Art Show's closing reception, she will be reading along with others short pieces written in response to the visual art currently on view. The closing reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-8pm.

For it's inaugural spring 2015 issue, The Bleeding Lion recently published "Human Contact," a short story by Moriah Hampton. It is available online here.