We had a great day with Kathleen Rooney, who visited two classes and gave an awesome reading.
Here she is taking a picture of the audience. And here’s a link to her photos that she posted.
Reading Animalities is like inhaling and exhaling innumerable versions of life—and like life, these poems embrace “carnage and joy”: “the sun on the horizon bleeding…/ where the loons swim in it by moonlight still laughing.” The curious juxtaposition of the familiar with the surreal—“the flaming peonies,” “black lemons floating on white water. ”—contemplates the question, “Why is there something instead of nothing?”
From “GARLIC “:
“I like the suffering, knowing there will/come a time.”
Nancy Botkin – poet, Senior Lecturer, and Director of First Year Writing – was recently interviewed by George Kalamaras, Indiana’s current Poet Laureate.
Here’s what Kalamaras has to say about Nancy’s poetry:
Nancy Botkin is a poet of quiet simplicity, though her poems are anything but simple. Based largely in the image, her poetics evoke complex interweavings of emotion and intellect. I’ve known her for many years, but it wasn’t until the last several that I became familiar with her work—which is imaginative, psychological, and emotive. There’s an elegance to her poems and a sparseness—both working together to strike deep chords of resonance. One senses a powerful consciousness at work, minutely observing the world—recording, locating, chronicling. But she doesn’t leave it there. Nancy transforms what she sees through the lens of her imagination.
She’s a poet for whom the past and present together are always present. Whether she writes about her father-in-law’s dementia, or a young boy misbehaving in a parking lot in June, or the memory of early days in Catholic school, everything comingles in her poems, giving further testament to her perception that, “Time and timing are the deep elements” (“Summer Solstice”). It is this timing of what to remember, and when, as well as how the imagination connects past and present, that often forms startling perceptions in her work. Even the cosmos, for her, is part of this remembering. As she tells us in “Not to Depart This Earth,” there is no timeline for what gets remembered, or when: “the stars . . . have taken their own / sweet time memorizing earth.”
Read the rest of the intro and interview here: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2014/10/08/septemberoctober-2014-poetry-feature-nancy-botkin/
Novelist Allegra Goodman will give the second annual Bender Scholar-in-Residence lecture at Indiana University South Bend. She is the author of many popular novels and short stories, including Intuition, Paradise Park, Kaaterskill Falls, The Family Markowitz, and Total Immersion. Her latest novel is The Cookbook Collector. Her lecture, “Writing Fiction: What I’ve Learned So Far,” will be held October 22 at 6 p.m. in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall in Northside Hall on campus. It is free and open to the public.
In her books, Goodman explores themes of family, religion, community, assimilation and immigration. Female scientists, rabbis, mothers, yentas, tree-huggers, professors, and CEOs people her fictive worlds. Her writing captures our modern, technologically driven society, while never forgetting the past and our indebtedness to it. Raised in Honolulu, Goodman studied English and Philosophy at Harvard University and received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford University. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Salon Award for Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe institute for Advance Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she is writing a new novel.
The Bender Scholar-in-Residence Lecture was established in the memory of Eileen and Harvey Bender. Dr. Eileen Bender, a professor of English at IU South Bend for 33 years, co-founded the statewide Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University and served as its first director. She received many awards for her work at IU South Bend as a teacher and campus leader. Dr. Harvey Bender, professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame for 52 years, was the founding director of the Regional Genetics Center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Eileen and Harvey Bender were married in 1956. They had three children whose generous gift has made the Bender Scholar-in-Residence Lecture possible. The topic of the lecture alternates between the sciences and humanities. The Nobel Laureate Eric Wieschaus, who was Harvey’s student, delivered the inaugural lecture in 2013.
ANALECTA is IU South Bend’s award-winning literary journal. It is published once a year under the guidance of a student editor who selects the best poetry, fiction, drama, and artwork from IUSB students. The editor for the 2015 issue is Chad Forbregd. The advisor is Clayton Michaels. Here, Chad answers a few questions about his new position…
Being the editor of Analecta is a rare experience and a valuable opportunity. Analecta is a school tradition. But it is more than that; it’s a powerful tool. It showcases the best student work, but it also represents the quality of our faculty, the university, and the great city of South Bend. It is a permanent record of where we are as a department, university, and community of artists. It is an honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to serve my peers in this position.
As the editor of the 2015 issue of Analecta my job is to select the best poetry, fiction, drama, and artwork from Indiana University South Bend students. That’s not something I am going to do frantically on a last minute coffee fueled bender, but something I am going to immerse myself in and labor over until everyone is holding a copy in their hands. Preferably with some semblance of a semi-satisfied expression stretched across their face on the night of the release party. I think we are going to go big this year. I am thinking about springing for a laser light show with the promise of fireworks, but I am open to suggestions.
I am extremely conscious of those who have severed in this position before me. I am following a long line of recent student-editors that I respect and admire. I have been reading Analecta since 2006 and I look forward to snagging a copy (or two) each year. I am looking forward to piecing together an issue that they would enjoy reading, and that honors, or at least pays tribute to Analecta’s rich history and reputation for quality. I want past, present, and future students to look back on this issue and see that we’ve got a pretty good thing going on at IUSB. We have a community of artists that are uniquely talented and worth being seen.
Selfishly, the thing that excites me the most when I think about editing Analecta is getting the opportunity to read and see all the phenomenal work by my peers. I am also looking forward to working with Clayton Michaels, my faculty advisor. He’s a bit of a beer snob, but I have a great deal of respect for him as a poet and professor.
In addition to being the 2015 editor of Analecta, I am also one of two assistant editors at 42 Miles Press. For those of you who are not familiar with 42 Miles Press, I suggest you check us out, or at least make a mental note to do so later. 42 Miles Press is based out of IUSB and we publish books of poetry, including the winner of the annual 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize. I consider it a real privilege to serve under the guidance of editor-in-chief, David Dodd Lee.
But I don’t consider myself new to the world of writing and editing. I worked as a freelance copywriter, mostly proofing ad copy and generating musician bios for two years before getting a job at a startup company in Indianapolis as a copywriter. In the three years I spent there I wrote everything from business proposals and executive summaries to Amazon product descriptions and directions to our warehouse.
As a creative writer, poems have appeared in several small publications including Analecta. One of the first poems I ever penned appeared in the 2007 issue and two poems appeared in the 2008 issue of Analecta. So, it’s a personal victory for me to be back at IUSB 7 years later working for the same school publication that gave me my first publication. But please… don’t try and find those issues.
To borrow a cliché, the wheels have been turning. This will be the 45th issue of the student publication and I think that calls for celebration. I think this is an appropriate time to take a look back at where we have been and where we would like to see Analecta go in the future. I want this issue to be something special, and thematic. I’d like it to attempt to tackle something larger than itself. But more importantly, I want the work to shape the issue. I want my peers to show me where and how far to take this issue. I may be the editor, but the purpose of Analecta is to showcase the best student work, so that is exactly what you can expect out of the 45th issue of Analecta.
If this were a wedding anniversary this would Analecta’s sapphire anniversary. Sapphire has a history that dates back to biblical times and has been used to symbolize wisdom, holiness, sincerity, and good fortune. I am not sure how that bit of information will influence this issue but it was fun to spend a few minutes looking up. To be truthful, I haven’t actually slowed down and started the process of organizing my thoughts. I have sort of just jumped right in and tried to learn as much as I can about this whole process. I think it was Richard Hugo that wrote, “Start, as some smarty once said, in the middle of things.” And that’s exactly what I’ve done.
One of my passion projects as editor is to give the Analecta blog a facelift. The editors before me have done some amazing things over the years and I would like to pay tribute to that, and maybe share tidbits of Analecta’s historic past with IUSB’s creative future. By the end of the summer I hope that the blog is a place where students can find submission guidelines, general FAQ, but also as a space to share student work (past and present) and offer a narrative to Analecta’s creative past which dates back as far as 1965.
To celebrate my “inauguration” interview, here is your first piece of Analecta trivia: Analecta first appeared as Realm and has been published under four different titles since 1965.
For those students who are anxious to get their work read, we will be seeking submissions from October 2014 to January 2015. I will be making my rounds preaching the good word of Analecta and encouraging early submissions sometime in the month of October. The trend has always been that Analecta gets flooded with submissions close to the deadline. I would like to see if I can change that this year. I think deadlines are important, and for tasks like writing, I think a hard deadline is crucial. So I won’t be pushing the deadline back or accepting late submissions.
If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I assume I will be taking this over).