Looking back and moving ahead with SMU’s Willard Spiegelman

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 16, 2016 Every day he taught a class at Southern Methodist University, Willard Spiegelman wore a bow tie and a jacket. Every day in every class he taught, students were expect to write. For 45 years, it was this way. On a Friday afternoon in early September, Spiegelman wears just khakis and a button down shirt, sleeves rolled to his elbows. He's spent the past few months packing up his office, giving away volumes of poetry to students and colleagues from his bookshelves, preparing for his move to Manhattan, where he will spend his retirement. For decades he's split his time between Dallas and the East Coast, where his partner of many years resides. But before he goes, he's making [...]

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Laugh and learn with Willard Spiegelman’s ‘Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead’

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 2, 2016 At this point in my life, after more than 40 years as a journalist and writer, I just want to be with people, and that includes authors, who can teach me something or make me laugh. Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, does both. At first, I thought the author of a book titled Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead would be an academic geezer calling up pedantic allusions as he remembers the days of wine and roses and rages against the dying of the light. Well, it's true that Spiegelman, who's interested in Greek and Latin, has written dozens of scholarly papers and recorded lectures on "How to Read and Understand Poetry" for the [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Laugh and learn with Willard Spiegelman’s ‘Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead’

SMU Department of English – Gilbert Lecture Series

Date: 10/06/2016 Location: Dedman Life Science Building, room 131 Time: 6pm Come see Robert S. Levine of The University of Maryland present 'Frederick Douglass in Fiction: From Harriet Beecher Stowe to John Updike and James McBride,' as part of the English Department's Gilbert Lecture Series. The event will start at 6pm on October 6th in The Dedman Life Science Building, Room 131. Hope to see you there!

By | September 8th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on SMU Department of English – Gilbert Lecture Series

For a Long Life, Retire to Manhattan- Commentary from Willard Spiegelman

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 3, 2016 Willard Spiegelman commentary, writes about retiring to Manhattan In his famous essay about New York, E. B. White distinguished among three cities and three types of New Yorkers. The first two — the city belonging to people born here, and that of commuters who work here by day and leave by night — were, he said, less compelling than the third, “the city of final destination” for those who come here in hope and nervousness. Much has changed since 1948, when White’s essay, “Here Is New York,” appeared. More has remained the same. The sidewalks have retained their beauty and ugliness. The city still draws its influx of eager young people fresh from the farm, the small town [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on For a Long Life, Retire to Manhattan- Commentary from Willard Spiegelman

Senior Moments

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 Location: The Wild Detectives 314 W. Eighth Street Dallas, TX 75208 214-942-0108 Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm ALSO Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 Location:  Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201 214-242-5100 Time:  6:30pm Willard Spiegelman has been the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, and from 1984 – 2016 served as the editor of Southwest Review. Never known to be a man at a loss for words or opinions, his latest thoughts have been collected into his second book of essays, Senior Moments. “If you are a living, breathing member of the human race, then Willard Spiegelman’s exemplary Senior Moments is for you. Aging is our universal condition: the only question is whether we approach our seniority [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Senior Moments

SMU alumnus Tim Seibles named Virginia’s poet laureate

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Originally Posted: August 23, 2016 Tim Seibles, professor of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, was named poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Professor Seibles teaches in the master of fine arts in creative writing program at Old Dominion. Professor Seibles joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in 1995. He was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 for his collection Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012). Professor Seibles is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He taught for 10 years in the Dallas public school system before earning a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. READ MORE

By | August 30th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU alumnus Tim Seibles named Virginia’s poet laureate

Kimbilio Literary Retreat: Writers flock to retreat for serenity, beauty of Taos and northern New Mexico

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: August 1, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – When Lakiesha Carr decided she needed a quiet place and the support of her peers to finish her debut collection of short stories, she knew exactly where she wanted to go: The Kimbilio Retreat for African-American fiction writers at SMU-in-Taos, New Mexico. “As a writer, it’s always great to have workshop opportunities, because you want as many eyes and insights as you can get for the work,” Carr says. “Kimbilio has a great legacy, even though it’s a young organization, of having tremendously talented and intelligent people coming there, and that in itself is a gift.” Carr says she choose to attend Kimbilio because it’s hosted by SMU, her alma mater; because she’d heard great things [...]

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