LitFest Author Profile

Check out this interview with LitFest author Tim Parrish! He will be reading at 6:30 on March 21st in the DeGoyler Library Reading Room. Mark your calendars now!

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Professor Greg Brownderville Makes His TV Debut

Professor Greg Brownderville appeared on The Broadcast TV to talk about writing love poetry.  Click the link below to view the two-part video!


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Professor Marjorie Swann Publishes New Edition of “The Compleat Angler”

Oxford University Press has just published a new edition of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler edited by Marjorie Swann, Associate Professor of English at SMU.  Written in response to the political and environmental devastation of the English Civil War, The Compleat Angler explores how men might create a new society through their shared experience and stewardship of the natural world.  Since it was first published in 1653, generations of readers around the world have found Walton’s message compelling, and The Compleat Angler has become one of the most frequently reprinted books in the English language.  Professor Swann’s new edition is the first to examine Walton’s work through the lens of ecocriticism, and her introduction and notes offer readers new insights into the book’s intersections with environmental and social history.  You’ll find a description of the new edition here –  – and a related post (featuring photos by Dedman College’s Dean Bill Tsutsui) on OUPblog here: .

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We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Lagos, Nigeria; 12:00, January 22, 2014: Innovative telecommunications company in Nigeria, Etisalat, today announced the 2013 shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso (Modjaji Publishers)
Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings (Holland Park Press)
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Little, Brown and Company/Chatto & Windus UK)

In its inaugural year, the Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward debut fiction writers in Africa. The winner will be presented with a cheque of £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and will attend The Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland.

The shortlist was decided after a retreat in Morocco where the judges met to discuss at length the nine longlisted books. Pumla Gqola, Chair of the Judges said ‘We discussed each of the books on the long list in quite some detail, although considerably more time was dedicated to those books that were ranked differently by the judges. We are quite pleased to have reached yet another important milestone in the young life of the Prize’.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika said “The diversity of these debut novels, both on the level of content and narrative style, makes this a very exciting shortlist. Whether it is Bulawayo’s coming of age story set in the context of contemporary global migration, or Omotoso’s cross-cultural tale with its slowly unfolding secrets and interconnected narratives of love and loneliness, or Jennings’ multilayered exploration of history and allegory, each story is uniquely compelling. These are African stories with universal resonance. All three novels traverse time and space and at their core, each addresses the basic human condition.” Billy Kahora added “The shortlist reflects what I had hoped for as a judge when I became involved with the Etisalat Prize for Literature – the recognition of the best, diverse and emerging voice(s) of contemporary African fiction today.” The winner will be announced at a grand award ceremony in Lagos on Sunday, the 23rd of February 2014

The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature Flash Fiction category will also be announced at the ceremony and will receive £1,000 in cash alongside the two runners up who will receive £500 each.

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Literature + Medicine: Writing Contest

Literature + Medicine explores compassion and science at the bedside. For the past three years, this annual seminar hosted at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has offered a unique opportunity to join prominent scholars and physicians in an interactive seminar, which investigates the connection between literary understanding and medical knowledge. This year, the Literature + Medicine event has expanded to include a poetry lecture.

The committee of the Literature + Medicine Conference invites you — active physicians, professors, medical professionals, pre-med, medical students, residents and interns, hospital trustees and administrators — to submit a creative poem, short story and/or essay about your experiences in medicine annually for the Literature + Medicine Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The writing competition for the 2013 Literature + Medicine competition and event has opened.

Winners will be noticed prior to the 2013 event and should plan to attend the Literature + Medicine Conference to be recognized. To read winning submissions from 2012, click here.

For more information about the writing contest, contact us via email.

Fourth Annual Literature + Medicine Conference

The 2013 Literature + Medicine event will be hosted at Texas Health Dallas on Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Each year this event features a prominent writer as speaker at an evening seminar and this year is no different. The 2013 speaker will be New York Times best-selling author John M. Barry, who has written such works as The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.

The event also includes a writing competition open to physicians, professors, medical professionals, pre-med, medical students, residents, interns and hospital trustees and administrators. The writing competition offers cash prizes and winners are announced at the seminar each year. More information about this year’s writing contest will be posted on this website in coming months.

See photos from the 2012 event

Literature + Medicine Poetry Lecture

New this year is a Literature + Medicine Poetry Lecture, which will be hosted on Sept. 19. The speaker for this exciting lecture will be Harvard Medical School professor and National Poetry Series Award Winner Rafael Campo, who is best known for such works as The Other Man Was Me, What the Body Told and The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire.

Details for the poetry lecture will be posted to this website in the coming months.

Literature + Medicine Committee Members

Thanks to our loyal Literature + Medicine committee members for their thoughtful ideas and dedication to developing an inspirational and informative conference for everyone interested in medicine.

  • Mark Feldman, M.D., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Dirk Frater, M.D., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Fred Griffin, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical School
  • John F. Harper, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Thomas Wm. Mayo, J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Jasper Neel, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • Nina Schwartz, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
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Micah Robbins’s “Literary Libel and the Clowning of Richard Nixon” Accepted for Publication

Micah Robbins’s article, “Literary Libel and the Clowning of Richard Nixon,” has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming collection of essays Protest on the Page. The book is part of the Print Culture History in Modern America book series, which is published on behalf of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, a joint program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Protest on the Page will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in late 2014.

Micah Robbins is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English.

Congratulations, Micah!

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Find Meaningful Work After College

Dear English Majors and Minors,

Come hear how you can find rewarding and meaningful work after college!

On Tuesday, April 9, at 6pm in the Dedman Life Science Building, Room 131, The English Department will Sponsor a Career Panel with several former majors who will discuss their current careers and the paths that led them to these jobs.

We will have representatives from the law; media relations; IT; online marketing; business; and communications.  And we have also invited an Internship Coordinator from a local company who may be able to help you with an internship.

Come take advantage of their expertise and get a head-start on your future career.

Please RSVP on our website at:

Location: Dedman Life Science Building, Rm. 0131
 April 9, 2013 at 6pm. Reception to follow in the Dallas Hall Reading Room at 7:30pm, ground floor.


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Summer internship opportunity


Talented Team – Fast Paced – Technology Marketing

Social Media and Web Content Manager – Internship

Software company looking for enthusiastic intern to manage social media and web content.


IPceleate, a collaboration software company located in Carrollton, TX, is looking for a bright and energetic intern to assist with the execution of its social and online marketing strategy.  This paid internship will give the intern exposure to a small, fast-growing startup that is quickly growing into a cloud-based software fulfillment model.

We’re looking for someone to help us leverage the power of social media as well as manage the content of our website.  If you’re looking to stretch yourself and work with a team of talented and motivated people, let’s talk!

May through August, Flexible hours.

Web experience
Social media savvy
Strong writing skills
Good work ethic

Please send inquiries to

1445 Macarthur Dr.
Suite 100
Carrollton, TX 75007


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April 9th: English Alumni Career Panel

dallashallcareer4th Annual SMU English Alumni Career Panel

Location: Dedman Life Science Building, Rm. 0131 Date: April 9, 2013 at 6pm.

Reception to follow in the Dallas Hall Reading Room at 7:30pm, ground floor.

So you’re an English major…now what? What career paths has your major prepared you for?

This career panel is designed to show you how the skills you learn as an English major can be of major benefit to you in the workforce and in your job search, expose you to a wide range of fields and industries you may not have considered, and introduce you to knowledgable alumni who will answer your questions and provide valuable networking contacts. Past English alumni panelists have come from fields as diverse as publishing/editing, finance, marketing, and medicine. Come take advantage of their expertise and get a head start on your future career!

Register for free!

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