Spring 2015 Newsletter

What We’re Reading

Dr. Trudier Harris I just finished reading—for the second time—Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body (2003).  Parks is known primarily as a playwright, having won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Topdog/Underdog.  However, she ventures into the novel form for this narrative.  In somewhat of a reversal of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Billie Beede, the […]

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An Evolving Perspective: 16 Years with Carol Appling

After spending 16 years working for The University of Alabama Department of English, former Graduate Coordinator Carol Appling has said her goodbyes. In 1998, Appling took on the role as Program Assistant for Graduate Studies, where she worked solely with the MA/PhD programs. In 2006, she stepped up as the Graduate Coordinator, which allowed her […]

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Carl Peterson: MFA Alumnus

As the world changes at an ever-increasing pace, professionals of all stripes find themselves changing careers and adapting their skills from their original degrees to new settings and contexts. Carl Peterson earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is an MFA Alumnus from The University of Alabama, where he earned his degree […]

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An Unorthodox Path

Shea Henderson waits outside Starbucks among his fellow students for our meeting, holding The Crimson White and intently reading an article as I approach him. Like the majority of students at The University of Alabama, Shea Henderson’s backpack brims with textbooks and papers for his upcoming classes, however the difference between him and his peers […]

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Dr. Raymond Wachter: English Instructor

Dr. Raymond Wachter studied creative writing and received his B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. He studied American literature and received his M.A. and PhD in English from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pinch, […]

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Hali Felt: English Professor

Hali Felt may be a fresh face within The University of Alabama’s Department of English, but her impressive accomplishments could convince anyone that she has already established a name for herself. Growing up with a love for creative writing and the arts, she knew that her passion lay within these fields. Having recently having moved […]

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