When poets and writers gather for a weekend of readings and fellowship, the mutual appreciation and inspiration are almost visible floating in the air. On April 11 and 12, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature hosted such a group in celebration of Issue 31 of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Three English majors represented Fairmont State University at the 2014 West Virginia Undergraduate Literary Symposium at Concord University on Saturday, April 5. Anthony J. Lacaria, Christopher J. Vance, and Lindsay Menas were invited to present papers at the event.
Lacaria, a resident of Bridgeport, is a senior majoring in English. He presented his paper, “The Powerful Female: Women Who ‘Kick-Ass’” during the Liminal Gender Perspectives session at the symposium. Lacaria wrote the paper for Dr. Deborah Nestor’s course in literary criticism.
The Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature has announced winners of its International Photography Contest.
First-place winners are Kevin Rucker and Megha Basnet, and second-place winners are Kevin McGrath and Deewa Adhikari. First-place prizes were $100, and second-place prizes were $50. The winning photos were taken in Paris, Macedonia and Nepal.
The Department of Language and Literature of Fairmont State University and Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 31 in April.
On Wednesday February 6, Fairmont State University welcomed three West Virginia writers— MIchael W. Cox, Jessie Van Eerden, and John Van Kirk—who each read short passages of their works of fiction to all who attended.
Not only did the authors thoroughly demonstrate their creative abilities and writing talents, but they captivated their audience when they read their stories aloud in such as a way that they imagined them happening.
Three West Virginia writers will read from their new books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the Fairmont State University main campus. The writers include Michael W. Cox, Jessie Van Eerden and John Van Kirk.
A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs at Fairmont State University and the Department of Language and Literature.
Two English majors will represent Fairmont State University at the annual meeting of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary society. The convention will be held Feb. 26 through March 1 in Savannah, Ga.
Sarah Queen, a native of Clarksburg, and Marissa Stickel of Lost Creek, will make presentations. Both of the students are seniors at Fairmont State. Queen is double-majoring in English education and Journalism Education, and Stickel is double-majoring in English and French. Matthews is the faculty sponsor of Beta Omega, Fairmont State’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.
Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 30 in October.
Eight contributors to Kestrel, including six whose work appears in Issue 30, will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion and offer individual consultations for writers, as well as give readings from their own work.
The public is invited, along with Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College faculty, staff and students, to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Fairmont State’s new Writing Center. The ceremony will take place in Room 308 of Jaynes Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The Writing Center was initiated as a proposal for a new Accelerated Learning program. The funds were issued to Fairmont State by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to support a pilot Accelerated Developmental Learning project.
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts Department of Music celebrates the spirit of musical connection with its Spring Music Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Colebank Hall.
Admission is free to the performance with a donation to The Soup Opera. Representatives will be at the concert to collect canned goods and other donations. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.