Students Elizabeth Footit, Alanna Grady, Jasmine Jiles, Tyler Leahy, Kyle Palazzi, and Marissa Puchalski, with advisor Professor Rebecca Lartigue, attended the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Albuquerque, N.M., March 18-21. Footit and Pulchalski presented interpretive argument papers, while Grady, Leahy, and Palazzi presented creative writing.
Professor Justine Dymond was selected for a Writers Omi at Ledig House residency with the Omi International Arts Center in Hudson, N.Y., which she will be attending during her sabbatical in spring 2015. Her nonfiction story "Stone Wall" also appeared in the September 2014 issue of Meat for Tea.
Professor Margaret Lloyd had an exhibit of her watercolor paintings and painting/poem pairs in the Lathrop Gallery of the Lathrop Community in Easthampton for the month of February 2015. She also gave a poetry reading as part of the Collected Poets Series in Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls on March 5.
At the Humanities Department Awards banquet this spring, the following English majors and minors will be inducted as new members of Sigma Tau Delta: Emily Bellin, Mackenzie DiTomassi, Alanna Grady, Jordan Karnes, Tyler Leahy, Julia Maturo, Elise Montes, Amanda Palladino, Marissa Puchalski, Shane O’Leary, Kyle Pegolo, and Candace Tibbetts.
On July 19, 2015, professor Margaret Lloyd will be the featured poet in Chatter’s “music and poetry Sundays” (Albuquerque, N.M.).
Professor Rebecca Lartigue was awarded a 2015 Springfield Cultural Council grant to organize and host a spoken word event called "Springfield Voices." The performance will take place in fall 2015.
Members of professor Rebecca Lartigue’s Shakespeare class (ENGL 467, spring 2015), presented scenes from Richard III, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest as an exercise in staging and interpretation.The class members also welcomed Learning in Later Life students to their unit on Richard III.
Alanna Grady recently completed an English internship at The Gray House. In spring 2015, Tyler Leahy is interning with Leadership Pioneer Valley.
Members of Lartigue’s fall 2014 History of the English Language course worked with English language learners. They volunteered as weekly conversation partners with international student peers on campus and as tutors for adult language learners off campus.