Department News and Upcoming Events

Word-By-Word Reading Series Presents Katherine Espano (2/24)

UNF's Word by Word Reading Series is proud to host local author Katherine Espano. She will read from her new dystopian thriller, The Infinity Bloom. Her poetry collection, The Sky’s Dustbin, won the 2014 Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in many literary magazines, such as The Massachusetts ReviewGreen Mountains Review, and Karamu.


A Q&A session and book-signing will follow the reading.


Location: UNF Student Union / room 3804

Time: 7 - 8:30 pm 

Admission: free

Women's History Month Exhibition (3/1)

This event was designed and run by UNF English students to celebrate women's accomplishments. The event will take place in the Main Library downtown during Art Walk. It will feature local published women writers reading their own work and answering questions from the audience, make-your-own bookmark stations, various interactive booths where you can learn and talk about women's accomplishments in various fields. 

It is an easy event to come walk through--you don't have to stay the whole hour and a half to enjoy it! But if you stay the whole time you will get to hear a lot of work by women writers and have a lot of fun with us!

"Checks and Balances": Boring Event #2 (3/1-3/3)


Mark Creegan, Asst. Professor of Drawing and Design, FSCJ-Kent, will present a durational performance, "Checks & Balances," in the planter adjacent to the UNF Art Gallery. The performance will begin at 1pm on 3/1 and and end at 3pm on 3/3.

This event is held in conjunction with Clark Lunberry’s spring UNF course, “Being Bored: The Art of Ennui," and is a part of the spring semester's "Series of Boring Events.”

Erik Satie's "Vexations" (Marathon Piano Concert): Boring Event #3 (3/15-3/16)

At UNF's Thomas G. Carpenter Library, a team of pianists will be undertaking a rare performance of Eric Satie’s 1893 composition "Vexations." This collaborative event—organized by Clark Lunberry, UNF Department of English, and Erin Bennett, School of Music—will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, and continue uninterrupted until approximately 3 a.m. Thursday, March 16, taking between 18-20 hours to complete (with 840 uninterrupted repetitions of a one-minute line of music).

If you are a pianist interested in participating in this event (signing up for a 30-minute time slot, or more), please contact us at or
An excerpt of "Vexations" can be heard at this link:
And the score can be downloaded here: 

This performance of "Vexations" is in conjunction with Lunberry’s spring UNF course, “Being Bored: The Art of Ennui" and is a part of the spring semester's "Series of Boring Events.”

Many thanks to the College of Arts and Sciences and Keyboard Connection for their generous support of this piano performance of Satie's "Vexations." 

Past Events

"Watching Paint Dry": Boring Event #1 (2/14-2/17)

In conjunction with Dr. Clark Lunberry's spring 2017 course "Being Bored: The Art of Ennui," the UNF Art Gallery will host "Watching Paint Dry: A Performance Event.” As the event's title spells out, visitors will be invited to watch paint dry upon a large canvas positioned at the center of the gallery. This event is free and open to the public; chairs will be provided but seating is limited.

Word-By-Word Reading Series Presents Annie DeWitt (2/1)


Author Annie DeWitt will hold a reading and question-and-answer session at 7pm in the Student Union, Room 3804. Free and open to the public.