Department News and Upcoming Events

8th Annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park: Measure for Measure (4/6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 27, 28)


The Department of English’s Theater/Drama Program presents the 8th Annual “Shakespeare-in-the-Park” production of Measure for Measure.

Performance days, times, and locations are as follows -

April 6 – 8, 8pm, at the UNF Green
April 14-15, 8pm, at Johansen Park
April 27-28, 7:30pm, at Church of the Good Shepherd

All performances are free and open to the public. 

"Memories of a Penitent Heart" Screening and Q&A (4/14)

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers will screen the documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo ( followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, on Friday, April 14 from 6:00–8:30 pm in the Student Union Auditorium Building 58W / Room 2704. This event is co-sponsored by AfterImage Documentary, UNF's LGBT Resource Center, Interfaith Center, Department of Diversity Initiatives, and International Studies Program.  

"Not Necessarily" Book Release, Reading, and Signing (4/19)

Location: UNF Gallery of Art

Time: 7pm

Mark Ari's Advanced Fiction Workshop and Creative Non-Fiction Workshop have come together to create an anthology touching on (but not always making contact with) the theme of "love." The book is titled "Not Necessarily," and its contents explore what love does and does not necessarily mean, its vast and narrow interpretations, and the suffering and ecstacy it has the potential to afflict all of us with.

Copies of "Not Necessarily" will be available for purchase and signing. Several of the book's contributors will be reading their works. Refreshments will be provided.

The Films of Andy Warhol (4/20)

Location: Student Union plaza

Time: 8pm


An evening of films by Andy Warhol, curated by Ryan Bell, shown outside, under the stars, on the lawn adjacent to the UNF Student Union. This screening is in conjunction with Clark Lunberry’s spring UNF course, “Being Bored: The Art of Ennui" and is the final event of the spring semester's "Series of Boring Events.” 

English Graduate Organization (EGO) Spring Showcase - "Intra-Disciplinary Diversity: Approaches to English" (4/21)


Location: UNF Library, Chamblin Room

Time: 6pm


The UNF English Graduate Organization (EGO) is proud to announce its Spring 2017 showcase, “Intra-Disciplinary Diversity: Approaches to English,” an event featuring a trio of panels that highlight the wide range approaches to scholarship in the UNF Department of English. The event will be held in the Chamblin Room on the 1st floor of the UNF library at 6 PM on Friday, April 21st. The first panel will feature students of Professor Clark Lunberry, who will present “concretions”––“alternate manifestation(s) of thought,” emerging from various works of literature and utilizing materials other than language. Afterwards, students from Professor James Beasley’s Problems in Contemporary Composition class will present posters that they created throughout the Spring semester, addressing innovation in writing pedagogy in Jacksonville and beyond. To conclude, students from Professor Jenni Lieberman's American Literature class will host a roundtable discussion of contemporary magical realism. All are encouraged to attend. 

AfterImage Documentary presents "Jax in Color" (4/27)


AfterImage Documentary at UNF presents a showcase of documentary shorts produced by Documentary Production students. Free and open to the public.


Location: Student Union plaza

Time: 8pm

Past Events 

Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest: Award Celebration & Reading (4/6)

Location: Building 8, English Commons (second floor)
Time: 6-8pm

Winners and runners-up from this year’s Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest will read and receive awards for their work. Winners will receive broadside publications of their entries. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The winners and runners-up are -

Creative Nonfiction
Winner: “A Letter To No Friend At All”—Ashley Kemker
Runner-Up: "Medusan Influence"—Dan Pike

Winner: "Embaumer"—Eldred Moye
Runner-Up: "So You Want to be a Hipster Millenial?"—Kathleen Roland


Winner: “A Work of Art” – Teresa Jacobson
Runner-Up: “In Memory” – John Polefko 

Short Fiction
Winner: "Lou”—Rayce Smallwood
Runner Up: “Double Vanilla Delight”—Brandon Stadnicki

The Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards are sponsored by a fund established in honor and memory of Amy Wainright, a writing instructor at the University of North Florida from 1993 until 2013.

Against the Current: Innovations in Teaching Writing in Jacksonville and Beyond (4/6)

Location: MOCA (5th floor, Workshop 1)

Time: 7-8:30pm


The students of ENC 5720: Problems in Contemporary Composition will present their original research and work. 

Brown Bag Series presents Dr. Nicholas deVilliers: "Sexography" (4/5)


Location: Writing Center (3/1200)

Time: 11am-noon

Please join Sigma Tau Delta on Wednesday, April 5 from 11-12 in the UNF Writing Center for our Brown Bag Series presentation of "Sexography," a talk (and book) by Dr. Nicholas de Villiers about sex work in documentary film. Light refreshments will be provided; this will be a great opportunity to learn more about Dr. de Villiers' work and to ask him questions regarding his research, publication process, and academic presentation of his book.

Jax-Lit 2 (4/3)


Location: UNF Gallery of Art

Time: 7-9pm 


As part of UNF's WORD BY WORD READING SERIES, we're delighted to present JAX-LIT 2, the 2nd annual celebration and consideration of literary Jacksonville including editors/producers of several Jacksonville-based literary/art journals, magazines, and initiatives. There will be readings and a panel discussion.

Tim Gilmore
Matt Lany 
Frances Driscoll 
Sam Bilheimer
T. Jacobson 
Jared Michael Rypkema 
Caleb Sarvis
Jennifer Bundy
Zac Furlough
Ana Shaw

Panel: We warmly welcome Tim Gilmore (Jax by Jax), Sam Bilheimer (Perversion), Jared Rypkema (Bridge Eight), Abby Nehring, Mark Ari (EAT, Flock), Aaron Wallace (Aquarian), Jennifer Bundy (Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival), Ana Shaw (Élan).

Erik Satie's "Vexations": A Marathon Piano Concert (3/15)


At UNF's Thomas G. Carpenter Library, a team of pianists will be undertaking a rare performance of Erik 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).

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.”

Brown Bag Series featuring Dr. Samuel Kimball (3/14)


Dr. Kimball will present a talk entitled "Daedalus' Labyrinthine Secret in Western Art and Literature."

Tuesday, March 14th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Writing Center (3/1200)

Light snacks will be provided, but all attendees are encouraged to bring a "Brown Bag" of lunch & join the discussion.

CL Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe Reading (3/8) 


Authors CL Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe will hold a public reading, q&a, and book signing. This event is sponsored by the Amy Wainright Endowment for Undergraduate Creative Writing.


Location: UNF Gallery of Art, Building 2

Time: 7:00 pm

"So You Think You Want to Teach?”: A Roundtable Discussion Featuring UNF Alumni English School Teachers (3/7)


Time: 5:30-6:30 
Location: Building 8, Commons (Room 2357)

Come talk about teaching with UNF English alumni Caleb Sarvis, Language Arts, Fletcher High School; Meme Broadfoot, Language Arts, Ed White High School; Aisha Rees, Language Arts, Ed White High School; and Scott Benyacko, Department Chair, English, St. Augustine High School.

"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.”

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!

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 

"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.