Department News and Events Spring 2016 

Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter's Tale (Performances April 4-5, 8-9, 15-16)


The University of North Florida’s Department of English, in collaboration with the City of Atlantic Beach Department of Parks and Recreation and the Church of the Good Shepherd, will present its seventh annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park, a project designed to present authentic, accessible and bold productions of Shakespeare’s plays for contemporary audiences.

Jealousy, adultery, infanticide and fairy tale, in addition to getting eaten by a bear and the passage of 16 years, followed by love, miracle, resurrection and forgiveness characterize “The Winter’s Tale,” one of Shakespeare’s last plays. Directed by Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF associate professor of English, the cast features UNF students and members of the Jacksonville community.

The production opens Monday April 4, and will be repeated Tuesday, April 5, on the UNF Green in front of the Fine Arts Center, Building 45, weather permitting. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. The production will also travel to Riverside, performing in Worsham Hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. The April 9 performance will be followed by a panel discussion. All performances are free and open to the public. For information about either of these performances, contact the UNF Department of English at (904) 620-2273.

Final performances of “The Winter’s Tale” will be performed at Johansen Park in Atlantic Beach at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. A rain date is set for 8 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Backstreets Catering will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public. For information about the Atlantic Beach Performance, contact Linda Ginsberg at (904) 246-4061.


JAX LIT (April 8) 


As part of UNF's "Word By Word Reading Series," JAX-LIT will be a celebration and consideration of literary Jacksonville including editors of several Jacksonville-based literary/art journals, magazines, and initiatives. There will be readings and a panel discussion.


Jason Dean Arnold. RaeJeana Brooks, Tim Gilmore, Ira Sukrungruang, and Hurley Winkler will read their work. Our panel of writers will include Tim Gilmore (Jax by Jax), Grant Kittrell (Poetry Fix), Carl Rosen (Perversion), Jared Rypkema (Bridge Eight), Georgie Salzer (Talon Review) and April Gray Wilder (Fiction Fix), and Mark Ari (EAT).

Friday, April 8 from 6-9 p.m.

UNF Gallery of Art


Amy Wainright Creative Writing Awards - Ceremony and Reading (April 11)


The Amy Wainright Creative Writing Contest Committee will host a brief awards ceremony and reading in the English Hall commons on Monday, April 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Contest winners and honorable mentions will receive certificates. Winners--at least some of them--will read their prize-winning poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.


We'd like to congratulate the following winners in each of the three contest categories:


Gina Olson - "Dots"

Honorable Mention: Darcy Graham - "Olive Skinned Celt"


Blake Middleton - "Nicholas Cage"

Honorable Mention: Brandon Stadnicki - "Crawling, Feathered"

Creative Non-Fiction

Lori Sefick - "Skinny Love"

Honorable Mention: RaeJeana Brooks - "A.LONE.LY"

English Graduate Organization (EGO) Spring Conference: "Forming Forms: Composition as Process" (April 12)


The UNF English Graduate Organization’s Spring Conference, "Forming Forms: Composition as Process," will be held on Tuesday, April 12, in the Student Union Ballrooms, 3rd floor, from 6 p.m to 8:45.

The purpose of this showcase is to explore the various approaches and processes that are often taken for granted, de-emphasized, or overlooked in the writing process. In addition to panel presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Nick DeVilliers of the Department of English will present on his upcoming book Sexography: Sex Work in Documentary.


Past Events 

[neu]Sonics Music Initiative: Audrey Chen / Flandrew Fleisenberg (April 1)


[neu]Sonics Music Initiative presents Audrey Chen (voice/cello) and Flandrew Fleisenberg (percussion).

Fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of "mundane things". These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture around Chen's internally driven sonic language. Her own deeply personal yet unconventional uses of the voice and cello, in combination with Fleisenberg's material conjuring, creates a wordless discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.

UNF Gallery of Art
Bldg 2, 1001


This event is co-sponsored by [neu]Sonics Music Initiative and the Department of English, and organized by Dr. Clark Lunberry.

William Basinski Performs "Cascade/The Deluge" (March 24 @ Sun-Ray Cinema)


Los Angeles-based composer and musician William Basinski will perform "Cascade/The Deluge" (with video projection by James Elaine). This event is sponsored by UNF's Department of English, Sun-Ray Cinema, and the Chengzhong Focus Foundation, and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 24 at 8 PM 

Sun-Ray Cinema
1028 Park St, Jacksonville, Florida 32204 


Josip Novakovich Reading (March 21)

Writer Josip Novakovich will present a reading in the UNF Gallery of Art from 6-8 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Amy Wainright Endowment.


Josip Novakovich is a Canadian Croatian writer. He is a recipient of the Whiting Award,a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, panelist of National Endowment of the Arts, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Novakovich was a finalist for the The Man Booker International Prize in 2013. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize (three times),] and O.Henry Prize Stories. Kirkus Reviews called Novakovich "the best American short stories writer of the decade".


Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (March 8)


Dr. Nicholas de Villiers will present a screening of Andy Warhol's 1966 film Cheslea Girls at 7 p.m. in the UNF Gallery of Art. 


Sigma Tau Delta Spring Showcase: "Electrifying English" (March 4)


Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, will hold their spring showcase, "Electrifying English." The showcase will feature original scholarly work by students in the Department of English.


Friday, March 4 from 3-5 p.m.

Student Union West, Ballrooms C&D 


Brown Bag Lecture Series: Dr. Bart Welling (March 1)


Dr. Bart Welling, Associate Professor of English, will present "No Blood for Oil: Rethinking Energy, Reinhabiting the Modern World." Dr. Welling devotes attention to his own investment in the petrocultures he inhabits and addresses environmentalism and the field of earth-oriented criticism. Refreshments will be served. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Building 8, English Hall, Room 2213

Cost: Free
Sponsor: Sigma Tau Delta
Contact: Valerie Kelco

Teri Youmans-Grimm Reading (February 26)


Teri Youmans-Grimm will read from her fantastic new book of poetry, Becoming Lyla Dore. A Q&A will follow. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

Friday, February 26at 7 p.m.
Student Union West, Room 3804

Frances Driscoll Reading (February 5) 

The Department of English's "Word by Word" Reading Series presents poet Frances Driscoll. Driscoll will read from and discuss her latest collection, Seaglass Picnic. A Q&A session and book-signing will follow the reading. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, Feb. 5
Student Union West /Rm. 3804


Graduate Lecture Series - James Beasley, "Writing the Graduate School Personal Statement" (February 2) 


Dr. James Beasley, Associate Professor of English, will present his lecture "Writing the Graduate School Personal Statement" at 5 p.m. in the Student Union medium meeting room 3806 (third floor). This event is free and open to all students. This is a great opportunity to successfully prepare yourself for the next step in your academic journey.


Andrea Chapin Book Reading and Signing (January 29)


The UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE, Department of Art and Design, and the Department of English WORD BY WORD Reading Series proudly invite you to attend a book reading and signing with Andrea Chapin, author of the acclaimed historical novel, “The Tutor.”

Friday, January 29, 2pm / UNF Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, Bldg. 58E, Ste. 2401.

“Andrea Chapin’s romp through one of Shakespeare’s lost years will beguile lovers of poetry and romance alike. A literary delight.” –Elizabeth Gaffney

Auditions for "The Winter's Tale" (January 29) 


We will hold auditions for the Department of English Theater/Drama Program's spring Shakespeare in the Park production of The Winter's Tale.


Friday, January 29 6:00-9:00 pm
Student Union, Building 58, Second Floor Auditorium

Open to members of the university and the Jacksonville community. UNF promotes diversity and inclusion and seeks a multicultural cast. Actors should prepare a two-minute monologue. Vocalists should prepare to sing a capella.

Roles for: Ten males ages 13-60. Three Spanish speaking males.
One male child 10 years old.
Singing and dancing roles for males and females.

INFORMATION: Dr. Monteleone; 904-704-3207 or Kelsey Crow 561-685-0766.