Department News and Events Spring 2014 

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet - April 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, & 12


The University of North Florida Department of English, in conjunction with the City of Atlantic Beach and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, will present its fifth season of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s production is Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story ever told, that follows the fortunes of young people who find true love in a culture of violence and hate. All performances are free and open to the public.

This production is directed by Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF Associate Professor of English and Drama, with music arranged by Trevor Lundquist and Dorothy Lalas, UNF music majors, and with swordplay by Raul Toro, fencing master from the Jacksonville Fencing Club. The cast features UNF students and members of the Jacksonville community.

The production will open with two performances on UNF’s Green, an outdoor performance space located in front of Building 45, Fine Arts Center, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2 (weather permitting). Live music will begin at 7:45 p.m. Parking is available at the Fine Arts Center Parking Garage, Garage 44. For information about the UNF performances, contact the UNF Department of English at (904) 620-2273.

Performances at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 1100 Stockton Street in Riverside, will take place in Worsham Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Live music will begin at 7:15 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the April 5 performance. The performance is a presentation of the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd. For information, contact the office at (904) 387-5691.

Atlantic Beach performances will take place in Johansen Park at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Live music will begin at 7:45 p.m. Patrons may bring chairs and a picnic dinner. In case of rain, there will be one Atlantic Beach performance at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. For information about Atlantic Beach performances, contact Linda Ginsberg at (904) 246-4061.


English Graduate Organization (E.G.O.) Spring Research Conference - April 7


The English Graduate Organization invites you to attend its Spring 2014 Graduate Research Conference: “Out of Bounds: Contemporary English Studies.”  Please see the conference schedule for more information.

The conference will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom (Building 58 West, Room 3703).

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English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta Meet and Greet - April 10  


The English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring a Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 10th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Writing Center (Bldg 3, Room 1302).  Free pizza will be available. 

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Past Events 

The Stepford Wives (1975) screening, lecture, and fashion show - Friday, March 7

Nick de Villiers and duncan barlow are happy to announce another film presentation at the historic Sun-Ray Cinema! This semester we are presenting the 1975 version of Ira Levin’s STEPFORD WIVES. There will be a brief lecture before the film. After the film we will host a fashion show. 70’s costumes (either Stepford Housewife or Women’s Liberation styles) are encouraged. We will award small prizes for the best costumes.


About STEPFORD WIVES: Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. (from IMDB)


About Sun-Ray Cinema: Sun-Ray Cinema is a locally owned movie theater that hosts blockbusters and independent films. They have a concession stand with custom pizza, popcorn (with fixin’s bar), candy, beer and wine (with ID), and soda.

Friday, March 7th at 9:30 P.M.
Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street

Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival - Saturday, March 8

The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Writers' Festival is a celebration of the printed word featuring award-winning and internationally recognized authors who participate in readings, book signings, and workshops, focusing on hands-on, craft-oriented sessions in all genres of writing. Opening up a writing dialogue in a supportive environment is the hallmark of this festival.

The biennial Writers' Festival will be held on the campus of The University of North Florida on March 8, 2014, and will feature writers from all over the country in varied writing activities. Previous festivals have included three-time Nobel Prize nominee, Joyce Carol Oates, Booker-Prize winning literary legend, Margaret Atwood, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and current Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, just to name a few.More information can be found here:

Author T.D. Allman to speak at UNF - Tuesday, February 18

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Acclaimed writer T.D. Allman, author of Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State and the recently rereleased Miami: City of the Future, will speak at UNF on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30, in the Student Union Auditorium (Building 57 West, Room 2704). This event is free and open to the public.

The Monday before Allman's UNF event, Feb. 17, he will be featured on WJCT's "First Coast Connect," with Melissa Ross, from 9-10 AM, and will read and sign books that evening at The Book Mark, at Neptune Beach, at 7 PM. Also, on both Monday and Tuesday, Allman will visit classes in both the English and History departments. 

Abstract Workshop - Wednesday, February 12


The English Graduate Organization is hosting an Abstract Workshop, led by Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, on Wednesday, February 12th at 5:00 p.m. in the Writing Center (Bldg 3, Room 1302).


This is a great opportunity for those students thinking of applying to Ph.D. programs, working in post-secondary education, hoping to have their work published someday, considering presenting at the English Graduate Organization’s Spring Research Conference, or who just like to be in the know! Plus, those students in attendance will be entered into a drawing to receive a $10 gift card to Starbucks! We look forward to seeing you there!!!


Questions or concerns? Contact the English Graduate Organization at .

 Faculty Appreciation Awards, Literary Luminary Forum - Wednesday, January 30


Sigma Tau Delta is proud to announce the winners of The 2014 Faculty Appreciation Award! Through a process of open nomination, professors were selected by both undergraduate and graduate students for their inspired dedication to the art of teaching. Dr. Keith Cartwright (undergraduate award) and Dr. James Beasley (graduate award) will be recognized on Jan. 30th at the 2014 Literary Luminary Forum.

Please join Sigma Tau Delta in celebrating these exceptional teachers. In the same creative spirit of the classrooms that inspired you to cast your votes, The Literary Luminary Forum is an event for students to gather and dialogue about the ways scholarship and creative writing can engage the intellect.

2014 Literary Luminary Forum
When: Thursday, Jan. 30th 6 - 9 pm.
Where: Student Union Ballrooms, Building 58 West, Room 3703
*Light refreshments will be served.


"Voices, Word for Word: Juvenile Justice," A Documentary Playwriting Project - December 10th and 11th


The Department of English will present a staged reading of "Voices, Word for Word: Juvenile Justice, A Community-Based Documentary Playwriting Project" at 7:30 p.m. onTuesday, Dec. 10, and then again at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Student Union, Building 58 West, Room 3703. This original, one-act documentary play, written by UNF students, with Dr. Pam Monteleone, associate professor of English, represents the culmination of student work based on interviews with members of the community. The Wednesday, Dec. 11, performance will be followed by a panel discussion addressing issues raised by the play. The event is free and open to the public.

AfterImage Documentary presents "In Service: Military Life and Jacksonville" - Wednesday, December 4th


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AfterImage Documentary at UNF presents “In Service: Military Life and Jacksonville,” a show of short, creative documentaries that capture military life in Jacksonville. Subjects include the Jacksonville National Cemetery, the Veterans Day parade, PTSD, gay soldiers, involvement in Syria, military women, combat experience, and more. Showing in the MOCA Auditorium this Wednesday, December 4th, at 7:30 pm, duringdowntown Art Walk. The show runs under an hour--drop in and experience community-based filmmaking.

Films by Ben Causey, Tori Harris, Maximiliano Zargon, Robert Waler, Zach Arthur, Tyler Barney, Nicole Canellas, Tracy Braxton, Tripp Scott, Andrew Nyhuis, Cali Shattuck, and Vinny Terlizzi, Emily Davis.

English Graduate Organization (EGO) Fall Conference - Wednesday, November 6th


The English Graduate Organization (EGO) is pleased to announce its fall 2013 conference, "The MA at Work." The conference will be held on November 6th, at 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor ballrooms of Bldg 58. Please come support our graduate students!


Rebecca Moore Howard lecture - Friday, October 25th


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On Friday, October 25, well-known author (Writing Matters), scholar, and expert in the study of plagiarism Rebecca Moore Howard will be visiting our campus and presenting her most recent research, The Citation Project (, at 2pm in the Student Union Auditorium. If you are interested in more information about Dr. Howard, please see the following links: and


Rosemary's Baby screening - Saturday, October 19th

Location: Sun-Ray Cinema  

Date: October 19th

Time: 11:30 p.m.



Like most narratives, horror movies rely upon tropes, shared assumptions, and subtext to convey their messages. Join Department of English faculty Nick de Villiers and Duncan Barlow for a brief discussion on how to identify these elements and engage with horror films in a more meaningful way. After the brief discussion we will show Rosemary's Baby and play a game of Horror Trope Bingo. It promises to be a fun and educational night to start the Halloween Season with a bang.


Nick de Villers is an Associate Professor specializing in film studies at the University of North Florida. He is the author of Opacity and the Closet: Queer Tactics in Foucault, Barthes, and Warhol and "Metahorror: Sequels, 'The Rules,' and the Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Horror Cinema."


duncan barlow is visiting faculty specializing in innovative fiction at the University of North Florida. He is the author of Super Cell Anemia and "Feast: Subverting Horror Tropes through Parodic Metafiction."

"Murder and Merriment" - Friday, September 27th


Date: Friday, September 27th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Student Union West, Building 58W, Room 2704.


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Publication Celebration for two new books by Jacksonville authors: STALKING OTTIS TOOLE: A SOUTHERN GOTHIC by Tim Gilmore and BRIGHTLEAF by Raleigh Rand.




Ottis Toole was either one of the worst serial killers in history or a dimwitted arsonist who never meant to kill anyone. Or someone somewhere between. It's hard to tell if Ottis Toole himself knew which Ottis was Ottis.  Tim Gilmore is the author of This Kind of City: Ghost Stories and Psychological Landscapes (2012) and Ghost Compost: Strange Little Stories, illustrated by NickDunkenstein (2013). He is the creator of Jax Psycho Geo (  His two volumes of poetry are Horoscopes for Goblins: Poems, 2006-2009 and Flights of Crows: Poems, 2002-2006. His audio poetry album Waiting in the Lost Rooms is available at http://eatmagazine and  He teaches at Florida State College at Jacksonville.  STALKING OTTIS TOOLE, along with Tim's other books, is already available at




The Rapturous Rest is not a brothel, nor is it a funeral parlor. It's a boarding house located in the fictional town of Brightleaf, NC. Its proprietor, Mary Beth Green, is a self-righteous thief, liar, and carpool driver who conducts an amateur therapy group in her living room-- with a core membership that includes a Deadhead, a psychology professor, a trust-fund baby, and a man who tells fortunes based lists. Raleigh Rand read the entire Harry Potter series aloud to her children from the time her eldest was in elementary school, until her youngest was in high school, giving each character its own, unique voice. Harry was the only character without a British accent. When Raleigh's children saw the first Harry Potter movie they were astounded that Harry was British. BRIGHTLEAF is her first novel.


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