Department News and Upcoming Events

Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest: Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

The Department of English is happy to announce the winners and runners-up in the Second Annual Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest.

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.

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.”


"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.


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

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.

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

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.