Wesleyan University Press @ AWP2017 – Washington D.C.

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Join us @ AWP2017, in Washington DC! Booth #137 Come to our panel! Working with Archives—Ethics, Strategies, and Methods Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 1:30pm-2:45pm Marquis Salon 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two Gerald Vizenor Jena Osman Harmony Holiday Daniel Tiffany Writers sometimes use archival records as sources of inspiration and information. Our panelists, including poets, a fiction writer and a historian, look at the use of public records as a source to gain better emotional understanding of their subject, and as evidence of sometimes grim historical events that have been overlooked or intentionally ignored. The panelist will discuss the methodologies and strategies of working with archival material, as well as the important ethical considerations of working with these often sensitive materials. Meet the Authors and…

George Krimsky, 1942-2017

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It is with heavy hearts we share news of the death of George Krimsky. From the International Center for Journalists: In a career spanning 45 years, George Krimsky has been a journalist, author, lecturer, media critic and non-profit administrator. Krimsky served 16 years with the Associated Press, reporting from Los Angeles, New York, the Soviet Union and the Middle East. Following his overseas service, he was appointed head of AP’s World Services News Department. In 1984, he left the AP to found ICFJ, originally known as the Center for Foreign Journalists. After 11 years as its first president, Krimsky returned to his home state of Connecticut as an independent consultant, later serving in Central Asia as a media trainer for the Center. Read the complete…

Hot off the press, in time for cool autumn afternoons

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New & Forthcoming Poetry from Wesleyan University Press  “You know when you look at a word until it means nothing and then, suddenly and at last, everything? The word is poetry. The poet is Rae Armantrout.” —Daniel Handler, author of the national bestseller We Are Pirates A collection of new and selected poetry from Pulitzer prize-winning author, Rae Armantrout. This generous volume charts the evolution of Armantrout’s mature, stylistically distinct work. In addition to 25 new poems, there are selections from her books, Up To Speed, Next Life, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winning volume Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, and Itself.               Short-listed for the 2016 National Book Awards “Gizzi (is) a poet whose interest lies in articulating his experience of the world…

News from Gerald Vizenor

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  Gerald Vizenor was recently welcomed by Birchbark Books for a reading from his new book Treaty Shirts: October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation. The event was held at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis. In this masterful, candid, surreal, and satirical allegory set in an imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have replaced the federal reservation system. Banished because of their dedication to a democratic ethos, they declare a new, egalitarian nation on an island in Lake of the Woods—a lake bordering Ontario and Minnesota. In a recent interview with Minneapolis Public Radio, Vizenor stated he “hopes his novel will inspire critical thinking about the White Earth Constitution.” Listen to Vizenor’s comments and his short reading from Treaty Shirts here. GERALD VIZENOR is Professor Emeritus…

Janet Collins film project options Wesleyan’s biography

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PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE RELEASE Janet Collins Film Project Options Her Biography As CRC Productions moves forward on its film project about Janet Collins, the Metropolitan Opera’s First Black Prima Ballerina (1951), they are pleased to announce their option of her biography, “Night’s Dancer” by Yael Tamar Lewin, published by Wesleyan University Press, adding layers of depth about the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. Just as Jackie Robinson broke the color barriers of baseball, Janet Collins broke the toughest barrier in the all-white world of classical ballet. Janet Collins, America’s First Black Prima Ballerina, was a complex artist who challenged the status quo while confronting…

Gerald Vizenor at Birchbark Books!

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Gerald Vizenor has been welcomed by Birchbark Books for a reading from his new book Treaty Shirts: October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation. The reading will be held at the Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books in Minneapolis) on Tuesday, August 9th at 7pm. Birchbark Books is owned and operated by New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning author, Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe). As a store that prides itself in their belief in “the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, [and] the strength of Native culture,” they are the perfect partner to Vizenor’s Treaty Shirts. In this masterful, candid, surreal, and satirical allegory set in an imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have replaced the federal reservation system.…

Remembering Jelle Zeilinga de Boer

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It is my sad task to inform you that Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, Wesleyan University Press author and Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, emeritus, passed away last Saturday, a month before his 82nd birthday. Jelle received his BS and PhD from the University of Utrecht before coming to Wesleyan as a postdoctoral fellow in 1963. During his early years at Wesleyan he worked closely with Geology Professor Jim Balsley in the field of paleomagnetism. In 1977 Jelle was named the George I. Seney Professor of Geology and in 1984 he was named the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Sciences. In the 1970s Jelle worked as a joint professor at the University of Rhode Island at the Marine Sciences Institute where he was…

Announcing My Music, My War from Lisa Gilman

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The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan A study of music in the everyday lives of U.S. troops and combat veterans. “A gifted interviewer, Lisa Gilman goes beyond stereotypes of the wounded American soldier by painting a complex and nuanced emotional portrait of contemporary soldiers’ lives, ones which the media rarely allow us to see and hear.” —Jonathan Ritter, coeditor of Music in the Post-9/11 World A study of music in the everyday lives of U.S. troops and combat veterans. During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry vast amounts of music with them, and allowed them to easily acquire new music. Digital music files allow for easy sharing, with fellow troops as well…