4 p.m. in Ronk (SCOE)
- Paige Webb, administrative director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and managing editor of publications at Ashland University, will give a poetry reading Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.Webb’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Portland Review, Vinyl and on the Academy of American Poets website. Her chapbook, Tussle, was recently released by dancing girl press.
Webb’s work has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Howard Nemerov Award in Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis MFA program, she also co-curates the reading series Paging Columbus at Two Dollar Radio HQ in Columbus.
O'Brien and wife KristinAs I round the corner onto Bank Street, passing under my neighbor’s friendly old maple tree, I squint ahead to the crest of the hill as hints of frost sparkle over the pavement. The morning sun climbs the horizon at my back, painting the morning sky with fresh scarlet, rich aubergine, and searing orange.
It’s quiet during these walks to work.
Passing through neighborhoods, I mostly manage to miss kids being hauled to school and the rush of others to their workplaces. Although, the rush in a small town like Ashland is something which I am still settling back into. I wasn’t planning to return to Ohio. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the sun crest over mountains in Japan while I taught on mission with the Wakakusa English Program, over bustling cities with their blaring traffic while backpacking in Thailand, and most recently, on the heels of a move from Raleigh, North Carolina, back to my home state.
I first came to Ashland as an undergrad to pursue a degree in English education. While it took me a long time to find my footing in the realm of education, I was always at home in the English department here. My professors intentionally connected with us in memorable ways. Whether it was Dr. Brown tacking my “Transcedental-palooza!” sketch from the top of my old test outside her office door, Dr. Weaver inviting us in groups to his home to discuss papers from our Major Writers: Dostoevsky class, or Dr. Donatini working tirelessly to induct us into Sigma Tau Delta, our professors made sure we were known and valued. These experiences transcended the classroom. Dr. John Stratton somehow managed to make a Grammar and Usage...Read more
Students and faculty met for pizza in Bixler for some socializing prior to curtain up.The play was staged as part of the 13th International Arthur Miller Society's conference at Ashland University (October 18-20th, 2019). The conference brought prominent international scholars of Arthur Miller's work to Ashland University to present new research on this award-winning American Playwright.
Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time (1980). Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998) and Resurrection Blues (2002). Among his other works are Situation Normal (1944), the novel Focus (1945), screenplay The Misfits (1960), and texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include ‘Salesman’ in Beijing (1984), and Timebends, an autobiography (1987). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Any More (1967), the novella Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007). Essay collections published in his lifetime include The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (1978) and Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays 1944–2000, as well as individually published volumes ‘The Crucible’ in History (2000) and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy Awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. Among other honors, he received...Read more
The department wishes its graduating seniors the best as they apply for jobs and begin the exciting transition to the next chapter of their lives! This post is the fourth and final installment in a series to spotlight these seniors, who generously shared their favorite memory of being a major in the English Department and their post-graduation plans
Sarah TokiI'm an English major with minor in Psychology.
I have so many great memories involving the English department but some of best involve my classes with Dr. Sharleen Mondal and now-Professor Emeritus Joe Mackall, reading and analyzing different texts such as The Rape of The Locke, Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Native Son, and the final paper I turned in for The Poem with professor Jay Robinson.
After graduation I plan on taking a semester off just where I will continue to drink ridiculous amounts of coffee, work through my every growing reading list before coming back for the Bachelor's Plus program to obtain my teaching license