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Market Wise: Teaching Statements

@3pm in the Career Resource Center in the Reitz Union. If you would like to have your teaching statement workshoped, please send materials to aulanow@ufl.edu by Wednesday, Octorber 24.


2018 Florida Writers Festival

2018 Writers Festival Poster

The sixty-ninth annual Florida Writers Festival will feature the poets Henri Cole and Cynthia Zarin, the essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan, and the fiction writer Rebecca Curtis. The authors will read from their works and hold informal talks. All events will take place in the Ustler Hall Atrium, on the University of Florida campus and will be free and open to the public.

The festival, which is concluding its sixth decade, is presented by the 2019 class of MFA@FLA, the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, University of Florida, and sponsored by The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research. It is made possible by generous donations from Terry and Dorothy Smiljanich and the Office of the Provost of the University of Florida.

For further information please contact Gardner Mounce (gmounce@ufl.edu) and see: 2018 Writers Festival


Readings 8 p.m., Friday, October 26th
Ustler Hall Atrium

Craft Talks 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27th
Ustler Hall Atrium

Readings 8 p.m., Saturday, October 27th
Ustler Hall Atrium


MFA@FLA alumnus Eric Smith reads from his debut book of poems, Black Hole Factory, at the Bull at 8 PM

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Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration Reuben J. Miller, University of Chicago

3:30-5pm, Thursday October 11, Ustler Hall (162 Fletcher Drive), University of Florida.

While more people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other nation in the history of the western world, the prison is but one (comparatively) small part of a vast carceral landscape. The 600,000 people released each year join nearly 5 million people already on probation or parole, 12 million who are processed through a county jail, the 19 million U.S. residents estimated to have a felony conviction, and the staggering 79 million Americans with a criminal record. Upon release, incarcerated people are greeted by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions that limit their participation in the labor and housing markets, in the culture and civic life of the city, and even within their families. They are subject to rules other people are not subject to and shoulder responsibilities other people are not expected to shoulder. They, in fact, occupy an alternate form of political membership—what Miller calls carceral citizenship.

This presentation examines the afterlife of mass incarceration. Drawing on fifteen years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated people and ethnographic data collected in three iconic American cities, Miller explores what it means to live in a supervised society — the hidden social world we've produced through our laws, policies and practices —and, more importantly, how we might find our way out.

The presentation will feature a respondent sharing their own personal experience with mass incarceration.

This event is organized by the Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarceration and Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities (Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), George A. Smathers Libraries, The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, and the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies Research.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Jodi Schorb (jschorb@ufl.edu) or Stephanie Birch (stephanie.birch@ufl.edu), or visit Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities

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Carceral Citizenship: Race, Rights and Responsibility in the Age of Mass Supervision A discussion with Reuben J. Miller (The University of Chicago)

Thursday, October 11 2018, 1-2pm, Keene-Flint 05 (History Department Conference Room)

In this informal brown-bag discussion, Miller will discuss his essay Carceral Citizenship: Race, Rights and responsibility in the Age of Mass Supervision (co-written with Forrest Stuart) and his project Halfway Home, his forthcoming book based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated people.

This event is open to faculty, students, staff, and the public, and organized by the >Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarceration. For more information, including a pdf of Carceral Citizenship, please contact Dr. Jodi Schorb: jschorb@ufl.edu or stephanie.birch@ufl.edu

Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration and a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. He has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Glasgow and Belgrade, examining how law, policy and emergent practices of state and third-party supervision alter the contours of citizenship, activism, community, and family life for poor black Americans and the urban poor, broadly defined. In 2016, Professor Miller was invited to membership in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. This year, Miller was selected as a 2019 Eric and Wendy Schmidt National Fellow at the New America Foundation.


"Black Man Time Now!" Race, Class and Culture in 1970s Jamaica
Kim Robinson-Walcott, University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica
4:00 pm, Tuesday 9 October, Scott Nygren Studio, Library West

Kim Robinson-Walcott, PhD, is editor/head of Caribbean Quarterly, University of the West Indies, Mona. She is also the editor of Jamaica Journal, published by the Institute of Jamaica. She worked as a fiction and general trade editor for many years and worked closely with the Jamaican author Anthony C. Winkler on most of his novels. Her publications include the scholarly work Out of Order! Anthony Winkler and White West Indian Writing (University of the West Indies Press, 2006), Jamaican Art (Kingston Publishers, 1989, 2011) which she co-authored, The How to Be Jamaican Handbook (Jamrite Publications, 1988) which she co-authored and illustrated, and the children's book Dale's Mango Tree (Kingston Publishers, 1992), which she also illustrated. Her scholarly articles, book chapters, short stories and poems have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. A second illustrated children's book and a short story collection are forthcoming.

Slavery ended in Jamaica in 1838, but true emancipation, from mental slavery, is still a work in progress. In the 179 years since 1838 there has been a slow and (un)steady evolution of black pride and self-esteem, but there have been a number of pivotal moments in Jamaica's history where there has been a jolt in awareness—for example, 1865; 1938; the mid-1960s. The 1970s in Jamaica offered one such moment. Riding on the wave of the Black Is Beautiful, Black Power, Back-to-Africa movements of the 1960s, the PNP swept into power in 1972 with an agenda of social and economic empowerment for the poor majority—an agenda which, given the conflation of race and class in Jamaica, equates to black empowerment. A corollary to that agenda was a valorisation of the African-originated folk culture lived by the black majority as opposed to the European-derived culture promoted by the colonial rulers.

That agenda, however, was not perfect in its execution. Considering a selection of literary works written by Jamaicans in or about the 1970s such as Anthony C. Winkler's Going Home to Teach, Brian Meeks's Paint the Town Red and Margaret Cezair-Thompson's The True History of Paradise, and drawing on as well as Colin A. Palmer's insightful analysis of the divided Afrocentric/Eurocentric Jamaican identity as expressed in his Inward Yearnings (as well as Rex Nettleford's Caribbean Cultural Identity), in this paper I examine some of the complications and shortcomings of the PNP's execution of its vision, and more critically the shortcomings and contradictions of the Jamaican population itself, from the perspectives of these writers. Finally, I suggest that with the ouster of the PNP from power in 1980, Jamaican race/class relations quickly reverted to the status quo position of white economic power/black subservience, white exclusivity, and externally as well as internally imposed black denigration. 1980, indeed, would prove to be another pivotal moment, signifying not only the end of the socialist experiment in Jamaica and the abortion of "black man time now", but also a loss of idealism and a growth of cynicism and a self-serving pragmatism, disturbing features which have continued to mushroom and to scar the Jamaican psycho-social landscape up to the present day.

Open to the public and co-sponsored by the Department of English, George A. Smathers libraries, and Center for Latin American Studies


MarketWise: A Career in Academic and Literary Editing
A Working Lunch with Kim Robinson-Walcott 12:30 pm, Tuesday 9 October, Dauer Hall 215

Dr. Robinson-Walcott will discuss her career as an editor of academic journals and books as well as of literary manuscripts. She will also provide advice for scholars submitting manuscripts.

Open to the public and co-sponsored by the Department of English, George A. Smathers libraries, and Center for Latin American Studies
(Please RSVP to aulanow@ufl.edu and rosenber@ufl.edu by 30 September to reserve lunch and indicate dietary restrictions.)


MFA@FLA's new fiction faculty members, Uwem Akpan and Camille Bordas, will read in Ustler Hall at 7:30 PM


MarketWise: Research Statement
3:00 pm, Monday 1 October, Career Resource Center at the Reitz Union

I'll be presenting on the research statement, a document that is often solicited of candidates who have made the first cut in the job process. Please know, however, that you are more than welcome to attend this workshop even if you're not currently on the job market: many of the suggestions I'll be giving may be useful, for example, to those of you who are applying for grants and fellowships. Since I suspect this will be a smaller meeting than the earlier one, there will be time to discuss your individual research statements: if you're interested in workshopping a document, please send it to aulanow@ufl.edu by Wednesday, 26 September.


TA Workshop: Spotlight on CRW 1101 and CRW 2100: Beginning Fiction Writing, Fiction Writing
Wednesday, 5 September, Period 7: 1:55-2:45 pm in Dauer Hall 215

Featuring Professor David Leavitt
Evan Grillon, MFA candidate
Kevin Mulligan, MFA candidate
Marsha Sasmor, MFA Candidate


MarketWise Professional Development Workshop: CRC, CVs, and Cover Letters
Friday, 7 September. 3pm in the Career Resource Center in Reitz Union

The workshop will involve the following:

For more information, contact aulanow@ufl.edu


MFA@FLA alumna Marianne Kunkel reads from her book of poems Hillary, Made Up at Third House Books, 7 PM

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