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We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

Blog Archives

T-shirted Shakespeare

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Marking this year’s 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the library and the departments of English and theatre hosted a gathering in the Doane library atrium last week. In addition to celebrating Shakespeare’s work and enjoying traditional English fare of scones,

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17
Photo Credits: Nelson Dow '16

Another world

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Robert Hass’ books fill a shelf at Professor and Poet David Baker’s house. “I have read and loved Robert Hass’s work since I first found it in Field Guide, his first book, in 1973, the year I graduated from high

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Dueling writers

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Creative writing and fencing aren’t a typical college pairing, but for first-year George Malloch-Brown ’19, and his coach, Peter Grandbois of the English department, the two disciplines are quite connected. Malloch-Brown’s interest in fencing began in his childhood, when his

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17

Piper Kerman, aiming for change

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Earlier this month, the Beck Series hosted Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. The book is now a popular Netflix original series in its third season. Kerman spoke to

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Photo Credits: Charles Hoffman '18 (middle photo); Tim Black Photography

Beck “Home Series” home run

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“University creative writing programs are full of teachers who no longer write, or writers who don’t really teach. Our faculty does it all,” remarked Margot Singer, associate professor of English and director of creative writing, as she introduced the first Beck

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Photo Credits: Nelson Dow '16

Regina Carter — finding her voice

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For Linda Krumholz’s First Year Writing Workshop, the novels of Toni Morrison have provided a starting point for conversations about art, memory, and trauma. For visiting Vail Series artist Regina Carter, this confluence of emotion and creative energy began with

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Ghouls of Granville

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Walking up Summit Street to Dr. Baker’s house, crowds were beginning to gather: Chewbaccas, Elsas, Harry Potters. . . from zombie blood and gore to innocent pop culture and princesses. As an international student from India, Halloween in America has

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

The writers read

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All writers understand how nerve-wracking it is to read their own writing and share it with the world, especially in a setting where other writers are present, so it was inspiring and even heartwarming last week to see our own

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

Connecting to France, in English

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With a semester on The Hill separating her from a term abroad in Aix-en-Provence in France, Isabel Randolph ’16 wanted to create a summer research project that captured her experiences wandering the rural roads of southern France and the streets

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Written By: Golzar Meamar '16

The original young writer

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Every summer, promising high school writers show up on campus to take part in the Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop with Denison faculty and staff in the English department. We’ve written about the program before, which brings in accepted

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Line breaks & climaxes

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It’s that time of year again: as the weather slowly, tentatively improves, underclassmen start spending more time outside — and soon realize that they aren’t seeing much of their senior friends. With deadlines for senior research looming, the class of

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Writing in the real world

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With the end of the school year quickly approaching, there’s a growing question on everyone’s mind. Bosses will inquire about it during internship interviews, grandparents will allude to it over dinner, and friends from back home may even ask, “What

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A novel approach

Writer's Club

As the clock neared midnight on October 31, most Denison students were showing off creative costumes, laughing at the Burpees’ Halloween show, or preparing for the Denison Film Society’s screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the Hibbs Library

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

Not guilty

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It’s the winter of 1976. Standing outside of a courthouse in Albuquerque, N.M., Ronald Keine is wearing nothing but shower shoes and an orange jumpsuit. On the back, it reads “Death Row.” For the first time since his wrongful conviction

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When numbers talk

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Sometimes, all you need to say can be summed up in a Tweet. Ann Townsend ’85 felt that way in the middle of her meeting with eight other members of the 14-person board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, which

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Hawkeye and Hot Lips and Klinger … oh my!

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Ideas for research projects come in all shapes and forms. It could be a class, conversation, or for summer scholar Emily Smith ’15, watching a TV Land rerun. Smith, who is researching the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-1983), first discovered the

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14

Professors of the future

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At a recent faculty meeting, Provost Kim Coplin announced the eight faculty members who have received tenure this year. The professors represent a diverse group of academic disciplines including political science, English, history, economics, communication, philosophy, international studies, religion, women’s

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Written By: Maggie Ranger '14 and Ginny Sharkey '83

How to seek revenge with success

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“The Malvolio Project,” a spring production that opens tonight in the Ace Morgan Theatre, tells the story of what happens after an oath of vengeance. As a sequel to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the play follows the character Malvolio, a disgraced

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Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

A calling and a career

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With any major comes a basket of expectations—and a boatload of presumptions. You know how it goes: environmental studies majors are hippies, chemistry majors are type A, economics majors will make a lot of money, and English majors will teach.

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim ’16

The reality of Baker Street

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“Santa Claus is not real! Sherlock Holmes is not real!” That was the comically exasperated and provocative outburst of a student in my Sherlock Holmes senior seminar in the spring of 2013. We were debating the nature of the “reality”

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Written By: Sylvia Brown, assistant professor of English

Hittin’ the books

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Even if we never looked at an academic calendar for the fall semester, we would know it’s finals week. We can tell by the tired students sitting here and there throughout every building on campus, noses pushed deep into laptops

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Zappa – a token of extreme

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It’s hard to believe that the talent and energy of Frank Zappa, a man who refused to be measured by any conventional standard, have been gone for twenty years. When I was lucky enough to briefly meet him in 1971,

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Written By: James P. Davis, Assoc. Professor of English

The Bechdel Test

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In late October, a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, premiered at the Public Theater in New York. Bechdel, though, spent the evening in Granville, Ohio. The critically acclaimed cartoonist and writer was on

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What poetry is

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As he took the podium to introduce Philip Levine, English Professor David Baker carried with him a well-worn copy of Levine’s They Feed They Lion, purchased in 1978 — one of the first books of poetry Baker remembers buying. “Philip

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

The road to Nashville (UPDATED)

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Today (Aug. 16) Caroline Spence ’11 will take the stage at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo., as one of 10 finalists in the Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase. There’s no doubt she’ll perform the song that got her

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Photo Credits: Marge Curtis ’11

Who’s that girl?

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If you looked at Sunday’s New York Times, you might have noticed a full-page ad featuring Jennifer Garner ’94, the new face of Max Mara fashions, in the “Sunday Styles” section. What you might not have known, however, was that

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

Poetry in motion

Poetry in Motion

Earlier this spring, Jennifer Luebbers ’09 was awarded the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a fellowship created by Middlebrook’s husband, Carl Djerassi, to honor the memory of his wife, who died of cancer in 2007. The

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Five things I wish I knew at 22

Things I Wish I Knew at 22

My youngest daughter just graduated from the College of William & Mary. It was a weekend marked by extraordinary traditions, as William & Mary, chartered in 1693, is the second oldest college in the country. The contrast of tradition with

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Written By: Matthew Harrington ’84
Photo Credits: Edelman

A life’s work on death row

A Life's Work on Death Row

[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]While living and working in a poor area of New Orleans in 1982, Sister Helen Prejean began exchanging letters with Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She became Sonnier’s spiritual adviser and

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Word by word

Daniel Littman ’15 works with a student in the writing center.

Often when I tell people that I work for the Denison Writing Center, they ask, “so what, exactly, do you do there?” I usually give them a quick platitude, which is direct and to the point, “I help students with

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Written By: Daniel Littman ’15
Photo Credits: Ryan Li ’15

Writing through the years

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Exile, Denison’s student literary journal featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry, recently has been archived online through the Denison University Digital Resource Commons. Several campus collections, including the Denison Journal of Religion, Ephemeris, Articulate and Episteme, were digitized this year alongside

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Beck begins

Beck's Big Year Gets Underway

Pam Houston has been described as an author who “lives and writes fearlessly.” As the first speaker in this year’s Beck Lecture Series, the class of 1983 grad will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19,

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A family film

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When Denison English professor Kirk Combe was working on his sci-fi book, 2084, he often would run plot ideas by his son Clayton, who, at the time, had just graduated from Granville High. When Clayton headed off to Oberlin College,

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An inside look at history

An Insider's Look At History

In 1968, nine officers in Orangeburg, S.C., fired into a crowd protesting continued segregation in the community. The incident, known as the Orangeburg Massacre, is the subject of a newly definitive book, “Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a

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What can you do with an English major, anyway?

What Can You Do With An English Major, Anyway?

There’s an old stereotype that English majors go on to be English teachers. And of course, some do. But they also venture into an unlimited number of other fields and professions. Take Matthew Harrington ’84, for example. He started an

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Writing magical realism

The Wonder Of Fiction

It took writer Peter Grandbois some 40 drafts to get his new novel, Nahoonkara, the way he wanted it before it was published in 2011. He’s happy with it now. But that doesn’t mean he puts much stock in the

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Composition and rhetoric … and more

Composition And Rhetoric And More

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the first in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Write on

Write On

November winds blow a little cold around here, so why not hunker down and write a book? The Denison Writers’ Club is supporting about a dozen of its members who are participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Challenge.

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An honor from the Kennedy Center

n Honor From The Kennedy Center

Mikala Hansen ’07 has had a busy year. Having just earned her M.F.A. in playwriting from Western Michigan University in May, she also has won the National Association of Partners of American Theatre (NAPAT) Annual Playwriting Excellence Award from the John

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The power of poetry

The Power Of Poetry

To describe David Baker as a poet is a bit like calling the Mississippi a river. Yes, the basic description is accurate, but it only skims the surface. Baker, a professor of English, has just been awarded the coveted Theodore

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An imbalance in the literary universe

Associate professor of English Ann Townsend serves on VIDA's executive committee.

“The Count” has stirred up a lot of talk, and that’s the whole idea. Published by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, The Count is a bunch of eye-opening pie charts that detail gender [im]balance in some of the most

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Written By: Olivia Combe

Oh, the places we’ve been!

Oh, The Places We Went!

Dr. Seuss’ book Green Eggs and Ham follows a character named Sam-I-am and his efforts to convince the unnamed protagonist to try an old meal with a new twist. This spring I tasted my metaphorical green eggs and ham: a course on children’s

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Written By: Allison Kranek '11

Hanukkah Lights

Margot Singer, assistant professor of English and award-winning author

An NPR holiday tradition for two decades, Hanukkah Lights presents fiction to celebrate and illuminate the holiday season — moving tales of discovery and reconciliation, the persistence of hope and the promise of undimmed light. This year’s program features “Finding

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Decoding history

Decoding History

People have all sorts of interests—some watch football, some enjoy the outdoors, others like to crochet. For Associate Professor of English Fred Porcheddu ’87, it’s medieval texts that strike his fancy. So, imagine his delight when he learned of a

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Amber, aliens & the American diaspora

Amber, Aliens, and the American Diaspora

Curtis Veggie, on the West Quad, is typically the place for special banquets. But on this particular September day, the menu was philosophy and political science, anthropology and art, economics and English, as scores of 2010 Summer Scholars served up

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