English Department Announces 2016 Davenport Poetry Contest

2016 Davenport Poetry Contest


Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Poetry sponsored by the English Department.


1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2015-16 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;
2) manuscripts should include three poems; only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judge reserves the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole);
3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off-campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time; 4) your submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of each poem; please leave name off subsequent pages;
5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);
6) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Chad Simpson’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 20 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Chad Simpson csimpson@knox.edu.

[Note: Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.]


This year’s judge is Sarah Rose Nordgren.
Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her poems appear widely in journals such as Agni, Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown as well as residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Native to North Carolina, Nordgren is currently a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is Associate Editor at 32 Poems.

Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

Faculty and Students Present Papers at Classics Meetings

Four alumnae and one alumnus who majored in Classics at Knox, and a professor of Biology at Knox presented their work at meetings of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, March 16-19, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Congratulations and thanks to you all for representing Knox and the Classics Department with such a rich diversity of topics!
In alphabetical order,
Tess Cavagnero (Knox 2012; MA Classics University of Kansas 2016; entering PhD program in Classics at Northwestern Fall 2016). Title of paper: “Lost in Transmission: Literary Fragmenta in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves.
Jordan Noller (Knox 2011; MA Classics University of Kansas 2014; Currently employed as Student Success Lecturer at Washburn University). Title of paper: “Caesar’s Ascension to Divinity: A Literary Investigation of Caesar’s Crossing of the Rubicon in Lucan’s Pharsalia.”
Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology at Knox. Title of Paper: “Going to the Dogs with the Amasis Painter.”
Erin Warford (Knox 2009; PhD Classics SUNY Buffalo, 2015). Title of paper: “The Nomophylakes and the Plynteria Procession.”
Chris Watson (Knox 2013; MA Classics University of Kansas 2016). Title of paper: “The Songs of Gods and Men.”

Kasser Chapter Published

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently had a chapter included in the edited volume Policies for Happiness, published by Oxford University Press. His chapter is titled “Materialistic values and well-being: Problems and policy.”

Knox 101: Series Special Session, April 12

Dear Knox Community,

This special session of the Knox 101 series will focus on a broader liberal arts college landscape and how the Knox educational experience fits within it. Why do students choose one college over another? What more can Knox do to attract and retain students? How are other schools innovating to integrate learning across experiences and disciplines? Brian Zucker from the Human Capital Research, the firm with whom Knox has consulted for financial aid modeling, market development, and data analysis for the last 15 years, will present conditions of the higher education landscape, followed by examples from other institutions that are implementing innovative curricular and co-curricular ideas. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room in Alumni Hall for this important discussion of the liberal arts landscape.
The Knox 101: Brown Bag series is sponsored by the President’s Council and Human Resources.

We look forward to seeing you on April 12.



Gilbert Article on Robert Motherwell in the Art Newspaper

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) has published the article “Robert Motherwell at 100” in the current edition of the Art Newspaper. Gilbert was recently appointed as a guest contributor for the paper. His article examines exhibitions and publications associated with the centenary of the Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell.

Gilbert is a specialist on Motherwell and was recently awarded the Dedalus Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Archives of American Art Fellowship for his research on the artist. He is also the author of the entry on Motherwell for the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Read the article: http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/robert-motherwell-at-100-gregory-gilbert-reflects-on-the-artist-s-centenary/

Hellenga Book Published; Reviewed on NPR

Robert Hellenga’s The Truth About Death and Other Stories was published April 5. An excerpt (“The Removal”) was published earlier this week in Printers Row Journal (Chicago Tribune Books).

The book was reviewed on National Public Radio:
“nine searching, mature stories that encompass grand passions and fleeting romantic adventures—often with Italian lovers—along with meditations on impermanence and questions about what makes life meaningful.” Read the full review.

Hellenga is the George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence.