Denial Co-Led Workshop in Iowa

On April 1-2, Cate Denial (History) co-led a professional development project for Iowa teachers at the Meskwaki settlement in central Iowa with Jacki Rand (Choctaw; University of Iowa) and Leah Slick-Driscoll (Meskwaki; teacher at Meskwaki Settlement School). Thirty teachers from grades K-12 came to learn about Iowa’s Native history, and think about how to integrate that history into the curriculum. The teachers attending were from social science, computer science, mathematics, economics, and elementary grades.

Grace Gave Presentation in Houston

Jeff Grace (Theatre) gave a presentation at the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Houston, TX on March 16. His paper, “’Closets? What does this have to do with closets?’: The Problem of the Hidden Homosexual in Doric Wilson’s Now She Dances,” was part of a symposium on Theatre History.

Hoyt Gave Presentation in San Francisco

Helen Hoyt ’01 (Chemistry) gave a presentation at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, on April 2. This presentation was part of a two-day session for Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry on the “synthesis, electronic structure, & reactivity of iron complexes bearing donor-modified BIAN ligands.”

2017 Davenport Fiction Contest Deadline, April 19

The English Department Announces The 2017 Davenport Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 at 4 p.m.

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

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

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 2016-17 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) only one story per author is allowed;

3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a story from entry); no story 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; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title of the story; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Cyn Fitch’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 19 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Cyn Fitch .

[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.]

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This year’s playwriting judge is Knox alumna Rachel Hall.

Rachel Hall ’86 is the author of Heirlooms, (BkMk Press, 2016) which was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra book prize. Hall’s recent work appears in Natural Bridge, Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Lilith, which awarded her the 2016 fiction prize. She teaches creative writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she holds the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prizewinners will be announced at Hall’s Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 12 at
4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

2017 Davenport Poetry Contest Deadline, April 19

The English Department Announces The 2017 Davenport Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 at 4 p.m.

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

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

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 2016-17 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 Cyn Fitch’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 19 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Cyn Fitch .

[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.]

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This year’s poetry judge is Knox alumna, Anna Leahy.

Anna Leahy ’88 is the author of the poetry collections Aperture, Constituents of Matter, and Sharp Miracles. With Douglas R. Dechow, she is the author of the nonfiction book Generation Space: A Love Story. Her essays won the 2016 prizes at Ninth Letter and Dogwood, and her book Tumor will be out in October 2017. She is the editor and co-author of What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. She edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series at Chapman University, where she teaches in the MFA and BFA programs.

Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

2017 Davenport Playwriting Contest Deadline, April 19

The English Department Announces The 2017 Davenport Playwriting Contest

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 at 4 p.m.

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

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

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 2016-17 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) only one play per author is allowed;

3) submitted plays need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a story from entry); no play 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; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title of the play; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Cyn Fitch’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 19 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Cyn Fitch .

[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.]

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This year’s playwriting judge is alumna Courtney Meaker

Courtney Meaker ‘08 is a playwright based in Iowa City. Her full-length plays include Buckshot, Chaos Theory – a play seeking order, Made of These, The Lost Girls, and Candid International. She’s an alum of the Seattle Repertory Writers Group 2014-2016. Recently, her play That’swhatshesaid garnered international attention for using the female dialogue and stage directions of the most-produced plays in America as its inspiration and source material. Her one acts and ten minute plays have been performed numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest, and she’s had multiple stints as a playwright with 14/48 The Worlds Quickest Theater Festival. She was the co-writer on the second season of the award-winning web series WRECKED. Her essay, “Walking While Fat and Female – Or, Why I Don’t Care Not All Men Are Like That” was republished at xojane.com and TheHuffingtonPost.com in 2014. And her short story, “Etymology,” was a finalist for the Naked Girls Reading Literary Award in 2011. She’s currently getting her MFA in Playwriting at the University of Iowa.

Prizewinners will be announced at the Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

Knox 101: Athetics Update, Date Changed to April 4

The location and date of the Knox 101 on Athletics has been changed. Please note the updates in the announcement below.

Knox 101: ​#PrairieFirePride: An Update on Knox Athletics

The first week of April is officially designated by the NCAA as Division III Week. To mark this celebration, join Director of Athletics Chad Eisele as he provides an update on athletics at Knox College–from the renewed mission statement to current recruitment and fundraising efforts, team and individual student accomplishments, and the future of Knox athletics. And if we’re lucky, Blaze, our Prairie Fire mascot, might even make an appearance!

Please join us on ​Tuesday, April ​4 at ​12​:00 p.m. in the Round Room in CFA for this valuable discussion​.​

The Knox 101: Brown Bag ​Lunch series is sponsored by​ Senior Staff and Human Resources.