Davenport Poetry Prize Submissions Due April 24

DAVENPORT POETRY PRIZE
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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 2017-18 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 Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Tuesday, April 24 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact mberlin@knox.edu.

Select submissions will also be considered for the Audrey Collet-Conard Prize in Poetry.

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 judges are JoAnna Novak and Thomas Cook—and yes, they are both poets, fiction writers, essayists, critics and publishers. For more details, click here. Prizewinner will be announced at Novak’s and Cook’s Caxton reading (with Eileen G’Sell) on Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

Please direct questions to Monica Berlin (mberlin@knox.edu).

Announcing the Davenport Prize in Fiction

DAVENPORT FICTION PRIZE
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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 2017-18 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 Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Tuesday, April 24 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact mberlin@knox.edu.

Submissions by graduating seniors will also be considered for the Proctor Fenn Sherwin Prize.

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.

Carlin Metz Directs/Co-Produces Merchant on Venice Production

Liz Carlin Metz (Theatre) directed and co-produced the Rasaka Theatre and Vitalist Theatre (Chicago) co-production of Merchant on Venice by Shishir Karup at The Greenhouse Theatre on Lincoln Avenue. The production opened March 22 and was recommended by The Joseph Jefferson Committee for award consideration at the forthcoming Equity Category (the actors’ union) awards ceremony (“The Jeffs” are the Chicago Theatre community’s Tony Award). The production runs until April 15 and performs Thursday-Sunday. The play is a South Asian reimagining of the plot and language of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice set on Los Angeles’ polyglot Venice BLVD in which the tension of the plot is driven by the historical conflict between Muslims (the money lender) and Hindus (the merchant and friends). Exploring the qualities of empathy and grace, as well as blame and internalized and externalized religious bigotry, Merchant mixes it up with song, dance, and romance through the clash/mash of South Asian culture. raskatheatre.com

Knox alumni involved in the production include Emily Antoff (assistant director/assistant producer), Craig Choma (set designer), Rachel Sypniewski (costume designer), Kathleen Dickinson (production manager), Marty Helms (master carpenter), and Theresa Murphy (master electrician).

English Department accepting submissions for Howard A. Wilson Prize and Lorraine Smith Prize

HOWARD A. WILSON PRIZE ENTRIES
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

The Howard A. Wilson Prize is awarded annually to students writing the best essays in literary criticism during an academic year. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place. This year’s finalists will be judged by Eileen G’Sell, critic and writer. Entries for the Wilson prize in English should be submitted in hard copy to Professor Monica Berlin, Old Main 302, by Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AT 4 p.m. Please specify “Howard A. Wilson Submission” or “Eligible for Both Prizes” on your title page, wherein you include your name and contact information.

[Note: 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 2017-18 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.]

LORRAINE SMITH PRIZE ENTRIES
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

The Lorraine Smith prize in English is awarded annually to the second year student writing the best essay in an English course. Prize given in books. Entries for the Lorraine Smith prize in English should be submitted in hard copy to Professor Monica Berlin, Old Main 302, by Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AT 4 p.m. Please specify “Lorraine Smith Submission” or “Eligible for Both Prizes” on your title page, wherein you include your name and contact information. Judging is by the English Department faculty.

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Prizewinners will be announced at G’Sell’s Caxton reading (with JoAnna Novak and Thomas Cook) on May 11 at 4 p.m. For more details, click here.

Please direct questions to Monica Berlin (mberlin@knox.edu).

Kasser was Keynote Speaker

Tim Kasser (Psychology) was recently the keynote speaker for the Barry University Miniconference “Affluenza: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies.” He spoke on “Capitalism, Values, and Quality of Life: An Empirical, Psychological approach.”

Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Dear Knox Community,

It is my privilege today to announce this year’s honorary degree recipients, who will receive their degrees at the College’s Commencement exercises on June 3. In addition to our Commencement speaker Knox alumnus and India’s premier comedian Vir Das, Knox will confer honorary degrees on Mary Meg McCarthy, the executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, and Michael W. Young, American geneticist and 2017 Nobel Prize Winner. You can read more about all three distinguished recipients on the Knox website.

Please join me in thanking the Honorary Degree Subcommittee for their work selecting this year’s degree recipients.

Best,

Teresa

Dining Services Announcement

Dear Knox Community,

We’d like to share some news about staffing changes that Dining Services will experience as classes resume for spring term.

After recent consultation with the College regarding dining at Knox, Bon Appétit will be realigning the management team and will bring in additional oversight from within the region to assist the account in this transition and to help conduct a nationwide search for a new general manager. In addition, Bon Appétit’s senior leadership intends to invite Knox students, faculty, and staff to a series of listening sessions and focus groups this spring in order to better understand the needs of the campus community. Bon Appétit very much values the open dialogue with the Knox community and the opportunity to address the feedback the team has received.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks as plans are solidified, and we encourage your participation in the upcoming focus groups.

Sincerely,

Teresa and Keith

Free Day & Night at Peoria Riverfront Museum, March 28

On Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Peoria Riverfront Museum will host, with WGIL radio station, a free day at Riverfront Museum (222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL) for all Galesburg/Knox County residents and all Knox College students, faculty and staff.

Mayor John Pritchard will be on hand to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial – especially items from Knox College, Seymour Library, Knox archives, the Freedom Center and the Galesburg area (Carl Sandburg home). These objects were all key to telling the important stories of the writers, artists, achievers and activists from our area.

The “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln” exhibition remains the most comprehensive exhibit on the Illinois bicentennial, and was curated in-house by the museum curatorial staff – with excellent and much appreciated support from Owen Muelder, Knox and Seymour Library/archives staff.

Schedule of events: https://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/1152