Think you’re funny? This journal is looking for literary humor

The name itself can make you laugh—ShimmyHoots Review, which is published by a group of students enrolled at the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University. The editors are looking to feature humorous, consistently-updated web literature:  humorous prose, poetry, artwork, video, and multimedia content. They’re looking for material from both previously published and unpublished writers. It’s brand spanking new, and if you want to have a look, here’s their website: http://www.shimmyhootsreview.com. Submissions can be sent to submissions@shimmyhootsreview.com. Seriously.

Tributaries Faculty Feature spotlights ISU poet

Tributaries Faculty Feature spotlights ISU poet Elizabeth Hatmaker, whose collection of poems, Girl in Two Pieces, has been nominated for the Los Angeles Times 2010 Poetry Book of the Year. Published by Blazevox, the book details the unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short. The collection of poems, fragments, and essays revamps various modes of true crime writing and noir representation to visit what Edgar Allan Poe claimed to be the most “poetical” of topics, the death of a beautiful woman.

The event takes place at 8 p.m. in the Turfler Room of Memorial Center on Thursday, November 18. It’s free and open to the public.

Join the STD Book Club and discuss “Reading with Lincoln”

The Sigma Tau Delta Book Club has selected Reading with Lincoln, by Professor Robert Bray, as this year’s book. The book club will meet twice next semester: once for an informal conversation about the book, and again for a talk by and conversation with Bray. Specific times and dates TBA.

If you would like to join the book club, you can purchase Reading with Lincoln at the IWU Bookstore or you may place an order for the book at the English House main office. Books ordered through the English House will receive a 40 percent discount. Orders must be placed by noon on November 23. Cash or check only. Ordered books will be available for pick-up during exams week.

From the dust jacket:  “Through extensive reading and reflection, Abraham Lincoln fashioned a mind as powerfully intellectual and superlatively communicative as that of any other American political leader. Reading with Lincoln uncovers the how of Lincoln’s inspiring rise to greatness by connecting the content of his reading to the story of his life.

“At the core of Lincoln’s success was his self-education, centered on his love of and appreciation for learning through books. From his early studies of grammar school handbooks and children’s classics to his interest in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Bible during his White House years, what Lincoln read helped to define who he was as a person and as a politician. This unique study delves into the books, pamphlets, poetry, plays, and essays that influenced Lincoln’s thoughts and actions.”

Fall STD student-faculty colloquium is November 11

Professors Mike Theune and Bob Broad and junior Amy Fairgrieve will be featured at the Fall 2010 Student-Faculty Colloquium on Thursday, November 11. The topic:  “State of the Art: On Contemporary Poetry.”

Mike co-wrote an essay with Illinois State University professor Bob Broad on “How We Value Contemporary Poetry: An Empirical Inquiry,” which appears in the latest issue of College English 73.2 (November 2010). It’s the first attempt to empirically study the ways we assess contemporary poetry, and Mike and Bob will talk about their collaborative project.

Join your fellow English lit- and writing-lovers for presentations on faculty-student research and the traditional pizza and pop! The event is scheduled from 4:15-6:00 p.m. at the home of Professor Bob Bray, 413 Phoenix Ave. (just east of Shaw Hall), where the gatherings are traditionally held. Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot?