Nature writing

English MA graduate students Santina Knight and Jen La Plante read from their work alongside Dr. Casey Clabough, associate professor of English, at the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference held recently at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Knight’s reading focused on the advocacy work of Monacan poet Kareen Wood while La Plante’s took as her subject environmental elements in the novel Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

“It was a thrill to see our English graduate students participate in a professional conference alongside professors from other institutions and more than hold their own intellectually,” noted program director Dr. Clabough.

Also of note, English MA student Alison Mayhew has been selected to present a scholarly paper at another professional conference: the 2010 South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta.