Rebecca Meacham recieves check from Green Bay Packers Founcation for UntiledTown

UntitledTown receives grant from Green Bay Packers

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded a record $1 million to 192 civic and charitable groups across Wisconsin as part of its annual distribution of grants. UntitledTown, an annual book and author festival in Green Bay, was awarded one of the grants, which was accepted by UW-Green Bay Prof. and co-president of UntitledTown Rebecca Meacham (English and Humanities). Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities) and Diversity Director, Mai J Lo Lee, also serve on the board.

Although not officially a University event, UW-Green Bay faculty, students and alumni devote a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy to the annual Book and Author Festival.

Will the help of the Packers’ grant, the Festival will seek to expand community in April 2020 with two undervoiced populations of Northeast Wisconsin. First, to address the stories of victims of domestic violence and to showcase the stories of Latinx people of the Great Lakes.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has realized the power of community storytelling through the 4,000 to 6,000 attended each year who participate in the 100-plus free readings and writing workshops by both legendary talents and local writers. The “dream outcome,” according to Meacham, is a “whole slew of new and meaningful stories being published and hitting the libraries of our areas so others could be inspired, find hope and connect with communities.” For the announcement of headliners and a full line-up of events, see 2020.untitledtown.org.

Ten of its 2020 Festival headliners will be revealed on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N. Washington St., Ste 107, Green Bay.

The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The next UntitledTown event is taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Green Bay.

UW-Green Bay Professor Meacham nominated for Pushcart Prize

Rebecca MeachamUW-Green Bay Prof. Rebecca Meacham (English, Humanities and Women’s and Gender Studies) was nominated by the literary journal Gigantic Sequins for the Pushcart Prize for her short nonfiction piece “Feather Rousing.” Meacham was selected as one of five pieces by the journal to be nominated for this award. The piece was written in residence at Write On, Door County in Juddville, Wis. for the Midsummer Music Festival.

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is one of the most honored literary project in America. Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in its annual collections.

Meacham is the chair of English, director of the BFA in Writing and Applied Arts, director of The Teaching Press and advisor of Sheepshead Review.

 

Live viewing and discussion of holiday movie ‘Christmas In Homestead,’ Dec. 4

Join CAHSS on Dec. 4, 2019 from 2:55 to 5:30 p.m. in Student Life for a live viewing of the Hallmark Holiday Movie, “Christmas in Homestead” (see the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wj6jKxNcmk). We’ll watch the movie live on cable and break in at the commercials with ongoing commentary from Associate Prof. Jessica Van Slooten (English and Women and Gender Studies). Hallmark Holiday Movie Bingo, Hot Cocoa and cookies will be provided as well. Learn more about the event here.

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jessica Lyn Van Slooten TEDx Talk delivers reminder that romance novels are feminist | The Mary Sue

“Jessica Lyn Van Slooten, an Associate Professor of English, Writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (Go Green Bay), delivered an amazing TEDtalk about the importance of romance novels and how they can absolutely be feminist despite how they are lambasted in popular culture.” More via This TED Talk Delivers the Awesome Reminder That Romance Novels are Feminist | The Mary Sue.

English Professor’s article in top ten

Assistant Prof. Sarah Schuetze’s (English) 2018 article “Carrying Home the Enemy: Smallpox and Revolution in American Love and Letters 1775-76,” published in the journal Early American Literature, is already in the top ten most accessed articles in the journal’s 50-year history. In fact, EAL Editor Marion Rust reports that it is number 7, just a year and a half after its publication. Check out Prof. Schuetze’s article here.

Alumna Janae Due begins new administrative position in higher education

Janae Due (English) ’16 was appointed assistant director of the Anderson Freeman Resource Center at Middlebury College in Vermont. The center is focused on serving the needs of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Due was the equity and social justice coordinator at the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity at Iowa State University. Due holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and women’s and gender studies from UW-Green Bay. She earned a master’s degree in student affairs from Iowa State University. See more via New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans : The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.