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New Review of The Literature of Waste

[M]y understanding of waste has been greatly expanded by Susan Signe Morrison’s The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter....I think her book can help bring readers to a better understanding of waste....Her final two chapters on source reduction and reuse articulate a clear vision of how poetry  Read More 
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Celebrating International Woman's Day with a Lovely Review of "A Medieval Woman's Companion"

"Morrison does a superb job of making medieval women accessible to mainstream audiences." Thanks to The Medieval Magazine for this lovely review of A Medieval Woman's Companion on International Woman's Day 2017.

Sandra Alvarez writes, "[I]it is an excellent book for readers who want a good starting point on  Read More 
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Book Award Finalist in 3 Categories

A Medieval Woman's Companion has been chosen as a Finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in 3 categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction.
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“Old English is Mine!”: Diversity and Old English

Old English belongs to us all, no matter what our background or where we come from. This proclamation rings out in a beautiful poem I’m delighted to share with you by Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature and Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the  Read More 
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World War II Woman Pilot Buried at Arlington Cemetery

Read about how WASPs, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, can at last be buried at Arlington Cemetery. Elaine D. Harmon was interred on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Arlington Cemetery, the first WASP to be so honored.
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“Grendel’s Mother” wins Top Honor Award!

I was so excited to go to Las Vegas this past week for the Literary Classics awards ceremony. Grendel’s Mother won the Top Honors award for Young Adult literature.

The award, Words on Wings Book Award, “recognizes distinguished fiction for a young adult audience.” I was thrilled to receive  Read More 
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Chicago and Baseball: Compassionate Community

I was excited that the Cubs won the World Series. I saw them as a kid when I went to visit my grandparents in Chicago. Baseball shows up in the diaries of my mom, Joan, in the 1930s and 1940s. It sparks a moment of communion with a young man whose leg has been  Read More 
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Website with 1200 Years of Women Composers

Listen to over 900 pieces of music by women, including Kassia, the Byzantine abbess, and Hildegard von Bingen.
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“Beowulf” Rock Operas, Appalachian Old-Time Music, Tolkien, and Philology

Learn about Beowulf Rock Operas and even an Appalachian “old time” musical, Brother Wolf .
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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

A recent article in The New York Times commemorating the Battle of the Somme during the Great War, World War I, argues how J. R. R. Tolkien’s terrifying experiences in the trenches influenced his mythscape of Hobbiton, Mordor, and Middle Earth.
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