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Scholar discusses early American writer

Jan. 25, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Leading American literature scholar and Western Michigan University professor Dr. Scott Slawinski will speak on "Rediscovering Sukey Vickery: Poet and Novelist of the Early Republic" Thursday, Jan. 29.

Part of the WMU Department of English's Scholarly Speaker Series, the free public event will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 3025 of Brown Hall.

Slawinski will give an introduction to Vickery's life and read selections from her work. He also will discuss his forthcoming edition of her poetry and prose, "'Emily Hamilton' and Other Writings" (University of Nebraska Press, 2009).

An assistant professor of English at WMU, Slawinski earned his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina in 2002. He specializes in American literature, with a focus on the Colonial and early Federalist periods. He is the author of "Validating Bachelorhood: Audience, Patriarchy, and Charles Brockden Brown's Editorship of the Monthly Magazine and American Review" (Routledge, 2005).

The English Scholarly Speaker Series will continue Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. with an appearance by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein from the University of Illinois at Chicago. They will discuss "Writing Templates for Non-Robots" in Room 2028 of Brown Hall.

For more information on WMU's English Scholarly Speaker Series, contact Dr. Anthony Ellis, assistant professor of English, at anthony.ellis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2606.

Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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