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St. John Fisher College is Host Institution of 43rd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association’s Convention


St. John Fisher College will serve as the host institution of the Northeast Modern Language Association’s (NeMLA) 43rd Annual Convention. The convention, expected to attract 1,600 attendees to the area, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester March 15-18. This is the first time the event is being held in Rochester.

Professionals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other modern languages are expected to be in Rochester for the event, which includes over 300 sessions, many led by Fisher faculty. Past host institutions have included Rutgers University, Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, and Montreal’s McGill University, among others.

Poet and Rochester native Cornelius Eady, a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will serve as the convention’s opening night speaker on Thursday, March 15. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985. Eady’s work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, "Running Man," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, "Brutal Imagination," adapted from his 2001 poem sequence, won Newsday's Oppenheimer award in 2002. In 1996 Eady co-founded the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. Nazareth College is a co-sponsor of Eady’s reading at the convention.

Jennifer EganPulitzer Prize-winning author, Jennifer Egan, will serve as the keynote speaker at a special Friday evening event at ARTISANworks at 7:30 p.m. She will present, “Experimentation in Fiction: Notes from a Reluctant Practitioner.” Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2001, and the bestselling novel, The Keep. Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, another national bestseller, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the L.A. Times Book Prize. Also a journalist, she writes frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Egan will also be doing a special reading from her new book on the Fisher campus at 3:00 p.m. in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel. The reading is open to the public.

“No other city has welcomed NeMLA like Rochester, and it has been a pleasure to incorporate Rochester's legacy in our programs,” said Elizabeth Abele, Executive Director. “As appropriate for the city where Frederick Douglass published the North Star, NeMLA will offer a record number of African-American sessions. With the generous support of St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Writers & Books, and BOA Editions, NeMLA 2012 will present creative writing sessions and speakers that are unprecedented in variety and quality. We hope that the synergy of this year will establish creative writing as a part of NeMLA's fabric for years to come.”

Fisher faculty members who will participate as presenters, featured readers, or session chairs include: Dr. Jim Bowman, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Steve Brauer, Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences; Sarah Freligh, Adjunct Instructor of Creative Writing; Dr. Rik Hunter, Assistant Professor of English; M.J. Iuppa, Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Program; Dr. Lisa Jadwin, Professor of English; Jebaroja Singh, Adjunct Instructor in Women’s and Gender Studies; Dr. Deborah Uman, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Bill Waddell, Professor of English and currently President of NeMLA; Dr. Marc Papé, Associate Professor of Modern Languages; Dr. Francisco Plata, Assistant Professor of Spanish; Cori Shea, Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages; and Dr. Jeremy Sarachan, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism.

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