College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Shawver authors book on The Language of Fiction

Brian ShawverA book written by Brian Shawver, associate professor of English, has been published. Shawver's book, The Language of Fiction: A Writer's Stylebook, was published on Jan. 8, 2013 by University Press of New England. The book discusses the various issues of language, style and grammar as they are used in novels and short stories. The book includes examples from the best-seller lists of today and yesterday, reviews the hows and whys of language and explains how the mastery of them can be used to achieve clarity and grace of expression.

Ockerstrom pamphlet on Virginia Woolf published

Lolly OckerstromLolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently had a monograph on Virginia Woolf published by Cecil Woolf Publishers as part of its Bloomsbury Heritage Series, Virginia Woolf and the Spanish Civil War: Texts, Contexts and Women's Narratives. Cecil Woolf is the nephew of modernist writers Virginia and Leonard Woolf. The Bloomsbury Heritage Series focuses on the Woolfs and their circle, named for the Bloomsbury area of London where they lived and worked in the early part of the 20th century.

University receives Art Works grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Virginia BrackettPark University has received a $7,500 National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" grant to partially fund the "Poetry at Park" initiative established by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, associate professor of English and director of the Degree with Honors program. The grant will support writing workshops, performances at magnet high schools in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and a public reading by The Symphony, a group of four African-American and Latino poets. "Poetry at Park" is an initiative first developed in 2010 as a part of the University's Missouri Arts Council grant-supported Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence and public engagement with diverse and exceptional art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts. "It speaks volumes about the importance of the University's willingness to continue to support the arts," Brackett said of the grant, which will be matched by the University. "The NEA funders found the collaboration aspect of the project quite attractive. When I spoke with a representative after funding was announced, she told me the funding represented a stamp of approval from one of the most prestigious organizations supporting the arts today."