Department Stories

Spring 2010

Professor Tyrone Shaw has had an immersion essay, “Sometimes even pigs get to play,” accepted for publication in the next issue of Saranac Review. It deals with the chaos in Romania immediately following the overthrow and execution of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu in December 1989. An “immersion essay” requires considerable

time spent on location.

In March, Professor Tony Whedon traveled to Matinicus Island, Maine, to write about the “Matinicus lobster wars” and a nonfatal shooting incident last summer involving two

lobstermen. The shooter just went to trial and was found not guilty. His account will cover dwindling natural resources, island family feuds dating back 100 years, and an island full of puffins that can be reached only by mail plane. Tony intends this piece for his new essay collection, Drunk in the Woods, which is due out next year along with his new poetry

collection, Things to Pray to in Vermont.

Fall 2009

The band PoJazz — featuring JSC faculty, staff and student poets and musicians — played at the Stearns Student Center Performance Space in September and December, and recently released a CD entitled Last Days: Live at the Black Door. Lead PoJazzer, Professor Tony Whedon was interviewed on VPR's Vermont Edition about the group in November, as well.