Dr. Wyatt Prunty Announced as Guest Speaker at TYCAT 2013
TYCAT is delighted to announce that the guest speaker for our 2013 Conference, “In Search of Authenticity,” to be held October 4-5, is Dr. Wyatt Prunty, poet and literary critic. A native to the South, Dr. Prunty was born in Humbolt, Tennessee and raised in Athens, Georgia. He holds a BA from the University of the South, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Prunty is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Lover's Guide to Trapping (2009); Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems (2000); Since the Noon Mail Stopped (1997); The Run of the House (1993); Balance as Belief (1989); What Women Know, What Men Believe (1986); The Times Between (1982); and Domestic of the Outer Banks (1980). Through he does not write exclusively in form or meter, Dr. Prunty is often associated with the New Formalism movement, which seeks to revive traditional forms of verse. His poems frequently examine the concerns and experiences of daily life, and they embody the New Critical staples of irony, paradox, and ambiguity. He is also the author of a critical work on contemporary poetry, "Fallen from the Symboled World": Precedents for the New Formalism (1990), and the editor of a collection of essays, Sewanee Writers on Writing (2000).
Dr. Prunty is the founding director of the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and he currently holds the Carlton Chair in poetry at Sewanee: the University of the South. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, Louisiana State University, Washington and Lee University, and Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English and Writers' Conference. He is the general editor of the Sewanee Writers' Series and director of the Tennessee Williams Fellowship program. His grants and honors include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, Johns Hopkins, and the Brown Foundation. In 2005, Dr. Prunty was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
TYCAT is proud to welcome Dr. Wyatt Prunty as our 2013 Conference Guest Speaker. On Saturday, Dr. Prunty will speak and read from his poems at our annual luncheon, sign copies of his work immediately afterward, and lead a concurrent session before the conference concludes. Begin making plans now to join your two-year colleagues at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee on October 4-5 for the 2013 Conference. Visit www.tycat.org for the latest information.
TYCAT 2013 Conference Theme: “In Search of Authenticity”
The TYCAT Program Committee is excited to announce the theme for the 2013 conference of the Two-Year College English Association of Tennessee, “In Search of Authenticity,” and to welcome our guest speaker, poet and critic, Dr. Wyatt Prunty. Dr. Prunty is often associated with the New Formalism movement in American poetry. He has noted that in literary criticism of the 1960s and 1970s, the cliché judgment was “that if the poem was formal it was not authentic.” In his poetry and scholarship, however, Dr. Prunty seems to suggest that authenticity in poetry is actually the result of the reciprocal relationship between form and content: “form elevates utterance and, therefore, you are drawing on the natural properties of the language—the things that are in the language anyway—reinforcing what you are saying.” While poets may seek authenticity in the balance between form and content, as educators, particularly as two-year col¬lege practitioners, we often search for our own kind of authenticity as we negotiate pedagogy and practice.
TYCAT 2013 Conference Registration form available here.
2013 Call For Proposals available for download here.
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2013 Tentative Conference Schedule:
Friday, October 4
- 3-5:30 pm
- 3-6:30 pm
- Exhibits Open
- 4-4:20 pm
- Opening Session
- 4:30-5:20 pm
- Breakout Session 1
- · David Mogolov, Bedford: “Documenting Student Learning with the Bedford e-Portfolio” (Room 222)
- · Deborah Moore, Kathy Halbrooks, Meagan McManus, Latifah Cobb, and Linda Rebenstorf; Volunteer"
"State: “Keeping it Real: Authentic Modeling and Mentoring for Adjuncts” (Room 220)
- · Victoria Bryan and Andrea Sanders, Chattanooga State: “Humanizing the Humanities: Authenticity in the Online Classroom” (Room 217)
- 5:30-6:20 pm
- Breakout Session 2
- · Carrie Brandon, Oxford University Press: “A Discussion with Oxford UP’s Executive Editor of English and Linguistics” (Room 222)
- · Kelly Ormsby, Cleveland State: “Think Globally, Act Locally: Sustainability as a Context for Research and Writing” (Room 220)
- · Christie Wilson, Walters State: “How Comics Can Save an Introduction to Literature Course” (Room 218)
- · Sarah Page and Brittany Richardson, Chattanooga State: “The Internet Conundrum: Helping Teachers and Students Find and Use Reliable Sources in a Digital Age” (Room 217)
- 6:30-10:30 pm
- Dinner Party at the Renaissance Center
Saturday, October 5
- 8:30-9:15 am
- 8:30 am-1:30 pm
- Exhibits Open
- 9-9:50 am
- Breakout Session 3
- · Paul Ludwig, Walters State: “Academic Language and Building Relationships” (Room 218)
- · Lori Barton, Joel Henderson, Erica Lux, and Ann Nicodemi; Chattanooga State: “Writers @ Work: Finding Southern Authenticity, Y’all” (Room 217)
- · David Huffman, Southwest: “So, You Want to Take Your Students Abroad. Business or Pleasure?” (Room 222)
- · Brian Hale, Chattanooga State: “Slicing the Pickle Story: Seeing into Authorial Choices” (Room 220)
- 9:50-10 am
- 10-10:50 am
- Breakout Session 4
- · Kevin Avery, Assistant Professor Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College: “Basic Writing Redesign: One Model for Accelerating Student Success” (Room 222)
- · Tara Lynn, Kelly Rivers, and Heather Schroeder; Pellissippi State: “The Authentic Grader” (Room 217)
- · Brittney Davidson, Chattanooga State: “Where the Twains Meet: Reading Strategies for the Writing Instructor” (Room 218)
- · Buck Weiss, Chattanooga State: “Forming the Authentic Student: Building Confidence in Student Writers” (Room 220)
- 11-11:50 am
- Breakout Session 5
- · Daniel Ayers, Pearson: “Alternative Content Delivery Models” (Room 222)
- · Cindy Chanin, Volunteer State: “Writing to Learn: Low Stakes Writing” (Room 220)
- · Bill Stifler, Chattanooga State: “Finding a Voice: Teaching Poetry in the Composition Classroom” (Room 218)
- · Joel Henderson, Chattanooga State: TYCAT Planning Meeting (Room 223)
- 12-1:15 pm
- Luncheon (Speaker: Wyatt Prunty)
- 1:30-2:30 pm
- Breakout Session 6
- · Wyatt Prunty, Sewanee: “How Poems Work” (Room 217)
- · Rachael Falu, Chattanooga State: “More Bees with Honey than Vinegar” (Room 218)
- · Thad Cockrill, Southwest: Department Chair Roundtable (Room 222)
- · Sherri Mahoney Jacobs, Walters State: “Oh, the Humanities!: Losing Our Electives to the Business Model of Education” (Room 220)