In 1923, midcentury novelist and short-story writer Ruth Suckow 1914 published a novella set at a fictional Grinnell College — she called it Adams College — during World War I. The somewhat satirical work, A Part of the Institution, has recently been scanned and made available on the Iowa Digital Heritage website.
Artists & Scholars
Black Book: An Assemblage of the Fragmentary is the first major collaboration between a poet and an artist reacting to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. In hard-hitting texts by Robert Vas Dias ’53 and abstract images by Julia Farrer, Black Book examines the worldwide intolerance suffered by “the Other,” reflecting the authors’ belief that “art is an individual commitment to the times we live in.”
With acrobatic English and plentiful puns, Skip Hughes ’62 celebrates the joy of poetry in Chuckleberry Chutney (David Robert Books, 2016), his new collection of poems.
Retired bank president, U.S. Army veteran, and award-winning poet Dennis Maulsby ’64 has published Free Fire Zone (Prolific Press, 2016), a collection of 16 linked short stories. Last year, Near Death/Near Life, his collection of war poetry, received a gold medal in the 2016 Military Writers Society of America and was a finalist for the 2016 Best Books Award. He also won first place in the annual Iowa Poetry Association contest for his original haiku, “Crows wing-roll through smoke.” Next up, Maulsby’s short story “The Dive Bar” will appear in Main Street Rag’s Fall 2017 anthology.
New Orleans Review has published four poems by Margaret Sametz Rutherford ’81: “My Hungarian Mother,” “I Was Kelp,” “Luminous,” and “My Mother Survived the Shoah.”
In Once There Was Fire, a Novel of Old Hawaii (Pai’ea Press, 2016), Stephen Shender ’67 invites readers into the Hawaiian Kingdom on the cusp of the islands’ “discovery” by the English. A work of fiction informed by history, this is Shender’s first published novel.
Beth Greenblatt Brody ’77 has released a CD, Chanukah Nights. The songs relate to subjects such as Shabbat, Psalm 23, and others.
Internationally acclaimed professor and “chief exhilarator” Billy Strean ’86 has published a new audiobook, Humor Me: Lighten Up and Love Life Laughing (Talking Book, 2016).
Jenny Anger, professor of art history, helped update the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, an online research resource for modernist art. Designed to make research of the modernist period easier for students and researchers, the resource is a collection of commissioned articles from experts in the field. See www.rem.routledge.com.
Grinnell physics majors Jill Rix ’19, Yue Yu ’17, and Sam Ross ’16 have published the results of their 2015 and 2016 summer research in Physical Review E, the flagship journal of the American Physical Society. Working with Barbara Breen, assistant professor of physics at Grinnell, the students successfully demonstrated mechanical stochastic resonance in an elegant tabletop experiment that harvested wind energy from a flapping flag to enhance signal detection.