Monthly Archives: March 2013

Report on AML Conference 2013 and List of Awards

The AML conference of 2013 was a huge success.  Awards are posted below, with citations.  All citations were written by the judges in the various categories. I will be submitting grant proposals so that AML can continue in full force, … Continue reading

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in verse # 27 : wretched matter and lame Meter

John Milton didn’t know jack about free verse, and yet when he explicated his reason for shunning rime he sounded like he understood the reasoning of the free versifiers at the turn of the last century.  In introducing Paradise lost … Continue reading

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Five Nephi Anderson Novels You Should Read Before You Die

This week I plan to finish my dissertation chapter on Nephi Anderson’s novels. As the current draft climbs to around 65 pages, I realize that trying to encapsulate Anderson’s contribution to Mormon letters in one chapter is a fool’s errand. … Continue reading

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In Tents #27 Ethics and Aesthetics Part 5

Last night at dinner my sister Krista asked what I was presenting at the AML symposium. She was trying to distract me from mourning the impending loss of our mother’s four last infected teeth, with nothing left to anchor lower … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, March 24, 2013

The Association for Mormon Letters Conference is this weekend, March 29-30, at the UVU Library auditorium (Orem, UT). New novels this week by Orson Scott Card, Stephen Carter, Michaelbrent Collings, and Brandon Mull. Please send any information or corrections to … Continue reading

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The Host

With the movie of Stephenie Meyer’s novel The Host coming out next week, I think this is an opportune time for me to review the book.  What makes it even more opportune is that I just finished listening to the … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Plures: From Many, (also) Many

Most of us count ourselves members of many communities, and feel both affinity with the totality of the community and distinction from many of its individual members. It’s the nature of the beast; we are complex beings with complex interests, so we pursue multiple memberships in communities of interest.

Except when we don’t. Continue reading

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LTUE and the Mormon SF&F Community

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going back to Utah to attend the 31st iteration of Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. My pleasure in attending was … Continue reading

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Mormon Lit Blitz Deadline Extended

Announcement: the deadline for Mormon Lit Blitz submissions (of works under 1,000 words that will speak to language-loving LDS readers) has been extended to April 27th. Any help spreading word about the contest would be greatly appreciated. Below, I’ve included … Continue reading

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“Upon the Stage of a Theatre”: Reflecting on Mormon Drama at the Advent of the Saints on Stage Anthology

Christopher Bigelow (publisher), Ben Crowder (layout), and I (chief editor) have been pounding out the last minor details of the upcoming Saints on Stage: An Anthology of Mormon Drama being put out by Zarahemla Books. Considering that I pitched this … Continue reading

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