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John Biguenet closes out busy scholarly year adding numerous accomplishments

June 4, 2010

John Biguenet, the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor of English, maintained a busy year and added the following accomplishments and accolades to his resume:

  • He was elected to a second term on the board of directors of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • His second installment of the “Rising Water” series, “Shotgun,” was produced at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The Orlando Sentinel raved, “It was the narrow focus of this new play that shakes you.... Human drama doesn’t have to look huge to be heartbreaking.”
  • He spoke on a panel on “The Role of the Actor in New Play Development” at PlayFest: The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays in Orlando.
  • He co-authored the computer-science paper, “Metaphor and the Semantic Web,” which was published in Semantic Web, InTech Publishing KG (Vienna).
  • His story, “Rose,” appears in Arabic translation in the current issue of the Albawtaka Review (Cairo).
  • He served as judge of the high-school writing competition at “Words & Music: A Writers’ Conference of the Faulkner Society,” where he received the Alihot Medal, the organization’s major award for lifetime achievement in literature. He also presented “Masterclass on Novels: An Interview with Master Fiction Writer John Biguenet” and “Masterclass: Short Fiction.”
  • He was the subject of a cover story in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, a publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • He spoke on the panel, “Teaching Polyglot Courses to Students in Literary Translation” at the national conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Pasadena, Calif. While there, he also attended a meeting of the organization’s endowment committee to recommend investment policy for the coming year.
  • He served as a state judge of the Louisiana Public Service Commission/Patrick Taylor TOPS 2010 Essay Contest.
  • He initiated the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Writer in the Schools Program in New Orleans by speaking to 120 students from Warren Easton Charter High School about his work; the Washington-based PEN/Faulkner Foundation provided each student a copy of Biguenet’s short-story collection, “The Torturer's Apprentice.”
  • He offered a seminar on "Writing about Disaster" to the MFA creative writing workshop of Chatham College, located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • He addressed visiting classes from The Latin School of Chicago and Edmund Burke High School of Washington, D.C. as well as the faculty and staff of Brother Martin High School.

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