|November 1, 2014
H. J. “Tony” Sachs
English Seminar Room
George T. Madison Hall 223
Sigma Tau Delta
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Louisiana Tech University
Hyman Jacob “Tony” Sachs taught at Tech from September 1929 through May 1972. Appointed Head of the English
Department on June 7, 1954, he held that title until reaching the mandatory retirement
age of 65. Growing up in Chicago, he received his Bachelor of Philosophy and Masters
degrees from the University of Chicago. His honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa
Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta. When he was finishing his master’s degree in 1929, his department
head asked if he would be interested in a college teaching position in Ruston, Louisiana.
She told him that the President of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Dr. George W.
Bond, also a graduate of the University of Chicago, had asked her to recommend someone
who wanted to come to the Deep South “and make a difference.” The 25-year-old Jewish
man who had never been outside Chicago’s city limits found the challenge impossible
to refuse, so he accepted the offer and came to Ruston in fall 1929. During his years
at Tech, he earned his Ph.D. in 1938 from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.
His doctoral dissertation was on the teaching of vocabulary.
At Louisiana Tech, he built a faculty of 16 members with Ph.D.’s (out of a total of
25) by encouraging academic freedom and making sure that the professors taught at
least one section of their favorite subjects each semester. Delivering dynamic lectures,
he taught all the English courses, most notably the American novel and Shakespeare.
His publications include numerous articles and four books: Readings for College Writers, A Workbook for Writers, 5,000 Useful Words, and Practical English Workbook.
Dr. Sachs loved sports, serving on the Athletic Committee for 30 years. A much sought-after
public speaker, he never shied away from controversial topics such as race relations
and war. Celebrated as a superior professor, administrator, and citizen of Ruston,
he spent his last years in Shreveport, where he died November 13, 1983.
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The Louisiana Tech University Department of English supported by the George E. Pankey
Eminent Scholar Chair in English
(Dartmouth College Frederick S. Beebe Professor in the Art of Writing)
Reading from her poetry including Book of Dog, followed by a book signing.
Thurs., October 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
G. T. Madison Hall Auditorium 105
Louisiana Tech University
Visit with the Author:
Thurs., October 23 at 4 p.m. in GTM 223: Sigma Tau Delta members, English majors, and students interested in creative writing
are invited. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, magazines,
and journals. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships,
three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Lavin
Award, the 2001 Jane Kenyon Award for Poetry and a Robert Frost Resident Poet Award.
A native of Ruston, Mathis served as director of creative writing at Dartmouth College
from 1982-1997 and 2004-2009. For info: http://www.cleopatramathis.com
Banned Book Week
Banned Books Read Out
Sigma Tau Delta once again celebrates the right to read during Banned Books Week. The 2014 celebration
of Banned Books Week will be held from September 21-27. As part of this week, Sigma
Tau Delta will present the Banned Books Read Out on Friday, September 26, 2014. Join
us in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM Courtyard 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. There will
be a dramatic reading contest 1:30-2:00 p.m. Feel free to share your favorite banned
book with us.
Poet Darrell Bourque will speak about and read from his book of poems, Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie, recently published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. His public reading
followed by a book signing is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. George T. Madison Hall Auditorium, Room 105, located on Railroad Avenue on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston. He will have
an informal talk from 4-4:45 p.m. with Sigma Tau Delta English honorary society members and English majors in Madison Hall 223. Students
interested in creative writing may also attend. The reading is sponsored by the Louisiana
Tech University Department of English with support from the George E. Pankey Eminent
Scholar Chair in English. The reading is open to the public at no charge.
The new collection of poetry is a reflection of contemporary life in Acadiana in Louisiana
and tells the story of the journey of the Acadians from the Canadian Maritimes and
the various ways they made their way to Louisiana. The book is divided into three
sections: the first in mixed forms mostly about contemporary Acadie in Louisiana,
a bridge section, and then a twenty-seven sonnet sequence featuring principal characters
and historical figures of the eighteenth century deportation experience.
Former poet laureate Julie Kane says of Megan’s Guitar: “Darrell Bourque writes about what is sacred to him: the history of his French Acadian
ancestors, his memories of deceased family elders, the Louisiana landscape that formed
the backdrop of their lives, and the cultural rituals (from country horse-race betting
to turtle soup making) that bound the generations together. In the poem “Finding the
Entrance to the Grotto,” he describes how “a gap we fall upon opens, lets us in.”
So, too, do the covers of this luminous book fall open, letting us journey into the
realm of art, music, dreams, and the enduring human spirit.”
Darrell Bourque, who lives in rural St. Landry Parish, served as Louisiana Poet Laureate
in 2007-2008 and from 2009-2011. His poetry collections include Call and Response and In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems, The Doors Between Us, and The Blue Boat. He is professor emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
where he served as the first Friends of the Humanities Honor Professor.
2 Photos: Darrell Bourque and book cover
Genaro Smith Group Reading Flyer
A Mississippi native currently residing in McKinney, Texas, R. Flowers Rivera, an award-winning poet, will speak about and read her poetry at Louisiana Tech on
March 24. Her public reading followed by a book signing is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. in George T. Madison Hall Auditorium, Room 105, located on Railroad Avenue on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston. Before the public
reading, she will have an informal talk from 4-4:45 p.m. with Sigma Tau Delta English honorary society, the Poetry Society, and English majors in Madison Hall 223. Students interested in creative writing may also attend. The reading is sponsored
by the Louisiana Tech University Department of English and is open to the public at
Rivera will read from her two recent poetry collections. Troubling Accents (2013), Rivera’s debut poetry collection, received a nomination from the Mississippi
Institute of Arts and Letters and was selected by the Texas Association of Authors
as its 2014 Poetry Book of the Year. This book focused on Rivera's experience growing
up in Mississippi and her various identities of wife, daughter, Catholic, etc. Her
second collection, Heathen (2015), has been selected by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller as the
winner of the 2015 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, established by Lotus Press to
recognize an outstanding book-length manuscript by an African-American poet. About
her remix of classical and biblical myths in her poems, Rivera states: “Most people
have had some exposure to mythology, usually in high school, and it’s either The Odyssey or The Iliad. I became lost in the stories in middle school, and they stayed with me all these years.
However, once I was older I began to question why Zeus’s wife, Hera, got a bad rap
when her husband was the one running around, or why all the gods assumed Hephaestus
would just drop everything and make whatever they wanted—whenever they wanted—as if
he had no life of his own. I just wanted a new way to explore these myths through
the lenses of race, gender, and Southern culture.”
Dr. Rivera completed her Ph.D. in English, specializing in African American literature and creative writing at Binghamton University, and an M.A. in English at Hollins University, in addition to an M.S. at Georgia State University and a B.S. at the University of Georgia. Rivera was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship
in Poetry in association with the Taos Summer Writers Conference. Her short story,
“The Iron Bars,” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize, and she has been a finalist for many awards including
the Gary Snyder Memorial Award, the Paumanok Award, the Crab Orchard Series, and the
Gival Poetry Prize as well as garnering nominations for Pushcarts. Rivera has been
anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and included in a book on poetics titled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Poetry. She has been published in journals such as African American Review, Columbia, Evergreen Chronicles, Beloit Poetry Journal, Feminist Studies, Obsidian,
The Southern Review, and UCity Review.
Rivera has presented readings across the U.S. in states including Alabama, Georgia,
Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. For additional
information about R. Flowers Rivera and her poetry, visit http://promethea.com; to hear her read, visit: http://promethea.com/media-press.html
Submitted Photo: R. Flowers Rivers
R. Flowers Rivera’s Troubling Accents is an impressive act of storytelling and at times ventriloquism. With a compelling
mix of tenderness and ambivalence, yearning and loss, the poems embrace ‘brutal and
beautiful’ human experiences and histories, returning often to the subjectivity of
black Southerners, women in particular. The insights these poems offer are grounded
in Rivera’s evocative images, her diction that weds the vernacular and the formal,
and her sustained attention to voice/persona. The subjects and scenes of the poems
vary widely and wildly—flirtation at a funeral, the silence in a surrounding one member’s
death [complicated by] AIDS, domestic violence, conflicted love and sexuality, the
indomitable Bessie Smith and
more. What remains constant throughout the collection is Rivera’s gift for upending
expectations and exposing each moment’s façade.
—Shara McCallum, Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and author
of Song of Thieves and The Water Between Us
Centenary Poets flyer
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Associate Professor of French at Louisiana Tech University, received the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques de France in a formal ceremony officiated by the Consul General of France, Grégor Trumel on
Jan. 21. The chevalier (knight) award is given for outstanding work in promoting the French language and
culture and for contributions of exceptional value to the profession as a French language
educator. The Cooperation Attaché for Cultural, Academic, and University Mission,
Raymond Hinz accompanied the Consul General.
According to their website <www.frenchacademicpalms.org>, the French Academic Palms (L’Ordre des Palmes académiques) is an award given by the Ministry of French National Education for “those who have
rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the
prestige of French culture … this esteemed distinction acknowledges their merits,
talents, and exemplary activities.” Napoléon I established the Palmes Académiques as a title as early as 1808 to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of members
of the University. Napoléon III made the Palmes Académiques a formal decoration in 1866. The Palmes Académiques remains the oldest non-military decoration in France.
After welcoming remarks by the Director of the School of Literature and Language,
Dr. Susan Roach and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Don Kaczvinksy, the
French Consul General from the New Orleans consulate, Grégor Trumel, decorated Dr.
Dolliann Hurtig with the Palmes Académiques insignia, a silver laurel wreath medallion with a purple ribbon, the official color
of the Palmes Académiques. Dr. Hurtig, in an address to the audience, expressed her thanks and acknowledged
the organizations and the leaders she cooperates with at the state, national, and
Now in her 29th year at Louisiana Tech, Dr. Hurtig has recently edited and contributed to the book
Allons au cinéma: Promoting French through films. The book, published by the American Association of Teachers of French housed on the
campus of the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, is suitable for a university
course on Francophone film. She also serves as Dual Enrollment Coordinator for French
at Louisiana Tech and for 19 year has been advisor for the National French Honor Society,
Pi Delta Phi. She represents Louisiana Tech on CODOFIL and assists students with
scholarship and assistantship applications. Nationally, she co-chairs the National
Commission on Cinema of the American Association of Teachers of French, and is producing
a second volume on cinema to be published January 2016. Locally, Dr. Hurtig is a
member of the American Association of University Women, educators and retired educators
of the Grambling and Ruston communities.
Photo caption: (Left to right) Consul General Gregor Trumel (right) awards the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques de France to Dr. Dolliann Hurtig, as Cultural Attaché Raymond Hinz observes.
April C. Honaker, an instructor of English in Louisiana Tech University's School of Literature and
Language, will see two of her poems published in the coming months. "The Way She Carries Us" will be published in volume 13 of Mom Egg Review, and "Louisiana" will soon appear in Southern Voice, an online publication of Deep South Magazine.
Mom Egg Review is an annual literary journal by and about mothers and motherhood. The journal explores
the experience of motherhood from diverse perspectives. According to editor Marjorie Tesser, "Mom Egg Review tells important stories ignored or marginalized by other publications,
and nurtures exciting literary talents." The upcoming issue will be launched at a
reading in New York City this spring.
Deep South is an online magazine covering the food, travel, culture, arts and literature of
the South. Their mission is to connect the Southern states — and Southerners to each
other — through their stories. Honaker's poem "Louisiana" fits this theme by depicting
a love for our state, despite its flaws and questionable reputation.
Two award-winning Shreveport poets, Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird, will speak about and read their poetry at Louisiana Tech. Their public readings
followed by a book signing are set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. in George T. Madison Hall Auditorium,
Room 105, located on Railroad Avenue on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston. Before
the public readings, they will have an informal talk from 4-4:45 p.m. with Sigma Tau
Delta English honorary society, the Poetry Society, and English majors in Madison
Hall 223. Students interested in creative writing may also attend. The readings are
sponsored by the Louisiana Tech University Department of English with support from
the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English. The readings are open to the
public at no charge.
Ashley Mace Havird’s book of poems, The Garden of the Fugitives (Texas Review Press, 2014), won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize. Her chapbook, Dirt Eaters (2009), won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Series Prize; and a second chapbook,
Sleeping with Animals (2013), was published by Yellow Flag Press of Lafayette, LA. Her poems and short
stories have appeared in many journals including Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in anthologies such as The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana (Texas Review Press, 2011) and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2015). In 2002 she was awarded
a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. She teaches at the Renzi
Education and Art Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
David Havird is the author of two collections: Map Home (Texas Review P, 2013) and Penelope’s Design (Texas Review P, 2010), which won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.
He broke into print with a poem in The New Yorker in 1975. Since then his poems have appeared in many journals, Agni, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Yale Review, among others, online at Poetry Daily, and in anthologies, including The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (forthcoming). He studied at the University of South Carolina under the poet and
novelist James Dickey, about whom he has published several articles (including an
essay memoir, “In and Out of Class with James Dickey,” in the Virginia Quarterly Review), and at the University of Virginia. Since 1988 he has taught as a Professor of English
at Centenary College of Louisiana.
Thursday, October 16, 2014: 6:00 p.m. The Lincoln Parish Library will host a fall Poetry Night with local author and poet, Instructor Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith. This event will feature readings and discussion from the author’s book, The Land Baron’s Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives, which is set to be released on October 28, 2014.
Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and he earned a bachelor of arts in English from
California State University, Northridge and an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing
from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. His works have been published in
numerous literary journals and magazines. He has been teaching literature, composition,
and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University since 1999.
Kennedy speak to English students.
Gary Kennedy, Ralph Thomas, and Alex Kennedy of Red Ball Oxygen, spoke to English majors and the members of Sigma Tau Delta about finding a career with an English major.
Sigma Delta Pi Initiation 2011. The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society held its initiation during the spring quarter.
Shakespeare's Birthday 2011. The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the
English Honor Society, hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 21,
2011. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the
Tech-London 2010. Fourteen students participated in the 2010 TECHLondon Summer Study Abroad Program.
They were accompanied by Dr. Ken Robbins (School of Performing Arts) and Dr. Celia Lewis (Department of English).
Shakespeare's Birthday 2010. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday
on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard
and in the GTM foyer.
Tailgating 2009. Faculty members from the School of Literature and Language assist in the tailgating
for the College of Liberal Arts. The game against Hawaii was featured on ESPN2.
Tech-London 2009. The English and Theater Departments sponsor the annual study in England.
Shakespeare's Birthday 2009. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday
on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard.
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.
The First Poe Party. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a Poe Party in the Shakespeare Garden in
the GTM courtyard. Dr. John Martin channeled the great Edgar Allen Poe, and students
presented additional poetry readings.
Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the
courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.
10th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual
conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.