Lindsay Crane Monograph Series
Issue 1: A Hart Crane Retrospective
On September 3, 2008, at 4:15 p.m. in the Bonney Castle Seminar Room, Professor Emeritus Robert Sawyer offered a retrospective on the Seventh Annual Bissell Symposium that focused on Hart Crane. The English Department and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature held a reception to honor Issue #69 of the Hiram Poetry Review and asked Professor Sawyer—holder of the Howard S. Bissell Chair in Liberal Arts from 1998 to 2007—to participate in the celebration. The issue included the text of lectures delivered by speakers at the symposium, which was held on March 21-22, 2007. Professor Sawyer talked about the process of planning this elaborate two-day literary event, about the series of Crane "hauntings" that followed him throughout the year after its conclusion, and about ways that Hiram might continue to preserve and extend its relationship to Harold Hart Crane and his Western Reserve roots. Robert Sawyer received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Exeter and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Michigan. He has published in the Classical World, Humanitas, and The Hayes Historical Journal. His interest in regional literature and personalities is reflected not only in his enthusiasm for Hart Crane, but also his publication of an entry on James A. Garfield in the Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists and a new scholarly project on Almeda A. Booth, a woman he considers the Margaret Fuller of the Western Reserve.
Issue 2: From Vagabond to Visiting Poet: The Life and Times of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
In October 2008, Mike Chasar, a scholar of American poetry and popular culture, spoke to the Hiram community about poet and artist Vachel Lindsay, a student at Hiram College at the end of the nineteenth century. Chasar looked at Lindsay's pioneering effort to introduce the concept of the "visiting poet" into the university. Chasar’s dissertation from the University of Iowa—Everyday Reading: U.S. Poetry and Popular Culture 1880-1945—received first prize in the 2007 "Distinguished Dissertation" award competition sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms Dissertation Publishing. His essays and articles on poetry and culture have appeared in publications such as American Literature, Writer's Chronicle, and PMLA. At the time of his lecture, Chasar was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa, but he is now Assistant Professor of English at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Issue 3: Playing for Keeps—The American Fifties in Plastic and Tin
Jeffrey Hammond, George B. and Willma Reeves Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College of Maryland, at Hiram College in October 2009. Both scholar and personal essayist, Hammond called on his vast and deep knowledge of popular culture—and the forces that shape it—in his lecture about Marx toy sets titled "Playing for Keeps: The American Fifties in Plastic and Tin." For Hammond, toys have always been a serious business—and a telling reflection of the times in which they were developed. Of his own childhood toys—the Marx toy sets and figures of the Fifties—he asked: What lessons about history did these toys instill in the children who played with them? Why did those same children need to relearn so many of these lessons as they grew up? In a funny, engaging, self-deprecating way—with images (several preserved in this monograph) swirling on a screen to the left of Hammond's podium—he made the audience think about not only Marx toys, but also the toys of their own childhoods. His talk drew on insights from his book Little Big World, published in 2010. Hammond is also the author of several scholarly books, including The American Puritan Elegy: A Literary and Cultural Study; Sinful Self, Saintly Self: The Puritan Experience of Poetry; Edward Taylor: Fifty Years of Scholarship and Criticism; and two collections of personal essays—Ohio States: A Twentieth Century Midwestern and Small Comforts: Essays at Middle Age. His work has appeared in Antioch Review, Missouri Review, Massachusetts Review, Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and The American Scholar. Hammond has won a Pushcart Prize for essay, Shenandoah's Carter Prize for Essay, and Missouri Review's Editors' Prize in Essay. He has judged Hiram's Kroehle Contest in Nonfiction several times and is on the resource council of the Lindsay-Crane Center.
Issue 4: Of the Living Soil
Gracie D'Angelo ('12) is an Environmental Studies major and a writing minor at Hiram College. In a creative nonfiction class in the spring of 2010, she composed a piece of literary journalism about the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community on Rt. 82, where she was also employed. She worked on her essay for several months following the course, and the result was the monograph Of the Living Soil, distributed to all freshmen in the class of 2014. Her essay involved research, interviews, and close personal observation. D'Angelo is most at home in the natural world—wherever she finds it. She has traveled to Bhutan and Thailand with Hiram's study abroad program, and to England independently. She hopes to soon visit Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She earned honorable mention in creative nonfiction in 2010 in the ECC Literary Competition for a piece titled "Product of the Lone Era," and was on staff at the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction the summer of the same year. The signature of D'Angelo's work is her ability to combine her passion for research and finding things out with a strong and unmistakable personal voice.
This monograph was supported and funded by the Center for Engaged Ethics, the Chaplain's Office in the name of Tom and Betty Nichols, and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.
Issue 5: The Life of Hart Crane: A Short Biography