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Recent Publications

  • Provost's Newsletter, December 2014
    Author(s): WFU Provost's Office
  • Leadership and Service: The Making and Remaking of Alpha Phi Alpha
    Author(s): Gregory S. Parks

    In 1929, Brother Dr. Charles Harris Wesley published his path-breaking history of African American, collegiate-based fraternal life—The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development of Negro College Life. In those pages, and in subsequent editions of the Fraternity’s history, Brother Wesley tells a story, in large part, about the many men—and some women—who helped make Alpha Phi Alpha great. Countless of these individuals are nothing more than names associated with offices or committees or events or places. The reader is left to wonder: who are these individuals; what are their, respective, stories? It is my hope that this book answers those questions for some of those individuals—that it provides some context to who the individuals are who sacrificed and served to move Alpha Phi Alpha toward what the Jewels envisioned the Fraternity to be.

    -- Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D., Wake Forest University School of Law


  • Landscapes of Heaven and Earth
    Author(s): Joy Elvey Bannerman

    My purpose as an artist of images and words, therefore, is to be like a shade tree, growing the roots of the work deep into the rich soil of life, while also extending its reach upward toward the heavens, embracing eternity. 

    --Joy Elvey Bannerman

  • New Orleans Dreamin'
    Author(s): Joy Elvey Bannerman

    Gardens within gardens within gardens.  This landscape of stories glistens in the morning sun only to retreat with afternoon shadows.  It is tropical, hot, June of the long sun days drenching monsoon showers until you become wetness, leaves dripping water onto old stones, the cool corner waiting for something that never happens, going nowhere....

  • Johann Nestroy: Aphorisms, Ditties, and Deliberations From His Plays
    Author(s): Translations by Herbert Czermak


    ~ These Translations Are Dedicated To The Memory Of Maria Verber ~


    Though Nestroy typically needed only the flimsiest structure with a minimum of tension to hang his gags and skits on, it is still infinitely more difficult to do justice to a translation if considerations of dialog, shifting levels of speech, the interaction between characters, or of plot structure enter into the picture.Even so, I have not been able to cope with some of Nestroy´s strokes of genius, sometimes also because the original flavor has evaporated on their paths from the stage to the page and through time.But even if one side should come out more clearly in your imagination than the other, remember that a translation can best be appreciated by those familiar with both sides.

    -- Herbert Czmerak,


    Herbert Czermak, an Austrian academic partly schooled in America, has translated with wit and grace an enticing sampler of reflections, bon mots, and witticisms (some light, some very dark) from the plays of one of the premier dramatists of the 19th c sprachraum. Nestroy's humanity shines through these selections. As well, the translator's comprehensive gifts in German and English make for clear and powerful reading to a German or an English language audience. Some of the best literary efforts are those -- applying Austen and her technique of a "bit of ivory" -- which aim deep and not wide. Such is this delightful volume. The translator's taste and command impressively draw us into Nestroy's world.

    --Tom Phillips, Wake Forest University,



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  • Salt Runs In My Blood
    Author(s): Susan Schmidt

    As sailboat captain, rower, flyfisher, gardener, and Quaker naturalist, Susan Schmidt writes poems about moving from dark into light as she plays in boats and walks long trails. Her Gettysburg poem won the Guy Owen Poetry Prize. Her Carolina Parakeet poem appears in Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina. She remembers catching big trout, surviving gales at sea, birds, peach pie, old loves, Celtic ancestry, Civil War battles, and learning to navigate. She has worked as sailboat captain, science-policy analyst, and professor of literature and environmental decision-making. She now edits books, with the same mindfulness as pruning apple trees, and walks beaches. A Silkie like her Boykin Spaniel, she is happiest wet. Salt Runs in My Blood relates the poet’s personal journeys—mostly by boat; her inner flights and actual escapes from danger; her family, natural neighbors and spirituality. "If They Came Our Way" (Owen prizewinner) moves steadily, authoritatively, all the while building a quiet intensity, right up to its stunning, unforced conclusion. Sounds interweave, setting up a texture that pulled me in right away. I admire this poem very much, its pacing, its lineation, its careful yet emotionally wrenching detail.

    —Kathryn Stripling Byer


    The opening line of Salt Runs in My Blood quotes a neighbor's advice: "Remember where you come from." Susan Schmidt takes this to heart, exploring deep roots in Virginia and North Carolina. She is an intrepid explorer (New Zealand, Alaska, West Indies), approaching adventures with curiosity and wonder. Rarely do we experience the natural world through the eyes of such a keen observer, who understands the search for identity begins in the waters at home. With this lovely book she earns our trust in her skill as a gifted poet and a guide down the twisting river of the soul.

    —Lee Robinson


    Susan Schmidt’s poetry is tidal, seasonal, evolutionary. Traveling by wind, muscle, and memory from the Chesapeake to the Camino de Santiago, she sings like a Silkie with a human heart—about risk, loss, and resilience. Songs of her father are personal and epic. She sights birds near extinction or already lost. Her poems consider both her own fate and the planet. Schmidt writes a true line that skims, like her boat, over the surface of time and place.

    --Sandy Morgan


    Her eye for detail, her vision of the inner core of what she finds in Nature, her ideas as they come through imagery: Susan Schmidt can be a writer who matters.

    —Richard Krawiec