January 29, 2015

Poetry Reading by
David Havird &
Ashley Mace Havird
Thursday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.
George T. Madison Hall 223
Students visit with the authors

David and Ashley Havird

January 29, 5:30 p.m., GTM 105
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana

The School of Literature and Language welcomes David Havird and Ashley Mace Havird to Louisiana Tech University. The Havirds live in Shreveport, LA. Ashley Mace Havird has published three books of poems: The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize, Sleeping with Animals, and Dirt Eaters, which won the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize. David Havird's collection of fourteen poems, Penelope's Design (2010), won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. The full-length collection Map Home was published by Texas Review Press in 2013.


Christmas Stories from Louisiana Dr. Roach. On My Way. The Abyssal Plain
Rick Simmons. Carolina Beach Music.

Susan Roach.  On My Way: The Arts of Sarah Albritton. Sim Shattuck. The Abyssal Plain. James Rick Simmons, Jr. Carolina Beach Music.
Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels The Coming of the King James Gospels The Land Baron's Sun Sim Shattuck. Basilisk.
Donald P. Kaczvinsky. Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels, or The Kingdom of the Imagination.

Ward Allen and Edward C. Jacobs. The Coming of the King James Gospels Genero SmithThe Land Baron's Son. Sim Shattuck. Basilisk.
Christmas Stories from Ohio Sim Shattuck. Pleasant Hurricanes. Dorothy Robbins. Mrs. Dalloway Short Flights
Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, eds. Christmas Stories from Ohio. Sim Shattuck. Pleasant Hurricanes. Dorothy Dodge Robbins, ed.  Critical Insights: Mrs Dalloway.
Factory Lives Penumbra: Shadows, Places, and People Defending South Carolina's Coast Percyscapes
James Rick Simmons, Jr., ed. Factory Lives (Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies.

Patrick Posey Garrett, et al. Penumbra: Shadows, Places, and People. James Rick Simmons, Jr. Defending South Carolina's Coast. Robert W. Rudnicki. Percyscapes: The Fugue State in Twentieth-Century Southern Fiction.
Sim Shattuck. Yarilo's Dance Hidden History of the Grand Strand Crewe of Hecate Christmas Stories from Georgia
Sim Shattuck. Yarilo's Dance. Sim Shattuck. Krewe of Hecate.
November 1, 2014

H. J. “Tony” Sachs
English Seminar Room
George T. Madison Hall 223
Sigma Tau Delta

Dr. Sachs

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10 a.m.
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana

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.

Download the program here


The Louisiana Tech University Department of English supported by the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English


Cleopatra Mathis

(Dartmouth College Frederick S. Beebe Professor in the Art of Writing)

September 26, 2014
Banned Book Week

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.

Press Releases:

January 2015

Dolliann Hurtig The Chevalier Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, associate professor in the Louisiana Tech School of Literature and Language, received the Chevalier of the Palmes from the American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP), which is the Section USA of the Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (AMOPA). The French Consul from New Orleans came for the ceremony. To receive this honor, one must be nominated by several members of the Palmes who write letters of support and then have the approval of the Office of the Ministry of Education in Paris, France, after a review of one’s dossier. Our congratulations to Dr. Hurtig for this significant honor.

January 2015

Genaro Smith We congratulate Instructor on Continuing Appointment Genero Smith for being named the Artist of the Year by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC). The Council seeks to enrich the region by fostering opportunities for creative expression; to establish a strong presence of the arts wherein the artists, arts organizations and community can thrive; and to share our diverse cultural heritage, celebrating not just who we are, but what we can become. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council serves the five parishes of Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, and Union. Genero Smith recently published the book, The Land Baron’s Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives.

October 2014

Genaro Smith 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.


April 22, 2009
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.
April 23, 2008
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.

Archive for 2013-2014

Archive for 2012-2013

Archive for 2011-2012

Archive for 2010-2011

Archive for 2009-2010

Archive for 2008-2009

Archive for 2007-2008

School of Literature and Language Newsletter:

Newsletter 2007-2008 April 2008
Newsletter 2006-2007 April 2007