Department of English

Graduate Student Anushka Jasraj selected for J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (JMCCCP) Internship

Wed, March 27, 2013
Graduate Student Anushka Jasraj selected for J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (JMCCCP) Internship
Kurt Heinzelman and Anushka Jasraj

The Department of English congratulates graduate student Anushka Jasraj for her selection as the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (JMCCCP) Intern.  

About the internship

As part of a projected program of future exchanges between the University of Texas and the University of Adelaide, which has the top-rated creative writing program in Austrailia, we are offering this summer a 4-week, expenses-paid internship in Adelaide to a UT graduate student in Creative Writing.  The period of the internship runs from 15 June to 15 July 2013.  The graduate student will arrive in Adelaide as one term ends and another begins.  So, the student will be able to hear the theses of students just completing one program of study and will be able to sit in on courses in their new program of postgraduate study.  The two topics of the new course will be “The Literature of Travel” and “Personal Writing: The Memoir.”  The Coetzee Intern will be asked to participate in these courses as an assistant to the professor and as mentor to the students.  Besides this fairly circumscribed workload there will be ample time to do one’s own writing and to explore the city of Adelaide and environs (which include three of the major wine-producing regions of the world—the Clare Valley, the Barossa Valley, and the McLaren Vale).  Adelaide, which is the sister city of Austin, is beautifully situated on the River Torrens, very near the ocean, in South Australia, which calls itself “The Festival State” because there are many more days of festival activity—in the arts, music, literature, theatre, and film—than there are days in the year.  Accommodations for the Coetzee Intern will be provided in Kathleen Lumley College, a hospitable suite of brick buildings housing graduate students exclusively. (See Internet, laundry, and some kitchen facilities are on-site.  The College is a very short walk from the University and the center of the city. Breakfast and dinner are provided six days of the week.  And there is a wonderful English-style pub directly across the street. 

from A.D. Hope's poem "Austrailia"

They call her a young country, but they lie:
She is the last of lands, the emptiest.
A woman beyond her change of life, a breast
Still tender but within the womb is dry.

. . .

Yet there are some like me turn gladly home
From the lush jungle of modern thought, to find
The Arabian desert of the human mind,
Hoping, if still from the deserts the prophets come,

Such savage and scarlet as no green hills dare
Springs in that waste, some spirit which escapes
The learned doubt, the chatter of cultured apes
Which is called civilization over there.

About Anushka Jasraj

Anushka Jasraj earned a BFA in Film & Television from New York University before entering the MFA program, The New Writers Project, at the University of Texas at Austin.  She was the 2012 recipient of the Engler Family Graduate Fellowship in English and was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Her story, “Radio Story,” has been published both in English in Granta Online and in Italian translation in Internazionale.


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