At the US Premieres of “ReGeneration”

This week, I got to attend the US premieres of “ReGeneracija / ReGeneration,” an extraordinary new documentary film directed by Emir Kapetanović and produced by Zana Marjanović. It features ten courageous youth “reconciliation ambassadors” advocating for peace in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ambassadors are Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks from ten different towns and cities across the country. The project was supported by USAID and IRI Global. The premieres were held the UN headquarters in New York (my first time there!) and the iconic E Street Cinema in Washington, DC. Emir and Zana welcomed me so hospitably; they’ve been a dream to collaborate with.

I edited the English subtitles and press kit for Emir and Zana; for that, they named me associate producer (my first film credit!). Prior to that editing work, I also wrote a review of the film, which you can read here.

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My latest interviews: Stacy Mattingly, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, and Ricky Ray

Recently I joined the masthead of American Microreviews and Interviews, overseeing its interviews. So much gratitude, so much respect for my predecessor, Melissa Studdard, who entrusted me with the job as she took on more responsibilities with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Here are my most recent interviews!

With novelist and professor Stacy Mattingly, on “narrative witness,” the Sarajevo Writers Workshop, and literary border-crossings.

 

 

 

 

 

With poet and professor Mitchell L. H. Douglas, on race, heritage, musicalities, and the heroes we need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With poet Ricky Ray, author of Fealty, on addiction, recovery, beauty, and hope.

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My latest essays, reviews, and interviews

Today the Kenyon Review is featuring my review of Eileen G’Sell’s spectacular debut poetry collection, Life After Rugby. You can check it out here!

And here’s a list of some of my latest essays, reviews, and interviews (see the menu tabs for the full list):

 

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*American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* wins the Mormon History Association’s Best Book Award!

simpson book coverIt was such an incredible honor this weekend to have the Mormon History Association devote a plenary session to my book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940. After the session, it was announced that the book had won the MHA’s best book award!

I’m so grateful to all the colleagues, friends, and readers who have been so supportive along the way. A list of all the MHA award-winners is here, and a list of UNC Press award-winners is here.

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MHA Plenary Session on *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940*

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Tonight in St. Louis, at the spring meeting of the Mormon History Association, there will be a plenary “author meets critics” session devoted to my book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940I’m thrilled. The panel, chaired by Brett Dowdle, will include scholars I deeply admire: Richard Bushman, Kristine Wright, Jed Woodworth, and Thomas Alexander. Wish me luck!

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American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism featured in Religion News Service

The brilliant author, blogger, and columnist Jana Riess just published an interview with me in her regular column for the Religion News Service. Read the interview — called “When Mormons first went to Harvard…” — here!

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My new book shipping now!

 

simpson book coverMy new book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 (University of North Carolina Press), is shipping now! Stay tuned for news about author events and podcasts!

(The book is available directly from the press through the link above and through a range of online retailers like amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.)

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