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The Watermelon Eating Contest

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Summer Reading Series

What are you reading or writing? For our summer series, Redefine U asks members of the college community to read excerpts from their original work. In this first episode of the series, Danny Hoey, Ph.D., shares and discusses his short story, “The Watermelon Eating Contest.”

Guest host: Candice Mayhill

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Our Guest

Danny Hoey, Ph.D.

Danny Hoey, assistant dean, school of liberal arts

Danny M. Hoey Jr., Ph.D., is the assistant dean of English, Literacy and Communications at Anne Arundel Community College. He formerly served as an associate professor of English and department chair of English, Communications and Modern Languages at Indian River State College. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing, along with a Master of Arts in Africana Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. He actively participates in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Modern Language Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. His stories have appeared in WarpLand, Women in REDzine, Mandala Journal, Connotation Press, African Voices Magazine, SnReview, The Writer’s Bloc and The Hampton University First-Year Writing Textbook. His pedagogical essay, “Dutchman, The Black body, and The Law,” was published in 2019 in the Modern Language Association’s Series Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. "The Butterfly Lady," his first novel, won the ForeWord Firsts’ Winter 2013 debut fiction award and the Bronze Award in the IndiFab Book of the Year Award. He is at work on his second novel.


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