Miscellany – Oct. 16, 2020

Rob Tally’s essay “Boundless Mystification” appears in South Atlantic Quarterly in a special issue devoted to Ideology. https://read.dukeupress.edu/south-atlantic-quarterly/article-abstract/119/4/779/166841/Boundless-Mystification?redirectedFrom=fulltext

His new edited book, Spatial Literary Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Space, Geography, and the Imagination, has just been published by Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Spatial-Literary-Studies-Interdisciplinary-Approaches-to-Space-Geography/Jr/p/book/9780367520106

Vanessa Couto Johnson’s two poems (“aw|ry” and “habi|tit|tat”) appear in the current issue of Everything in Aspic. https://everythinginaspic.com/issues

Allan Chavkin’s entry “Saul Bellow” was published in Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. www.oxfordbibliographies.com

MFA Poetry student Bianca Perez’s poetry series “The Good Fruit” was awarded Honorable Mention in Poetry in the 2021 San Miguel Writers’ Contest. See announcement here: https://sanmiguelwritersconference.org/2021-writers-contest-winners/

Geneva Gano participated in a roundtable discussion on “Teaching the History of the American West with Graphic Novels and Comics” at the annual Western History Association’s conference this month.  Her article “The Poetry of Ecological Witness: Robinson Jeffers and Camille T. Dungy” was published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. https://academic.oup.com/isle/advance-article/doi/10.1093/isle/isaa088/5918080?guestAccessKey=9c785cfd-4274-43f6-ba79-f57955178bd3

Sean Rose’s story “Dancer” was published in the most recent issue of Southern Humanities Review.  http://www.southernhumanitiesreview.com/533-sean-rose-dancer.html

Jon Marc Smith and co-author Smith Henderson’s article “Ten American Masterpieces That Are Actually Crime Fiction” appears in CrimeReads. https://crimereads.com/ten-american-masterpieces-that-are-actually-crime-fiction/

Miscellany – Oct. 1, 2020

MFA poetry student Nour Al Ghraowi’s new piece, “How I Entered a Pandemic while Healing a War’s Wounds,” was recently published in Porter House Review. https://porterhousereview.org/articles/%E2%80%AFhow-i-entered-a-pandemic-while-healing-from-a-wars-wounds/

Miriam Williams has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Technical Communication, the journal of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Technical Communicationpublishes quantitative and qualitative research and serves technical communicators in academia and industry. Her appointment begins January 2021. See STC announcement here: https://www.stc.org/notebook/2020/09/21/meet-the-new-editor-of-technical-communication/

Allan Chavkin’s “Bucharest and Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities in Saul Bellow’s The Dean’s December” is available online in Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_261-1

Susan Morrison was interviewed for “What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper Was Invented?” in Life’s Little Mysteries series for Live Science. (Sept 20, 2020). https://www.livescience.com/toilet-paper-history.html

Rob Talley presented a keynote address titled, “The Logic of the Situation,” at the Mapping Space, Mapping Time, Mapping Texts conference. The virtual conference was jointly sponsored by the Chronotopic Cartographies project of Lancaster University and the British Library in London.

In an essay in Rogue Women Writers, Jon Marc Smith and co-author Smith Henderson discuss the process of creating the protagonist for their novel, Make Them Cry. https://www.roguewomenwriters.com/2020/09/smith-henderson-and-jon-marc-smith-go.html

MATC graduate Gayle Davidson has accepted a Usability Experience (UX) Writer position at Thomson Reuters in Austin, Texas.

MFA fiction student Ben McCormick’s new piece,“White Hugs: On Waiting for a Lisa Murkowski Vote,” was published in Entropy.

https://entropymag.org/white-hugs-on-waiting-for-a-lisa-murkowski-vote/

Miscellany – Sept. 18, 2020

Chris Dayley and Aimee Roundtree will present on the 2020 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication’s plenary panel, “Administering Programs in a Time of Crisis.” The virtual conference will be held on October 2nd.

CrimeReads named Jon Marc Smith’s book Make Them Cry (co-written with Smith Henderson) one of its 12 books to read in September. The book was also reviewed on September 15th in the Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-09-15/make-them-cry-jon-marc-smith-and-smith-henderson-profile 

Allan Chavkin’s article, “A Family in Crisis: A Family Systems Theory Approach to Arthur Miller’s ‘I Don’t Need You Any More,’” was recently published in The Arthur Miller Journal.

Two poems by Steve Wilson will appear in A Tether to This World: Mental Health Recovery Stories, an anthology of prose and poetry to be published by Main Street Rag Publishing next spring.

Amanda Scott was interviewed about the importance of revisions to the 2020 U.S. Census form in Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/story/science/2020-census-impacts-online/

Nancy Wilson has received a grant from the Texas Faculty Association to purchase books supporting her development of a First-Year English course focused on service learning. The books will eventually become a part of the First-Year English Resources Library housed in Flowers Hall.

Susan Morrison edited the World War II poetry of her mother, Joan Wehlen Morrison. The volume has just been published as Another Troy by Finishing Line Press. More information is here: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/another-troy-by-joan-wehlen-morrison-edited-by-susan-signe-morrison/?fbclid=IwAR3BKtSjt2gTJYf9nJsg1H4qf_Q4klTCtWiUsSWI9tUXHil0ijRPt1DYXmI

MFA poetry graduate Meg E. Griffitts’ manuscript Hallucinating a Homestead was chosen by Traci Brimhall as the 2020 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize winner.

MATC graduate Kimberly Jeske has accepted the Director of Product Content position at Cloudflare in Austin, Texas.

Miscellany – Sept. 1, 2020

Geneva Gano’s book The Little Art Colony and US Modernism will be published by Edinburgh University Press this month.

Aimee Roundtree is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Generation AI Project, which is helping to create industry guidelines, competitions, and standards for how artificial intelligence is tested and deployed in products for children.

Katie Kapurch interviewed Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Bettye LaVette, about her new album Blackbirds for an article published on CultureSonar: https://www.culturesonar.com/arising-to-this-moment-bettye-lavettes-blackbirds/

The full interview will appear in Dr. Kapurch’s forthcoming NEH-supported book, Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles (Penn State University Press).

MFA student Chisom Ogoke is the recipient of the Graduate Endowed Fellowship in Liberal Arts. The scholarship is awarded to full-time College of Liberal Arts graduate students with demonstrated academic ability, community service or engagement, and character.

MFA student Sarah Huerta’s chapbook of poems “The Things We Bring with Us: Travel Poems” will be published with Headmistress Press in 2021. It was a finalist for their Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest.

Susan Morrison was interviewed by American Public Media for The Water Main’s podcast called “In Deep.” Her episode about excrement in the Middle Ages and the Great Stink of the Victorian Period, “Dirty Water,” can be heard here:  https://www.indeep.org/episode/2020/08/05/dirty-water

An excerpt from Steph Grossman’s novel-in-progress was shortlisted for The Masters Review’s 2020 Flash Fiction Contest. Her entry is one of fifteen pieces from which judge Sherrie Flick will choose the three contest finalists. https://mastersreview.com/2020-flash-fiction-contest-shortlist/

Miscellany – July 15, 2020

James Bryant Reeves’ Godless Fictions in the Eighteenth Century: A Literary History of Atheismwas published on July 9, 2020 by Cambridge University Press. The book focuses on depictions of atheists and atheism throughout the Enlightenment era, arguing that imaginative, literary reactions against atheism helped sustain various forms of religious belief throughout the period. His recent article “Antislavery Literature and the Decline of Hell” was published in Eighteenth-Century Studies.

MATC graduate Michael Trice’s co-edited book Platforms, Protests, and the Challenge of Networked Democracy was published on July 8, 2020 by Palgrave MacMillan. Michael is a lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program.

An interview by Jon Marc Smith and Smith Henderson about their upcoming novel, Make Them Cry,was published in CrimeReads. See full interview: https://crimereads.com/what-does-it-take-for-two-people-to-actually-write-a-novel-together/

Susan Morrison’s article “Marie de France’s Saint Patrick’s Purgatory as Dynamic Diptych” was published in Le Cygne: Journal of the International Marie de France Society. Her essay “The Body: Unstable, Gendered, Theorized” appears in A Cultural History of Comedy in the Middle Ages, edited by Martha Bayless.

Recent B.A. in English graduate Cole Plunkett was awarded a scholarship to attend the MFA in Creative Writing Program at The New School in New York City.

MFA poetry student James Trask’s poem “Springtime and Single Again” was awarded Second Honorable Mention for the 15th Mudfish Poetry Prize. This year’s contest was judged by Erica Jong. This poem and three other poems by James (“Things That Can Kill You,” “The Stories,” and “A Smear of Red”) were selected for publication in the forthcoming issue of Mudfish. “A Smear of Red” previously won both 2nd prize in this year’s San Antonio Writer’s Guild Annual Writing Contest and 2nd prize for this year’s Austin Poetry Society Award. James was also a finalist for last year’s 14th Mudfish Poetry Prize.

Dr. Luan Brunson Haynes, professor (1967-2008) and Chair of the Department of English (1972-83), has published Ktimene, an historical novel set in ancient Greece. Those who know Luan know of her deep love for Greece the place, its history, and its literature. Her novel presents the epic of Odysseus through the eyes and experiences of a woman, Ktimene. As per the official description: “The narrative of Odysseus and his adventures—the Odyssey—has been a staple of ancient storytelling for millennia, but now the account of his sailing the Mediterranean has a new version: a woman has sneaked on board, in disguise. Not just any woman, but his own sister. Based on research in Greece and other locations, Luan Brunson Haynes has given us more than a glimpse of the primitive world. She has written a lively and entertaining tale of the fearless and beautiful Ktimene and her family. Come along on her far-flung journeys as this Grecian princess learns from her various roles—wife, mother, trader, hostage, heiress, protector, storyteller, ruler—and watches her children grow up to travel the known world and beyond. Through the twists and turns of fate, Ktimene is indeed the founder of civilizations.” Contact Teya Rosenberg (tr11@txstate.edu) for more information.

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Miscellany – July 3, 2020

Cyrus Cassells’ poem, “Like Christ Overturning the Moneylenders’ Tables,” in praise of journalists, appeared recently in On The Seawall: http://www.ronslate.com/like-christ-overturning-the-moneylenders-tables/. Cyrus was also awarded the Civitella Ranieri Writing Fellowship, which consists of a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy during the 2021, 2022, or 2023 season. Cyrus was awarded this residency through a highly competitive jury process that resulted in the selection of just 30 candidates from a pool of over 165. The Fellowship will provide Cyrus with six weeks to concentrate on his work in the company of other Fellows from around the world, and includes round-trip transportation to the Center’s 15th-century castle in Umbria, Italy, as well as a private space for living and working.

Rob Tally’s article “Spatial Literary Studies” appears in Literary Geographies: https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.literarygeographies.net%2Findex.php%2FLitGeogs%2Farticle%2Fview%2F215&data=02%7C01%7Csw13%40txstate.edu%7Cf58f93bca4654225ad1608d81142f62d%7Cb19c134a14c94d4caf65c420f94c8cbb%7C0%7C0%7C637278326575416307&sdata=bEdLizqIi%2F3OmRWe8dqeQwP4KwPTwikN3IsoYj8w1Qc%3D&reserved=0. His essay “Sea Narratives as Nautical Charts: On the Literary Cartography of Oceanic Spaces” appears in the Chinese journal Foreign Literature Studies; it is an extended version of the keynote speech he gave at Ningbo University last November.

Anthony Bradley’s essay “My Mother’s Guide to Video” appears in Gayly Dreadful: https://www.gaylydreadful.com/blog/pride-2020-my-mothers-guide-to-to-video.

An essay by Miriam Williams and Natasha Jones (Michigan State University), “The Just Use of Imagination: A Call to Action,” which is a response to recent events, was published by both the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing https://attw.org/publications/the-just-use-of-imagination-a-call-to-action/  and the Spark: 4C4Equality Journal(https://teacher-scholar-activist.org/) in June.

Two essays by MFA fiction student Nkiacha Atemnkeng have been accepted for publication by the South African literary magazine, The Johannesburg Review of Books.

Chase Vanderslice, an MA Literature student starting Fall 2020, has received a Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowship, a fellowship for incoming students of the highest caliber. Chase graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in English in December 2019 and is interested in pursuing studies in Medieval literature.

Two poems by Steve Wilson, “What Isn’t There” and “Violently sundered,” will appear in Never Forgotten: 100 Poets Remember 9/11, coming out this fall.

Make Them Cry, the upcoming novel by Jon Marc Smith and his co-writer Smith Henderson, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/smith-henderson/make-them-cry/

Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Steve Wilson have been elected to six-year terms as two of only four At-Large Members of the Board of Directors for the Texas Faculty Association.

MFA poetry graduate A.R. Rogers’ poem “Interior Decorating” was short-listed for the River Heron ReviewPoetry Prize.

 

Nita Novianti

“Every day I walked to campus I had to pass the river, the beautiful river, wearing my hijab. In the summertime, people would be sunbathing in bikinis. And here I was, walking among them fully covered head-to-toe, but nobody said anything.” With these thoughts, Texas State Alumna Nita Novianti reflects on her time at Texas State as a graduate student in the MA Literature program, expressing that her memories are of the kindness and acceptance that have extended beyond her time in Flowers Hall. From her current home on the island of Tasmania, she says, “learning [at Texas State] gave [her] so many invaluable experiences,” and that even when she felt like “an alien in the fields of bikinis,” she was reminded of how welcome she was.

Before walking her kids to school on an April morning earlier this year, Novianti relayed these fond and powerful memories from her experience studying at Texas State, while her children laughed and played behind her. She had been awake since the early hours of the morning, completing work on her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on teaching critical literacy through fairytales. Studying at the University of Tasmania, Novianti explains that the roles she balances each day — “a Ph.D. student, a mother to two children, a wife, a daughter, a lecturer for [her] University in Indonesia, and also a translator,” embody the global journey she has taken through her study of literatures in English.

After earning an undergraduate English degree from the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesia University of Education) (her home country), she enrolled in Texas State’s graduate MA Literature program after being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to support her studies. Her time at Texas State was her first time abroad, so choosing the right program to enroll in for her 2-year Fulbright Scholarship was important. Of her first experience corresponding with the English Department, Novianti fondly remembers that, after receiving a personal response – rather than an automated reply – to an email she sent asking about the program, she immediately thought, “I need to go there.”

Among the scholarly interests she explored at Texas State are postcolonialism and feminist literature, interests she attributes to her “background as a woman from a Southeast Asian country that was one of the colonized nations in Asia; I feel like this literature represents who I am.” She also notes the influence her children have had on her work, “I also love children’s literature, especially since I gave birth to my two beautiful children.” Initially, she says, children’s literature was not a topic she was particularly interested in, but “now [she is] in love with it.” Today, her interest in children’s literature is her main research focus for her current studies toward the Ph.D..

During her Master’s degree, she was able to explore her interests as well as investigate new ones. Realizing English literature was “even wider in scope than I thought,” she lists Chicanx and Native American literatures as examples of types of new texts she was exposed to at Texas State: “I thought [English Literature] was just, you know, canonized, white, male literature. I came to realize it is beyond that, so I felt enlightened in so many ways.” Expanding her exploration of English Literature with the Department’s faculty also brought useful challenges to the way she teaches, writes, and reads; she recalls in particular the support of several professors, including Steve Wilson, Robin Cohen, Nancy Wilson, Paul Cohen, Nancy Grayson, Daniel Lochman, and Rebecca Bell-Metereau.

Since graduating with her MA Literature degree in 2010, Novianti had the opportunity to discover a passion for teaching at the university level, using her graduate work to secure a Lecturer position at the Indonesia University of Education, where she was the first English Lecturer to hold an M.A. in literature. She notes, “many of the Lecturers graduated after studying English education, so I felt like it was a blessing.” She also works to share her passion for reading and the inspiration she gets from it by posting read-along videos to YouTube. Starting as an activity shared with her children, her videos allow her to share her storytelling and “the joy of reading” with as many people as she can. Maintaining the YouTube channel and her personal blog have since become some of her favorite hobbies.

Now living off the coast of the Australian mainland, she continues her global journey, as well as her study of literature: “It’s beautiful here…. I really like it. It kind of reminds me of Texas; the people are so bubbly here.” While maintaining her many roles, Novianti continues down the long road to her Ph.D. work, sharing that many of the skills she gained and experiences she had at Texas State were invaluable for success on the path she is now traveling.

 

–  Kennedy Farrell, English Major

Sigma Tau Delta Book Donations Support Universities in Togo

David Gilmour, U.S. Ambassador to Togo, presenting literature texts donated by Texas State University to Dr. Prosper Begedou (center) and Dr. Komi Avono (left).

 

At the start of each school year, professors clean their offices in anticipation of the fall semester, filing away old exams, completing reports and syllabuses, and clearing space on their shelves for new books. The used books they clear away are often collected by the English Department’s local chapter of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, for book sale events that raise funds for chapter activities and service projects. Regular book sales, sometimes themed for particular seasons, and book donations are part of Sigma Tau Delta’s goal of sharing books with everyone they can. According to Texas State’s webpage for the organization, Sigma Tau Delta claims one of its goals is to “exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy.” One of the specific service projects the Honors organization conducts to accomplish this goal is their book donation drive for the University of Lomé in the West African country of Togo.

Sigma Tau Delta donates yearly shipments to the University of Lomé, located in Togo’s capital city. English major and Sigma Tau Delta’s current Vice President, Caitlyn Wells, described her commitment to the project as well as her passion for sharing books and the joy of reading, stating the core purpose of the project is to “spread the love of books.” Wells explains that, for Sigma Tau Delta, “the main goal was to bring all of these English nerds together,” and that a group of people sharing their love of books with each other makes this particular project special and powerful. Honored to participate in this exchange, Wells notes that the students at the University of Lomé “are striving to get an education and if we could be just a small part of that, it’s cool.”

The donation program began with Dr. Komi Begedou, a faculty member from the University of Lomé who conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar in the English Department at Texas State from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Begedou explains the book drive program began in 2016 through coordination with his Texas State research mentors Dr. Elvin Holt and Professor Steve Wilson, along with the student members of STD, and has continued every year since, allowing University of Lomé’s students to “make good use of [the books] for their Master’s and Ph.D. research works.” Dr. Begedou and Sigma Tau Delta’s faculty advisors, currently Dr. Laura L Ellis-Lai and Mr. Chris Margrave, work together to coordinate the collection, packaging, and shipment of books from Sigma Tau Delta.

When Sigma Tau Delta prepared to ship donated books to Togo this past cycle, they had the opportunity to communicate with the graduate literature students there by exchanging videos through Facebook, insuring they could select books to better meet the Togolese students’ literature needs. The University of Lomé’s students requested texts on topics from civil rights, African studies, literary criticism, and dystopian novels to enhance their American Literature library, which was initiated in 2017 with the large first shipment of books from Texas State and officially opened by the David Gilmour, at the time the US Ambassador to Togo. These videos preceded the current COVID-19 pandemic, which suspended the organization’s operations and preparation of their book shipment. Sigma Tau Delta asks students and faculty who may have slightly used books they wish to donate to set these texts aside until the Fall 2020 semester, when operations will resume.

Dr. Begedou explains that a large donation this year would not only benefit the University of Lomé, but the University of Kara, the only other University in Togo, noting also that he “prays and hopes that this project will continue to the benefit of faculty and students in the English Department at UL.” Anyone who donates a book to STD makes a significant impact in improving the education of a student in the English Department in Togo while helping this wonderful relationship between Texas State and Togo continue for many years to come.

 

Kennedy Farrell, English Major

Miscellany – Jun 8, 2020

Aimee Roundtree’s article, “Student Recruitment in Technical and Professional Communication Programs,” written with Felicia Chong, was published on May 26 by Technical Communication Quarterly: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10572252.2020.1774660

Graduate Studies Director Teya Rosenberg sent congratulations to the twelve MA Literature students who graduated this spring and to the respective directors of their Area Exam or Thesis committees: Amber Avila (Banerjee), Anne Barker (Rosenberg), Justin Gorney (Wend-Walker), Nathan Hagman (Reeves), Lindsey Jones (Schwebel), Victoria Kuykendall (Schwebel), Logan McKinney (Smith), Kelly Porter (Smith), John Saldana (Gano), Katherine Stephens (McClancy), Abigail Taylor (Tally), and Devyn Vest (McClancy).

MFA fiction student Chisom Ogoke was selected as an Alternate candidate for the English Teaching Program coordinated by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Cecily Parks’ poem “December” was featured on “The Slowdown” podcast: https://www.slowdownshow.org/episode/2020/06/01/396-december?fbclid=IwAR1jLP7y-qLwV-VFGIWY4ACxPI9X_O6lyAheyXkMoOXnCFN3fz1xDYs4DqQ

“Science and the Humanities in the Time of Pandemic: Better Together,” Coauthored by Jule McCormick Weng, Kathryn Conrad and Cóilín Parsons, appeared in the June 1 The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/science-and-the-humanities-in-the-time-of-pandemic-better-together-1.4261769

Several poems by MFA poetry student Anthony Bradley appeared in a recent issue of Bloop: https://www.grindrbloop.com/zine/2020/poetry-spotlight-anthony-isaac-bradley

An online magazine called The Nervous Breakdown is doing a special focus on Black poets this month and is featuring three of Cyrus Cassells’ poems — “Sin Eater, Beware,” “My Black Friend,” and “Sestina for Booker T. Washington” — from his forthcoming book, The World That The Shooter Left Us (Four Way Books: March 2022) on June 4, 6, and 8. Here is “Sin Eater, Beware”: http://thenervousbreakdown.com/ccassells/2020/06/sin-eater-beware/

On June 5, Steve Wilson’s “Restrictions” was the poem of the day at New Rivers Press: https://www.facebook.com/NewRiversPress/photos/a.135591973650/10157608236963651/?type=3&theater

MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Whitney May’s article, “The Lioness and the Protector: The (Post)Feminist Dialogic of Tamora Pierce’s Lady Knights,” has been published in this year’s volume of Children’s Literature: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/756798

Miscellany – May 23, 2020

The following faculty were recognized this May for major achievements during the 2019-20 academic year:

Rebecca Bell-Metereau. Transgender Cinema. Rutgers University Press, 2019.

Recipient of Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title award.

Cyrus Cassells. Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas.

Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2019.

Cyrus Cassells. Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, awarded April 2019.

Jennifer DuBois. The Spectators. Penguin Random House, 2019.

Logan Fry. Harpo Before the Opus. Omnidawn, 2019. Recipient of Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Book Prize.

Eric Leake. Recipient of Senior Fulbright Fellowship from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. 2019.

Susan Signe Morrison. Recipient of two awards from Literary Classics, the Gold Medal in Historical Young Adult and Words on Wings Book Award, in 2019 for

Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America. Chicago Review Press, 2018.

Cecily Parks. Recipient of Poetry Society of America Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, 2019, for the poem, “The Rio Grande.”

Robert T. Tally, Jr. Topophrenia: Place, Narrative, and the Spatial Imagination. Indiana University Press (“Spatial Humanities”) series, 2019.

Julie McCormick Weng. Co-edited with Kathryn Conrad and Cóilín Parsons, Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism, Syracuse University Press, 2019.

Steve Wilson. The Reaches. Finishing Line Press, 2019.

Katie Kapurch’s “‘Photograph’- We Are All Ringo Now” (https://www.culturesonar.com/photograph-we-are-all-ringo-now/), “Astrid Kirchherr: What She Taught the Beatles” (https://www.culturesonar.com/astrid-kirchherr-what-she-taught-the-beatles/) and “Martha Wash’s “Love and Conflict” – The Album for 2020” (https://www.culturesonar.com/martha-washs-love-and-conflict-the-album-for-2020/)were published on CultureSonarrecently. Katie also has a chapter, “A Girls’ Studies Approach to YA Literature,” in Teaching Young Adult Literature, an edited collection published by MLA (2020).

MFA poetry student James Trask finished 1st and received cash prizes in two contests that are part of a series of annual contests administered by the Austin Poetry Society, each with different requirements for poetic form and/or theme.  Both poems will be published in the forthcoming edition (2019-2020) of Best Austin Poetry.  James also placed 2nd in five other contests, winning additional cash prizes.  In an eighth contest, his poem was distinguished with an Honorable Mention.

English Major Courtney Ludwick’s article, “A Dishonest Wardrobe: Fashion and Costume in Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘General Prologue,’” was published in Texas State Undergraduate Researchthis Spring. She was mentored by Susan Morrison.

“Rereading Stephen King on the Eve of My MFA,” an essay by MFA fiction student Steph Grossman, appeared in The Masters Reviewhttps://mastersreview.com/new-voices-rereading-stephen-king-on-the-eve-of-my-mfa-by-steph-grossman/

MA Literature student Luise Noé (Germany) was awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Prize Scholarship. She is one of 15 students on campus, one of 2 from the College of Liberal Arts. The scholarship, established in 1949, provides up to $12,500 of support for women from countries other than the United States and Canada who are pursuing graduate studies in one of those two countries. Luise worked on her application with the External Funding Specialists in the Graduate College.

Cyrus Cassells was interviewed by the Lambda Literary Reviewin support of the April publication of his new chapbook at Nine Mile Press, More Than Watchmen at Daybreak:https://www.lambdaliterary.org/2020/04/cyrus-cassells/. He was also interviewed as feature poet in the latest issue of Borderlands: The Texas Review: https://www.borderlands.org/featuredpoet?fbclid=IwAR09ZxhRb6KCfC26z5F3avVxsgOwGLLN7zi1cn1_-aQDBjN4jFJgSGj3gJw.

Jon Marc Smith was interviewed by Publishers Weeklyas part of a feature on new thrillers coming out in 2020: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/82768-border-disorder-mysteries-thrillers-2020.html.

Amanda Scott’s essay, “A Body in Crisis, A Magnificent Rapture,” will appear in Entropy.