Miscellany – January 29, 2016


Two poems by MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff, “Understand James Brown” and “Benching: A Note on Passing Boxcars,” will appear in Toad Literary Journal.


Rob Tally’s “Spatiality’s Mirrors: Reflections on Literary Cartography” appears in the current issue of The Journal of English Language and Literature. It is an expanded version of the keynote address Rob gave at the English Language and Literature Association of Korea’s (ELLAK) annual conference in Busan this past December.


Alan Schaefer is now a co-editor for the Journal of Texas Music History. Alan also contributed to the journal a follow-up article on HOMEGROWN: AUSTIN MUSIC POSTERS 1967 TO 1982, the exhibition I co-curated for the Wittliff Collections in 2015 and the accompanying book he edited that was published by University of Texas Press.


MFA Fiction student Graham Oliver has joined Emerson College’s Ploughshares as a contributing blogger for 2016.  He will be doing a series of interviews with translators.  The first, with London-based Korean translator Deborah Smith, can be found at this link: http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/sufficient-ambiguity-an-interview-with-deborah-smith/.


Steve Wilson has poems in New American Writing, San Pedro River Review and The Beatest State in the Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writers (Lamar University Press).


A Strange Object will publish Michael Noll’s book on writing, In the Beginning, Middle, and End: A Field Guide for Writing Fiction. It’s based on his craft-of-writing blog, Read to Write Stories, and will feature all-new essays and exercises built around one-page excerpts from recent and forthcoming novels and stories. The book was the focus of Michael’s Non-tenure Line Faculty Workload Release in the fall.


Kitty Ledbetter presented her essay, “Commodifying Patriotism: Textiles and the Mexican War,” at the MLA Convention in Austin, in January.


Lecturer and recent MFA in poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson is the winner of Slope Editions’ Chapbook Contest for her manuscript speech rinse.


MATC student Kristen Sacky has accepted a position on the Order Management team at Google Inc., in Austin, Texas. Kristen will be responsible for helping clients implement Google software applications in business environments.


William Jensen’s newest story, “A Quiet Place to Hide,” will be in the upcoming issue of North Dakota Quarterly.  William previously read a draft of this story at the Western Literature Association conference in Reno last October.


MFA fiction graduate and current English Department Lecturer Cedric Synnestvedt’s short story “What the Birds Do” will appear in the next issue of The Sonora Review.

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