Miscellany – October 29, 2015


MFA poetry student Jason Duncan’s poems “The Botany of Absence,” “The Creation of Loneliness,” “Ghazal of Burning Silk,” “Neurology,” and “Pica” have been accepted for publication in Lamar University’s New Writers Series anthology.

Stephanie Noll’s essay, “The Myth of Gender,” can be found at Graceless: http://graceless.me/the-myth-about-gender/ [archived]. On October 18, Stephanie moderated “Behind the Barrel,” a conversation with authors Elliot Ackerman (Green on Blue) and Texas State graduate Brandon Caro (Old Silk Road) at the Texas Book Festival.

Susan Morrison published a blog post on the recent Texas Medieval Association conference, held at Texas State in October: http://grendelsmotherthenovel.com/2015/10/18/whats-so-medieval-about-texas/. A number of faculty and graduate students from the English Department participated.  MFA poetry student Dorothy Lawrenson received the award for the best essay by a Graduate Student presented at the conference.

On October 22, Alan Schaefer moderated a conversation with documentary filmmaker Pawel Wysoczanski on truth in documentary cinema. Mr. Wysoczanski visited Texas for the Austin Polish Film Festival. His most recent film, JUREK, a documentary about the famous Polish alpine climber Jerzy Kukuczka, was screened at the festival.

MFA fiction graduate Sarah Rafael Garcia’s short story “Little Secrets” (“Mentirillas” in Spanish), which she wrote during a workshop class with author Cristina Garcia, was recently published in English and translated in Spanish in Contrapuntos: http://www.amazon.com/Contrapuntos-III-Live-Anthology-Spanish-ebook/dp/B0163NM0XC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445271054&sr=1-1&keywords=contrapuntos+iii [archived].

Cecily Parks and Susan Morrison will be reading from their latest books at the Travis Heights Art Trail in Austin on Saturday and Sunday November 7th & 8th.  For more information and the schedule of their readings, please check out this website: http://travisheightsarttrail.org/calendar-of-readings/ [archived].

On Thursday, 11/5, at 3:30 p.m. in FH 230, Dr. Mark Bracher will give a public talk titled “Developing Compassionate Identities through Literary Study.” The talk is part of the Therese Kayser Lindsey Visiting Scholar Series. Dr. Bracher is a leading figure in the cognitive humanities and literary study. His most recent book is Literature and Social Justice: Protest Novels, Cognitive Politics, and Schema Criticism (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013). He is Professor of English at Kent State University.

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