Miscellany – February 17, 2020

MFA poetry student James Trask has six poems in the latest issue of Mudfish Magazine.  James was a finalist in their contest and read at their launch party in NYC on January 16.

Susan Morrison was an Invited Scholar and core participant in the multidisciplinary seminar on “Waste: Histories and Futures” at Rice University in mid-January. An interview with Susan on the joys of wandering the Texas State campus, conducted by Emily Cordo (MFA poetry student), appeared in TXST Connections: https://stories.txstate.edu/uniquely-texas-state/2019/a-wanderers-guide-to-txst.html.

“Spectrality and Spectatorship: Heterotopic Doubling in Cinematic Circuses,” by MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Whitney May, appears in The Big Top on the Big Screen: Explorations of the Circus on Film, from McFarland & Company.

MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw’s review of Cyrus Cassell’s The World that The Shooter Left Us appears in the latest issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

Assistant Professor Cecily Parks’ poem “The Seeds” will appear in The Best American Poetry 2020; the anthology will be published by Scribner this fall. Cecily’s poem “December” appears in the February 14 issue of The New Yorker.

Miriam Williams and her co-author Natasha Jones won the 2020 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical and Scientific Communication for their article, “Technologies of Disenfranchisement: Literacy Tests and Black Voters in the US from 1890 to 1965,” which appeared in Technical Communication. They will be presented with the award at the Awards Session of the 2020 CCCC Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MFA fiction graduate and Lecturer Jay Cruz will present “Connected Hypermasculinity in Nineties Films and Today: Fight Club, The Truman Show, and Office Space” at the Far West Popular Culture Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from Feb. 21-23.

Steve Wilson’s poem “Seasonals” appeared in the 2019 issue of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies, produced by the Thoreau Society. On Feb. 12, Steve read from his new book, The Reaches, at an event sponsored by the San Marcos Public Library to mark the collection’s publication.

MARC student Lea Colchado will present “Chola y Sola: A Chicana’s Fight To Find Her Voz En Academia (An Autohistoria)” at the La Chola Conference 2020, taking place at Mira Costa College in Oceanside California from April 23rd-24th.

Poetry International Online has just published a special feature of Cyrus Cassells’ border crisis poems: https://poetryinternationalonline.com/cyrus-cassells-a-chapbook-of-border-crisis-poems/. Cyrus also has an interview and two more border crisis poems in the new edition of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. His first-ever chapbook, More Than Watchmen At Daybreak, is due out from Nine Mile Books on April 6. I will be reading from it on March 30 at 5:30PM at Texas State. Cyrus Cassells also has been elected to the Texas Institute of Letters.

Miscellany – January 22, 2020

The National Book Critics Circle Award announced a special lifetime achievement award to recognize Naomi Shihab Nye, The Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is given to a person or institution — a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others — who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture. The awards ceremony in New York is March 12.

MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Whitney Shylee May presented two papers at the recent meeting of the Modern Language Association, held in Seattle: “‘It Was Only Because I Was Radically Both’: Fin De Siècle Doppelgängers and the New British Cosmopolitanism”; and “‘Many Books, Many Poes’: Pop-Culture Authorship and the Cult of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson has a poem in the Dialogist, accompanied by a recording of her reading the poem: https://dialogist.org/poetry/2019-week-50-vanessa-couto-johnson She also has a poem in Everything in Aspic‘s debut issue, which can be read here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d5883acff86bf0001f42ae9/t/5df6f6dd460f77349dcd341d/1576466151495/Everything+in+Aspic+%231.pdf

MFA poetry student Anthony Bradley’s essay, “My Accent Makes Me Beautiful,” appears in the latest issue of Coachella Review: http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/archives-2/nonfiction/my-accent-makes-me-beautiful/

“associative thinking,” by MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Melanie Robinson, was published online by The Boiler Journalhttps://theboilerjournal.com/2020/01/07/melanie-kristeen/

Rob Tally’s article “Said, Marxism, and Spatiality: Wars of Position in Oppositional Criticism” appears in ariel: A Review of International English Literature, in a special issue (belatedly) commemorating the 40th anniversary of Edward Said’s Orientalism. Rob’s interview with Professors Liyuan Zhu and Yang Lu of Fudan University in Shanghai has just been published in the Chinese journal Academic Research. His English responses were translated into Chinese by Dr. Fang Ying, who was a visiting scholar in the English Department here last year. The title, in English, is “Spatial Theory and Geographical Criticism: A Dialogue between Zhu Luyuan, Lu Yang, and Robert Tally.”

The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America awarded MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Hayton a partial Fellowship to attend the 15th D.H. Lawrence International Conference in Taos, New Mexico, July 12 -17, where she will present.

MFA poetry graduate Danielle Zaccagnino’s book of hybrid essays and experimental poems Suppose Muscle, Suppose Night, Suppose This is forthcoming from Mason Jar Press in August 2020.

Steve Wilson took part in a poetry reading at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston on January 18, in support of the anthology Enchantment of the Ordinary, which includes Steve’s work.

Debra Monroe was interviewed about creating her teaching anthology—and about the genre itself and about pedagogical aims—in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. https://www.assayjournal.com/debra-monroe.html?fbclid=IwAR1N9OKDUhWMhxsYQQOGmEHgacRHWZy96AiAfqA0UWQs0W_12SfJxvu4F-s

Miscellany – Jan 06, 2020

MATC student Cristian Hernandez accepted a position as Technical Writer at IBM in Austin, Texas.

MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw’s scholarly poster entitled “Literacy and Therapy: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Veterans” was accepted for presentation at the Military Social Work and Behavioral Health Conference, to be held April 9-10, 2020 at the University of Texas-Austin; he will present with Brooke Pillifant on their work developing creative writing and storytelling classes for veterans at the Travis County Correctional Center and the Hays County Jail. Clayton’s personal essay “The Rain Falls Like Democracy” was selected as the Publisher’s Pick in Issue 12 of Barren Magazine.  The piece may be found at https://barrenmagazine.com/the-rain-falls-like-democracy/.

MARC graduate and Lecturer Connor Wilson will present “Who’s Really Writing?: Automated Writing Analysis and the Authorial Voice” at the March 2020 meeting of the College English Association, taking place on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island.

John Blair’s story collection This Heart and Its Flames has been named winner of the Prize Americana for Prose 2019.

Susan Morrison’s article on teaching in East Germany in the 1980s and analyzing her Stasi (secret police) file, “Teaching in East Germany in the 1980s: Collaborating with my Stasi File,” appears in the Autumn issue of FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts. Susan was invited to contribute by MFA poetry graduate Dorothy Lawrenson, who is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Katherine Stingley’s manuscript, “The Chorus is Ready,” was named a finalist by Texas Review Press for their 2019 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize.

In support of Steve Wilson’s new collection of poetry, The Reaches, Small Fires Press has created a poetry broadside of “Hello” in an edition of 100 copies.

Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler has been named a section editor (North America) for the Routledge Encyclopedia of the World Renaissance. She is also a contributor.

English major Emily Fullenwider’s presentation “The Personal and Powerful Drawings within Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School” has been accepted for the Comics Arts Conference, to be held at the Anaheim, CA meeting of WonderCon, taking place in April. Emily wrote the essay for Steve Wilson’s Fall 2019 “Sexing the Word” course.

Cyris Cassells’ poem “Altitude” was the December 30th poem of the day at the Academy of American Poets website:  https://academyofamericanpoets.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/y/A5A4A4CBE4024522/D5A988C5060D7DA24AB3169DA1FD82E9.

Miscellany – December 6, 2019

MARC student Sam Garcia has been selected as this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student in English.

MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Melanie Robinson’s poem “Kaboom” was published in Black Bough Poetryhttps://ab383967-0580-4a42-9850-61bcae6657e9.filesusr.com/ugd/065db4_5cffa562ef404520a743896c16baf2fd.pdf

John Blair’s poem “The Shape of Things to Come” is the winner of the 2019 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. John will receive $1000, a two-year subscription to Duotrope, and publication in the February 2020 issue of The Ocotillo Review.

“Parable,” a poem by MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Katherine Stingley, was named a top-four finalist for the 2019 Poetry Prize from The Penn Review. It will be published in the Spring issue next May.

Susan Morrison gave the keynote address, “Beyond the Language of Literary Waste: Gradual Affect, Enduring Impact, and Slow Practice,” at the International Colloquium: “Beyond Waste: Literature and Social Sciences in Dialogue” [“Au delà du déchet. Littérature et sciences sociales en dialogue”], held in Tours, France on November 19, 2019.

Steve Wilson’s poem “The gar” will appear in the February 2020 issue of The Ocotillo Review.  He’ll read at Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston) in January.

Rebecca Bell-Metereau’s Transgender Cinema has received the Outstanding Academic Title award from Choice. The books on this year’s list of awardees were selected from 4,800 reviews and includes 513 titles and 9 internet resources.  Choice explains that “winning titles have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important treatment of their subject.”

Anne Winchell has been awarded Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Release for Spring 2020, allowing her time to work on her young adult fantasy novel Rise of the Phoenix.

Miscellany – October 31, 2019

Dan Lochman presented “Embodied Energeia: The Physiology of ‘Forcibleness’ in Sidney’s Poetics” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, held October 17 in St. Louis, Missouri. He organized the session at which he presented, with the participants receiving an invitation to submit papers for a special issue of the Sidney Journal on Philip Sidney and energeia.


“The Obituaries of James Dorner,” a short story by MFA fiction student Taylor Kirby, appears in Atticus Review.


Geneva Gano presented “Tony Lujan’s Taos: Modern Arts Colonialism and Native Sovereignty,” at the Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference: Upheaval and Reconstruction, held in Toronto, Ontario in mid-October.


John Blair won the 2019 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest, judged by Leslie McGrath, for his poem “A Certain Butterfly.” It will appear on the CRR website soon. His seventh book, The Art of Forgetting, has been accepted by Measure Press for publication in late 2020.


For “’Tell Me This Didn’t Happen’: Poems on Truth,” an event for the Common Experience series, Creative Writing faculty John Blair, Roger Jones, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce and Steve Wilson read from their work in the Gallery of the Common Experience on Oct. 23.


Assistant Professor Cecily Parks performed her poem “Between the Hawthorn and Extinction” with live music accompaniment at Indiana Humanities in Indianapolis, IN on October 24. This was the world premiere of the piece, which will also appear in the album Ultrasonic: Making Music with Endangered Indiana Bats (May 2020), created by artist, musician, and field recordist Stuart Hyatt and supported by National Geographic. Parks’ poem, with the title “The Indiana Bats,” will also appear in next month’s Orion Magazine.


Flore Chevaillier presented “The Winterization of Writing: Weather and Erasure in Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene” at the meeting of The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, held in College Park, Maryland this October.


On November 10 Rob Tally will present the keynote address, “Sea Narratives as Nautical Charts: Literary Cartography and Oceanic Spaces,” at the International Symposium on Sea Literature and Culture, Ningbo University, Ningbo, China. While in China, he will also give invited talks on spatial literary studies and contemporary criticism at the Zhejiang University, the Zhejiang University of Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Fudan University.

Miscellany – October 21, 2019

Katie Kapurch’s research is featured in the Fall 2019 issue of Engaging Research, from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: https://www.txstate.edu/research/resources/research-newsletter/newsletter-archives/research-newsletter-fall-2019/faculty-research-spotlight/faculty-research-spotlight-kapurch.html 

Rob Tally’s essay “Reading Adorno by the Pool; or, Critical Theory in a Postcritical Era” appears in the latest issue of symplokē. Rob’s “Spatial Literary Studies versus Literary Geography?” appears in The Journal of English Language and Literature.

MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw’s personal essay, “The Rain Falls Like Democracy” will be published in Barren Magazine at the end of October.

Susan Morrison presented “’[A]n exterior air of pilgrimage’: Slow Travel in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road” at the European Beat Studies Network 8th Annual Conference: Moving Geographies: Literatures of Travel and Migration, held in Nicosia, Cyprus in mid-October.

“Fixtures,” a short story by MFA fiction student Sam Downs, is forthcoming in Joyland.

Cyrus Cassells received a “Best of the Net” nomination from The Cortland Review for his poem, “You Be The Dancer.”

Kate McClancy’s chapter “Black Skin, White Faces: Dead Presidents and the African-American Vietnam Veteran” just got published in New Perspectives on the War Film, from Palgrave MacMillan.

“This is the Hour of Lead,” a poem by MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Melanie Robinson, was published in Barren Magazinehttps://barrenmagazine.com/this-is-the-hour-of-lead/ 

Tim O’Brien’s memoir, Dad’s Maybe Book, will be published this week. Time magazine has reviewed it, and Tim has been interviewed by National Public Radio. He will appear at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 27th.

MFA fiction student Rui Ma will present “Feelings We Cannot Utter: Minimalist Writing and Empathy” at the 11th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students, taking place this November at Texas State; as well as at the meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, to be held in Boston next March.

For the Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) conference held on campus October 18 and 19, Susan Morrison chaired and organized a session comprised of four Texas State undergraduates: “The Stormin’ Normans: Recontextualizing the Post-Plague Middle English Corpus,” by Langston Neuburger; “The Virgin Martyr’s Ability to Gain Agency in Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Physician’s Tale,’” by Allyson Godfrey; “The Merchant’s Stand-Up Morality,” by Joshua Z. Altemus; and “The Power of May: Seasonal Hierarchy and Assumption of Power in ‘The Merchant’s Tale,’” by Sarah Godfrey. Susan also chaired a session [“How to Win Students and Influence Colleagues: Innovative Teaching in the Medieval and Early Modern Classroom”] organized by MA Literature graduate Lauren “Lola” Watson. MARC graduate student Lea Christine Colchado won the Best Graduate Paper award for “Slumber of Sins and the Shadow Beast: Looking at Teresa de Cartagena’s Writings Through an Anzaldúan Lens,” an essay she wrote for Susan’s Medieval Women Writers class last fall.

Miscellany – October 3, 2019

Ana Stefanovska, a Visiting Scholar at Texas State from February to June 2018, recently defended her Ph.D. dissertation, titled “Lo spazio letterario nella narrativa del Neorealismo” (or Literary Space in Neorealist Narrative) at the University of Padua (Italy). While at Texas State, she studied spatial literary theory and criticism with Rob Tally, gave two talks at national conferences, and also completed two chapters of her dissertation. Ana is from Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia.


Rob Tally’s essay “Critique Unlimited” appears in the book, What’s Wrong with Antitheory?, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo (Bloomsbury, 2019).


“Kill Yr Idols,” a work of creative non-fiction by MFA fiction graduate Levis Keltner, appears in a recent issue of Anomalyhttp://anmly.org/ap29/levis-keltner/


Steve Wilson’s poem “Solo Road-Trip West” will appear in both the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.  Steve was awarded a Common Experience Event Grant to support the October 23 poetry reading, “‘Tell Me This Didn’t Happen’: Poems on Truth,” with readings by Steve, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Blair and Roger Jones.  A live music performance and refreshments will be provided before the event, which begins at 5:30 in the Gallery of the Common Experience (Lampasas Bldg).


Lecturer and MFA fiction graduate Shannon Perri recently had a short story, “Liquid Gold,” published in Texas Observerhttps://www.texasobserver.org/short-story-contest-finalist-liquid-gold/


Malvern Books will be hosting a reading by MFA poetry graduate Logan Fry at the launch of his new poetry collection Harpo Before the Opus on Saturday, October 19, at 7 pm: http://malvernbooks.com/event/logan-fry-book-launch/?instance_id=3104.


MFA poetry student Brent Green (under the pen name Casey Aimer) has had five poems published or accepted recently: “Lawrence Sullivan Ross” and “Antique Existence,” published at The Fictional Cafehttps://www.fictionalcafe.com/posing-the-tough-questions-poetry-by-casey-aimer/; “Weapons of Mass Production,” published at Whatever Keeps the Lights Onhttps://whateverkeepsthelightson.com/weapons-of-mass; “To Find if You’re Sleeping Next to a Corpse Watch the Chest,” at LampLit Underground; and “Heart Doesn’t Work Like It Used To,” to be published soon at Ars Medica.


MFA fiction student Caleb Ajinomoh’s essay, “Against Exclusion” will be published in the November issue of the AWP Chronicle.


Mark Busby read from new poems at the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT), which took place in Houston from September 26-29. His poem, “Remembering Steven,” about his brother Steven Busby (1944-2018), appears in Writing Texas.


Sara Bechtol (MFA fiction student) has a story, “My Banana Milk,” forthcoming in Silk Road Review.

Miscellany – September 20, 2019

Stephanie Noll’s essay “The Sidearm of a Saguaro” can be found at Cleaning Up Glitterhttps://www.cleaningupglitter.com/the-sidearm-of-a-saguaro-stephanie-noll.

“A Great White Whale,” by MFA fiction student Caleb Ajinomoh, appears in the Summer/Fall print issue of CircleShow.

William Jensen’s story “You Can Outrun the Devil if You Try” will be included in the anthology Road Kill vol. 4: Texas Horror by Texas Writers. His Pushcart-nominated story “Camino Real” will be reprinted in the upcoming “best of the decade” issue of Stoneboat.

MARC student Lea Colchado will present “Slumber of Sins and The Shadow Beast: Looking at Teresa De Cartagena’s Writings Through an Anzaldúan Lens” at the Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Conference, taking place at Texas State University in October.

Jennifer duBois’ article “The Un-reinvention of Jerry Springer” was just published on New York Magazine’s The Cuthttps://www.thecut.com/2019/09/i-think-about-this-a-lot-jerry-springers-un-reinvention.html?utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1&utm_source=tw

Joe Falocco is currently performing in Archive Theatre’s Austin production of Cyrano. In this original translation by director Jennifer Rose Davis, Joe plays five roles, three of which involve stage combat. To the delight of his students, Dr. Falocco is killed onstage three times during the course of the evening. Here are a few recent reviews of the production. https://ctxlivetheatre.com/reviews/20190903-review-cyrano-de-bergerac-by-the-archive-/ https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2019-09-06/cyrano-de-bergerac/?fbclid=IwAR0_CLIxkmJrTDMFewufMlUOhl0KdhUHSaH6hhl6ddmEDzLwns_kGubav2E 

MARC student Sam Garcia will present “Writing Queerly: How Trans Perspectives Can Benefit Writing Center Sessions,” on Oct. 19 at the meeting of the International Writing Centers Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, taking place in Columbus, OH.

“Stull,” a short story by MFA fiction student Steph Grossman, was published in Joyland Magazinehttp://bit.ly/2Y7naY7.

Whitney May’s essay, “‘To Test the Limits and Break Through’: How Femslash Rejects the Straight-Coding of Queer Experiences in Disney’s Frozen,” appears in the new edited collection Representing Kink: Fringe Sexuality and Textuality in Literature, Digital Narrative, and Popular Culture, from Lexington Books.

2nd-year MFA poetry student Luke William’s fourth Songs For Children album was released over the summer and is available to stream and download at https://www.lukekwilliam.com/songsforchildren4.

In the cover story for the October 2019 Texas Monthly, “Battling Over the Past,” the Texas Historical Commission’s marker explaining the 1918 Porvenir Massacre, with text researched and written by MARC graduate and Lecturer Connor Wilson, is cited as an example of recent efforts by historians to more accurately reflect Texas history: “The Porvenir marker. . . had to overcome years of steadfast opposition from local interests. But at public events and lectures, [Professor Martinez of Brown University, who petitioned for creating the marker] has received profuse thanks from descendants of the victims of racist violence. She’s also been thanked by some descendants of Texas Rangers who have struggled to understand their ancestors’ participation in such violence. . . .”

Miscellany – September 9, 2019

This summer, Flore Chevaillier presented “Time, Body, and Narrative in Bhanu Kapil’s work” at the European Conference on Arts & Humanities in Brighton, England; and “The Scarred Body of the Text: Storytelling and Experiment in Bhanu Kapil’s work” at the Progressive Connections Conference on “Storytelling & the Body” in Verona, Italy.

MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez’s short story “Back Then” has been accepted for publication in Obra, a literary journal from the MFA of the Americas. This month, he’ll present “Castles in the Air: The Victorian Princess and the Rescuing Imagination” at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Study Day: The Threatened Child in Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction and Culture, taking place in Dublin this September; and “Faith Like a Child: Imagination in MacDonald, Burnett, and Montgomery” at The Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, to be held at University of Dallas.

MARC student Sarah Piercy will present “Generation Z Speaks: Conversations with First-Year Writing Students” at CCCC in Milwaukee next March; and “Across the Generations: Studying First-Year Writing and Identity” at TYCA-SW (Two-Year College Association-Southwest), taking place in Conroe this coming October.

Miriam Williams presented the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Kickoff Keynote to the Texas A&M University Central Texas community on September 4, 2019. The QEP is a SACS accreditation requirement to help universities improve student learning outcomes. Miriam’s talk discussed her writing experiences with regulatory and environmental agencies and made recommendations for implementing the university’s writing-focused QEP.

MFA poetry student James Trask has poems forthcoming in the next issue of The Windward Review: “Clash by Moonlight” and “This Night.” James will read at the launch party for the issue, which takes place on September 19 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus.

MFA fiction student Sandra Sidi has an essay in the latest issue of The Atlantic: “The Male Gaze on Steriods”: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/get-a-weapon/596677/ 

Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson was in Las Vegas from September 6-7 to read from her latest poetry book Pungent dins concentric at Nevada Humanities’ Poetry Matters! reading series and to lead a poetry workshop focused on the prose poem form at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center.

The personal essay, “Stable,” by MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Buss-Hayton was just published in the print edition of the literary magazine Inverted Syntax.

Aimee Roundtree published “A Qualitative Approach Towards Understanding HIV-Related Stress in Texas” in Texas Medicine; the study based upon quantitative research was written with several colleagues and a Texas State graduate student from the Psychology program on whose thesis committee she served: https://www.texmed.org/Aug19Journal/ 

Naomi Shihab Nye will be selecting and introducing poems for The New York Times Magazine for this year. It’s a prestigious position that rotates annually. She started in August 2019 and will be in the position until Aug 2020.

MARC graduate Faith Williams has been promoted to Assistant Professor of English at Tulsa (OK) Community College.

Miscellany – August 26, 2019

James Reeves’ book, Godless Fictions in the Eighteenth Century: A Literary History of Atheism, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press and should be released in 2020. In July, James attended the NEH Summer Seminar on “Religion, Secularism, and the Novel” at the University of Iowa, where he presented research from his book manuscript and revised an article on “Antislavery Literature and the Decline of Hell.”

Writers for Hillviews recently interviewed Katie Kapurch about her Beatles research: https://news.txstate.edu/research-and-innovation/2019/-study-of-literature-and-rhetoric-leads-professor-on-long-and-winding-road-to-the-beatles.html. Katie and Jon Marc Smith recently co-authored “A Fear So Real: Film Noir’s Fallen Man in Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and the David Lynch Oeuvre,” published in the journal, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Penn State UP). The article appears in a 2019 special issue focused on Springsteen.

Kitty Ledbetter’s essay titled “Periodical Poetry” has been published in the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing. Issue 15.2 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, guest-edited by Kitty Ledbetter, has been published online at https://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue152/issue152. The special issue is focused on “Women and Leisure” and includes an introduction to the issue by Kitty and her essay titled “Rinkualism, Punch, and Women on Wheels.”

Jon Marc Smith is mentioned in this article from the Austin Chronicle discussing Roky Erickson, Doug Sahm, and the blueprint for punk rock: https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2019-08-09/how-a-collaboration-between-roky-erickson-and-doug-sahm-became-part-of-the-blueprint-for-punk-rock/

Julie McCormick Weng published Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (Syracuse University Press) with Kathryn Conrad and Coílín Parsons. She also published “A Reconsideration of Joyce’s Non-Fiction,” a review of Katherine Ebury’s and James Alexander Fraser’s Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: “Outside his Jurisfiction” in James Joyce Literary Supplement.

Steve Wilson new book of poetry, The Reaches, is now open for pre-publication orders at this link: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-reaches-by-steve-wilson/. The book is due for release in November.

Cyrus Cassell’s poem “More Than Watchmen at Daybreak,” first published in Agni, appeared as the poem of the day on August 23 at Poetry Dailyhttps://poems.com/poem/more-than-watchmen-at-daybreak/ 

Department Chair Victoria Smith was interviewed for a Time article on the new movie about Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: https://time.com/5655270/virginia-woolf-vita-sackville-west-relationship/?fbclid=IwAR13UqGehwAAq9WIShD3xOachSD3qkVhRg_gxa-gHMOp9mnoiRfpZR6GCKw 

In June Leah Schwebel presented ‘“Oon seyde that Omer made lyes’: Chaucer’s Intertextual Poetics” at the biennial London Chaucer Conference.” She also spent time working with manuscripts at the Oxford Bodleian Library and the British Library in London, research supported by an REP grant.

In June, Geneva Gano travelled to Shenandoah University in Virginia to deliver a paper at the Willa Cather International Seminar: “UnAmerican Activities: The Sexual Lives of Hired Girls, or, Cather’s Critique of Capitalism.” Following that, she spent a week at the University of Maryland researching Texas author Katherine Anne Porter’s connections to Mexico. She received a Research Enhancement Grant from the University to conduct this research, which will be part of her book project on the influence of the Mexican Revolution on U.S. Modernism.

Ben Reed’s panel proposal for the AWP 2020 in San Antonio has been accepted. The title is “Space Is the Place: Literary Spatialities and New Approaches to Placemaking.” He will be joined by Kelli Jo Ford, Angela Palm, Ito Romo, and Texas State MFA alumnus Ali Haider. In July he attended the MLA International Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal, where he read “Genealogy: A Dream Within a Dream,” which is an excerpt from a planned book on littoral spatialities in discourse and experience. Earlier this summer he taught his second writing workshop for veterans through VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability; and moderated a panel at the Writers League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference : “Discovering Your Book’s Voice, Tone, and Style,” with Christopher Brown, Mark Dery, and Charlotte Gullick.