Miscellany – April 2, 2020

Chris Margrave’s short film, The Lesser Known Rules of Werewolves, which he co-wrote and acted in, was selected for screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14th.

Kathleen Peirce’s manuscript, Lion’s Paw, was a finalist for this year’s Dorset Prize with Tupelo Press.

Kitty Ledbetter’s article, “The Women’s Press,” has just been published in Volume 2 of the Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, a three-volume history that offers a definitive account of newspaper and periodical press activity across Britain and Ireland from 1650 to the present day.

Longleaf Review published MFA fiction student Taylor Kirby’s essay, “Relics, Registries, and Other Bastard Things,” in their latest issue.

Make Them Cry, a novel by Jon Marc Smith and his co-author Smith Henderson, will come out this fall from Ecco: https://crimereads.com/excerpt-make-them-cry/

Caleb Ajinomoh’s short story, “Taking Mr. Itopa,” will be published in the New Voices section of The Masters Review. Caleb is a first-year MFA fiction student.

MFA poetry student James Trask placed 2nd and received a cash prize in the Poetry category of the San Antonio Writers’ Guild 28th Annual Writing Contest, an open competition with nationwide entries. This year’s contest was judged by Caitlyn Doyle.  James’ poem, “A Smear of Red” was written for Steve Wilson’s graduate Poetry Workshop last fall.

Susan Morrison recently was interviewed by The New Yorker’s Talk of the Town about toilet paper hoarding: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/30/what-would-freud-make-of-the-toilet-paper-panic?fbclid=IwAR1615G5QI4DDonXeAcy2GljwI0eFNz67Sm-Ix7z9SbTOGm-DeZLVJsKHtM

On March 18, PoemoftheWeek.com celebrated Cyrus Cassells’ The Gospel According to Wild Indigo, published in 2018 by Southern Illinois University Press.

MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw has accepted an offer of admission to the PhD in English program (Creative Writing) in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Miscellany – March 4, 2020

Whitney May’s essay, “The Technology of Anguish: (Re)Imagining Post-9/11 Trauma in the Fantasy Universes of Tamora Pierce,” has been published in the edited collection Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma, from Routledge. The collection is part of their “Studies in Contemporary Literature” series. Whitney recently participated as a panelist at the Common Experience event “The Truth About Urban Myths and Legends,” a roundtable discussion between Texas State students and scholars of folklore at the university.

Vanessa Couto Johnson will be a reader at the AWP 2020 Offsite joint event of Forklift, Ohio; Rinky Dink Press; and Slope Editions, held at Bar 1919 on Thursday, March 5 from 9-11 p.m. She is also scheduled for author signings at the AWP Bookfair at Slope Editions’ table (T2036) on Saturday, March 7 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

MFA fiction student Brady Brickner-Wood published a review of Emily Nemens’ debut novel, The Cactus League, in Harvard Review. Her short story, “Shrine Room,” will appear in Bellevue Literary Review‘s spring issue.

 Katie Kapurch published “The Beatles, Fashion, and Cultural Iconography,” a chapter in Kenneth Womack’s new collection, The Beatles in Context. The book is part of Cambridge University Press’s “Composers in Context” series and explores wide-ranging aspects of the Beatles’ artistry.

Kathleen Peirce’s new poetry manuscript, Lion’s Paw, will be published by Miami University Press.

Cyrus Cassells and Naomi Shihab Nye will receive awards at this year’s meeting of the Texas Institute of Letters: Cyrus’ Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas will receive The Souerette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation of a Book, and Naomi’s The Tiny Journalist will receive The Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry.

Assistant Professor Cecily Parks has been named Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year. Her poem “Nasturtiums” appears in the latest issue of wildness at https://readwildness.com/21/.

Ross Feeler’s short story “Parisian Honeymoon,” was published in Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading, with an introduction by Brandon Taylor: <https://electricliterature.com/parisian-honeymoon-ross-feeler/>

MARC student Lea Colchado’s poems “Ausencia” and “Sundays” have been accepted for publication in Boundless: The Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.

Dean of the Graduate College Dr. Andrea Golato reports that Dr. Debra Monroe, faculty member in the Department of English, is the recipient of the 2019–2020 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award. Since more than 200 graduate colleges belong to CSGS, the competition for this award is quite fierce and being selected is a very special honor. The Graduate College nominated Dr. Monroe, who was also the recipient of the 2019-2020 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, for her outstanding work with countless Master’s students in the Creative Writing MFA program. In particular, the committee recognized her tireless efforts to work closely with both students and alumni and help them publish their creative works as award-winning books and stories in high-profile venues. Through her efforts, she has greatly enhanced the academic and professional pursuits of her students while also attracting top-quality applicants to the Creative Writing Program at Texas State. The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award will be bestowed upon Dr. Monroe next Weekend at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Annual Meeting. She will receive a monetary award and a very nice plaque.

Kitty Ledbetter’s article, “The Women’s Press,” has just been published in Volume 2 of the Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, a three-volume history that offers a definitive account of newspaper and periodical press activity across Britain and Ireland from 1650 to the present day.

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. . . .”