Miscellany – May 20, 2019

Naomi Shihab Nye’s essay on her memoires of W.S. Merwin, who passed away in late April, appeared in a recent Texas Observerhttps://www.texasobserver.org/remembering-w-s-merwin-honorary-texan/


Susan Morrison’s “Waste in Literature and Culture: Aesthetics, Form, and Ethics” appears in the current issue of EuropeNow – the entire issue is on waste. “Slow Pilgrimage Ecopoetics” was published in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 10.1 (2019): 40-59. http://ecozona.eu/article/view/2527/3110


On May 7th, English interns in Mr. Dan Price’s English 3312 Internship class presented on their semester’s experience. Denisse Torres worked as a paralegal in the Attorney for Students office. Ashley Morris blogged and did other media relations for On Vinyl Media, a music licensing company. Zane Altemus worked in the Governor’s Office dealing with economic development and tourism. Nyeira Leonard did a variety of outreach and marketing activities for Student Support Services; Langston Neuburger worked for the Texas State Writing Center, using his experience in technical communication to redesign their policies and procedures.


Rob Tally’s “The End-of-the-World as World System” appears in Other Globes: Past and Peripheral Imaginations of Globalization, eds. Simon Ferdinand, Irene Villaescusa-Illán, and Esther Peeren (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).


For a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Joe Falocco will be playing the Viscount de Valvert, who loses the epic “duel in verse” to Cyrano. This role will give Joe the opportunity to use his “long-dormant skills in rapier combat.” He will also have a cameo as a confused Italian Friar later in the show. The Archive Theater boldly creates new translations and adaptations of beloved stories to make them more accessible to contemporary audiences. They develop exquisitely detailed, extensively researched, and historically informed productions that provide visual context and understanding for the stories they tell. They combine powerful storytelling, gorgeous costumes, and live music on period instruments to give their patrons a taste of living in another world at another time. The show will be staged at Austin’s Scottish Rite Theater in September.


MFA poetry student Abigail Kipp has three of my poems in voices of eve.


Cyrus Cassells’ The Gospel According to Wild Indigo was a finalist for the 2018 Balcones Poetry Prize for an Outstanding Book of the Year.


MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw’s short story, “How to Grieve for Hyacinths,” appears in the latest issue of Collateral Journal.

Miscellany – January 14, 2019

MARC graduate Casie Moreland recently completed her PhD at Arizona State University.  She was featured in a story published by ASU Nowhttps://asunow.asu.edu/20181130-never-stop-wondering-and-ask-librarian-tips-success-first-gen-grad

Flore Chevaillier’s “Experiment with Textual Materiality: Page, Author, and Medium in the Works of Steve Tomasula, Michael Martone, and Eduardo Kac” appears in the Winter 2018 issue of College Literature.

Katie Kapurch has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research African Americans’ musical conversations with the Beatles.

Steve Wilson’s poem “The Aardwolf” appears in the new poetry anthology Enchantment of the Ordinary, out this month from Mutabilis Press.

Congratulations to the following Senior Lecturers / Lecturers, whom the Faculty Senate has approved for Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Releases: Graeme Mullen, Amanda North, Danny Peters, and Sean Rose.

In December, Susan Morrison gave a talk entitled “Slow Ecopoetics: A Pilgrimage through Waste” at the Rice University symposium, “Waste: Histories and Futures.” She also taught 12th graders at Austin’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy about Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale” and fecopoetics.

Nancy Wilson received thanks for her ongoing service to General Education Council from Assistant Vice President for Academic Services Mary Ellen Cavitt, who writes, “Thank you for all you have done to ensure that course audits and holistic assessments of components and competencies were completed” during calendar year 2018. Your work as a member of the GEC is precisely the type of institutional service that supports the interests of our undergraduate students, your faculty colleagues, and the administration.”

Vicki Smith also received thanks from Dr. Cavitt for her service as Vice Chair of the Honor Code Council. In this position, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services Cavitt writes, Dr. Smith “assumed many additional responsibilities and put forth countless hours to ensure a fair and valuable academic environment be provided to all faculty and students.”

The Honors College offered thanks to the following faculty who supported students completing contract work in English courses for Honors credit: Laura Ellis-Lai, Eric Leake, Chad Hammett, Kate McClancy, and Chris Margrave (2 students). The College also thanked the following faculty for supervising Honors theses: John Blair, Rene LeBlanc, Teya Rosenberg, Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Rob Tally, and Anne Winchell; and for serving as second readers on Honors theses: Stephanie Noll and Cecily Parks.

Logan Fry has been chosen as the winner of Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize for 2018, judged by Srikanth Reddy. Omnidawn will be publishing his book, Harpo Before the Opus, in the fall of 2019.

Ross Feeler won the Key West Literary Seminar’s 2019 Marianne Russo Award for a novel-in-progress.

Miscellany – December 5, 2018

“Hail to the Krueg,” a short story by Cedric Synnestvedt, MFA fiction graduate and current department Lecturer, will be in the January issue of Jabberwock Review.

MARC graduate Alexis McGee recently received her PhD from the University of Texas-San Antonio and has been hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.

Dan Lochman’s “’[T]he fault of the man and not the poet’: Sidney’s Troubled Double Vision of Thomas More’s Utopia” was published in Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, 41.3 (Summer 2018), 93-115. It’s a special issue of the University of Toronto-based journal, titled “Utopia for 500 Years,” with papers from a September 2016 conference of the same name at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

Rob Tally’s new book, Topophrenia: Place, Narrative, and the Spatial Imagination, has just been published by Indiana University Press: https://www.amazon.com/Topophrenia-Narrative-Spatial-Imagination-Humanities/dp/0253037662/

MARC student Sarah Percy will present her research project, “Generation Z: Practicing Classical Pedagogy and Digital Rhetoric in Composition Classrooms,” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 20-23, 2019.

On November 28th, Texas State senior English major Chisom Ogoke was a guest in Graeme Wend-Walker’s Mythology class, where she discussed mythopoeia and how she is using it to produce a magical realist account of the principles underlying Darwinian evolution.

MARC graduate Casie Moreland recently received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and has been hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University.

Three poems by MFA poetry student Emily Ellison appear in the latest issue of Foothill Literary Journal.

MARC graduate Justin Whitney recently received his PhD from the University of Utah and has been hired as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Delhi.

Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi “Favorite Professor” in Fall 2018.

Miscellany – November 26, 2018

MFA fiction graduate and Lecturer Ross Feeler’s short story, “The Noise of Departure,” appears in the current issue of the Potomac Review: (http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/potomacreview/).

Stacey Swann, MFA graduate in fiction, has sold her novel to Random House.

MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez’s short story “Party of Eight” was published recently in the digital literary magazine Hypnopomphttps://hypnopompblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/party-of-eight-ryan-shane-lopez-fiction/

“Senior Lecturer and MFA fiction graduate William Jensen attended the Western Literature Association Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, this October. Mr. Jensen read from a creative work in progress currently titled Badlands.”

MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Meg Griffitts’ poem “How to Tell You’re The Right Kind of (                )” has been accepted for publication by fields and will be featured in the upcoming fall/winter issue.

MATC graduate and Senior Lecturer Amanda Scott’s essay, “Project/Object,” has been accepted for publication in phoebe.

“A Daughter Goes to Work,” a poem by MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Katherine Stingley, was named a finalist for the Francine Ringold Award for New Writers, sponsored by Nimrod International Journal; a second poem, “Seven Husbands,” was named a semifinalist for the same award.

Steve Wilson and MFA poetry graduate Prudence Arceneaux read from their recent collections at Malvern Books on November 18. Steve’s poem “After All” will appear in Awake in the World, a collection of texts about the natural world that will be published next spring.

Alan Schaefer, co-editor of The Journal of Texas Music History, announced that the 2018 issue is now in print and available for free from the Center for Texas Music History in Brazos Hall.

Leah Schwebel’s “Triumphing over Dante in Petrarch’s Trionfi” appears in volume 39 of the 2018 issue of Mediaevalia.

On November 3, Dan Lochman presented the paper “Who knows … Colin Clout? Experiences of Remembering (and Forgetting) in Spenser’s Writing” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Albuquerque, NM. He serves on the organization’s Executive Council, which has begun preparations for the 50th Sixteenth Century Studies Conference by returning next fall to its original site, St. Louis.

Rob Tally contributed five entries to the Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory: “Episteme,” “Jameson, Fredric” “Negation,” “Oedipus Complex,” and “Overdetermination.”


MATC student Megahlee Das presented “How can Technical Communication Programs Prepare Students to Work in International Environments?” at Texas State University’s 10th Annual International Research Conference on November 14th. She is scheduled to present “From Apu to Alex Parrish: Pop Culture and Perception of Outsourcing and Collaboration in the Technical Communication Industry” at the 40th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2019.

Miscellany – October 25, 2018

Kate McClancy’s “The Wasteland of the Real: Nostalgia and Simulacra in Fallout” came out in the September issue of Game Studies, and she presented “Fighting a Lonely War: Frank Castle and the Domestication of Vietnam” at the meeting of the Popular Culture Association of the South.

Marilynn Olson presented “Billy Whiskers Bashes His Way into History: JFK’s Favorite Childhood Series Defined America for Millions” at the University of Michigan in late September.

Susan Morrison presented a paper entitled “Countering Misecogyny and Ecocatastrophe in Hawthorne: The Paradigm of Viriditas and Grace” at the 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE) in Würzburg, Germany (September 2018). Susan also published “Walking as Memorial Ritual: Pilgrimage to the Past” as the Featured Article for the M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture special issue on walking: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1437

Two MA Literature graduates and current Lecturers presented at the Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts on October 18-20 at the Sam Houston State University Woodlands Campus: Shannon Shaw presented “Aileen Wuornos: The Monster Man Created”; and Whitney May presented “Pennywise and Pound Foolish: Scary Clowns and the Monstrous Marketplace.”

Octavio Pimentel’s article “Counter Stories: Brotherhood in a Latinx Fraternity” has been published in the Fall 2018 issue of Open Words: Access and English Studieshttps://www.pearsoned.com/counter-stories-brotherhood-latinx-fraternity

Current MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Hayton, has a personal essay as a finalist in “pen 2 paper – a disability-focused creative writing contest”:

https://txdisabilities.submittable.com/gallery/b3b7a89e-340b-4a3a-8881-951c6560b7ce/10961936/ This is a “judged by readers” contest, and readers (including us!) can read and vote.

On October 12th, Texas State senior English major Chisom Ogoke presented “Sekoia and the Books of the Galápagos: Storytelling Biological Anthropology through Magical Realism” at the “Faulkner and García Márquez” conference, sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.

MFA poetry graduate Dorothy Lawrenson’s poem “Viewmaster” will be included in the anthology A Year of Scottish Poems: One Poem to Read Each Day, to be published by Macmillan Children’s Books in December 2018.

2018 MFA fiction graduate Emily Beyda has sold her first novel to Doubleday.

Miscellany – October 8, 2018

In the Acknowledgments section of his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again, recent holder of the Endowed Chair in Creative Writing Ben Fountain writes, “I’m tremendously grateful to the faculty and students in the writing program at Texas State University.” In a book that will be widely reviewed — NPR interviewed recently him — and widely read, the program and school are also recognized on the book jacket.

MATC graduate and Senior Lecturer Amanda Scott’s essay “Room with Bright Window” will be published in Crab Orchard Review this fall. Her article, “Cultivating Activist-Based Pedagogy in the Age of Generation Z,” will appear in Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State (an anthology edited by Miriam Williams and Octavio Pimentel) later this fall; she’ll present the article at the Decolonizing Conference to be sponsored by the University of Toronto’s Center for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies this November.

The Department of English was well represented at the College of Liberal Arts’ Innovation Day, which was held across campus on Monday, September 24. The current NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Dr. Robert T. Tally, offered students a glimpse into his research on the relationships among space, narrative and representation during the panel titled, “Space and Place Matter.” The “New Perspectives on Race and Gender” panel included three representatives from the English Department. Dr. Katie Kapurch discussed her ongoing research on girl groups and girl culture influences on the Beatles. Dr. Geneva M. Gano shared research on Chicana author Sandra Cisneros’ relationship to San Antonio and Texas and discussed her Spring 2019 course that will offer students the opportunity to undertake directed student research in the Wittliff Archives at Alkek Library. Dr. Samuel Saldívar III presented his research on race and comics, with a special focus on Django Zorro. Lead organizer for the CLA’s Innovation Day was Dr. Aimee Roundtree, Professor in the English Department and Associate Dean for Research and Promotion in the College of Liberal Arts.

Jennifer duBois will participate in the “Literary Death Match” in Odessa, TX on October 12, and will be giving a presentation on Writing from Imagination through the Writers’ League of Texas’ “Texas Writes” program in Olton, TX on the 13th. Jennifer’s short story “Racing the Train” was accepted for publication by Shenandoah, and her third novel The Spectators will be published by Random House this April.

At an awards ceremony on October 17, Foundations of Excellence will recognize Assistant Professor Cecily Parks as one of ten Texas State University faculty and staff members who make a significant impact in both the lives of the general student population and on the university community.

On Oct. 3, Whitney May, Shannon Shaw, Meg Griffitts, Amanda Scott, and Ali Salzmann led a Philosophy Dialogue Series talk on “Changing the Language of Sex: Disrupting Silos of Sexuality and Re-Envisioning Dialectics of Pleasure.” Their objective with this project is to re-conceptualize how we understand sexual identity, orientation, and behavior rhetorically, so that we may begin to disrupt traditional notions of sexuality in both private and social contexts, and to cultivate healthier, responsible, and inclusive perspectives that embrace progressive notions of selfhood, sexuality, and social justice/wellbeing. This was the leaders’ first discussion and introduction to their hypothesis, which they plan to test in a future research project.

Katie Kapurch’s “’Come on to Me’ is Paul McCartney’s Guide to #MeToo-era Flirting” appeared in a recent issue of Pop Mattershttps://www.popmatters.com/paul-mccartney-come-on-to-me-2608669994.html.

On October 5, Cyrus Cassells read at UT-San Antonio as part of the UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series. He’ll also read at the Texas Book Festival in Austin on October 28.

Miscellany – September 24, 2018

Meg Griffitts has had three poems accepted by pioneertown.

Octavio Pimentel has been named to the editorial board of Technical Communication Quarterly.

MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Sean Rachel Mardell will present “Systemic Colonization and the Criminal Caste in Orange is the New Black” at the South Central MLA meeting, to be held in San Antonio next month.

Autumn Hayes, MFA poetry graduate and Senior Lecturer, has a poem, “On Them,” in the latest issue of Storm Cellar; as well as an article, “The E-Racing of Meghan Markle,” in The Washington Spectator. Her workshop, “Using H5P Tools to Foster Higher-Order Thinking,” has also been accepted for the second annual H5P Conference in Melbourne, Australia, which will take place this December.

On September 14th and 15th, MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Shannon Shaw participated in the intensive interdisciplinary research start-up program, CoSearch, organized by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Out of 22 research pitches, Shannon’s proposal, “Changing the Language of Sex,” was one of five finalists selected by vote to present at the Texas State Performing Arts Center. She is currently collaborating with colleagues Amanda Scott, Meg Griffitts, Whitney May, and Ali Saltzman to develop the project.

Anthony Bradley, current MFA poetry student, has a poem in the fall issue of Prairie Schooner.

MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez will present “Escaping Our Shared Illusions: A Style Analysis of ‘Jon’ by George Saunders” at “Reflections in the Funhouse Mirror,” a visual culture conference for graduate students, to be hosted by The Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University in late October.

Espacialidade, a Portuguese translation of Rob Tally’s 2013 book Spatiality, has just been published. Rob also has a busy speaking schedule over the coming weeks. Along with colleagues Katie Kapurch and Geneva Gano, he will take part in the College of Liberal Arts’ “Innovation Day” (organized by Aimee Roundtree) on September 24, 2018. He will serve as keynote speaker of the “Jornada Internacional de Estudos sobre o Espaço Literário” (International Study Days on Literary Space) conference in Viseu, Portugal, September 26, 2018; his speech, “Mapping Literature,” was video-recorded for presentation at the event, and he’ll conduct a Q&A session over Skype. Rob will present “The Spatial Turn in Literary Criticism,” at the Southeast Modern Language Association (SCMLA) conference in San Antonio, October 11-13, 2018; “Monstrous Accumulation: Topographies of Fear in the Age of Globalization,” at the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts (SCLA) conference in The Woodlands, Texas, October 19, 2018; and “Charybdis: Migration, the Mediterranean, and the World We Live In,” at the Ninth Biennial Race, Place, and Ethnicity conference in Austin, Texas, October 24, 2018. Rob will serve as keynote speaker for the Central Texas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French’s meeting in San Marcos, Texas, October 27, 2018, discussing “What is Geocriticism?” He will also be keynote speaker for the Symposium on the Geographic Approach to Language, Literature, and Culture, sponsored by the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China, on November 3, 2018. His address, “Geocriticism: Literary Studies after the Spatial Turn,” has been video-recorded for presentation at the event. He will also present “Homo Cartographicus,” at the World Humanities Forum in Busan, Korea, on October 31, 2018.

Miscellany – September 18, 2018

Graduate students and faculty are invited to “Coffee Night/Drop in” sessions this semester, in Flowers Hall 361. There will be coffee, tea, and snacks. Drop-ins will take place on the following dates: Wednesday Oct 10, 5:00-6:30; Tuesday November 13, 5-6:30; and Monday December 3, 5-6:30.

Kate McClancy presented “The Gender Game: Cold War Nostalgia and Women Spies” at the inaugural meeting of the Comics Studies Society, held at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana this past August.

A feature article on Naomi Shihab Nye was published by the University News Service: http://news.txstate.edu/featured-faculty/2018/naomi-shihab-nye.html.

Debra Monroe has signed a contract with textbook publisher Kendall Hunt to edit a teaching anthology tentatively titled Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. It will include her introductory essay on history as well as theory and craft. The book is slated for release in early 2020.

In July, Teya Rosenberg presented “‘Not in your time, indeed not in my time’: Educational Intent, Cultural Identity, and Global Influences in the Newfoundland Jack Picture Books” at the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research in Wellington, New Zealand; and more recently, she spoke at the September meeting of PFLAG San Marcos about LGBTQ representations and issues in children’s and young adult literature.

On September 11, Susan Morrison taught a graduate seminar for Rice University, via Skype, on the topic of “Waste.”

Whitney May’s “Through the Cheval-Glass: The Doppelgänger and Temporal Modernist Terror in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has been published in the summer issue of Supernatural Studies.

Miscellany – August 27, 2018

  • In July, Flore Chevaillier presented “Hemingway, Death, and Intertextuality in Carole Maso’s AVA” at the XVIII International Hemingway Conference: “Hemingway in Paris.”

    Malvern Books (Austin) will host a Texas State Faculty reading with Debra Monroe, Naomi Shihab Nye and Cyrus Cassells on Sunday, September 23, at 1PM.

    Amanda Scott was named the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year for University Seminar. In addition to a plaque, she receives a $1,000 stipend. This year makes the second in a row that an English faculty member has received the award.

    Susan Morrison’s “Grendel’s Mother in Fascist Italy: Beowulf in a Catholic Youth Publication” appeared in International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA) 20.1 (2018).

    Steve Wilson’s latest collection of poetry, Lose to Find, was published this July. His poetry also appears in Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine and Spirits Poetry, as well as in a limited-edition letterpress broadside published by Small Fires Press (New Orleans). On August 21, he joined MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Vanessa Couto Johnson and MFA poetry graduate and ACC faculty member Prudence Arceneaux on KZSM radio for a poetry reading and discussion.

    Jennifer duBois has been awarded a Civitella Ranieri Writing Fellowship in the summer of 2020.

    Miriam Williams’ article, “Technologies of Disenfranchisement: Literacy Tests and Black Voters in the U.S. from 1890-1965″ (with Natasha Jones of the University of Central Florida) will be published in the Society of Technical Communication’s Journal, Technical Communication, in the fall 2018 Special Issue on Election Technologies. Her essay, “#BlackLivesMatter: Tweeting a Movement in Chronos and Kairos,” is included in Octavio Pimentel and Cruz Medina’s edited collection, which was recently published by Computers & Composition Digital Press.

    This fall, Trey Moody (MFA Poetry graduate, 2009; Lecturer, 2014-15) begins teaching as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at Creighton University in Omaha, where he has been teaching for the past two years as a Resident Assistant Professor of English. He will continue teaching undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses in Creighton’s MFA program in creative writing.

    Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson read at Malvern Books’ “Chap[book]s and Broad[side]s” event on August 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DOZiVaOS_E

Miscellany – August 13, 2018

Cecily Parks’ essay, “On Rewilding,” appears in the latest issue of Boston Reviewhttp://bostonreview.net/poetry/cecily-parks-rewilding#.WzZZJrUXX24.facebook.

Small Fires Press (New Orleans) published a limited-edition broadside of Steve Wilson’s poem “Moksha” in July. His poetry appears in the new anthology, Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry, as well as in the 2019 Texas Poetry Calendar. His latest collection, Lose to Find, was published this summer.

Susan Morrison has been invited to participate in an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The seminar is entitled “Close Encounters of the Fecal Kind” (August 23 & 24).

The special issue of Feminist Media Histories on comics that Kate McClancy guest-edited has come out, and includes an introduction from her as well as her article “Desperate Housewives: Murdering Gendered Nostalgia in Lady Killer.”

Leah Schwebel’s “The Pagan Suicides: Augustine and Inferno 13” appears in the latest issue of Medium Aevum.

Kathryn Ledbetter’s article, “The Life and Death of the Cuckoo” appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. She also presented a paper titled “Edmund Yates and ‘What the World Says’: ‘Garnering the On Dits of the Day’” at the international conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held in Victoria, British Columbia in July.

Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, a collection of essays edited by Octavio Pimentel and Cruz Medina, was published in July by Computers & Composition Digital Press.

December 2010 graduate Christian Wallace’s profile of Myrtis Dightman, “The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo,” was the cover story of the July issue of Texas Monthly. It’s his first cover for the magazine and has been picked up by Longform and Longreads.

Dr. Prosper Begedou, who teaches at the University of Lome (Togo) and recently spent a year in the Department as a Fulbright Scholar working with Elvin Holt and Steve Wilson, wrote to express his university’s gratitude for a second shipment of books collected by several groups in the English Department: “Through this email, I would like to express, once again my gratitude for the second batch of books donated to the University of Lome. Today, the Director of the main library of the university (Dr. Komla M. Avono) received the books. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to Texas State University, the English Department and Sigma Tau Delta for their generosity. The University of Lome would love to see, one day, a faculty member from Texas State University here for some days to share their expertise with us. The students from the University of Lome, and especially those of the English Department, will take advantage of these books and their knowledge of American and British literature will be enhanced.