Miscellany – Sept. 1, 2020

Geneva Gano’s book The Little Art Colony and US Modernism will be published by Edinburgh University Press this month.

Aimee Roundtree is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Generation AI Project, which is helping to create industry guidelines, competitions, and standards for how artificial intelligence is tested and deployed in products for children.

Katie Kapurch interviewed Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Bettye LaVette, about her new album Blackbirds for an article published on CultureSonar: https://www.culturesonar.com/arising-to-this-moment-bettye-lavettes-blackbirds/

The full interview will appear in Dr. Kapurch’s forthcoming NEH-supported book, Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles (Penn State University Press).

MFA student Chisom Ogoke is the recipient of the Graduate Endowed Fellowship in Liberal Arts. The scholarship is awarded to full-time College of Liberal Arts graduate students with demonstrated academic ability, community service or engagement, and character.

MFA student Sarah Huerta’s chapbook of poems “The Things We Bring with Us: Travel Poems” will be published with Headmistress Press in 2021. It was a finalist for their Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest.

Susan Morrison was interviewed by American Public Media for The Water Main’s podcast called “In Deep.” Her episode about excrement in the Middle Ages and the Great Stink of the Victorian Period, “Dirty Water,” can be heard here:  https://www.indeep.org/episode/2020/08/05/dirty-water

An excerpt from Steph Grossman’s novel-in-progress was shortlisted for The Masters Review’s 2020 Flash Fiction Contest. Her entry is one of fifteen pieces from which judge Sherrie Flick will choose the three contest finalists. https://mastersreview.com/2020-flash-fiction-contest-shortlist/

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 – May 11, 2016


The following candidates from the Department of English for tenure and/or promotion in 2015-2016 have received letters of approval from the Provost, subject to final approval by the Board of Regents at a meeting later this spring: Suparno Banerjee, Joe Falocco, and Scott Mogull have received the Provost’s approval for tenure and promotion to associate professor; Octavio Pimentel and Pinfan Zhu have received the Provost’s approval for promotion from associate to full professor.


William Jensen’s latest story, “Come Again Another Day,” will be included in the anthology Texas Weather, to be published by Lamar University Press.


“El Ensayo: Latin@s Writing About Writing,” an essay by Nancy Wilson, Rebecca Jackson and recent English graduate Valerie Vera, will appear in Next Steps: New Directions for / in Writing About Writing, due out early next year from Utah State University Press.


Cecily Parks’ poem “Hurricane Song” has been selected for the Pushcart Prize, and will appear in The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses this fall.


Congratulations to the faculty hired for the department’s five new Senior Lecturer positions. Their duties will include teaching undergraduate Technical Communication classes and offering service to the department and university: Laura Ellis-Lai, Chris Margrave, Sean Rose, Alan Schaefer, and Lauren Schiely.


Karen Wood writes that her daughter Rosalie Evelyn Wood, newest member of the Wood family, was born on April 16th.

Miscellany – 4 September 2015


Allan Chavkin published “Looking at Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman through the Lens of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Theory and Family Systems Theory” in the Spring 2015 issue of the Arthur Miller Journal. He presented “Bellow’s Death Comedy in an Early Draft of Henderson the Rain King at the American Literature Association Annual Conference, held this past May in Boston.

Octavio Pimentel’s book, Historias De ‘Exito within Mexican Comunities: Silenced Voices, in now out from Palgrave Macmillan. His paper “Opening the Gateway: The Power of Dual Language Composition Courses” has been accepted for presentation at the CCCC conference in Houston next spring; and “#RacistTweets: A Critical Analysis of the Ongoing Racism in Social Media” has been accepted for presentation at AESA 2015, to be held in San Antonio. In addition, he has agreed to a one-year term as a member of the 2016 National CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards Selection Committee, which recognizes outstanding books and articles in technical and scientific communication in six categories (best book, best original collection of essays, best article reporting qualitative or quantitative research, best article reporting historical research or textual studies, best article on philosophy or theory, and best article on pedagogy or curriculum).

Alan Schaefer’s essay “Reframing a Portrait: Flann O’Brien’s Interrogation of the Artist in ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’” will appear this winter in New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations, volume 68 of the Reimagining Ireland series (Peter Lang International Academic Publisher).

In June, Susan Hanson presented “From Matagorda to Mad Island” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference, held at the University of Idaho. In July, her photograph “At the Koi Pond” was one of 60, out of more than 750 submissions, chosen for a juried exhibit at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City. Also in June, two of her underwater photos from the San Marcos River were selected for the 11th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition at the San Marcos Activity Center Walkers’ Gallery. The exhibit will remain up until Sept. 11.

Rob Tally’s article, “The Geopolitical Aesthetic of Middle-earth: Tolkien, Cinema, and Literary Cartography,” translated into Russian by Arja Rosenholm, has now come out in her edited collection of essays, Topographies of Popular Culture(Moscow: New Literary Observer Books, 2015). In Russian, his article is titled “Геополитическая эстетика Средиземья: Толкиен, кино и литературная картография,” and the book information is here: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/6226.

MATC faculty Scott Mogull and Deb Balzhiser co-authored “Pharmaceutical Companies are Writing the Script for Health Consumerism,” published in the August 2015 issue of Communication Design Quarterly as part of a special issue on medical rhetoric.

Marilynn Olson’s “John Ruskin and the Mutual Influences of Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde” appears in Children’s Literature and the European Avant-Garde. She also presented at two summer conferences:  “Without Names: Defining Childhood as Audience for Pirate Tales,” at the International Research Society in Children’s Literature conference, held in Worcester, England this past August; and in June, “Billy Whiskers: Mrs. Montgomery Defines Freedom for Young America,” at the Children’s Literature Association International Meeting, held in Richmond, VA.

Miscellany – August 28, 2015


At the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Convocation, the following English faculty were recognized with awards: Kitty Ledbetter received a Presidential Distinction Award for Teaching, Rob Tally received a Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, Steve Wilson received a Presidential Distinction Award for Service, and Kathleen McClancy received a College Achievement Award for Teaching.

Wendy Shan Wen, Professor and Vice Dean in the College of Foreign Studies at South China Agricultural University, is spending the 2015-16 academic year as a Visiting Research Scholar. Professor Wen will work with Steve Wilson.

On Wednesday, August 12, Stephanie Noll raised over $500 and collected several boxes of books for Old Books for New Teachers, her project that supports first-year teachers by helping them build classroom libraries. The fundraiser was a part of Five Things, a reading series that takes place every other month in Austin.

Benjamin Reed’s essay, “Technologies of Instant Amnesia: Teaching Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Harrison Bergeron’ to the Millennial Generation,” was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice: http://www.cpcc.edu/taltp/spring-2015-8-1 [archived].

Kitty Ledbetter presented her paper,“’Five O’Clock Tea’ and Dickens’ Young Man: Edmund Yates as Columnist for The Queen,” at the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held in Ghent, Belgium on July 10. In addition, she has been appointed Assistant Director of Faculty Development for Texas State: her duties will be to coordinate the New Tenure Track Faculty Orientation each fall and the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning events throughout the academic year.

Katie Kapurch’s article, “Rapunzel Loves Merida: Melodramatic Expressions of Lesbian Girlhood and Teen Romance in Tangled, Brave, and Femslash,” appears in the Journal of Lesbian Studies.

Steve Wilson’s poem “Selections from a Sketchbook of Birds” will appear in the fall issue of Borderlands.

Miscellany – August 10, 2015


Texas State was represented at the annual Children’s Literature Association conference, held this year in Richmond, Virginia, by Marilynn Olson and Graeme Wend-Walker. Marilynn presented “Billy Whiskers (1902-1930):  Mrs. Montgomery Defines Freedom for Young America,” and Graeme presented “The Excluded Middle in Political Criticism: How Did ‘Liberty’ and ‘Death’ Become the Only Options?”

Keith Needham’s former student teacher and English major, Jonathan Sixtos, has been named Texas Region III Teacher of the Year. He now will advance to compete at the state level.

The 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize has been awarded to John Blair’s Playful Song Called Beautiful. This year’s judge was University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop visiting professor Craig Morgan Teicher, who wrote of the book that “… rolling tercets become the unlikely medium for all manner of slippery, expansive, and emotive thinking. For Blair, poetry’s shifting, mutable meaning is ‘all the comfort you need, all/ thecomfort you get.’” Playful Song Called Beautiful is Blair’s third book of poetry. His work has appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, and New Letters. His poetry collection The Green Girls won the 2003 Lena-Miles WeverTodd Poetry Prize; and his short story collection American Standard was awarded the 2002 Drue-Heinz Literature Prize.

MFA Fiction graduate 2012 Evan McMurry has been working as a writer for the small, feisty, always intelligent and well-written political blog Mediaite. He’s just accepted a position as Political Editor for ABC News.

Amanda Scott’s nonfiction piece “Cherry Blossom appears in the latest issue of Word Riot: http://www.wordriot.org/archives/8229 [archived]. Amanda is graduate student (currently MATC, formerly MFA) in the English Department at Texas State.

Alan Schaefer presented “Comic Art and the Music Posters of Austin, Texas” on July 3 at the Amsterdam Comics Conference at the University of Amsterdam.

Annie Shepherd’s essay “Life Outside the Straw” appears in the North Dakota Quarterly.

17 June 2015 – Miscellany


Recent graduate Nathan Machart, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Gates Thomas Award from Persona, has a story, “Poor, Bleeding Country,” forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly.

Cecily Parks’ poem “Morning Instructions for the Doctor’s Wife” appears in the June 22 issue of The New Yorker.

Graduate student Katherine Stingley has been awarded one of only 17 Celebrity Classic Scholarships. The award is a highly competitive multi-year scholarship from Texas State, providing up to $1,500 per semester for the student’s remaining hours in the degree. This year, over 400 students applied for the scholarship.

MATC alumna Whitney Lacey has accepted a position as a Content Specialist at Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) in Austin, Texas.  EA develops and publishes EA Sports titles, The Sims, and many other popular videos games. Whitney will write HELP articles and documentation to support EA games.

Susan Morrison’s latest book, The Literature of Waste, is out from Palgrave Macmillan.

MA Literature student Tyler Dukes presented “Sacred Time and Ritualistic Behavior at Harry Potter Book Releases and Film Premieres,” at the June 2015 Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, hosted by A-Kon in Dallas. The same article will be published in the July edition of The Phoenix Papers, an online peer-reviewed journal.

Michel Conroy, Chair of the Faculty Senate, sent the following note to Dr. Lochman, Chair of the English Department: “To encourage recognition of faculty service on the Faculty Senate and its sixteen committees, as well as the twenty-one university level committees to which the Faculty Senate makes appointments, I am forwarding a list of English faculty serving on these committees for the 2014-2015 academic year: Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau:  Faculty Senate, Supplemental Award Review Committee, University Council; Dr. Roger Jones:  Faculty Handbook Committee; Ms. Amanda Meyer:  Adjunct Faculty Committee Liaison; Dr. Victoria Smith:  Honor Code Council; Dr. Miriam Williams:  Library Committee; Mr. Steve Wilson:  University Arts Committee; Ms. Sarah Youree:  Budget Committee. Thank you for serving on the Academic Governance Committee this year.  Although there are additional university committees on which faculty may serve, in 2014-2015, thirty-eight College of Liberal Arts faculty served on these thirty-seven committees, eight (including you) from the Department of English.”

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