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English Department


14 April 2017



MFA student Ashton Kamburoff was selected for a space in the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Colorado by Ada Limón. Limón will lead the week-long workshop from June 12th-16th. Ashton also was named the 2017-18 Clark House Writer-In-Residence by the MFA faculty. 


Mark Busby attended the Conference of College Teachers Association Conference, held at Tarrant County Community College from March 3-5, serving as a CCTE Council member as well as presenting “The Slave Narrative from Frederick Douglass to William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation at the Texas College English Association affiliated meeting.


MFA fiction student Graham Oliver interviewed recent Whiting Award-winner Tony Tulathimutte for Electric Literature. They talked about the complex relationship between literature and video games:


Cecily Parks was named Outstanding English Professor of the Year by students in Texas State’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.


Rob Tally’s article "The Southern Phoenix Triumphant: Richard Weaver, or, the Origins of Contemporary U.S. Conservatism" appears in b2o: An Online Journal (the peer-reviewed online journal of the boundary 2 editorial collective):


MFA poetry graduate Jonathan Hobratsch conducted an interview with Cyrus Cassells for the Huffington Post:


Steve Wilson has new poems in the latest issues of Texas Observer, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review and Noon: Journal of the Short Poem.


Tomás Q. Morín's new collection of poetry Patient Zero was released on April 11th by Copper Canyon Press. The libretto he translated, Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance, will have its Austin premiere at the Paramount Theater as part of the Fusebox Festival on April 14th and 15th. More details can be found here:


MARC graduate Sonia Arellano earned her PhD from the University of Arizona this semester.

English Department


March 18, 2017



Ms. Emily Chammah, who was named Emily Smith while at Texas State, spent a year in the MFA Fiction program a couple of years ago before moving to New York. She has just been named one of the 12 winners of the 2016 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She is listed at this PEN America site:

Eric Leake’s interviews with Doug Hesse and Nancy Sommers have been re-published in the collection Teachers on the Edge: The Writing on the Edge Interviews 1989–2017 (Routledge).

Kitty Ledbetter attended the Texas State Historical Association's 121st Annual Meeting in Houston March 2-4, where she presented "Textiles, Text, and Media Replication During the Mexican War."

Miriam Williams has been named a Fellow of the Association for Teachers of Technical Writers. You can read the announcement of Miriam’s achievement here:

Susan Morrison’s A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages has just been named a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist in three categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction:

Suparno Banerjee and Graeme Wend-Walker represented Texas State at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Orlando. Suparno presented "Communism and Soviet Utopias: From Aelita to Andromeda," and Graeme presented "Virtual Celebrity: Exploring Identity in The Ziggurat, Watkin Tudor Jones's Pre-Die Antwoord Sci-Fi Opus." Graeme also read his short story "The Pale Evacuation" in an author's panel.

Ben Reed’s flash fiction piece, "Brothers,” appears in the March 2017 issue of Ghost Parachute. His essay "Trigger Warnings" appears in the Fall/Winter issue of The Texas Review.

Dorothy Lawrenson will begin pursuit of her PhD in Creative Writing this fall at the University of Edinburgh, supported by a College Research Award to cover fees and provide a stipend.

Rob Tally’s “Giving Shape to Gloom; or, Keeping it Real in The House of the Seven Gables” appears in Nathaniel Hawthorne in the College Classroom (AMS Press, 2017). In addition, Rob will be the keynote speaker for "Turning Point(s)," the 30th Annual Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (GAFIS) symposium at the University of Wisconsin, March 31, 2017. His talk is titled "Swerves, Tropes, Peripeties: Toward a Theory of the Turning Point."