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English Department


24 May 2017



Twister Marquiss has been named Director of the Common Experience program.

Roger Jones had two poems accepted to appear later this year in Southern Poetry Anthology VIII:  Texas, edited by William Wright.  

Amanda Scott attended the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) meeting, which took place from April 12-16th in San Diego, CA, presenting a personal essay entitled "A Good, Smiling Face: The Art of Preservation.”

The Bellingham Review has selected John Blair’s poem, "The Art of Forgetting," as the winner of the 2017 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, for which he will receive a $1000 prize and publication in the Spring 2018 issue.

The Office of Retention Management named Keith Needham the 2017 Faculty Mentor of the Year for his mentoring of a Texas State student.

"Writing Center Tutor Corps: A Veterans-Tutoring-Veterans Program," by Nancy Effinger Wilson and Micah Wright, appears in the latest issue of Writing Lab Newsletter.

Miles Wilson's "Death by Fire" appears in the latest issue of Crazyhorse and was reprinted in Longreads (, which recently reprinted pieces from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Esquire.  "Death by Fire," along with "Bang" (Southwest Review) and "Body of Work" (Cream City Review), are part of a collection of creative nonfiction about the American West. 

MFA fiction graduate Ray Robertson's 8th novel, 1979, is forthcoming next year. This summer he will serve as the first North American writer-in-residence at the House of Writers in Trsic, Serbia:

Octavio Pimentel will present “Not Making America Great: Racist Rhetoric Against Mexicans and African Americans” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, to be held in Salt Lake City this coming October.

Susan Morrison’s Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife (Top Hat Books, 2015) has been selected as a 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Award finalist in the category of Adult Fiction. This July, she’ll present “Making Kin with St. Francis, Pope Francis, and Francis the Ladybug: Ecological and Ethical Tenancy in the Anthropocene” as an invited lecture at Universität Würzburg (Germany) as part of the series Vorträge am Interdisziplinären Forum für Cultural Environmental and Animal Studies (IFCEAS).



English Department


27 April 2017



MA graduate Shaun Clarkson has received his PhD from Purdue University. 

A photo by Susan Hanson has been selected as the cover for Ecocritical Aesthetics:  Language, Beauty, and the Environment, edited by Scott Slovic and Peter Quigley, and soon to be released by Indiana University Press.

Dan Lochman co-organized three panels titled “Cognitive/Affective Cultures” for the Chicago meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, March 30-April 1 and presented “’The troublous passion of my pensiue mind’: Britomart, Mind, and Memory”; and presented on April 22 the paper “Mastering ‘mazy paths’: William Scott’s Model of Poesy on Heroic Narrative” at the South Central Renaissance Conference, held in Austin.

Alan Schaefer was named a favorite professor by the undergraduate inductees to Alpha Chi Honor Society.

Incoming MARC students Tiffany Rainey and A.R. Rogers have both received Graduate Merit Fellowships recognizing academic excellence.

MARC graduate Shaun Ford has been accepted into the PhD program in Theory and Cultural Studies at Purdue University for this coming fall, supported by a Doctoral Fellowship providing 5 years full funding, a tuition waiver, and medical insurance supplement.

Amelia Gray (fiction, 2007) won the 2016 New York City Public Library’s ‘Young Lion’ Award: Her second novel, Isadora, will be published on May 23rd: "Historical novels about artists abound, but few attain the psychological intricacy, fluency of imagination, lacerating wit, or intoxicating beauty of Gray’s tale of Isadora Duncan” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review).

James Knippen is the recipient of a 2017 Discovery/Boston Review prize; he will travel to New York City in May to give a reading. Also, two poems, "Poem" and "Portents," appear in the current issue of Kenyon Review Online:

Cecily Parks was selected as Outstanding English Professor of the Year by the Texas State chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

A book that features a chapter written by Kitty Ledbetter, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers, has won the prestigious Robert L. Colby Book Prize from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Her chapter is entitled "Women's Periodicals."