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English Department


July 2017




Kathryn Ledbetter’s article, “Taking the Multitudes Abroad: Dinah Mulock Craik’s Travel Narratives in Victorian Family Magazines,” has been published in a special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review dedicated to Linda Peterson.

Susan Morrison’s book, A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Ages, has won three 2016 Foreward INDIES Book Awards for Adult Nonfiction in Women’s Studies, History, and Young Adult categories.

MFA poetry graduate Meg Griffitts has a poem on the American Echolocation site:

Lauren Schiely presented at the Canadian Writing Centres Association in Toronto at the end of May. Her presentation was entitled "Sharing Their Stories: Continuing the Conversation on Narrative Inquiry as a Method of Research for Writing Centers."

Flore Chevaillier presented “Fetishization and Jim Crow in Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables” at the American Literature Association, held in Boston this past May. Her article “Reading Pierre Bourdieu after William Pietz,” appears in Intertexts: a Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection.  

MFA 2016 graduate, James Deitz’s poetry chapbook, Still Seeing a Dead Soldier, a poetic narrative exploration of life after the Iraqi War and living with PTSD, will be published by Turning Point, a WordTech Communications imprint. Three poems from this collection are featured in The Meadow.

MFA graduate and former lecturer Elizabeth Threadgill will begin a new position in August as Assistant Professor of English at Utica College, where she will be coordinating the developmental writing program and teaching advanced composition.


Other English Department News:

The following faculty have been recognized by the Honors College for supervising Honors theses: John Blair supervised Marissa Harris’s Daoine Sidhe: Celtic Superstitions of Death within Irish Fairy Tales Featuring the Dullahan and Banshee; René LeBlanc supervised Believe: A Collection; Twister Marquiss supervised Alexis Avignon’s More Human, Less Being: Stories; Stephanie Noll supervised Keeping Up with the Sexualities: An Interview Based Play; Aimee Roundtree supervised Riding the Tide of Modern Health Care: A Rhetorical Analysis of Low Technologies; Alan Schaefer supervised Luke Jenkins’ Werewolves and Doctors and Zombies: The Transformation of Spain through the Lens of Horrow.

Aimee Roundtree has been selected as the new Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts. Aimee will begin her assignment this fall, replacing Brit Bousman of Anthropology, who served in the position since 2011.

Karen Russell will be joining us in August as the University Chair of Creative Writing for two years beginning this fall. She is the author of four creative books, including the best-selling Swamplandia! (2011) along with many other short stories and excerpts, in addition to being a Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur Fellow, and Guggenheim Fellow.

Stan Rivkin has been selected for a senior lecturer position that combines teaching with assisting the Director of the MFA program.

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).