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English Department


March 6, 2017



Manny Pina, MARC graduate and current instructor at St. Edward's University, has been accepted into the PhD program in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.

MFA fiction student Ramiro G. Hinojosa's short story, "Rest & Relaxation," will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of Huizache

MA Literature student Thais Rutledge attended the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture in mid-February, presenting "Navigating Social Spaces: Ideology, Sexuality, and Memory in Mrs. Dalloway.

Mark Busby attended the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association meeting in Albuquerque Feb 15-18 and read from his new poetry collection, Through Our Years, at a creative writing session.

MATC alumna Jennifer Cleveland has accepted a position as Business Analysis Coordinator with Sprint Accessibility. She will provide communication support for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees, and assist with proposal management and RFP (request  for proposal) processes.

MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff has accepted the position of poetry editor for Profane Journal. Profane publishes a print issue yearly in the winter and accepts poetry, fiction, flash, essays and interviews. 

"Orientation," a story by MFA fiction student Shannon Perri, will be published next month in fields magazine.

Octavio Pimentel has been invited to serve as a symposium scholar for the September 2017 Watson pre-conference symposium, and as a keynote speaker for the 2018 Thomas Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. The conference and symposium, whose theme will be “Making Future Matter,” will both to be held at Louisville, Kentucky. The Thomas Watson conference is considered one of the top tier rhetoric and composition conferences.

Steve Wilson and Vanessa Couto Johnson took part in a reading sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest this March.  The event, moderated by Will Jensen, celebrated the recent publication of the anthology Texas Weather, in which Steve and Vanessa’s poetry appears.

English Department


February 21, 2017



Two stories by William Jensen were nominated by a member of the Board of Contributing Editors for Pushcart Prize XLII: Best of the Small Presses: "A Quiet Place to Hide" appeared in North Dakota Quarterly and "Come Again Another Day" appeared in the anthology, Texas Weather.


Rob Tally participated in The Society for Critical Exchange's Winter Theory Institute, held Feb 9-12 at the University of Houston-Victoria. The topic of the 2017 Institute was "Antitheory," and Rob’s talk was titled "Anti-Antitheory”:


Stephen Harmon’s poem, "Dawn," has been accepted by Volt.


MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff’s will present “Blue Class / Working Collar: An Examination of the Poetics of Phil Levine” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment at Wayne State University in Detroit, taking place this June.


Natasha Tretheway has chosen Cyrus Cassell’s poem, "Elegy with a Gold Cradle," for Best American Poetry 2017, which will be published by Scribners in September. In Spring 2018 the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry (Southern Illinois University Press) will publish his sixth book, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo.


MATC alumni now hold the following positions in Texas State's IT and University Marketing departments: Jennifer Small (User Service Consultant II, IT Assistance Center), Jenny Joy Van De Walle (Program Specialist – Technical Writer, IT Assistance Center), Jennifer Johnson (Coordinator, IT Projects – Technology Resources Administration), Jen LaGrange (Coordinator, IT Projects – IT Assistance Center), and Chase Rogers (Web Content Strategist - University Marketing).


Kate McClancy presented "‘It Doesn’t Have to Match’: Cold War Style and Masculinity in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” at the Southwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque this month.


MATC alumnus Jael Perales has been hired as an Academic Editor for the American Journal Experts Division of Research Square, a for-benefit company that helps researchers around the world get their work effectively communicated and published.