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Department of English


June 26, 2018


Assistant Professor Eric Leake's essay "'Should You Encounter': The Social Conditions of Empathy" appears in the latest issue of Poroi: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention. Also, his interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeffrey Gettlemen is reprinted in the paperback edition of Gettlemen's memoir Love, Africa.

Rob Tally is editor of a "special focus" section of the latest issue of the American Book Review (Jan.-April 2018) on the topic of Critical Lives II, which contains 14 brief essays/reviews plus his "Introduction to Focus: A Life in Theory." His essay “Swerve, Trope, Peripety: Turning Points in Criticism and Theory" appears in the March 2018 issue of The Journal of English Language and Literature.

At the June 8 meeting of the New England American Studies Association, held in Lowell, Massachusetts, Nancy Wilson presented "When the Default is White: Challenging Crevecoeur's Melting-Pot America,” and Steve Wilson presented "An Irish Girl in the Contact Zone: 'Only an Irish Girl!' and the Perils of Transcendental Values for Women in the 19th Century."

Karen Russell’s story, “Orange World,” appeared in the June 4 issue of The New Yorker.

Amanda North has an essay in Construction Literary Magazine's spring issue: "The Ruin of Madness."

Leah Schwebel’s article, “The Pagan Suicides: Augustine and Inferno 13,” appears in Medium Aevum.

Geneva Gano has been named the Jesse H. and Mary Gibb Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies for 2018 to 2021. During her three-year appointment, Dr. Gano will convene a symposium on the influences of the Mexican Revolution on the development of U.S. modernism across the arts and a lecture series on women writers in the greater Southwest. In conjunction with The Wittliff Collections, Dr. Gano will help to establish further research on Chicana author Sandra Cisneros’ relationship to San Antonio and Texas. She is also developing a Study-in-America program that will take graduate and undergraduate students to Santa Fe and Taos to further their studies in the history and culture of New Mexico.


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Texas State alumna Terri Leclerq has received the prestigious 2018 Golden Pen Award, a national honor that goes to an outstanding writer about law. Terri’s most recent book, Prison Grievances (2013), is a graphic novel that is to help those in prison develop effective petitions and navigate grievances. As an award winner, she joins distinguished justices, academics, and writers such as Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times. Terri is a prior recipient of the Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award and a founding member of the department’s Donor and Alumni Advisory Council. She received a BS in Education (English/Journalism) at Texas State in 1968 and an MA in English in 1970.

Congratulations to Professor John Blair, who has been named by President Trauth a University Distinguished Professor, one of Texas State’s most coveted faculty honors. This follows a number of other awards for his creative work, including most recently the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Wilda Herne Prize for Fiction, and the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry. As a University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Blair will receive a one-time $5,000 cash award, a commemorative medallion, and recognition during the fall convocation. Dr. Trauth is also nominating him for consideration by The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents for the Regents’ Professor Award, and will submit his portfolio to The TSUS office.

Professor Dan Lochman’s article “Textual Memory and the Problem of Coherence in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene” is just out in a special issue on Narrative and the Biocultural Turn (ed. Vittorio Gallese and Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski), in Costellazioni: Rivista de lingue e letterature (Volume 2, Number 5, [2018]: 147-80). At the end of March, he read the paper “Arthur’s Memory: Spontaneity and Deliberation in The Faerie Queene” at the New Orleans meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, where he also co-organized three panels on early modern cognition and affect.

Lecturer Daniel Keltner’s first novel Into That Good Night comes out June 5th. The book launch and reading is at Book People in Austin:

Two poems by Professor Roger Jones have been published in Southern Poetry Anthology VIII: “The Bee Tree” and “Bait.”

The Graduate Programs of the Department of English are pleased to announce the recipients of 2018 Graduate College Scholarships. We are very proud of the current and incoming graduate students who were successful in a competitive field of applicants. Please congratulate these fine folks who are in your classes or working with you and be ready to welcome and congratulate the incoming students who will join us this coming summer and fall.

Three semesters of funding: One semester of funding:
Luke William (MFA incoming) Amber Avila (MAL incoming)
  Kaitlyn Burd (MFA incoming)
Two semesters of funding: Elizabeth Clausen (MFA)
Brady Brickner-Wood (MFA) Megalee Das (MATC incoming) 
Rob Madole (MFA) Robert Jorash (MARC)
  Ryan Lopez (MFA)
  Meaghan Loraas (MFA)
  Jessica Martinez (MFA incoming)
  Eddie Mathis (MFA)
  Will Pellett (MFA)
  Becky Proffer (MFA)
  Sandra Sidi (MFA)