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Miscellany

Department of English

December, 2017

 

Coming Soon

The next Graduate Student Drop-in happens on Thursday, December 7 from 5-6:30 pm. Stop into the Graduate Office, FH 361, for coffee, tea, refreshments, and conversation before evening classes begin.

The English Department’s annual holiday party begins at 11 am on Thursday, December 7. Bring a dish and join us!

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to apply for English Department scholarships. Qualifications, types of scholarships, and an application form are available on the English Department Web site at the “Student Resources” link. The deadline is March 1, 2018.

 

Congratulations!

Assistant Professor Jennifer duBois was awarded a FY 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/FY18-Creative-Writing-Fellowship-Recipients-Nov16-2017.pdf

Lecturer Whitney May’s article, “The Influence of Place on Identity in Poe’s ‘Morella’ and ‘William Wilson’” appears in the autumn edition of The Edgar Allan Poe Review, the official organ of the Poe Studies Association. Publication in this journal is very competitive; our colleague and prolific scholar Rob Tally admits that even he has been rejected and assures us that Whitney’s article publication is a “terrific accomplishment, especially for someone without a PhD.”

An interview of Professor Debra Monroe appears in the December issue of the leading publication for creative writers, The Writer’s Chronicle. Debra discusses her career as a writer of fiction and nonfiction, as well as her frequent individual interactions with student writers in the Texas State MFA program and her mentoring of their careers long after they complete their degrees.

A book by Professor Rebecca Jackson and her co-authors, Jackie Grutsch-McKinney and Nicole Caswell, won the 2017 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Best Book Award. The book is titled The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors.

Professor Susan Morrison was interviewed by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Austin.

Texas State alumna Dorothy Lawrenson writes from Edinburgh to tell us that her paper, written for Susan Morrison’s Beowulf class, has been accepted for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds. The paper is titled “What does Hrothgar ‘Read’ on the Giants’ Sword-Hilt?”

Professor Cyrus Cassells has been nominated as one of the Alpha Chi’s Favorite Professors for 2017.

Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s poem “Revising the Hexes” was selected by Kaveh Akbar as a finalist for the 2017 Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Prize. It will appear in the print edition of the journal in February, 2018. His poem “How to Eat a Lemon” is forthcoming in Vinyl Poetry.

Professor Robert T. Tally, Jr. recently published a brief, peer-reviewed article, “Fredric Jameson and the Controversy over ‘Third-World Literature in the Age of Multinational Capitalism,’” in Global South Studies, a digital scholarship project affiliated with the journal The Global South. Dr. Tally also recently published two book reviews. His “Periodizing Utopia,” a review of Phillip E. Wegner's Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays in Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia, appears in Extrapolation 57.3 (2017), and his review of Marie-Laure Ryan, Kenneth Foote, and Moaz Azaryahu's Narrating Space / Spatializing Narrative: Where Narrative Theory and Geography Meet, appears in Poetics Today 37.4 (2017).

Instructor Stephen Harmon’s painting, No Name #1, has been accepted into the Small Wonders exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD.


Miscellany

Department of English

November, 2017 No. 2

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sigma Tau Delta has a book sale every first Monday and third Tuesday of the month from 9-3 in FH 108. Pick up a Sigma Tau Delta T-shirt while you’re there: a perfect stocking stuffer!

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to apply for English Department scholarships. Qualifications, types of scholarships, and an application form are available on the English Department Web site, at the “Student Resources” link. The deadline is March 1, 2018: http://www.english.txstate.edu/studentres/scholarships.html

In Graduate College news, a workshop for prospective applicants for the Celebrity Classic Scholarship and/or the Graduate College Scholarship will be held on November 29 from 5-5:30. For more information: http://signup.txstate.edu/sessions/3539-grad-college-shop-talk-webinar-tips-for-graduate-college-scholarship-applications

 

Coming Soon!

The next Graduate Student Drop-in happens on Thursday, December 7 from 5-6:30 pm. Stop into the Graduate Office, FH 361, for coffee, tea, refreshments, and conversation before evening classes begin.

Novelist and essayist Rivka Galchen will discuss the process of editing novels and essays with Willing Davidson, an editor at the New Yorker. The event at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle is at 6:30 on Friday, December 1.

 

Congratulations!

Professor Rebecca Bell-Metereau recently chaired a panel titled Gender Identity and Performance at the 2017 Film and History Conference in Madison, WI. The conference theme was Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging. Rebecca also delivered a paper entitled “Transparent vs. Documentary Life.”

A book by Professor Rebecca Jackson and her co-authors, Jackie Grutsch-McKinney and Nicole Caswell, has been nominated for the 2018 College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Impact Award, the 2017 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Best Book Award, and the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) 2016 Best Book Award. The book is titled The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors.

Senior Lecturer Susan Hanson recently presented the essay “Diving Jacob's Well” at the Literature and Ecology Colloquium at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

MARC student and TA Emily Rybarski presented her paper, “Intergenerational Contact: Writing for and about our Elderly,” at the Conference on Community Writing: Engaging Networks and Ecologies recently held in Boulder, CO.

Professor Steve Wilson reports that the Study Abroad program next summer in Ireland is now full. Thanks for your participation!

In a completely different kind of study abroad, on November 8 Professor Wilson discussed the Beat Generation and Jack Kerouac via Skype with an “American Novel of the 20th Century” class at the American University of Kuwait.

Lecturer Daniel Keltner recently published an article on a blog site about “5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Selling a First Book.” Here’s his take on the topic: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/10/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-selling.htm

Lecturer Stephen Harmon’s painting, Red Smeared, has been accepted for the upcoming “Small Works” exhibit at the Limner Gallery at 123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. The show will run from December 1-30. Works from this show, including his piece, can be seen here: http://www.slowart.com/limner/current/upcoming.htm. Stephen’s paintings, Yellow Abstraction and White and Pink on Brown, were finalists in Fusion Art's 3rd Annual Colorful Abstractions International Online Juried Art Exhibition. The show is for November 2017. Works from the show, including his pieces, can be seen here: https://fusionartps.com/3rd-annual-colorful-abstractions-art-exhibition-2017/.

A poem by Assistant Professor Cecily Parks titled “Harvest” will appear in the December issue of The New Republic. https://newrepublic.com/article/145450/harvest

 

Alumni News

MATC alumna Kim Jeske was recently promoted from Senior Technical Writer to Group Manager at National Instruments in Austin, Texas. Her team is responsible for documenting the Semiconductor Test System (STS). In August, she celebrated five years at National Instruments.

Former English major and 2013 Texas State graduate Brandon Caro is featured in a recent issue of the University Star.

MATC alumna Marcia Garnet was recently promoted to Senior Technical Writer at Polycom, Inc. in Austin, Texas. Marcia writes user, administrator, developer, deployment, and installation documentation for Polycom audio, video, and solution products.