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Department of English

November, 2017



A very few spots are still open for the English Department's Texas State in Ireland program. If you’re still thinking about how wonderful it would be to spend five weeks in Cork and contemplate mythology from the heights of the beautiful Irish coastline, contact Steve Wilson at for more information or to set up an application interview.

MATC Graduate Assistant Dyllan Scott and his wife Adele welcomed baby girl Robyn Abigail at 12:57 am, Friday, October 13. Robyn was 7 lb 13 oz, and joins brother Landyn, 3, and sister Madelyn, 1.

Please join Kathleen Peirce, Lisa Olstein, and Cecily Parks at Malvern Books (613 West 29th Street, Austin) for the launch of Kathleen’s Vault. Friday, November 3, 7pm.

Authors Jim Shepard and John Freeman will discuss the fiction and poetry of Denis Johnson at the Katherine Anne Porter House on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 pm.

Senior Lecturer Flore Chevaillier will be conducting the next Professionalizing Workshop on November 6 from 5-6 pm in FH 376. The topic will be on writing statements of purpose. For more information, contact Flore at

The university Graduate College has a couple of important events coming up this month for grad students. On Monday, November 6, the Graduate College will present a webinar from noon-1 pm on “Formatting your Thesis/Dissertation.” On November 29, a workshop for prospective applicants for the Celebrity Classic Scholarship and/or the Graduate College Scholarship will be held. For more information:

A forum titled Re-writing El Otro Lado/La Frontera: The New Latino Americanism” will be presented by the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of English on November 8 from 5:30-7:30 in FH 230. The forum will feature authors and scholars Dr. José Palacios, Dr. Francisco Laguna Correa, and Dr. Carlos Abreu in a discussion of distinct narrative projects deployed by new Latinxs and Chicanxs writers to problematize their transnational experiences in the face of growing political hostilities towards Latin American immigrant communities in the United States.

The next Graduate Student Drop-In at the English Department’s graduate office (FH 361) will be on Monday, November 13 from 5-6:30 pm. Stop in for coffee, tea, refreshments, and conversation.

Sigma Tau Delta has a book sale every first Monday and third Tuesday of the month from 9-3 in FH 108. And, they will have their new T-shirts on sale. Very nice!

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:



Max Petri, an International Studies student who took Libby Allison's MATC “Rhetoric of Risk and Emergency Communication” course in fall 2016, developed a presentation from his course paper that was accepted at the Ninth International Research Conference for Graduate Students, November 8 at the LBJ Student Center. His paper, “Ebola in Liberia: A Narrative of the Communication Failures and Successes,” grew out of his time in the US Army where he developed a friendship and maintained correspondence with a Liberian Army officer who was in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic.

A profile of Professor Robert T. Tally and his work in spatial literary studies is scheduled to appear in this month’s issue of Texas Monthly.

Professor Rebecca Bell-Metereau was interviewed earlier this fall for a documentary by filmmaker Alexandre Phillipe, whose latest film 78/52, a feature-length exploration of Alfred Hitchcock’s shower scene in Psycho, will soon be released by IFC Midnight. In other news, Bell-Metereau’s book, Unbound Bodies, was reviewed in the New Review of Film and Television Studies (15:4, 395-399).

Lecturer Amanda North was one of ten Texas State University faculty or staff to be nominated for the Student Foundation’s Annual Foundations of Excellence award. A reception for faculty and staff awardees allowed members of Student Foundation to honor faculty and staff who have made a significant impact on their lives while students at Texas State.

Two poems by Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff, “Falsetto, Meaning False” and “Portrait as Streetlights Bloom,” are forthcoming in the winter issue of Rust+Moth. Also, her poem “Tagging Up” is forthcoming in a new anthology entitled “5 Years of Baseball Writing” which will be released through Cobalt Review in 2018.

In October, Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Senior Lecturer Flore Chevaillier participated in the “Philosophy Mixed” podcast series presented by the Texas State Philosophy Department, and KTSW. The podcast is about the correlations between narrative, corporeality, and textual materiality, which Flore examined in her first book, The Body of Writing: an Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction (The Ohio State University Press, 2013). Her recent book, Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers (The Ohio State University Press, 2017), addresses how the manipulation of the materials of fiction—the page, the frames, the media, and the authoring tools that make books—call attention to the body of books.


Department of English

October, 2017 #2



Sigma Tau Delta has a book sale every first Monday and third Tuesday of the month from 9-3 in FH 108. And, they will have their new T-shirts on sale. Very nice!

Persona, the Texas State University student literary periodical that has published since 1963, is looking for students interested in serving in editorial positions – Managing Editor, Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor – and other possible staff positions, for the 2017-2018 issue. Please contact Roger Jones ( by Wednesday October 18th if you are interested in serving in one of these positions.

The Children’s Literature Association’s annual conference will be in San Antonio June 28-30, 2018. The conference theme is “Refreshing Waters/Turbulent Waters,” and proposals for papers are due October 15. The call for papers and portal for submitting proposals can be found on the ChLA website: For more information, contact conference chair, Marilynn Olson,

Interested in spending the summer in Ireland? Join the English Department's Texas State in Ireland program for five weeks in Cork. Contact Steve Wilson at for more information or to set up an application interview. The program's 15 spots usually fill by mid-November.

Broadview Press representative Dave Caulfield took time from his busy schedule on campus to visit Teya Rosenberg’s Canadian Literature course on Thursday October 5. He read Al Purdy’s poem “At the Quinte Hotel,” gave students some background on Purdy, talked about his own enthusiasm for Canadian poets and poetry, and discussed how being an English major connects with his work for Broadview. He also answered a wide range of questions about Canada and about publishing. Thanks to Dave and to the students of English 3393 for asking great questions.

Professor Robert T. Tally announces the results of a recent flurry of scholarly activity. Here are a few things to be watching for:

  • A profile of Tally and his work in spatial literary studies is scheduled to appear in Texas Monthly, hopefully in the November issue;
  • His latest edited collection of essays,, comes out on November 9 and will feature an essay by Assistant Professor Geneva Gano;
  • He will be the keynote speaker for the Korean Society of East-West Comparative Literature's 2017 conference at Dongguk University, Seoul, on November 11-12, 2017. His talk is titled “The Aesthetics of Distance: World Literature after the Digital Turn.”

Senior Lecturer Keri Fitzgerald and two graduate students from the MA in Rhetoric and Composition program, Arun Raman and Rachel Elliott, will be leading a round-table discussion on the role of writing centers in confronting hate and discrimination on college campuses at the International Writing Center Association Conference on November 19 in Chicago, IL. Their session is titled, "“Complicating the Center: Confronting Hate and Discrimination.”



Recent MFA graduate Michaela Hansen is the winner of the short fiction prize awarded by American Short Fiction for her story, “The Devil in the Barn.” Michaela’s work has been published in McNeese Review, and is forthcoming from Fourth Genre. Michaela worked as Managing Editor for the English Department’s literary publication, Front Porch Journal

Professor Robert T. Tally’s essay “Of Other American Spaces: The Alterity of the Urban in the U.S. National Imaginary” appears in Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City, edited by Stephan L. Brandt and Michael Fuchs (Wien & Münster: LIT Verlag, 2017), 27–45. He also has another article, “Three Rings for the Elven Kings: Trilogizing Tolkien in Print and Film,” which appears in the new issue of Mythlore 131 (Fall/Winter 2017): 175–190.

Professor Steve Wilson has been awarded a grant from the Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Fund to bring Fulbright Scholar Dr. Geetanjali Joshi (India) to campus for a four-day visit March 25-28. Dr. Joshi will present on the Beats and Hinduism in Steve's undergraduate class on Women and the Beat Generation, as well as on Allen Ginsberg and Hinduism in Drs. Blair and McClancy's Masterpieces of American Literature to 1865 classes. Steve has been awarded more OLF grants than any other faculty member at Texas State.

English Department Computer Lab Coordinator Matt Greengold has been elected to a one-year term on the Staff Council.

Lecturer Ben Reed has had two abstracts accepted for NeMLA 2018 in Pittsburgh. His paper “Messenger in a Bottle: Kurt Vonnegut’s Satirical Drawings in Breakfast of Champions” was accepted for the session titled “Art, Responsibility, and Satire: The Challenges of Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction,” while Ben's short story “Angle and Distance” was selected for the creative writing round table “Monsters and Monstrosity: A Tribute to Mary Shelley.”

Professor Mark Busby attended the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers meeting in San Antonio, September 29-30. He read from his new poetry collection, Through Our Times. Three of his poems, “Notification Officer,” “Symbiosis,” and “On the Death of My Neighbor’s Son,” appear in Writing Texas 2016-2017.

Professor Kathleen Peirce’s new book, Vault, is available from New Michigan Press.

Lecturer Ross Feeler’s short story, “Varieties of Religious Experience,” was recently published online in Hypertext Magazine.