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  • Department of English 


    September 20, 2019 

    Stephanie Noll's essay "The Sidearm of a Saguaro" can be found at Cleaning Up Glitter:

    "A Great White Whale,” by MFA fiction student Caleb Ajinomoh, appears in the Summer/Fall print issue of CircleShow

    William Jensen’s story “You Can Outrun the Devil if You Try” will be included in the anthology Road Kill vol. 4: Texas Horror by Texas Writers. His Pushcart-nominated story “Camino Real” will be reprinted in the upcoming “best of the decade” issue of Stoneboat

    MARC student Lea Colchado will present "Slumber of Sins and The Shadow Beast: Looking at Teresa De Cartagena's Writings Through an Anzaldúan Lens” at the Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Conference, taking place at Texas State University in October. 

    Jennifer duBois’ article "The Un-reinvention of Jerry Springer" was just published on New York Magazine's The Cut: 

    Joe Falocco is currently performing in Archive Theatre’s Austin production of Cyrano. In this original translation by director Jennifer Rose Davis, Joe plays five roles, three of which involve stage combat. To the delight of his students, Dr. Falocco is killed onstage three times during the course of the evening. Here are a few recent reviews of the production. 

    MARC student Sam Garcia will present "Writing Queerly: How Trans Perspectives Can Benefit Writing Center Sessions," on Oct. 19 at the meeting of the International Writing Centers Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, taking place in Columbus, OH. 

    "Stull," a short story by MFA fiction student Steph Grossman, was published in Joyland Magazine:

    Whitney May’s essay, “‘To Test the Limits and Break Through’: How Femslash Rejects the Straight-Coding of Queer Experiences in Disney’s Frozen,” appears in the new edited collection Representing Kink: Fringe Sexuality and Textuality in Literature, Digital Narrative, and Popular Culture, from Lexington Books. 

    2nd-year MFA poetry student Luke William’s fourth Songs For Children album was released over the summer and is available to stream and download at

    In the cover story for the October 2019 Texas Monthly, "Battling Over the Past," the Texas Historical Commission's marker explaining the 1918 Porvenir Massacre, with text researched and written by MARC graduate and Lecturer Connor Wilson, is cited as an example of recent efforts by historians to more accurately reflect Texas history: "The Porvenir marker. . . had to overcome years of steadfast opposition from local interests. But at public events and lectures, [Professor Martinez of Brown University, who petitioned for creating the marker] has received profuse thanks from descendants of the victims of racist violence. She's also been thanked by some descendants of Texas Rangers who have struggled to understand their ancestors' participation in such violence. . . ."

    Department of English Miscellany 

    September 9, 2019 

    This summer, Flore Chevaillier presented “Time, Body, and Narrative in Bhanu Kapil’s work” at the European Conference on Arts & Humanities in Brighton, England; and “The Scarred Body of the Text: Storytelling and Experiment in Bhanu Kapil’s work” at the Progressive Connections Conference on “Storytelling & the Body” in Verona, Italy. 

    MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez’s short story "Back Then" has been accepted for publication in Obra, a literary journal from the MFA of the Americas. This month, he’ll present "Castles in the Air: The Victorian Princess and the Rescuing Imagination" at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Study Day: The Threatened Child in Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction and Culture, taking place in Dublin this September; and "Faith Like a Child: Imagination in MacDonald, Burnett, and Montgomery" at The Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, to be held at University of Dallas. 

    MARC student Sarah Piercy will present “Generation Z Speaks: Conversations with First-Year Writing Students” at CCCC in Milwaukee next March; and “Across the Generations: Studying First-Year Writing and Identity” at TYCA-SW (Two-Year College Association-Southwest), taking place in Conroe this coming October. 

    Miriam Williams presented the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Kickoff Keynote to the Texas A&M University Central Texas community on September 4, 2019. The QEP is a SACS accreditation requirement to help universities improve student learning outcomes. Miriam's talk discussed her writing experiences with regulatory and environmental agencies and made recommendations for implementing the university's writing-focused QEP. 

    MFA poetry student James Trask has poems forthcoming in the next issue of The Windward Review: "Clash by Moonlight" and "This Night.” James will read at the launch party for the issue, which takes place on September 19 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus. 

    MFA fiction student Sandra Sidi has an essay in the latest issue of The Atlantic: “The Male Gaze on Steriods”: 

    Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson was in Las Vegas from September 6-7 to read from her latest poetry book Pungent dins concentric at Nevada Humanities' Poetry Matters! reading series and to lead a poetry workshop focused on the prose poem form at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center. 

    The personal essay, "Stable," by MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Buss-Hayton was just published in the print edition of the literary magazine Inverted Syntax.

    Aimee Roundtree published “A Qualitative Approach Towards Understanding HIV-Related Stress in Texas” in Texas Medicine; the study based upon quantitative research was written with several colleagues and a Texas State graduate student from the Psychology program on whose thesis committee she served: 

    Naomi Shihab Nye will be selecting and introducing poems for The New York Times Magazine for this year. It's a prestigious position that rotates annually. She started in August 2019 and will be in the position until Aug 2020. 

    MARC graduate Faith Williams has been promoted to Assistant Professor of English at Tulsa (OK) Community College.

  • Department of English 


    August 26, 2019

    James Reeves’ book, Godless Fictions in the Eighteenth Century: A Literary History of Atheism, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press and should be released in 2020. In July, James attended the NEH Summer Seminar on “Religion, Secularism, and the Novel” at the University of Iowa, where he presented research from his book manuscript and revised an article on “Antislavery Literature and the Decline of Hell.” 

    Writers for Hillviews recently interviewed Katie Kapurch about her Beatles research: Katie and Jon Marc Smith recently co-authored "A Fear So Real: Film Noir's Fallen Man in Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town and the David Lynch Oeuvre," published in the journal, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Penn State UP). The article appears in a 2019 special issue focused on Springsteen. 

    Kitty Ledbetter’s essay titled “Periodical Poetry” has been published in the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing. Issue 15.2 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, guest-edited by Kitty Ledbetter, has been published online at The special issue is focused on “Women and Leisure” and includes an introduction to the issue by Kitty and her essay titled “Rinkualism, Punch, and Women on Wheels.” 

    Jon Marc Smith is mentioned in this article from the Austin Chronicle discussing Roky Erickson, Doug Sahm, and the blueprint for punk rock:

    Julie McCormick Weng published Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (Syracuse University Press) with Kathryn Conrad and Coílín Parsons. She also published "A Reconsideration of Joyce's Non-Fiction," a review of Katherine Ebury's and James Alexander Fraser's Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: “Outside his Jurisfiction" in James Joyce Literary Supplement. 

    Steve Wilson new book of poetry, The Reaches, is now open for pre-publication orders at this link: The book is due for release in November. 

    Cyrus Cassell’s poem “More Than Watchmen at Daybreak,” first published in Agni, appeared as the poem of the day on August 23 at Poetry Daily: 

    Department Chair Victoria Smith was interviewed for a Time article on the new movie about Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: 

    In June Leah Schwebel presented ‘“Oon seyde that Omer made lyes’: Chaucer’s Intertextual Poetics” at the biennial London Chaucer Conference.” She also spent time working with manuscripts at the Oxford Bodleian Library and the British Library in London, research supported by an REP grant. 

    In June, Geneva Gano travelled to Shenandoah University in Virginia to deliver a paper at the Willa Cather International Seminar: “UnAmerican Activities: The Sexual Lives of Hired Girls, or, Cather’s Critique of Capitalism.” Following that, she spent a week at the University of Maryland researching Texas author Katherine Anne Porter’s connections to Mexico. She received a Research Enhancement Grant from the University to conduct this research, which will be part of her book project on the influence of the Mexican Revolution on U.S. Modernism. 

    Ben Reed’s panel proposal for the AWP 2020 in San Antonio has been accepted. The title is “Space Is the Place: Literary Spatialities and New Approaches to Placemaking.” He will be joined by Kelli Jo Ford, Angela Palm, Ito Romo, and Texas State MFA alumnus Ali Haider. In July he attended the MLA International Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal, where he read “Genealogy: A Dream Within a Dream,” which is an excerpt from a planned book on littoral spatialities in discourse and experience. Earlier this summer he taught his second writing workshop for veterans through VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability; and moderated a panel at the Writers League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference : “Discovering Your Book's Voice, Tone, and Style,” with Christopher Brown, Mark Dery, and Charlotte Gullick.

    Department of English 


    12 August 2019 

    MFA fiction student Alex Kale's essay, "River Creatures, Minor Characters," has been accepted for publication in Wussy Mag

    A new poem by MFA poetry student Anthony Bradley appears in Honey & Lime #3: the Queer Issue: 

    Texas State’s News Service featured Katie Kapurch’s work recently: 

    Amanda Scott’s essay, "Room with Bright Window," was recently published in Crab Orchard Review. She also recently moderated the panel "Writing the Quiet Moments Between Plot Points" at the Writers' League of Texas's Agents & Editors Conference. 

    The following faculty served on Faculty Senate committees or as Faculty Senate appointees during the 2018-2019 academic year. They not only learned about many facets of the complex institution that is Texas State, but they have also helped promote the English Department’s visibility and interests: Steve Wilson – Academic Freedom Committee; Dan Lochman – Academic Governance Committee; Rebecca Bell-Metereau – Environment & Sustainability Committee, as well as serving as a replacement on the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award Committee and as the Senate’s ex officio member of the university’s Campus Facilities Committee; Amanda Scott – Nontenure-line Faculty Committee; Amanda Meyer – Nontenure-line Faculty Committee; Kitty Ledbetter – University Lecturers Committee; Aimee Roundtree – Performing Arts Committee; Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler – Presidential Award Selection Committee for Scholarly/Creative Activity; Vicki Smith – Honor Code Council. 

    On July 25, Kitty Ledbetter presented "Women of the World" at the meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held in Brighton, UK. After the conference she spent the week in London conducting research at the British Library and the University of Reading. 

    In late July, Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler presented "The Lady and the Icon: Two Miltonic Failures and Why They Failed" at the triennial conference of the International Association of University Professors of English, held at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. 

    English interns in Mr. Dan Price’s English 3312 Internship class presented electronic portfolios of their work on July 31. Works discussed included those from their internships, work from both creative and analytical courses, and films. Braeden Long interned with the Austin Radio Network (104.9 The Horn), writing wrote sports stories and social media pieces and doing radio production work. Sarah Rodriguez interned with the San Antonio Film Festival, assisting in organizing and executing the festival itself as well as reviewing and critiquing films submitted to the festival. Chandler Treon interned for Dr. Rebecca Bell-Mettereau, assisting her in establishing a film concentration within the English major. 

    Jessie Herrada Nance, an alumna of the MA Literature program now employed by Portland State University and Portland Community College, has published “’Civil Wildness’: Colonial Landscapes in Philip Sidney’s New Arcadia” in the Spring 2019 issue of Studies in Philology. Jessie completed her PhD in English at the University of Oregon in 2015. 

    MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Hayton had two creative nonfiction pieces recently accepted for publication in online literary magazines: "Inheritance," in Waxing and Waning; and "Threshold," in Uncomfortable Revolution

    Dan Lochman has received a two-month fellowship to research early modern medical texts at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany in the summer of 2020. The project is titled “Early Modern Cognition and In-spired Energeia: Philosophy, Theology, and Medicine.” The project will provide access to difficult-to-find sources and will contribute to an ongoing book project.

    Department of English


    26 June 2019 

    Cedric Synnestvedt’s short story "Dares" was published in the latest issue of BULL

    MFA fiction student Robert Madole’s translation of the German text Nina and Tom, by author Tom Kummer, was just released by Rare Bird Books. 

    Geneva Gano presented “UnAmerican Activities: The Sexual Lives of Hired Girls, or, Cather’s Critique of Capitalism” at the International Willa Cather Seminar, held at Shenandoah University in mid-June. She then spent a week at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library researching Texas writer Katherine Anne Porter’s writings from Mexico. 

    Recent BA double-major in English and Anthropology Chisom Ogoke (Outstanding Senior in English and Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Liberal Arts) has won an $8,500 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship (the first awarded to a Texas State student) to support her study in the MFA in Creative Writing program. Congratulations to Chisom, and thanks to Graeme Wend-Walker, who mentored her and wrote letters supporting her application. 

    Dr. Terri Leclerq co-authored “Why are books banned in prison? Sex, drugs and a critique of systematic oppression” for Salon: Dr. Leclerq received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Texas State University and is a founder and active member of the Donor and Alumni Advisory Council for the Department of English at Texas State. The council works to create a bond between the English Department’s faculty, students, alumna, and donors. 

    Dan Lochman’s “Pierced with Passion: Brains, Bodies and Worlds in Early Modern Texts” appears in Distributed Cognition in Medieval and Renaissance Culture, ed. Miranda Anderson and Michael Wheeler (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 229-249. This is the second of four volumes of The Edinburgh History of Distributed Cognition, each with chapters on constructions of distributed cognition from classical antiquity to modernism that emerged during a series of workshops in Edinburgh in 2014. 

    Joe Falocco recently performed in a staged reading of Three Times Fast as part of the Winter Park Playhouse's Florida Festival of New Musicals. This work tells the story of a teenage girl struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Falocco played the girl's father, Eddie: 

    Naomi Shihab Nye and Vanessa Couto Johnson will be reading their poetry at The Good Kind (Southtown) in San Antonio on June 30. The event begins at 4:00 p.m., with reading closer to 5:00 p.m. Find more details here:

    Department of English 


    11 June 2019 

    Two poems by MFA poetry student Abigail Kipp, “A queen” and “boys,” appear in down in the dirt. 

    In mid-May, Alyssa Crow (a graduate of the MARC program) successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Utah for a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing. 

    MFA poetry student Nour Al Ghraowi has several recent acceptances: “More Than Numbers,” an essay about her journey to the U.S., will be published in Dame Magazine; the poem “Arranged” will appear in So To Speak Journal; and the poem “This is Hard to Say” will be published in Mizna Journal

    MFA poetry student Anthony Bradley's essay, "My Accent Makes Me Beautiful," has been accepted by The Coachella Review

    Susan Morrison was interviewed by Zak Jason for the May issue of Wired ( The article, "On Pooping in the Dark—No Lights, No Phones, No Distractions," includes a number of Susan’s insights: "[W]e prefer not to confront our shit, and that’s dangerous. The less mindful we are of where what we eat goes, the less we consider our impact on the environment.” 

    "Faking It in Seven Disciplines," an essay by MFA fiction student Kim McFarden, has been published in Belmont Story Review

    MA Literature graduate Jo McIntosh, an Instructor at Concordia University (Austin), has been named holder of the Otto W. and Norma L. Schaefer Endowed Chair in Literature. The award provides assigned time for research and monetary support for inviting scholars to present at Concordia over the next two years. 

    MFA fiction student Gazzmine Wilkins' experimental essay, "Hiram Clarke," will appear in the Texas Observer

    Katie Kapurch’s article, "’Old Town Road’’s Pop Outlaws: Lil Nas X Remixes the Mac-and-Jack Hustle," was published on CultureSonar recently. The research relates to Katie’s NEH-funded project about African Americans' musical conversations with the Beatles: 

    MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez’s short story "Shadows Doth Make Bright" appears in Deep Overstock: 

    Rob Tally will serve as a featured speaker at this year's Symposium of the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science, to be held in Washington, DC this week. The theme of the symposium is "The Geospatial Humanities: Transdisciplinary Opportunities for the GIScience Community.

    Department of English


    20 May 2019


    Naomi Shihab Nye’s essay on her memoires of W.S. Merwin, who passed away in late April, appeared in a recent Texas Observer:


    Susan Morrison’s "Waste in Literature and Culture: Aesthetics, Form, and Ethics” appears in the current issue of EuropeNow – the entire issue is on waste. “Slow Pilgrimage Ecopoetics” was published in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 10.1 (2019): 40-59.


    On May 7th, English interns in Mr. Dan Price’s English 3312 Internship class presented on their semester’s experience. Denisse Torres worked as a paralegal in the Attorney for Students office. Ashley Morris blogged and did other media relations for On Vinyl Media, a music licensing company. Zane Altemus worked in the Governor’s Office dealing with economic development and tourism. Nyeira Leonard did a variety of outreach and marketing activities for Student Support Services; Langston Neuburger worked for the Texas State Writing Center, using his experience in technical communication to redesign their policies and procedures.


    Rob Tally’s "The End-of-the-World as World System" appears in Other Globes: Past and Peripheral Imaginations of Globalization, eds. Simon Ferdinand, Irene Villaescusa-Illán, and Esther Peeren (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).


    For a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Joe Falocco will be playing the Viscount de Valvert, who loses the epic “duel in verse” to Cyrano. This role will give Joe the opportunity to use his "long-dormant skills in rapier combat." He will also have a cameo as a confused Italian Friar later in the show. The Archive Theater boldly creates new translations and adaptations of beloved stories to make them more accessible to contemporary audiences. They develop exquisitely detailed, extensively researched, and historically informed productions that provide visual context and understanding for the stories they tell. They combine powerful storytelling, gorgeous costumes, and live music on period instruments to give their patrons a taste of living in another world at another time. The show will be staged at Austin's Scottish Rite Theater in September.


    MFA poetry student Abigail Kipp has three of my poems in voices of eve.


    Cyrus Cassells’ The Gospel According to Wild Indigo was a finalist for the 2018 Balcones Poetry Prize for an Outstanding Book of the Year.


    MFA fiction student Clayton Bradshaw’s short story, "How to Grieve for Hyacinths," appears in the latest issue of Collateral Journal.

  • Department of English


    14 January 2019


    MARC graduate Casie Moreland recently completed her PhD at Arizona State University.  She was featured in a story published by ASU Now:

    Flore Chevaillier's "Experiment with Textual Materiality: Page, Author, and Medium in the Works of Steve Tomasula, Michael Martone, and Eduardo Kac" appears in the Winter 2018 issue of College Literature

    Katie Kapurch has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research African Americans' musical conversations with the Beatles.

    Steve Wilson’s poem “The Aardwolf” appears in the new poetry anthology Enchantment of the Ordinary, out this month from Mutabilis Press.

    Congratulations to the following Senior Lecturers / Lecturers, whom the Faculty Senate has approved for Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Releases: Graeme Mullen, Amanda North, Danny Peters, and Sean Rose.

    In December, Susan Morrison gave a talk entitled “Slow Ecopoetics: A Pilgrimage through Waste” at the Rice University symposium, “Waste: Histories and Futures.” She also taught 12th graders at Austin’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy about Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale” and fecopoetics.

    Nancy Wilson received thanks for her ongoing service to General Education Council from Assistant Vice President for Academic Services Mary Ellen Cavitt, who writes, “Thank you for all you have done to ensure that course audits and holistic assessments of components and competencies were completed” during calendar year 2018. Your work as a member of the GEC is precisely the type of institutional service that supports the interests of our undergraduate students, your faculty colleagues, and the administration.” 

    Vicki Smith also received thanks from Dr. Cavitt for her service as Vice Chair of the Honor Code Council. In this position, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services Cavitt writes, Dr. Smith “assumed many additional responsibilities and put forth countless hours to ensure a fair and valuable academic environment be provided to all faculty and students.”

    The Honors College offered thanks to the following faculty who supported students completing contract work in English courses for Honors credit: Laura Ellis-Lai, Eric Leake, Chad Hammett, Kate McClancy, and Chris Margrave (2 students). The College also thanked the following faculty for supervising Honors theses: John Blair, Rene LeBlanc, Teya Rosenberg, Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Rob Tally, and Anne Winchell; and for serving as second readers on Honors theses: Stephanie Noll and Cecily Parks.

    Logan Fry has been chosen as the winner of Omnidawn's 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize for 2018, judged by Srikanth Reddy. Omnidawn will be publishing his book, Harpo Before the Opus, in the fall of 2019.

    Ross Feeler won the Key West Literary Seminar's 2019 Marianne Russo Award for a novel-in-progress. 

  • Department of English


    5 December 2018


    "Hail to the Krueg," a short story by Cedric Synnestvedt, MFA fiction graduate and current department Lecturer, will be in the January issue of Jabberwock Review.

    MARC graduate Alexis McGee recently received her PhD from the University of Texas-San Antonio and has been hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.

    Dan Lochman’s “’[T]he fault of the man and not the poet’: Sidney’s Troubled Double Vision of Thomas More’s Utopia” was published in Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, 41.3 (Summer 2018), 93-115. It’s a special issue of the University of Toronto-based journal, titled “Utopia for 500 Years,” with papers from a September 2016 conference of the same name at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

    Rob Tally’s new book, Topophrenia: Place, Narrative, and the Spatial Imagination, has just been published by Indiana University Press:

    MARC student Sarah Percy will present her research project, “Generation Z: Practicing Classical Pedagogy and Digital Rhetoric in Composition Classrooms,” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 20-23, 2019.

    On November 28th, Texas State senior English major Chisom Ogoke was a guest in Graeme Wend-Walker's Mythology class, where she discussed mythopoeia and how she is using it to produce a magical realist account of the principles underlying Darwinian evolution.

    MARC graduate Casie Moreland recently received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and has been hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University.

    Three poems by MFA poetry student Emily Ellison appear in the latest issue of Foothill Literary Journal.

    MARC graduate Justin Whitney recently received his PhD from the University of Utah and has been hired as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Delhi.

    Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" in Fall 2018.

    Department of English


    November 26, 2018


    MFA fiction graduate and Lecturer Ross Feeler’s short story, "The Noise of Departure," appears in the current issue of the Potomac Review: (

    Stacey Swann, MFA graduate in fiction, has sold her novel to Random House.

    MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez’s short story “Party of Eight” was published recently in the digital literary magazine Hypnopomp:

    “Senior Lecturer and MFA fiction graduate William Jensen attended the Western Literature Association Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, this October. Mr. Jensen read from a creative work in progress currently titled Badlands.”

    MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Meg Griffitts’ poem "How to Tell You're The Right Kind of (                )" has been accepted for publication by fields and will be featured in the upcoming fall/winter issue.

    MATC graduate and Senior Lecturer Amanda Scott’s essay, "Project/Object," has been accepted for publication in phoebe.

    "A Daughter Goes to Work," a poem by MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Katherine Stingley, was named a finalist for the Francine Ringold Award for New Writers, sponsored by Nimrod International Journal; a second poem, "Seven Husbands," was named a semifinalist for the same award.

    Steve Wilson and MFA poetry graduate Prudence Arceneaux read from their recent collections at Malvern Books on November 18. Steve’s poem “After All” will appear in Awake in the World, a collection of texts about the natural world that will be published next spring.

    Alan Schaefer, co-editor of The Journal of Texas Music History, announced that the 2018 issue is now in print and available for free from the Center for Texas Music History in Brazos Hall.

    Leah Schwebel’s “Triumphing over Dante in Petrarch’s Trionfi” appears in volume 39 of the 2018 issue of Mediaevalia.

    On November 3, Dan Lochman presented the paper “Who knows … Colin Clout? Experiences of Remembering (and Forgetting) in Spenser’s Writing” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Albuquerque, NM. He serves on the organization’s Executive Council, which has begun preparations for the 50th Sixteenth Century Studies Conference by returning next fall to its original site, St. Louis.

    Rob Tally contributed five entries to the Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory: “Episteme,” “Jameson, Fredric” “Negation,” “Oedipus Complex,” and “Overdetermination.”


    MATC student Megahlee Das presented "How can Technical Communication Programs Prepare Students to Work in International Environments?" at Texas State University's 10th Annual International Research Conference on November 14th. She is scheduled to present "From Apu to Alex Parrish: Pop Culture and Perception of Outsourcing and Collaboration in the Technical Communication Industry" at the 40th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2019.

    Department of English


    25 October 2018


    Kate McClancy’s “The Wasteland of the Real: Nostalgia and Simulacra in Fallout” came out in the September issue of Game Studies, and she presented “Fighting a Lonely War: Frank Castle and the Domestication of Vietnam” at the meeting of the Popular Culture Association of the South.

    Marilynn Olson presented “Billy Whiskers Bashes His Way into History: JFK’s Favorite Childhood Series Defined America for Millions” at the University of Michigan in late September.

    Susan Morrison presented a paper entitled “Countering Misecogyny and Ecocatastrophe in Hawthorne: The Paradigm of Viriditas and Grace” at the 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE) in Würzburg, Germany (September 2018). Susan also published "Walking as Memorial Ritual: Pilgrimage to the Past" as the Featured Article for the M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture special issue on walking:

    Two MA Literature graduates and current Lecturers presented at the Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts on October 18-20 at the Sam Houston State University Woodlands Campus: Shannon Shaw presented "Aileen Wuornos: The Monster Man Created"; and Whitney May presented "Pennywise and Pound Foolish: Scary Clowns and the Monstrous Marketplace."

    Octavio Pimentel’s article "Counter Stories: Brotherhood in a Latinx Fraternity" has been published in the Fall 2018 issue of Open Words: Access and English Studies:

    Current MFA fiction student Mary-Pat Hayton, has a personal essay as a finalist in “pen 2 paper – a disability-focused creative writing contest”: This is a “judged by readers” contest, and readers (including us!) can read and vote.

    On October 12th, Texas State senior English major Chisom Ogoke presented "Sekoia and the Books of the Galápagos: Storytelling Biological Anthropology through Magical Realism" at the "Faulkner and García Márquez" conference, sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.

    MFA poetry graduate Dorothy Lawrenson's poem "Viewmaster" will be included in the anthology A Year of Scottish Poems: One Poem to Read Each Day, to be published by Macmillan Children's Books in December 2018.

    2018 MFA fiction graduate Emily Beyda has sold her first novel to Doubleday.

    Department of English


    8 October 2018


    In the Acknowledgments section of his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again, recent holder of the Endowed Chair in Creative Writing Ben Fountain writes, “I’m tremendously grateful to the faculty and students in the writing program at Texas State University.” In a book that will be widely reviewed — NPR interviewed recently him — and widely read, the program and school are also recognized on the book jacket.

    MATC graduate and Senior Lecturer Amanda Scott’s essay "Room with Bright Window" will be published in Crab Orchard Review this fall. Her article, “Cultivating Activist-Based Pedagogy in the Age of Generation Z,” will appear in Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State (an anthology edited by Miriam Williams and Octavio Pimentel) later this fall; she’ll present the article at the Decolonizing Conference to be sponsored by the University of Toronto’s Center for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies this November.

    The Department of English was well represented at the College of Liberal Arts’ Innovation Day, which was held across campus on Monday, September 24. The current NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Dr. Robert T. Tally, offered students a glimpse into his research on the relationships among space, narrative and representation during the panel titled, “Space and Place Matter.” The “New Perspectives on Race and Gender” panel included three representatives from the English Department. Dr. Katie Kapurch discussed her ongoing research on girl groups and girl culture influences on the Beatles. Dr. Geneva M. Gano shared research on Chicana author Sandra Cisneros’ relationship to San Antonio and Texas and discussed her Spring 2019 course that will offer students the opportunity to undertake directed student research in the Wittliff Archives at Alkek Library. Dr. Samuel Saldívar III presented his research on race and comics, with a special focus on Django Zorro. Lead organizer for the CLA’s Innovation Day was Dr. Aimee Roundtree, Professor in the English Department and Associate Dean for Research and Promotion in the College of Liberal Arts.

    Jennifer duBois will participate in the “Literary Death Match” in Odessa, TX on October 12, and will be giving a presentation on Writing from Imagination through the Writers' League of Texas’ “Texas Writes” program in Olton, TX on the 13th. Jennifer’s short story "Racing the Train" was accepted for publication by Shenandoah, and her third novel The Spectators will be published by Random House this April.

    At an awards ceremony on October 17, Foundations of Excellence will recognize Assistant Professor Cecily Parks as one of ten Texas State University faculty and staff members who make a significant impact in both the lives of the general student population and on the university community.

    On Oct. 3, Whitney May, Shannon Shaw, Meg Griffitts, Amanda Scott, and Ali Salzmann led a Philosophy Dialogue Series talk on “Changing the Language of Sex: Disrupting Silos of Sexuality and Re-Envisioning Dialectics of Pleasure.” Their objective with this project is to re-conceptualize how we understand sexual identity, orientation, and behavior rhetorically, so that we may begin to disrupt traditional notions of sexuality in both private and social contexts, and to cultivate healthier, responsible, and inclusive perspectives that embrace progressive notions of selfhood, sexuality, and social justice/wellbeing. This was the leaders’ first discussion and introduction to their hypothesis, which they plan to test in a future research project.

    Katie Kapurch’s “'Come on to Me' is Paul McCartney's Guide to #MeToo-era Flirting” appeared in a recent issue of Pop Matters:

    On October 5, Cyrus Cassells read at UT-San Antonio as part of the UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series. He’ll also read at the Texas Book Festival in Austin on October 28.

    Department of English


    September 24, 2018


    Meg Griffitts has had three poems accepted by pioneertown.

    Octavio Pimentel has been named to the editorial board of Technical Communication Quarterly.

    MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Sean Rachel Mardell will present “Systemic Colonization and the Criminal Caste in Orange is the New Black” at the South Central MLA meeting, to be held in San Antonio next month.

    Autumn Hayes, MFA poetry graduate and Senior Lecturer, has a poem, "On Them," in the latest issue of Storm Cellar; as well as an article, "The E-Racing of Meghan Markle," in The Washington Spectator. Her workshop, "Using H5P Tools to Foster Higher-Order Thinking," has also been accepted for the second annual H5P Conference in Melbourne, Australia, which will take place this December.

    On September 14th and 15th, MA Literature graduate and Lecturer Shannon Shaw participated in the intensive interdisciplinary research start-up program, CoSearch, organized by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Out of 22 research pitches, Shannon's proposal, "Changing the Language of Sex," was one of five finalists selected by vote to present at the Texas State Performing Arts Center. She is currently collaborating with colleagues Amanda Scott, Meg Griffitts, Whitney May, and Ali Saltzman to develop the project.

    Anthony Bradley, current MFA poetry student, has a poem in the fall issue of Prairie Schooner.

    MFA fiction student Ryan Lopez will present "Escaping Our Shared Illusions: A Style Analysis of 'Jon' by George Saunders" at "Reflections in the Funhouse Mirror,” a visual culture conference for graduate students, to be hosted by The Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University in late October.

    Espacialidade, a Portuguese translation of Rob Tally’s 2013 book Spatiality, has just been published. Rob also has a busy speaking schedule over the coming weeks. Along with colleagues Katie Kapurch and Geneva Gano, he will take part in the College of Liberal Arts' "Innovation Day" (organized by Aimee Roundtree) on September 24, 2018. He will serve as keynote speaker of the "Jornada Internacional de Estudos sobre o Espaço Literário" (International Study Days on Literary Space) conference in Viseu, Portugal, September 26, 2018; his speech, "Mapping Literature," was video-recorded for presentation at the event, and he’ll conduct a Q&A session over Skype. Rob will present "The Spatial Turn in Literary Criticism," at the Southeast Modern Language Association (SCMLA) conference in San Antonio, October 11-13, 2018; "Monstrous Accumulation: Topographies of Fear in the Age of Globalization," at the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts (SCLA) conference in The Woodlands, Texas, October 19, 2018; and "Charybdis: Migration, the Mediterranean, and the World We Live In," at the Ninth Biennial Race, Place, and Ethnicity conference in Austin, Texas, October 24, 2018. Rob will serve as keynote speaker for the Central Texas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French's meeting in San Marcos, Texas, October 27, 2018, discussing "What is Geocriticism?" He will also be keynote speaker for the Symposium on the Geographic Approach to Language, Literature, and Culture, sponsored by the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China, on November 3, 2018. His address, "Geocriticism: Literary Studies after the Spatial Turn," has been video-recorded for presentation at the event. He will also present "Homo Cartographicus," at the World Humanities Forum in Busan, Korea, on October 31, 2018.

    Department of English


    September 18, 2018


    Graduate students and faculty are invited to “Coffee Night/Drop in” sessions this semester, in Flowers Hall 361. There will be coffee, tea, and snacks. Drop-ins will take place on the following dates: Wednesday Oct 10, 5:00-6:30; Tuesday November 13, 5-6:30; and Monday December 3, 5-6:30.

    Kate McClancy presented "The Gender Game: Cold War Nostalgia and Women Spies” at the inaugural meeting of the Comics Studies Society, held at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana this past August.

    A feature article on Naomi Shihab Nye was published by the University News Service:

    Debra Monroe has signed a contract with textbook publisher Kendall Hunt to edit a teaching anthology tentatively titled Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. It will include her introductory essay on history as well as theory and craft. The book is slated for release in early 2020.

    In July, Teya Rosenberg presented “‘Not in your time, indeed not in my time’: Educational Intent, Cultural Identity, and Global Influences in the Newfoundland Jack Picture Books” at the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research in Wellington, New Zealand; and more recently, she spoke at the September meeting of PFLAG San Marcos about LGBTQ representations and issues in children’s and young adult literature.

    On September 11, Susan Morrison taught a graduate seminar for Rice University, via Skype, on the topic of “Waste.”

    Whitney May’s “Through the Cheval-Glass: The Doppelgänger and Temporal Modernist Terror in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has been published in the summer issue of Supernatural Studies.

    Department of English


    August 27, 2018


    In July, Flore Chevaillier presented “Hemingway, Death, and Intertextuality in Carole Maso’s AVA” at the XVIII International Hemingway Conference: “Hemingway in Paris.”

    Malvern Books (Austin) will host a Texas State Faculty reading with Debra Monroe, Naomi Shihab Nye and Cyrus Cassells on Sunday, September 23, at 1PM.

    Amanda Scott was named the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year for University Seminar. In addition to a plaque, she receives a $1,000 stipend. This year makes the second in a row that an English faculty member has received the award.

    Susan Morrison’s "Grendel’s Mother in Fascist Italy: Beowulf in a Catholic Youth Publication" appeared in International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA) 20.1 (2018).

    Steve Wilson’s latest collection of poetry, Lose to Find, was published this July. His poetry also appears in Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine and Spirits Poetry, as well as in a limited-edition letterpress broadside published by Small Fires Press (New Orleans). On August 21, he joined MFA poetry graduate and Lecturer Vanessa Couto Johnson and MFA poetry graduate and ACC faculty member Prudence Arceneaux on KZSM radio for a poetry reading and discussion.

    Jennifer duBois has been awarded a Civitella Ranieri Writing Fellowship in the summer of 2020.

    Miriam Williams’ article, “Technologies of Disenfranchisement: Literacy Tests and Black Voters in the U.S. from 1890-1965" (with Natasha Jones of the University of Central Florida) will be published in the Society of Technical Communication’s Journal, Technical Communication, in the fall 2018 Special Issue on Election Technologies. Her essay, “#BlackLivesMatter: Tweeting a Movement in Chronos and Kairos,” is included in Octavio Pimentel and Cruz Medina’s edited collection, which was recently published by Computers & Composition Digital Press.

    This fall, Trey Moody (MFA Poetry graduate, 2009; Lecturer, 2014-15) begins teaching as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at Creighton University in Omaha, where he has been teaching for the past two years as a Resident Assistant Professor of English. He will continue teaching undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses in Creighton's MFA program in creative writing.

    Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson read at Malvern Books' "Chap[book]s and Broad[side]s" event on August 17:

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    August 13, 2018


    Cecily Parks' essay, "On Rewilding," appears in the latest issue of Boston Review:

    Small Fires Press (New Orleans) published a limited-edition broadside of Steve Wilson’s poem “Moksha” in July. His poetry appears in the new anthology, Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry, as well as in the 2019 Texas Poetry Calendar. His latest collection, Lose to Find, was published this summer.

    Susan Morrison has been invited to participate in an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The seminar is entitled “Close Encounters of the Fecal Kind” (August 23 & 24).

    The special issue of Feminist Media Histories on comics that Kate McClancy guest-edited has come out, and includes an introduction from her as well as her article “Desperate Housewives: Murdering Gendered Nostalgia in Lady Killer.”

    Leah Schwebel’s “The Pagan Suicides: Augustine and Inferno 13” appears in the latest issue of Medium Aevum.

    Kathryn Ledbetter's article, “The Life and Death of the Cuckoo” appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. She also presented a paper titled “Edmund Yates and ‘What the World Says’: ‘Garnering the On Dits of the Day’” at the international conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held in Victoria, British Columbia in July.

    Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, a collection of essays edited by Octavio Pimentel and Cruz Medina, was published in July by Computers & Composition Digital Press.

    December 2010 graduate Christian Wallace’s profile of Myrtis Dightman, “The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo,” was the cover story of the July issue of Texas Monthly. It’s his first cover for the magazine and has been picked up by Longform and Longreads.

    Dr. Prosper Begedou, who teaches at the University of Lome (Togo) and recently spent a year in the Department as a Fulbright Scholar working with Elvin Holt and Steve Wilson, wrote to express his university’s gratitude for a second shipment of books collected by several groups in the English Department: “Through this email, I would like to express, once again my gratitude for the second batch of books donated to the University of Lome. Today, the Director of the main library of the university (Dr. Komla M. Avono) received the books. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to Texas State University, the English Department and Sigma Tau Delta for their generosity. The University of Lome would love to see, one day, a faculty member from Texas State University here for some days to share their expertise with us. The students from the University of Lome, and especially those of the English Department, will take advantage of these books and their knowledge of American and British literature will be enhanced.

    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.


    Department of English

    May, 2018 #2


    Please send future Miscellany items to your new/former Associate Chair, Steve Wilson, Thank you!

    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)
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    Department of English

    May, 2018


    Assistant Professor Geneva Gano has been named the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies for 2018-2021. Liberal Arts Council noted that the proposal will make significant contributions to the work of the Center for the Study of the Southwest and will bring prestige and visibility to the Center. Dr. Gano will continue to teach courses in English but will devote part of her time to activities related to the Center and her research.

    Retired Professor Priscilla Leder has a new hobby as a radio personality. She has started a two-hour show titled Bookmarked on the San Marcos community radio station from 4-6 on Tuesdays. The station is only on-line now but eventually will be on the air. Priscilla co-hosts with Deborah Carter of the San Marcos Public Library, and their show includes reviews, interviews, and of course local news of interest to readers. Graeme Wend-Walker recently joined the show for a discussion about young adult literature. You can check out their Facebook page to learn more about the show.

    Professor Robert T. Tally, Jr. will be a keynote speaker at an event called “Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence,” sponsored by the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council, to be held May 10-12 in Bloomington, Indiana. His talk is titled “Kurt Vonnegut, American: Granfalloonery and National Identity.” In other news, Rob’s essay "The Space of the Novel" appears in The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, edited Eric Bulson (Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 152–167).

    Senior Lecturer Alan Schaefer presented a paper entitled “Draining Her Desire: Jess Franco's Las Vampiras” at the Pop Culture Association National Conference in Indianapolis last month as part of the Vampire in Literature, Film, and Culture subject area.

    Senior Lecturer Tomás Morin has accepted a position at Drew University as an Advanced Assistant Professor of Poetry and will be the Co-Director of the Creative Writing Emphasis. The LA Review of Books recently reviewed his book Patient Zero!

    Humanities Texas has awarded $1,000 to the Children’s Literature Association for their annual meeting to be held at the Sheraton Gunter in San Antonio on June 28-30. Congratulations to the conference chair, Professor Marilynn Olson.

    Lecturer Ben Reed’s paper “Technologies of Instant Amnesia” will be republished as a chapter in vol. 256 of Layman Poupard's Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence Trudeau, which will focus on the short fiction of Kurt Vonnegut. Ben recently presented a paper on Breakfast of Champions at the annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh. While there, Ben read an original short story titled “Angle & Distance,” which was inspired by the work of the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and informed by that author’s visit to Texas State in October 2013. Finally, earlier this semester, Ben designed and led a six-week writing workshop for veterans facilitated through VSA, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, and funded by DVNF, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. He looks forward to doing so again later this year.

    Professor Pinfan Zhu presented his paper, “Well-Received Rhetorical Strategies as Demonstrated in the Speeches and Reports by Chinese Leaders” at the Annual International Conference of the International Organization of Social Science and Research on March 20. He was also recently invited to be on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Media and Communication Studies and currently serves as a member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Hunan University, China.

    The online journal Two Hawks Quarterly features a poem by Professor Steve Wilson, “Violently Sundered.”

    MATC alumna Dr. Lonie McMichael recently founded Technodaptability, a company that trains clients to adapt to new technologies. On May 16th, Lonie will host a Society of Technical Communication (STC) webinar titled “What is Technological Adaptability?” The webinar is free to STC members at ( Her book, Technological Adaptability: Learning Technology Quickly, is forthcoming.

    MATC alumna Amber Rigney accepted a position as Chief Publishing Officer at Paxen Publishing in Melbourne, Florida. Amber provides strategic direction and leadership of Paxen Publishing's library as well as the newly acquired Steck-Vaughn adult education library and SkillsTutor. She also manages content development of print and digital adult education products.

    Lecturer Kamron Mehrinfar has been nominated as an Alpha Chi Favorite Professor for 2018.

    Assistant Professor Cecily Parks’s poem “Girlhood” appears in the April 30 issue of The New Yorker, In other news, Professor Parks has been named one of the Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for 2018.

    Susan Morrison won Sigma Tau Delta’s Outstanding Professor Award, 2017-2018. Additionally, the book she edited of her mother’s diaries, Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America, has just been released as a paperback by Chicago Review Press.

    Professor Robert Tally’s essay “The Space of the Novel” appears in The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, edited Eric Bulson (Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 152–167.

    William Jensen’s story “All Ye Faithful” has been accepted for publication in Manzano Mountain Review.

    MATC student Sarah Holdgrafer was recently promoted to Manager of the Self-Service & Content Team at ShipStation in Austin, Texas. Sarah and her team are responsible for all user-facing help documentation and internal support training.

    Lecturer Autumn Hayes’s poem “On Them” has been accepted for publication in the summer issue of Storm Cellar, and her essay, “Black Panther’s Courageous Take On Basic Truths,” is now available in the April edition of The Washington Spectator.

    MATC alumna Brooke Turner was recently recognized by Austin Woman magazine as a 2018 Woman's Way Business Awards Finalist for Product Innovation. She is co-founder and CMO of Kwaddle, an Austin-based company described as “an online platform that provides access to high quality, out-of-school education and enrichment programs to help children thrive and reach their fullest potential.”

    Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff was awarded a writing residency through the Vermont Studio Center. Four of his poems – “The Story,” “Capablanca & My Father,” “Water & Glycol,” and “22° Halo,” are forthcoming in the September issue of Softblow.

    Emeritus Professor Miles Wilson will be reading from his latest book, Westwork: New and Selected Stories of the American West, at BookPeople in Austin on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. and at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m.

    Professor Cyrus Cassells was Chair of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry this year. He and his co-jurors David Baker (who served on this year's Pulitzer jury) and Monica Youn (who also served as the chair of the National Book Award in Poetry) read close to a hundred books. In a ceremony at USC on Friday, Cyrus presented the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry to Patricia Smith and wrote the citation for her book Incendiary Art: “In her most powerful, impassioned, and masterly book to date, Patricia Smith bears witness to the harrowing legacy of Emmett Till and to ongoing crises of chronic bigotry and brutality with unerring craft and crusading urgency. The intrepid, at-the-ready poems of Incendiary Art address African American forbearance and sorrow with a phoenix-like prowess and grace, reaffirming Patricia Smith’s stature as one of America’s most indispensable poets.” Patricia’s book was also named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize last Monday and has also won the NAACP award and the Kingsley Tufts Award.

    In other news for Professor Cassells, his manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas will be published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in a bi-lingual Catalan/English edition in the spring of 2019

    As Discipline Representative for Rhetoric, Professor Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler organized four panels for the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans. She was also part of the RSA Executive Council and delivered a paper titled “The Politics of Invention: Milton's Turn to Logic.” In April, Elizabeth presented a paper at the annual South Central Renaissance Conference in Atlanta, “Revision as Invention: Ramus, Milton, and ‘A Masque.’”

    Senior Lecturer Chris Margrave will be presenting his paper “Time is a Necessary Illusion: Climate Change, Abstract Minimalism, and Buddhist Perspectives of Impermanence” at the Temporal Belongings Conference taking place this June in Edinburgh, Scotland.


    MiscellanyDepartment of EnglishApril, 2018


    English Department Awards Day will be on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 pm. A reception will follow. This is an opportunity to celebrate our department. Students, donors, retirees, alumni, and faculty will be there. DON’T MISS IT!


    Associate Professor Graeme Wend-Walker’s short story “Dirkwood Dane Stays Ahead of the Game” appears in the current issue of Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror.

    Professor Aimee Kendall Roundtree’s article “Dialogic of Social Media in Healthcare Settings: Text Mining the Rules, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Health Organizations and the Public” appears in the current issue of the American Communication Journal.

    Assistant Professor Kate McClancy presented her paper “Desperate Housewives: Murdering Gendered Nostalgia in Lady Killer” at SCMS in Toronto, and at the Comics Arts Conference at WonderCon she participated on a round table on “What Is a Superhero?” and moderated a spotlight panel featuring John Jennings on race and horror in comics.

    On March 13, Associate Professor Scott Mogull chaired the session “Critical Discourse Analysis of Technical Communications in Capitalist Medicine” at the 21st annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing in Kansas City, KS. Other panel participants were Dr. Susan Popham of Indiana University Southeast, Dr. Ron Lunsford of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Dr. Christopher Lunsford (M.D.) of University of Virginia. The participants presented research on health care communications in industry.

    Professor Kathleen Peirce’s latest book, Vault, is a finalist for the Four Quartets Prize from The Poetry Society of America and the T. S. Eliot Foundation. The winner will be announced in New York on April 14th. Here’s a link to the press release:

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus Miles Wilson’s fourth book, Woodswork: New and Selected Stories of the American West, is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

    Lecturer Ray Stockstad has been accepted to Baylor University's Ph.D. program for Literature. He will be studying British Literature (medieval). He has also been appointed a Teacher of Record.

    Senior Lecturer Flore Chevaillier received an Alkek Library Research Grant to purchase books for her research/creative work. Volumes include works of experimental literature, affirmative politics, as well as literary theory on innovative modes of writing.

    Flore has also been invited to participate in the 2018 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute on May 21-25, hosted by the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. The facilitators will be guest scholars and Texas State faculty with expertise in multicultural curriculum transformation. They will share ideas for implementing multicultural content and multicultural perspectives related to multicultural content, teaching strategies, classroom dynamics, and assessment. There will be many opportunities for networking.

    Flore is also hosting Fulbright Scholar, Guojing Yang, from China on our campus April 3-5. He is currently working on a research project on postmodern poetics at the Department of English, UC Berkeley. He will make a presentation in Flore’s class on April 5 on W. H. Auden that you are welcome to attend. She would also like to invite you to join them for dinner on Tuesday April 3 in San Marcos. If you are interested please email Flore for more information. Guojing Yang will be at Colson Whitehead’s reading on April 4. If you see him there or in Flowers Hall, feel free to stop by and chat.

    Professors Mark Busby, Paul Cohen, and Nancy Grayson from the Department of English have all been approved to be designated as Distinguished Professor Emeriti and will be recognized at the annual fall convocation on August 24.

    On March 8 Mark Busby moderated a discussion in the Wittliff Galleries of “THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD.” The authors are PEN USA-winning authors Steve Davis (the Wittliff’s literary curator, B.A. and M.A. in English from Texas State) and Bill Minutaglio. About the book: This rollicking, real-life account follows the misadventures of Dr. Timothy Leary, the ex-Harvard professor and famed LSD guru, who broke out of a California prison in 1970 with the help of the radical Weather Underground and fled to Algeria to seek refuge with the Black Panthers. Leary’s high-profile escape led an increasingly obsessed President Nixon on a careening global manhunt during the Watergate years.

    Senior Lecturer William Jensen’s story “Witness to Everything” will appear in the next issue of Tinge Magazine.

    Three poems by Assistant Professor Cecily Parks appear in Conjunctions Online:

    English Department nominees for Presidential Awards in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service have been selected to be Liberal Arts candidates for the award. Congratulations to Geneva Gano (Teaching), John Blair (Scholarship), Katie Kapurch (Scholarship), Deb Balzhiser (Service), and Keri Fitzgerald (Service).

    This month the Southern Illinois University Press will publish The Gospel According to Wild Indigo, the latest poetry book from Professor Cyrus Cassells. He will be hosting a reading at the Wittliff Gallery on Tuesday, April 17th, at 5:00 pm to celebrate the launch of his new book.

    Professor Susan Morrison was selected as February professor of the month by SLAC (Student Learning Assistance Center). Susan has also been invited to participate as a visiting scholar on a periodic basis at Rice University (2018-20) as a member of “Waste: Histories and Futures,” an Interdisciplinary Seminar.

    In May, Lecturer Ryan Lopez will present an excerpt from his fiction at a graduate student research conference at the University of British Columbia, In the Shadows: Illuminating Monstrosity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture. His piece is called Borderlands.

    Texas State was well represented at the 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in March in Orlando, Florida. Presenters included Andrew Barton (“At the Threshold: Spatial Liminality in The Lord of the Rings”), Caroline Kidd (“Odysseus is a Nobody: Modern Epic Retelling in Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book”), Levi Herrera (“‘Totems of a Discarnate History’: Disruptions of Liminal Space in B. Catling’s The Vorrh”), Suparno Banerjee (“Non-conquering Explorers: Space Travel in Indian Science Fiction”), and Graeme Wend-Walker (“‘The World is So Much Worse Than I Ever Imagined’: Shame, Surprise, and Awakening to Privilege in The Black Witch”).

    Lecturer Rachel Gray’s story “All Women” appeared in the Hobart Literary Journal in March.

    Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s essay, “Cleaning House: Poetry and Revision” is forthcoming in Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets, published by Black Lawrence Press.

    Associate Professor Deb Balzhiser and Lecturer Amanda Scott from the English Department, and Assistant Professor of Curriculum Instruction Charise Pimentel, recently presented a panel titled “Matters of Form: Questions of Race, Identity, Design, and the U.S. Census” at the annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference in Kansas City, Kansas.

    “Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice,” an exhibit by recent MFA graduate Sarah Rafael Garcia, is currently on view in Brazos Hall. A closing reception will be held on April 10.

    Professor Kathryn Ledbetter was awarded an Alkek Library Online Resource Grant in the amount of $20,000 for Part IV of the Gale/Cengage British Library Newspapers digital database. After the award was announced, Gale offered the library a special price to allow them to purchase all five parts of the database, as well as other digital resources. Kitty also won a Curran Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 from the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals to support research for her project, “Edmund Yates, Gossip, and Personal Journalism.” In other news, Ledbetter’s chapter titled “Text and Media Replication during the US-Mexican War, 1846-1848,” will appear in a book published this month by Edinburgh University Press, Replication in the Long Nineteenth-Century: Re-makings and Reproductions, edited by Linda K Hughes and Julie Codell (


    MiscellanyDepartment of EnglishMarch, 2018



    Associate Professor Graeme Wend-Walker’s article “‘Thinking Eases the Pain’: Lois Lowry’s Son and the Giver Quartet’s Resistance to Secular Puritanism” appears in the current issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

    Assistant Professor Kate McClancy’s article “Winter Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots: World War II and the Cold War in Captain America” just came out in ImageTexT. She is also organizing the Comics Arts Conference spring meeting, where she will be featuring a panel from four Texas State grad students and recent grads: Andrew Barton, Michael Gonzales, Sean Mardell, and Lillian Martinez.

    Professor Mark Busby’s novel Fort Benning Blues was featured on the Huffington Post in an article titled “24 Books That Will Help You Understand America” by Claire Fallon. Also featured were William Faulkner’s Light in August, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Annie Proulx’s Close Range, and Philipp Meyer’s American Rust in this “literary road trip through the nation’s heartland.”

    Former lecturer and MFA graduate Ram Hinojosa’s short story “Day is Done” will be published in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Salamander magazine.

    Teaching Assistant Sean Rachel Mardell is presenting a paper, “The Liminality and Whiteness of Frank Castle in The Punisher (2014)” at the Comic Arts Conference held at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA on March 23rd.

    Professor Robert T. Tally’s essay, “In the Deserts of Cartography: Building, Mapping, Dwelling” appears in The Map and the Territory: Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought, and Reality, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri and Francisco Antonio Doria (Springer, 2018).

    Professor Steve Wilson’s latest book of poetry, Lose to Find, is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line press,



    On Thursday, March 1 at 7 pm, MFA alum Michael Noll will be launching his fantastic new book, The Writer’s Field Guide, and discussing the project with Bret Anthony Johnston at BookPeople in Austin. As BookPeople puts it, the book, “offers a refreshing approach to the craft of fiction writing. It takes a single page from forty contemporary novels and short stories, identifies techniques used by the writers, and presents approachable exercises and prompts that allow anyone to put those techniques to immediate use in their own work. Encompassing everything from micro (how to “write pretty”) to macro (how to “move through time space”), and even how to put all together on page one, this is a field guide for anyone who wants to start writing now.” Noll will sign copies after the discussion. BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703.

    Assistant Professor Katie Kapurch is the faculty sponsor for a multimedia talk from Dr. Walter Everett (Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan) titled “High Art Born of Deep Crisis: The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever.” The event is sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Literary Series, College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts and Communication, the Department of English, the Department of History, the School of Music, and the Center for Texas Music History.

    The English Department Graduate Office will hold a coffee and snacks drop-in for graduate students and faculty from 5-6:30 pm on Wednesday March 7 and Thursday March 24.

    Fulbright Scholar Dr. Geetanjali Joshi (India) will present “Allen Ginsberg and Hinduism” on March 26 from 3:30-4:50 at the Alkek Teaching Theater. Dr. Joshi is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Portland State University. To reserve a seat, please contact Steve Wilson at Space is limited. RSVP by March 24. This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF)). OLF enables Visiting Scholars to share their research interests, speak about their home country, and exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community organizations. Through these lectures, universities forge relationships with the Fulbright Scholar Program, Visiting Scholars, and the Visiting Scholar’s home and host institutions. Other activities for Dr. Joshi will include presentations on the Beats and Hinduism in Professor Steve Wilson’s undergraduate class on Women and the Beat Generation and on Allen Ginsberg and Hinduism for Drs. John Blair and Kate McClancy’s “Masterpieces of American Literature to 1865” classes.

    Miscellany Department of EnglishFebruary, 2018 #2



    Professor Mark Busby’s article, “The Slave Narrative from Frederick Douglass to William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner to Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation,” appears in the Texas College English Association’s 2017 Scholarship and Creativity Journal. Mark also attended the Texas/Southwest Popular Culture Association meeting in Albuquerque, NM, February 8-11 and read new poems and poems from his 2017 book Through Our Years.

    Professor Robert T. Tally will give an invited talk titled “The Geocritical Moment” on February 16 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. During Spring Break, Rob will be giving another invited talk titled “Topophrenic Reading: Literary Criticism after the Spatial Turn” at the University of Lund, Sweden.

    A poem by Assistant Professor Cecily Parks titled “What If The Luminous” appears on the wall of the Texas State Galleries as part of the exhibit Glen Rose Formation, by Grammy-nominated artist Stuart Hyatt. The exhibit will be on view until March 4. Her poem is inspired by Mary McGrath Curry, who discovered the Cave Without a Name in Boerne, TX. A concert in the Cave Without a Name on Saturday, March 3 at 7 pm will feature audio recordings of Mary McGrath Curry reading the poem.

    Lecturer Ross Feeler’s short story, “The Noise of Departure,” will appear in the Potomac Review this fall. Ross also presented a paper entitled “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Die: Memory as Narrative in Hemingway's ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and Silko’s ‘Lullaby’” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture conference in Albuquerque last weekend.


    Coming Soon:

    Teaching Assistant Wade Martin will host and emcee a poetry reading at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market at 120 E. San Antonio Street on February 24 from 10:30 am to 11:30 pm. The reading will feature Wade, Autumn Hayes, Kevin Adams, Faylita Hicks, and Elizabeth Bayou-Grace. Elizabeth and Cassandra Belle will also do a song swap. A.R. Rogers will write individualized spontaneous poems on manual typewriters after the reading.

    On February 27 from noon-1 in the Open Theatre (2nd floor of Alkek Library), Wade Martin and Liz King will host “Lunch Poems @ Alkek.” The reading will feature James Thompson, Claudia Cardona, Dallas Klein, A.R. Rogers, and Katie Kistler. Undergraduate students will also read. For more information:

    On Thursday, March 1 at 7 pm, MFA alum Michael Noll will be launching his fantastic new book, The Writer’s Field Guide, and discussing the project with Bret Anthony Johnston at BookPeople in Austin. As BookPeople puts it, the book, “offers a refreshing approach to the craft of fiction writing. It takes a single page from forty contemporary novels and short stories, identifies techniques used by the writers, and presents approachable exercises and prompts that allow anyone to put those techniques to immediate use in their own work. Encompassing everything from micro (how to “write pretty”) to macro (how to “move through time space”), and even how to put all together on page one, this is a field guide for anyone who wants to start writing now.” Noll will sign copies after the discussion. BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703.

    MiscellanyDepartment of EnglishFebruary, 2018



    Teaching Assistant Sandra Sidi’s short story, “Yesterday We Were Unbroken” was named an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's 2017 Emerging Writer Contest.

    Assistant Professor Kathleen McClancy presented a paper titled “Sea Slugs and Atom Bombs: Genetic and Ideological Manipulation in BioShock” at MLA on a panel she organized.

    MFA graduate and former lecturer Elizabeth Threadgill’s poetry chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press, which is now available for preorder:

    Lecturer Amanda North’s poem, "Pruning The Garden," will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Columbia Poetry Review.

    Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s poem “Observations” is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review.


    Coming Soon:

    Filming for the English Department’s promotional video will begin soon. The Video Committee has been busy making plans since September, and we look forward to an attractive, interesting representation of the Texas State English Department by April.

    The deadline for applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards is Monday, February 12, at 5 pm.

    The deadline for the 2018 issue of the student magazine, Persona, is also February 12. The 2017 issue is currently in the works and will be released soon. Persona has expanded its offerings beyond literature to include submissions of artwork, such as paintings and drawings, screenplays, or even a comic style work. If you have any questions, contact visit their website ( or Facebook page.

    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:


    MiscellanyDepartment of EnglishJanuary, 2018



    Lecturer Amanda Scott was awarded the Best US 1100 Instructor/Peer Mentor Duo Award by Texas State's PACE Mentoring program. Her creative nonfiction piece, “Me Matas, Te Mato,” is also forthcoming in The Common.

    Professor Steve Wilson's fourth collection of poetry, Lose to Find, will be published in 2018.

    Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s essay “What Was Carried: Luck, Talismans, and Charms in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried,” was accepted for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature conference at Michigan State University in May.

    Professor Kitty Ledbetter was awarded a Research Enhancement Program grant for her project, “Edmund Hodgson Yates: A Flâneur in Victorian Print Culture.” She will be conducting research in Los Angeles and Brisbane, Australia this summer for a book project about British Victorian journalist Yates, who is credited for popularizing celebrity journalism.

    Professor Rob Tally survived the blizzard of the MLA in New York, where he organized and chaired a round table session on “Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism at 25,” on behalf the Forum on Literary Criticism (of which Tally currently serves as chair of the executive committee). He also delivered a presentation titled “[S]he was everywhere; not ‘here, here, here’: Point of View and Cognitive Mapping in Mrs. Dalloway” as part of a panel devoted to “Woolf's Spaces,” sponsored by the International Virginia Woolf Society.

    A poem by Assistant Professor Cecily Parks, “Texas Natives,” appears in the most recent issue of Harvard Review.

    Lecturer Heather Lefebvre will be reading her short story, “We Welcome All Sorts,” at the Far West Pop Culture Association conference in Las Vegas in February.

    Senior Lecturer Flore Chevaillier was awarded an Outreach Lecturing Fund to bring Fulbright Scholar Guojing Yang (from China) to our campus in April. He will make presentations in her class and in Honors classes on W. H. Auden's work in relation to the poet¹s trip to China in 1938.

    Assistant Professor Eric Leake’s chapter “Empathy as Research Methodology” has been published in the Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences by Springer.


    Coming Soon:

    Please be sure to welcome nine candidates who will be in the English Department during the next three weeks. They are interviewing for faculty positions in Chicano/Chicanx, Literature (Chair, Vicki Smith), British Literature of the Long 18th Century (Chair, Kitty Ledbetter), and British Literature of the 20th/21st Centuries (Chair, Rob Tally). Hiring committees very much appreciate your input. Please share your impressions with the committee chairs. Take advantage of opportunities to get acquainted with the candidates, observe their teaching, and learn about their research.

    Filming for the English Department’s promotional video will begin sometime in February. The Video Committee has been busy making plans since September, and we look forward to an attractive, interesting representation of the Texas State English Department by April.

    The deadline for applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards is Monday, February 12, at 5 pm.

    The deadline for the 2018 issue of the student magazine, Persona, is also February 12. The 2017 issue is currently in the works and will be released soon. Persona has expanded its offerings beyond literature to include submissions of artwork, such as paintings and drawings, screenplays, or even a comic style work. If you have any questions, contact visit their website ( or Facebook page.

    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:

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    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.



    Assistant Professor Jennifer duBois was awarded a FY 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts:

    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.


    Department of English

    November, 2017 No. 2


    Happy Thanksgiving!


    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:

    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:


    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.



    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:

    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: 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:

    A poem by Assistant Professor Cecily Parks titled “Harvest” will appear in the December issue of The New Republic.


    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.


    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.


    Department of English

    October 1, 2017



    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.



    MATC alumna Dr. Susan Rauch has accepted an appointment as a Lecturer in Professional Writing in Science Communication & Technology at Massey University School of English and Media Studies, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Susan will teach, manage tutors in the writing for science communication and technology course curriculum, and redesign the writing for science communication course curriculum.

    Professor John Blair’s poem "The Law of Unintended Consequences" has been awarded the 2017 Cultural Center of Cape Cod's National Prize for Poetry. The poem and details of the prize can be found at

    Senior Lecturer Keith Needham was featured in the September 28 issue of the University Star for his very special mentoring relationships in Bobcat Bond:

    Lecturer Allison Grace Myers’s essay “Perfume Poured Out” was listed as Honorable Mention in the 2017 Best American Essays. The essay originally appeared in Image.

    Three poems by Lecturer Meg Griffitts will be published in the #Ghost Motel Anthology by White Stag Publishing, and another poem titled “Prevention is the Best Self-Defense” will be in Crab Fat Magazine. Meg was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize.

    Lecturer Stephen Harmon’s painting, Abstract #2, has been accepted to the Austin Visual Arts Association Fall Show at Austin Art Space Studio & Gallery, 7739 Northcross Drive. The exhibition will be held Oct. 13-Nov. 4, and there will be an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.


    Department of English

    September, 2017 No. 2


    Coming Soon!

    Novelist and Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, Karen Russell, will be reading from her work on Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30 at the Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library. Karen won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship. Russell is the author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories, and Sleep Donation: A Novella.

    The MARC program will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday, September 27 from 5-6 p.m. in FH 376 on “Writing the Curriculum Vitae.”

    Assistant Professor Cecily Parks is organizing a screening and conversation on Tuesday, October 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in Room G02 of Centennial Hall, about Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. The film was executive produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, and focuses on novelist, poet, essayist, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry, one of the more vital figures in the American environmental movement. The filmmaker, Laura Dunn, and James McWilliams (History), will stay afterward for a conversation and Q & A. The event is co-sponsored by History, Philosophy, Sociology, and the College of Liberal Arts.

    Senior Lecturer Edward Schaefer will be hosting a film screening on Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in JCM 2121. The film is titled Through the Repellent Fence. The film's producer, Jeffrey Brown, and director, Sam Wainwright Douglas, will be on hand for a Q&A and reception following the screening.

    Also on October 12, Philipp Meyer will be reading from his work at 3:30 at the Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library, and on October 13 he will be presenting again at 7:30 at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle. Philipp is the author of the critically lauded novel American Rust, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book. In 2010 he was named one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction writers to watch. His novel The Son was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was recently adapted into an AMC television series. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James Michener Fellow.

    Professor Susan Morrison will be speaking on a panel at a Cold War Spies roundtable on Monday, October 16 at 5pm in FH 230. A reception will precede the event. Her talk is titled “Teaching in East Germany in the 1980s: Interpreting my Stasi File.”

    MFA student and Teaching Assistant Melanie Robinson and Claudia Cardona have been selected for an upcoming public art project (under their poetry collective name Caesura), as a part of a large festival called Luminaria to be held November 10-11 in Hemisfair Park in San Antonio. Their project, Ololyga: Think Like a Mouth, will be located at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. It explores the contributions and history of women in poetry and specifically highlights women of color, queer women, and local women poets who are fundamental to the history of poetry. Ololyga: Think Like a Mouth is a huge interactive art piece, and they need volunteers to help with construction. Please contact Melanie if you have the time and skills.



    Assistant Professor Geneva Gano’s article, "Michelle Tea’s Mission District Frontier: Nostalgia, Gentrification, Valencia,” was recently published in the Fall, 2017 issue of Studies in the Novel. Gano also presented on this topic at the American Literature Association Symposium on Regionalism and Place in American Literature held in New Orleans this month. Her paper was titled “Gentrification and Local Color: Literary Marketplacemaking in the San Francisco Mission District.”

    Undergraduate student Lea Colchado was awarded a Texas State University Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1000) to pursue archival research at Stanford University related to Geneva Gano’s ENG 3343 course on the Work and Career of Sandra Cisneros. Lea visited Stanford, as well as the Harry Ransom Research Center (UT Austin) and the Wittliff Collections (Texas State University) in summer, 2017 as part of her research.

    M.A. student Seyedeh Razieh Araghi, was awarded a Texas State University Graduate Thesis Research Support Fellowship ($2000) to pursue archival research at Harvard University’s Widener Library related to her thesis on Iranian and U.S. American Feminist Literature. She visited Harvard in fall, 2017 to examine Betty Friedan’s papers and her writings related to Iran.

    Senior Lecturer Jon Marc Smith and his writing partner Smith Henderson recently signed a contract for a book with Ecco tentatively titled The Midwife, to be published in 2018.

    MATC alumnus Chase Rogers been hired as an instructional Designer with Whole Foods Market 365 (, which Chase says, is a Whole Foods brand created to make natural food groceries more accessible to all shoppers.

    Associate Professor Scott Mogull has been very productive this year. His recent publications include a book published by Routledge, Scientific and Medical Communication: A Guide for Effective Practice, the first practice-line book in the ATTW-Routledge Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication. URL: Scott also published a research article in the prominent scientific/medical journal PLOS ONE, titled “Accuracy of Cited ‘Facts’ in Medical Research Articles: A Review of Study Methodology and Recalculation of Quotation Error Rate.” In the article, Dr. Mogull corrected the error rate of cited research "facts," which are inaccurate summaries of previous research studies. He found that 14.5% of claims in the original medical studies are inaccurately summarized or presented when compared to the data and claims in the original studies. He is also the author of “Science vs. Science Commercialization in Neoliberalism (Extreme Capitalism): Examining the Conflicts and Ethics of Information Sharing in Opposing Social Systems,” a chapter in Scientific Communication: Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies. The book is part of the Routledge Series in Technical Communication, Rhetoric and Culture. Dr. Mogull also presented a research paper at the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine Symposium entitled, “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in a Late-Capitalist, Saturated Pharmaceutical Drug Market: Discord in the Treximet Marketing as Greed Outpaces Innovation.” Congratulations, Scott!

    Professor Susan Morrison’s novel, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, was chosen for 100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels by Book Riot (09-07-17).




    Department of English

    September, 2017



    MATC alumna Swati Sahi accepted a writing instructor position at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana.

    Lecturer Ben Reed was recently interviewed by The Daily Vonnegut about teaching Kurt Vonnegut’s short fiction to the millennial generation. You can find his interview here: In further good news from Ben, his story “After Landing at Heathrow International…” was just published in Meridian’s “(No) Borders” issue. Also, he mentored a research paper by his ENG 1320 student Atticus Finch that was recently accepted for publication by the Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal (TXSTUR). The paper’s title is “Law School and the Possible Recovery of America’s Legal Profession." The paper is scheduled to appear in issue 5.1.

    Lecturer Ram Hinojosa was awarded an NEA-funded fellowship for veterans for a two-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

    MFA Professor Cyrus Cassells's poem “Elegy with a Gold Cradle,” which originally appeared in Agni, is in the new anthology, The Best American Poetry 2017, just out from Scribner’s. Cyrus has begun to serve a two-year appointment as of one of three judges for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.

    Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s poem “Self-Portrait as Eldest Son” has been published in (b)oink, while another poem, “Decomposture,” is forthcoming in Calamity. A piece of flash non-fiction entitled “The Hagglers” is due out in issue 17 of Proximity in January.




    Department of English

    August #2, 2017


    Miriam Williams' article, “The Social Justice Impact of Plain Language: A Critical Approach to Plain Language Analysis,” (co-authored with Natasha Jones of University of Central Florida), will be published in the 2017 Plain Language Special Issue of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Professional Communication.

    Joe Falocco was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in support of his “Teaching Shakespeare's Plays” project. The grant of approximately $63,000, awarded through Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers, supports professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers, and college and university faculty. The venue for this NEH seminar is the Curtain Theatre in Austin, a reconstructed early-modern playhouse owned by Austin-area philanthropists Richard and Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux. Inspired by the Globe Theater in London, this unique facility features many of the architectural features of Shakespeare’s original stage. Joe also recently performed in Cabaret and in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at TexARTS Theatre in Lakeview.

    Two poems by MFA graduate and Texas State Lecturer Autumn Hayes were recently published: “A Poem Some People Will Have to Misunderstand” appeared in 3:AM Magazine and “Sieges” appeared in Vol. 9, Issues 1-2 of The Seattle Review.

    Katie Kapurch has been very busy with several projects. Her chapter, “The Wretched Life of a Lonely Heart: Sgt. Pepper’s Girls, Fandom, the Wilson Sisters, and Chrissie Hynde” appears in an edited collection titled The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper, and the Summer of Love (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). Her proposal for a new book, “Crying in the Sunshine: Conditional American Dreams in Los Angeles Pop Music,” has been accepted by Penn State University Press’s American Music History Series. Preliminary research for that book was made possible this summer by funding from the Texas State Research Enhancement Program. And, she wrote a review of Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism, which appears in the first 2017 issue of The Lion and the Unicorn. Katie won the internal competition at Texas State to submit a proposal for an NEH Summer Stipend. 

    Keith Needham was named the Outstanding University Seminar Instructor for Texas State University. His photo will be catalogued on the Texas State University website as the first recipient of this award, which will be given each year hereafter. He also receives a $1,000 stipend.

    Lecturer and MFA poetry graduate Vanessa Johnson has two poems in the current issue of SOFTBLOW.

    Rebecca Bell-Metereau was recently interviewed by an online publication titled Paratonnerre about the influence of the original Alien film on gender roles, science fiction, and film in general. It's in English, but it's also translated into French, for those who would like to buff up on their French.

    At the 44th annual Children's Literature Association conference, Marilynn Olson presented “Sadder and Wiser Circuses: Seeds of Rebellion in the Billy Whiskers Series,” Teya Rosenberg presented “Travelling Spirits: Min(d)ing the Past to Forge the Future in Works by Virginia Hamilton and Julius Lester,” and Graeme Wend-Walker presented “Imagining Futures, Imagining a Past: Nnedi Okorafor's Afrofuturist Works of Trans-Temporal Healing.” The conference was held in Tampa, FL in June.

    Also in June, Roger Jones’s Japanese haibun e-chapbook “Goodbye” was published online by the Snapshot Press in the UK.

    Kitty Ledbetter will present a seminar titled “Using Periodicals in Creative Research and Teaching” at the 50th anniversary celebration of Victorian Periodicals Review on September 15 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

    Flore Chevaillier’s second book has been published by the Ohio State University Press. Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers examines the aesthetic, political, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of contemporary fiction through a series of interviews with some of today’s most cutting-edge fiction writers.

    Susan Morrison’s book, A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Ages, won a gold medal in College Nonfiction from Literary Classics. It is also now available in German from Verlagshaus Römerweg (Imprint: Berlin University Press) as Frauen des Mittelalters: Künstlerinnen – Herrscherinnen – Denkerinnen (translator Herbert Genzmer).


    Alumnus Updates

    John Fry’s first full-length poetry collection, With the Dogstar as My Witness, was a finalist for this year's Orison Poetry Prize, will be published by Orison Books in 2018. The manuscript has also been a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize and the Nightboat Poetry Prize. John graduated from the MFA program in 2012. He currently lives in the Texas Hill Country and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he's writing a dissertation on medieval English literature. He edits poetry for Newfound Journal and also serves as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the University Writing Center at UT-Austin. His work has recently appeared in Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute, 2016), Waxwing, Blackbird, and Devil's Lake.



    August 2017

    Texas State University Department of English



    Laura Ellis-Lai received her Ph.D this May at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Her dissertation title is “Close Confidences: Students’ Experiences of Relational Pleasure, Reflective Competence, and Self-Authorship in FYC Research Writing.” Her dissertation includes a series of multi-year case studies from her English 1320 and Honors FYC Research-Writing courses at Texas State University.

    Robert T. Tally’s article, “An Anagogical Education,” appears in the current issue of the American Book Review 38.3 (March/April 2017): 6-7. The article is based on a talk he gave to a Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society meeting last fall.

    Rob has another piece of good news this month. His article, “In the File Drawer Labeled ‘Science Fiction’: Genre after the Age of the Novel,” appears in the latest issue of The Journal of English Language and Literature, Vol.63, No.2 (2017): 201-217.

    Rebecca Bell-Metereau presented a paper titled “Switching Genders, or Whom Do We Really Love?” at the French American Studies Association (AFEA) conference on the Pursuit of Happiness in Strasbourg, France, in May.

    Texas State MFA graduate Luisa Muradyan Tannahill has won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her manuscript, “American Radiance,” chosen by guest-judges Shara McCallum and Hilda Raz with Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes. Tannahill is originally from Odessa, Ukraine, and is currently a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Houston. Luisa currently serves as the editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She was the recipient of the 2016 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry. Her work appears in Poetry International, West Branch, Ninth Letter, the Los Angeles Review, Rattle, and the Paris-American, among other journals.

    Susan Hanson's photo "Texas Wild Rice" was recently chosen as the Grand Prize Winner in the Texas Hill Country Alliance's 2017 Hill Country Photo Contest. This photo will be featured in the 2018 Texas Hill Country Calendar. Susan also has had two photos accepted for the Texas Photographic Society's 30th Annual Members’ Only Show, juried by Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and four selected as finalists in the Hill Country Photography Club's 13th annual Naturescapes Contest & Exhibition, which will open Sept. 9. Earlier this summer, Susan presented "Finding Balance in a Solo Canoe" at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference at Wayne State University in Detroit.

  • 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 DepartmentMiscellany24 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: [archived].

    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).

  • English Department


    27 April 2017



    MA graduate Shaun Clarkson has received his PhD from Purdue University. 

    A photo by Susan Hanson has been selected as the cover for Ecocritical Aesthetics:  Language, Beauty, and the Environment, edited by Scott Slovic and Peter Quigley, and soon to be released by Indiana University Press.

    Dan Lochman co-organized three panels titled “Cognitive/Affective Cultures” for the Chicago meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, March 30-April 1 and presented “’The troublous passion of my pensiue mind’: Britomart, Mind, and Memory”; and presented on April 22 the paper “Mastering ‘mazy paths’: William Scott’s Model of Poesy on Heroic Narrative” at the South Central Renaissance Conference, held in Austin.

    Alan Schaefer was named a favorite professor by the undergraduate inductees to Alpha Chi Honor Society.

    Incoming MARC students Tiffany Rainey and A.R. Rogers have both received Graduate Merit Fellowships recognizing academic excellence.

    MARC graduate Shaun Ford has been accepted into the PhD program in Theory and Cultural Studies at Purdue University for this coming fall, supported by a Doctoral Fellowship providing 5 years full funding, a tuition waiver, and medical insurance supplement.

    Amelia Gray (fiction, 2007) won the 2016 New York City Public Library’s ‘Young Lion’ Award: Her second novel, Isadora, will be published on May 23rd: "Historical novels about artists abound, but few attain the psychological intricacy, fluency of imagination, lacerating wit, or intoxicating beauty of Gray’s tale of Isadora Duncan” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review).

    James Knippen is the recipient of a 2017 Discovery/Boston Review prize; he will travel to New York City in May to give a reading. Also, two poems, "Poem" and "Portents," appear in the current issue of Kenyon Review Online:

    Cecily Parks was selected as Outstanding English Professor of the Year by the Texas State chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

    A book that features a chapter written by Kitty Ledbetter, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers, has won the prestigious Robert L. Colby Book Prize from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Her chapter is entitled "Women's Periodicals."

    English DepartmentMiscellany14 April 2017



    MFA student Ashton Kamburoff was selected for a space in the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Colorado by Ada Limón. Limón will lead the week-long workshop from June 12th-16th. Ashton also was named the 2017-18 Clark House Writer-In-Residence by the MFA faculty. 


    Mark Busby attended the Conference of College Teachers Association Conference, held at Tarrant County Community College from March 3-5, serving as a CCTE Council member as well as presenting “The Slave Narrative from Frederick Douglass to William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation at the Texas College English Association affiliated meeting.


    MFA fiction student Graham Oliver interviewed recent Whiting Award-winner Tony Tulathimutte for Electric Literature. They talked about the complex relationship between literature and video games:


    Cecily Parks was named Outstanding English Professor of the Year by students in Texas State’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.


    Rob Tally’s article "The Southern Phoenix Triumphant: Richard Weaver, or, the Origins of Contemporary U.S. Conservatism" appears in b2o: An Online Journal (the peer-reviewed online journal of the boundary 2 editorial collective):


    MFA poetry graduate Jonathan Hobratsch conducted an interview with Cyrus Cassells for the Huffington Post:


    Steve Wilson has new poems in the latest issues of Texas Observer, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review and Noon: Journal of the Short Poem.


    Tomás Q. Morín's new collection of poetry Patient Zero was released on April 11th by Copper Canyon Press. The libretto he translated, Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance, will have its Austin premiere at the Paramount Theater as part of the Fusebox Festival on April 14th and 15th. More details can be found here:


    MARC graduate Sonia Arellano earned her PhD from the University of Arizona this semester.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyMarch 18, 2017




    Ms. Emily Chammah, who was named Emily Smith while at Texas State, spent a year in the MFA Fiction program a couple of years ago before moving to New York. She has just been named one of the 12 winners of the 2016 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She is listed at this PEN America site:

    Eric Leake’s interviews with Doug Hesse and Nancy Sommers have been re-published in the collection Teachers on the Edge: The Writing on the Edge Interviews 1989–2017 (Routledge).

    Kitty Ledbetter attended the Texas State Historical Association's 121st Annual Meeting in Houston March 2-4, where she presented "Textiles, Text, and Media Replication During the Mexican War."

    Miriam Williams has been named a Fellow of the Association for Teachers of Technical Writers. You can read the announcement of Miriam’s achievement here: [archived].

    Susan Morrison’s A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages has just been named a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist in three categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction:

    Suparno Banerjee and Graeme Wend-Walker represented Texas State at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Orlando. Suparno presented "Communism and Soviet Utopias: From Aelita to Andromeda," and Graeme presented "Virtual Celebrity: Exploring Identity in The Ziggurat, Watkin Tudor Jones's Pre-Die Antwoord Sci-Fi Opus." Graeme also read his short story "The Pale Evacuation" in an author's panel.

    Ben Reed’s flash fiction piece, "Brothers,” appears in the March 2017 issue of Ghost Parachute. His essay "Trigger Warnings" appears in the Fall/Winter issue of The Texas Review.

    Dorothy Lawrenson will begin pursuit of her PhD in Creative Writing this fall at the University of Edinburgh, supported by a College Research Award to cover fees and provide a stipend.

    Rob Tally’s “Giving Shape to Gloom; or, Keeping it Real in The House of the Seven Gables” appears in Nathaniel Hawthorne in the College Classroom (AMS Press, 2017). In addition, Rob will be the keynote speaker for "Turning Point(s)," the 30th Annual Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (GAFIS) symposium at the University of Wisconsin, March 31, 2017. His talk is titled "Swerves, Tropes, Peripeties: Toward a Theory of the Turning Point."




    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.

    English DepartmentMiscellany6 February 2017



    MFA fiction student Ramiro G. Hinojosa's short story, "Field Manual," has been accepted for publication in War, Literature & the Arts.


    In early February, Scott Mogull will present research entitled, “Intersection of Technical Communication and Marketing Genres: Spanning Silos through Product Documentation” at the Fifth Colloquium Technical Communication in the Field, hosted by the Université Paris Diderot.


    MA Literature student Thais Rutledge has been accepted into The University of Texas at Austin's PhD program in Comparative Literature, and will receive full funding.


    Aimee Kendall Roundtree was interviewed on the “10 Minute Tech Comm” podcast about her article, "Social Health Content and Activity on Facebook: A Survey Study." The episode is available at the following link: Aimee also received a $20K grant from State Farm to research and design an intervention for improving fire incident reporting strategies. She will use text mining and qualitative research methods to characterize best practices and identify barriers that hinder report accuracy, consistency, and quality. The project will help San Marcos and College Station Fire Departments set reporting guidelines, create reporting templates, and train firefighters.


    Miles Wilson’s new and selected stories 1977-2017 will be published by the University of New Mexico Press.  His literary papers have been acquired by the Southwestern Writers Collection.


    Sections 1-20 of Kathleen Peirce's book-length poem Vault will appear in the next issue of Poetry International, and the book will be published in its entirety by New Michigan Press, available in the fall of this year. 


    Rob Tally’s edited collection of essays, The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space (Routledge 2017), has just been published:


    Mark Busby's collection of poetry, Through Our Times: Occasional Poems 1960-2017, is now out from Lamar University Literary Press.

    English DepartmentMiscellany20 January 2017



    Leah Schwebel co-edited and contributed to a special issue of The Chaucer Review on “The Legend of Good Women”: Leah’s article is entitled "Livy and Augustine as Negative Models in The Legend of Lucrece"; she also co-wrote the Introduction, "Looking Forward, Looking Back on the Legend of Good Women." This past fall, Leah was recognized as an Alpha Chi favorite professor.


    Flore Chevaillier presented "Machine, Body, and Text in Eduardo Kac’s Non-human Poetry” at the 2017 MLA meeting in Philadelphia this January.


    MFA fiction student Graham Oliver has been rehired for 2017 as a Ploughshares blogger. Last year he interviewed translators for the site, and you can read his end-of-the-year round-up at this link: His 2017 series will focus on newly released books with rural settings; his first entry looked at prize-winning novels from 2016:


    Cecily Parks has three poems in the latest issue of Terrain.org


    Alan Schaefer served as guest editor of the fall 2016 issue of Southwestern American Literature. The issue focuses on writing about and by musicians of the Southwest:


    Aimee Kendall Roundtree won a teaching grant along with Dr. Hunter Close (Physics), Dr. Kristina Collins (Education), Dr. Grayson Lawrence (Art and Design), and Dr. Ziliang Zong (Computer Science). She will serve as Project Director on “Coding Across the Disciplines,” a $100K project to teach computer programming skills to middle and high school teachers from all disciplines. The project was funded by WeTeach_CS, a program of The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education.  


    Gabriella Corales – who graduated with a degree in English a few years ago, received a Rockefeller Fellowship and then completed her Masters degree at Stanford – currently teaches at the Impact Academy in California.  She recently published an essay on her experiences in Education Week Teacher


    "In Summer 2017 the College of Liberal Arts will present a bilingual adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Performances will be August 3 - 10 in Centennial Hall G02 on the Texas State Campus. Professional actors from Austin will collaborate with Texas State Spanish and Theatre majors to present this adaptation to the public. This production is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


    Rob Tally’s essay "The Novel and the Map: Spatiotemporal Form and Discourse in Literary Cartography" appears in Space, Time, and the Limits of Human Understanding, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri and Giancarlo Ghiradri (Springer 2017).

    English DepartmentMiscellany9 January 2017



    MFA fiction graduate and Senior Lecturer Eric Blankenburg’s "The Devil Doesn't Care: Choice and Chance in Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men” was accepted for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, to be held February 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. The paper was written as part of Mark Busby's graduate seminar on Cormac McCarthy.


    Rebecca Bell-Metereau’s “An Actor’s Director: Kubrick and Star Performances” appears in Critical Insights: Stanley Kubrick, published by Salem Press (2016).


    Rob Tally’s essay “Tolkien’s Geopolitical Fantasy: Spatial Narrative in The Lord of the Rings” appears in Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Also recently published is "'A Utopia of the In-Between,' or, Limning the Liminal,” Rob’s foreword to Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place, published this year by London: Rowman & Littlefield International.


    Katie Kapurch, Jon Marc Smith and Suparno Banerjee have received Texas State Research Enhancement Program grants for 2017.


    Aimee Roundtree was named an Alphi Chi Favorite Professor for Fall 2016.


    Last spring and summer, Doug Dorst worked on the writing staff of the new TV show, Z: The Beginning of Everything, a half-hour drama starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald. Amazon Prime will release all ten episodes of the first season simultaneously on January 27. Doug received Writers’ Guild credit for Episode 7 (“Where There Are Friends, There Are Riches”). A trailer for the show can be seen here, along with an early version of the pilot episode: [archived].


    MFA fiction alumna Christine Granados’s second short story collection, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, will be published in March and was reviewed recently in Kirkus Reviews: [archived].

  • English Department


    November 28, 2016



    Susan Morrison was in Las Vegas recently to accept the Top Honors Book Award for Young Adult Fiction from Literary Classics, for her novel Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife Susan also received a $1,000 UT Center for European Studies: MSI Faculty Travel Grant for her current project called A Wall Newspaper: A U.S.-East German University Exchange Program During the Cold War. The grant will support her travel for research next summer.


    MATC student Jonathan Prichard has accepted a Peace Corps assignment in Ecuador, beginning in May. He will serve as a health extension volunteer, a position similar to a community health organizer.  


    Octavio Pimentel’s essay “Changing Discourse: Giving a New Voice to Latinos” has been accepted for the 51st annual meeting of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, to be held at the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche in Campeche, México next March.


    MFA fiction graduate and Lecturer Daniel Keltner signed a publishing contract for his first book, Into That Good Night, which will be published by Skyhorse in early 2018.


    "Formed by Place: Spatiality, Irony, and Empire in Conrad's 'An Outpost of Progress,'" co-authored by Rob Tally and MA Literature student Thais Rutledge, appears in the latest issue of Transnational Literature


    MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff’s poem "Tagging Up" is a finalist for the Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize, sponsored by Cobalt Review. The winner will be announced during the World Series. His poem "Elegy for Bob Kaufman" will appear in the December issue of Rappahannock Review.


    MFA poetry student Meg Griffitts’ "Not Missing a Beat[ing]: Reconstructing Violence within a Feminist Economy," was accepted for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, to be held February 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.


    Kitty Ledbetter attended the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference in Phoenix, AZ, where she presented “Over the Teacups' and The Woman at Home."


    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 19, 2016




    In September, Mark Busby presented "Satireshot/Scattershot: Targets in Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at the Western Literature Association conference in Big Sky, MT.  Mark read poetry at the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference, held in San Antonio in early October.


    "Éxito (Success),” written by Octavio Pimentel and Nancy Wilson, appears in Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy


    Recent MARC graduate Edward Santos Garza has accepted a position as a Rhetoric Assessment Affiliate for the University of Texas at Austin's OnRamps program, which brings rigorous, dual-enrollment writing courses to thousands of students in underprivileged high schools across the state. In addition, Edward is in his first semester as an adjunct English professor at St. Edward's University, where fellow MARC graduate Clare Murray is a new faculty member, as well.


    Two poems by MFA poetry student Meg Griffitts appear in the latest issue of Luna Luna Magazine


    The Houston Public Poetry recently invited MFA poetry graduate and current lecturer Autumn Hayes to perform her poems with alt-country band Charlie and the Regrets at the inaugural “PM Show: Poets and Musicians at Night.” The show will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Rudyard's Pub in Houston and is the first in a series of intentional collaborations between poets and musicians: Autumn is one of three poets specifically selected by the Public Poetry board; poets who wish to participate in future performances must audition. Four of Autumn’s poems – "No. 1: Color," "No. 2: Textures," "No. 3: Lengths," and "What to Do with Silence?" – have been accepted for publication in African American Review.


    Twister Marquiss, Director of Texas State University’s Common Reading Program and a faculty member in the English Department and Honors College, was presented with a “Foundations of Excellence” award during the Texas State Student Foundation's annual dinner ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 12. He was one of ten award recipients, and one of only three recipients from the university's faculty. The award was presented by Honors student Haley Tucker. The Foundations of Excellence award is the Student Foundation’s annual recognition event that provides Student Foundation members with the opportunity to honor ten faculty and staff members who have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of Student Foundation members and the Texas State University community as a whole.


    Eric Leake's article "The Dinner Table Debate and the Uses of Hospitality" has been published in the latest issue of Present Tense


    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 12, 2016




    “The Myth of the Colorblind Composition Classroom: White Instructors Confront White Privilege in Their Classrooms,” authored by Octavio Pimentel, Charise Pimentel and MFA fiction graduate Dean, appears in Performing Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, published by The WAC Clearinghouse.


    On October 9, MFA Faculty Doug Dost, Jennifer DuBois, Roger Jones and Steve Wilson read their work at Malvern Books in Austin.


    Debra Monroe has published a researched essay in The Rumpus, titled “Trouble in Mind.” An essay by Debra has been cited by Houghton Mifflin’s annual anthology, Best American Essays (her 4th BAE “Notable” citation in 4 years); the essay, “The Wild Life,” was originally published in Texas Monthly and, in part, details the shambolic state of the Texas State campus when she arrived in 1992. Debra’s lyric essay (originally published in Hobart), titled “Transit, 1986,” is forthcoming in the Norton Anthology of Flash Fiction.


    MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster will present "De/Composing & Re/Visioning the Writing Center Frontier: Exploring Access in Writing Center Spaces" on a panel with MARC alumni Megan Boeshart and Shaun Bryan at the International Writing Centers Association conference in Denver, CO, in October.


    Lecturer and MFA fiction graduate Ben Reed’s story “My Neighbor the Pilot” is winner of the 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Contest: In addition, his flash fiction piece, "Bull & Finches," was recently published on The Open Bar, the blog for Tin House:; and his essay "Trigger Warning: Reflections on Politeness, Dystopia, and Concealed Firearms in the College Classroom" was recently accepted for publication by The Texas Review.


    Two poems by Steve Wilson (“May Cold Front” and “Burrow”), along with his audio recordings of the poems, appear in the latest issue of Bluestem


    English DepartmentMiscellanySeptember 12, 2016




    At the Fall 2016 College of Liberal Arts Convocation, the following English Department faculty received awards: Stephanie Noll and Steve Wilson received Golden Apple and Presidential Distinction Awards for Teaching, Paul Cohen received a Presidential Distinction Award for Service, Katie Kapurch received a College Achievement Award for Scholarly / Creative Activity, and Chad Hammett received a College Achievement Award for Service.


    Chad Hammett’s book 2 Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark will be released by UT Press in a new paperback edition in the spring of 2017.


    MFA fiction graduate Melissa Henderson (formerly Melissa Stephenson) has sold her memoir, Driven, to Harcourt.


    “A String Between Two Tin Cans,” an essay by recent MFA fiction graduate Samantha Tanner, appears in the latest issue of Electric Lit:


    MFA Fiction student Allison Grace Myers' essay "Perfume Poured Out" was published in the summer issue of Image:


    MATC student Rachel Berryhill will present "Sex Symbols and Subject Matter Experts: The Role of Females in a Military Comic Book” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s 38th Annual Conference, held February 15-18 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. In this presentation Rachel will describe the changing representations of civilian and soldier females in comic books.


    Kitty Ledbetter presented a paper titled "'Gnat-like Swarms of Aborigines': King Arthur, Paddy, and Other Unknown Places in Dinah Mulock Craik's Travel Narratives" at the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in early September.


    Eric Leake's essay "The Promise and Practice of Cosmopolitan Empathy" appears in Countertransference in Perspective, published by Sussex Academic Press. His article "Writing Pedagogies of Empathy: As Rhetoric and Disposition" appears in the latest issue of Composition Forum:


    Shannon Perri (MFA fiction) will present “The Battle of Gender Norms, Violence, and Social Conscience: A Close Look at Form in ‘The Girl on the Plane’ by Mary Gaitskill” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico next February. The paper was written for Debra Monroe’s Form and Theory of Fiction class.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyAugust 30, 2016




    Rebecca Jackson's article (written with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Nicole Caswell), "Writing Center Administration as/and Emotional Labor," will appear in the fall 2016 issue of Composition Forum. Her article, also written with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Nicole Caswell, "Metaphors We Work By: New Writing Center Directors' Labor and Identities" will appear in the collection, WPAs in Transition, to be published by Utah State UP in 2017.


    Katie Kapurch's co-edited collection with Kenneth Womack, New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today, is out from Palgrave Macmillan's Pop Culture, Music and Identity series. The book includes Katie's chapter "Crying, Waiting, Hoping: The Beatles, Girl Culture, and the Melodramatic Mode"; as well as a chapter co-authored by Katie and Jon Marc Smith, "Blackbird Singing: Paul McCartney’s Romance of Racial Harmony and Post-Racial America."


    Steve Wilson has new poems forthcoming in San Pedro River Review and Beloit Poetry Journal.


    MFA fiction student Graham Oliver interviewed the founder of Dallas-based, translation-focused publisher Deep Vellum, Will Evans, for The Rumpus: [archived].


    MATC alumna Susan Rauch graduated from Texas Tech University with a PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric this month. Her dissertation title is "“Rhetoric and Economics of User Attention in e-Health: How Technology Influences Clinicians’ Decision Making in EHR Clinical Documentation." Susan will begin work as a full-time instructor in Texas Tech University's English Department this fall.


    The first excerpt of Tom Grimes’s new novel appears in the current issue of Narrative


    Stephanie Noll's organization, Old Books for New Teachers, which helps first-year teachers build classroom libraries, was the spotlighted organization at Backyard Story Night on Sunday, August 29. Backyard Story Night is a monthly storytelling event in Austin that collects donations for a different nonprofit each month. An article about the event, with a mention of Stephanie's work, can be found here: [archived]. Also, thanks to a successful social media fundraising campaign, Stephanie was able to provide Texas State MFA graduate Abby Minde (who now teaches at KIPP Austin Collegiate) with 20 copies of All American Boys, a young adult novel about police brutality. For this project, Stephanie is collaborating with Badgerdog Literary Publishing, Inc., an Austin-area program that places writers in schools. Abby's students will read All American Boys and then participate in several writing workshops with prompts and activities connected to the text. 


    English DepartmentMiscellanyAugust 15, 2016


    The Office of Equity and Access has selected Geneva Gano’s proposal, "Emily Hobson Public Lecture and Classroom Visits on ’Lavender/Red: Liberation/Solidarity in the Gay/Lesbian Left’” to receive funding in the amount of $1,100.00. In October, Ms. Hobson will visit Professor Gano’s fall grad class to talk about the Women’s liberation movement and women’s literature, and will also give a public talk.  


    Susan Morrison’s Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife won the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016:


    MARC graduate student Kristin Milligan, who completed her degree this August, has been hired as the Associate Director of the Learning Center at East Central College in Union, Missouri. 


    English majors Bianco Beronio, Devin Baumann, Thomas Gresham (who graduated Spring 2016), Michael Salinas, and Julia Whitmore each presented talks on Tolkien at Mythcon 47, the annual meeting of the Mythopoeic Society, held in San Antonio this August. Rob Tally also presented at the convention, discussing "Tolkien's Red Dragons: Fantasy and Marxist Literary Criticism," as well as taking part in a roundtable on teaching Tolkien.


    Aimee Roundtree’s research on how the autism community uses Twitter for advocacy was accepted for presentation at the Center for Disease Control’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, taking place this August in Atlanta. Her work, "#TweetLikeANeurotyical: Understanding Diagnosis Attitudes and Experiences of the Autism Community Online," situates hashtags used by the community as a form of linguistic reclamation similar to other minority groups.  


    William Jensen’s debut novel, Cities of Men, was sold to Turner Publishing. The book should be published in either summer or fall of 2017.


    In April 2016, Joe Falocco was invited to deliver a presentation on teaching Shakespeare in the twenty-first century at the Universidad Autonoma de Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico as part of the 2016 Festival Internacional del Imagen. He spoke to an audience comprised of hundreds of undergraduates and Festival attendees. While in Pachuca, Joe was also interviewed by a local radio station.


    MFA poetry student Meg Griffitts’ poem "How To Return Home" will be featured in the fall issue of Hypertrophic, which comes out in September.


    Rob Tally’s essay "The Geopolitical Aesthetic of Middle-earth: Tolkien, Cinema, and Literary Cartography" appears in the collection Topographies of Popular Culture, edited by Maarit Piipponen and Markku Salmela.

  • English Department


    27 June 2016



    Emelia Rae Salzmann was born on June 9th at 7:13 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. Mother Alicia Salzmann and baby are both doing well.


    Kitty Ledbetter's article titled "Periodicals for Women" has been published in the Routledge Companion to Victorian Periodicals. She recently attended a book launch at the University of Greenwich for contributors to the volume. While in the UK she also conducted research at the British Library and presented a paper titled "Cultural Value and Essay Competitions in Victorian Women’s Periodicals" at a conference held by Plymouth University Nineteenth-Century Studies on The Operation and Representation of 'Judgement' in 19th-Century Cultures.


    Marilynn Olson gave a talk entitled "Billy Whiskers (1902-1930): Nation-Building in an Age of Change" to the graduate students in children's literature at Beijing Normal University on June 3rd.  BNU is a major center for children's literature in China, and the visit included a round-table discussion and significant interaction with thesis students.  On June 4th she attended the 3rd biennial US-China Symposium in Qingdao (also the first international children's literature symposium, since representatives from Japan, Taiwan, and Australia were invited), giving another presentation "Some examples of the use of theories about cognition and cognitive distribution in The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (2013).  


    A committee comprised of Children's Lit. scholars Marilynn Olson, Teya Rosenberg, Katie Kapurch, and Graeme Wend-Walker has been successful in its bid for Texas State to host the 2018 annual Children's Literature Association Conference. The conference, which draws scholars from around the world, will be held in San Antonio in June 2018. It will be themed around "springs and rivers."


    Katie Kapurch's article, "Something Else Besides a Daughter?: Maternal Melodrama Meets Postfeminist Girlhood in Tangled and Brave," appears in the latest issue of The Lion and the Unicorn.


    Mark Busby’s “McMurtry’s Best,” which appears in the July 2016 Texas monthly, is a companion piece to Skip Hollandsworth’s profile of Larry McMurtry at 80. Mark discusses his list of McMurtry’s six best books in addition to Lonesome Dove


    Enkay Iguh (B.A. in English, Texas State, 2013; MFA in Creative Writing, NYU, 2015) has been named a 2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellow by The Center for Fiction:

    English DepartmentMiscellany16 June 2016




    The following English faculty were promoted / granted tenure this year: Suparno Banerjee, Joseph Falocco and Scott Mogull were tenured and promoted to Associate Professor; Pinfan Zhu and Octavio Pimentel were promoted to Professor.


    Teya Rosenberg represented the department and university at the 43rd Annual Children’s Literature Conference in Columbus, OH, June 9-11, 2016. She presented a paper, “The Mythical, the Magical, the Racial: Considering Structure and Genre in American Born Chinese” and began her duties as Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association. Also in attendance and presenting were Texas State English department alumni Beth Pearce, currently visiting assistant professor at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Elissa Myers, currently working on her doctorate at CUNY Graduate Center.


    John Blair’s short story manuscript White Sands was selected by judge Amy Hempel as the one finalist for this year’s AWP Grace Paley Prize. In praising the collection, Hempel wrote "Dusty, venom-soaked lives, relying on motorcycles and trucks to speed them towards fates as welcoming as a cinderblock wall at eighty miles per hour.  The reckless couple who connect some of these stories rely on ‘hard cash, hard-earned’ and, whether hiding or chasing, have a close and uncomfortable relationship with the natural world.  Even ‘love bugs’ arrive as a plague.  Risks are taken throughout, starting with the opening story—a harsh beauty—that sets the tone for a collection of stories as lyrical as they are deadly." The prize’s winner and finalist will be announced on the AWP website soon and in the September issue of the Writer’s Chronicle.


    Steve Wilson and MFA poetry student Meg Griffitts took part in a discussion of the Beat Generation sponsored by KUT radio and recorded live for the “Views & Brews” series:


    Thanks to the following faculty who served on Honor’s thesis committees this past year: Twister Marquiss, Jon Marc Smith, Susan Morrison, Deborah Balzhiser, Anne Winchell, Victoria Smith, Lindy Kosmitis, Elvin Holt, and Stephanie Noll.


    Recent MARC graduate Edward Santos Garza has published a book review, "Celebrating the Hyphen," in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Discussing Latinx icons such as Selena and Ritchie Valens, Garza's review concerns Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency, by Cruz Medina: [archived].


    Jo Jarl – one of the first two graduates of the MATC program, in 2001 – has retired after 13 years as a tech writer and editor for IBM and IBM Tivoli.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyJune 6, 2016



    MFA poetry student Autumn Hayes’ poem "Sieges" has been accepted by The Seattle Review.


    Graeme Wend-Walker has graduated from the Texas State PD Citizen Police Academy. This semester-long program involved extensive training in police procedures, including criminal law and the penal code; emergency management and first responder training, including response to active shooter events; campus mental health; certification in CPR; crime scene investigation; personal defense and krav maga; and the use of firearms and tasers.


    MATC alumna Susan Rauch successfully defensed her dissertation last month.  Susan completed doctoral studies in Texas Tech University's Technical Communication & Rhetoric Program. Her dissertation title is "Rhetoric and Economics of User Attention in e-Health: How Technology Influences Clinicians’ Decision Making in EHR Clinical Documentation."


    Chris Margrave recently presented his paper “Curators of the Absurd: Contemporary Comedians as Prophets of Confrontation and Jesters of Delight” at the American Literature Association Conference, held in San Francisco on May 27.


    Susan's Morrison article on "Six trailblazing medieval women" appears in the latest issue of the BBC’s History Extra


    MFA fiction student Allison Grace Myers presented her paper "A Liberated Religion: The Black Church in Beloved" at the American Literature Association Conference, held in San Francisco this past May. 


    MATC alumnus David Hernandez has accepted a position with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Social Services, in Austin. David will help implement a Leadership and Professional Development Program, analyze federal and state policies to determine changes to the Electronic Benefit Transfer program, and propose revisions to the Texas Administrative Code.

  • English Department


    11 May 2016




    The following candidates from the Department of English for tenure and/or promotion in 2015-2016 have received letters of approval from the Provost, subject to final approval by the Board of Regents at a meeting later this spring: Suparno Banerjee, Joe Falocco, and Scott Mogull have received the Provost’s approval for tenure and promotion to associate professor; Octavio Pimentel and Pinfan Zhu have received the Provost’s approval for promotion from associate to full professor. 


    William Jensen’s latest story, “Come Again Another Day,” will be included in the anthology Texas Weather, to be published by Lamar University Press.


    “El Ensayo: Latin@s Writing About Writing,” an essay by Nancy Wilson, Rebecca Jackson and recent English graduate Valerie Vera, will appear in Next Steps: New Directions for / in Writing About Writing, due out early next year from Utah State University Press. 


    Cecily Parks' poem "Hurricane Song" has been selected for the Pushcart Prize, and will appear in The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses this fall.


    Congratulations to the faculty hired for the department’s five new Senior Lecturer positions. Their duties will include teaching undergraduate Technical Communication classes and offering service to the department and university: Laura Ellis-Lai, Chris Margrave, Sean Rose, Alan Schaefer, and Lauren Schiely.


    Karen Wood writes that her daughter Rosalie Evelyn Wood, newest member of the Wood family, was born on April 16th.


    English DepartmentMiscellany26 April 2016





    MFA student Graham Oliver interviewed former Austin Bat Cave director Manuel Gonzales about his new book The Regional Office is Under Attack! for The Rumpus: [archived].


    Tiwi Retnaningdyah, who earned her MA in Literature at Texas State a few years ago, received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne last month. She is now back in Indonesia, teaching at the State University of Surabaya.


    Tina Zigon, who traveled from Slovenia to pursue an MA in Literature at Texas State, today defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Zigon currently resides in Kuwait City.


    A poem by MFA poetry graduate and current Lecturer Amanda North, “Bloodline,” has been published on The Open Bar at Tin House: [archived].


    Sigma Tau Delta named Vicki Smith as 2016 Outstanding Professor of English.


    Two poems by Steve Wilson, “The Beauty of the Village” and “Of April,” are featured on the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College website, as part of their series on ekphrastic poetry: [archived].


    The Society for Technical Communication (STC) Board of Directors passed a motion to create a Texas State University student chapter of STC.  MATC student and Graduate Assistant David Hernandez submitted the application, recruited student members, and serves as President of the Texas State University Student Chapter of STC. 


    English DepartmentMiscellanyApril 7, 2016




    Graduating MFA fiction student Josh Lopez has been selected as the 2016-17 L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Writer-in-Residence. Josh will live and write in the Clarks’ historic home in Smithville and also teach classes in the Department of English.


    John Blair's new prize-winning collection of poems Playful Song Called Beautiful has just been released and is now available from the University of Iowa Press, online at and elsewhere. 


    In July 2015, Teya Rosenberg gave the keynote lecture for “Child, Youth, and Place in Atlantic Canadian Literature,” a symposium that included scholars from across Canada and the US. Her lecture, “We Do Have Jack: Considering Contexts for the Jack Series by Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji,” plus other highlights of the symposium (including a wonderful puppet show), are now available online on YouTube and through Sea Stacks, a website for Atlantic Canadian books for young readers:


    Haley Stuart, senior English major, has won Sigma Tau Delta’s national Herbert Hughes Short Story Award for her story, “Semblance.” The story appears in the 2016 issue of The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, the honor society’s national journal of creative writing. This is her first publication. The 2016 issue is available online as a PDF:


    Rob Tally’s article “Lukács’s Literary Cartography: Spatiality, Cognitive Mapping, and The Theory of the Novel” appears in the current issue of Mediations (Spring 2016).


    MFA poetry student James Deitz’s poem "After the Iraqi Sun" will appear in the Austin International Poetry Festival anthology, di-verse-city. Anamesa Interdisciplinary Journal is publishing "Check Fire in Tikrit, Iraq" in its Spring 2016 issue.


    MATC student Amanda Scott presented "Sense and Sexuality: Using Creative Nonfiction Flash to Examine Memory, Trauma, and Identity" at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference, which recently took place in Seattle. She will present "Reconciling Hybridity: Towards a More Inclusive Understanding of Biracial Identity in Technical Communication" at the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, to be held April 6 in Houston.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyMarch 24, 2016




    The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses, edited by Cecily Parks, was published by Everyman's Library in March.


    Kitty Ledbetter organized a panel and presented her paper entitled "Technology Revolutionizes the History of Women's Needlework" at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies conference, held in Asheville, NC on March 12.


    Miles Wilson’s story “Tough” (The Georgia Review, Spring 2015) is one of three finalists for awards from Western Writers of America and the Texas Institute of Letters.  “Bang,’ a piece of creative nonfiction, is forthcoming in the first volume of the second hundred years of Southwest Review.  His poems “You, Theordore Roethke” and “Keeping Track” will appear in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume  VIII: Texas.  Last fall he was a featured reader at the South Dakota Festival of Books where he presented with Pete Dexter, winner of the National Book Award for Paris Trout.


    Michael Noll has accepted a position as Program Director for the Writers' League of Texas. The Austin-based nonprofit offers one-day writing classes, a week-long writing retreat, and the annual Agents & Editors Conference every June. 


    Rob Tally presented "Literary Cartography, Marxism, and Form" at the American Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting, held in Cambridge, MA.


    Mark Busby’s essay, “The Polychotomous Southwest,” appears in Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature, edited by Will Brannon (Hackensack, NJ:  Salem/Grey House Publishing, 2016): 2-19.  At the March Conference of College Teachers of English in San Antonio, Mark presented "Moving Targets:  Geography in Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”; and as a member of the CCTE Advisory Council, he chaired three Rhetoric sessions.


    Logan Fry’s two poems, "Gershwin's Wash Room" and "Essential Isles," will appear in New American Writing, and the poems "Gesticulation Overture" and "The Master and Margarita" will be in Volt. Both issues are slated for release this spring. 


    In March, Graeme Wend-Walker presented "Gormenghast and Brakebills: Wonderment in Collapse" at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Orlando, Florida.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyMarch 17, 2016




    Miles Wilson, who retired last August after a career of 35 years at Texas State, has been approved to receive the title of Distinguished Faculty Emeritus. He will be invited to attend the fall convocation ceremony to receive an acknowledgment from President Trauth. Only three faculty from across the university are selected for this honor each year.


    Dorothy Lawrenson, a 3rd-year poetry student in the MFA program in Creative Writing, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Master’s Student in the College of Liberal Arts. She will receive an award at this year’s Liberal Arts Awards Day celebration on April 20th, 6 pm, Alkek Teaching Theatre.


    Through the Veil, the first book by Colleen (Booker) Halverson, who received her degree in English from Texas State, has just been published by Entangled. The story draws from Colleen's participation in the Texas State in Ireland program, sponsored by the English Department each summer.


    Susan Morrison’s novel, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, is a finalist for Foreward Reviews' 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Award: Historical (Adult Fiction).


    Vanessa Johnson’s poem "Render Billow" will appear in Field.


    In “The Ripple Effect in Faculty-Driven Internationalization,” appearing on pages 36-37 of the IIE Networker (published by the Institute for International Education), author Daris Hale discusses Steve Wilson’s influence on the Fulbright program at Texas State.


    Texas State University graduate Enkay Iguh (B.A. in English, 2013), who completed her MFA in fiction at NYU last year, has won the Disquiet International Literary Prize. She will receive a full fellowship to the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and her story “House Girl” will appear in Guernica Magazine.


    Scott Mogull will present research on the accuracy of cited claims in the medical literature at the 42nd Conference of the European Medical Writers Association, which will be held in Munich, Germany this May.


    Joyland Magazine has published "The Resurrection Act," a short story by MFA fiction student Shannon Perri:


    English DepartmentMiscellanyFebruary 25, 2016





    Paul and Robin Cohen gave an invited talk on Shakespeare and Postmodernism for Philosophy Department students and faculty.


    Three English Department faculty members presented at the 35th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE), held in Orlando, Florida in mid-February: Dr. Nancy Wilson, Director of Lower-Division Studies; MARC graduate student and teaching assistant Edward Garza; and Twister Marquiss, Director of Texas State's Common Reading Program. The presentation, entitled “From Common Reading to a Common Experience: Fostering a Campus-wide Conversation,” recounted the success of the 2015-2016 Common Reading book — Tomás Rivera’s …y no se lo tragó la tierra / …And the Earth Did not Devour Him — including the book’s use for the diagnostic essay in English 1310 classes.


    MA Literature student Thais Rutledge presented "Displacing Septimus: Spatial Narrative and the Medical Gaze in Mrs. Dalloway" at the Louisville meeting of the International Virginia Woolf Society.


    In Story Circle Book Reviews, Susan Wittig Albert reviews Susan Morrison’s book, A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Ages (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2016): "A Medieval Woman's Companion is—I'm not exaggerating here—the best introduction I know of to the widely varied lives of medieval women." Read the complete review here: Susan guest-blogged for medieval mystery writer Candace Robb, on “A Medieval Woman’s Companion as Inspiration for Novelists”: Finally, Susan was interviewed by Madeline Barnes on Waste Studies and medieval liminality. Barnes, who was Outstanding Senior in English 2014, is currently a Masters student in Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. You can see the interview here:


    Recent MFA fiction graduate Sarah Rafael Garcia had a story, “Selling Happiness,” published in Lumen An interview regarding her work with the writing program she founded, Barrio Writers, appears in The Fem


    Eric Leake's co-authored chapter "Composing Place, Composing Las Vegas" has been published in the collection Rhetorics of Names and Naming, part of the Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Composition series. His article "Empathizer-in-Chief: The Promotion and Performance of Empathy in the Speeches of Barack Obama" has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric


    Michael Noll's story, "The Tank Yard," has been selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2016. It first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.


    English DepartmentMiscellany11 February 2016





    Doug Dorst and co-author J.J. Abrams were the recipients of the Bronze Medal for the 2015 Leserpreis, an annual prize voted on by German readers, for his their recent book, S. (German edition).


    Susan Morrison published “Five things you might not know about medieval women – the life of St. Margaret” at Celebrate Scotland:


    Lecturer Anne Winchell presented "Female or Male: A Not So Simple Choice" at the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, NM; along with her undergraduate student Natalie Hays, who presented "No One Expects a Female Inquisition: A Study on Gender Representation in Video Games."


    On February 14, Kitty Ledbetter will perform with her husband Alan Munde as part of Texas State’s Supple Music Series: [archived].


    Tomas Morin’s second poetry collection, Patient Zero, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2017. Also, Tomas will participate in a panel entitled "Paying It Forward: Literary Mentorship" at the Associated Writing Programs Conference next month, as well as taking part in some off-site readings.


    Tom Grimes’s new novel will be excerpted in the next issue of Narrative magazine.


    Sean Trolinder (MFA fiction graduate - 2012) recently had a short story, "City of Crushed Dreams," accepted for publication in a future issue of Louisiana Literature. A draft of this story began in one of Debra Monroe's fiction workshops.


    English DepartmentMiscellany29 January 2016




    Two poems by MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff, "Understand James Brown" and "Benching: A Note on Passing Boxcars," will appear in Toad Literary Journal.


    Rob Tally’s "Spatiality's Mirrors: Reflections on Literary Cartography" appears in the current issue of The Journal of English Language and Literature. It is an expanded version of the keynote address Rob gave at the English Language and Literature Association of Korea's (ELLAK) annual conference in Busan this past December.


    Alan Schaefer is now a co-editor for the Journal of Texas Music History. Alan also contributed to the journal a follow-up article on HOMEGROWN: AUSTIN MUSIC POSTERS 1967 TO 1982, the exhibition I co-curated for the Wittliff Collections in 2015 and the accompanying book he edited that was published by University of Texas Press.


    MFA Fiction student Graham Oliver has joined Emerson College's Ploughshares as a contributing blogger for 2016.  He will be doing a series of interviews with translators.  The first, with London-based Korean translator Deborah Smith, can be found at this link:


    Steve Wilson has poems in New American Writing, San Pedro River Review and The Beatest State in the Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writers (Lamar University Press).


    A Strange Object will publish Michael Noll's book on writing, In the Beginning, Middle, and End: A Field Guide for Writing Fiction. It’s based on his craft-of-writing blog, Read to Write Stories, and will feature all-new essays and exercises built around one-page excerpts from recent and forthcoming novels and stories. The book was the focus of Michael's Non-tenure Line Faculty Workload Release in the fall.


    Kitty Ledbetter presented her essay, "Commodifying Patriotism: Textiles and the Mexican War," at the MLA Convention in Austin, in January.


    Lecturer and recent MFA in poetry graduate Vanessa Couto Johnson is the winner of Slope Editions' Chapbook Contest for her manuscript speech rinse.


    MATC student Kristen Sacky has accepted a position on the Order Management team at Google Inc., in Austin, Texas. Kristen will be responsible for helping clients implement Google software applications in business environments. 


    William Jensen’s newest story, “A Quiet Place to Hide,” will be in the upcoming issue of North Dakota Quarterly.  William previously read a draft of this story at the Western Literature Association conference in Reno last October.


    MFA fiction graduate and current English Department Lecturer Cedric Synnestvedt’s short story "What the Birds Do" will appear in the next issue of The Sonora Review.


    English DepartmentMiscellany15 January 2016





    Debra Monroe’s latest book, My Unsentimental Education, which was widely reviewed, was named on three “Best Ten Books of 2015” lists: in The Dallas Morning News (a national list); The San Antonio-Express News (a national list with a regional emphasis): and the Austin Chronicle (a Texas-centric list).


    Roger Jones’ chapbook Familial was published in December by Finishing Line Press. Five of his haibun poems will appear later this year in Journeys 2016, an international anthology of haibun.


    The Conference on College Composition and Communication has selected Miriam Williams and Octavio Pimentel’s Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication as the winner of the 2016 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication. Octavio and Miriam will be presented with the award at the Awards Session of the 2016 CCCC Convention in Houston this coming April.


    Rob Tally’s essay "Adventures in Literary Cartography: Explorations, Representations, Projections" appears in Literature and Geography: The Writing of Space throughout History (Cambridge Scholars, 2016).  His collection of essays, Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies, co-edited with Christine M. Battista, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.


    MATC alumnus Derek Holden accepted a position as Content Administrator at Game Stop Inc.  Derek's duties will include creating and managing web content for Game Stop's international ThinkGeek brand.


    At the 2016 Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), to be held in Houston this April, Aimee Roundtree, Deb Balzhiser, and Miriam Williams will present research in a panel discussion titled, "Social Justice on Social Media: The Impact of Digital Technology on Political and Health Communication and Advocacy.” The focus of this year's ATTW conference is citizenship and advocacy in technical communication.


    Susan Morrison’s novel, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, has been shortlisted for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction:


    English DepartmentMiscellany6 January 2016





    Becky Jackson's book (written with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Nicole Caswell), The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors, will be published by Utah State University Press in Fall 2016. Utah State UP is the foremost publisher of writing center research and scholarship.


    Aimee Roundtree’s "Social Health Content and Activity on Facebook: A Survey Study,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.


    MFA poetry graduate and current Lecturer Vanessa Couto Johnson, along with recent MFA poetry graduates John Fry and Luisa Muradyan, has work in the latest issue of Blackbird:


    The Personal Academic and Career Exploration Mentoring and Coaching Office (PACE-MAC) named Keith Needham its 2015 “Best Instructor as Part of a Team” for his work with an assigned peer mentor in his US 1100 classes. The award was announced after Needham assigned his students to work with their peer mentor in writing narratives in the fashion of the Tomas Rivera Common Experience text, . . . And The Earth Did Not Devour Him. Needham then taped the students’ presentations and produced a video of the best four narratives. The video is entitled Bridged Through Stories: . . . And Neither Did the Earth Devour Them. Keith's strategies became part of the nominating process for PACE-MAC's statewide recognition for use of classroom mentors. In December, The University of Texas at San Antonio named Texas State’s PACE-MAC team a recipient of the Outstanding Mentoring Program in Texas.


    Octavio Pimentel will present “Too Mexican: Facing Racist Rhetoric,” at the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies conference, to be held February 2016 in New Orleans. Beginning next year, Octavio will serve a three-year term on the Editorial Board of College Composition and Communication, which is one of the top journals in composition.


    Susan Morrison received a Research Enhancement Grant award of $6,560 for next year. She was one of 11 receiving awards in Liberal Arts this year.


    The following non-tenure-line faculty in English have received a Faculty Senate Nontenure Faculty Workload Release Award for fall or spring 2016-2017: Jason Coates, Daniel Keltner, Lindy Kosmitis, and Jon Marc Smith.


    MFA Fiction student Graham Oliver interviewed Debra Monroe about her new memoir and the genre of memoir at large for The Rumpus:

  • English Department


    November 17, 2015



    The following faculty were named "Favorite Professors" by Fall 2015 graduate student inductees to the Texas State chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society: Jennifer duBois, Nancy Grayson, Chad Hammett, Rebecca Jackson, Lindy Kosmitis, Jaime Mejia, Cecily Parks, Aimee Roundtree, Robert Tally, and Steve Wilson.


    MA Literature student Matthew Hudson presented "Illuminators of the Multitude: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Populist Critique of the French Revolution” at the 40th annual conference for Society for Utopian Studies, held recently in Pittsburgh.


    Michael Noll moderated the panel, "Jogging Memories," at the Texas Book Festival. The panel featured Jill Alexander Essbaum and Keija Parssinen. He also moderated two panels at the Austin Film Festival: "Script-to-Screen: Saving Mr. Banks" with the film's writer, Kelly Marcel, and director, John Lee Hancock; and "A Conversation with Chris Cooper," featuring Cooper, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Adaptation. Both AFF panels will be turned into episodes of the PBS show On Story.


    Miriam Williams has accepted an invitation to serve as guest speaker during Texas Tech University's Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric Program's May Seminar, to be held May 22nd through June 4th, 2015.


    MATC alumnus Dr. Travis Irby serves as Instructional Designer in Texas State University's Office of Distance and Extended Learning. His areas of emphasis include self-paced studies and course production. 


    Several Texas State faculty and graduate students presented at the South Central Modern Language Association conference held in Nashville this past October: MFA fiction students Michaela Hansen, Josh Lopez and Graham Oliver; and faculty members Victoria Smith, Ross Feeler and Anne Shepherd.


    One of Susan Hanson's underwater photos, taken at Jacob's Well in Wimberley, has been selected for an exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. Her photograph was among 54 selected from approximately 600 entries. Judge for the event was Gary Braasch, an environmental photojournalist and writer who documents nature, environment, biodiversity, and climate change around the world.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyNovember 9, 2015





    Mark Busby presented “My Night with Ken Kesey” at the Western Literature Association in Reno, NV on Oct. 17.  The talk is based upon Kesey’s visit to San Marcos and Wimberley in 1994.


    Rob Tally’s article "An American Bakhtin: Jonathan Arac, or, the Critic in the Age of the Novel" will appear in the next issue of symplokē.


    Roger Jones’ poem "Government Bridge" has been accepted by Town Creek Poetry Journal

    At the upcoming Seventh International Research Conference for Graduate Students, sponsored by Texas State’s Graduate College, the following graduate students will present their work: Danielle McEwen will present “Connecting Past to Present: Using New Media Theory in Museum Website Development”; Edward Garza, “Renovating the House on Mango Street: Expanding Latinx Literature in First-Year Composition Classes”; Amanda Scott, The Subject is the Matter: Towards a More Inclusive Understanding of Hybrid Racial Identity in Technical Communication”; and Tyler Dukes, Coleridge and the Hypnagogic State: Blending Folklore and Fairy Tale to Create the Unconscious in “Christabel.”

    MATC Alumna Alex Podwalny is Communications Executive with Mercom Capital Group in Austin.  Alex writes that Mercom is a hybrid communications and research firm with clients in the clean tech space.

    MFA fiction student Stanislav Rivkin’s story, "How To Survive a Non-Funeral," will appear in the next issue of Glimmer Train.

    Vanessa Couto Johnson’s chapbook manuscript rotoscoping collage in Cork City (a sequence of poems that include quotes from the film Waking Life) will be published in 2016 by dancing girl press.

    Dr. Jaime Mejia and MARC students Edward Garza and Clare Murray delivered papers on the panel “Strategies for Teaching Argument and Persuasion in Relation to Latin@ Literary and Cultural Spheres” at the Third Annual Trends in Teaching College Composition conference held this past October in McKinney, TX.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 29, 2015




    MFA poetry student Jason Duncan’s poems "The Botany of Absence," "The Creation of Loneliness," "Ghazal of Burning Silk," "Neurology," and "Pica" have been accepted for publication in Lamar University's New Writers Series anthology.


    Stephanie Noll's essay, "The Myth of Gender," can be found at Graceless: [archived]. On October 18, Stephanie moderated "Behind the Barrel," a conversation with authors Elliot Ackerman (Green on Blue) and Texas State graduate Brandon Caro (Old Silk Road) at the Texas Book Festival. 


    Susan Morrison published a blog post on the recent Texas Medieval Association conference, held at Texas State in October: A number of faculty and graduate students from the English Department participated.  MFA poetry student Dorothy Lawrenson received the award for the best essay by a Graduate Student presented at the conference.


    On October 22, Alan Schaefer moderated a conversation with documentary filmmaker Pawel Wysoczanski on truth in documentary cinema. Mr. Wysoczanski visited Texas for the Austin Polish Film Festival. His most recent film, JUREK, a documentary about the famous Polish alpine climber Jerzy Kukuczka, was screened at the festival.


    MFA fiction graduate Sarah Rafael Garcia’s short story "Little Secrets" ("Mentirillas" in Spanish), which she wrote during a workshop class with author Cristina Garcia, was recently published in English and translated in Spanish in Contrapuntos: [archived].


    Cecily Parks and Susan Morrison will be reading from their latest books at the Travis Heights Art Trail in Austin on Saturday and Sunday November 7th & 8th.  For more information and the schedule of their readings, please check out this website: [archived].


    On Thursday, 11/5, at 3:30 p.m. in FH 230, Dr. Mark Bracher will give a public talk titled “Developing Compassionate Identities through Literary Study.” The talk is part of the Therese Kayser Lindsey Visiting Scholar Series. Dr. Bracher is a leading figure in the cognitive humanities and literary study. His most recent book is Literature and Social Justice: Protest Novels, Cognitive Politics, and Schema Criticism (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013). He is Professor of English at Kent State University.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 14, 2015





    MFA fiction student and MARC alumnus Graham Oliver interviewed the writer David Lipsky for The Rumpus. Lipsky's 2010 book about David Foster Wallace, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, was recently adapted into the film The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg.  You can read the interview here:


    Debra Monroe will be launching her new book, My Unsentimental Education, on Saturday, October 24 at 4 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin, on 6th & Lamar. At the event, there will be introductory remarks by Scott Blackwood, Texas State MFA program alumnus and award-winning author. Two chapters from the book have previously been cited as “Notable” in Best American Essays. Recent excerpts and essays she’s written about it include an essay in Salon; an essay titled “The Memoir of Discovery, Not Recovery” in Kirkus Reviews (widely shared on social media); an excerpt published by Longreads on Oct. 1, reposted by the Internet aggregator, Digg on Oct. 4. Enthusiastic reviews and feature stories have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; The Dallas Morning News; the Minneapolis Star Tribune; the Houston Chronicle; the San Francisco Review of Books; the Wisconsin State Journal; and Amazon’s recommended books column, Omnivoracious. The review that best captures the unconventional spirit of the book appeared in the Chicago Tribune:


    One of Susan Hanson’s photos, taken at Jacob's Well, received first place in this year's Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show, judged by Keith Carter. It was one of 50 images selected out of 1020 submissions. The show will open Dec. 10 at the TCC Photo Gallery in Longview:


    MFA poetry graduate and current Lecturer James Knippen will have two poems, "Beggars" and "Lilies," published in an upcoming issue of Gulf Coast. His poem "Kitchen," previously published in Hayden's Ferry Review, will be included in The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from Lamar University Press.


    MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff’s poem "For the Love of a Cadillac and a Cousin" has been accepted by Rose Red Review


    The Katherine Anne Porter House hosted an interview between Texas authors Mary Helen Specht and Nan Cuba.  The interview is featured in the October issue of Texas Monthly and can be found online:


    English DepartmentMiscellanySeptember 17, 2015





    Kathleen McClancy's “Iron Curtain Man versus Captain American Exceptionalism: World War II and Cold War Nostalgia in Marvel’s War on Super-Terror” just came out in Marvel Comics’ Civil War and the Age of Terror: Critical Essays on the Comic Saga, from McFarland. Earlier this summer, “Atomic Housewives: *Shutter Island* and the Domestication of Nuclear Holocaust” came out in the June issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

    "No Dancing in Waco" and "Once, and Again After Midnight,” two poems by MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff, have been accepted by Shadowgraph Quarterly.

    Becky Jackson will participate in the panel "The Extracurriculum Within Our Walls" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention. She will also co-chair (with Eric Leake) the annual meeting of the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists at the conference.

    Edna Rehbein, a Lecturer in the English Department and also an Assistant Vice Presdient for Academic Affairs, has been selected for an Alumnae Achievement Award by her alma mater, know formerly as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia but now coed and is simply Randolph College. She will receive the award in Virginia on September 19th and will have an opportunity to teach a class while there. She attended Randolph-Macon in the 1970s and earned an AB degree with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies, graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation she received a Danforth Fellowship for graduate students to study in doctoral programs with the purpose of becoming university professors. Randolph College has a very strong history as a liberal arts college and many of its graduates continue with graduate and professional programs.

    Miriam Williams and Octavio Pimentel’s Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, published in 2015 by Baywood Publishing Company, has been nominated for the 2016 Technical and Scientific Communication Awards sponsored by the Conference on College Composition & Communication.

    MFA fiction graduate Sarah Rafael Garcia has been granted an artist-in-residence position at the Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, California from March of 2016 through March of 2017, with which she will develop her of proposed Santana's Fairy Tales, a collection is inspired by and including one of the feminist fairytales submitted in her MFA thesis. *Santana’s Fairy Tales* is an oral history, storytelling project that integrates community-based interviews to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and real stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales). The exhibit will present a mixed media installation that will be curated in collaboration with local visual, musical, and performance artists. The exhibit will showcase a fully illustrated published book; an 'open book' performance with a narrator and actors; along with the band “Viento Callejero,” who will compose and play a score for a featured story out of the collection. The artist-in-residence position includes a $10,000 honorarium and an apartment in the downtown artist district (near the art center), as well as funds for the artists participating in the project and for all curating expenses. Santana's Fairy Tales is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, through a grant supporting the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center.

    English DepartmentMiscellany4 September 2015




    Allan Chavkin published “Looking at Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman through the Lens of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Theory and Family Systems Theory” in the Spring 2015 issue of the Arthur Miller Journal. He presented “Bellow’s Death Comedy in an Early Draft of Henderson the Rain King at the American Literature Association Annual Conference, held this past May in Boston.


    Octavio Pimentel’s book, Historias De ‘Exito within Mexican Comunities: Silenced Voices, in now out from Palgrave Macmillan. His paper "Opening the Gateway: The Power of Dual Language Composition Courses” has been accepted for presentation at the CCCC conference in Houston next spring; and “#RacistTweets: A Critical Analysis of the Ongoing Racism in Social Media” has been accepted for presentation at AESA 2015, to be held in San Antonio. In addition, he has agreed to a one-year term as a member of the 2016 National CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards Selection Committee, which recognizes outstanding books and articles in technical and scientific communication in six categories (best book, best original collection of essays, best article reporting qualitative or quantitative research, best article reporting historical research or textual studies, best article on philosophy or theory, and best article on pedagogy or curriculum).


    Alan Schaefer’s essay "Reframing a Portrait: Flann O’Brien’s Interrogation of the Artist in ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’" will appear this winter in New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations, volume 68 of the Reimagining Ireland series (Peter Lang International Academic Publisher).


    In June, Susan Hanson presented "From Matagorda to Mad Island" at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference, held at the University of Idaho. In July, her photograph "At the Koi Pond" was one of 60, out of more than 750 submissions, chosen for a juried exhibit at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City. Also in June, two of her underwater photos from the San Marcos River were selected for the 11th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition at the San Marcos Activity Center Walkers' Gallery. The exhibit will remain up until Sept. 11.


    Rob Tally’s article, "The Geopolitical Aesthetic of Middle-earth: Tolkien, Cinema, and Literary Cartography," translated into Russian by Arja Rosenholm, has now come out in her edited collection of essays, Topographies of Popular Culture (Moscow: New Literary Observer Books, 2015). In Russian, his article is titled “Геополитическая эстетика Средиземья: Толкиен, кино и литературная картография,” and the book information is here:


    MATC faculty Scott Mogull and Deb Balzhiser co-authored "Pharmaceutical Companies are Writing the Script for Health Consumerism," published in the August 2015 issue of Communication Design Quarterly as part of a special issue on medical rhetoric.


    Marilynn Olson’s “John Ruskin and the Mutual Influences of Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde” appears in Children’s Literature and the European Avant-Garde. She also presented at two summer conferences:  “Without Names: Defining Childhood as Audience for Pirate Tales,” at the International Research Society in Children's Literature conference, held in Worcester, England this past August; and in June, “Billy Whiskers: Mrs. Montgomery Defines Freedom for Young America,” at the Children’s Literature Association International Meeting, held in Richmond, VA.

    English DepartmentMiscellanyAugust 28, 2015




    At the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Convocation, the following English faculty were recognized with awards: Kitty Ledbetter received a Presidential Distinction Award for Teaching, Rob Tally received a Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, Steve Wilson received a Presidential Distinction Award for Service, and Kathleen McClancy received a College Achievement Award for Teaching.


    Wendy Shan Wen, Professor and Vice Dean in the College of Foreign Studies at South China Agricultural University, is spending the 2015-16 academic year as a Visiting Research Scholar. Professor Wen will work with Steve Wilson.


    On Wednesday, August 12, Stephanie Noll raised over $500 and collected several boxes of books for Old Books for New Teachers, her project that supports first-year teachers by helping them build classroom libraries. The fundraiser was a part of Five Things, a reading series that takes place every other month in Austin.


    Benjamin Reed’s essay, “Technologies of Instant Amnesia: Teaching Kurt Vonnegut's ‘Harrison Bergeron’ to the Millennial Generation,” was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice: [archived].


    Kitty Ledbetter presented her paper,“'Five O’Clock Tea' and Dickens’ Young Man: Edmund Yates as Columnist for The Queen," at the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, held in Ghent, Belgium on July 10. In addition, she has been appointed Assistant Director of Faculty Development for Texas State: her duties will be to coordinate the New Tenure Track Faculty Orientation each fall and the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning events throughout the academic year.


    Katie Kapurch's article, "Rapunzel Loves Merida: Melodramatic Expressions of Lesbian Girlhood and Teen Romance in Tangled, Brave, and Femslash," appears in the Journal of Lesbian Studies.


    Steve Wilson’s poem “Selections from a Sketchbook of Birds” will appear in the fall issue of Borderlands.

  • English Department


    August 10, 2015



    Texas State was represented at the annual Children's Literature Association conference, held this year in Richmond, Virginia, by Marilynn Olson and Graeme Wend-Walker. Marilynn presented “Billy Whiskers (1902-1930):  Mrs. Montgomery Defines Freedom for Young America,” and Graeme presented “The Excluded Middle in Political Criticism: How Did ‘Liberty’ and ‘Death’ Become the Only Options?”


    Keith Needham’s former student teacher and English major, Jonathan Sixtos, has been named Texas Region III Teacher of the Year. He now will advance to compete at the state level.


    The 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize has been awarded to John Blair’s Playful Song Called Beautiful. This year’s judge was University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop visiting professor Craig Morgan Teicher, who wrote of the book that “… rolling tercets become the unlikely medium for all manner of slippery, expansive, and emotive thinking. For Blair, poetry’s shifting, mutable meaning is ‘all the comfort you need, all/ thecomfort you get.’” Playful Song Called Beautiful is Blair’s third book of poetry. His work has appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, and New Letters. His poetry collection The Green Girls won the 2003 Lena-Miles WeverTodd Poetry Prize; and his short story collection American Standard was awarded the 2002 Drue-Heinz Literature Prize.


    MFA Fiction graduate 2012 Evan McMurry has been working as a writer for the small, feisty, always intelligent and well-written political blog Mediaite. He’s just accepted a position as Political Editor for ABC News.


    Amanda Scott’s nonfiction piece “Cherry Blossom appears in the latest issue of Word Riot: [archived]. Amanda is graduate student (currently MATC, formerly MFA) in the English Department at Texas State.


    Alan Schaefer presented “Comic Art and the Music Posters of Austin, Texas” on July 3 at the Amsterdam Comics Conference at the University of Amsterdam.


    Annie Shepherd's essay "Life Outside the Straw" appears in the North Dakota Quarterly.


    English DepartmentMiscellany17 June 2015




    Recent graduate Nathan Machart, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Gates Thomas Award from Persona, has a story, "Poor, Bleeding Country," forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly.


    Cecily Parks’ poem “Morning Instructions for the Doctor’s Wife” appears in the June 22 issue of The New Yorker.


    Graduate student Katherine Stingley has been awarded one of only 17 Celebrity Classic Scholarships. The award is a highly competitive multi-year scholarship from Texas State, providing up to $1,500 per semester for the student’s remaining hours in the degree. This year, over 400 students applied for the scholarship.


    MATC alumna Whitney Lacey has accepted a position as a Content Specialist at Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) in Austin, Texas.  EA develops and publishes EA Sports titles, The Sims, and many other popular videos games. Whitney will write HELP articles and documentation to support EA games.   


    Susan Morrison's latest book, The Literature of Waste, is out from Palgrave Macmillan.


    MA Literature student Tyler Dukes presented "Sacred Time and Ritualistic Behavior at Harry Potter Book Releases and Film Premieres," at the June 2015 Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, hosted by A-Kon in Dallas. The same article will be published in the July edition of The Phoenix Papers, an online peer-reviewed journal.


    Michel Conroy, Chair of the Faculty Senate, sent the following note to Dr. Lochman, Chair of the English Department: “To encourage recognition of faculty service on the Faculty Senate and its sixteen committees, as well as the twenty-one university level committees to which the Faculty Senate makes appointments, I am forwarding a list of English faculty serving on these committees for the 2014-2015 academic year: Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau:  Faculty Senate, Supplemental Award Review Committee, University Council; Dr. Roger Jones:  Faculty Handbook Committee; Ms. Amanda Meyer:  Adjunct Faculty Committee Liaison; Dr. Victoria Smith:  Honor Code Council; Dr. Miriam Williams:  Library Committee; Mr. Steve Wilson:  University Arts Committee; Ms. Sarah Youree:  Budget Committee. Thank you for serving on the Academic Governance Committee this year.  Although there are additional university committees on which faculty may serve, in 2014-2015, thirty-eight College of Liberal Arts faculty served on these thirty-seven committees, eight (including you) from the Department of English.”

  • English Department


    May 8, 2015




    MARC graduate Cheyenne Riggs has accepted a full-time lecturer position in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma.


    Nancy Wilson's article, "Coming in from the (Binary) Code," will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of Writing on the Edge.


    Trey Moody's poem, "What Needs To Be Done," is in the current issue of Puerto del Sol.


    The following English faculty were name Alpha Chi Favorite Professors by students graduating Spring 2015: John Blair, Chad Hammett, Susan Hanson, Elvin Holt, Rebecca Jackson, Katie Kapurch, Lindy Kosmitis, Twister Marquiss, Stephanie Motz, Stephanie Noll, and Anne Winchell.  Alpha Chi is a National College Honor Society that recognizes “academic excellence and exemplary character” in students.


    MATC student Emily Clark, this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student in English, has accepted a position at Schneider Electric as a technical writer. Emily will write documentation for tollway system software and hardware. 


    MFA poetry student Laura Kraay’s comic-poetry hybrid, “Notes to My Ex,” appears in the latest issue of Hobart:


    Our Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Komi Begedou, and a colleague currently at New York University have been awarded a $10,000 grant from NYU and D-Prize for their "Jeunes Braves" project to expand classes helping teenage girls in Togo avoid unwanted pregnancy. In late April, Komi was guest speaker at the Togo Independence Day celebration held by the Togo Association of Central Texas, in Austin.


    Steve Wilson has poems forthcoming in Southwestern American Literature, Midwest Quarterly, and Beloit Poetry Journal.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyApril 27, 2015





    Susan Hanson, Elvin Holt and Twister Marquiss have been named Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for spring 2015.


    MARC graduate Megan Boeshart has been accepted into the PhD program in English at Old Dominion University, where she will focus on program emphases in writing & rhetoric and technology & media studies.


    MFA poetry student Sarah Howze’s poem "Scene I: Stuck in the House of Tiny Deaths, Somewhere in Texas" will be published in the Spring 2015 edition of Anamesa


    A Texas State University team competed at the International Business Ethics Case Competition in New Orleans, LA in late April. The graduate student team, including English Department Administrative Assistant Shaula Rocha, along with Travis Stockton and David Tamez, won 1st place in the 90-second presentation division, and runner-up in the 25-minute presentation division.


    Mary McCulley, a 2008 graduate of the MARC program, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the English Department at Cedarville University in Ohio. Mary is currently completing her dissertation on 19th-century women's rhetoric and literature at Texas Christian University. She will start her new position in the fall.


    Mark Busby was the featured author for the launch of the 2015 volume of The Mayo Review at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 23.   As part of the launch, Mark conducted a morning writing workshop; presented a paper in the afternoon entitled “The Scholar as Novelist, the Novelist as Scholar”; and offered a reading from his novel Cedar Crossing in the evening. Two of his stories are featured in the new volume of The Mayo Review.


    Students in Laura Ellis-Lai's fall 2014 Honors writing course presented their work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research last week at Eastern Washington University. Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Marcela Zuniga Arteaga, Brian Woods, Lindsey Robertson, Amber Cabading, and Glen Stevenson. Laura’s talk at the NCUR Faculty and Administrator Network, about the research she did as a result of participating in Texas State’s Faculty Learning Community on Globalization this year, was titled: “Supporting International Independent Research for Undergraduates.”


    Octavio Pimentel has agreed to serve as Second Stage Reviewer for the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication.


    Graduating MARC student Shaun Bryan has been accepted into the M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MAAPE) program at Texas State for fall 2015. He plans to study the philosophy of cognition, logic, the philosophy of language and its connection to cognition, the philosophy of education, and the mind/body connection in continuation of his research into disability studies.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyApril 21, 2015





    After hearing about Dr. Komi Begedou's research interests and the lack of American Literature available at his home institution in Togo, Sigma Tau Delta organized a book drive for the University of Lome. For the past academic year, Sigma Tau Delta has been collecting books in the English Department as well as at all Sigma functions. As a result, they will be sending 269 books to Dr. Begedou’s university this May.


    Cecily Parks's second poetry collection, O'Nights, was published this month by Alice James Books.


    Pinfan Zhu's article "Against Cultural Influence on Structuring a Discourse for Cross-Cultural Communication" was published as the lead article in the March 2015 issues of International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science. “The Impact of Business Cultural Values on Homepage Design That May Affect International Business" has been accepted by the Journal of Technical Writing & Communication.


    Marilynn Olson presented "Billy Whiskers: Frances Trego Montgomery's Primer for Two-Legged Kids (1902-1930)" at the Child and Citizenship symposium of the Critical Childhood Studies Seminar, held at Texas A&M, March 27th.


    Rob Tally was named Outstanding Professor of the Year by Sigma Tau Delta.


    Gabriel Schnell, graduating MFA fiction student, has accepted a position as an 11th grade Writing teacher at Gestalt Community Schools in Memphis, TN. 


    On April 15, several former student teachers participated in a panel organized by Stephanie Noll, Lindy Kosmitis, Sarah Youree, Keith Needham, and Laura Sims. The panelists – Kylie Cooper, Zach Soto, and Michele Benage – spoke to current student teachers in English about their experiences as new teachers. The panelists were given books for their classrooms thanks to Stephanie's project, Old Books for New Teachers, which helps recent Texas State graduates build their classroom libraries.


    2007 fiction graduate Amelia Gray’s third story collection, Gutshot, has just been published by FSG. To read its NPR review, click on this link:


    Lindy Kosmitis has been name 2014-15 Honors Professor of the Year.


    Susan Morrison has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor of International Studies for a three-year term, beginning in the 2015-16 budget cycle. This is a renewal; Susan was also an Honorary Professor of International Studies for the 2012-15 cycle.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyApril 7, 2014





    Rachel Snow, an undergraduate English major who will begin the MARC program this summer, has been awarded a Graduate Merit Fellowship of $2,500 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship is designed to help recruit students of the "highest quality' to master's programs at Texas State.


    Miles Wilson's story, "Tough," appears in the current issue of The Georgia Review. An interview with Miles appears in The Georgia Review Online:


    On March 27th, MA-Literature graduate and current Lecturer Amanda Sabo, MFA poetry graduate Jeremy Bauer, and MA-Literature student Christine Zabala presented the panel “From Virginia Woolf to Batgirl: The Failure of Democracy's Promise" at the Women and Gender Symposium, held at Texas State.


    Rob Tally’s essay "Beyond the Flaming Walls of the World: Fantasy, Alterity, and the Postnational Constellation" appears in The Planetary Turn: Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru (Northwestern Univ. Press, 2015).


    Libby Allison has been invited to participate in Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, sponsored by Texas State’s Center for Diversity and Gender Studies.


    MARC student Clare Murray presented "'Suppose there were a Narnian World': C.S. Lewis's Rhetorical Use of Supposals" at the 18th Annual C.S. Lewis and Inkling Society Conference, held recently at Grove City College. Her essay received Honorable Mention in the competition for best Graduate student paper presented at the conference, for which Clare was awarded a small cash prize. On April 11 she will present "'Well, That's Your Opinion' - Truth, Morality, and Religion in the Composition and Rhetoric Classroom" at the Texas State conference on "Religious Studies, the Liberal Arts, and the Public University."


    The English Department was well represented at the national Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association meeting held recently in New Orleans. MARC student Collin Couey presented "You and Your Crew: A Critical History of Rap Groups"; MFA fiction student Theresa Holden read her short story, "What Are the Vitals?"; MFA fiction student Graham Oliver presented "Renegade or Paragon: Narrative Choice in Contemporary Video Games"; and MATC student Amanda Scott presented "'Shorty Wanna Be a Thug': The Dynamics of Gender in Rap Groups."


    English DepartmentMiscellanyMarch 25, 2014





    MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff’s poem "Russet County" has been published in Portage Magazine: A Review of Upper Midwest Writing, Art, and Culture.


    The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz, a collection edited by Murray Pomerance and Barton Palmer, will be published by the University of Texas Press in 2016 and includes a chapter written by Rebecca Bell-Metereau.


    Annie Shepherd presented "Accepting the Inexplicable: the Relationship Between Style and Content in Tony Earley's 'The Prophet from Jupiter'" at the American Literature Association's "God and the American Writer" conference in late February.


    John Blair has won the 2014 Dana Award, awarded for a group of poems.  He will receive $1,000 as winner.


    MFA fiction student Emily Smith has been awarded a scholarship to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute, to be held at Skidmore College.  Only 51 out of 300 applicants received an award.


    Texas State was well represented at the 36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held recently in Orlando. Brandy Eileen Allatt presented "Herbert and Jodorowsky: The Unintentional Meta-Messiah in Jodorowsky's Dune"; Suparno Banerjee presented "Ghosts, Aliens, and Machines: Epistemic Continuity and Assemblage in Shirshendu Mukherjee’s Science Fiction"; and Graeme Wend-Walker presented "The Scientific Imagination and the Imaginary Science."


    Trey Moody's short short story, "Permission," appears in the current issue of NANO Fiction, and two of his poems are in the newest OmniVerse


    MFA fiction student Shannon Perri’s story, "You're Never Alone Until There's Nothing," has been published in Queen Mob's Teahouse:


    MFA fiction graduate Marc Watkins’ first book, Middle West, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press this June: [archived]


    English DepartmentMiscellanyMarch 4, 2015





    The College of Liberal Arts has nominated the following English faculty for 2015 Presidential Excellence Awards: Kitty Ledbetter, for teaching; Rob Tally, for scholarly / creative activity; and Steve Wilson, for service.


    Octavio Pimentel’s latest book, Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, has been accepted for publication by Computers and Composition Digital Press.


    Columnist Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman featured Texas State University’s Common Experience and the Common Reading Program in his Metro/State commentary column on Wednesday, February 25th: He discussed the 50th anniversary of Texas State’s integration, as well as the history of the school. In addition, the piece highlighted Common Reading Program director Twister Marquiss, who is a lecturer in the Department of English.


    Komi Begedou will present "Navigating the Intersections of a Christian Organization and a West African Public University" at the Texas State University conference, “Religious Studies, Liberal Arts and the Public University,” taking place this coming April.


    Scott Mogull’s article “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Health Consumerism” has been accepted for publication in Fall 2015 as part of a special issue of Communication Design Quarterly exploring health and medical discourses. CDQ is the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design of Communication. 


    Michael Noll’s story, "The Tank Yard," was accepted by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for the June/July issue. In addition, Michael was invited by the journal American Short Fiction to write an essay about a text that portrays poor parenting. His essay, discussing Murray Farish's story "Inappropriate Behavior," was published along with essays by other writers at ASF's blog series, Bourbon & Milk: [archived].


    English DepartmentMiscellanyFebruary 20, 2015





    Scott Mogull's presentation, "Practices of Visual Inscriptions in Science and Engineering Discourse: Implications for Teaching," has been accepted at ProComm 2015, the annual conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Professional Communication Societ, to be held in Limerick, Ireland on July 12-15, 2015.


    Steve Wilson's poem "Six Storms" will be among the texts used by visual artists to create new work during a series of spring workshops sponsored by the renowned Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre (Kinsale, Ireland). The project will culminate in an exhibition entitled "Trading Words: An exploration of the relationship between visual arts and creative writing”:


    MA-Literature student Tyler Dukes presented "The Searchers and Dallas Buyers Club: Social Upheaval on Two Frontiers" at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPCA) Conference, held recently in Albuquerque, NM.


    Cyrus Cassells has been named a "Guest Director" for the Drama Department's current production of A Streetcar Named Desire.


    Mark Busby has been selected as the “featured author” for Texas A&M-Commerce's launch of its annual literary magazine, The Mayo Review.  Two of his stories will appear in the issue, and he will do readings and workshops as part of the event. Mark presented “Leavening Humor in Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain” at the Texas/Southwest Popular Culture Association meeting in Albuquerque, February 11, 2015.


    The 19 February 2015 issue of the Austin American-Statesman featured on the first page of "Austin 360" "Homegrown," the collection of posters celebrating the Austin music culture that is on view at the Wittliff Gallery through July 3. Alan Schaefer, lecturer in the Department of English, has curated the exhibit and authored the related book, Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982 (Austin: UT Press, 2015), which features essays by Joe Nick Patoski and Nels Jacobson.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyFebruary 13, 2015





    On January 30, Rachel and Matt Greengold welcomed their new son Sebastian Scott Greengold. He was born 8lbs and 19 inches long.


    MATC alumna Alexandra Podwalny has accepted the Communications Executive position at Mercom Capital Group in Austin, Texas. Alexandra graduated from the MATC program in fall 2014.


    MFA fiction student Allison Grace Myers will present "Idiosyncrasy and Isolation: The Pleasures of Language in Lorrie Moore's 'Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People'" at the University of Wisconsin - Madison's conference, "Dirty Talk: The Forms and Language of Pleasure." 


    MFA fiction student Jane Hawley had a story published by Day One, Amazon’s literary journal for emerging authors. “The Suitcases of San Leon” is available at


    At this year's Southwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, Lecturer Anne Winchell will present "Female Representation and Sexualization in Tabletop Gaming": Lecturer Laura Sims will present "Gender, Gamergate, and the Middle Ages: Second Verse, Same as the First”; and Undergraduate English Major Brittany Mari Landgrebe, "Healing Potions: Video Games as a Tool for Coping with Loss and Trauma.” Anne Winchell's article "Video Games as a New Form of Interactive Literature" appears in a special issue of Syllabus Journal:


    Lecturer and MFA graduate Logan Fry has a poem forthcoming in Fence.


    Deb Balzhiser's article, “Participatory Media & Culture: The Spirit of the Human," written with Caroline Jones and former MATC students Julie Good and Tate English, appears in the latest issue of Technoculture.


    2007 MFA fiction graduate Amelia Gray has a story in the February 9 issue of The New Yorker. It is from her story collection, Gutshot, which will be published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux in April.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyJanuary 30, 2014





    MFA fiction student Heather Lefebvre’s story's "Baby" appears online at Story|Houston:


    Pinfan Zhu’s article "On the Right Strategy for Translating Technical and Business Information" was published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Education and Social Science. His "Translation Criteria: How They May Affect International Business" was accepted by the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication for a forthcoming issue.


    MARC graduate and MFA fiction student Graham Oliver has an essay entitled "How to Write Like George R. R. Martin" at Fiction Advocate:


    MFA fiction student Anabel Graff was named one of three winners of the 2014 Prada-Feltrinelli Prize, which celebrates emerging writers.  The ceremony was held on January 19 at Prada headquarters in Milan. Her story, “The Prom at the End of the World,” released by Italian publishing house Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, is available at


    Eric Leake's interview with Nancy Sommers, "Enter the Process in Uncertainty," written with David Masiel, appears in the latest issue of Writing on the Edge.


    MFA fiction graduate Katie Angermeier Haab is the new Executive Director of the Austin Bat Cave, which offers guidance to young creative writers:


    MFA poetry student Autumn Hayes has been invited to read at Houston's Public Poetry reading series this spring and fall.


    MFA fiction student Allison Myers’ short story "Conditions" has won the John Steinbeck Award. The prize is sponsored by Reed Magazine, which will publish the story later this spring.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyJanuary 19, 2014





    Roger Jones’ poetry chapbook Familial has been accepted by the Finishing Line Press, with publication set for 2015. 


    MARC graduate Amanda (Rice) Rawlinson is the new Human Resources Manager for the International American University-College of Medicine, in Dallas, TX.


    MFA fiction graduate and current Lecturer Chris Margrave’s "Covington is the Non-Place for Me: Walker Percy's Topophilia in the Deserts of Theory and Consumption" appears in Reconstruction:


    Octavio Pimentel has signed a contract with Palgrave Macmillan for his book Historias de Éxito with Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices, which is scheduled to be out in print by June 2015. He also has agreed to serve as a “Featured Panelist” on a panel entitled "Dialog about Language,” to be offered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida this spring.


    Deb Balzhiser's article, "Community Guides: Disrupting Oppression in Comment Threads on Social Sites," written with Stephanie Vie (University of Central Florida) and Devon Fitzgerald Ralston (Miami University, Ohio), appears in the latest issue of Technoculture.


    Rob Tally has been elected to the Executive Committee of the MLA's Division on Literary Criticism. His book Poe and the Subversion of American Literature: Satire, Fantasy, Critique (Bloomsbury) was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014. He recently published "Song of Saruman" in the Los Angeles Review of Books (December 27, 2014), a critique of the representation of the wizard in the Peter Jackson films: "Topophrenia: The Place of the Subject" appears in Reconstruction 14.4 (2014):


    The MARC program will be well-represented at the 2015 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference (“What Starts Here Writes The World”), taking place at the University of Texas-Austin this February. Presenters include current students, graduates, and faculty: Cresta Bayley, Collin Couey: Shaun Ford, Nancy Wilson, Rachel Snow, Rebecca Jackson, and Kristin Riggs.


    Trey Moody's poem "My Sound Story" appears in the current issue of Pleiades


    Eric Leake's chapter "The (Un)Knowable Self and Others: Critical Empathy and Expressivism" has been published in the collection Critical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom:


    English DepartmentMiscellanyJanuary 8, 2014





    Administrative Assistant Danielle McEwen and her husband Ross are new parents. Emma was born January 6.


    MFA fiction student Patrick Cline's story, "Maybe a Calamity," will appear in the upcoming winter issue of Zoetrope: All Story


    The Department received the good news recently that the estate of the late L. D. and Laverne Clark has bequeathed to the Department of English municipal bonds in the amount almost of $659,000 that the university will convert and add to the L.D. and Laverne Clark Literary Endowment. This bequest is in addition to the more than $800,000 the endowment received at its inception. In 2012, L. D. Clark authorized a revised memorandum of understanding that provided for an endowment dedicated to the creation of a writer-in-residence for the MFA program and a fiction-writing contest. The department will be working this spring to honor the terms of this MOU. Years ago, Mark Busby made contact with L. D. and Laverne Clark and fostered their interest in Texas State, the Southwest Writers Collection, and our MFA program. Since then, Mike Hennessy and Tom Grimes helped to maintain contact with the Clarks, at one time inviting L.D. to talk about writing to students bussed to campus from a nearby public school. More recently, we had occasions to be in contact with L.D. and, after Laverne's death, his niece, Mrs. Colleen Clark Carri. The Department is very grateful to Mrs. Carri, who served as the executor of her uncle's will, and we look forward to honoring the wishes and memory of L. D. and Laverne.


    Miriam Williams and Octavio Pimentel’s edited book collection, Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, was favorably reviewed in the December 2014 issue of the Society for Technical Communication Journal.  The reviewer noted, "Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication has wide-reaching potential for readers and uses. Possible readers include scholars in technical communication and intercultural communication, practicing technical writers, and graduate students. Numerous possibilities exist for using this book in graduate courses, such as introduction to technical communication, intercultural rhetoric, proposal and grant writing, and courses that incorporate discussion about social justice."


    MATC alumna Emmelyn Wang has accepted a position as Director of Web Product Marketing at Mouser Electronics in Mansfield, Texas. Mouser Electronics is an authorized distributor of semiconductor and electronic components for over 500 industry-leading suppliers.


    Miriam Williams accepted an invitation to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

  • English Department


    December 17, 2014





    Alan Schaefer is now a co-editor for Texas State's Journal of Texas Music History.


    Eric Leake's short essay "Neon Letters: Writing of Sin City" appears in the latest issue of College Composition and Communication.


    Octavio Pimentel’s paper, “Understanding Racism in the Age of Social Media: A Racial Analysis of Sebastien de la Cruz Singing the National Anthem,” has been accepted for the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies conference, to be held in San José, Costa Rica this coming spring.  In addition, Octavio again has been invited to serve on the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program committee, which is scheduled to meet in February 2015 in Los Angeles; since its inception (2000) it has awarded over 17,000 scholarships at a value of over $845,713,056.


    MFA fiction student Shannon Perri’s story, "My Sister's Maid of Honor," appears in Buffalo Almanack: Her story "To Be for Something" was published in the second Fiddleblack print anthology, Nights Like These. In addition, her paper “The Rhetoric of Guilt and Violence in Stories by Maile Meloy and William Gay” was accepted for presentation at McGill University's conference, “Violation: Representations in Literature and Culture.”


    MARC student Kristin Milligan will present “Trust in Communities: Latin@ Cultural Norms in the Classroom” at the 2015 meeting of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, to be held in Coast Rica next March.


    Welcome to our new Administrative Assistant Shaula Rocha, and good luck to departing Administrative Assistant Melody Edwards.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyDecember 5, 2014




    Rebecca Bell-Metereau has contracted as editor for publication of a volume of essays entitled Star Bodies and the Erotics of Suffering, to come out Fall 2015 from Wayne State University Press. In addition to an introduction co-authored with Colleen Glenn, Rebecca has a chapter in the collection entitled "Baby, It’s Cold Out in Hollywood: Rock Hudson’s Multiple Masculinities."


    Teya Rosenberg received a Research Enhancement grant of $8000 from Texas State to undertake archival research in the UK, London and Newcastle. The research is in support of her ongoing book project, An Invisible Magical Realism:  Children's Literature and the Development of a Form.


    Joe Falocco’s “Kyd-ding Around in Austin: The Spanish Tragedy at the Curtain” will appear in a 2015 issue of the Texas Theatre Journal.


    MATC alumnus Tate English has been promoted to Staff Technical Writer at National Instruments in Austin, Texas.


    Rob Tally’s edited collection The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature will be published this coming January by Palgrave Macmillan.


    Leah Schwebel has been elected a faculty board member of the Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS), an international organization promoting the study of the Patristic Age, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Era from the perspective of gender studies, women’s studies, and feminist studies,


    The panel “Cuentos Exitosos: Success Stories of Hispanic Developmental Students,” comprised of Octavio Pimentel and MARC students Melina Ingersoll and Edward Garza, has been accepted for the Student Success Symposium: Research to Practice, to be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Marcos, TX, January 2015.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyNovember 21, 2014




    Two of the English Department’s student workers, Sarah Pollok and Dillon Raad, are graduating this December.


    The following faculty are the Department’s nominees for 2015 Presidential Excellence Awards: for teaching, Kitty Ledbetter and Kate McClancy; for scholarly / creative activity, Rob Tally and Joe Falocco; and for service, Steve Wilson and Caitlin McCrory.


    All four proposals submitted by English faculty to the Faculty Senate for the 2015-2016 Adjunct Faculty Workload Release have been approved. Next fall, Robin Cohen, Michael Noll, and Sarah Youree will each have a release from two courses to complete projects aimed at development of teaching through research and/or publication. Next fall and spring, Laura Ellis-Lai will have a one-course release to investigate ways to develop and support undergraduate research.


    The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has hosted a number of events this semester: two Poetry and Prose Open Mic Nights, a guest lecture from Fulbright professor Dr. Begedou of the University of Lomé in Togo, a Book Sale, the Nightmare Fuel Scary Story/Poetry Event, a Halloween Film Night, and a Women in Academia Panel featuring Professors Nancy Wilson, Katie Kapurch, Susan Morrison, and Leah Schwebel. In addition, the chapter is sponsoring an ongoing project of collecting literature books to send to the University of Lomé.  Congratulations to the members and faculty advisors Lindy Kosmitis and Sarah Youree for a productive semester.


    Octavio Pimentel’s article "The Myth of the Colorblind Writing Classroom: White Instructors Confront White Privilege in Their Classrooms" was accepted as a book chapter for Performing Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication (WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press), which is scheduled to be published in Spring 2015.  Octavio has accepted an invitation to be an “Invited Speaker” at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, to be held in Tampa, FL.; his talk is entitled “Conversaciones entre el uso de lenguages in the Composition Classroom.”


    Two sections from MFA poetry graduate Tomas Morin’s translation of Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Machu Picchu appear in the latest issue of American Poetry Review.


    Twister Marquiss, Director of the Common Reading Program at Texas State, will present a session titled “Selling the Buy-In: Marketing a Common Reading Program” at the 34th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE), to be held in Dallas next February. He will be accompanied by Mass Communication student Q’Anteria Roberson, who serves as social media specialist for Common Reading at Texas State.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyNovember 11, 2014




    Anabel Graff's story, “Ghosts in God's Lungs,” was published by Amazon's literary journal, Day One.  It has now become a stand-alone Kindle Single:


    Rob Tally’s essay "World Literature and Its Discontents" appears in the Journal of English Language and Literature, the publication of the English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK).


    MFA fiction student Amanda Scott will present "'Shorty Wanna Be Thug': The Dynamics of Gender in Rap Groups," at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association meeting in April, in New Orleans.


    After a competitive interview process, Aja Brooks (double major: English and Mass Communication) has been invited to join Teach for America.


    Joe Falocco has been named honorary Guest Director of the Texas State Theatre Department’s 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


    Leah Schwebel’s “The Legend of Thebes and Literary Patricide in Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Statius” appears in the latest issue of Studies in the Age of Chaucer.


    Eric Blankenburg, a student in MFA fiction program, presented “Experiencing the Sublime in Nature: Incongruous Styles in Rick Bass’ “The Hermit’s Story” at the recent South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference.


    Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler has been elected Discipline Representative for Rhetoric for the Renaissance Society of America (2015-2017).


    On September 23, Tim O'Brien was featured as one of nineteen "Boomers" on PBS's American Masters TV series, a program that told the story of the Baby Boom generation "through the lives of 19 iconic boomers – one born each year of the baby boom": [archived]. Others featured on the program included Deepak Chopra, Billy Joel, Steve Wozniak, Amy Tan, Tommy Hilfiger, Erin Brockovich, and Rosie O'Donnell.


    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 27, 2014




    Pinfan Zhu attended the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference in Las Vegas on October 13-14, presenting "Translation Criteria: How They Affect International Business."

    Eric Leake’s contributed the entry on postmodernism to the new SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research.

    Rob Tally’s article, "In the Suburbs of Amaurotum: Fantasy, Utopia, and Literary Cartography," appears in the current issue of English Language Notes 52.1, a special issue on Imaginary Cartographies.

    Chris Margrave recently presented his short story “Boom Fruit” at the South Central Modern Language Association Conference (SCMLA), held recently in Austin.

    MA Literature students Stephanie Childress and Whitney May presented at the Texas Medieval Association conference in early October. Stephanie's paper was "Going all-digital: A Usability Study for Medieval Manuscripts"; and Whitney’s, "The Natural Features of the Natural Other: An Ecocritical Analysis of the Skraelings in the Vinland Sagas.”  Ms. May will also present a paper entitled “Wildness and Wilderness: Eco-Empowering the Earth Mother in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, Beloved, and Home,” at the South Central MLA meeting in Austin, in late October.


    Dan Lochman’s two co-edited books, Discourses and Representations of Friendship in Early Modern Europe (2011) and John Colet on the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy of Dionysius: A New Edition and Translation (2013) were reviewed in the same issue of Renaissance Quarterly: 67.3 (2014). Of the first, Daniel Juan Gil at TCU writes that it is "a collection of very strong essays that exemplify current trends and debates," and of the second Jonathan Arnold of Oxford University writes "this new translation of Colet's commentary. . . with introduction and notes, . . . deserves to become the standard edition." On October 17, Dan read the paper "Energeia in Melancthon's Liber de anima and Philip Sidney's Apology" at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in New Orleans.

    Dr. Komi Begedou, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Texas State, will present “Decolonizing the Mind and Fostering Self-esteem: Fanon and Morrison on Skin Lightening Practices in the African Diaspora” at the November "African Diaspora Symposium," sponsored by Claflin University and the National Association of African American Studies.

    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 16, 2014



    Rob Tally edited a special issue of Reconstruction on "Spatial Literary Studies," which also includes his introduction entitled "Textual Geographies: The Real-and-Imagined Spaces of Literature, Criticism, and Theory”:

    New poems by Steve Wilson are forthcoming in Blue Unicorn, The Midwest Quarterly, Thought & Action, Borderlands, and the soon-to-be-published anthology Poetry of the Grand Canyon.

    Leah Schwebel presented “Who or What is Chaucer’s ‘Trophee’?” at the recent meeting of The Texas Medieval Association, held in Denton.

    James Knippen's poem "Thistle" has been accepted for publication in Denver Quarterly. Additionally, his poem "Bedroom (In the Ear)" will appear in the upcoming issue of Blackbird.

    Debra Monroe’s book, My Unsentimental Education, will be the debut title in the University of Georgia Press’s new creative nonfiction series, appearing in October 2015. Excerpts of this book have appeared in Atlantic Monthly’s blog,, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, and The Morning News; and two were listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays.

    Mark Busby attended the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas in September.  He read a story titled “Morning Ferry to Puntarenas." On September 26, Busby made presentations to 45 Texas high school teachers who attended a day-long workshop on “Literature of the American Southwest.”  The workshop was sponsored by Humanities Texas and the Center for the Study of the Southwest and took place in the Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library.  In the morning Mark spoke on “Elements of Southwestern Literature,” and in the afternoon he met with four small groups in rotation on teaching Stephen Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” and Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal.” The other presenters were Steve Davis, Rolando Hinojosa, and Carmen Tafolla.

    English DepartmentMiscellanyOctober 6, 2014




    Aimee Roundtree has accepted an invitation to serve on Texas State University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee, which is the committee responsible for ensuring the ethical treatment of human research subjects. Aimee's book, Computer Simulation, Rhetoric, and the Scientific Imagination: How virtual evidence shapes science in the making and in the news, was favorably reviewed in the fall issue of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

    Scott Mogull's research article entitled "Integrating Online Informative Videos into Technical Communication Courses," has been accepted for publication in the December issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. The case study describes the development and assessment of online informative videos integrated into introductory technical communication courses.

    The current issue of The Writer's Chronicle (October/November 2014, 16-27) features Cyrus Cassells in an extended interview with poet Christopher Hennessy. The article is illustrated with a photo of Cyrus and the cover his book The Crossed-Out Swastika, and includes two poems selected from it.

    Susan Hanson recently presented her essay "River Time," accompanied by a PowerPoint of her underwater photography, at the 11th Colloquium on Ecology and Literature: "Words on Water." Sponsored by the University of South Africa, the event was held at Hartbeespoort, not far from Pretoria. Presentation topics ranged from fracking in the Karoo (a semi-desert region occupying much of south central South Africa), to crocodiles, to the perils of exploration of Lake Turkana in Kenya, to rain in the work of South African poet Arthur Nortje, to water as a motif in Bushman rock art and myth, to the San Marcos River.

    Fiction MFA graduate Sean Trolinder’s short story, "Candy Cane Man," will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Midwestern Gothic.

    Michelle Detorie, a 2004 graduate of the MFA Program, has had her first collection of poems published: After-Cave (

    MFA fiction student Jane Hawley published a graphic memoir in The Pinch Journal, which is the literary magazine of the University of Memphis's MFA Program:

    English DepartmentMiscellanySeptember 22, 2014



    Libby Allison will present  “The Risk of Teaching Writing in Context: The Lost Rewards of Writing about Difference” at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, FL. Her presentation is part of a panel entitled “Twenty-Five Years after the 'Troubles at Texas’: Learning from Linda Brodkey and the Risks of Writing Pedagogy.”

    MARC student Shaun Bryan has received a Celebrity Classic Scholarship from the Texas State Graduate College.

    MA Literature student Christine Zabala has been awarded a Registration & Grub Grant to attend the 2014 International Writing Centers Association / National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference by the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing Travel Grant Committee. The Committee shared that this year’s competition was greater than any year in the past, with around 130 applications submitted and only 28 tutors being chosen for funding.

    Dr. Komi Begedou, Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Togo, recently presented in an Anthropology class taught by Dr. Augustine Agwuele.  Dr. Agwuele noted that Dr. Begedou “gave to us a very insightful, interactive and eye-opening lecture that covered the history of Togo, its political system and division, its ethnic and linguistic diversity, contemporary social institutions including education, marriage and divorce, religion and music. His lecture and participation make invaluable contributions to our curriculum as it enhances our semester quest, the goal of which is to become familiar with the different peoples and cultures of Africa.”

    A University Star story on the Common Experience theme of integration featured Keith Needham:

    Wittliff Collections literary curator and MA Literature graduate Steven L. Davis, along with co-author and Wittliff archives donor Bill Minutalgio, have recently won the 2014 PEN Award for Research Nonfiction, awarded by PEN Center USA, for their critically acclaimed book, Dallas 1963. They will be presented with the award at The 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills, California.


    English DepartmentMiscellanySeptember 10, 2014



    Melba J. T. Vasquez ('72), who graduated from Texas State with a bachelor's as an English major and went on to receive a PhD in Psychology, is being honored this fall as one of the university's Distinguished Alumni.

    Octavio Pimentel’s paper “Buena Gente, Buen Trabajador, and Bien Educado: Giving Voice to the Mexican Counter Story” has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, to be held in Tampa, FL.

    Chad Hammett is featured on the Texas State homepage as the university's current “Rising Star”: His work with Sam Shepard’s archives in the Wittliff Collections culminated in the publication of Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark (UT Press, 2013), which he edited. That book, along with other highlights of Shepard’s career, are part of the university’s spotlight feature: “Rewards of a Restless Journey: Sam Shepard.” Shepard is the subject of the new Texas State advertisement in Texas Monthly, as well as the homepage video feature, narrated by Chad.

    The new Children’s Literature Mentoring Award, which this year celebrated its debut presentation, was given to Marilynn Olson at the 2014 Children’s Literature Association Conference. According to the organization, “The award recognizes excellence in mentoring taking place within the field of children’s literature and extending beyond the boundaries of the mentor’s institution; in other words, it seeks to recognize not outstanding mentoring of one’s departmental colleagues or one’s own undergraduate or graduate students, which many colleges and universities already have mechanisms to reward, but rather the kind of mentoring upon which our organization has long prided itself: the generous outreach designed to help scholars within our children’s literature community who are not bound to all the nominators by institutional kinship ties.”

    Aimee Roundtree will present her paper, "Computer Simulation as Rhetoric," at the National Communication Association Conference in Chicago, in November. Her book, Computer Simulation, Rhetoric, and the Scientific Imagination, was a finalist in the Foreword Book of the year award, in the Science category.

    Rob Tally’s new book, an edited collection of essays entitled Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan) comes out next week.  It appears in a book series he proposed and now edits: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies.