Fall 2017 Announcements and Accomplishments

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Bill Wandless' poem "The Bachelor's Arcana: Theatrics" has been accepted for publication by The Cincinnati Review, and his poem "Practical Anatomy" will appear in Rattle in early 2018.
  • Matthew Roberson has had short stories appear in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Fiction International, and Clackamas Literary Review

  • Jeffrey Bean's  second full-length collection, Woman Putting on Pearls, won the Red Mountain Poetry Prize and was published in June 2017 by Red Mountain Press.
  • Jeffrey Bean's poem, "Song of the Good Body," from his new book Woman Putting on Pearls was featured as the poem of the day for November 7th, 2017 on Verse Daily, a website featuring daily selections from recent poetry books and journals.
  • Jeffrey Bean's new poems, "Ella's Plan" and "How Ella Knows," were accepted for publication by The Southern Review.

  • Carlin Borsheim-Black was part of a panel that featured her presentation, "Preparing English Teacher Candidates to Teach about Racism through Literature" at the National Council of the Teachers of English Annual Conference in St. Louis in November.
  • Carlin Borsheim-Black did a webinar for Oakland Schools called, "Teaching for Racial Literacy through Literature." 

  • Jeffrey Weinstock's chapter "The American Ghost Story" was recently published in The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story.
  • Jeffrey Weinstock has marked his 20th book publication with the recent release of The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic, which he edited for CUP.
  • Jeffrey Weinstock's essay "The Queer Time of Lively Matter: The Polar Erotics of Harriet Prescott Spofford's 'The Moonstone Mass'" has just come out in Women's Studies (46.6).
  • Jeffrey Weinstock's book chapter, "Burton's Bowl: Constructing Space in the Films of Tim Burton" was published in A Critical Companion to Tim Burton (eds. Antonio Sanna and Adam Barkman, Lexington Books).
  • Jeffrey Weinstock's "afterword" "Howl, Growl Scream! Listening to Monsters Beyond Meaning" just came out in the Fall 2017 issue of Listening: A Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture.
  • Jeffrey Weinstock's 1999 essay, "ZombieTV," has just been republished in the University of Minnesota Press's Zombie Theory anthology (edited by Sarah Lauro).

  • Paul Anderson's short story "Sea Legs" will appear in an upcoming issue of Edify Fiction.  An earlier draft of this story as part of his MA thesis at CMU in 2013.

  • Steve Bailey's article "The Bombing of Bungalow C: Friendly Fire at the Stanley Civilian Internment Camp" was published in the 2017 issue of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch. This journal is a blind-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal.
  • Steve Bailey's book Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945 will be published by Potomac Books (an imprint of U-Nebraska Press) in late 2018. As a genre, this book blends creative nonfiction with military nonfiction.

  • Robert Fanning continued promoting his newly published collection of poetry Our Sudden Museum with readings in Petoskey, Franklin, and at the Kerrytown Book Festival in Ann Arbor. Next semester he'll read at Northern Michigan University and Alma College.
  • Darrin Doyle's short story, "Sanguine," was published in the August 28th issue of Hobart magazine.  
  • Kristin Sovis presented at the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) Annual Fall Conference on October 20, 2017. The presentation title: "Rethinking Routines: Engaging Students by Building Critically-Constructed Habits."
  • Nate Smith presented a paper at the Midwest Modern Language Association in Cincinnatti in November, called: "Affective Politics in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, or, We Have Always Been Post-Truth." 

  • Dan Lawson co-wrote an article with Tracy Davis and former GA Josh Weirick titled "Writer L1/L2 Status and Asynchronous Online Writing Center Feedback: Consultant Response Patterns." The Learning Assistance Review 22.2 (Fall 2017).
  • Dan Lawson has a forthcoming article: "'Equally Terrorized': Rhetorical Irony, Rorty, and In the Shadow of No Towers."  Journal of Comics and Culture Vol. 2 (Fall 2017).
  • Dan Lawson's article "Peer Observation, Reflection, and Evaluation Practices in the Writing Center: A Genre Pedagogy Approach" has been accepted and will be published this spring in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal Spring 2018.

  • Joseph Sommers is a member of the Children's Literature Association's new editorial team for The ChLA Quarterly. The team will begin working on Acquisitions in June 2018 and will officially take over editing The Quarterly in June 2019.


Student Accomplishments

  • Two undergraduate students from English are nominated by CMU to compete for Fulbright Scholarships for a year abroad after they graduate. Kerigan Williams is nominated for a year's study in Germany, and Ashley Howell being nominated for a year's study in Vietnam.

  • Undergraduate student, Anna Shapland, has just completed her McNair Scholars Program research in young adult literature under her research mentor, Anne Alton.

  • Randi Bennett, an undergraduate BS in Ed English Major, presented "Representations of Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature" at the National Council of the Teachers of English Annual Conference in St Louis in November.

  • Matt Knieling, an alum of the BS in Ed English Major, just won the National Linda Reif Voices from the Middle Award for his article, "An Offense to Their Human Rights": Connecting Bud, not Buddy to the Flint Water Crisis with Middle School ELA Students." He is a third year teacher and doing amazing work in the classroom! 

  • MAELL Graduate student, and graduate assistant, Rachel Klammer presented a short story 'Dust Blowing Westward' at the MCEA conference on October 27th. 

  • Isabella Barricklow's poem "i picture god as a muslim woman" was accepted for publication by The Blue Route, a national undergraduate literary magazine (and a paying market).

  • Ashley Howell's poem "The Day My Mom Accidentally Went to Pride" was accepted for publication by The Blue Route, a national undergraduate literary magazine (and a paying market).

  • Ginny Agee, graduate assistant and MAELL student, presented with a group at the MiWCA conference in October. The presentation was called "LGBTQ+ and You: Making our Writing Centers More Inclusive." She also presented poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta conference "Identity, Imagination, (Re)Invention)" in November.

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