Spring 2016 Bywords

Carla Peterson Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Ralph Bauer Recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award

May 25, 2016
Three faculty members have been selected for the English department's second annual Teaching Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The recipients of the 2016 awards are Doug Kern, Justin Lohr, and Marybeth Shea.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 19, 2016
As a guest of Hamilton College’s DHi, on April 14th Martha Nell Smith delivered a lecture to the college, “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Institutional and Individual Challenges.” The next day she led a seminar, “Queering the Archives,” for faculty of the College.
May 18, 2016
Congratulations to our graduate students on their awards and accomplishments.
May 18, 2016
Joshua Weiner was in Berlin in April, adding to the Berlin Notebook, which the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish this summer as an e-book.  In May he gave poetry readings in London and Prague (Anglo-American U.); he delivered a talk titled, "The Berlin Notebook: Poetry, Politics, Ethics" (University of Warsaw); and another one, titled, "Rock Creek: Poetics of Personal Epic" (Göttingen University). Pages from the Berlin Notebook will appear this summer in "The Threepenny Review" and "B O D Y". 
May 18, 2016
This semester, Julius Fleming, Jr. was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He also delivered an invited lecture at Princeton University, and will give a talk at the International James Baldwin Conference in Paris, France next week. 
May 16, 2016
Bill Peterson (emeritus) spoke about the history of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer on May 11 at the University of Delaware Library.
May 16, 2016
Cameron Mozafari co-led a half-day workshop titled "Corpus-Based Approaches to Writing" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. The well-received workshop demonstrated how corpus-linguistic methods can be a useful tool both in- and outside of the classroom for researching and teaching first-year academic writing.Cameron will also present a paper titled "The Cognitive Rhetoric of Emotions" at the Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. This work brings together classical theories of emotion arousal in persuasive discourse with cognitive linguistic methods and insights from cognitive science to begin to describe the ways speakers and writers use language to motivate changes in audiences' feelings.
May 16, 2016
Chris Philpot has poems ("I'm Not Crying You're Crying" and "Genre Fiction") in issue 29 of Columbia Poetry Review. In March Chris presented a paper (Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Annual Conference.
May 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold has a longish sequence of poems coming out in Chicago Review this summer. It's a central part of her next book, Skeleton Coast, which is set to appear from Flood Editions at the end of this year.
May 16, 2016
James Mattson's novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, was sold at auction to Little A. It will be published October 2017.
May 16, 2016
MFA Student Laura Neal named as a 'writer of promise' and receives a James Tate Scholarship to attend the Juniper Summer Writing Institute.  Hosted by the MFA for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Juniper is an extraordinary week of workshops, craft sessions, Q&As, readings, and manuscript consultations. Juniper has become a vital gathering place for writers of all kinds to immerse themselves in the writer’s life. Laura will be in conference and in company of poets: Evie Shockley, Emily Pettit, Heather Christle, Zachary Schomburg, and Matthew Zapruder.
May 16, 2016
In April, Lyra Hilliard presented at the Online Learning Consortium's Innovate Conference in New Orleans. Her session, "Creative Design Strategies for Synchronous Online Classes," was a 45-minute workshop in which onsite and virtual attendees participated in a mock class in Adobe Connect and then discussed the affordances and limitations of teaching with synchronous and asynchronous tools such as Adobe Connect, Google Docs, and Twitter.
May 16, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, particpated in a panel on “Thornton Wilder: Shakespeare, Roman Comedy, Greek Tragedy, and other Intertextualities,” at the 40th Annual Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD,  April 1, 2016.
May 16, 2016
Vin Carretta's entry on “Francis Barber” appears in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). His forthcoming book reviews include: Terri L. Snyder, The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), in American Literary History Online; Paula Loscocco, Phillis Wheatley’s Miltonic Poetics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), in Early Modern Women: An International Journal; Catherine Molineux, Faces of Perfect Ebony: Encountering Atlantic Slavery in Imperial Britain (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), in Eighteenth-Century Life; and Eve Tavor Bannet, Transatlantic Stories and the History of Reading, 1720-1810 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), in The Scriblerian. In June, at the annual conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Worcester, Massachusetts, Vin will give a talk on conducting research in the Georgian Papers Programme archive at Windsor Castle.
May 13, 2016
Read more in her article, "Coders Need Not Apply: Why Technology Needs English Majors"
May 12, 2016
Comparative Literature students Nathan Tillman, Ines Rivera, Chen Edrei, Abbas Jamshidi, and Nataliya Pratsovyta have been awarded graduate student awards. 
May 12, 2016
Anne Price and Rachel Waugh are this year's winners of the creative writing thesis awards. 
May 12, 2016
DeLisa Hawkes, Tim Bruno, Tamar Leroy, Susie Compston, Danielle Griffin, and Ruth Osorio have been awarded Departmental Summer and Research Awards.
May 12, 2016
Katie Stanutz, Natalie Phillips Hoffmann, Justine De Camillis, and Kirk Greenwood awarded Dissertation and Essay Prizes.
May 11, 2016
Bob Levine has two new essays: “Reading Slavery and ‘Classic’ American Literature,” in The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature; “Frederick Douglass, Violence, and Abraham Lincoln,” in  A History of American Civil War Literature (Cambridge UP); and "The Canon and the Survey: An Anthologist's Perspective," in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. He recently spoke on canons and anthologies at the C19 conference at Penn State.
May 11, 2016
Brian Richardson’s article, “Unusual and Unnatural Narrative Sequences,” was published in Narrative Sequence in Contemporary Narratology, edited by Raphael Baroni and François Revaz. He was invited to discuss his work on Robert Coover, Tobias Wolff, and unnatural narrative theory at Davidson College (N. C.) in March. In June he speaks on “Unnatural Narrative, Impossible Worlds, and the Loki Principle” at the International Narrative Conference in Amsterdam.
May 11, 2016
The Department's Graduate Students have won a number of awards. Keep reading to learn more.
May 11, 2016
Laura Rosenthal has been awarded a short-term fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library, which she will use this summer to pursue her project on theater, performance, and cosmopolitanism, 1660-1740.
May 11, 2016
On March 20, Michael Olmert lectured at the annual meeting of the St. Michael's (Maryland) Museum. His topic was the history, architecture, and social dynamics of "Marketplaces in Eighteenth Century Britain and Colonial America." Both St. Michael's and the (Talbot) county town, Easton, had such iconic and socially important buildings.
May 11, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's comic, "Nuts: A True Story," was recently published in The Rumpus.
May 11, 2016
The Professional Writing Program has much to report on in way of accomplishments and news. Keep reading to hear what they've been up to.
May 9, 2016
Congratulations to Micaela Cameron, who recently received the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2016.   
May 9, 2016
Associate Professor Randy Ontiveros has won the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education. 
May 9, 2016
"Teaching with Special Collections" enjoyed visits from a variety of English classes this semester and looks forward to future visits. If you are planning your summer or fall classes and would like to include a visit to Special Collections or would like to work with a librarian to design a new project for your students, please contact lcleary@umd.edu.
May 5, 2016
Danuta Hinc was on a panel "Contemporary Multiethnic American Fiction: Obsessions and Innovations" at 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. She presented a paper, "The Limits of Losing: Language, Exile, and the Self in Eva Hoffman’s memoir Lost in Translation, and Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir Speak, Memory."
May 5, 2016
Matthew Kirschenbaum has published two new books, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (Harvard UP/Belknap) and Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, co-edited with Pat Harrigan (MITP). He will be discussing Track Changes at Kramerbooks on June 6.
May 5, 2016
Jennifer, who graduated with her MFA in 2005, recently published an essay titled "And Visions of Baseball Danced in My Head" at modernloss.com.
May 5, 2016
Sangeeta Ray gave a paper titled, "Realism as Form: Mode, Genre, Style in Postcolonial Fiction" at the ACLA Conference at Harvard University, March 17th-20th. She gave a talk titled, "`Liberal Imperialism' and the Corporate University" and participated in the Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity on March 24th-25th at Clemson University. She will be one of four keynote speakers at the conference, DO NOT RESUSCITATE: CRITIQUE AND THE UNTRANSLATABILITY OF HISTORY sponsored by center of Arts and Humanities at AUB Beirut, Lebanon on May 12th-14th. Her talk is  titled "Postcolonial, World or Global Literature?" 
May 5, 2016
Ted Leinwand moderated the round table discussion at a Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities conference on "Change and Exchange" at Cambridge University at the end of April.  His book, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare (Chicago 2016), was published on May 17th.  He will be talking about the book at Politics and Prose bookstore at 6 PM on Saturday, May 21st and he will be reading from the book at the Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Hall mezzanine at 6:30 PM on Friday, May 27th.  Future talks at the Folger Shakespeare Theater and at the 92nd Street Y are in the works.
May 4, 2016
Amanda Bailey and Ted Leinwand presented at Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts two-day colloquium on "Change and Exchange" (April 29-April 30), which explored the relation between economic thinking and practices on the one hand, and the calculus of emotional and imaginative lives on the other in the early modern period. Keep reading to learn more.
May 4, 2016
David Wyatt's "More Time: Reading Hemingway's Across the River and into the Trees appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The Hemingway Review.
May 4, 2016
Legal writing instructor, Robin M. Earnest, had the honor of arguing before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals this month, for their overturn of an indigent defendant's murder conviction. 
May 4, 2016
As part of the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission, Leigh Ryan and Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Under His Voice: The Local Legacy of Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer” for Black History Month.  A former slave, Plummer was the first African American chaplain in the US Regular Army.Along with former Writing Center tutors Lena Stypeck and Abby Shantzis, Leigh Ryan presented “Can Everyone Say Community?: Collaborating to Establish an Inner-city Baltimore High School Writing Center” at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference in Philadelphia in March.
May 4, 2016
Under his pen name, Stewart Lewis, Steward Foehl has an essay in Thank You, Teacher, which is a collection about teachers. Stewart adds that he is among amazing company in the collection.
April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Ruth Osorio, recipient of one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships. Ruth is a representative of the College of Arts and Humanities and the award honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding GAs.
April 27, 2016
John Macintosh is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for his thesis tentatively titled, "The Trouble with Precarity: Representations of Labor in Post-1980 U.S. Fiction." Congratulations!
April 25, 2016
Casey Patterson has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2016. Casey was nominated by Prof. Randy Ontiveros. This recognition includes an award of $1000 and a plaque. Congratulations to Casey on this acknowledgement of his fruitful pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom!
April 25, 2016
Jenna Bachman was selected to receive a James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. The recognition includes an award of $1,100. Join us in congratulating Jenna and wishing her continued success in her academic career!
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
April 13, 2016
The Graduate School has announced that Amanda Visconti, PhD 2015, has won the University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Prize in the disciplinary area of Humanities and Fine Arts.  Amanda’s dissertation, entitled “How Can You Love a Work If You Don’t Know It?:  Critical Code and Design Toward Participatory Digital Editions,” was nominated by the Department, singled out by the College of Arts and Humanities, and selected by an all-campus committee.  The prize carries an honorarium of $1000.  Amanda’s dissertation committee consisted of Matthew Kirshenbaum (chair), Neil Fraistat, Melanie Kill, Brian Richardson, and Kari Kraus as the Graduate Dean’s representative. 
April 6, 2016
Professor Emerita Carla Peterson has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2016, one of only two fellowships in American Literature.
April 6, 2016
Congratulations to Emily Mitchell, who has been promoted to associate professor with tenure and to Amanda Bailey, who has been promoted to full professor.
April 6, 2016
Kent Cartwright has been appointed by the Modern Language Association Executive Committee to serve a four-year term on  MLA’s Committee on the New Variorum of Shakespeare.  In January, he gave a lecture on The Comedy of Errors at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  His Arden, Series Three, edition of Errors will be published in 2016.  Kent was also a nominee this spring for president of the Shakespeare Association of America.
April 6, 2016
Ralph Bauer is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Director of Studies Award.  He was nominated by the Graduate English Organization, led by Susie Compton. 
April 6, 2016
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs held their annual conference, AWP, this past week in Los Angeles. The creative writing undergraduate and graduate programs were well represented at the event. Keep reading to learn more. 
March 3, 2016
Rob Wakeman delivered his presentation "Peacable Kingdom: The Place of the Dog in the Living Nativity Scene" in February at Eastern New Mexico University.
February 25, 2016
Charles (“Chuck”) Caramello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, College Park will be appointed CGS (Council of Graduate Schools) Dean-in-Residence beginning August 1, 2016.