Winter 2016 Bywords

Bob Levine's Lives of Frederick Douglass

Writing for Change

March 23, 2016
GEO's annual conference took place on Saturday, 12 March, with this year's theme being "Perversions". The conference was well attended and featured many excellent panels, papers, and plenaries by Ayanna Thompson (GWU), as well as by our own Chanon Adsanatham and Lee Konstantinou. Congratulations to GEO on staging another wonderful conference and thanks to everyone who helped make the conference a great success. Special thanks to the conference co-chairs, Audrey Farley and Lindsey E.R. O'Neil. 
March 23, 2016
Martha Nell Smith published three articles in three different Chinese journals. The pieces were generated from her work coordinating a Poetry & Translation Conference at Fudan University in Shanghai in November 2014. Keep reading to learn more.
March 10, 2016
Holly Smith will be moderating the morning plenary session, "Books and Books: Industry Overview" during the Washington Independent Review of Books' annual Washington Writers Conference on Sat., Apr. 30, in Bethesda, MD.
March 9, 2016
Amanda Fiore's short story "One Millimeter, Either Way" was recently accepted for publication in New Madrid, which is a literary journal out of Murray State University.
March 9, 2016
Kyle attended ACLA 2016 at Harvard and presented a paper “Building Empty Archives and Constructing Cultural Memory Based on Societal Metadata,” in March 2016. Kyle also has a book review forthcoming in Contriver's Review on A Geology of Media (Jussi Parikka).
March 9, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently published three poetic translations: “The Mad Poet” (after the classical Latin of Horace’s Ars Poetica, lines 453-476); “Profession of Beliefs” (after the medieval Latin of the Archpoet’s Confesssio); and “Art” (after the French of Théophile Gautier’s “l’Art”). The translations appear in Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature, Volume 31: 2016, pp. 28-37.
March 9, 2016
Alexandra Calloway was named a 2016 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellows will meet monthly to learn about incorporating service-learning in classes. They will spend the first part of the year learning what service-learning is and how to apply those principles to our classes, as well as developing a syllabus for Fall 2016 that will incorporate a service-learning component in the class. Mark Fitzgerald was invited to the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, where he read from a selection of poems included in his new manuscript. His poem “Afterglow” will be published this summer in Slipstream. Elizabeth Fixsen’s band The Bumper Stickers appeared at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia on March 5. Check their Facebook page for upcoming gigs! James Mattson’s personal essay “Guilt” was published in Catapult this month. Joan Mooney published a review of a book on environmental issues in China in Urban Land magazine: http://tinyurl.com/hhul8nh. Jonathan Rick’s article “The 13 Worst Mistakes Everyone Makes When Writing a News Release” was published by PRNewser in February: http://www.adweek.com/prnewser/the-13-worst-mistakes-everyone-makes-when-writing-a-news-release/121520. In December, Caroline Wilkins facilitated a contemplative practice at “Exhale: Meditation, Movement, & Mindfulness.”  Billed as a one day “restorative retreat for the UDC community,” Exhale brought together faculty and staff from all departments for yoga, meditation, drawing, and dance.  Caroline’s session integrated meditation and writing with a focus on “the beautiful.”
March 9, 2016
English 292/388C: Writing for Change students Skyped with students from Northwestern High School last week.
March 7, 2016
Joshua Weiner was the IES Berlin Centre's research associate fellow in October, where he delivered the W.E.B. Du Bois lecture at Humboldt Universität. His Guggenheim Fellowship this year has been devoted to writing about the refugee crisis. His 'Berlin Notebook' about the crisis was posted daily at the Los Angeles Review of Books throughout February. It will be released as an ebook under the LARB imprint this spring. A stand-alone excerpt, about the Berliner Ensemble's production of Brecht's 'Mother Courage and Her Children,' can be found at Tikkun magazine. An essay about Anna Seghers' modern refugee novel, 'Transit,' can be found at B O D Y. His poem, 'Intimacy,' was part of an invitational exhibit in January, 'HEIMWEH'/'HOMESICKNESS,' curated by Anke Becker at the Tête Project Space, Berlin. Josh has new poems forthcoming in 'Ploughshares', and his translation of Ernst Jandl's serial poem, 'the usual rilke,' will be published this spring in 'Poetry' magazine's annual translation issue. 
March 7, 2016
Linda Kauffman was an invited speaker at an international conference in Paris in February on Don DeLillo, who attended. The conference was part of a week-long festival of events jointly sponsored by the Sorbonne and other universities, Shakespeare and Co., and the American Embassy.
March 7, 2016
Meg Eden's poem "Radium Girls" won the 2016 Ian MacMillan Award for poetry, and will be published in a forthcoming issue of Hawaii Review. 
March 3, 2016
This symposium on April 29th in Tawes Hall is co-sponsored by the departments of English and History at the University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium will explore the Restoration era’s significance in the creation of the British empire. Papers address theater, politics, literature, gender, war, sexuality, colonialism, dissent, religion, and the slave trade. 
March 3, 2016
Donna B. Hamilton is an invited participant to the Shakespeare Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, March 23-27, in the seminar “Re-appraising the Admiral’s Men,” led by Tom Rutter and Todd Borlik. Keep reading for more updates.
March 3, 2016
Edlie Wong has published “Storytelling and the Comparative Study of Atlantic Slavery and Freedom” in Social Text (2015). 
March 3, 2016
Howard Norman will publish in 2017 a new novel,  You Detectives Arrived Quite Early, and a new memoir, The Skip,  both with HoughtonMifflinHarcourt.
March 3, 2016
Jonathan Rick published an article in PRNewser about the 13 worst mistakes everyone makes when drafting a news release.
March 3, 2016
In January,  Bedford/St. Martin's published The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, 6th ed., coauthored by Writing Center Director Leigh Ryan and Lisa Zimmerelli, Writing Center Director at Loyola University Baltimore. 
March 3, 2016
Linda Coleman presented an all-day seminar for the Smithsonian Associates on January 30. The title was "Word Biographies: Origins and Meaning in Everyday Life."
March 3, 2016
Maud Casey gave a lecture, "Imagining the Past: The Secret History of Albert Dadas" as part of the Spring 2016 Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a Spring 2016 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow.
March 3, 2016
Nabila Hijazi presented her paper, “Translanguaging Practice: Social Justice Or Language Integrity Dilution” at Camp Rhetoric Conference, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, in February 2016.
March 3, 2016
Peter Mallios' review essay "Invisible Bullets: A Return to the 1910's in American Literary History" was published in American Literary History, and his essay "Foreign Literatures in America: Towards an Alternative U.S. Literary History, Archive, Methodology" will be published later on this year in a special issue of American Literary History on archives. The Foreign Literatures in America (FLA) digital archives project that the latter discusses, and which has involved major contributions from current Ph.D. student Nick Slaughter, recent Ph.D. graduates Rebecca Borden and Jennie Wellman, and also valuable work from a number of MA students, is now live in prototype form here.
March 3, 2016
 Please welcome Manuel Portela, who will be with us as a visiting scholar from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for the remainder of the semester.
March 2, 2016
Karen Karydes, a former graduate student in the department, has just published Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives. Karen completed her PhD in 2010 under the direction of David Wyatt.
February 29, 2016
MFA Alumna Emily Flamm has recently published several very short stories in Catapult and Cosmonauts Avenue.
February 29, 2016
Mark Fitzgerald was invited to the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, where he read from a selection of poems included in his new manuscript. His poem, "Afterglow," will be published this summer in Slipstream.
February 29, 2016
Robin M. Earnest, Esq., served as a writing/legal consultant for Maryland State Delegate Alonzo Washington. Most recently, she ghost authored an article for submission to the Baltimore Sun entitled: “Disciplining Nonviolent Behavior in Public High Schools—What Went Wrong in South Carolina.”
February 25, 2016
Bob Levine gave talks on his recently published THE LIVES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS at Politics and Prose, the Smithsonian, Lincoln's Cottage, McKeldin Library, and the University of California--Santa Barbara.
February 25, 2016
Sara Faradji's article, “Journeys to the Middle: An Analysis of Liminality within 20th Century Middle Eastern Literature and Scholarship” was published in the January issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) of Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Keep reading for more!
February 18, 2016
An Electronic Recycling Event will take place on March 25th from 9am to 2pm in Lot 4J. Recycle anything with a cord or board. 
February 17, 2016
Matthew Kirschenbaum is giving the 2016 A. S. W. Rosenbach Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in March. Begun in 1931, the Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States, with a distinguished list of past presenters.
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
January 20, 2016
The Three Volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies coedited by Sangeeta Ray Henry Schwarz just came out from Wiley-Blackwell.
January 13, 2016
Robert Levine's The Lives of Frederick Douglass was just published by Harvard UP. 
January 6, 2016
For the winter 2013 grant cycle, CLCS awarded funding to support 9 proposals for lecture series, conferences, reading groups, and more.
January 5, 2016
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Austin, Texas from January 7th through the 10th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.