Fall 2015 Bywords

Maud Casey Awarded 2015 St. Francis College Literary Prize

Regina Harrison Awarded Roland H. Bainton Book Prize

December 17, 2015
This year, the Department collected 48 stuffed animals that will be distributed to non-profit organizations working with children in need and in crisis. The drive ran from November 1st to December 16th. Keep reading to see photos from the drive.
December 17, 2015
In November and October, Martha Nell Smith gave an invited public lecture, moderated a digital humanities plenary, gave a paper and lead a digital humanities mentoring session. Keep reading to learn more.
December 17, 2015
Sangeeta Ray gave three talks this semester. The one at NYU was titled "Realisms: Postcolonial and Otherwise." The one at Hood College was titled " Black Diaspora and Minority Literatures." Her last talk for the semester was at Georgetown university and was titled "Ecological intimacies in Postcolonial Environmental Fiction."
December 16, 2015
Brian Richardson’s anthology, A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative, co-edited with Jan Alber and Henrik Skov Nielsen, has been re-issued in paperback. He presented a paper on “Invented Lives” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in November. Keep reading to learn more.
December 16, 2015
English Alumnus Reginald Dwayne Betts was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air about his book, Bastards of the Reagan Era and how his experiences shaped his poetry.
December 16, 2015
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern, Assistant Directors of The University of Maryland's Writing Center, presented Bridging Relationships: Creating Connections Among Diverse Communities for the 2015 Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association (CAPTA) Conference at George Mason University in October. Throughout their presentation, Nabila and Doug invited participants to discuss ways to bridge relationships between established academic communities (specifically, Writing Centers) within both post-secondary institutions and high schools. Both were asked to contribute a blog post for the CAPTA website with an overview of their presentation as a way to further extend the Writing Center's commitment to community outreach. Keep reading to learn more.
December 16, 2015
Jess Enoch was recently elected to the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Executive Committee as well as the Rhetoric Society of America's Executive Committee. Her collaborative essay "Archival Literacy: Reading the Rhetoric of Digital Archives in the Undergraduate Classroom" was published in December's issue of College Composition and Communication. She also co-edited a special issue of Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition titled "Looking Forward: The Next 25 Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition."
December 16, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, presented a paper, “Our Tears: Lacrimae Rerum and Thornton Wilder,” at the Fall 2015 Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Wilmington, DE, October 10, 2015.
December 16, 2015
Ph.D Student Danielle Griffin recently presented on October 30, 2015 at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ. The title of Danielle's talk was "'The rendring of Conversation agreeable': Madeleine de Scudéry, Gender, and Genre."
December 10, 2015
Linda Coleman presented her paper, "American Cressida," an examination of 20th and 21st century American representations of the Troilus and Cressida story, at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association at Colby-Sawyer College on October 31.
December 10, 2015
MFA Student Leigh McDonald has two poems, "70° in December" and "J.R.S., 1962," appearing in Gargoyle Magzine in January.
December 10, 2015
English majors Danny Alarcon and William Butts have recently published work in The Diamondback. Of their work, Professor Peter Mallios said, "I am greatly struck by how these two students in our department, representative of others too, have taken the power of language that we teach and study as our primary mission and deployed it in such purposive, courageous, and critically trenchant ways."
December 10, 2015
The University will host Climate Action 2016: Catalyzing a Sustainable Future in May of 2016. The Department is a certified Green Office and is continuing its efforts to reduce waste and save energy.
December 9, 2015
 Danuta Hinc presented a paper at the 2015 South Central MLA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October. The paper, titled, “The Limits of Losing: The Silence in the Second Language,” discussed Eva Hoffman's, "Lost in Translation," Herta Müller's, "The King Bows and Kills," and Vladimir Nabokov's, "Speak, Memory."
December 9, 2015
David Wyatt's "Robert Frost and the Work of Retelling" appeared this summer in The Hopkins Review.
December 9, 2015
Edlie Wong's book Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship was published and released by NYU Press in October.
December 9, 2015
Jeanne Fahnestock, Professor Emeritus, was invited by the Rhetoric Programs of the University of Lund, Sweden (October 11-17), and the University of Copenhagen (October 17-24), and gave a seminar and public lecture at each school.
December 9, 2015
Carlea Holl-Jensen and Lindsay Fowler presented our paper, "Reading Weird: Teaching Experimental Fiction in the Creative Writing Classroom," at the University of Central Missouri's Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies Conference. 
December 9, 2015
In September, Oliver Gaycken gave a talk, “Cinema’s Plasticity: The Embryological Series and Animation,” at the Reproduction on Film Conference, which was hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, at Cambridge University, UK. Keep reading ot learn more.
December 9, 2015
 Randy Ontiveros gave a guest lecture on what role literature can play in engineering to students in the course “Engineering for Sustainability” (ENCE215). He will presenting on “Domestic Labor, Domestic Longing: The Suburbs in Latino/a Writing” at the upcoming MLA Convention.
December 9, 2015
PWP lecturer Rebecca Ritzel was chosen to serve as a 2015 literature grant panelist for the Ohio State Arts Council and traveled to Columbus in December to adjudicate the criticism category. Rebecca teaches ENGL 398A Writing for the Arts and also writes Backstage, The Washington Post's weekly theatre column.
December 2, 2015
Congratulations to Ralph Bauer and Oliver Gaycken for winning semester RASAs from the Graduate School. Congratulations to Chanon Adsanatham and Jerry Passannante for winning summer RASAs.
December 2, 2015
Professor Howard Norman has won a Creative and Performing Arts Award (CAPAA) to work on his new novel-in-progress, Thirteen Crowded Hours. We wait in anticipation!Join us in congratulating Howard!
December 2, 2015
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2016), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
December 2, 2015
Daniel Pendick left his former position as executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch to become the new science writer (one of three) at Maryland Sea Grant, which is part of the UM Center for Environmental Science. He will contribute long-form science journalism to Chesapeake Quarterly magazine and MDSG’s website and blog as well as help the Sea Grant extension agents communicate their important work to the public. 
November 18, 2015
The Department is saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emerita Gladys-Marie Frye. Gladys-Marie joined the Department as an associate professor in 1969 and retired as a full professor thirty years later.
November 4, 2015
Last year, the English Department was awarded with the Bronze Certificate for Green Office departments. Thanks to the continued diligence of the Department, our Bronze Certificate has been renewed for another year. This past year the Department has conserved energy, recycled office materials, and saved money by buying products that do not negatively impact the environment. Please help the Main English Office by continuing to make green choices!
November 4, 2015
It is TEDDY BEAR TIME again! For the last 24 years, friends of the Bonnie Johns Children's Fund collected bears on campus.  An estimated 47,000 new bears have been donated during this period from the University of Maryland and given to children in need.  Last year about 800 were collected on campus.  The Main English Office is requesting donations of "NEW" bears or any stuffed animal for children in need.
October 28, 2015
On October 20th, the Department celebrated the National Day on Writing by asking students, faculty, and staff why they write. Using the hastags #whyIwrite and #UMDwrites on Twitter, participants gave their thoughts on writing, which is archived in a Storify.
October 28, 2015
On October 22nd through 23rd, Sianne Ngai of Stanford University visited the Department as the 2015 Petrou lecturer.
October 28, 2015
Jessica Enoch has just been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Rhetoric Society of America.  Congratulations, Jess! 
October 28, 2015
Most recently, on October 23rd, Michael Olmert talked to four groups of junior-high students at the Talbot County History Museum in Easton, MD.  His topics were social history, architecture, and material culture and life. Olmert is a member of the board of the Talbot Historical Society. Keep reading to learn more!
October 21, 2015
At the International Writing Centers Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 8-11), Writing Center Assistant Director Nabila Hijazi presented on a panel “Consultant Training and Supporting New Graduate Writers: New Challenges.”  Director Leigh Ryan presented with two former tutors, Lena Stypeck, who teaches English at Baltimore’s Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, and Abby Shantzis, now a graduate student in Higher Administration at UMD’s College of Education. They presented a panel entitled “Can Everyone Say Community?: Teachers/Students/Administrators/Mentors Collaborate to Establish an Inner-City Baltimore High School Writing Center.”
October 21, 2015
Professor Emerita Regina Harrison was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for History or Theology for her book, Sin & Confession in Colonial Peru: Spanish-Quechua Penitential Texts, 1560-1650 (University of Texas Press, 2014).
October 15, 2015
Patrick Philips’ Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015) is one of the five nominees for this year’s National Book Award in Poetry. Patrick was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship a few years ago.  He teaches at Drew University.
October 7, 2015
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern, co-Assistant Directors of The University of Maryland's Writing Center, presented Bridging Relationships: Creating Connections Among Diverse Communities for the 2015 Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association (CAPTA) Conference at George Mason University in October. Keep reading to learn more.
September 24, 2015
MFA graduate (Fiction '14) Dawn Dorland is currently the Visiting Artist at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in Minnesota, through Oct 31. As writer-in-residence she will give two public readings & workshops, visit the local high school, and give a craft talk at White Earth Tribal & Community College. Dawn, now based in Los Angeles, was awarded the residency to complete the first draft of her debut novel Econoline.
September 24, 2015
Maud Casey is the 2015 recipient of the St. Francis College Literary Prize for her highly praised novel, The Man Who Walked Away.
September 23, 2015
Donna B. Hamilton is the recipient of this year's President's Medal, the highest honor the campus community awards.