Spring 2014 Bywords

Sigma Tau Delta Reaches Out With Students for Students

Jason Rudy and Students Travel Abroad to New Zealand

July 23, 2014
Alumna Michelle Lynn Brown (PhD 2008) received tenure and promotion at Shenandoah University in April of 2012. As of May 2012, she is the Chair of the Department of English at Shenandoah University. Dr. Sangeeta Ray directed Brown's dissertation.
May 16, 2014
Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum's course, The Literature of 9/11, taught in Spring 2014, spent the semester reading a variety of literary responses that have emerged in the past decade, as well as since the events of the day. Their work can be viewed on The Literature of 9/11 website, which hosts an archive of discussion questions, character studies, close readings, and interviews in multimedias, including text and video. The site also features an exhibition entitled Mapping the Literature of 9/11, which keys locations and place names as given in the various works to a map.
May 13, 2014
Congratulations to Marilee Lindemann, named one of the first recipients of the new Freedom & Liberation Medal from the President's Commission on LGBT Issues.
May 13, 2014
Michael Olmert has been appointed a board member of the Historical Society of Talbot County, which operates a museum and four late 18th- and early 19th-century buildings in the county seat of Easton, Maryland.
May 13, 2014
William Fargason is the winner of the 2014 Stanley Plumly Thesis Award in Poetry. His thesis, “Clean Theory,” was directed by Joshua Weiner. Carlea Holl-Jensen is the winner of the inaugural Jack Salamanca Thesis Award in Fiction. Her thesis, “The Golden Key and Other Stories,” was directed by Maud Casey. Congratulations to William and Carlea!
May 9, 2014
Martha Nell Smith's article “Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibilities, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives” will appear in the Journal of Victorian Culture 19.2 (2014). Continue on to read more!
May 9, 2014
Aaron Brown's poem "Memory Across Ocen" appeared in Warscapes. Keep reading to learn more!
May 9, 2014
Senior English major Norine McKee has received a 2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the US Department of State. The CLS program provides intensive, fully-supported summer language study experiences. She is one of 9 award recipients from UMD, which places the University among the top 10 schools in the nation for CLS awards earned in 2014 – only 5 schools had more CLS awards than Maryland.
May 8, 2014
Katherine E. Young publishes her first book of poems, Day of the Border Guards (University of Arkansas Press).
May 8, 2014
In April, Michael Olmert gave two talks--one on colonial coffee house culture, and the other titled "Architecture and Meat: Building, Working In, and Living with the 18th C Smokehouse."
May 8, 2014
Congratulations to Rebecca Holden, whose co-edited book Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, has been named a finalist for the 2014 Locus Award. The Locus Awards are presented by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, and they honor the year's best writing of and writing about science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle June 27-29.
May 7, 2014
The department would like to extend its congratulations to the following recipients of various graduate fellowships and prizes!
May 7, 2014
On May 24, Cameron will deliver a paper, titled “Managing Fear and Anger in Climate Change Discourse,” at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Keep reading to learn more!
May 7, 2014
Check out this Diamondback article about crowdfunding on campus, featuring PWP lecturer Zahara Heckscher's Poetry Game project, which her students developed and marketed.
May 7, 2014
Kellie Robertson's article "Materiality and the Hylomorphic Imagination” appeared in Middle English Literature: Criticism and Debate, eds. Holly A. Crocker and D. Vance Smith (Routledge, 2014), pp. 67-375. Keep reading to learn more!
May 7, 2014
Congratulations to PWP lecturer Rebecca Ritzel who was named The Washington Post's "Backstage" columnist in January. Each Wednesday in the Style section, Rebecca recaps theater news, from actor Ian McKellen providing voiceovers for a musical at Olney Theatre to Keegan Theatre seeking a zoning variance. She also writes Sunday features and dance reviews for the paper. In PWP, Rebecca teaches ENGL 398A, Writing for the Arts.
May 7, 2014
Kara Candito's second collection of poetry, Spectator, selected by Connie Voisine as the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize winner, is now available via Amazon and the University of Utah Press.
May 7, 2014
William Fargason's poems "Aquarium" and "Birthmark" will be published in the upcoming issue of the New England Review. Keep reading to learn more!
May 7, 2014
Dotoral Student Natalie Phillips Hoffmann's double review of Mary Ellis Gibson's Indian Angles: English Verse in Colonial India from Jones to Tagore and its accompanying anthology, Anglophone Poetry in Colonial India, 1780-1913, has just been published by Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN). Natalie also gave a paper in April at the Northeast Victorian Studies Conference entitled "Making Sense in the Fog of War: Rudyard Kipling's Boer War Poems."
May 7, 2014
Doctoral candidate Oliver Brearey's article "Understanding the Relationship Between First- and Second-Semester College Writing Courses" was accepted for publication in Teaching English in the Two-Year College. It is expected to be published in the March 2015 issue of the journal.
May 7, 2014
Richard Cross's essay, "Sebald's Austerlitz: Sleepwalking and Wakefulness" appears in the current issue (99.2) of the Southwest Review.
May 7, 2014
Tanya Paperny of PWP was a featured reader at SPARKLE, a monthly queer poetry event at Washington D.C.'s Busboys and Poets.
May 7, 2014
William S. Peterson (emeritus) will deliver the Peter Preston Memorial lecture in London, June 21, on "Virtual Partner: Emery Walker and the Kelmscott Press." It will take place at William Morris's home, Kelmscott House in Hammersmith.
May 6, 2014
Keep reading to see the latest updates from the Professional Writing Program.
May 6, 2014
Joshua Weiner's essay on race and American literature will appear this spring in, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books), a collection edited by Claudia Rankine. Keep reading to learn more!
May 6, 2014
Several Writing Center tutors represented the English Department at Undergraduate Research Day on May 1:  Jillian  DiNardo , “Expanding Horizons: Cultural Awareness in the Writing Center:” Lena Stypeck, “Expanding Our Own Thinking: Using Analogies in Tutoring Sessions;” and Brittany Whetzel, James Gray, and Edward Lo, “Cultural Awareness for Writing Center Tutors.” 
May 2, 2014
Congratulations to Edlie Wong for the publication of her co-edited scholarly edition of George Lippard's novella, The Killers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Cover image below.
May 2, 2014
Brian Richardson was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Bologna during spring semester. There he gave a series of lectures on “The Fate of Reading in the Twentieth Century,” including “Modernism and the Use and Abuse of Reading,” “Reading (Through) Postmodernism,” and “The Material Book from Virginia Woolf to Hyperfiction.” Continue on to read more!
May 2, 2014
From The New York Times: "The premise of Howard Norman’s new novel is eerie enough to make the skin crawl. “Next Life Might Be Kinder” is narrated by a blocked, troubled writer named Sam Lattimore, who delivers an opening sentence worthy of the Noir Hall of Fame."
April 30, 2014
The department would like to extend its congratulations to the following undergraduate English majors on their awards and achievements!
April 30, 2014
The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, supported by the English Department and edited by Tita Chico, is a quarterly journal published by the University of Pennsylvania Press featuring scholarship that considers contemporary methodologies in relation to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular culture.
April 29, 2014
Congratulations to Danuta Hinc who received the Barry Hannah Merit Scholarship in Fiction to attend the MFA in Writing Program at Bennington College, Vermont.
April 29, 2014
Congratulations to English doctoral candidates Emily Yoon Perez and Nathaniel Underland for winning a Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15. Emily was awarded for work on her thesis, "Worlding the Color Line: Reading Race (Trans)Nationally in the United States." Nathaniel was awarded for work on his thesis, "'Here is a place of disaffection': Political Dysphoria and British Literary Modernism after 1930."
April 29, 2014
Congratulations to Tita Chico who was recently awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies, housed in the University of London’s Institute for Advanced Studies. Continue on to read more about Tita's latest accomplishments!
April 29, 2014
Two faculty members in English, Professor of the Practice Michael Olmert and Professional Writing Instructor Mark Forrester, have been selected for mentor awards by the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program. Congratulations!
April 25, 2014
MFA Student Meg Eden was reviewed by Neon Magazine for her chapbook The Girl Who Came Back, which follows Maryland's Enchanted Forest park. Read it here: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?p=4429 and read on to learn more!
April 24, 2014
Bob Levine recently gave a talk on Frederick Douglass and the Reunion Narrative at the Glasscock Humanities Center at Texas A&M. Continue reading for more updates from Bob!
April 24, 2014
Congratulations to Stewart Foehl, of the Professional Writing Program, for the nomination of his novel The Secret Ingredient (Random House) for the Lambda Literary Award, also known as the "Lammys." They are to be held June 2nd in New York City. Stewart writes under the pen name Stewart Lewis.
April 24, 2014
In April, Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered the Mann Lecture in Book Arts at Penn State. Other spring talks included Georgetown, York College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. Continue reading for more updates from Matthew!
April 23, 2014
Congratulations to M.K. Foster, Aaron Brown, Ali Goldstein, and Jacob Eckstein!
April 23, 2014
Emily Mitchell has been offered a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in August 2014. Congratulations, Emily!
April 23, 2014
Liz Arnold's fourth book of poems, Life, will appear this June (2014) from Flood Editions.
April 23, 2014
Kelsey has poems upcoming, among other news. Keep reading to learn more!
April 23, 2014
Michelle Boswell, Ph.D. had her review of Daniel Brown's Poetry of Victorian Scientists: Style, Science and Nonsense appear in the Autumn 2013 (44.4) issue of The Wordsworth Circle.
April 23, 2014
Howard Norman has been hard at work, read on to learn about his latest updates!
April 22, 2014
Congratulations to Jess Enoch and Jason Rudy on their Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards!
April 22, 2014
In May and early June, Jonathan Auerbach will be a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Szeged in Hungary.
April 22, 2014
Congratulations to Peter Mallios, one of 10 recipients this spring from across campus selected as an Honored Instructor by students in the Transfer2Terp Learning Community (T2T).
April 17, 2014
PhD candidate Heather Lindenman's Writing for Change (ENGL292/388C), which brings University of Maryland students to Northwestern High School in Hyattsville to collaborate on social issues, featured in Capital News Service!
April 17, 2014
Congratulations to Laura Lauth, awarded the Spring 2014 Orlando Poetry Prize for her poem, “Mass Grave, Ukraine.”
April 17, 2014
Elizabeth Acevedo featured on Split This Rock with her poem, "The Therapist Says To Talk Through Your Door In Case You're Listening." 
April 17, 2014
Nabila Hijazi and Doug Kern of The Writing Center presented at the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) on April 9, 2014.
April 17, 2014
Yesenia Portillo and Domonique Parkes's nonprofit organization aimed at improving literacy in El Salvador featured in the Diamondback and Fox News Latino.
April 16, 2014
English alumna Mandi Schmitt’s passion to read and write is coupled with her passion to travel, which influenced her to begin writing articles for Pink Pangea (a site full of travel information written by women) and Go Overseas (a site full of opportunities abroad).
April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Scott Trudell for receiving a year-long residential Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities for 2014-15. He has also received a two-month residential Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Tita Chico, recipient of a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies.
April 8, 2014
On April 4-5, 2014, Writing Center administrators and tutors presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference at Salisbury University.
April 8, 2014
Congratulations to Annette Debo, WCU's recipient of the 2014 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching!
March 25, 2014
The 7th Annual Graduate English Organization's (GEO) conference took place on Saturday, March 8th to much success. 
March 25, 2014
On April 8, the University welcomes back John Kelly ’84 as the keynote speaker at Access2Alumni. An English department alumnus, Kelly was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Humanities. Kelly writes “John Kelly’s Washington,” for the Washington Post, a column that ruminates on the District’s citizens, quirks, and considerable history. 
March 25, 2014
Congratulations to Pamela Gerhardt for receiving the 2014 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Outstanding Book Award for Memoir or Biography for her memoir memoir Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father's World (University of Missouri Press, 2013).
March 25, 2014
Students For Students (SFS) is a traveling tutoring clinic founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, University of Maryland's English Honors Society. SFS asks high achieving University of Maryland English majors to donate a couple hours of their time every semester to travel to local high schools and work with students on their English homework, scholarships, and college essays.
March 14, 2014
The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher distinction recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishment combined with demonstrated excellence in teaching. 
March 13, 2014
Professor Jason Rudy and his students traveled to New Zealand from December 29 to January 13 for the winterterm course, New Zealand: Literature and Culture. 
March 11, 2014
Congratulations to Gerard Passannante who was awarded the Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association!
March 11, 2014
Howard Norman’s Next Life Might Be Kinder received a starred review in Library Journal and another starred review from Booklist! Keep reading to see the reviews.
March 5, 2014
Hannah Baker Saltmarsh (2004 B.A. in English and 2006 MFA in Creative Writing, both at UMD) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in English at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
March 5, 2014
Alumna Koritha Mitchell discusses and signs copies of "Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 - 1930" at the Library of Congress. 
March 5, 2014
Doug Kern, Writing Center Assistant Director, and Brittany Boyd, Writing Center tutor, presented at the Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA) conference in Smithfield, RI on March 1.
March 4, 2014
Robert Manson Myers, who taught in the Department of English at the University of Maryland until his retirement in 1986, passed away on January 3, 2014.