Spring 2015 Bywords

Congratulations to Stanley Plumly and Maud Casey on their Recent Awards

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May 9, 2016
Bob Levine has two new essays: “Reading Slavery and ‘Classic’ American Literature,” in The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature; and “Frederick Douglass, Violence, and Abraham Lincoln,” in  A History of American Civil War Literature (Cambridge UP). He recently spoke on canons and anthologies at the C19 conference at Penn State.
June 12, 2015
Sangeea Ray gave the Plenary talk at the South Asian Research institute Conference on Heritage and Ruptures titled, "Ecological Intimacy in South Asian Fiction" organized by Paris XIII and Paris Ouest on May 28, 2015. On June 11th she gave a talk titled Reading Conspiracy, Reading Sexuality in A Case of Exploding Mangoes,"  at Freie Uiniversity in Berlin 
June 11, 2015
This spring semester, Kellie Robertson has been on research leave finishing a monograph on medieval science and literature and working on another project about medieval public discourse. During that time, she also presented “Dangerous Science” at the Modern Language Association Meeting in Vancouver and gave an invited lecture at Washington and Lee University entitled “Bawds and ABAWDs: Able Bodies in Historical Perspective,” a paper that examines the long history of disability rhetoric in labor laws. 
June 10, 2015
On June 5-7, Leigh Ryan presented “Under His Voice: The Life and Legacy of Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference in Cambridge, MD. 
June 10, 2015
On April 10 and 11, Writing Center tutors and administrators attended the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  Presenting were Dionte Harris, James Gray, Doug Kern, Nabila Hijazi, Tom Earles, and Leigh Ryan. 
June 9, 2015
Brian Richardson delivered a talk on “Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Ideology” at the International Narrative Conference in Chicago in March. In May, he gave an invited lecture at the University of Braunschweig on “The Use and Abuse of Reading in Twentieth century Fiction.” In June, he spoke on “Dubious Readings and Dangerous Allusions in the Fiction of Mansfield and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife.’” His article, “Social Minds, Natural and Unnatural: ‘We’ and ‘They’ Narratives in Fiction and Nonfiction,” appears in the current issue of Narrative (23.2). His review of Brian Artese’s Testimony on Trial: Conrad, James, and the Contest for Modernism appears in the current issue of Conradiana and an expanded version of his talk, “Fictional Minds: Natural and Unnatural,” appears on the Narrative Matters 2014 Conference Proceedings website, Récit et Savoir.
June 9, 2015
Douglas Kern is serving as the Academic Advisor for Amiri Baraka’s entries in the 2014 Contemporary Literary Criticism and Drama Criticism series, published by Gale. He also presented his research at both the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Montreal and Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore this March (2015). His SCMS talk was titled “Brando Returns: Marlon Brando’s Superman Legacy,” while his CDC talk highlighted his most recent publication regarding Amiri Baraka’s political drama. 
June 9, 2015
Martha Nell Smith was invited to speak about her biography of Susan Dickinson on a “Writing about Writers” panel at the Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., 6 June 2015. Keep reading for more updates! 
June 9, 2015
Maud Casey is a BAU Institute at Camargo Fellow for 2015.  She will be in residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France for one month this summer.
June 9, 2015
Shanna Yetman's (MFA '12) flash fiction "The Miracle Is to Walk this Earth" recently won first place in the New Millennium Writing Competition. Her fiction will be featured in the 2016 anthology and she will receive $1000.
June 9, 2015
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern presented on the English Department’s Academic Writing Teaching Partners Program at the Lilly International Spring Conference on May 29, 2015.
June 9, 2015
On June 3, 2015, Nabila Hijazi presented the Keynote talk, “Cultural and Linguistic Awareness,” for the Virginia Writing Center Association’s Writing Center Directors’ meeting.
June 9, 2015
Peter Mallios is chair of the MLA's Law and Humanities Forum, and has organized and will be presiding at two of its sessions and the coming year's MLA convention in Austin, TX: "Constitutions and Literatures I: U.S. Contexts and Theory," and "Constitutions and Literatures II: Comparative and Global Horizons." If you are interested in contributing to a volume of essays on these subjects, please contact him at mallios@umd.edu.
June 9, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently presented the following papers: “Latin Poetics and Jone Donne: ‘I Finde Myself Scattered.’ ” The Classical Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, U.K., April 13, 2015. “Lacrimae Rerum: Wilder, Vergil and the Tears of the World.” Second International Thornton Wilder Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., June 12, 2015.
June 4, 2015
Emily Mitchell's book of short stories Viral will be published on June 29th. She will be giving two readings in the DC area in July, one at Kramer Books in Dupont Circle on July 13th and one at Bethesda Writers' Center, with short-story writer Lauren Acampora, on July 19th. She has also had two short stories from the collection published in May: "Guided Meditation" in Alaska Quarterly Review and "A Boy My Sister Dated" in Guernica.
June 4, 2015
On May 18, 2015, Michael Olmert lectured to students from the St. Michael's, MD., middle school on the material culture of the 18th Century. This was a new venture, trying to introduce kids to the joys of local history and of museums. The lecture covered the working and social lives and the tools and techniques used everyday by whites, blacks, men, women, and children in early Easton. The course was held in some original late-18th and early-19th century buildings on the Talbot Historic Society campus and in its ornamental garden, which was once a teeming out-door furniture-making operation. Topics covered were architecture, brickwork, townscape planning, food, market-days, and tools.  Olmert is a member of the board of the Talbot County Historical Society. Three other members of the board participated in the course as well.
June 3, 2015
Bob Levine spoke at Vanderbilt in May on “The Canon and the Survey: An Anthologist’s Perspective"; his talk will be published later this year in J19. In late June he will be giving a talk on his edition-in-progress of Melville's Pierre at the International Melville Conference in Tokyo.
June 3, 2015
DeLisa Hawkes, a doctoral student in the Department, will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History.  Hawkes, under the guidance of leading scholars on Dunbar, will examine his influential role in American literature and Harlem Renaissance literature while considering the complexities of race and dialect during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
June 3, 2015
Joshua Weiner's essay on Gottfried Benn appeared in the spring issue of Threepenny Review. His presentation at the AWP Conference in Minneapolis on Thomas McGrath appears as an essay at B O D Y where he also has a new poem, 'Canto.'He was interviewed by BBC Radio 3 for a documentary on Thom Gunn, narrated by Colm Tóibín.'Simile'--a poem about language and police brutality--appears on the Split This Rock blog.In October, he will be a research associate at the IES Institute's Berlin Centre.
June 3, 2015
In May, Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered keynotes at two international conferences, one at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the other at National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also lectured recently at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for 21st Century Studies and gave a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Montreal.
June 2, 2015
Lyra Hilliard just got back from the Computers and Writing Conference, which was held in Menonomie, Wisconsin at UW-Stout. She shared her research on synchronous online classes in her presentation: "Synchronous Interventions: Revisiting Webconferencing in the Composition Classroom."
June 2, 2015
Recent graduate of the MFA Program, Aaron Brown is to be published in three journals. His poem “Lake Kivu Dream” will be published in Issue 118 of Transition. His poem “Picture of a Family” will be published in the July issue of Sojourners. His poem “Outside Ngaoundere” was published in the recent issue of Literary Bohemian.
June 2, 2015
The Professional Writing Program has had a busy spring. Keep reading to find out what they've been up to.
May 29, 2015
Alum Len Abram recently published Debris: A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania. Len has had a succesful career as an educator and scholar, teaching writing and literature at three universities and to American service men and women across the world.
May 26, 2015
Congratulations to Victoria Monsaint-Queeney, '17, who has been awarded an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.
May 15, 2015
Jamie Lee '13, was recently interviewed about Access2Alumni, which she helped market in 2013. In the interview, Lee gives a shoutout to the Department and her degree in English which she believes has given her many valuable skills.
May 14, 2015
The following is a list of prizes, awards, and fellowships collected by the faculty and graduate students this spring. Congratulations to all!
May 12, 2015
Distinguished University Professor Stanley Plumly has been named winner of the 2015 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for his book The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb. The $30,000 award is the largest annual cash prize in English-language literary criticism and is administered for the Truman Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
May 5, 2015
Jonathan Auerbach was recently quotes in The Moscow Times in an article titled, "Russia's Media Offensive Seen by the West as Real Threat."
May 5, 2015
Two faculty members have been selected for the English department's first Teaching Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The recipients of the 2015 awards are Alexandra Calloway and Lyra Hilliard.
April 30, 2015
We are sorry to report that Morris Freedman, professor emeritus and former chair of the English department, passed away on April 27, 2015. He was 94.
April 29, 2015
The Diamondback has published a story on Maud Casey's Guggenheim Fellowship.
April 22, 2015
Stacia Odenwald, a rising senior in Architecture, Planning & Preservation, was recently chosen as a 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential scholar and has named Professor David Wyatt as the faculty mentor who has made the most impact on her academic achievement.
April 21, 2015
Department alum, Jason Reynolds, recently participated in the Creative Arts Teen Summit at the University of Arizona.
April 21, 2015
Graduate students Cameron Mozafari and Elise Auvil are the winners of this year's James A. Robinson awards for excellence in teaching by graduate students. Congratulations, Cameron and Elise! 
April 21, 2015
Three undergraduates, Robert Tully, Lenaya Stewart, and Xiuyu Shen, are recognized by the Library Award for Undergraduate Resesarch Committee and the University of Maryland Libraries.
April 21, 2015
Following the celebration of Virginia Beauchamp's work at the University, the Greenbelt News Review published an article highlighting Beauchamp's accomplishements.
April 21, 2015
On Thursday, April 16th, the Department held the Writing Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Conference in Tawes Hall.
April 10, 2015
Wakeman has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16 -- one of only ten across the campus. Congratulations, Rob!
April 9, 2015
Professor Maud Casey is a 2015 recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
April 9, 2015
In April, Michael Olmert was inducted as an honorary member into the national classical-studies honor society, Eta Sigma Phi. The award was in respect of his frequent staging of classic Greek plays as part of his series of rehearsed readings in Ulrich. Olmert plans to keep doing them, until he gets one right.
April 7, 2015
Rhondda Thomas, PhD 2007, an associate professor of English at Clemson University, recently received a $100,000 grant that will "will allow her the time to fill in the missing pieces of Clemson's black history and expand it to 1963 when Harvey Gantt, the first African-American student, enrolled."