Summer 2015 Bywords

Mary Helen Washington Awarded Bode-Pearson Prize

Barry Pearson Wins Independent Music Award

September 17, 2015
MFA graduate Emily Flamm's short story "Lorem Ipsum" was cited as a finalist for the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. The story will appear in the Winter 2016 issue of Crab Orchard Review and Emily will receive a $500 honorarium.
September 17, 2015
Katie Kaczmarek received an award for Best Oral Presentation at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference: Digital Future in Shanghai, China this June.  A doctoral student, Katie represented UMD along with Natalie Taylor from the iSchool and Gordon Rinderknecht from Sociology.  Her presentation "Storytelling as Knowledge Production in Educational Alternate Reality Games" is based on her work with the collaborative creation and research of the game DUST led by Kari Kraus and June Ahn at UMD and Derek Hansen at BYU. 
September 17, 2015
With Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum Jane Wald, Martha Nell Smith directed the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Annual Meeting held in Amherst August 7-9 and in partnership with the Museum. “Emily Dickinson in Her Elements” featured hikes on the Emily Dickinson trail, tours of the Amherst College Wilder Observatory, the Beneski Natural History Museum, and Dickinson’s gardens on the Dickinson Grounds, Emily Dickinson Museum, a rollicking program of 19th-century folk music by The Red Skies Music Ensemble, and a Saturday afternoon recital by jazz pianist Tomoko Ozawa playing Martha Dickinson Bianchi's Steinway in the Evergreens. Also featured were a Critical Institute, poetry workshops, and three outstanding plenary addresses. Click here for more information and keep reading to learn more.
September 16, 2015
From Carla Peterson: "Dear Colleagues--Retirement isn't half bad!  There are a lot of things you can do.  For example, you could summit Mt. Kilimanjaro as I did with my daughter Sarah this summer.  We reached Uhuru peak, 19341 feet, Monday, July 13, at 4:37pm, local Tanzanian time!" Click to see a photo!
September 16, 2015
The Special Collections librarians enjoyed a visit from ENGL304 in early September. Students spent time engaging with our seventeenth and eighteenth century materials, talking to subject experts, and learning about printing and publishing practices of the time. The librarians look forward to working with all English department faculty, staff and students in the future.
September 16, 2015
Holly Smith will be speaking about her book, Seafood Lover's Chesapeake Bay (Globe Pequot), at the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26th. She'll also be participating in the "Writers and Book Reviews" panel at the DC Author Festival on Sunday, Oct. 25th.
September 16, 2015
An essay by Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature), “Recrossing the Sargasso Sea: Trauma, Brathwaite, and his Critics,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of ariel: A Review of International English Literature, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.  Jeremy wishes to recognize the assistance he received from Professor Zita Nunes, and early suggestions from Professor Jonathan Auerbach in his Dissertation Workshop.
September 16, 2015
Peter Witte's very short story, "Dress Up," was published in River Teeth's "Beautiful Things" web series.
September 16, 2015
Randy Ontiveros’s essay on “Teaching the Suburbs” is now available on the shelves of McKeldin Library. You can find it in the pages of Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st-Century Approaches to Teaching (Routledge 2015). Professor Ontiveros will also be presenting on campus diversity, the humanities, and STEM for a roundtable at the upcoming meeting of the American Studies Association.  
September 16, 2015
Rebecca J. Ritzel received her first byline in the New York Times last month when she covered Broadway star Victoria Clark's wedding for Vows in the Times' Sunday Styles section. Also over the summer, Rebecca received her third straight critic-in-residence fellowship from the Chautauqua Institution. Locally, Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and serves as The Washington Post's weekly theater columnist.
September 16, 2015
In the spirit of collaboration, and taking advantage of her familial connection to the Director of Chile's School of Journalism, Robin M. Earnest, J.D., LL.M., has organized a student visit to UMD this fall. Serap Deniz Rada, the Director of UMD's School of Journalism, has graciously agreed to host a group of journalism students visiting from Chile's Universidad del Desarrollo, in late September. The visit is part of a special internship in which students travel to the United States to view journalism schools and news organizations here. As a result of this year's collaboration, all hope a visit to UMD will become a more permanent part of that annual internship program. Keep reading to learn more.
September 16, 2015
Vin Carretta's recent publications include an edition of Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African (Broadview); “Phillis Wheatley: Researching a Life,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts;  “Phillis Wheatley,” in Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies, ed. Gene Jarrett; “Francis Barber,” in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight (Oxford UP). Vin's book reviews of  Paula Loscocco, Phillis Wheatley’s Miltonic Poetics and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Angela Rosenthal, eds., Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World are forthcoming in, respectively, Early Modern Women: An International Journal and Journal of American Studies. He gave a keynote address, “Uncovering Lives: The Biographical Challenge of the Early Black Atlantic,” at the First Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association, Chapter of the Americas, University of Michigan, in June. He was interviewed in July by Gretchen Gerzina on Olaudah Equiano for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Vin has also been chosen as the Inaugural Senior Fellow of the Omohundro Institute George III Project at Windsor Castle.
September 10, 2015
Brian Richardson’s review of Christoph Bode and Rainer Dietrich’s Future Narratives was published in Notes and Queries. A revised version of his article, “Construing Conrad’s ‘The Secret Sharer’: Suppressed Narratives, Subaltern Reception, and the Act of Interpretation,” has been reprinted in Norton Critical Edition of “The Secret Sharer” and Other Stories of Joseph Conrad, edited by John Peters. His new book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was published by Ohio State University Press.
September 10, 2015
This summer, Cameron Mozafari presented at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference and at the History of Rhetoric conference. Keep reading to learn more.
September 10, 2015
Elizabeth Arnold has two poems in the current Los Angeles Review of Books. She will give a talk on Ezra Pound at the Library of Congress next month.
September 10, 2015
In July, Kent Cartwright gave a lecture on The Merchant of Venice at the "Shakespeare Summer School in Venice:  The Shylock Project.”  In August, he conducted a seminar and gave a pre-performance talk on Much Ado About Nothing at the University of California, Irvine.  In October, he will be the keynote speaker for a meeting of the Shakespeare Association of Hungary. 
September 10, 2015
Laura Rosenthal presented papers this summer at the The Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing, 1600-1830 at the Chawton House Library, and at the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) meeting in Rottderdam.  She has recently joined the editorial board of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction and has agreed to serve as an assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC).
September 10, 2015
MFA Lindsay Fowler's short story "The Lake," has been published in THE GOLDEN KEY's 6th issue. "The Lake" was honorably mentioned by Karin Tidbeck in THE GOLDEN KEY's Flash Fiction Open. 
September 10, 2015
Michael Olmert's article on the architectural and cultural history of markets, market houses, and butter crosses appears in the fall 2015 issue of Colonial Williamsburg magazine.
September 10, 2015
Oliver Brearey will present a talk, "Reflective Assessment Practices in the Outplacement Industry," at the 131st MLA Annual Convention in Austin, Texas in January 2016. His talk is part of the Association for Business Communication's (ABC) panel at the conference. The ABC panel is titled "Assessment in Business Communication and Writing."
September 10, 2015
Peter Mallios will be giving a plenary talk, alongside the novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez and historians Myra Jasanoff and James Sanders, at a day long conference on Joseph Conrad's Nostromo at Johns Hopkins University on October 22. The title of his talk is: "Opposite Utopias: Nostromo, the U.S., and the Mexican Revolution."
September 10, 2015
Ruth Osorio's article, "A Community of Beloved Femmes: The Cultivation of Radical Self-Love in Femme Shark Communique #1" was published in Peitho 17.2 this summer. The article evolved from an essay she wrote in Jess Enoch's seminar Engendering Rhetorical Power, taught in Fall 2014.
September 9, 2015
Bob Levine gave a talk on textuality and transnationalism in Melville’s Pierre at the June International Melville Conference in Tokyo. An essay version will appear in Neither the Time nor the Place: Today’s Nineteenth Century (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
September 9, 2015
Kimberly Coles and Douglas Kern have been named as inaugural Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows, which is a new program from the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Dean Cohen’s announcement states, "During the 2015-16 academic year, the Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows will participate in a faculty learning community that will investigate how student work provides evidence of student learning, and how careful review of their work can guide curriculum development and reform.”
September 9, 2015
Mary Helen Washington has been awarded the Bode-Pearson Prize from the American Studies Association.
September 9, 2015
Patricia Herron co-wrote an article that has recently been published. The article, "Study Abroad Partnerships: Librarians, Business Faculty, and In-Country Facilitator Develop an Innovative Experiential Learning Program" is published in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship and is co-authored by Patricia Herron, Lily Griner, and Susan White. 
September 9, 2015
Peter Grybauskas's article, "'Now Often Forgotten'": Gollum, the Great War, and the Last Alliance," was published this summer in a collection entitled Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I.
September 2, 2015
David Wyatt's latest book, Hemingway, Style, and the Art of Emotion, will be published in September by Cambridge University Press.
September 2, 2015
The Department has added a Green Office Program page to the website, located under the "Administration" tab.
September 2, 2015
Howard Norman gave the inaugural Brian Moore Memorial Lecture at McGill University. His most recent novel, NEXT LIFE MIGHT BE KINDER, is soon published in French, Japanese and Dutch editions. 
September 2, 2015
Jonathan Auerbach's Weapons of Democracy: Propaganda, Progressivism, and American Public Opinion was recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
September 2, 2015
Jonathan Rick delivered a variety of workshops and webinars — available at http://jonathanrick.com/presentations — to a range of clients, including NASCAR, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, PR News, Pinpointe, Americans for Prosperity, and the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement.
September 2, 2015
Linda Coleman presented a paper titled, "Engaging Dexter: A Case Study of Characterization by Humor" at the International Society for Humor Studies Conference at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, in July.
September 2, 2015
Meg Eden's debut novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit (2016-2017). 
August 28, 2015
In an article on the BBC's website, Verlyn Flieger is interviewed on JRR Tolkien's love of Finland, which inspired his Middle Earth. Keep reading to learn more.
August 21, 2015
Maud Casey is one of six authors on the shortlist for the St. Francis College Literary Prize for The Man Who Walked Away.
August 19, 2015
Congratulations to Bill Cohen on his Honorable Mention for the Donald Gray Prize for his essay, "Arborealities: The Tacticle Ecology of Hardy's Woodlanders." The Donald Gray Prize is awarded to the best essay published in the field of Victorian Studies.
August 19, 2015
Congratulations to the five faculty members on their promotions. Thank you to Jessica Enoch, Shirley Logan, Rebecca Sommer, Joseph Wappel, and Scott Wible for their assistance in recommending these promotions.
August 13, 2015
Congratulations to the graduates and their advisors on these impressive placements. Thank you to Johnathan Auerbach, who directed placement efforts, and the members of the graduate placement committee, for their hard work throughout the year.
August 6, 2015
Congratulations to Barry Lee Pearson, for winning an Independent Music Award for his CD, Classic African American Songsters, Smithsonian Folkways 2014. The CD was named Best Album: Compilation by the Independent Music Awards. The CD also was chosen as Best Blues Album Historical Post War by the Living Blues Critics poll. Pearson is part of the CD's creative team, as well as a compiler and annotator. Keep reading to learn more.
August 5, 2015
Congratulations to Rob Wakeman, who has won the 2015 Graduate Student Service Award from the College of Arts and Humanities. The award will be conferred at the College Convocation on September 29th.
August 4, 2015
Congratulations to Professor Zita Nunes for winning the 2015 Faculty Service Award from the College of Arts and Humanities. The award will be conferred at the College Convocation on September 29th.
July 30, 2015
The Diamondback published an article detailing Plumly's recent accolade, the 2015 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. Keep reading to learn more.
July 23, 2015
Research builds upon work Trudell presented as part of "Sound+" conference held at UMD in spring 2014. 
July 21, 2015
Emily Mitchell's brand new collection, Viral: Stories, published by Norton on June 29, was featured in the New York Times Sunday Book Review (July 10, 2015).
July 2, 2015
Provost Rankin's announcement follows, and lauds Cohen's achievements as a scholar, teacher, and administrator.
June 30, 2015
MFA program alums have published their work in The New Yorker and Agni, among other places. Continue reading to view their recent accomplishments.
June 26, 2015
For the spring 2015 grant cycle, CLCS awarded funding to support 17 proposals for lecture series, conferences, reading groups, and more.
May 12, 2015
The Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual CMLT Essay Contest. Niloo Sarabi, whose work focuses on gender in Iranian literature, wrote the winning essay: "Contemporary Iranian Cinema at the Intersection of Arts and Politics: Granaz Moussavi's Aesthetic and Political Vision in My Tehran for Sale," under the guidance of Dr. Oliver Gaycken.
In the spirit of collaboration, and taking advantage of her familial connection to the Director of Chile's School of Journalism, Robin M. Earnest, J.D., LL.M., has organized a student visit to UMD this fall. Serap Deniz Rada, the Director of UMD's School of Journalism, has graciously agreed to host a group of journalism students visiting from Chile's Universidad del Desarrollo, in late September. The visit is part of a special internship in which students travel to the United States to view journalism schools and news organizations here. As a result of this year's collaboration, we are hopeful that a visit to UMD might become a more permanent part of that annual internship program.