Winter 2015 Bywords

Residential Fellowships Send Faculty Members Across the World

Graduate Students Hold Successful GEO Conference

April 8, 2015
Orrin Wang traveled up to Cornell University on March 13th to participate in The Senses of Romanticism Symposium.  The title of his talk was "Play Time: Austen, Byron, and Mary Shelley."
April 7, 2015
Sangeeta Ray gave the inaugural  talk for Black History month at Salisbury State University in february.  On April 10th she will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Comparative Literature conference at Texas Tech University at Lubbock, Texas. She is also the plenary speaker for the SARI (South Asian Research Institute) conference to be held in May  in Nanterre, France. 
April 3, 2015
Nabila Hijazi presented "Work-In-Progress" project, Cultural and Rhetorical Momentums Driving ESL Students’ Writing Choices, at 2015 Camp Rhetoric at Penn State in February 2015 and "Extending A Helping Hand: Achieving Effective Teaching Practices Through International Teaching Fellows (ITF) Mentoring Program," at 8th Annual Spring TESOL Graduate Student Mini-Conference at University of Maryland Baltimore County in March 2015.
April 3, 2015
Maggie's article, "John Taylor and the Ghost of Long Meg of Westminster: Authorship and Poetic Authority in The Womens Sharpe Revenge" will be published in Studies in Philology 113.4 (the Fall 2016 issue).
April 2, 2015
Under the name of Y.S. Fing, Will currently has a monthly column, at the Washington Independent Review of Books, called Fingism. He is also the current Committee Chair for the Washington Writers Conference, which is coming up April 25th, and will include Maud Casey, from UMD's English Department on the fiction panel. 
April 1, 2015
The Graduate English Organization’s 8th Annual Conference, “Departures,” was a great success.
April 1, 2015
Lenaya Stewart, '15, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Library Award for Undergraduate Research from the University of Maryland Libraries.
April 1, 2015
On March 12th, Martha Nell Smith delivered the plenary address “Frozen Social Relations, Digital Archives Dickinson and Whitman” at Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson: A Colloquy, Université Paris-Est Créteil. On May 8th, she will deliver “Erasures and Frozen Social Relations, Biography and Digital Archives,” Digital Diversity 2015: Writing, Feminism, Culture Edmonton, CA, on erasures of DH work and so of DH history, and the importance of effective, well documented systems administration for DH to advance critically and theoretically.
April 1, 2015
Chris has two poems published in the March issue of Word Riot.
April 1, 2015
Meg Eden's poems have recently been accepted for forthcoming issues of Poet Lore, Rattle and Gargoyle. She will also be leading online workshops this summer through the Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review.
April 1, 2015
Michelle Boswell's essay, “Poetry and Parallax in Mary Somerville’s On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences,” has been accepted for publication in Victorian Literature and Culture. Her research for this article at Oxford’s Bodleian Library in 2012 was made possible through the department’s QCB Research and Travel Grant.
March 31, 2015
Allison, a first-year Masters student in Rhetoric and Composition, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association conference at James Madison University on April 11, 2015. The topic of her presentation is "Writing Center Mission Statements and Discourse."
March 31, 2015
Anna Bedford's essay “Survival in the Post-Apocalypse: Ecofeminism in MaddAddam” was published January 2015 in a collection on Margaret Atwood's science fiction, Margaret Atwood’s Apocalyptic Visions (Ed. Karma Waltonen). Anna also participated and was featured in the Department's Sci Fi Subjects and Objects Round Table. 
March 31, 2015
Aaron's short story "Middle Passage" is forthcoming in Broad River Review. His poem "Memory Palace" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by JMWW. His review of Frank Bidart's Metaphysical Dog is forthcoming in Ruminate (online). His poem "Outside Ngaoundere" is forthcoming in Literary Bohemian, and his poem "Cloud of Unknowing" was just published in Humane Pursuits. His poems "Prayer" and "All Creatures" were published in Windhover.
March 31, 2015
Flora Qian has a story ("The Bowen Run") in the 2015 Hong Kong Writer's Circle anthology Gothic Hong Kong and a fairy tale ("Farewell to Mr Caterpillar") in In The Empty Places, an anthology published by the The Bantuan Coffee Foundation to raise funds for the victims of child prostitution in Indonesia. She has a story ("Massey Hall 1971") republished in the April issue of Eastlit and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
March 31, 2015
Ross will be featured at "Noir @ the Bar," a Baltimore reading series that will take place on Thursday, April 16th at 7pm. It will be held at Mi Ranchito at 116 Hollins Street Baltimore, where seven noir fiction authors will be reading their work. There will be dark giveaways and hardluck prizes.
March 31, 2015
The Professional Writing Center has been busy the past few months. Read on to learn what they have been up to.
March 27, 2015
Peter Witte has a personal essay titled "Enigma" that will be published in the May issue of The Sun. He also recently published a comic titled "Two Birds" in Buffalo Almanack and has comics that will soon be published in Hobart (titled "Devolution of My Parenting Philosophy") and The Rumpus (titled "Bacon, Egg, & Oats").
March 26, 2015
Bill Peterson (emeritus) and Sylvia Peterson were interviewed in the Winter 2015 issue of Fine Books and Collections about their project of cataloguing William Morris's library.
March 26, 2015
Emily Mitchell has a story in the April issue of Harper's Magazine.
March 25, 2015
Bob Levine's coedited critical and cultural edition of Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave was just published by Yale University Press. His literary biography, The Lives of Frederick Douglass, will be published by Harvard UP in the fall. On April 15th he's giving the annual Washington Emancipation Day Lecture, sponsored by George Washington University.
March 25, 2015
Jonathan Rick of PWP delivered two presentations in March: one, on the use and abuse of numbers, to a Ragan conference on PR measurement; the other, on business writing, to LEVICK, a DC-based communications consultancy. 
March 25, 2015
Radford's poem "Tree House" was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.
March 25, 2015
From May 1-2, Noa will attend the British Modernities Group conference (through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) called "Bad Books: Mass Genres, Material Cultures, and Aesthetic Valuation." Her paper is titled "Textuality and Reception of Nabokov's The Original of Laura."
March 25, 2015
Amanda Visconti launched a participatory digital edition of James Joyce's Ulysses at as part of her dissertation. She will present a talk about the project at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (0301 Hornbake Library) 12:30-1:45pm on Tuesday, April 7th.
March 25, 2015
Porter presented a paper at MLA in Vancouver last January titled "The New Barbarians: The Postcolonial Hacker in the Age of Globalization" as part of a panel on postcolonial digital humanities.
March 25, 2015
Sarah Bonnie will be presenting a paper at NAISA's Annual Conference this summer titled “The ‘Authentic Indian’ as a Biopolitical Invention: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’ Resistance to Colonial Constructions of Indianness.”
March 25, 2015
The January issue of the Prince George’s County Bar Association published an article by Robin Earnest, Esq. entitled  “The Richmond Attorney’s Program—Maryland’s New Plan For Representing Indigent Defendants at Pretrial Release Proceedings.” This March, Robin was privileged to speak to members of the University’s pre-law fraternity (Phi Alpha Delta) about her legal writing course, and work as a private attorney. 
March 25, 2015
Sharon will deliver a talk on May 8th titled, "The Legacy of Late-Medieval Seafaring" for a lecture series, "Issues in American Literary and Cultural History" sponsored by the American Studies at University of Tuebingen.
March 24, 2015
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Jiménez-Porter Literary Prize!
March 11, 2015
The African Diaspora Reading group held an event in Tawes this week called, "Selma: The Cinematic Text in the Moment of Ferguson." The event was covered in the Diamondback. 
March 10, 2015
Kari Kraus and her students have helped to create DUST, an alternate-reality game, in partnership with NASA, among others.
March 3, 2015
John Kelly '84, interviewed Department Chair Bill Cohen for an article in the The Washington Post titled, "Lost in TV stories, from ‘House of Cards’ to ‘Game of Thrones.'"
March 2, 2015
The Association of Departments of English, in addition to producing the Job Information List and providing Summer Seminars for chairs and directors, facilitates conversations on the national, regional, and local levels regarding best practices, the state of the profession, and issues that concern faculty, administrators, and students.
February 27, 2015
Carla Peterson was published in the New York Times this month.
February 25, 2015
45 students from Glen Burnie High School visited Tawes Hall in early February to sit in on a model college class. 
February 24, 2015
Congratulations to Randy Ontiveros, who has been selected as a recipient of a 2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.
February 23, 2015
When the Conference on College Composition and Communication convenes in Tampa, FL, in March, many faculty members and graduate students will present current research. Some of these presentations refine materials developed in conjunction with the graduate course and conference in fall 2013, "Engendering Rhetorical Power," a collaboration with scholars at Pennsylvania State University.
February 18, 2015
Congratulations to Ann Bracken on the publication of her book, The Altar of Innocence: Poems.
February 18, 2015
Residential fellowships are invaluable to the research and writing of the Department's faculty members. New locations provide new materials to read, new landscapes to write about, and new scholars to meet. Members of our faculty have held many residential fellowships, some of which are highlighted here.
February 11, 2015
Department lecturer Caitlin McGrath will run the Old Greenbelt Theatre as a non-profit, art house movie theater. 
February 6, 2015
Edited by Katherine R. Larson and Naomi J. Miller, with Andrew Strycharski, the volume marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking collection READING MARY WROTH.
February 4, 2015
The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900 is edited by Kimberly Anne Coles, Ralph Bauer, Zita Nunes, and Carla L. Peterson. The volume itself grows out of a collaboration on the part of four faculty members around the planning of the Bloodwork conference and the conversations that emerged from the conference.
February 4, 2015
Noa Saunders has two poems, "Self-Portrait" and "Cannonballs," forthcoming in the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Ninth Letter, due out in December.
January 30, 2015
Congratulations to Julie Enszer, whose poem "Zyklon B" was featured as Split This Rock's Poem of the Week! Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010). She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland.
January 29, 2015
Congratulations to Chanon Adsanatham for winning the 2015 CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the members of the Berlin Award committee.
January 29, 2015
Amira worked with the Music in Me Foundation and Detroit schools to bring anti-bullying message to middle school students.
January 26, 2015
First publication for Marcionette grows out of work in Pamela Gerhardt's "Narrative Nonfiction" class. 
January 16, 2015
The Department mourns the loss of alumna Laura Slavin.
January 13, 2015
Scott Moses and Peter Grybauskas have won Elevate Fellows grants from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) for course redesign. 
January 5, 2015
On Sunday, December 14, members of Carivision Community Theatre held "A Caribbean Christmas: Memory in Performance Drama, Dance and Music Celebrating Caribbean Stories of the Season."
January 5, 2015
Congratulations to the recipients of the second round of Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative grants! Recipients from the Department are professors Merle Collins and Scott Wible, along with Ph.D. candidates Heather Lindenman and Justin Lohr.
December 16, 2014
This fall, the English Undergraduate Association launched a new student group – the African Diaspora Reading Group, ADRG.
December 15, 2014
Lena Stypeck, who graduated from the University with a BA in English in 2014, has started a writing center at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore.
December 5, 2014
Adele Berlin, Robert H. Smith Professor of Bible Emerita and Professor of English Emerita, is being awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York this spring, in recognition of her contributions to Biblical and Jewish Studies. Congratulations, Adele!