Department News

January 26, 2018
Elissa Washuta graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007. Last month, it was announced that she will receive an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Click here for more information. 
January 25, 2018
Bob Levine's new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, was just published by Cambridge University Press. At MLA, he led a roundtable on "Frederick Douglass at 200," and he's giving an upcoming talk on Douglass at Marshall University's Carter Woodson Lyceum. 
January 25, 2018
Danuta Hinc recently published two essays: The Lessons of My Childhood in Communist Poland Are Relevant Again. On Propaganda, Martial Law, and Protecting the Truth in the Literary Hub and When I Was Growing Up in Poland, We Didn’t Have “Dynasty” or Donna Summer, But We Did Have Health Insurance in Washingtonian.
January 25, 2018
Jonathan Rick recently published his presentation, "How Social Media Can Help You Land — or Lose — Your Dream Job". He also recently did an interview, which can be read here. 
January 25, 2018
Scott Wible attended the week-long Teaching and Learning Studio Faculty Workshop at Stanford University's Design School. This workshop helps higher education teachers learn to use design thinking methods to create active learning experiences for students and, in Scott's case as Professional Writing Program Director, for PWP faculty.
January 24, 2018
Congratulations to Neil Fraistat, who is a participant in ARCScholar, a digital publishing cooperative, involving UMD’s Romantic Circles website. This is based at Texas A&M University, which has been awarded a NHPRC-Mellon Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Grant for $75,000. This grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be used to plan the development of ARCScholar and to form its governance structure. ARCScholar will participate with other grant recipients in creating a system of cooperatives for publishing and sustaining digital editions. 
January 23, 2018
Join us in congratulating Senior Lecturer Lyra Hilliard our Blended and Online Learning Coordinator on receiving a 2017-2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award of $10,000 for her project “Cross-Institutional Study of Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Composition.” This is an incredible achievement and wonderful testament to a carefully conceived and expertly researched proposed study that will engage several institutions in a sustained examination of blended and online pedagogy. 
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
January 16, 2018
James Mattson's recent novel The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, was named as one of Amazon's Best Books picks for December, 2017. Mattson's novel was also placed on the New York Post's required reading list that same month.
January 16, 2018
Stewart Foehl’s next novel, Look Closer, has been sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in Feb, 2019. The novel, which will be published under the pen name Stewart Lewis, is a young adult coming-of-age mystery about a girl who sees the names of people who will die that day. 

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