Department News

April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper titled "The Linguistic Construction to Thoughts and Feelings: A Cognitive Linguistic Introduction" at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's sponsored talk of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.  The paper introduces a type of subordinate clause construction--the content clause--as a way that language users express stance, thoughts, and feelings toward ideas, a move necessary in academic argumentation.  At CCCC, Cameron was also nominated and accepted the role of conference chair of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.
April 12, 2017
Mark Fitzgerald was 1 of 12 poets selected to read at the closingceremony of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. His poem,"Night Paths," will appear in the spring issue of the San Pedro RiverReview.
April 12, 2017
Rachel Feingold am an adjunct with the Professional Writing Program, teaching Writing for the Arts (398A).She is the recipient of a 2017 NEA Translation Fellowship for her work as the editor of the premiere English translation of "Heaven Has No Ground," the last novel of famed Czech writer Hana Andronikova (who died of breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 44, after twice winning the Magnesia Litera, the Czech Republic's highest literary prize). DC-based indie publisher Plamen Press plans to publish it in 2018.
April 12, 2017
Oliver Gaycken gave a talk about my current book project, on the moving-picture encyclopedia, at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Indiana University.He presented a talk about a side project, the American perceptual psychologist J. J. Gibson and his work making test films for the Army Air Force during World War II, at the University of Strasbourg, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Chicago.
April 12, 2017
Stewart Foehl's 3rd young adult novel, Stealing Candy, will be published May 2 from Sourcebooks Fire, under the pen name Stewart Lewis. Kieran Scott, lauds the book as, "...that rare sort of read that keeps you not just guessing but gasping with every turn of the page." Continue reading for a description of Stealing Candy.
April 12, 2017
In March, Ted Leinwand talked about his book, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare, in the Books & Bagels series at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In April, he is presenting a paper--"Heartache in Elsinore"--at the annual Shakespeare Association meeting in Atlanta.

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