Fall 2017 Bywords

MFA Coordinator Lindsay Bernal Wins National Poetry Series

 

Kari Kraus and Collaborators Receive Indiecade 2017 Selection

October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 26, 2017
With Julie Enszer (Maryland MFA; Maryland WMST PhD), Martha Nell Smith has coedited Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker (forthcoming U of Michigan Press Fall 2018).
October 25, 2017
Audrey Farley's essay "Psychoanalysis Via Comics: Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?" will be published in ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. Her essay "Physiology Gone Wild: Oliver Sacks' Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower" will be published in Journal of Science Fiction. She also has a book review forthcoming in Public Books and a chapter in the upcoming volume, Illness and Disability in Asian America (Eds. Jennifer Ho and Jim Lee). 
October 25, 2017
Brian Richardson published “The Paradoxical Paradigm of Unnatural Narrative Theory,” in Emerging Vectors in Narratology, eds. Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, and Wolf Schmid. His interview with Minrui Li was published in Foreign Literature Studies. His essay, “Silence, Progression, and Narrative Collapse in Conrad’s Plots,” was the runner up for the J. H. Stape award for the year’s best essay in Conradiana. He delivered a paper on “The Material Book and the Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse” at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Reading (UK) in July. He also evaluated the work of doctoral students and an international doctoral program in comparative literature based at the University of Lisbon.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
 Chuck Caramello recently published the monograph, Research Ethics Education for Graduate International Collaborations in the Council of Graduate Schools "best practices" monograph series. Chuck is currently John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, VA, where he is editing a volume of two 18C treatises on military equitation and working on a collection of essays on cavalry and the Great War.
October 25, 2017
Daune O'Brien presented at the Feminisms and Rhetoric's Conference in Dayton, OH on October 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "Dorothea Dix’s Legislative Memorial: Visual Rhetoric and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill"
October 25, 2017
Faculty, students, and alumni gavepapers at the October Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at the University of Dayton. 
October 25, 2017
On October 7, Gabriela presented on a panel with Danielle Griffin and Elizabeth Miller at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference hosted by the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). The title of Gabriela's presentation was "Collections and Collective Performances in Madeleine de Scudéry’s Les Femmes illustres."
October 25, 2017
Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, 2016) has joined the upper school English faculty of The Potomac School in McLean, VA, where he is also serving as assistant debate coach.
October 25, 2017
Jonathan Rick continued delivering a series of communications workshops to organizations such as AXA and the Food and Drug Administration. He also developed a presentation on using visual aids in writing.
October 25, 2017
On October 5, 2017, Katie Bramlett presented a conference presentation paper entitled "Hillwood and Marjorie Post's China (Dishes Not the Country): An International House Museum" at the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in Dayton, Ohio.
October 25, 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. 
October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.
October 25, 2017
Peter Grybauskas has a chapter, "'Green Hill Country': A Scholar's Tale," coming out next month in the collection, A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger.  Additonally, Peter piloted a professional writing program course on Food Writing in Italy this summer. 
October 25, 2017
Temim Fruchter has a new story in the most recent issue of Newfound and was granted a 2018 individual artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.​
October 25, 2017
Peter Mallios is teaching a course on the American Novel in the Goucher Prison Education Partership program this fall. He attended the conference “Women Unshackled: Policy Solutions to Address the Growth of Female Incarceration,” sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Justice Action Network, and Google, this past summer. He is working with other partners in the area on this issue.
October 25, 2017
The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer published Gerard's review of the book Reading Smell in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, by Emily C. Friedman (Bucknell UP, 2016) in its October 2017 issue. Gerard also presented a paper, "Emily Dickinson's Manuscript Readers: An Alternative Reception History,"  at the Reception Study Society conference, September 21-23, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
October 18, 2017
Melanie Faith Receives a MVP Award, Again!  For the second season in a row, Melanie Faith is receiving the University's Most Valuable Professor Award (MVP). Melanie was nominated for an MVP by a student-member of UMD's 2017 Men's Soccer team; she will be honored for this award at their soccer game on October 24, 2017.  
October 17, 2017
Kelly Cresap just published his book A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad. Details and initial readers’ reviews are available at Amazon.com.
October 17, 2017
Rebecca Holden’s essay “‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster within Octavia E. Butler” was published in Lumines-cent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal. A collection of letters and essays on Butler in celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday.
October 17, 2017
Robin Earnest served on MD State Delegate Alonzo Washington’s College Scholarship Review Committee. The Committee awarded $40,000 (collectively) to aspiring college students. Robin was also appointed Chair of BFSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Faculty of Color. 
October 10, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate Danielle Griffin presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH on Oct. 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "'Considering the greatness of our number': The Collective Authorship of Women Servants in Seventeenth Century English Petitions
October 10, 2017
In August 2017 PhD Candidate Konstantinos Pozoukidis was granted the 2017-2018  Ahepa National-P.A. Margaronis Scholarship from the Ahepa Educational Foundation.
October 10, 2017
Maud Casey's story, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," appeared in The American Scholar and her story, "Two Inclinations," is forthcoming in Conjunctions. Her essay, "To Be Undone," appeared in a recent issue of New England Review. The essay is an excerpt from her book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, to be published by Graywolf Press in January 2018. 
October 10, 2017
MFA Candidate in Fiction Emily Myrick won Fugue Journal's 2017 Writing Contest with her story "Some Whales Have Hearts the Size of Volkswagen Beetles", selected by Edan Lepucki. Her essay "Even Silence" was published in the fall issue of Muse/A Journal. 
October 10, 2017
Bob Levine has given recent talks at Notre Dame and McDaniel College. His July presentation on Douglass at the National Archives has been airing on C-Span. He is the General Editor of the 9th edition of two-volume The Shorter Norton Anthology of American Literature, which was published last month
October 5, 2017
In September, Danuta Hinc published an essay, THE LESSONS OF MY CHILDHOOD IN COMMUNIST POLAND ARE RELEVANT AGAIN, DANUTA HINC ON PROPAGANDA, MARTIAL LAW, AND PROTECTING THE TRUTH. 
October 5, 2017
The National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves, sometimes called, “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?” Professor ​Robert Levine was invited to participate in the event. 
October 5, 2017
Amanda Fiore had a short story, "D,"  published in the New Orleans Review, which is published out of the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans. 
September 14, 2017
Lindsay Bernal, whose poetry collection What It Doesn't Have to Do With is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press, has been selected for the 2017 National Poetry Series competition.
September 13, 2017
The Tessera--the NSF-funded game Kari Kraus and her collaborators launched last spring--will be showcased as an Indiecade 2017 Official Selection at this year's festival (press release here). 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
September 12, 2017
Tyler Mills, a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, was recently selected by Oliver de la Paz for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize. Her manuscript ​Hawk Parable is forthcoming in 2019.  
September 6, 2017
PhD student, Dominique Young, was recently featured in an article about the graduate school's mentoring and diversity initiatives. 
September 6, 2017
Christin Taylor '13 recently got a book contract with the University Press of Mississippi for a version of her dissertation, directed by David Wyatt. The book is tentatively titled Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work and Sex. It reconsiders the use of an imagined working class black folk across genres of southern modernism during the New Deal and Popular Front eras.
September 5, 2017
Judith Krummeck spoke with Rudy about his forthcoming book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins UP, December 2017). 
August 24, 2017
This summer Simone Drake was promoted to full professor and awarded the Youngberg Distinguished Professor chair in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She is affiliate faculty in the Department of English as well as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also the principal investigator for an $130, 000 Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme grant at Ohio State University that focuses on Transnational Black Citizenship.
August 8, 2017
Professor Zita Nunes received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
July 11, 2017
The English Department is pleased announce that six professional track faculty have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  Please take a moment to note the impressive accomplishments of our colleagues, and continue reading to learn more about each faculy member.