Fall 2018 Bywords

MFA Alumna Elizabeth Acevedo Wins 2018 National Book Award

2018.11.29: Fall Bywords: MFA Alumna Elizabeth Acevedo Wins 2018 National Book Award for Young People's LIterature

December 11, 2018
Martha Nell Smith has two new publications:I dwell in Possibility: Collaborative Emily Dickinson Translation Project. Coedited with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Sichuan Literature & Art Press, 2017.Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Coedited with Julie Enszer. U of Michigan P, with companion web production. Alicia Ostriker is New York State Poet 2018-2020.
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Jonathan Williams published a piece titled "Thomas Gray's Elegy and the Politics of Memorialization" in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 58 no. 3 (Summer 2018).
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 20, 2018
Nabila received the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research and her story, "A Woman from Al-Tall Nourishes Faith, Family and Education," was recently featured in UMD GradTerp Magazine.
November 20, 2018
Last October Orrin Wang gave one of the plenaries at the annual International Conference on Romanticism in Greenville, SC.  The title of his keynote address was "Dream Animals: Kant, Hegel, Keats."  Earlier that month, Wang also presented a paper at the Tax of Quick Alarm Bicentennial Romanticism Symposium at George Mason University; the title of that talk was "The Gothic Zany." 
November 20, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Comparative Literature PhD alumnus, is now on the advisory board of a new journal, The Thornton Wilder Journal, to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press. 
November 16, 2018
In March, Alexa Swick received the Clemson English Annual Fiction Award, Second Place, for her short story, "Promise." In April, she read from "Promise" at Clemson University's 11th Annual Literary Festival.
November 16, 2018
Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes' short story "Ana Mendieta Haunts the Block" is forthcoming in The Common. She recently gave a reading at Little Salon in DC. This past summer she received fellowships from Hedgebook and Willapa Bay Artists in Residency.  
November 16, 2018
Jeremy will be taking part in the panel entitled "Genre, Speculative Fictions, and the Aesthetics of New Subjectivities" at the 50th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association conference in March. There, they will be presenting their paper "Free Will, Gravitational Forces, and the Formation of Identity: Coriolis in S.", an exploration of two physicists' theories of motion as metaphor in the metatextual, book-based ARG, S. 
November 16, 2018
Jesse Brooks's short story, "Besides a Dead Pony," will appear in the fall issue of The MacGuffin. 
November 16, 2018
John Macintosh recently published a peer commentary (co-authored with Ryan H. Nelson) on social reproduction, gender, and health justice in The American Journal of Bioethics. He has articles forthcoming in Studies in the Novel (51.4, 2019) and Post45: Peer Reviewed.
November 16, 2018
Lara Payne's poem “Corn Stand, 10 ears for two dollars” was a winner in the Moving Words Competition, and was placed on buses in Arlington, VA during the summer of 2018. Her poem “News of Another Shooting” was published online in SWWIM, poetry daily, March 16, 2018. Three of her poems were published by Beltway Poetry Quarterly in their Fall 2018 issue.
November 16, 2018
Temim Fruchter recently received a Pushcart Nomination for her story "The Saddest Sailor," which appears in the current issue of Moonpark Review.
November 15, 2018
Brian Richardson’s article, “Dangerous Reading in Mansfield’s Stories and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife,’” was published in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, eds. Christine Froula et al.; his note, “A Source for the Unusual Character of Pedro in Victory” appears in Conradiana 47.3. His articles, “Denarration” and “The Permeable Narrator” have been translated into Hungarian and published in the journal Helikon. Another article, “Theatrical Space and the Domain of Endgame” is being republished in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. He spoke on “The (Re-)Reader of Ulysses at the ALSCW Conference at Vanderbilt University in November. 
November 15, 2018
Dominique Young, a current PhD student of English literature at the University of Maryland, received the 2018 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grant.
November 15, 2018
The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), by Elizabeth Acevedo, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Acevedo earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Maryland in 2016.
November 15, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading poems by the Scottish modernist poet, W.S. Graham, in a centenary reading at Washington Adventist University on November 19, 7 PM, in the Weiss Library Reading Room. A Library Exhibition will display books, manuscripts, original art, and ephemera that focuses on Graham’s publishing career, his time in America, his use of handwriting and drawing, and his friendships with artists.The exhibition is available to be viewed by the public during the regular library opening hours.
November 15, 2018
Merle Collins, respected scholar of Caribbean literature and culture, will give a lecture today on Louise Langdon Norton Little, mother of Malcolm X.
November 13, 2018
On October 26, at the Association for Business Communication’s 83rd Annual International Conference, Adam Lloyd presented a paper entitled, “Invalid Instruction: Disabled Faculty in the Professional Writing Classroom.” He also participated in the conference’s “My Favorite Assignment” roundtable, where he shared an activity entitled, “A Practical In-Class Demonstration of Activity Theory."
November 13, 2018
Alumna Rhondda Thomas has been named the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of English. She was also awarded a 2018 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for her project, "Black Clemson: From Enslavement to Integration." This project expands on her ongoing project, Call My Name, which has digitized over 2,000 primary documents related to Clemson's early history.
November 13, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, "Language, false dichotomies, and the many layers of shame," at the 2018 South Central MLA Conference in San Antonio, TX. She also published an essay, "Communist Poland. The ballot didn't fit, because my hands shook uncontrollably," in Popula.
November 13, 2018
DeLisa D. Hawkes has been awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. Graduate Fellowship, 2018 – 2019. She has also been nominated to the MLA Delegate Assembly on Professional Issues (awaiting election results in January 2019).DeLisa recently presented "The Heroic “Mulatta’s” Breach of the Racial Contract in Sutton Griggs’s Overshadowed,” “Discipline, Dignity, and Decorum:” on the Literary Depictions of Black Respectability Politics Panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference.She served as the Chair for the Undergraduate Research Forum, "Portraits of Politics and Power" at the South Atlantic Language Association Conference in November.  
November 13, 2018
In September, Emily Mitchell was appointed Fiction Editor at the literary magazine New England Review. Her novella Life/Story appears in the Summer/Fall issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. She also has a short story forthcoming in the December issue of The Sun magazine. 
November 13, 2018
Howard Norman's graphic noir novel, Detective Levy Detects, will be published in 2019 (illustrations by Annie Bastk). Howard's new novel, The Ghost Clause, will be published July 2, 20l9. He has finished the screenplay for his novel Next Life Might Be Kinder for Bolivian director Fernando Arz.
November 13, 2018
MFA fiction student Jehane Sharah has been published in the November/December issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Her story "The Screening" appears in the magazine’s Department of First Stories section.
November 13, 2018
Maud Casey's story "Father, Ether, Sea" will appear in Conjunctions: 71 A Cabinet of Curiosity. Her story "A Heartless Child" will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Five Points. These stories are excerpts from a larger collaboration with the photographer Laura Larson called The City of Incurable Women.
November 13, 2018
Kyle Bickoff presented his paper "The Hollinger Box and the Containerization of Memory" at the Society for the History of Technology annual conference in October of 2018. In May of 2018, Kyle presented his paper "Washington: District of Containers" at the Cultural Studies Association annual conference. 
November 13, 2018
Bob Levine has given recent talks on Frederick Douglass at the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, Edinburgh University, and the Douglass Papers in Indianapolis. He also chaired a plenary panel on editing and teaching the anthology at the ALSCW conference at Vanderbilt.
November 13, 2018
Stewart Foehl (aka Stewart Lewis) has published an essay about his unconventional path to fatherhood in Narratively Magazine.
November 8, 2018
Clara Morris, class of 2018, had her podcast Mean Book Club featured in Vulture. The podcast is made for English majors. Clara graduated from University of Maryland with a BA in English.
November 8, 2018
J. Andrew Hubbell recently published Byron's Nature: A Romantic Vision of Cultural Ecology (Palgrave Macmillin, 2018). He graduated in 1991 with an MA and in 1999 with a PhD from UMCP English. 
November 8, 2018
Jonathan Rick delivered a writing workshop to PR News at the Yale Club in New York. He also delivered six webinars to the Gerson Lehrman Group on email writing, virtual communications, and PowerPoint. 
November 8, 2018
Sununu Bah, an English major, helped start UMD's first Black Student Newspaper. The paper is called The Black Explosion and it is funded by the Nyumburu Cultural Center. Sununu is one of the co-editor-in-chiefs. There are two other English majors who are staff writers: Briana Briscoe & Mecca Mustafa. 
November 8, 2018
In September David Wyatt published American Literature in Transition, 1960-1970, as part of a new series being produced by Cambridge University Press. 
November 1, 2018
The poetry collection, Acacia Road, by Aaron Brown, has been awarded the Nelson Poetry Book Award by the Kansas Authors Club. 
October 30, 2018
We would like to thank all those who made submissions to the Writing FrankenTerps Competition. Please join us at the Gala that follows the Marathon Reading of Frankenstein, in McKeldin 6137.
October 23, 2018
This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities supports faculy as they complete the major project required for promotion to full professor. Mallios plans to complete Literary President: Woodrow Wilson and the Making of American Modernism.
October 11, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.