Winter 2013 Bywords

March 11, 2013
Carla's recent book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, was named a finalist for the 2012 Frederick Douglass Prize given by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
March 11, 2013
Danuta Hinc read a short story, "The Right Thing," at Watermark Art Gallery in Baltimore on January 27, 2013. The story is a work in progress from a planned collection of short stories with interlinked characters and themes, "Europe Without a Name."
March 11, 2013
Many of the department's faculty attended the Modern Language Association's Annual Meeting in Boston in January.
March 11, 2013
J. M. Tyree was invited to contribute to Sight & Sound magazine's once-per-decade Greatest Films Poll, and has published a new book, BFI Film Classics: Salesman, in the Film Classics series from British Film Institute publishing and Palgrave/Macmillan.
March 11, 2013
On March 21st, Martha Nell Smith will give an invited lecture, "The Humanities Are Not a Luxury: A Manifesto for the 21st Century," at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The lecture is part of their "Why the Humanities Matter" series.
March 11, 2013
Michael Olmert’s career as an English professor started almost by accident. But since filling in for a sick faculty member to teach Shakespeare more than 25 years ago, he has made teaching and scholarship as much a part of his professional life as the creative writing for which he has won so many awards.
March 11, 2013
Lots going on in PWP!
March 11, 2013
The Main English Office reminds all faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants to send their Spring 2013 syllabus of 200 level courses and up, directly to Isabella Moulton vie e-mail (, and/or to the website:
March 11, 2013
A second-year MFA student, William will see one of his poems, "First Date," published in the upcoming issue of Sakura Review. Another of his poems, "Sour Wine," will be published in the upcoming issue of H.O.W. Journal.
March 11, 2013
The Beautiful Poster Lady: A Life of Ethel Reed by William S. Peterson (emeritus) will be published by Oak Knoll Press in April. It offers an account of a celebrated Boston poster artist of the 1890s who disappeared in England after the turn of the century; this biography finally solves the mystery of what happened to her thereafter.
March 8, 2013
Congratulations to Katy Rennenkampf, an English major who was recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia for the 2013-14 academic year.
March 4, 2013
Mary Helen Washington is featured in the latest edition of Worldwise Insights, a video series produced by the College of Arts and Humanities.
February 28, 2013
Congratulations to Neil Fraistat, whose edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, vol. 3, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Richard J. Finneran Award.
February 26, 2013
Congratulations to Elizabeth Acevedo, who was accepted to The Callaloo Writer's Workshop at Brown University for a two week retreat in June.
February 21, 2013
The Department of English is pleased to offer several service-learning courses this semester that complement the University of Maryland’s broader interest in “Fearlessly Supporting Entrepreneurship.”
February 21, 2013
Tim Denevi's first book, Freak Kingdom, a memoir/history of ADHD, will be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. He recently received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
February 20, 2013
Our own Kari Kraus was one of the featured participants on The Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday as Kojo moderated a terrific conversation about the digital humanities on "Tech Tuesday." You can listen to a recording of the discussion (which also included Brett Bobley, director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Benjamin Schmidt, a visiting graduate fellow at the Cultural Observatory at Harvard and a graduate student at Princeton) here. A transcript of the show is also available here.
February 20, 2013
Congratulations to Kim Coles for her appointment as a visiting fellow for 2012-13 at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Professor Coles, who has published numerous articles on the topics of women's writing, gender and religious ideology, was chosen from what the institution described as a particularly strong field of applicants. She will be based at the school until June, during which time she will be working on her current research project, titled: "A Fault of Humor: The Constitution of Belief in Early Modern England".
February 19, 2013
Congratulations to Rachel Carstens, whose poem "The Hoodoos at Montauk" was published in the inaugural issue of the Atlas Review this month.
February 18, 2013
Terpmode, a student collective of artists and musicians across every major and every field, was founded by Deanna Wright, a student in Melanie Kill's "Topics in Advanced Writing: Web Authoring: Text, Image, and Design" course last semester. Terpmode serves as a network for students to promote their art or performances and to check out other campus artists. Join them at their first ever social this Thursday!
February 7, 2013
The journal The Spenser Review inaugurates its new format with a volume dedicated to the memory of our late colleague Marshall Grossman. It features two unpublished essays of Marshall's as well as an article about his work by Graham Hammill. You can view the issue here.
February 6, 2013
Congratulations to Deanna Justine Wright, winner of the Hugh F. and Glen Hannah Cole Financial Aid Scholarship for Students in the Arts & Humanities for 2012-13. This award was established in October 2004 by Hugh F. Cole, Jr. and his wife Glen Hannah Cole, and provides need-based scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Humanities.
February 5, 2013
Congratulations to Kent Cartwright and Brian Richardson, who have won semester Research and Scholarship Awards for 2013-14 from the Graduate School. And congratulations also to Lee Konstantinou, Jerry Passannante, and Scott Trudel, who have been awarded summer Research and Scholarship Awards.
February 4, 2013
Those who missed or want to revisit the October Petrou lecture can listen to Mitchell's talk via Soundcloud.
February 1, 2013
Editor David Miller dedicates the inaugural on-line edition of THE SPENSER REVIEW to Marshall Grossman.
January 16, 2013
CHOICE recently selected NARRATIVE THEORY: CORE CONCEPTS & CRITICAL DEBATES as an Outstanding Academic Title.
January 2, 2013
Ralph Bauer, Kimberly Coles, Zita Nunes, and Carla Peterson, co-editors for a volume of essays that emerged in part from the 2011 symposium, anticipate the volume's publication in January 2015.