Nina Shevchuk-Murray

Nina Shevchuk-MurrayNina Shevchuk-Murray translated Oksana Zabuzhko's The Museum of Abandoned Secrets,  a multigenerational saga of love, sex, friendship, and death spanning sixty tumultuous years of Ukrainian history. At its  center: three women linked by the abandoned secrets of the past—secrets that refuse  to remain hidden.
While researching a story, journalist Daryna unearths a worn photograph of Olena  Dovgan, a member of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army killed in 1947 by Stalin’s secret  police. Intrigued, Daryna sets out to make a documentary about the extraordinary  woman—and unwittingly opens a door to the past that will change the course of the  future. For even as she delves into the secrets of Olena’s life, Daryna grapples with  the suspicious death of a painter who just may be the latest victim of a corrupt  political power play.
From the dim days of World War II to the eve of Orange Revolution, The Museum  of Abandoned Secrets is an “epic of enlightening force” that explores the  enduring power of the dead over the living.

The book was published by Amazon Crossing on Oct. 9, 2012.

Gaynell Gavin

Gaynell Gavin Attorney-at-Large, Gaynell Gavin’s novella, is forthcoming this year from Main Street Rag Publishing, which previously published her poetry chapbook, Intersections. Gay wrote most of the novella while completing her PhD at UNL. Her work appears in many journals and anthologies. A finalist for the 2011 Zone 3 Press Nonfiction Book Award, she now teaches at Claflin University in SC.

Farrah Lehman Den

Farrah Lehman Den, UNL Ph.D. 2010, is now an Indexer with the Modern Language Association in New York City.

Cara Morgenson

Cara MorgensonCara Morgenson has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Poland. Cara graduated from UNL in August 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (High Distinction, Honors Program) in English and psychology, minor in women's and gender studies.  This past year, she has been working at Lincoln Public Schools as a Mentor for Highly Gifted Students in the subject areas of English, language arts, and creative writing.  She has four students at the elementary and middle school levels.  She also works as an after school club leader at the McPhee Community Learning Center.

John Talbird

John TalbirdJohn Duncan Talbird (Ph.D. 2004) is associate professor of English at Queensborough Community College-CUNY where he is assistant director of the writing program and co-coordinator of WID/WAC. He is on the editorial board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and a frequent contributor to Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Recently, he has held fiction writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. His stories are forthcoming or have appeared in South Carolina Review, descant, Jabberwock Review, Grain, and others.

Ian Olney

Ian OlneyIan Olney was enrolled in the English doctoral program at UNL from 1998 to 2003 and pursued a course of study focusing on film.  While there, he worked closely with Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Foster to manage the English department’s undergraduate Film Studies program, acting as adviser for the major and regularly teaching film courses.  His dissertation, which was directed by Gwendolyn Foster, focused on spectatorship, performance, and classic European horror cinema.

After earning his Ph.D. in 2003, he was hired by York College of Pennsylvania as a professor of English primarily responsible for teaching Film Studies.  Now at the rank of Associate Professor, he continues to teach courses in film history, theory, and criticism, as well as classes on screenwriting and literature and film.  He has overseen the creation of a Film Studies minor at York College, as well as the establishment of a student-run film society and an annual film series, which has hosted visits from filmmakers like Jay Rosenblatt, Andrew Bujalski, and Ramin Bahrani, as well as other distinguished guests such as film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and film scholar Ray Carney. 

He has authored numerous articles on the topics of European cinema, the horror film, and film adaptation for journals like the Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Literature/Film Quarterly.  His first book, Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture, which is based on his dissertation, will be published in the fall of 2012 by Indiana University Press as part of its New Directions in National Cinemas series.  Over the years, he has been invited to speak at a variety of venues, including the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center and the IRIS Film Festival, where he delivered the keynote address in 2009.  He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Literature/Film Association.

For more information about his activities, visit his webpage at  Also, see his new micro-blog on film, memento movi(e), at    His upcoming book will be available through and other major book vendors, as well as directly from Indiana University Press.

Karen Head

Karen HeadKaren Head earned her Ph.D. in English from UNL in 2004. Now an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she is also the Director of GT's new state-of-the-art Communication Center. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany, where she served as primary consultant for their academic center.

She has published three books of poetry, Sassing (WordTech Press, 2009), My Paris Year (All Nations Press, 2009) and Shadow Boxes (All Nations Press, 2003). My Paris Year was the winner of the 2008 Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Poetry from All Nations Press. Her poetry has appeared in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, including The Women's Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, War, Literature and the Arts, and The Southern Humanities Review, and has been invited to present her work in venues throughout the world. Her digital poetry project Poetic Rub was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris. Her most recent digital project was a collaborative exquisite corpse created via Twitter with 12 other poets while she stood atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other Project; her poetry project, "Monumental" was detailed in a TIME online mini-documentary.

Her scholarly research focuses on communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, and multidisciplinary communication.

Information about her poetry can be found here, and Information about the Communication Center is here.

Xaviera Flores

Xaviera FloresXaviera Flores is the Project Archivist for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Grant project "Labor Rights are Civil Rights/Los Derechos de Trabajo son Derechos Civiles" at Arizona State University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. She graduated from UNL in December 2007 with a BA in Film Studies and minor in Communication Studies. While at Nebraska, she participated in the Summer Institute for Promising Scholars (SIPS), the University Honors Program, and the Undergraduate Creative and Research Experience (UCARE) program. It was SIPS that provided her with a job in the UNL Archives, and it was with their department she did UCARE work and continued working in the archives.

In 2009, Flores left for Boston to attend Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and received her MS in LIS with an Archive Concentration in August 2010. She was an archive intern at the New England Conservatory and at Boston University, volunteered as an archivist for the Guild of Boston Artists and worked in the Audiovisual Archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum until moving to Arizona in 2011 for her current position.

As Project Archivist, she manages and processes with the help of her team of student workers, just over 767 linear feet of bilingual materials from six collections pertaining to the Chicano labor and civil rights movement in Arizona. The collections come from the Chicano/a Research Collection and Arizona Collection; and they include materials from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Alianza Hispano Americana, United Steel Workers of America Local 616: Clifton-Morenci, Arizona AFL-CIO, SER (Service, Employment and Redevelopment Program), and Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP).

For more information visit the project's blog, ASU Archives and Special Collections Chicano/a Research Collection Facebook page.

Emily Danforth

Emily Danforth and The Miseducation of Cameron PostOn February 7, 2012, UNL alum emily m. danforth's debut novel—The Miseducation of Cameron Post—will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The novel has thus far received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly, calling The Miseducation of Cameron Post an "impressive debut," adding, "the story is riveting, beautiful, and full of the kind of detail that brings to life a place (rural Montana), a time (the early 1990s), and a questioning teenage girl." Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep; American Wife) says of it, "If Holden Caulfield had been a gay girl from Montana, this is the story he might have told--it's funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully rendered. emily danforth remembers exactly what it's like to be a teenager, and she has written a new classic."

Danforth graduated from UNL with a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing in 2011. A  draft of The Miseducation of Cameron Post served as her creative dissertation. Currently Dr. Danforth is an Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College in Providence. During the fall of 2011, she collaborated with award winning Rhode Island filmmaker Trevor Holden on a "book trailer" (short film) promoting her novel. It can be viewed here.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound. Visit emily's website to learn more.

Vanessa Steinroetter

Vanessa SteinroetterVanessa Steinroetter received her Ph.D. in English from UNL in May of 2011. She started her position as an Assistant Professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, in August, 2011, after spending four weeks as a Caleb Loring, Jr. fellow at the Boston Athenæum over the summer. Her work has appeared in journals including the New England Quarterly and American Periodicals, and she is currently working on a research project based on her dissertation, in which she examines representations of readers and reading in American literature of the Civil War.

Frank Wheeler

Frank WheelerFrank Wheeler received his MA in English from UNL in May of 2010.  He currently lives in Nebraska and teaches at SCC in Lincoln.  He has published a short story and book reviews in the online magazine Crime Factory. His novel, "The Wowzer," is forthcoming from Thomas & Mercer publishers in the spring of 2012.

Sarah Knight

Sarah KnightSarah Knight graduated with a B.A. in English in 2009. In May 2012, she will complete a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently works as an assistant at the Lincoln High School media center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ryan Wiegert

Ryan WiegertRyan Wiegert attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1999-2004 and graduated with a B.A. in English. He currently works as a high school English teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. Teaching mostly 12th graders, Ryan focuses his course content on preparing young people for post-secondary education and training.

Derek Driedger

Derek DriedgerDerek Driedger (Ph.D. 2007) received the Dakota Wesleyan University Faculty Professional Excellence Award for the 2010-2011 school year. He is entering his second year as Chair of the English Department and fifth year at the university.

Dave Madden

Dave MaddenOn August 2, 2011, Dave Madden's book, The Authentic Animal, will be available in bookstores. The book tries to answer the question: Why do we take animal skins and mount them in action poses? Publisher's Weekly says the book "muses with verve and wit on the relationships between human and animal". The book will be available through Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble. Visit Dave's website to learn more:

Tyrone Jaeger

Tyrone JaegerFaculty Faces at Hendrix College has featured Tyrone Jaeger in a recent article on their website.

In just three years, Dr. Tyrone Jaeger has "seen a lot of changes."

Jaeger came to Hendrix in 2008 for a newly created position as Writer-in-Residence.

His is a "unique position" at Hendrix, he said.

Though funded through a grant from the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, he is a member of the College's English studies department. He has a vote on department policies and participates in job searches for department positions.

The complete article is available at:

Jennifer Sinor

Jennifer SinorJennifer Sinor earned her BA in English and Russian from UNL in 1991. As a student at UNL, she first published in Laurus. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan. Now an associate professor of English at Utah State University, Jennifer teaches creative writing and serves as chair of the program. She is the author of The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing, a book on her great, great, great aunt's diary that blends research and personal narrative. It was a finalist for the MLA First Book Award. As a creative nonfiction writer, she has written extensively about her experiences living in the West, as well as her military childhood. She has co-edited a collection of essays on place entitled Placing the Academy: Essays on Landscape, Work, and Identity. Her essays have appeared in many journals including The American ScholarFourth GenreBellingham ReviewThe Chronicle, and Ecotone.

Tracy Prince

Culture Wars in British Literature Tracy Prince received her Ph.D. in 1997 and is now a Scholar in Residence at Portland State University's Portland Center for Public Humanities. Her most recent book is Culture Wars in British Literature (2012, McFarland)

The book looks at the past century's culture wars that Britain has been consumed by, but that few North Americans seem aware of, have resulted in revised notions of Britishness and British literature. Yet literary anthologies remain anchored to an archaic Anglo-English interpretation of British literature. Conflicts have been played out over specific national vs. British identity (some residents prefer to describe themselves as being from Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland instead of Britain), in debates over immigration, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and in arguments over British literature. These debates are strikingly detailed in such chapters as: "The Difficulty Defining 'Black British'," "British Jewish Writers" and "Xenophobia and the Booker Prize." Connections are also drawn between civil rights movements in the U.S. and UK. This generalist cultural study is a lively read and a fascinating glimpse into Britain's changing identity as reflected in 20th and 21st century British literature.

Her first book was Portland's Goose Hollow and came out in 2011 (Arcadia).