English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Amanda Gailey and Andrew Jewell announce the debut of Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing, now online at scholarlyediting.org. Published for over 30 years as a print publication titled Documentary EditingScholarly Editing continues to publish articles about the theory and practice of editing and reviews of new editions. In addition to this material, Scholarly Editing offers new, innovative content: the journal is among the first--if not the first--to publish peer-reviewed editions of primary source materials of cultural significance. Scholarly Editing presents editors with a rigorously peer-reviewed publication platform and also shares fascinating documents from cultural history with the reading public.

Jackie Harris recently presented her paper "The Animal and Human Soul: Performing Evolution and Fear in Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid' and Gustave Doré's Fairy Tale Illustrations" at the 2012 Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico and won the Euro Pop Award for European Culture Issue. She would like to thank Dr. Laura White for her help.

Benjamin Vogt's essay "Across the Flats," from his memoir Morning Glory, is forthcoming in Superstition Review.

Rosemary Zumpfe's poems, "Wiping the Slate Clean," "Nebraska Summer," and "Shrine," will appear in the spring publication of The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets by Backwaters Press.

Timothy Schaffert's short story, "The Last Love of the Lilliputian Casanova," appeared in the fall issue of the Chattahoochee Review, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His story "The Boy and the Girl in the Honeymoon Suite" is in the current issue of MAKE. He also served as guest-editor for the current issue of Fairy Tale Review.

At MLA, Ken Price participated in a pre-convention digital humanities workshop arranged by DH Commons and presented a paper on digital literary archives: "What's Still Missing? What Now? What Next?" In the past few weeks Ken has also travelled to New York to serve as a reviewer on an ACLS panel and to Washington to help with planning an open access journal called Archive.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters’ poems, “Always We Begin Again,” and “A Nun Thinks of Her Mother on Easter Day,” are forthcoming in the next issue of Saranac Review.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems forthcoming in ABZ, The Meadowland Review, Interrobang?! Magazine's, Roar, Silver Blade, and Womanhouse v4. Her poem “The Purse,” that was performed in the Lit Undressed event last October in Omaha, and an excerpt from the interview “Women of LFF: Laura Madeline Wiseman” in Les Femmes Folles has been collected in Sally Deskins' anthology of women artists and writers Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2011. She has a poem in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry edited by Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz just released from The University of Akron Press.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published an essay, "The Great Wikipedia Blackout, The Stop Online Piracy Act, and You"in Flow 15.07, (February 27, 2012).

Please encourage undergraduates to send in items for the newsletter. They can do so by sending an email to literaryleague@unl.edu.

Upcoming Events

‘But Yet a Union in Partition':
Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart

March 1, 5:00, Bailey Library
Anna Riehl Bertolet, Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Women's and Gender Studies Program

Workshop on Fellowships in the Humanities
March 2, 2:00, Bailey Library
Led by Anna Bertolet & Carole Levin
Co-sponsored by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development

Acclaimed fiction author ZZ Packer is this year’s “Writer in Residence” for UNL’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program. Her visit also is hosted by UNL’s Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  She will give a public reading March 8 and participate in other community activities as part of a visit to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The March 8 reading, which will be followed by a reception and a book signing, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St. She also will offer a craft talk on “Voice in Fiction” on March 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dudley Bailey Library in Andrews Hall, 14th and T streets. Both events are free and open to the public.
Packer is the author of a short story collection “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,” which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was recently named one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine as well as one of America’s Best Young novelists by Granta Magazine. Packer’s stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and Best American Short Stories 2000 and 2004, and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She was featured in the New Yorker’s summer 2010 “20 Under 40” fiction issue.  Her nonfiction has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Magazine, The American Prospect, Essence, O, The Believer, and Salon.  She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has appeared several times as a commentator on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and MSNBC. 
Please encourage your students to attend the reading and craft talk.  Contact Judy Slater, Coordinator of Creative Writing, for further information.  (jslater1@unl.edu)

Friday, March 9, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Daniel Nyikos and Gabe Houck will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

On Monday, March 12, visiting writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest will discuss travel writing from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and give a reading from her work at 7:00 p.m. Both events will take place in the Bailey Library. A travel writer, journalist, and memoirist, Elizondo Griest has published two award-winning memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008). She is the author of the award-winning guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007) and the editor of the 2010 volume of Best Women's Travel Writing (Travelers' Tales, 2010). Her travel writing has appeared in numerous travel magazines and anthologies, and she has written for newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Texas Monthly Magazine, Florida Review, and Poets & Writers and in several anthologies. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2005-2006, won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, was inducted into PEN in 2008, and has been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City since 2005.

Love & Madness: Shakespeare in Opera
March 16, 5:00, Kimball Recital Hall
An opera scenes performance directed by Kaley Smith

On March 22, from 5-7pm, Finke Gardens (500 N. 66th) is hosting Our Lives with Nebraska Wildflowers. Benjamin Vogt will present on his native prairie garden and his nonfiction. In addition, Twyla Hansen will read from Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, Michele Angle Farrar's illustrations of Nebraska flora will be on display, and we'll celebrate the republication of Jon Farrar's Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains.

March 29, 2012, 5:00-6:15pm (NOTE the different starting time!!!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Michael Hardt (Professor of Italian Studies and Literature, Duke)
Building on his work of the past decade with political philosopher Antonio Negri, Hardt's talk, "What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal," will respond to their call, issued in Commonwealth, the third part of their trilogy (Empire and Multitude are the first two volumes), for the need to reinvent the vocabulary of democracy as tools for intervening in the present. From a democratic-left perspective, one of the central concepts is that of the "New Deal." Hardt's talk will argue for the need of a new "New Deal"; however, for a "New Deal" to be effective today, it is in need to be re-imagined so that it will be responsive to the new form of power (biopower) characteristic of informational/finance capitalism. In his talk, Hardt wants to delineate the path along which such a new "New Deal" needs to be articulated. In addition to his collaborative work with Negri and numerous articles, Professor Hardt has authored Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), co-edited Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics and The Jameson Reader, as well as translated books by Giorgio Agamben and Negri.

April 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm (NOTE: back to regular time!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Cesare Casarino (Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, U Minneapolis)
Starting from a retrospective and self-critical assessment of the collaborative reflections and undertakings of In Praise of the Common (a book he co-authored with Antonio Negri), Casarino's talk, "Universalism of the Common," attempts to produce a concept of the "common," to evaluate the reasons for its present relevance and currency, as well as to posit its inescapable centrality for any critical understanding of related concepts such as "capitalism," "biopolitics," and "communism" today. In addition to In Praise of the Common, Professor Casarino has authored numerous articles and the book, Modernity At Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad In Crisis (2002), as well as edited Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and translated a number of important essays by Giorgio Agamben