English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's essay, "Reframing the Storm," has been accepted for publication by North Dakota Quarterly.

Marco Abel's essay, "The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School," was recently published as the lead essay in the edited volume Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria (eds. Gabriele Mueller & James M. Skidmore, Wilfirid Laurier University Press, 2012: 25-42).

A long interview with Marco Abel on the Berlin School and Christian Petzold's latest film, Barbara, and Jacques Rancière appears in the current issue of the Viennese cultural magazine, skug: Journal für Musik Film.Kunst.Literatur 90 (4-6/2012): 44-47. The interview was conducted while Marco was in Berlin to attend the Berlin Film Festival in February.

French translation rights to Joy Castro's novel HELL OR HIGH WATER are being sold to Gallimard for its Série Noire, a line that features such classic noir authors as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and contemporary writers like Jo Nesbø; editor Aurelien Masson called the novel "insidious and tricky."  Joy served as the visiting writer at Montevallo University in Alabama on April 13, where she gave a keynote reading and taught a master class for the Montevallo Literary Festival. Her student Mekita Rivas won $100 of Dean Manderscheid's money for her essay on the value of Joy's ETHN 202: Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Studies class.

The University of Nebraska--Lincoln Gender Programs has published an anthology of poetry and personal essays entitled Becoming: What Makes a Woman, edited by Jill McCabe Johnson, and associate editors Bob Fuglei and Jacob Hilton. Contributors from UNL include Judy Slater, Adrian Gibbons Koesters, and SJ Sindu. The anthology includes personal stories of pivotal experiences that made the writers who they are today, and also includes works from writers such as Peggy Shumaker, Ellen Bass, Lia Purpura, Marjorie Saiser, and more. Please consider it when you plan texts for your upcoming classes. http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Makes-Jill-McCabe-Johnson/dp/0615587100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334244640&sr=8-1. The companion anthology, Being: What Makes a Man, is forthcoming in Spring 2013.

Jill McCabe Johnson's poem "Alula" was published in the spring edition of Windfall, and her poem "Apple Tree" was reprinted in Bullwings. Jill was also the featured writer for Orcas Island's annual Celebrate Poetry Month. She led a persona poetry workshop "The Poet's Masquerade," and gave a public reading on April 7.

Benjamin Vogt has an interview on his nonfiction writing process included in The Backwards Research Guide for Writers (2011), an immersive textbook edited by Sonya Huber. The book was just given a Nautilus Silver Award, honoring works that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change. Other cnf-ers within the book include Bill Roorbach, Steve Almond, Joe Mackall, Robin Hemley, and Jill Christman.

In March, Timothy Schaffert was a visiting writer at Rhode Island College and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He just received the Nebraska Arts Council's Distinguished Artist fellowship, and the paperback edition of "The Coffins of Little Hope" has been released. The novel is the One Book One University selection for Bellevue University, and the One Book, One Kirkwood selection for Kirkwood (MO) Public Library's community-wide read. In July he will present on the subject of Oscar Wilde's visit to Nebraska at a Wilde festival in Omaha.

Francis Davis's short story "Soft City Seattle" has been been published in the Spring/2012 issue of Weber: The Contemporary West, the literary magazine published by Weber State University.

Gerry Shapiro's story, "A Drunkard's Walk," from the new collection he had just finished at the time of his death, In the Jewish Cemetery, will appear in the spring issue of Michigan Quarterly Review, due out in June. The issue will include a tribute to Gerry written by the editor Jonathan Freedman.

This January, Aimee Allard presented her paper, "The Somatic Geographies of Nebraskan Tallgrass Poetry," as part of a panel titled "Re-fashioning the Poetics of 'Post'; Or, How to Imagine Beyond Postmodernism" at the 2012 MLA Conference in Seattle. She would like to thank Dr. Tom Lynch for his revision advice on an earlier version of this paper, which she composed for his Seminar in Ecocriticism and Environmental Writing.

Wheeler Winston Dixon was asked to participate in the  "Ten Greatest Films of All Time," poll for the Journal Sight and Sound, forthcoming, 2012. He has published an essay, "The Doomed and the Damned: When The Clock Strikes and The Films of Edward L. Cahn," in the web journal Noir of the Week, April 22, 2012.

Daniel Boster is the editor, with Marni Valerio, of the forthcoming What Teaching Means: Stories from America's Classrooms (Rogue Faculty Press, April 2012). This collection features 39 creative nonfiction pieces by teachers from varied disciplines and levels from 17 states. The book includes essays by UNL English department graduate students and teachers Danielle Helzer, Susan Martens, Todd Percinek, and Laurie Zum Hofe. There are reviews and excerpts at the What Teaching Means blog: dboster.blogspot.com.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster presented a paper, "Not Postmodern, Not Ironic, Not Gothic: Martyrs Through the Lens of Historical Materialism," at the Popular Culture Association National Conference in Boston, MA, on April 13, 2012.

Grace Bauer read last month as part of Midwest Quarterly's Nebraska Issue celebration at the Nebraska Book Festival. Recent publications include: "Bach for the Birds" and "Ready" in Hospital Drive, "Spare the Rod" in Blood Lotus, and "Crime Scene" in the most recent issue of  Ploughshares, guest edited by Nick Flynn. Grace's long poem "Corsons Inlet" is forthcoming soon in terrain, which will also feature Grace reading the poem on their website. Grace wishes to thank Beth Wagoner for help in the recording.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issues of Poet Lore and Extract(s). She has poems forthcoming in Floorboard Review and Broad River Review. Her poem "Teacup" was included in the Les Femmes Folles:VOICEexhibit in Omaha,April 13-24, 2012. She will be reading from her essay "Dear Diary: Violence, Confession, and Creative Writing Pedagogies" collected in the anthology Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Student Essays on Creative Writing Pedagogy (Continuum Press, 2011) in the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Toronto on May 12. She has been awarded a writer's residency at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois for May 14 – July 4. Finally, Mindy Kronenberg reviews her chapbook BRANDING GIRLS from Finishing Line Press, "The Doll-Like Beauty of the Brand: Laura Madeline Wiseman's Branding Girls," in Weave Magazine.

Marianne Kunkel's poems "Young Brats at the Piano" and "Too Close" have been accepted for publication in New Madrid. Additionally, River Styx has nominated her poem "Blue Bistro & Grill" for Best New Poets 2012. With Nebraska Wesleyan poets Sarah Fair and Alex Zapalla, she will read from her forthcoming chapbook, The Laughing Game,at Crescent Moon Cafe on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Jaime Brunton's poem "Tall Grass Waving" appears in issue 36.2 of The Journal and can be viewed online at thejournalmag.org. An interview with Jaime will also appear on the Les Femmes Folles blog at femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/.

On April 22, after an Evensong service using 17th-century liturgy at St. Mark's-on-the-Campus, Bob Stock gave an hour long talk to a large group on the King James  Version of the Bible, comparing it with earlier and later translations.

Susan Belasco’s essay, "Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin," has been published in The Blackwell Companion to the American Novel.  Susan also taught a short course during the month of April on Uncle Tom's Cabin for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  And as a finale to this theme, her blog commentary on "Stowe in Our Time" will appear on May 1 on the online serial re-release of Uncle Tom's Cabin in the National Era, sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. 

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

Upcoming Events

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty meeting, 3:30, Thursday, April 26 at the Nebraska Union.

On April 26th from 3:30-5:00 in the Great Hall of the Sheldon Art Museum, the UNL Chamber Singers and the American Boychoir (based in Princeton, NJ) will be doing a "concert exchange."  This means we'll be singing our best pieces for each other, seeking to show off our most exciting recent work.  Anyone is welcome to come eavesdrop-- it's essentially a free concert that should prove a complete delight to choral music lovers. 

Departmental Awards Ceremony, 1:00, Friday, April 27 in the Bailey Library.

Friday, April 27, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Adrian Koesters and Bob Fuglei will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Susan Martens, Todd Percinek, and Laurie Zum Hofe will be joining Daniel Boster and a few other authors from the book for a reading from What Teaching Means: Stories from America's Classrooms on April 27 at The Bookworm in Omaha (8702 Pacific Street). This event starts at 6:00 P.M. We are looking forward to a lively conversation about teaching and education in our country. More information at bookwormomaha.com.

The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference will be held June 9-15, with a faculty that includes Kwame Dawes, Aracelis Girmay, Terese Svoboda, and Stacey Waite in poetry; Carleen Brice, emily danforth, Lee Martin, and Michelle Tea in fiction; and Meghan Daum and Dave Madden in nonfiction. Visit http://nebraskawriters.unl.edu.