English Department News Letter and Calendar


Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, ed. Ken Price and Ray Siemens (Modern Language Association, 2013), is available as the MLA’s first online only publication at http://dlsanthology.commons.mla.org/

Grace Bauer’s recent poetry publications include: “Overdue Elegy” in bosque; “Addressing My Aunt’s Aphasia” in Ars Medica; and “In A Dark Time” in Pilgrimage.

Michelle Menting's poems "The Ghost's Lament" and "Nearly Wolf" were recently accepted by The Quotable magazine.

Karen Babine's essay, "Becoming Island," is forthcoming in the Spring 2013 New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies. 

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issues of Martian Lit, The Meadowland Review, and Thirteen Myna Birds; the latter contains a poem forthcoming in her chapbook from Finishing Line Press. She also has poems forthcoming in Sliver of Stone, Martian Lit, The Penwood Review, and in the anthology Out of the Depths. Her chapbook, Men and Their Whims, has just been accepted by Writing Knights Press. Men and Their Whims collects poems from her dissertation on Matilda Fletcher, the poet, suffragist, and lecturer, and Matilda’s brother, Geo Felts, who was accused of murder.

Whitney Helms's article, "Performing Authorship in the Celebrity Sphere: Dickens and the Reading Tours" has been accepted for publication in Papers on Language and Literature. This article is the first chapter in Whitney's dissertation on Victorian authorial celebrity. Whitney would like to thank professors Laura White, Steve Behrendt, and Pete Capuano for their support and help with this publication.

Benjamin Vogt's essay "Pinus, Acer, Salix" has been published in Moon City Review. A tweet was reprinted in issue 47 of Creative Nonfiction.

J.D. Wiley's story "A Notice from the Office of Reclamation" has been accepted by Pleiades, and his essay "Four Fathers" has been accepted by Bayou Magazine.

Julia Schleck's review of Knowledge is Light: Travellers in the Near East, Katherine Salahi, ed., appears in  in Studies in Travel Writing 16, no. 4 (2012): 444-446.

Marianne Kunkel's poem "Overcast" has been accepted for the Fall 2013 issue of The Southeast Review and her poem "Boisterous" has been accepted for an upcoming issue of Mid-American Review.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters’ poem, “Sidewalk, Bakery” is forthcoming in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and the poem “No Hope of Decline” is forthcoming in Red River Review.

Jeff Alessandrelli’s poetry manuscript This Last Time Will Be The First—which doubled as his creative dissertation at UNL— was recently accepted for publication at Burnside Review Press; the book was one of two manuscripts selected for publication out of the over 300 entrants to the 2012 Burnside Review Book Prize. Jeff would like to thank sincerely Kwame Dawes, Seanna Oakley, Grace Bauer, Stephen Behrendt, Bret Shepard and Trey Moody for all their help molding the manuscript. Recent work by Jeff was also accepted for publication in Pleiades and Green Mountains Review and he’s currently the featured poet at the online poetry journal Anti-.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published two articles recently: “The Future Catches Up With The Past: Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets” in Film International (at http://filmint.nu/?p=6778) and
“Surrealism and Sudden Death in the Films of Lucio Fulci” in Film International (at http://filmint.nu/?p=6616).

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster has published “Fifties Hysteria Returns: Doomsday Prepping in a Culture of Fear, Death, and Automatic Weapons” in Film International (at http://filmint.nu/?p=6638).


Laura Madeline Wiseman read in One Billion Rising: Lincoln on Valentine's Day from her full-length book Sprung and from the forthcoming anthology she edited Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).

The first of Steve Buhler's Shakespeariences broadcasts aired on NET Radio's Friday Live program on February 22.  The audio essay on “Getting Past ShakesFear” can be heard (starting around 8:40) on the podcast: http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/none/friday-live-lincolns-symphony-orchestra-0.  The series will continue monthly into Fall 2013.

Wheeler Winston Dixon appeared as guest for a half-hour discussion on the NPR radio program Inquiry with Mark Lynch, from affiliate station WICN in Worcester, MA, on January 23, 2013, to discuss his book Death of The Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood. You can hear the entire broadcast by clicking on this link: http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/wheeler-winston-dixon-death-moguls.  Wheeler was also interviewed about the book for The Moving Image Archive News: http://www.movingimagearchivenews.org/wheeler-winston-dixon-tolls-the-death-of-the-moguls/.


Jaime Brunton’s poetry manuscript Reclaimed received Honorable Mention in the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award competition. Reclaimed was one of two manuscripts to receive Honorable Mention out of a field of more than 500 entries.

Hali F. Sofala and co-author Eric Jones were recently recognized for their Prairie Schooner blog series "The Bullseye of Morality: How We Project Our Morals Onto Video Games." MastersInEnglish.Org listed the series as a "Must Read" when naming the Prairie Schooner website as one to its 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers.

On February 8, the following colleagues were honored by the UNL Teaching Council and UNL Parents Association with Certificates of Recognition for Contributions to Students for 2012-13: Grace Bauer; Robert Fuglei; Joseph F. Goecke (his third such award); Claire Harlan Orsi; Kathryn Kruger; Cindy Nelson; Erica Rogers; and Pascha Stevenson.

Love Library

In the foreground, Kathryn Kruger transcribes a document, making it a searchable part of an online archive. In the background, Nima Najafi Kianfar works on another document. During the 150th anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the District of Columbia in 1862, CDRH scholars at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln digitized hundreds of emancipation petitions.  See the results at Civil War Washington (http://civilwardc.org).

Photo Credit: Craig Chandler, UNL University Communications

The Omaha World Herald recently published an article on UNL's academic status in the Big Ten.  The article highlights the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, and includes photos of CDRH team members from the UNL English Department such as Ken Price, Liz Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and Nima Najafi Kianfar: http://www.omaha.com/article/20130110/SPECIALSECTIONS/701139946/1670.

Joy Castro will be recognized this spring with a UNL College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award.  These awards were established to affirm the important role that significant research and creative accomplishments play in the college and in the Arts and Sciences program of education.  


Entries for the 2013 English Department Literary Contests are now being accepted. Entry forms may be picked up in the English Department Office, Andrews Hall, Room 202. Deadline is Monday, March 4. Questions? Contact Dr. Michael Page at mpage3@unl.edu.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Frances Grace Reinehr, wife of Professor Emeritus Paul A. Olson, on January 10, 2013. A lifelong educator, Frances taught with distinction in parochial and public elementary schools in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as in Lincoln.  A pioneer in both “story teaching” – using the force of a narrative or drama to open new intellectual vistas for students – and multicultural education, she also taught sessions for other teachers in the Nebraska Writing Project.  After her retirement from Lincoln Public Schools in 1998, she was on the staff of the College of Education and Human Services at UNL as a supervisor of practice teaching until 2005.  In 2001, she married Paul, who shared with her so many interests: in elementary education, theology, medieval studies, and social justice.  We offer Paul our deepest sympathies and hopes for consolation on his loss.