Department of English Newsletter December 2020

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Steve Behrendt has a long essay in the just-published annual edition of Keats-Shelley Journal: “Melesina Trench Tests the Moony Waters of Romantic-Era Fiction in Verse: The Moonlanders (1816).” His essay has been nominated for the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s annual award for the best article published among studies in Romanticism during 2020.

Pete Capuano has signed an advance contract with Cornell University Press for his monograph in progress, Dickens’s Idiomatic Imagination: The ‘Inimitable’ and Victorian Body Language.

Poster for Mũchiri's talk at Princeton's African Humanities ColloquiumNg’ang’a Wahu-Mũchiri published a pilot site for Ardhi Initiative: An Africana Digital Humanities Project. This is an ongoing collaboration with UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

Jamaica Baldwin had the following poems published this fall: “Windfall” in World Literature Today, “Unravel” in Glass Journal Special Elections Feature, “Girl Walks to the Beach,” “Once at an Art Party in Chelsea,” “Inheritance,” and “Forbidden” The Missouri Review (available online soon). Her poem, “Haibun for My Brother,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by december magazine. She will also have a non-fiction essay, “Pedagogy as Risk: A Manifesto,” published on Writing on the Edge this Fall.

Erika Luckert’s poem “New Water” was selected for the Foothill Editor’s Prize, judged by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry manuscript was also a runner-up for the Wren Poetry Prize, judged by Ada Limón.

Alexander Ramirez had new fiction published in the Fall 2020 issue of Potomac Review.

Joelle Byars received acceptance for publication in The William and Mary Review for her short story “Dark Side of the Moon.” It will be available in print in 2021.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Melissa Homestead presented (virtually) at the Brandeis Novel Symposium on “Willa Cather’s Modernist Experiment that Almost Wasn’t: ‘The Blue Mesa’ before The Professor’s House.” The entire symposium was dedicated to Cather’s novel, and Melissa co-led a (virtual) seminar the next day with John Plotz (Brandeis University) for student participants on approaching Cather’s novel through primary sources.

Ng’ang’a Wahu-Mũchiri presented a conference paper titled “The Ardhi Initiative: Writing in African Digital Humanities” at the virtual Princeton Annual Humanities Colloquium.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Steve Buhler performing on Facebook Live as Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGOn November 10, Steve Buhler was a featured performer in Flatwater Shakes Me, an online celebration of Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 20th season. Steve finally got to play Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing; he also shared anecdotes illustrating the company's perseverance and adaptability. The web event was also an invitation to support FSC's ongoing commitments to quality productions, innovative educational programs, and inclusive outreach.

Congratulations to our English and film studies majors graduating with honors this fall!

Highest Distinction

Maddie Stuart

High Distinction

Hannah Morrison (ESAB member & peer mentor)

Olivia Schmitz (ESAB member & peer mentor)


Olivia Appleget
Jessa Bateman
Emily Breit
Rhianna Giron

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