Department of English Newsletter December 2021

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Joy Castro’s essay “How Crime Fiction Can Help Us Understand the Many Layers of Violence in Society” appeared in CrimeReads. Her essay “Writing Brilliant Essays”, which describes the webinar series she’s been hosting this fall in conjunction with ENGL 852A, appeared in Writer’s Digest.

Timothy Parrish’s story, “foggy notion/all night long,” was published in the winter/spring 2021 issue of The Raw Art Review (pps 111-4).

Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson’s short story “Plague Love” has been accepted for publication in Witness Magazine. “Plague Love” will appear in an issue called “Missed Connections” that explores the impact of the pandemic upon human relationships. Another of Pascha's stories, “The Mustache,” has been accepted for publication in Narrative​ and will be featured as a story of the week.

Erika Luckert’s poem “The Office of the Roots” was published in Prairie Fire.

Katie Marya’s poems “On Me Such Legs are Left” and “The Religion I’ve Made of My Mother” are out in the most recent issue of Salamander Magazine.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

On November 10, Marco Abel gave an invited lecture (via Zoom), “The New Munich Group and ’60s Political Cinema in West Germany,” at Virginia Commonwealth University, drawing on his work-in-progress on the so-called Neue Münchner Gruppe around Klaus Lemke and Rudolf Thome of the mid- to late-1960s.

James Brunton’s paper “Teaching Deconstruction Today: Deconstruction in a Social Justice-Oriented Classroom” has been accepted to be presented at the Derrida Today Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C., in June.

Timothy J. Cook delivered a paper on November 5 at the 62nd Annual Midwest Modern Language Association Convention that was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a part of the panel “Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy,” Cook shared his work “H. D. and the Act of Poetic Protest: London, the Blitz, and the Forging of Trilogy.” He is grateful to UNL’s English department for providing financial assistance while attending the conference.

Melissa Homestead was recently the “expert reader” guest on the “Talk of Iowa” book club for a discussion of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia.

Poster for 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa held in Kigali, RwandaNg’ang’a Wahu-Mũchiri presented his ongoing DH project, The Ardhi Initiative, at the 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The Ardhi Initiative encodes and curates colonial land treaties.

Fall Steinbeck Fellows Reading: An Evening with the 2021-2022 Steinbeck Fellows in Creative Writing - Join 2021-2022 Steinbeck Fellows Uche Okonkwo, Rose Himber Howse, and Brian Trapp for an evening of readings and Q & A on Thursday, December 2, at 7 PM (PST).

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Marco Abel received a College of Arts and Sciences Research Impact and Engagement Grant to support the publication of his co-edited (with Jaimey Fisher) book, Christian Petzold Interviews, which the University of Mississippi Press is going to publish in its longstanding “Conversations with Filmmakers” series.

Rachael Shah’s book Rewriting Partnerships: Community Perspectives on Community-Based Learning won the Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition for Community Writing and the Publication of the Year Award from the International Association of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).

The Everett Free Grocery Program invites you to attend our event on Sunday 12/5, 5:00pm at Pepe's Bistro (1311 S. 11th St) to learn more about what EFGP does. This event will include a “know your rights" training on Fifth Amendment rights for community members and anyone else interested. Free food will be provided. If you’d like to know more about the program or details about the event, visit our Facebook page or contact the organizers at

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