Department of English Newsletter Jan/Feb 2019

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

“Academic Freedom, Radical Hospitality, and the Necessity of Counterspeech,” by Marco Abel and Julia Schleck, will be published in the Jan/Feb issue of Academe, the national journal of the American Association of University Professors. The article is based in part on the speeches they gave at the James A. Lake Award ceremony last fall.

Grace Bauer’s poems “Ms. Schadenfreude: The Early Years” and “Ms. Schadenfreude’s Anti-Valedictory” appear in the most recent issue of Tin House. Grace also recently had poems accepted for Juked, Lake Effect, Oakwood and the anthology Maple Leaf Rag VII.

Steve Behrendt has an essay in the most recent issue of CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. It’s one of half a dozen essays addressing the topic of “resistance” in a contemporary context. Steve’s essay describes some of the issues, assignments, and projects that figured in his Fall 2017 offering of English 311: “Romanticism and Revolution,” where students explored (with considerable insight) some of the startling connections between the discourses of Romanticism and those of the 2016 election season.

Wheeler Winston Dixon published the following reviews in Choice: “Tough Ain’t Enough: New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood” by Lester D. Friedman and David Desser, eds. (January 2019); “There’s No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema” by Stephanie Donald, (December 2018); and “Nobody’s Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood” by J. E. Smyth, (November 2018).

The complete digital videos of Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Wheeler Winston Dixon have been acquired by the UCLA Film & Television Archive for their permanent collection. Also, January 2019 saw the publication of Digital Cinema by Stephen Prince, another volume of their Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture book series from Rutgers University Press.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster published two book reviews in Choice: “Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist by Paul Taberham,” and “Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene by Jennifer Fay.”

Guy Reynolds is pleased to announce that Cather Studies 12, the latest volume in this series of essay collections, has now gone into production at University of Nebraska Press, for publication later in 2019.

Beverley Park Rilett and her team of research assistants launched The George Eliot Archive on the eve of 2019, kicking off the bicentenary celebration of George Eliot’s birth. The born-digital Archive is an extensive resource for anyone studying the author best known as George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans), one of the most highly acclaimed novelists in Western literature. The Archive provides free online access to all of Eliot’s writings: the standard “Cabinet Edition” of the novels and short stories, her complete poetry, her translations, and her non-fiction essays (a more complete compilation than any printed collection). Visitors also will find hundreds of documents pertaining to the author, including reviews of her works by her contemporaries; early biographical studies by those who knew her personally; and all known portraits of the author. This is the first single-author scholarly website devoted to George Eliot and will continue to develop as the primary online site for scholars of Eliot’s life and literature.

The next phase of the website’s development will feature three new interactive tools to present biographical information about Eliot, including a sortable, searchable chronology detailing the events of her life; an interactive map that will help scholars visualize the sites and art Eliot visited on her trips to Italy; and a visual relationship web that will display her ties to family, friends, and business associates and will link to brief summaries of over 150 relationships. The project’s long-term goal is to provide access to all of Eliot’s incoming and outgoing correspondence as well.

The sister site of the George Eliot Archive, the George Eliot Review Online, makes all issues of the George Eliot Review from its inception in 1970 freely accessible on the internet for the first time. This digital project, launched in December 2017, has been made possible in partnership with the journal’s publishers, the George Eliot Fellowship.

The George Eliot Archive and George Eliot Review Online have been developed by Dr. Beverley Rilett and her small but mighty team of research assistants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This year’s team members are: Rachel Gordon, Meagan Ekstrom, Riley Jhi, and Sydney Baty. Please give them a high five when you see them in Andrews Hall!

Rachel Cochran’s story “A Portrait of a Virgin” was awarded second place in The Masters Review’s Summer Short Story Award for New Writers.

Saddiq Dzukogi has new poems published in the recent issues of Gulf Coast, Boxcar Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Birdfeast Magazine, and Brittle Paper. He also responded to interview questions by Quiddity International Literary Journal, as well as a video interview by Ake Arts and Book Festival, where he was a festival guest last October, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ángel García has a poem, “Mourning,” forthcoming in Ninth Letter and another poem, “Disavowal of Country,” forthcoming in Washington Square Review.

Ilana Masad recently reviewed two books for NPR: Burned by Edward Humes and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal.

Katie Schmid Henson has two poems, “The Boatman” and “Death,” in the new issue of 32 Poems, and has poems forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol and Atticus Review.

Ivan Young’s poem “When Asked About Lorca’s Death” won 1st runner-up for the RHINO Poetry Magazine’s Founder’s Prize. He will receive $50 and publication in the prize issue.

Jordan Charlton has a new poem “Poem of the Body” published in the latest issue of Birdfeast Magazine.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Walltime art installation in New York CityWheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster are happy to announce that they have been asked to program a series of their films for Walltime, the video installation service that projects films on a 70 by 35 foot outdoor screen in New York City, every Thursday night for the next nine weeks. These screenings are also streamed online through the Walltime app. The first screening took place on January 24, 2019, and the series will continue through March 28, 2019.

Frame from TRANSACTIONAL REALITYWheeler Winston Dixon had two one-person shows of his work in Europe in December: an invited screening of new films at Studio 44, Stockholm, Sweden, with lecture and Q&A on December 21, 2018, including Take One, Lost II, One Hundred Years from Today, Ring Around the Rosie, 50% Off, Neon Flag, Floorwalkers, The Apocalyptic Now and other films; and another invited screening at OT301, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with lecture and Q&A, including A Typical Day, Transactional Reality, 2050, Packaged Dreams, Corridor, The Ninth Circle, Definitions, Bulletin, Escape, and other works. Several of his films - Rehearsal, Corridor, Careering and Third Avenue - were shown as part of the Latinoamericano Cine Del Nuevo International Festival at the ICAC Center in Havana, Cuba. His film Transactional Reality was screened as part of the group show “Crawling Through the Wreckage: Artists Respond to the Trauma of the 21st Century” at Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. An invited screening of his films Numen Lumen and London Clouds took place at De Nijverheid, Utrecht, The Netherlands, curated by Robert Muis.

Frame from REFUGEESGwendolyn Audrey Foster was invited by Curator Robert Muis to present two of her short films, Pre-Raphaelite Falls and Refugees in “Water,” a group screening event of avant garde and experimental films on the theme of water, with musical accompaniment from Niels Duffhues’ Fable Dust at Cinetoon bij De Nijverheid, in Utrecht, The Netherlands on December 13.

Crystal Bock Thiessen, instructor in PIESL, attended the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting, January 23-26 in Washington, D.C. as a representative of the Lincoln Council for International Visitors and of UNL Programs in English as a Second Language. The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is the largest community gathering of international leaders and exchange program professionals in the country with regional, cultural, and political sessions on trends affecting international exchange led by U.S. Department of State officers and other national programming agencies.

Ángel García will be traveling to Riverside, California on February 14th to participate in the 42nd Annual Writer’s Week Conference where he will be reading from Teeth Never Sleep.

Cameron Steele will present her paper “Built of Light and Leaf-Shadow: Ruined Landscapes, Ruinous Men in Tana French’s Crime Novels” on the Third Nature: Ecology In the Ruins panel at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in June.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Daniel Clausen and Natalie O'Neal pose on a couch at their weddingDaniel Clausen and Natalie O’Neal (MA 2016) were married on January 26th, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Composition faculty want to thank outgoing associate directors of composition, Adam Hubrig and Katie Henson—as well as outgoing associate director of the Writing Center, Matt Whitaker—for their terrific work in 2018. We’re happy to announce the new associate directors of composition for 2019, Alex DeLuise and Matt Whitaker. Alex will also serve as associate director of the Writing Center for spring 2019, along with Visnja Vujin. GTAs who would like to talk to one of the associate directors about their teaching or about the work involved with associate directing can contact Alex DeLuise at or Matt Whitaker at

PEN America Open Book Award announcement for TEETH NEVER SLEEP by Ángel García

Ángel García has been named a finalist for Teeth Never Sleep in Pen America’s 2019 Open Book Award category. He will be traveling to New York on February 26th for PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC where winners will be announced.

Ilana Masad is excited (and bewildered) to announce that they’ve recently signed with Eric Simonoff of WME.

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