January/February 2022

Department of English Newsletter January/February 2022

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Rachel Cochran’s essay “You Keep Everything Outside” appeared in The Rumpus.

Cover of DIRTY KNOWLEDGE by Julia SchleckJulia Schleck’s new book, Dirty Knowledge: Academic Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism, was published this January by the University of Nebraska Press, as part of the Provocations series edited by Marco Abel and Roland Vegso. Dr. Schleck would like to thank them, and everyone in the department, for the inspiration and support they provided her in writing this book.

Katie Schmid Henson’s poem ”The Daughter” was featured on Verse Daily. The poem is the last poem in her book, Nowhere.

Cameron Steele’s essay “Trigger Finger” was accepted for publication in the Spring 2022 edition of the Sycamore Review.

Jamaica Baldwin’s poem “The End of Sorrow is Not Happiness” is published in the current issue of Indiana Review. She also has two poems, “Country” and “Nation,” in Southeast Review.

Danielle Page’s poem ”The Dust of Eden” was published in Calla Press.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

On an episode of the podcast Lost Ladies of Lit, Joy Castro talked with hosts Kim Askew and Amy Helmes about modernist-feminist-leftist-anti-racist Margery Latimer (1899-1932)—friend of Georgia O’Keeffe and Meridel Le Sueur, lover of Kenneth Fearing, and wife of Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer—and her stunning debut novel, the 1928 We Are Incredible.

Arden Eli Hill will appear on the KZUM Podcast Reverse Farmgirl on February 8th at 11 am to discuss sexuality and spirituality in the context of his forthcoming (Seven Kitchen’s Press) chapbook Bloodwater Parish, which is an exploration of race, gender, sexuality, and adoption in southern Louisiana. To pre-order the collection, please contact Arden at ardentmarsupial@gmail.com.

On January 27th, Melissa Homestead gave an invited talk at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa, “Evidence of a Queer Past: Recovering Willa Cather and Edith Lewis’ Creative Partnership.”

Tom Lynch was an invited speaker at the Desert Futures: Sahara/Sonora conference December 2nd-3rd. The conference was held at the University of Notre Dame (not in some lovely desert clime, alas). His presentation was titled “Xerophobia: Deserts as Anthropocene Sacrifice Zones: The Case of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future.”

Julia Schleck gave an interview in early January to the Daily Nebraskan podcast on the topic of her new book, Dirty Knowledge: Academic Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism. The interview was ably conducted by undergraduate reporter Jason Han, who can often be found musing over literature and theory in Andrews Hall. Dr. Schleck was also invited by the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching & Study of Applied Ethics to give a talk on her book. On January 28th, she delivered a presentation entitled “How much longer will academic freedom exist, and is it worth fighting for?”

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Matt Cohen received a College of Arts and Sciences Research Impact and Engagement Grant to support the publication of his book The Silence of the Miskito Prince: How Cultural Dialogue Was Colonized, which the University of Minnesota Press will publish next year. The NEH has also awarded the Press a Fellowships Open Book Award to support publication of an open-access digital version of the title.

The Composition faculty are pleased to announce the new Assistant Directors of Composition for 2022, Alexandra Bissell and Charlotte Kupsh. They are available to talk with you about your teaching as well as approaches to the composition classroom. You are welcome to reach out to them via email. We also want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Mark Houston and Erika Luckert for their outstanding service as Assistant Directors of Composition in 2021.

Jamaica Baldwin’s poem “As the Nurse Fills Out the Intake Form, the Ocean Speaks Your Name,” published in the summer issue of Ruminate, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Briar Essex has been awarded a Laura Bassi Scholarship for Junior Academics. The Laura Bassi Scholarship, awarded through Editing Press, provides editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on topics of study within emerging disciplines. Briar was awarded the scholarship from a field of over 2000 applicants in recognition of the work on their MA Thesis in Trans Studies, which engages multimodal critical and creative writing with the diaries of Lou Sullivan.

Lincoln Community Care (LCC) is a mutual aid group that the Everett Free Grocery Program (EFGP) is working with and could use support! LCC focuses on delivering supplies to houseless neighbors while working alongside them to build self-determination. The group is looking for monetary and material donations as well as more folks to get involved. Updates on LCC are broadcast via EFGP's socials (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and those who would like to donate can do so through Venmo to @lincolncommunitycare.

The Everett Free Grocery Program (EFGP) is starting a new project called Everett Free Gardening Groups. The aim is to help folks set up food gardens in their yards or other spaces. EFGP volunteers will help set up and plant the gardens, and the plot's caretakers will tend to it throughout the season. EFGP encourages people to talk to their friends and neighbors and work together to maintain the plots. Folks can use the produce from their gardens however they see fit, though EFGP kindly asks that any excess be donated back to the grocery program. Interested people can email everettgroceryprogram@gmail.com or reach out on social media!

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