Department of English Newsletter June 2017

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Publications & Acceptances

Melissa Homestead's essay "The Composing, Editing, and Publication of Willa Cather's Obscure Destinies Stories" will appear this summer in Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing, a peer reviewed open access journal.

Candlewick Press has accepted a collaboration in poetry written by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek entitled Making Mischief: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech. This will be Ted's fifth Candlewick illustrated book for young people. His fourth book, Mr. Posey's New Glasses, should be published this year.

Dr. Amelia M.L. Montes will be giving a paper, "Gloria Anzaldua's Naguala Cuerpo," at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France, for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference. The conference theme is "Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific" and will take place July 5 - 8th.

Patrick T. Randolph of PIESL had poems published in The Goose River Press Anthology, Falling Star Magazine, Word Riot, and The Rockford Review.

Kristi Carter has poems forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and Prairie Fire.

Matthew Guzman's review of Gregory Nobles' John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman will appear in an upcoming issue of Great Plains Research.

David Henson's story "The Bathtub in the Guesthouse" was published at Fluland.

Ilana Masad's short story "Hamlet, Claudia, Zanzibar" was published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and her essay on the use of first-person in queer fiction appeared in Lit Hub. Additionally, Masad's review of Hala Alyan's Salt Houses appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Masad wrote about how reading is good for your mental health for Book Riot.

Karen Babine's second essay collection, All the Wild Hungers, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2018. Essays from this collection have recently appeared in various journals: "Xenia" in Brevity; "Seeds" in Ascent; and "Infusions" in DIAGRAM.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Wheeler Winston Dixon delivered three lectures as part of a Graduate Colloquium on the Uncanny; a class in Reality, Illusion & the Moving Image; and a class on Film as Art: The 1960s, along with a lecture and screening of his own films, at The Maryland Institute College of Art from April 26 through April 29, 2017.

Image of a shark from Foster's film SLEEPING WITH THE FISHESGwendolyn Audrey Foster's films Making Women Great Again, Sleeping With The Fishes, Popular Science, Enough, Planned Obsolescence, Restless Souls, Echo and Narcissus and others were screened at The Maryland Institute College of Art's Lazarus Center for a public screening on April 26, 2017.

Melissa Homestead will be part of an invited plenary roundtable on "Editing Catharine Sedgwick Over Time" at the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Symposium in June in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Also in June she will be part of a plenary panel on the editing of Willa Cather's letters and will present a paper on “Bonfires of Our Vanities: Separating the Outsized Myths from the Modest Realities of Destruction of Cather’s Letters,” both at the Willa Cather International Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Houck will attend this summer's Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Fiction Scholar.

Ilana Masad will be reading at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, New York for FLAPPERHOUSE on May 31.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Dr. Amelia M.L. Montes will be attending a Fulbright Orientation July 17 - 20th in Washington, D.C., in preparation for her year at The University of Novi-Sad in Serbia (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018).

Kristi Carter placed as a semifinalist for her full length poetry manuscript in Elixir Press's Antivenom 2017 Poetry Award.

Timothy J. Cook will be a visiting student in the Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, during the 2017-18 academic year. His studies are being directed in Finland by Dr Jopi Nyman, Professor and Chair of English at UEF.

Matthew Guzman has been named a Graduate Great Plains Fellow (2017-2019) by the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Raul Palma was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Cuba by the CubaOne Foundation. He will join Richard Blanco, Ruth Behar, and a small cohort of artists. They will tour key literary sites and cultural institutions. They will also engage with Cuban writers, scholars, and they will lead creative writing workshops.

Cory Willard was named a Great Plains Graduate Fellow. He was also awarded a term as writer in residence with room and board at Cedar Point Biological Station from May 14-21. The residency was part of the Art at Cedar Point program.

Karen Babine has joined the Augsburg College Low-Residency MFA program as a nonfiction mentor, beginning this summer.

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