Department of English Newsletter March 2022

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Cover of THE CHANGELING - STATE OF PLAYThe Changeling: The State of Play, a collection of essays on Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s tragedy The Changeling that Kelly Stage co-edited with Gordon McMullan (King’s College London), premiered in February from The Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury Publishing).

Rachel Cochran’s debut novel The Gulf will be published by Harper, set for release in summer 2023.

Katie Schmid Henson reviewed Carola Luther’s new book On the Way to Jerusalem Farm for The Harvard Review.

Erika Luckert has 3 poems published in The Rumpus. She also has a poem in Small Orange Journal.

Katie Marya’s translation of Nicole Cecilia Delgado’s poem “9 dreams,” which originally appeared in Guernica, was featured on The Slowdown podcast hosted by Ada Limón.

Uche Okonkwo’s short story “Harvesters” appears in the latest issue of A Public Space, No. 30.

Melissa Tayles’ article, “Trauma-Informed Writing Pedagogy: Ways to Support Student Writers Affected by Trauma and Traumatic Stress” (TETYC, March 2021) was awarded the 2022 Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award.

Kasey Peters’ story “Dolphin-Person; Manateeple” was accepted for publication in the Spring 2022 edition of the McNeese Review. She also has a story, “Protective Instinct,” in the current issue of North Dakota Quarterly.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Timothy J. Cook delivered a paper on February 23 during the 43rd Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference. As a part of the panel “Iconography and Iconoclasm in 20th Century Contemporary American Poetry,” Cook shared his work “Quotidian to Transcendent: Cézanne / Rilke and Rothko / Olson.”

Melissa Homestead was interviewed for the Monthly Mercury podcast of the Women’s Print History Project, a digital bibliography for which she is a contributing scholar. The subject of the podcast was the complexities of transatlantic reprinting in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a subject on which Melissa has published, but they also humored her and let her talk about Willa Cather and Edith Lewis as well.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Rachel Azima was invited to be a Summer Institute Leader for the 2022 International Writing Centers Association Summer Institute. Together with the other SI Leaders, Rachel will lead professional development workshops and provide one-on-one and small group mentoring during this week-long gathering for writing center professionals from around the U.S. and world.

The Writing Center is delighted to welcome Emma Catherine Perry as the new Associate Director of the Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program. Emma Catherine Perry is a writer and writing teacher from Newfields, New Hampshire. Her research interests center on linguistic justice, creative writing, and natural language processing technologies. She is finishing up her Ph.D. in English with a creative dissertation at the University of Georgia, where she taught creative and critical writing and served as the Assistant Director of the UGA Writing Center.

Erin Chambers was elected Vice President of Lincoln's Community Forestry Advisory Board. This is her second year on the board, which advises Lincoln Parks and Recreation, the Mayor, and the City Council on the planting, maintenance, and preservation of city trees. Her involvement with the board stems from non-degree coursework in horticulture and community and regional forestry (and she can't resist a good tree pun).

The inaugural English Department Graduate Student intramural basketball team began playing last week. (They are called “Sports Team.”) The team, coached by Avee Chaudhuri and founded and captained by Caleb Petersen, plays in games once a week at the campus rec. If interested, please contact the recruitment coordinator, Celie Knudsen, at (Also, if anyone is interested in founding/participating in a graduate student bowling league, tentatively titled “Sports Team 2.0,” please indicate your interest in your email.)

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