Department of English Newsletter November 2015

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Publications & Acceptances

Gabriel Houck's short story "Last Match Fires" will appear in Fiction Southeast, and his short story "The Confession of Clementine" will appear in the upcoming issue of Sequestrum.

Cory Willard's article “On Fly Fishing and Rhetoric: Ethos, Experience, and Fly Fishing's Rhetorical Proofs" has been accepted for publication in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.

Cover of Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Issue 8.Cameron Steele's poems Artifacts of a Make-Believe Ghost and Anatomy of a Whisper have been published in Issue 8 of Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal.

Wheeler Winston Dixon was interviewed for a half-hour discussion on the NPR radio program Inquiry with Mark Lynch, from affiliate station WICN in Worcester, M.A., October 22, 2015, on his new book Black & White Cinema: A Short History.

Matthew Jockers's article "Computing Ireland’s Place in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Macroanalysis" was published in Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies. October 07, 2015.

Brie Owen has a chapter titled "Adolescence, Trans Phenomena and the Politics of Sexuality Education" in The Handbook of Sexuality Education, edited by Mary Lou Rasmussen and Louisa Allen, forthcoming from Palgrave in 2016.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published a review of the book “Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives by Tatjana Ljujić, Peter Krämer, and Richard Daniels, eds.” in Choice 53.3 (November 2015).

Ted Kooser's poems have appeared in recent issues of River Styx, Hudson Review, Great River Review, Belleview Literary Review, Nimrod, Milk, The Southern Quarterly, and Southwest Review, as well as two anthologies, Poetry in Medicine; An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing (Persea Books), and Down to the Dark River; Contemporary Poems about the Mississippi River (Louisiana Literature Press). Two international editions of Ted's children's book, House Held Up By Trees, have now been published, one in England and one in Germany.

Ted Kooser has won a number of awards for his books this year, including the Independent Publisher's Gold Medal Award for The Wheeling Year, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award in Poetry for Splitting an Order and the Nebraska Book Award for The Wheeling Year , 2015. Splitting an Order was also a f inalist (one of three, no winners chosen) for the High Plains Book Award in poetry.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster has published two new book reviews in Choice, The Library Journal: “Latin American Cinema by Stephen M. Hart,” (November 2015); and “New Voices in Arab Cinema by Roy Armes,” (August 2015).

Ken Price reports that Nikki Gray has been awarded a University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Outstanding Postdoc Scholar Award” for 2016. This award honors her excellent contributions to the Walt Whitman Archive and her own independent scholarship, including recent publications in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and a forthcoming article in PMLA. Congratulations!

Nikki and the rest of the Whitman Archive team made noteworthy progress on numerous fronts in the last year. With support from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) we edited 465 letters to and from Whitman thanks to the efforts of Alex Kinnaman, Kirsten Clawson, Natalie O’Neal, and Jonathan Cheng (at the University of Nebraska), and Stephanie Blalock, Kyle Barton, Stefan Schoeberlein, Alex Ashland, and Ian Faith (at the University of Iowa). With additional support from NEH, we recently published a catalog of all of Whitman's known prose manuscripts. This is the first systematic attempt to document the entirety of Whitman's prose writings and includes descriptions and facsimile images of over 500 items. Kevin McMullen, an English grad student, deserves praise for managing this project. A different grant from NEH allowed us to provide page images and transcriptions of Whitman's temperance novel, Franklin Evans, as well as a working bibliography and map of all known publications and reprints of Whitman's fiction in periodicals worldwide. This grant has also enabled us to publish a handful of Whitman’s early notebooks and approximately 20 pieces of Whitman's early journalism. Other areas have been developed without grant support: Brett Barney (UNL, Ph.D. 2003) has located and published nearly 100 interviews given by Whitman. We have also done technical work to improve maintenance and long-term sustainability. During the last month the Whitman Archive was accessed by 36,000 unique users from more than 150 countries on six continents.

Cover image from Popcorn Press' Zen of the Dead anthologyPatrick T. Randolph’s breath poems, haiku, and tanka will appear in Popcorn Press’s 7th annual Halloween Anthology, Zen of the Dead: Stories & Poems (Edited by Lester Smith). His tanka will also appear in the 2016 Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar (in press). Randolph’s article, Introducing Verbathy in the English language classroom: Encouraging students to feel the essence and emotion of words, was recently published in The ORTESOL Journal. Kelly Stage has an article, “Eastward Ho and the Strength of Weak Ties for Playwrights and Patrons” coming out in the November issue (22.2) of The Ben Jonson Journal. A blog piece to accompany the article will also appear later this month at

Kristi Carter and Katie Schmid Henson read their poetry at Lincoln's own SP_CE Commons. Many thanks to Prairie Schooner's Web Editor, Paul Clark, who organized the reading.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Gabriel Houck has been awarded the "Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship" for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Jaime Brunton has won the 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Award for Poetry from The Cincinnati Review. The award includes $1000 and publication of Jaime's winning poem, "Chase," in the journal's Spring 2016 issue.

Katie Schmid Henson's poetry manuscript, "The Hunt," was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry prize.

Wheeler Winston Dixon's new book Black & White Cinema: A Short History, was featured on Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne on October 7, 2015, as part of the series “Artists in Black and White,” accompanied by a series of classic B&W films, including, perhaps inevitably, Citizen Kane.

Gabriel Houck's short story, "When the Time Came," was selected as a distinguished story in the 2015 edition of The Best American Short Stories, edited by T.C. Boyle.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Cameron Steele's paper "A Surgical Table Elegizes A Man's Organs: Poetry of Terror, Poetry of Critique" has been accepted to the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Cameron will present her paper as part of a panel on Crime and Culture.

On November 7th, Katelyn Hemmeke will present her narrative essay titled "Of Roads and Rice: Rewriting the 'Non-Story' of Oh Min Ji" at the 6th Annual Conference of the Research Center for Korean Community (RCKC) at Queen's College in New York. The essay will also be published by the RCKC in an edited volume.

Patrick T. Randolph recently presented at the 2015 MITESOL Conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He co-presented Introducing Read-a-thons in ELL Classrooms: Inspiring Literacy, Drama, and Service with Joseph Ruppert (Western Michigan University) and Laura Ramm (Michigan State University), and he led a workshop and panel discussion, Breaking the Unwanted Stepchild Curse: Elevating the Image of ESL with colleagues from Michigan and Florida.

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