Upcoming Department Events
Publications & Acceptances
Marco Abel just published “Christian Petzold: A Dossier” in Senses of Cinema 84 (September 2017). This peer-reviewed dossier, which Marco co-edited with Jaimey Fisher (UC Davis), is the first collection of work in English published on Germany’s most important contemporary filmmaker, who is also known as a key member of the Berlin School. The dossier includes the editors’ co-written introduction, “Who Is Petzold?”; Marco’s new essay, “‘Das ist vorbei’: Untimely Encounters with Neoliberalism in Christian Petzold’s dffb Student Film”; Marco’s translation of Berlin School filmmaker Christoph Hochhäusler’s essay on his friend and colleague, “The Protestant Method”; as well as “‘A Place without Parents: Queer and Maternal Desire in the Films of Christian Petzold” by Joy Castro.
Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane is hot off the press from Lost Horse Press. The anthology features over 200 poets from across the U.S. and several foreign countries, including several local poets and Creative Writing alumna.
Wheeler Winston Dixon has published a brief essay on Robert Bresson’s film “Four Nights of a Dreamer” (1971) in Transmissions, September 25, 2017 – in honor of Bresson’s birthday – and a new article, "A Life Lived for Art: The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach," in Senses of Cinema 84 (September 2017). He has also published two new reviews: “Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema by Todd Berliner,” and “The Bond of the Furthest Apart: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson and Kafka by Sharon Cameron,” in Choice (November 2017)
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster has published a new essay, "Girlhood in Reverse - Jane Campion's '2 Friends' (1986) in the latest issue of Senses of Cinema, Number 84, September 2017.
Tom Lynch’s new co-edited book, Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time, will be officially released on November 1 by the University of Nebraska Press. It is a collection of personal narratives, scholarly articles, and poetry by authors from a variety of countries written in response to the need to link the local and the planetary.
Patrick T. Randolph has published Tapping Into Discoveries From Neuroscience to Help ELLs in the Prewriting Process and Inspiring the Critical Mind: Introducing the One-Point Multiskills Analysis in the CATESOL News Quarterly.The first article looks at six unconventional “prewriting” techniques: (1) emotions and energy; (2) physical exercise; (3) mindfulness; (4) mirror neuron awareness; (5) stress factors, and (6) sleep awareness. The author considers these the “real” prewriting components as they prepare the brain, mind, and body to create, analyze, and ultimately write. The second article examines the use of a concise yet detailed analysis for writing analytical summaries. He will also have five poems featured in the 2017 Goose River Poetry Anthology.
Maureen Daniels has five poems appearing in the September issue of Neologism Poetry Journal. The Virginia Normal, an international literary journal edited by the students and faculty of Virginia State University, have accepted her poems “The Revocation” and “The Field of Motherless Horses” for publication. Street Light Press will be publishing Maureen’s poem “Delirium Tremens” in their October 2017 issue. Her poem “Heavenly Creatures” will be published in the October 2017 issue of Jersey Devil Press. The Wagon Magazine, a transnational literary journal, accepted three of Maureen’s poems for publication, and Third Wednesday will be publishing “After the Ultrasound” in an upcoming issue.
Katie Schmid Henson’s essay on pregnancy, anxiety, and Robert Lowell, “Radiant with Terror: Lowell and the Uncertain Country of Love,” appeared on The Rumpus as their Tuesday feature.
Kristi Carter’s manuscript, Cosmovore, is now available as part of the Conversation Pieces Series by Aqueduct Press, a feminist sf press based in Seattle which focuses on continuing the literary discourse surrounding the intersection of gender and magical realism, speculative fiction, and other adjacent genres. The book’s copy reads: “Nothing escapes me, not even light. Mother, monstrosity, woman, Cosmovore.” In this narrative collection of poems, the voice of the void reels and keens over meditations on consumption, the body, and the world. From the edges of the Milky Way to the confines of an eggshell, nowhere is safe from her hunger. In the tinny echoes of a much-hated musical triangle, explore the questions she faces about womanhood, motherhood, society, and a goat, as she tries to reconcile those around her with her own identity.
Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations
A local launch reading for Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse will be held in the Bailey Library on Monday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. Scheduled readers include local poets Grace Bauer, Twyla Hansen, Maria Nazos, Barbara Schmitz, Kim Tedrow, Hope Wabuke, and Stacey Waite, as well as alumnae Marianne Kunkel and Christine Stewart Nunez.
Crystal Bock Thiessen, instructor in PIESL, gave four presentations at the Mid-America Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 29 and 30. The presentations were “More Than Words: Infographics for Language Teaching and Learning,” Discussing Language Teacher Identity in Community and Practice,” “Teach Abroad with the English Language Fellows Program,” and “New Ways to Integrate Music Into the ESL Classroom.” Bock Thiessen also served her second year as Exhibitor Coordinator for the conference.
Wyn Andrews, Arden Eli Hill, and Mary Birdsall are facilitating a roundtable discussion titled “‘We Gotta Get out of this Place’: When writing center environments aren’t conducive to consultant/tutor decompression” at the 2007 Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium Meeting.
Activities, Accolades, & Grants
Marco Abel attended the moving history film festival in Potsdam, Germany, which focused on films about the German left-wing terrorist organization Red Army Faction. Marco thanks the College of Arts and Sciences for awarding him an ENHANCE grant with the help of which he attended the festival.
Gabriel Houck’s short story, “The Dot Matrix”, which originally appears in the Summer 2016 issue of The Cimarron Review, has been named a Distinguished Story in the 2017 Best American Short Stories, Edited by Meg Wolitzer.
Tom Lynch received a $1,500 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Foundation to support his digital project, “Eiseley’s Nebraska.” The project maps some of the important locations in Loren Eiseley’s life and writing around Lincoln and in western Nebraska and features videos of those locations and readings from Eiseley’s works. Important technical and audio support for the project is provided by Emily Rau and Ariana Brocious.
Patrick T. Randolph was nominated by the Executive Board of the MIDTESOL Affiliate for the Best of the TESOL Affiliates Awardfor his 2016 presentation, “A Guaranteed Three-Step Process to Help Prevent Plagiarism,” which focuses on helping ELLs combat plagiarism in the language classroom.
Kristi Carter’s (other) full length manuscript was a semifinalist in the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition.