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Maker Literacies

UTA English's Dr. Christian Worlow incorporated the UTA Libraries Maker Literacies Program into two technical writing courses taught in Fall 2017, and the Program has posted Dr. Worlow's reflection on having technical writing students work with the UTA FabLab. URL for article

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Dr. tim richardson co-authors article with alumNUS

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Dr. Richardson teamed up with Dr. Nathan Gale for a new publication, “What Are Humans For?,” which now appears in a collection edited by Chris Mays, Nathaniel A. Rivers, and Kellie-Sharp-Hoskins called Kenneth Burke and the Posthuman (Penn State UP, 2017).

Departmental representation at MLA conference in new york city 

The following members of the department are presenting papers at the annual Modern Language Association conference in January:

  •    Jacqueline Ann Fay, "The Weeds We Are: The Trans-planted Politics of Eleventh-Century England" (session 816)
  • Bruce Krajewski, "'Alternative Facts' and Fictions: Multiplicity and Indeterminacy in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election" (session 99)
  • Bruce Krajewski, "Recent Philosophical Receptions of King Lear" (session 701)
  • Kenton Rambsy, "Pedagogies of Excellence: HBCUs and the PhD Pipeline" (session 334)

Dr. Ponce Included in UT System Book

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The UT System's holiday cookbook is out, and Dr. Timothy Ponce is included. He contributed a recipe for a cranberry salad, which you can see, along with the entire collection. Dr. Ponce contributes frequently to treats left in the second floor Carlisle kitchen.

Dr. Frank headed to iceland for conference presentation 

Dr. Luanne Frank will be attending the 20th Annual Society for Phenomenology and Media Conference in Akureyri, Iceland from March 14-16, 2018. She will be presenting her paper, "Heidegger's Hand: A Defense."

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Dr. Tigner Publishes New Book

Food Studies programs have been growing within the liberal arts and social sciences, and Dr. Amy Tigner has been a regular contributor to scholarship in Food Studies. Her latest contribution is a co-edited book entitled Literature and Food Studies from Routledge. The collection is part of a series named Literature and Contemporary Thought. "With a focus on the Americas and Europe, Literature and Food Studies compares works of imaginative literature, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to James Joyce’s Ulysses and Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, with what the authors define as vernacular literary practices — which take written form as horticultural manuals, recipes, cookbooks, restaurant reviews, agricultural manifestos, dietary treatises, and culinary guides."

New Scholarship from Former Dean

When Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, the Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives at UT Arlington, was informed that a scholarship was donated in her honor to a college of her choice, she knew she wanted the endowment to go to UT Arlington’s Department of English. Gerlach said, “I owe a lot to English education, it’s what got me into teaching in the first place.” Gerlach has enjoyed a long and storied career that includes serving nearly 20 years as the founding Dean of the College of Education at UT Arlington. She also authored or edited/co-edited many notable published works, taught around the globe, received many national and international awards and her research focusing on urban and women education is prolific. She earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree in English/Curriculum & Instruction, a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/English Education and a second PhD in Higher Education Administration.

The $2,500 scholarship called the Jeanne Gerlach Future Teacher Award will be given to a worthy undergraduate student nearing completion of a B.A. in English with Secondary Education Certification. The award will be presented to the student at the department's Awards Day brunch at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Former Creative Writing Student Lands Publishing Contract

Shaun Hamill, former English major and Creative Writing minor in our department, will have his book, "A Cosmology of Monsters," published by Tim O'Connell at Pantheon/Knopf Doubleday. Shaun worked with Laura Kopchick, Coordinator of Creative Writing, while he was here at UTA, and she helped him get into the country’s top creative writing school, the MFA Program at the University of Iowa.

Recipe Transcribathon Nov. 7

Dr. Amy Tigner sponsored a Recipe Transcribathon. A group of undergraduates and graduate students turned out. Participants transcribed 17th-century recipes, and those transcriptions are now part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) digital humanities project. The students help to create a digital database of early modern recipes. Dr. Amy Tigner has run several Transcribathons, and, not that long ago, took some students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to work on recipes in that library's collection.

Recipe Transcribathon on Nov. 7

Dr. Amy Tigner is sponsoring a Recipe Transcribathon from 11:00-5:00, and people are welcome to drop in any time during that period to participate. Coffee, cookies, and light refreshments will be available in Carlisle 212, thanks to an anonymous, private donor. Participants will transcribe 17th-century recipes, and those transcriptions will become part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) digital humanities project. You would be helping to create a digital database of early modern recipes. No experience necessary. Dr. Amy Tigner has run several Transcribathons, and, not that long ago, took some students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to work on recipes in that library's collection.

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Dr. Stacy Alaimo (above) spoke on Oct. 18 at the induction ceremony of Triota, the honors organization for students in Women's and Gender Studies. Alaimo was there also as an honorary inductee to the group. Iota Iota Iota is a national academic and service-based Women's and Gender Studies honor society.

 department of philosophy & humanities sponsors talk about Buddhism

On October 26, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at UT Arlington and the student philosophy of religion organization, Faith and Answers, will be hosting a lecture, discussion, and Q&A with H.E. Tulku Neten Rinpoche (Geshe Lharampa, Sera Mey Monastic University, Byalkuppe, India, Abbot, Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre, Toronto & Calgary, Canada).

Lecture title: The Intersection of Wisdom and Compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist Philosophical Tradition
Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 former grad student wins "the oscar of teaching" 

Jennifer Fuller took two graduate level English courses at UTA in the past year or so in order to be certified to teach in the Collegiate High School program (TCC and AISD).  She took one class each from Dr. Warren and from Dr. Gustafson as a non-degree-seeking student. Dr. Peggy Kulesz has known Jen for years, and describes her as "a marvelous teacher." 
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 DR. stephanie tavera has article accepted 

A future issue of Utopian Studies will include Tavera's article "Her Body, Herland: Reproductive Health and Dis/topian Satire in Gilman's Herland."

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New Book by Dr. Cedrick May

Cedrick May’s The Collected Works of Jupiter Hammon, just out from the University of Tennessee Press, offers a complete look at the literary achievements of one of the founders of African American literature. Born into slavery on the Lloyd plantation in 1711, Jupiter Hammon became the first African American writer to be published in the present-day United States at the age of forty-nine. It has been decades since a collection of Hammon’s work has appeared, and May’s intensive research has yielded two additional poems, adding new layers to his works and life that, until now, have gone unexplored.

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Department Launches Two Research Clusters for 2017-19

Dr. Stacy Alaimo, Chair of the departmental Research Committee, has announced the formation of two Research Clusters for the next two years. These clusters will guide part of the collective investigations in the department, and allow students to participate in ongoing activities connected to the topics.  

The clusters are in place from 2017 through 2019 and are as follows:

Making + Digital Humanities (Estee Beck, Cedrick May, Tim Richardson)

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Posthumanism (Stacy Alaimo, Jackie Fay, Neill Matheson, Erin Murrah-Mandril)

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This fall, faculty and ABD doctoral students will be launching the new Research Clusters by workshopping their research and discussing new work in these fields.

A Kenton Rambsy Omnibus

The Dallas Institute is holding an event on Sept. 22 called "Sound Bites," at which Dr. Rambsy will be the featured speaker. See flyer upper right, and note that the event requires an RSVP. 

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Dr. Rambsy has also been invited by Arcadia University to participate in the "Beyond Meridians" Lectures (Oct. 2-5). See bottom right pdf. 

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Dr. Kenton Rambsy Is Part of the "Smart Revolution"

The COLA Dean's Office has awarded to Dr. Rambsy a "Liberal Arts + Smart Revolution" grant for "The Black Anthology Data Project." The award is $8,000. This is a seed grant to help Dr. Rambsy pursue external funding. The funding will help Dr. Rambsy make progress with his metadata collection project with African American and American anthologies. He may be hiring a student or two to assist him.

COLA Outstanding Teacher Award Winner - Dr. Desiree Henderson

Dr. Desiree Henderson has won COLA's Outstanding Teaching Award for 2017, and will be honored at a COLA Awards ceremony on September 14. Colleagues in the department nominated Henderson for the award, and a college-level committee vetted the people who were nominated.  Some of the student comments (below) about Dr. Henderson's teaching tell the story about her excellence in the classroom.  "I am not an English major and I loved her class." "She is a tough professor but you learn a lot! I enjoyed her lectures greatly but she definitely makes you use your brain and think outside the box." "Thoughtful and fun class discussions."

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Warren Accepts Teaching Award in Austin

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The winners of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award were honored by officials from the UT System at a dinner in Austin on Aug. 23. Dr. Kathryn Warren (pictured second from left) stands with the other UTA recipients.

Dr. Fay Invited to Workshop at Stanford University

From Sept. 29 through Oct. 1st, Dr. Jackie Fay will be attending the tenth Medieval Writers' Workshop at Stanford University. Invitations are limited to approximately ten participants, and the event is meant to showcase these Medievalists' ongoing research. 

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Dr. Beck to Present Work at Ohio Conference

Dr. Estee Beck will be attending the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference from October 4-7 in Dayton. "Rise Up for a Feminist-Led Internet Privacy Revolution!" is the title of her talk.

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Future of Tech Depends on Liberal Arts Majors

The Boston Review reports that two new books on Silicon Valley indicate that the future of the tech industry depends upon the skills and learning liberal arts majors possess. You can read the article below with the link.

Dr. Charles Hicks Speaks about His Publication in Hypatia

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The lastest edition of STET is now available with multimedia offerings. Find out who is publishing in STET.

solar eclipses in literature

Those scanning the printed word for content about eclipses will find writers of fiction have been telling stories about solar eclipses at least since the 19th century. The literary offerings using a solar eclipse in the plot go well beyond A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A host of stories and novels address the subject.

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The NEH reviewers and workshop organizers chose only 40 participants from 300 applications to be part of the 2017 "Object Lessons Workshop." Dr. Beck is one of the 40 who has been selected to participate in one of several upcoming workshops under the theme's umbrella. The workshop in which Dr. Beck will participate will be held in early March at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Tampa, FL. The "Object Lessons Workshop" is designed for academics and writers who seek to write and publish for broad audiences, particularly about contemporary technology, everyday objects, and digital culture. 

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Summer Reading - Part II

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 committee announced its long list today, and doubtless each of the contenders is worthy of a summer read.

Paul Auster, 4321 (Faber & Faber)

Sebastian Barry, Days Without End (Faber & Faber)

Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Books)

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Mike McCormack, Solar Bones (Canongate)

Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13 (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Fiona Mozley, Elmet (JM Originals, John Murray)

Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury)

Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (Bloomsbury)

Ali Smith, Autumn (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Zadie Smith, Swing Time (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Fleet, Little, Brown)

We asked some other people in the department to make seasonal reading recommendations.

Dr. Tim Morris, Professor & Essayist:

Giuseppe Catozzella, Don't Tell Me You're Afraid
Jeff Guinn, Road to Jonestown
Kantha Shelke's Pasta & Noodles

Dr. Gyde Martin, Senior Lecturer:

Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed
Lutz Seiler, Kruso

Jennifer Higgins, Senior IT Analyst, OIT:

 Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology

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Lineup of 2017-18 Speakers Begins to Take Shape

Some speakers have already accepted invitations to speak at UTA this coming academic year, and we are hoping for a couple of more positive responses.

Greg Brownderville, a poet who teaches at SMU, will come to the department on Wednesday, September 13. Brownderville has published three books of poetry, the most recent of which is A Horse with Holes in It. That collection was released in November of 2016 by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of SMU. He is an associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing.

The Arlington Public Library will be co-sponsoring a visit by the food writer and blogger Vianney Rodriguez. In addition to her blog, The Sweet Life, Rodriguez has published Latin Twist (2015), a book of cocktails. Rodriguez has been recognized as LATISM 2012 Best Latina Food Blogger, one of NBC Latino's Food Blogs We Love, and featured on Latina Magazine as one of their Best Food Blogs. Further details TBA. 

Summer Reading

Many people read not to become more empathetic, nor to learn about the world, nor to discover themselves, but for fun and escape. That's the conclusion of an empirical study by Professor Simon Frost of Bournemouth University, who reports on a survey of 530 readers. The results are part of an article in the forthcoming issue of Logos: Journal of the World Publishing Community. The interwebs are flooded now with summer reading suggestions. What will people read on beaches, during vacations, etc.?

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Photo: June 2017 book display at Dubray Bookstore in Ireland

We asked some people in the department about summer reading. We learned that Dr. Kathryn Warren is heading up a reading group this summer. The group has taken up a relatively new translation of Don Quixote.
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We asked some other professors in the department to make seasonal reading recommendations.
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Dr. Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor specializing in African American Literature and Digital Humanities: Scholarly book recommendation: Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Popular book recommendation: Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Dr. Justin Lerberg, Director of the First Year Writing Program:

Scholarly book recommendation: Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat by Peter C. Van Wyck.
Popular book recommendation: White Noise by Don DeLillo. 

Dr. Estee Beck, Assistant Professor specializing in Digital Rhetoric:

Scholarly book recommendation: Zeynep Tufekci's Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power of and Fragility of Networked Protest
Popular book recommendation: Chris Anderson's Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Bill Gates has five recommendations for summer reading, starting with Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime.
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dr. cedrick may off to prague in september

Dr. May has been invited to attend the "Beyond Editing: Advanced Solutions and Technologies" Summer School held in Prague from September 4-8, 2017. During this week-long school, the participants will learn how to display, transform and process a scholarly XML edition, with the aim of becoming able to work on their own editions with the latest digital methods. The event is sponsored by the Faculty of the Arts at Charles University in Prague.

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Dr. Mike Brittain completed the requirements for his Ph.D. shortly after the Spring 2017 semester ended. His dissertation is entitled "'A Shot in the Dark': Post-9/11 One-off Speculative Fiction."

Rod sachs returns to the netherlands for decolonial summer school

Graduate student Rod Sachs will be off to Middleburg University in the Netherlands for the 8th Annual Decolonial Summer School. Mr. Sachs has played an important role in establishing the Decolonial Archive at Middleburg, and will be making more videos of the proceedings this summer.

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>> Prof. Mohamad Shariati, who helps run a cultural journal in Tehran, Iran called Today's Culture, interviewed Dr. Bruce Krajewski about the cultural contributions of the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg (pictured above). The other scholars asked to contribute to the article on Blumenberg are Martin Jay, Angus Nicholls, and Richard Wolin. You can read the Persian version, or the version="">.

>> >From June 5-9, Dr. Krajewski participated in the University of Victoria's Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and completed a course on digitisation projects.

Department's U.S. News Ranking Improves - Tied with Baylor

The 2017 U.S. News rankings of English graduate programs has UTA's English program at 116, tied with Baylor's English Department (for a Texas comparison). This is a jump up from 125th place, and shows that the department's outstanding graduate faculty profile is being noticed outside of Arlington.

Dr. Kathryn Warren Wins 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

On August 23rd in Austin, Dr. Kathryn Warren will sit down to a special dinner to honor recipients of this year's UT-System-wide teaching awards. This is another in a string of teaching honors for Dr. Warren. The Regents' Award is prestigioius, and it acknowledges outstanding undergraduate teaching. As the acceptance letter states, "to win one of these awards is a truly remarkable achievement." The application process is rigorous, and applicants go through several levels of screening. The award includes a monetary prize. One of the student comments included in the materials for Dr. Warren's review captures the tone of praise that characterizes Dr. Warren's student evaluations: “I am in awe of how much Dr. Warren cares about her class, and I can honestly say that I haven't had another learning experience like this. Her attention to the assignments we did and her ability to interact with us as a class was amazing.”

Our Latest Graduates

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At the May 12 Commencement, a number of students from the English Department received their degrees.

Doctoral Students:
Stephanie Peebles Tavera
Dissertation: "Disabling Sex Education: Science, Narrative, and the Female Body in Feminist Medical Fiction, 1874-1916," which was supervised by Ken Roemer.

Alison Torres Ramos
Dissertation: "Colonial Shame and Its Effect on Puerto Rican Culture," which was supervised by Timothy Morris.

Master of Arts Students:
Jayson Carroll; Rebecca Compton; Jay Ewald; Amanda Denise Torres.

Bachelor of Arts Students:
Robin Allman; Jaclyn Alvarado; Norma Ayala; Nicholas Bell; Jessica Browning; Clayton Broyles; Tristen Cardwell; Sarah Clayburn; Cassandra Cortez; Alicia Cotton; Christy Courtney; Shawn Dally; Jasmine Dixon-Featherston; Amanda Duncan; Brian Fuentes; Christina Fewins; Matthew Fulkerson; Colton Galbraith; Griselda Garcia; Shannon Gardzelewski; Mohamad Ali Ghabris; Heather Gurrola; Elizabeth Harris; Jade Harrison; Raven Cierra Hill; Alrissa Inubiaraiye; Cheyenne Jennings; Esther Kentish; Taylor Kent Lamb; Emaleigh Lane; Trevionna Latimore; Brittani Anessa Lee; Alexandra Long; Justin Luna; Mikkia McQueary; Alexandra Moore; Courtney Moore; Nathan Nichols; Jesse Nolet; Sara Olmos-Rodriguez; Michael Olsen; Levi Palomino; DeBrionne Payne; Matthew Pedersen; Breanna Pierluissi; Ashley Radovcich; Ashleigh Reyna; Kelley Robertson; Liliana Rodriguez; Ariella Singleton; Rebekah Singleton; Patrick Smith; Tara Smith; Meagan Solomon; Carla Solorzano; Madelyn Spann; Kristen Tegze; Ciara Turner; Brittany Ward; Joshua Whitworth.

Awards Brunch 2017


Each year, the English Department celebrates student achievements at a brunch attended by students, their family and friends, donors, faculty members, and staff.

On May 13th, the department will honor the following students:

Cravens Awards: Mark Scheldberg and Meagan Solomon

Excellence Awards:
Nicholas Bell; Claire Buchanan; Brian Duran Fuentes; Griselda Garcia; Alexandra Long; Michael Olsen; Jane Orear; Ariella Singleton; Raelea Sutton; Rebecca Ysasi

Emory Estes Scholarship: Ashleigh Riley
Anita Sawyer Ray Scholarship: Dawn Engler and Mark Scheldberg
Cohen/McMillan Scholarship: Miriam Rowntree
Roy Mullins Scholarship: Hope McCarthy
Shakespeare Scholarships: Devin Compton; Mark Scheldberg; Raelea Sutton; Kayla VanWagner

Wall of Honor: Dr. Ken Roemer

Writing Center Tutor of the Year: Caitlin Lewis; Nick Bowen (finalist); Amanda Monteleone (finalist)

Duncan Robinson Essay Awards: Adam Mackenzie; Sarah Blakeney

O'Neill GTA Awards: Miriam Rowntree; Jason Hogue

Frederick Tran Wins UT System Award in Creative Writing


Senior Frederick Tran, who is completing a minor in Creative Writing, has won the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award for his short fiction piece entitled "Airstrikes." The piece is about a doctor serving with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Yemen, who suffered a terrible loss.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents established the annual Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Awards in February 2012. The honor was created to foster excellence in student performance, reward outstanding students, stimulate the arts and humanities and promote continuous quality in education, according to the University of Texas System’s Office of Academic Affairs. The focus of the award rotates each year among fields in the fine arts and humanities. Tran is the third UTA undergraduate student to be honored in this annual competition, and two of the winner have English Department connections.

This year, Tran is only one of two students recognized by the selection committee, comprised of experts in creative writing from outside the UT System. In each of the two creative writing categories, Poetry and Short Fiction, up to three submissions from each of the 14 Institutions in the UT System were considered based on a command of language, structure and originality.

Tran emphasized that he would not have submitted “Airstrikes” to the Regents’ competition if Professor Laura Kopchick, a senior lecturer in the English Department and Creative Writing Coordinator, had not encouraged him. Read more.

Dr. Tigner Invited to Canadian University for DH Workshop

Faculty members at the University of Guelph have invited Dr. Amy Tigner to give a workshop on digital manuscripts. The workshop will be held from May 8-11.

This workshop is aimed at those who wish to learn more about intersections between manuscript culture and digital texts. The seminar will model the decisions, large and small, involved in creating digital surrogates for manuscript texts, using household recipe manuscripts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the basis for discussions. Relying on a Transcribathon model, which Tigner has experience leading, this seminar will offer hands-on practice in transcription, encoding, and editing. By the end of the four-day course, the group will have produced multiple keyings of a manuscript cookbook from the Una Abraham Collection, held at the University of Guelph Special Collections. Tigner will conduct the workshop with Kathryn Harvey (University of Guelph), Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Hillary Nunn (The University of Akron).

Bring Your Device to Work Days (Expanded Edition)

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The College of Liberal Arts has scheduled additional Bring your Device Events that our faculty and staff can take advantage of. Once again these events will resolve two major projects. Inventory will be scanned and reported as present for the annual Inventory. All devices with a UTA property tag and all laptops and tablets must be brought to one of these events. Pictures are not going to be accepted this year as acceptable accounting of equipment in this year’s inventory. The equipment will also be checked for encryption compliance. Jennifer Higgins will be present at these events to assist with this project. Please remember when you bring your device in you should bring every portable device you have, including tablets.

• Monday, April 24th – 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. – Room 303 Trimble Hall inside the LAC Lab
• Wednesday, April 26th – 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – Room 209 University Hall
• Wednesday, April 26th – 9:00a.m to 10:30a.m. – Room 295D Fine Arts
• Thursday, April 27th – 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – Room 209 University Hall
• Thursday, April 27th – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m – Room 295D Fine Arts

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The 2017 national Popular Culture Association conference took place from 12-15 April in San Diego. Several departmental members participated.

>> Dr. Charles Edgar Hicks, "Of Monsters and Mama’s Boys: Returning to the Mother in Rob Zombie’s Halloween Franchise"

>> Dr. Penelope Ingram, "Wild Things, das Ding, and the Jouissant Mother"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "Exploring the Landscape of the #Black Lives Online and the Implications Behind the Hashtag"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "The Trope: DuBois, Early African American News Print and Afrofuturism"

biblical studies in berlin: Joul smith

Joul Smith will be attending the Society of Biblical Literature International Conference in Berlin, Germany from August 7-11. The paper he will be presenting is "From Exile to Empire: The International Origins of Anglophonic Translations."

alaimo: preparations for the next book

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be travelling to New York May 13-19 to conduct research at the Bronx Zoo. She will be studying William Beebe’s papers as part of her preparations for a book manuscript, "Composing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss."

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alaimo to speak at asle meeting 

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be attending the meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Detroit, MI from June 20-24, 2017. She will be presenting a paper on: \"Genetics, Epigenetics, and Resistance\."  She will also be chairing a panel. 

rowntree presents in philadelphia 

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Miriam Rowntree attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia during March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake" She also served as VP of Graduate Caucus and conducted administrative business at the conference.

dr. beck talks about capitalism

Dr. Estee Beck attended the Assocation of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference in Portland Oregon from March 14-16. She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies."


>> Dr. Krajewski has been invited to be an Editorial Board member for the journal Evental Aesthetics.

>> Dr. Krajewski will be contributing an essay about the philosopher Hans Blumenberg to the collection entitled Dwelling in Possibility, eds. Dr. Elizabeth Bonapfel and Alex Hennig. The book is scheduled to be published in late 2018.

Award-winning Online Magazine Catapult Publishes Non-Fiction Piece by Amy Bernhard


Amy Bernhard, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, has written a piece about teaching a creative writing workshop at a men's prison in Iowa. The non-fiction essay appears in the April 4 edition of the online magazine Catapult. Here is an excerpt from Bernhard's piece:

One of my professors told me about Mary’s prison workshop. I emailed her immediately in hopes the weekly meetings would keep me writing while I worked as a bank teller and applied to MFA programs. Plus I was curious. I couldn’t believe I’d lived in Iowa City for four years and hadn’t known about the prison. Hadn’t seen it on my drives past the Coralville mall only two miles away, tucked back from the road behind a crop of other flat, beige buildings.

Mary takes her seat and now it’s time to get down to business. Perry adjusts his glasses on his nose and looks over the rims at the page in front of him. No matter how many times I’ve heard him read, his voice always startles me. Deep and firm, it’s much too confident for his shy eyes hidden by reading glasses and yet too gentle for the ponytail spilling messily down his back, reminiscent of wilder days.

Perry picks up where we left off weeks ago. He moves to Des Moines after college, the closest you can get to a big city in Iowa. There he takes a job at The Register as an overnight copyeditor. When his shift finally ends he’s no longer sure if it’s night or morning; outside, the sky is a smooth, whitish-brown, the color of his coffee after adding cream. Perry is sore all over. His eyes ache behind his glasses, his shoulders tense from hunching over his desk, a thick volume of The Chicago Manual of Style open in front of him. They’re always coming out with a new edition, it seems, always a new rule to make the old one meaningless. So many rules, he thinks, his temples pulsing as he walks to his car. Who makes them all up anyways?

Faculty Development Leave

Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, announced last week that Dr. Desiree Henderson has been awarded Faculty Development Leave to work on a book project entitled "How to Read A Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st Century Readers." Dr. Henderson has a contract with Routledge for the manuscript. The leave is for one academic semester in the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Kathryn Warren Chosen for NEH Summer Institute in Concord, MA

Dr. Kathryn Warren has been selected to participate in a two-week Summer Institute run by the National Endowment of Humanities. The topic of the Institute is "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller." The Institute runs from June 18 to July 1 in Concord, Massachusetts. She will be studying the topic with senior scholars, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. Some of the work will take place in the archives of the Concord Free Public Library, and the Concord Museum.

Dr. Tra Daniels Lerberg Selected for NEH Summer Institute Opportunity

From June 12 to June 30, Dr. Tra Daniels Lerberg will be at the Library of Congress. She has been awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a Summer Institute on the topic "On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land." Twenty-two faculty from diverse humanities disciplines will be meeting to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, engaging in seminars with ten distinguished Visiting Scholars in the field of Native American ethno-history.

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Dr. Julie McCown has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Southern Utah University. While working on a project in Dr. Cedrick's May's class a few years ago, Dr. McCown found one of the earliest poems by Jupiter Hammon

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Dr. Alison Torres Ramos has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. For a number of years, Dr. Torres Ramos has been Production Editor for the journal Fast Capitalism, in addition to her role as a teacher of a variety of courses in the English Department.

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Dr. Ingram Newest Member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Dr. Raymond Elliott, Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has announced that Dr. Penelope Ingram has been selected to join the Academy. The invitation letter reads, "This honor is a clear indication of your devoted, enthusiastic and long-standing commitment to students and the teaching mission of the University." Dr. Ingram's achievement will be recognized at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates on April 25th at 4:00 in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the UC.

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Esther Kentish at ACESEsther Kentish (photo above) was one of three English students whose research and work were highlighted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), which took place on March 22. Ms. Kentish presented her book of poetry entitled The Emotional Healing Behind Words. Graduate Student Angela Mack spoke about her research on Writing Centers under the title "Assistive Technologies, Tutoring, and the Online Writing Lab (OWL): Access and Equity in Writing:Supplementation for Students with Disabilities." Samuel Fatzinger chatted with the ACES audience about his project "Lacanian Subjects Made Strange: Animal Agency in Uncanny Places and Questionable Proximity."  


Assistant Director of the FYW Program, Miriam Rowntree, attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake." She also served as VP of the Graduate Caucus at the conference.


Dr. Estee Beck attended the ATTW Conference in Portland Oregon (March 14-16). She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies"

 DR. Catherine Corder to speak in San diego 

Dr. Corder will be attending the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Diego April 12-15. She will be presenting on "The Supercop as Revolutionary in Alan Moore's V for Vendetta."

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Supreme Court Justice Explains Importance of Liberal Arts

Student? Need Money? Apply for a Scholarship

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University of Nebraska Invites Alaimo to Deliver Lecture

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Laura Kopchick a Semi-Finalist in Iowa Fiction Contest

Laura Kopchick's short story collection, The Meditating Mother, was selected as one of twenty semi-finalists (out of several hundred submissions) for the Iowa Short Fiction Book Award.

Art + Seek Interviews Dr. Rambsy about new Baldwin Film

Dr. Kenton Rambsy was the guest on a recent episode of KERA's "Art + Seek" program. The interviewers engage Dr. Rambsy about I Am Not Your Negro, a new documentary on the life of James Baldwin. Dr. Rambsy calls Baldwin "a social preacher." The catalyst of the film is a book Baldwin was working on about Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, three of Baldwin's friends who were assassinated.

Dr. Murrah-Mandril in the News


Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril presented “Re-membering Mexican American Literary Inheritance” at the 25th anniversary of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference in Houston on February 11th (shown below, third from left) with colleagues Karen Roybal, Colorado College; Leigh Johnson, Marymount University; and Diana Noreen Rivera, UT Rio Grande Valley).  In addition to presenting at the Recovery Conference and the MLA Convention this academic year, Dr. Murrah-Mandril participated in a roundtable for the Irving Public Library Big Read event celebrating Alberto Urea’s Into the Beautiful North.

Dr. Roemer in the News


The Shorthorn interviewed Dr. Ken Roemer about the surge in sales of George Orwell's famous book 1984. Some readers are seeing parallels between a "futuristic past" (Orwell wrote 1984 well before 1984) and the present. The logic in 1984 was that if certain words can be eliminated from people’s vocabulary, like revolution, resistance or rebellion, then people can’t even think those concepts, Roemer said.“The words that somehow oppose the regime in power, those obviously would be the words you would go after,” he said. The second tactic employed in 1984, Roemer said, was using doublethink to get people to believe things like “war is peace.” For example, Oceania can show its citizens that during war, more people are employed, and war has been so perpetual it becomes customary. These two tactics allow for complete control of society in the novel. “In 1984, I would say the biggest thing is the control of knowledge and the control of words, and what’s scary about that is the whole notion of post-fact or the continued attacks on the media,” he said.

In unrelated news, some words from Dr. Roemer have appeared in the 19 January London Review of Books. The article in which Roemer's quotation appears is entitled "Utopia in Texas." The item about Roemer connects to a class he taught here at UTA on utopias.

New Collection Edited by Dr. Alaimo

The 27-chapter volume subtitled "Matter" is part of the Gender series of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, and has just been published. Dr. Stacy Alaimo wrote a brief introduction to the volume. Dr. Jacqueline A. Fay, contributed a chapter, "Medieval Genders," and Connor Stratman and Jeffrey Marchand contributed a chapter on "Posthumanism." Also, former doctoral student, Christy Tidwell, now Assistant Professor at South Dakota School of Mines, contributed a chapter on "Biology."

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photo of bookwheelDr. Kathryn Warren has published an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 22) about reading some literature with an Engineering student who surprised her. "The American literature I was teaching, Henry asserted, had nothing good to say about the United States, or about humanity, for that matter. It wasn’t uplifting." Dr. Warren's essay explores her reactions and the ways in which Henry and his instructor agreed about the transformative power of fiction.

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Dr. KRAJEWSKI's ESSAY in theory into practice collection 

In Putting Theory into Practice in the Contemporary Classroom (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017), Dr. Bruce Krajewski has an essay entitled "Žižek on Ideology as Not Seeing, or, the Eyes (Don’t) Have It."

 Dr. Kevin Porter publishes essay in NEW COLLECTION 

"Writing (,) Hypothetically" is Dr. Porter's contribution to a new volume out from Southern Illinois University Press entitled Abducting Writing Studies (2017). 
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 DR. Ken roemer to be in film about Dystopias 

This past fall, Dr. Roemer got a call from a film director in Vienna asking him to ruminate about dystopia. He was one of three scholars interviewed by Skype for a documentary, produced at the University of Vienna, on 21st-century dystopian film.  The director, Michael Eduard Gschwandtner, a graduate student at the University, sought out Roemer as an expert on the history of utopian and dystopian fiction and thought. The other two selected were Jack Zipes, a professor of German and a Guggenheim Award winner, who specializes in fairy tales, and Tom Moylan. The film will be available later this spring.

Regents' Award for Creative Writing: Apply Now


In recognition of its support of the arts and humanities, The University of Texas System Board of Regents established the annual Regents’ Outstanding Arts & Humanities Awards to foster excellence in student performance, reward outstanding students, stimulate the arts and humanities, and promote continuous quality in education. For 2017, The UT System Board of Regents will recognize students in creative writing. Awards will be given in two categories: (1) Poetry and (2) Short Fiction. One winner will be named in each category. A $1,500 monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the department of their choice. Students need to fill out some forms, one is a release form, and one is an application form. Both are available here. The deadline is this coming Monday, Jan. 23, by 5 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Professor Laura Kopchick (

Specific Evaluation Criteria:

• Originality: The author displays a creative approach to structure and/or possesses a unique voice.
• Command of Language: The artist’s language adheres to proper/appropriate grammar and mechanics; demonstrates complex, sophisticated sentence structure and vocabulary; or deviates from these conventions for artistically defensible reasons. Overall, the use of language demonstrates a mastery of expression.
• Structure: The collection of short fiction or poetry exhibits a clear story/poetic arc or is thematically unified.

Graduates from December 2016

Rachael Mariboho
Dissertation: Practical Magic: Magical Realism & the Possibilities of Representation in 21st-Century Fiction & Film

Michael Thomas Burgess
Adam William Luo
Joel Mathew Morrow
Mark Stephen Reeder

Sarah Abuhandara; Trinity Bratcher; Shatahvia Brown; Clayton Broyles; Michael Camele; Elizabeth Catanzaro; Cassandra Cortez; Ben Dishman; Ayona Dixon; Madeline Duff; Stephen Gonzales; Yocelin Hernandez; Thomanique Hubbard; Carly Krug; Joaquin Machado; Stefanie Maki; Viviana Martinez; Quincy McMorries; Cody Needham; Meolody Noel; Madisen Patman; Allison Piercy; Brooke Pincince; Liliana Rodriquez; Valerie Salazar; Janai Smith; Lorena Smith; Yosseline Soto; Evonna Stewart; Magen Toole; Shaylee Walsh; Nicole Weibert

Space, Sound, and Social Justice: Hermanns Lectures 2016-17

Dr. Cedrick May has arranged this academic year's lecture series, which will feature Amy Ledbetter Parham, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Texas; Robert Darden, director of Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, who writes about music and social justice; and UT Arlington's Kate Holliday, Associate Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and the Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture; and Stephanie Snider, Associate Professor of Art at Penn State University's School of Visual Arts.