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Spotlight on English Department Faculty

“The Current” 12/1/2016

Ashley Boyd

presented two co-authored papers, “Re-Imagining Critical Theory: Young Adult Literature as a Language for Understanding” and “Moving from Self to System: A Framework for Social Justice Centered on Issues and Action,” and a poster, “Envisioning Social Justice with a Teacher Discourse Community: Critical Readings of Text and Talk,” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association in Seattle, WA.  She also presented a co-authored paper, “Unifying Texts for Social Justice: A Framework for English Teacher Education” at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Atlanta, GA.

Kim Burwick

was a scholar-in-residence at the University of Iceland in late November. She taught a four-part workshop on the poetry of Linda Gregg.

Michael Delahoyde

presented “Vanishing Vere in Venice” to the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship conference in Boston, a show recounting his grant-funded adventures in the northern Italian archives and within the scholarly communities there this past summer.

Amy Goldman and Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey

both presented papers at the Rocky Mountain MLA, which was held October 6-8 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Amy gave a paper entitled, “Gendered Mythologies in The Masque at Ludlow Castle,” and Jennifer presented a paper called “Hamlet and Mourning Identity.” Jennifer also chaired both sessions of the panels on Gender and Early Modern Drama at the convention.

Jon Hegglund

has been invited to present a paper at a special session on “Econarratology” at Narrative 2017, the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, in Lexington, Kentucky next March.

A collection of essays edited by Jon Hegglund and John McIntyre (University of Prince Edward Island), Modernism and the Anthropocene, has been offered a contract for publication in the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

Thabiti Lewis

published “How Fresh and New is the Case Coates Makes?” in African American Review, Vol. 49, No.3, Fall 2016.

Kirk McAuley’s

essay, “‘Calcutta still haunts my Fancy’: The Confusion of Old and New World Ecologies in Early Caribbean Literature,” has been published in The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, edited by Leslie Eckel and Clare Elliot. In his review of the collection, Martin Halliwell (University of Leicester) writes: “By circumnavigating the many real and imagined routes that the literary Atlantic has taken, this inspiring volume offers a breadth and quality of scholarship that makes it an essential reference point both within and beyond Atlantic Studies.”

McAuley also contributed a short essay, “A Gardener’s ‘Paradise’: Henrietta Marchant Liston’s Caribbean Travel Diary,” to the National Library of Scotland’s forthcoming Liston online resource, curated by Dora Petherbridge (US and Commonwealth Colllections).

Buddy Levy

On November 14th, Buddy Levy filmed for an upcoming TV docuseries produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. The series, called The Frontiersmen, will air on HISTORY and feature 8 episodes on iconic frontier figures, including David Crockett, Daniel Boone, Tecumsuh, Lewis & Clark and Andrew Jackson. Levy is he Crockett specialist, based on his book American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett. You can read about the upcoming series here—

In October, Levy finished editing the first and second pass pages of the forthcoming book No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon, which he has co-authored with Erik Weihenmayer. The book will be released Feb 7, 2017 from Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martins Press. Pre-pub press has been fantastic, garnering strong support from bestselling authors like Kevin Fedarko and Jon Krakauer. “No Barriers does more than chronicle a magnificent and seemingly impossible journey through the heart of the Grand Canyon. It offers a shining testament to the truth that both on rivers and in life, it is within the pockets of turbulence―the places where chaos reigns greatest― that discovery, wisdom, and growth await. Weihenmayer’s powers of discernment are acute, startling, and deeply inspirational.”― Kevin Fedarko, New York Times bestselling author of The Emerald Mile
“An inspiration to other blind people and plenty of us folks who can see just fine.”―Jon Krakauer, New York Time bestselling author of Into Thin Air. The book’s foreword was written by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff.

Levy also wrote two articles in October. One, for Alaska Beyond airlines magazine, is called “Renewing an Apple Cup Rivalry” and is about the Apple Cup dinner hosted by former WSU quarterback legend Drew Bledsoe and UW’s former QB Damon Huard. Both now own fine wineries in the state of Washington. That article is in the November issue of Alaska Beyond magazine, currently in the seatback in front of you! The other, appearing in Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition, is the Idaho feature of the Great Northwest package, out December first and riding on all Horizon flights.

Roger Whitson’s

Digital Humanities Quarterly special issue “Comics as Scholarship,” edited with Anastasia Salter, was awarded the first-annual “Best Online Comics Studies Scholarship (BOCSS)” Award at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) on October 29, 2016. Roger also presented “Dialectical Engines: Steampunk and the Posthuman Labor Theory of Friedrich Engels” at the 2016 North American Victorian Studies Conference (NAVSA).

Leah Wilson

attended the 2016 National Women’s Studies Association conference, “Decoloniality,” in Montréal, Quebec, from November 10-13th. She also presented her paper, “Decolonizing Bodies through Sex and Writing in Virginie Despentes’s King Kong Theory and Michelle Tea’s The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America.”

“The Current” 11/1/2016

Scholarship & Creative Activity

Kristin Arola

was a featured speaker at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on the theme Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation. (October 20-22, University of Louisville)

Miriam Fernandez, Lucy Johnson, and Kristin Arola

presented on the panel “Recollecting and Making” at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference (October 1-2, Michigan State University). Matt Homer and Edie-Marie Roper also presented at the conference.

Kristin Arola

will be the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Inland InfoLit Retreat (November 7) in Spokane, WA. This year’s theme is Beyond the Written Word: Information Literacy and Multimodal Composition.

Donna Campbell

At the invitation of Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, Donna Campbell presented “Jack London’s Literary West” on Monday, September 19. The entire panel was broadcast on C-Span3 on October 15 and is available for streaming here. Donna also presented “The Story of an Arm: Jack London’s The Iron Heel and Edith Wharton’s The Fruit of the Tree” and “Jack London’s Last Year: the Unfinished Novel Cherry” at the Jack London Society Symposium in Napa, California, on September 14-17, 2016. At the recent Society for the Study of the American Short Story conference in Savannah, Georgia, on October 20-22, she gave a paper called “Edith Wharton’s Suspense Theater: Gothic Modernism in the Late Stories.”

Bill Condon

delivered a plenary address at the 2016 Assessment Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. The Institute engages more than 1000 educators nationwide and from several foreign countries. Condon’s address, grounded in the research from his latest book, was titled, “What Can We Learn about Faculty Development? Prizes and Surprises.”

Alex Hammond

(Emeritus) presented “Melville’s Images of Poe in 1840s New York: Troubled Genius in the Marketplace” at the annual conference of the American Literature Association, San Francisco, 28 May 2016, and “Reconstructions of Poe’s ‘Tales of the Folio Club’ since 1928: Approaches and Prospects” at the ALA American Short Story conference, Savannah GA, 21 October 2016.

Two of Debbie Lee’s

creative nonfiction essays have been published: “She Opened a Space in the Wilderness” in Silk Road Review; and “Ponies of Caldbeck Commons” in Newfound: A Journal of Art and Place. Her interview of Terry Tempest Williams titled “Storyteller: An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams” appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. She recently presented papers at the Western Literature Association in Big Sky, Montana, where she also organized a panel, and at the Oral History Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. In July she attended the Ellen Bass Poetry Workshop on Vancouver Island, Canada, and the Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change Workshop on Whidbey Island, WA.

Donna L. Potts

presented a paper, “Too Irish: Representing Ireland and Emigration in Brooklyn” at the American Conference for Irish Studies–western region, Oct. 20-22. She also moderated a panel on which three graduate students presented papers: Curtis Harty, “Looking for The Man in The Boy: The Failure of Masculine Ideologies and Patriarchal Hierarchies in Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, Lissa Scott, “The Nature of the Woods in Sweeney Astray,” and Michael Taylor (Food Science), “What happened to Irish Cheese?”

Linda Russo’s

poems appeared recently in Denver Quarterly, the Tulsa Review, and Os Pressan, Iceland’s first multi-lingual literary magazine.

Tabitha Espina Velasco’s

chapter, “Palatable Experiences: Identity Formation in the Narratives of Three Generations of Filipinas on Guam” will be published in the anthology, Reading Diasporas in the Pacific Rim: Interdisciplinary Investigations, edited by Shona Hill and Shilinka Smith. The eBook is published by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Inquiry, New Zealand in conjunction with the University of Fiji. You can access a preview of the eBook here.

“The Current” 10/4/2016

Scholarship & Creative Activity

Ashley Boyd

and her colleagues’ article, “Moving from Self to System:  A Framework for Social Justice Centered on Issues and Action” was published in The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 7 (2), 171-198. She also received a New Faculty Seed Grant from Washington State University to pursue her research study, Tribal Education:  For and by Whom? Exploring Curriculum Implementation in Washington State.

Kim Burwick

published a review of Crystal Wilkinson’s novel, Birds of Opulence, in the Fall 2016 Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Wendy Dasler Johnson’s

book Antebellum American Women’s Poetry: A Rhetoric of Sentiment was published in August by Southern Illinois University Press. The press has nominated the book for the following awards: CCCC Outstanding Book Award, JAC Gary A. Olson Award, Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award, RSA Book Award. It appeared in the 26 August 2016 “Weekly Book List” of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thabiti Lewis’s

essay “How Fresh and New is the Case Coates Makes?” will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of African American Review. The University Press of Mississippi will publish Thabiti Lewis’s edited book, Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara in a new paperback edition in May 2017.

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