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“The Current”  9/4/2018
Scholarship & Creative Activity & Awards


At the International Poe and Hawthorne Conference in Kyoto, Jana Argersinger presented an invited paper titled “Relation” on a roundtable, “One Poe or Many?” organized by the immediate past president of the Poe Studies Association.

Ashley Boyd’s
co-authored book, Reading for Action:  Engaging Youth in Social Justice through Young Adult Literature, is under contract with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. In June, Ashley Boyd and Brooklyn Walter presented, “‘This is My Greatest Fear’: Exploring Complicated Topics through Young Adult Literature in a Parent, Teen, at the Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kim Burwick
has new poems forthcoming in North American Review. As well, her recent book Custody of the Eyes was featured in the Boston Review.

Beth Buyserie
presented at the National Writing Program Administrator’s Conference in Sacramento, CA, on July 28th.  Her presentation drew from her co-authored chapter entitled “Opening an Assessment Dialogue: Formative Evaluation of a Writing Studies Program.” The chapter is co-authored with Ti Macklin, Matt Frye, and Patricia Freitag Ericsson, and it will be included in the forthcoming edited collection entitled Improving Outcomes: Disciplinary Writing, Local Assessment, and the Aim of Fairness (MLA, edited by Diane Kelly-Riley and Norbert Elliot).

Donna Campbell’s
book Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing (University of Georgia Press, 2016) has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2017.  Her article “Little House in Albania: Rose Wilder Lane and the Transnational Home” appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Western American Literature.

Peter Chilson
was writer in residence at the Ontario (Oregon) High School Summer Migrant School. His work was the subject of coverage in Ontario’s local newspaper, the Argus Observer. Peter Chilson’s essay, “The Holy War of Amadou Koufa,” about the rise of an African jihadist leader, will be in the spring 2019 issue of Consequence: An International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture of War. Chilson’s essay, “The Eternal Country: How an Epic Poem Came to Define an African Nation State,” will be in the Spring 2019 issue of Poetry International. Chilson’s essay, “Border Crossings” is in the winter 2018 issue of New Letters. Chilson’s latest book, Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers (co-authored with Joanne Mulcahy of Lewis and Clark College) has won the 2018 Best Travel Book Award from Peace Corps Worldwide.

Lori Beth De Hertogh
formerly of WSU, has just published “Feminist Digital Research Methodology for Rhetoricians of Health and Medicine” in the prestigious Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

Michael Delahoyde
has had his article, “The 17th Earl of Oxford in Italian Archives: Love’s Labours Found,” co-written with his research associate Coleen Moriarty, accepted for publication in The Oxfordian. The two spent the summer in the archives of bella Italia doing yet more research, on a fourth grant from the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. An interview was featured in the Gazzetta di Mantova, in the online newsletter for the Mantova Mercato Contadino, and they are invited to contribute to the journal Civilta Mantovana.

Rebecca Goodrich
and 12 DTC students met with WSU alums who graduated in 1958 and 1968 for the third Golden Grads Digital Storytelling Project. Some stories that emerged were the change from a college to university in 1958 and civil rights activities in 1968. Rebecca Goodrich and Alonzo Lopez-Meza (Comm and DTC ’17) were the Washington State winners of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents communication award in the category of video recording for the film Viva Farms Digital Storytelling Project. In May, she facilitated the third incarnation of the Viva Farms Digital Storytelling Project. Six students made three short documentaries about farmers working with WSU Skagit Co. Extension. In June she attended the workshop Data Visualization for Storytellers at the Berkeley Graduate School of Advanced Media Studies. July was spent serving on the hiring committee for the Evergreen Content Advisor. And summer wrapped up with an invitation to serve on the WSU Student Media Board, a group that oversees and advises student media projects.

Dene Grigar
along with Leonardo Flores (UP Mayaguez), Abby Adams (Harry Ransom Humanities Center) and Nicholas Schiller (WSUV), received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build the Electronic Literature Archives and migrate the metadata from the Electronic Literature Organization’s seven collections to the site. Her book, Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing was short-listed for the N. Katherine Hayles Award for Best Criticism of Electronic Literature. She taught courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in June and gave two presentations at the Electronic Literature Organization conference and media arts festival in Montreal in August.

Jon Hegglund
has two forthcoming publications. He will have a chapter, “Unnatural Narratology and Weird Realism in Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation,” included in the edited collection Environment and Narrative: New Directions in Econarratology, to be published by Ohio State University Press in 2019.  He also has an article, “A Home for the Anthropocene: Planetary Time and Domestic Space in Richard McGuire’s Here,” forthcoming in a special issue of Literary Geographies on “Mobilizing Home(s).” (This special issue arises from a symposium at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Aarhus, Denmark in 2017.) Hegglund will also be giving two invited presentations this fall. The first will be “Alien Expressions: Language, Faciality, and Anthropomorphism,” to be presented at the “Personification Across Disciplines” conference in Durham, England this September. The second will be “Anthropomorphism and Futurity: Narrating a Diminished Species,” to be presented at a symposium, “The Apocalyptic Dimensions of Climate Change and Fluctuating Environments in Scientific Models and Cultural Discourses,” to be held in Aachen, Germany this November.

Desiree Hellegers
produced two radio segments this past summer on Portland’s Occupy ICE encampment, the site which catalyzed the nationwide movement to “Occupy” and “Abolish” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The second of the two segments, in particular, focuses on reports of Department of Homeland Security officers targeting transgender and gender-nonconforming activists, along with activists of color. The segments, which aired on Portland’s community-supported KBOO radio, can be found at: and In collaboration with Oglala Lakota-Cheyenne activist/researcher Roben White, Hellegers is currently working on a full-length documentary film about the Pacific Northwest fossil fuel fight. Ten short videos, shot as part of that broader project, and featuring activists involved in Pacific Northwest fossil fuel resistance, can be found under “activist oral histories” in a new digital archive of the fossil fuel struggle called “The Thin Green Line is People”. The site, which was funded by seed money from the WSU Vancouver Diversity Council, is designed to foster the rapid integration of the fossil fuel fight into university and secondary education curriculum. Pavithra Narayanan served as a consulting editor on the videos.

Ryan House
formerly of WSU, was selected by the Electronic Literature Organization as the graduate student to work with N. Katherine Hayles this coming year as part of the Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Award. In this role he gave the formal introduction to Hayles, who was the 2018 recipient of the prize, at our annual banquet and will be helping Hayles to develop her materials for her website. The prize comes with $1000 stipend that Hayles gave to Ryan. Ryan begins his PhD in a few weeks, studying under the pioneering e-lit author Stuart Moulthrop at the U of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Virginia Hyde
(Professor Emeritus) has published six poems in The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry (Summer, 2018).  She also guest-edited for the 2018 issue of D. H. Lawrence Studies, containing selected essays from the 14th International Lawrence Conference (“Lawrence and the Metropolis”) held in London and sponsored by the Lawrence Societies of England, North America,.and elsewhere..  (Featured essays represent the US, UK, France, Korea, Sweden, and Turkey.).

Three of Debbie Lee’s creative nonfiction essays appeared recently: “A Syntax of Splits and Ruptures” in Superstition Review’s Spring-Summer 2018 issue; “Status Updates and Russian Trolls” in Burningwood Journal’s July 2018 issue; and “LIGO” in Lunch Ticket’s Summer-Fall 2018 issues. “LIGO,” shortlisted for Disquiet International Literary Prize, chosen from among over 1000 entries, earned her a scholarship to the conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Lee also was named Scholar-in-Residence for the Black Earth Institute, beginning Fall 2018. The BEI, a progressive think tank for social justice, environmental issues, and spirituality, appoints six fellows (artists and writers) and one scholar-writer every three years, and provides them with annual stipends for their research. BEI also runs the literary journal About Place. Lee’s co-edited book The Land Speaks (Oxford University Press 2017) was nominated by OUP for the 2018 Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award by the Society of Environmental Journalists. In addition, Lee attended the 5-day workshop “Falling Awake: An Ecology of Wonder,” led by cultural ecologist and geophilosopher David Abram, on Cortes Island, BC in July.

Buddy Levy’s
chapter on WSU President V. Lane Rawlins has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming Washington State University Press book A Legacy of Leadership, which will cover the history of WSU’s presidents from up through Elson Floyd. Levy interviewed Rawlins extensively for the 7000 word chapter, spending time with him at his home in Lewiston and on numerous phone calls. The book, which will be hardcover and include many historical images, is slated for publication in April 2019.

Buddy Levy is also about to deliver his manuscript Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition. The book deals with the first (and northernmost in the world) International Polar Weather Station and an early American attempt to reach the North Pole, as well as the expedition’s abandonment, trials on ice, and rescue attempts.

Labyrinth of Ice, Levy’s 7th book, will be published by St. Martin’s Press either in fall 2019 or winter 2020.

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey’s
article, “‘Another Bloody Spectacle’: Excessive Violence in Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine Plays” was published in Marlowe Studies: An Annual, issue 6.

Kirk McAuley
was awarded an ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Keough-Naughton summer fellowship at the University of Notre Dame to continue his work on Irish novelist, Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary: An Indian Tale.

Prior to visiting Notre Dame, and, after exploring / researching Cape Wrath in remote northwest Scotland, Kirk presented his work on Robert Louis Stevenson at the INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies) Supernumerary Conference at the University of Roma Trė in Rome, Italy.

Cameron McGill’s
poems appear in the current issues of Willow Springs, Mid-American Review, and Lunch Review and are forthcoming in Grist, Raleigh Review, and Measure. This past July, he was the recipient of a Summer Fishtrap Fellowship. His manuscript, There, There, was recently named a finalist for the 2018 Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize and the Sarabande Books Kathryn A. Morton Prize.

Billy Merck’s
essay “Fatherhood, Football, Hrvatska” was published as part of Howler’s 2018 World Cup coverage, and the essay will appear in the fall 2018 print issue of Howler.

Pavithra Narayanan
presented a paper “’Water Is Life’: Decolonization, Indigeneity, and Ecocriticism” at the 2018 Literary Studies Convention: The Literary Interface, at the Australian National University, Canberra, July 3-7. Narayanan’s book, What Are You Reading? has been reprinted by Routledge as a special South Asia edition (2018).

Edd Nawabi
was recently appointed Chair of Diversity and Outreach for the Writing Program Administration – Graduate Organization (WPA GO).

Jessie Eulalia Padilla, Sherwin Kawahakui Ranchez Sales, and Tabitha Espina Velasco’s
panel, “Rupturing, Relating, and Reconciling (Under-) Representation through Rhetorical Analysis of Narratives,” was accepted for presentation at the Race and Pedagogy National Conference in Tacoma, Washington on September 27-29, 2018.

Anna Plemons
chapter “Something Other Than Progress: Indigenous Methodologies and Higher Education in Prison” was published as part of the edited collection, Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching With Imprisoned Writers (Syracuse UP).

Laura Powers
has had her new poem, “Between Green and Winter Fade,” accepted for publication by MAYDAY Magazine, part of New American Press.

Pamela Thoma
presented a paper entitled “The Handmaid’s Tale: Missing Children and Sanctifying Motherhood in Popular Narratives of Decline” at Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism, in Bournemouth, England, July 11-13.

Tabitha Espina Velasco
presented her paper, “Navigation and Negotiation in the Narratives of the Halo Halo Generation” at the 16th Islands of the World Conference 2018 (ISISA2018): The Changing Futures of Islands” on June 10-14, 2018 in Leeuwarden and Terschelling, the Netherlands, sponsored by the Waddenacademie, University of Groningen, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018, and Oerol and Sense of Place. There she was awarded her second ISISA Student Scholarship. Moreover, her proposal has been accepted by the Graduate Student Standing Group for its panel on “Imposter Syndrome in Academia” at CCCC 2019 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on March 13-16, 2019. She is also the Graduate Assistant for the WSU Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program (CLASP) for AY 2018-19.

Roger Whitson’s
webtext “Making Comics as Scholarship: A Reflection on the Process Behind DHQ 9.4” in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 22.3. “Making Comics as Scholarship” was co-authored by Anastasia Salter and Jason Helms and included an editorial reflection on the successes and failures surrounding the use of comics as a scholarly medium.

Leah Wilson‘s
article, “Battling Black Womanhood in Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever: Extending Black Feminism through Hip-Hop Literature,” will be published in Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture this Fall.



“The Current”  4/2/2018
Scholarship & Creative Activity & Awards

Todd Butler
presented a paper entitled “Political Cognition and Treason in Shakespeare’s Histories” at the recent Renaissance Society of America conference in New Orleans, LA. He was also elected to a three-year term as the RSA’s national representative for the “Legal/Political Thought” study area.

Beth Buyserie, Edie-Marie Roper, Mark Triana,Tabitha Espina Velasco, and Kate Watts
presented at the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication on March 16thin Kansas City.  Their panel was entitled “Programmatic Perspectives on Teaching Language, Knowledge, and Power.”

Michael Delahoyde
was one of two invited speakers on “Shakespeare’s Shylock” in a forum at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, an event anticipating the Seattle Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice.

Mike Edwards
gave a presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Kansas City, Missouri on “The Economic Transformation of Written Labor into Data from Learning Management Systems: Students’ Rights to Their Own Digital Capital” as a part of a featured panel sponsored by the CCCC Intellectual Property Standing Group.

DJ Lee’s
creative nonfiction essay “A Syntax of Splits and Ruptures” has been accepted for publication at Superstition Reviewand will appear in its next issue.

Lee co-led a workshop at the American Society for Environmental History, “People, Place, and Voice: Oral History Basics for Environmental Historians” with Donna Sinclair, Department of History, WSU-Vancouver and James Lewis, Senior Historian, Forest History Society. She also participated in the roundtable “The Land Speaks: Using Oral History to Enrich American Environmental History,” March 12-17, in Riverside, CA.

Lee’s 8-volume series Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation has been selected for inclusion in Routledge Historical ResourcesRomanticism. From the press: “Routledge Historical Resources is an online resource specially curated for students and academics, which provides users with access to the best and most relevant book and journal content from Taylor & Francis in a variety of different subject areas. Each resource also offers a selection of specially commissioned thematic essays written by experts in the field.”

Buddy Levy
was featured in episodes of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new series on HISTORY, which premiered March 7 at 9pm EST. The series “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen” spans a formative period of history featuring the first 75 volatile years of the United States – from the Revolution through the California Gold Rush – where Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, John Frémont, Davy Crockett and Andrew Jackson set forth across uncharted land with determination and self-reliance. Buddy Levy was interviewed about the famous frontiersman David Crockett, about whom Levy wrote a biography called American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett. You can see the announcement onVarietyand watch the trailer here.

Donna L. Potts
presented three invited lectures at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Goa Campus: “Othello, Race, and America,” on March 14; “Roads to Nowhere: Irish Roads Protests,” March 13; and “Reading Ophelia’s Madness” Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Goa Campus, March 12, 2018.

Heather Ramos
will present a conference paper entitled, “Disrupting Prime Time TV and Claiming a Space for the LGBT Community: The Power of Discourse in ‘When We Rise’” at the 2018 Cultural Studies Association Conference, which will be held from May 31st through June 2nd, 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sherwin K.R. Sales
was awarded first place for the Arts, Humanities, and Design category at WSU’s GPSA Research Exposition, presenting his poster and multimodal video project, “In Yo’ Face, Yellowface!: Challenging Representation of Asians and Asian Americans through Détournement.” He also presented his paper “We May Be Larger Than We Appear: Composing Asian American Resistance” at the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference in San Francisco on March 29th, 2018.

Tabitha Espina Velasco and Sherwin Sales‘s
workshop presentation, “Reclamation of the Past, Resistance in the Present, and Responsibilities towards the Future through Filipino American Literacy Narratives,” was accepted for presentation at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference: “Community for Cohesion and Collaboration” on July 11-14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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New, Recent, and Forthcoming Faculty and Staff Publications



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