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Good News April 18, 2013

Anne Ernest and Lisa Johnson-Shull presented their research on teacher and tutor response types at the 2013 International Writing Center Association Collaborative in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their presentation was entitled "Re-framing and Re-naming Our Response Practices: Exploring the Differences Between Feedback, Non-evaluative Observation, and Feedforward."

Augusta Rohrbach has been asked to be chair and commenter for a session tentatively titled "Critical University Studies II" for next year's American Studies Association annual meeting.

Lori Beth De Hertogh received the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Graduate Fellowship to present at the Council of Writing Program Administrators conference this summer. She will present an interactive session titled "Toward a Mass Collaboration Model: Strategies for Using Crowdsourcing to Improve the Work of Writing Program Administrators" as well as attend the WPA Institute session "Theoretically Prepared? A Day-Long Boot Camp for Graduate Students."

Lori Beth De Hertogh will facilitate a webinar titled "Improving Student Learning with Blogs: Tips and Tools for Getting Started" for Appalachian State University's Learning Technology Services program on April 19th.

Last month, Rebecca Goodrich's prize-winning short story The Bus Ride was chosen as the secret criteria for the third annual 50 Hour Slam film contest. This contest, held in Spokane on the weekend of April 5th, required teams of filmmakers to adapt one of three short stories into five-minute films within a 50-hour time limit. The criteria for the films were revealed only moments before the contest began on Friday evening. The resulting 32 films are presently being judged by a panel of film and broadcast professionals that includes Sherman Alexi. The top 16 films will be screened at the Magic Lantern on May 11th.

David Tagnani presented "Materialism and Mysticism: Stephen Crane's New York Stories" at the University of Idaho's Graduate Students of English Conference: Border/lands on April 13th. He has also been accepted to present his paper "Robinson Jeffers, Ecomysticism, and Bioregionalism" at ALA in Boston over Memorial Day weekend.

Aree Metz gave a presentation entitled "Maus in the Classroom: A Comic-based Citation Pedagogy" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) which was held in Las Vegas, NV, March 13-16, 2013. She presented on a panel along with Way Jeng and Jen O'Brien which explored citation pedagogies in response to the Citation Project. Aree's presentation focused on her use of comics to teach citation in the second-language classroom.

Aree Metz also presented at the Northwest Women's Studies Association Annual Conference at the University of Idaho on April 6th. Her presentation, "Interpreting Isabella: Oppressive Birdcages in Measure for Measure," explored Isabella's use of silence as resistance in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

Carol Siegel presented a paper on Apocalyptic films of 2011, "The Future, No Future" at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, Chicago, March 10, 2013. She also presented on "Wuthering Heights and American Mythologizing of Black Hipness" on the "Literature and Society" panel at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2013. She has accepted an invitation to be the Mark Spilka Lecturer at the International D. H. Lawrence Conference in Gargnano, Italy in June 2014.

A new review of Kim Burwick's Horses in the Cathedral titled, Spring Diversion: Poetry for Those Who Rise (Kevin Goodan, Kimberly Burwick, Martín Espada)."

Diane F. Gillespie (Professor Emerita of English) most recently published an article entitled "Wedding Rituals: Julia Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and Viola Tree" in the Woolf Studies Annual 19 (2013). It is a long version of "There Goes the Bride: Virginia Woolf, Julia Strachey, and the Hogarth Press," a paper delivered in June 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and forthcoming in Interdisciplinary /Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf edited by Kathryn Holland and Ann Martin. For the Virginia Woolf Miscellany 82 (Fall 2012), Gillespie reviewed an elegant, illustrated catalogue of Virginia Woolf materials offered by Glenn Horowitz Bookseller. "The Landscape of Virginia Woolf," Gillespie's review of Bonnie Kime Scott's In the Hollow of the Wave: Virginia Woolf and Modernist Uses of Nature, appeared recently in The South Carolina Review, 45:2 (Spring 2013). Gillespie will present a paper entitled "Adventures in Common: Investing with Woolfs and 'Securitas'" at the Twenty-third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf to be held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this coming June 2013.

Christopher Arigo has been invited to Nellis Air Force base this summer as a subcontractor to teach nascent airwo/men desert survival skills. Also be sure to check out this new ecopoetry anthology in which his serial poem, "Gone feral," appears.

Michael Delahoyde presented "Edward de Vere's The Two Noble Kinsmen Unwapper'd" at the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference in Portland. He also re-presented "Oxfordian Twelfth Night Epiphanies" there, with his song "The Virgin Queen Volta." Finally he served on a panel discussing the recent film version of Coriolanus.

Dene Grigar (CMDC Vancouver) was awarded a 2013 Digital Humanities Start Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her project, "Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature," is a collaboration with Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) that will develop preservation strategies for born digital literature, including capturing reading experiences of both the original authors as well as other readers, all to be incorporated in the Electronic Literature Directory.

Grigar curated an exhibit at the Library of Congress from April 3-5. Over 750 visitors came to the exhibit and an additional 55 attended the keynote and panel discussion.

Grigar was also elected President of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) and will take over the role following the ELO Paris conference in September. The ELO is an international organization hosted at MIT that was founded in 1999 "to foster and promote the reading, writing, teaching, and understanding of literature as it develops and persists in a changing digital environment." Grigar has been involved with the organization since 2002 and has served on the Board of Directors in various capacities since 2006.

Jon Hegglund will be making two invited presentations in Germany this April. He will present a paper, "Cities After People: Urban Narratives at the End of Modernity," at a closed symposium titled "Urban Transformations in the USA," hosted by the Ruhr Center of American Studies (a consortium of faculty & PhD students from three universities) in Essen. He will also lead a workshop on human & nonhuman communities in Patrick Keiller's Robinson in Space in Dr. Stella Butter's seminar on "Imagining Community in Contemporary Anglophone Literature" at the University of Mannheim. (Special thanks to WSU PhD alum Nora Wiechert Kuster for helping to arrange the Mannheim visit.)

Jon Hegglund's book World Views: Metageographies of Modernist Fiction (Oxford UP, 2012) has been nominated by the OUP editors for the MLA First Book Prize (for titles published in the 2012 calendar year).

Kristin Arola (along with Jennifer Sheppard and Cheryl Ball) gave the opening plenary talk at Georgia Tech's symposium, Multimodal Assessment: Navigating the Digital Turn.

Kristin Arola will be giving a one-day workshop at Willamette University on May 22 on the topic of integrating multimodality into the writing classroom.

A $6,000 Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant has been awarded to support the Composition Program's work on the voice feedback project initiated by Tialitha Macklin and Patricia Ericsson. The grant will fund data collection and analysis as well as travel to the Council of Writing Program Administrator's 2013 Conference to present results of the project. Reporting on the project at the conference will be Ti Macklin, Amber Strother, and Owen Williams.

Kellie Herson has accepted an offer of admission from the PhD program in Gender Studies at Arizona State University for Fall 2013.

Desiree Hellegers will be presenting a paper on Linda Hogan's Solar Storms at the biennial meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in Lawrence, KS, May 28 to June 1.

Roger Whitson presented "Digital Literary Studies: William Blake as Social Media" at WSU's Academic Showcase on March 30.

Ti Macklin is the first recipient of the Richard H. Haswell Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in the Washington State University Writing Assessment Program. She will work in the Writing Assessment Program next year where she will conduct ongoing reliability and validity studies, assist in the continual development of the writing program, organize exam activities, lead rater training and exam rating sessions, and conduct research on issues related to the WSU Writing Assessment Program.

Pavithra Narayanan has been invited to chair a roundtable on "Issues of Race and Gender in Unions" at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR, May 3-5, 2013. Narayanan has also been invited to chair a panel on "Popular Culture and Consumerism" at the Western Association of Women Historians Conference to be held at Portland State University, OR, May 16-18, 2013.

Debbie Lee's creative nonfiction essay "Chiromancy" appears in the current issue of Paper Darts: Art + Literature.

Jessica R. L. Edwards has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. She would like to thank her dissertation committee, the job search committee, and the entire WSU English Department for all of their support.

Linda Russo's ongoing geopoetic project is featured in "Curating the Cosmos" an on-line exhibit of artworks exploring inter-relationships between organisms and their environments. The exhibit was unveiled earlier this month in conjunction with an AAG (Association of American Geographers) paper session. She will also be presenting on this project in a panel on "Feminine Geographies" at the upcoming Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) conference next month in Lawrence, KS. A selection of poems from this project appears in the current issue of Capitalism Nature Socialism.

Donna Campbell's essay "The Ghost Story as Structure in Edith Wharton's 'The Other Two'" appears in The Explicator 71.1 (2013): 69-72. Her introduction to chapters 11-14 of Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country is available online at the web site of The Mount, the former home of Edith Wharton and a National Historic Site.

Kirk McAuley has been invited to serve as a delegate to the 9th biennial Symbiosis 2013 Conference at Brunel University in London, UK, where he will present a paper based on his research in early Caribbean print culture.


Visiting Writer Series/Creative Writing Events

April 24, 2013

Literary and Arts Journal

Realease Party
April 24, 7pm
Library Atrium

Open mic and art gallery
Dress to impress
Free copies of the new journal and CD

Serving LandEscapes inspired Ferdinand's ice cream

Colloquium Series
April 12 (Friday):

Love Reports to Spring Training

Reading by Linda Kittell

Poetry Book Launch
Noon, Bundy Reading Room Avery

Watch Linda's Reading
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