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Spotlight on English Department Faculty


Kim Burwick recently won the Burnside Review Book Prize for her 3rd poetry collection, Good Night Brother. The book will be published in the Fall of 2014. As well, her poem “For Manoli Pagador in Getafe” was selected as a finalist for the Mississippi Review Prize; it will be published in the Summer 2014 issue. 

Scarlett Anguiano, Geoffrey Cannard, Jacob Friedman, Matthew Frye, Allison Graves, Lori Beth de Hertogh, Ashina Sipiora, Samantha Solomon, and Alex Way presented papers based on the theme of “Common Ground” in the University of Idaho’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Saturday, March 29.

Leonard Orr was a featured reader at two recent poetry events in Seattle. He read at Victrola Coffee (in connection with the Associated Writing Programs Conference), on February 28th, and, as part of “A Rainy Day in Seattle,” read at the Market Theater in Pike Place Market, March 29th.

Buddy Levy (English) recently presented on March 28 at the WSU Academic Showcase. Levy and his co-author Mike Leach fielded questions about their new book GERONIMO: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books, May 6, 2014). The showcase is Washington State University’s annual celebration of faculty, staff, and student achievement. Participants are selected by a committee that considers abstracts of work. 

Buddy Levy (English) was an invited speaker/presenter at the 2014 Get Lit! Conference in Spokane, WA, April 11-13. Levy read from his narrative history River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon, and discussed adventure writing and expeditions to far-flung locales. He also appeared on panels.  

Buddy Levy has been invited to participate in the TEDxWSU event on Saturday, April 26. Levy will give a talk entitled, GET IN THE HELICOPTER—Lead a Life of Adventure by Combining Your Calling and Your Instinct. TEDx are independently organized TED events. For more on the event follow the facebook page here:

Michael Delahoyde is presenting “Chaucer Hidden in Shakespeare's History Plays” at the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference in Portland, mid-April. His article “Lyric Poetry from Chaucer to Shakespeare” has been published in the journal Brief Chronicles and will be reprinted in a collection.

Michael Delahoyde delivers the last Common Reading lecture here on campus, April 22nd: “Being Wrong about Shakespeare and the Humanities.”

Instructors Patty Cady, Elijah Coleman, Laura Powers, Rachael Sanchez, Leslie Jo Sena, and Kate Watts served as poster judges for the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), March 28th.

Karen Weathermon and Leslie Jo Sena, presented a research poster about WSU Common Reading programming at the 33rd Annual Conference on First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in San Diego, CA. February 14-18. At the same meeting, Leslie Jo Sena also was on a panel of facilitators for a round table discussion on national questions about and criticisms of Common Reading book selection and the need for such programs. 

The research poster “When the Book Becomes the Departure Point: Common Reading Programming” was also accepted and presented at WSU Showcase, March 28th. Weathermon and Sena are assisted in statistical analysis by WSU PhD student Gitanjali Shrestha of Human Development and Project Healthy Campus.

Instructors Patty Cady, Elijah Coleman, Laura Powers, Rachael Sanchez, Leslie Jo Sena, and Kate Watts served as poster judges for the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), March 28th.  Rebecca Goodrich served as a judge of oral presentations.

Roger Whitson gave the keynote speech “Hybrid Literary Studies: Critical Making, Steampunk, Digital Humanities” for the 2014 Southwest English Symposium at Arizona State University on March 1, 2014. You can view a video of that presentation and look at the notes and slides

Roger Whitson presented “Steampunk, or An Alternate History of Victorian Physical Computing” at the 2014 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference in Houston, TX on March 28, 2014. You can see the notes and slides of the presentation on his website. 

Lori Beth De Hertogh's review of Women and Rhetoric Between the Wars will appear later this month in the journal Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

Lori Beth De Hertogh recently completed Washington State University's Certificate for Excellence in Teaching Online.

Lori Beth De Hertogh, Jacob Friedman, and Scarlett Anguiano presented a session entitled “Computers & Writing + The Digital Humanities = Finding Common Ground” at the University of Idaho's Annual Interdisciplinary Conference.

The research team, of which Dene Grigar (CMDC, WSUV) is a member and which is led by Dr. Hussein  Keshani from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, were awarded a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) amounting to $198K to build a mobile app for the Devonian Botanical Gardens at the University of Alberta.

Grigar was awarded the 2013-2014 Student’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Washington State University Vancouver. This award is presented every year to one faculty member that has “inspired students, exceeded expectations and brought prestige to WSU Vancouver.” 

Grigar also opened her month-long exhibit, Moving Words:  An Exploration of Kinetic Poetry & Prose, 1984-2014, on March 13 at Illuminations Gallery at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Along with curating the exhibit, she also gave a lecture about curating and preserving archives to students in An Foras Feasa—The Institute for Research in Irish Historical & Cultural Traditions.

Finally, Grigar gave a paper, entitled “Lost Media,” at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies conference in Seattle, WA.  The paper focused on the work she has undertaken with the Pathfinders project. 

Paula Coomer has agreed to develop 3 new books for Booktrope in conjunction with her food memoir Blue Moon Vegetarian, which is being re-released next month with a new cover to announce the series: 

Blue Moon Gluten-Free Vegan
 (includes Blue Moon Vegetarian recipes with vegan and gluten-free variations plus over 50 new recipes with desserts by Bridge Baking's Jan Culvert)--projected release date Oct. 2014.

Blue Moon Herbs, Spices, and Medicinals
(a down-home compendium and how-to for using herbs, spices, and wildcrafted plants to cure what ails you)--projected release date Spring 2015.

Blue Moon Folkways Kitchen
(everything her Appalachian grandmothers knew about growing, keeping, and preserving food)--projected release date Fall 2015.
In the meantime, release of her novel Jagged Edge of the Sky (also by Booktrope) has been postponed until 2015.

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey was awarded first place at the 2014 Wiley Research Exposition for her oral presentation “Grief Memoir as a Social Restructuring of the Self.”

Linda Russo will be reading at the Cascadia Poetry Festival, a gathering of ecologically-engaged poets from the Cascadia bioregion. She is also chairing a roundtable featuring women poets on “Performance/Action/Embodiment.” Her poems “Economy Class Particulate View” and “Daynotes on Field and Forms (Flittings)” will appear in the next issue of The Goose, the magazine of ALECC, the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada.

Russo’sThe Light of This: An Itinerant Essay Around a Reading of ‘The Gorgeous Nothings’” (new edition of late writings by Emily Dickinson) was just published on Jacket2, a magazine of Poetry and Poetics (University of Pennsylvania).

With the afterword by Kristin Arola, Barbara Monroe's second monograph, Plateau Indian Ways with Words: The Rhetorical Tradition of the Tribes of the Inland Pacific Northwest, will be published this June by University of Pittsburgh Press as part of its Composition, Literacy, and Culture Series (David Bartholomae and Jean Ferguson Carr, series editors).  She argues that an indigenous rhetoric continues to exert a discursive influence on students writing in reservation schools in Eastern Washington today, tracing the evolution of that rhetoric all the way back to the minutes of the Treaty Council of 1855 in Walla Walla.

She would like to thank the many people from this department and university whose advice and support kept this project alive and kicking over the past 15 years. Special thanks to Victor for multiple letters of support for grant applications; Will, Debbie, George, Lisa Johnson, and Crag for reading early drafts of book proposals, grant applications, and many, many "first chapters"; and those who asked questions that she wasn't able to answer at the time but does now in the book itself, including Todd, Augusta, and Liz. Special shout-outs to Lynn, Nancy, and Michael, all of whom helped her with the many thorny issues of linguistics and translation.  Of all the graduate students who assisted her in processing thousands of student papers, it was Jeanette Weaskus who helped her understand this indigenous rhetoric and its abiding principles from the inside-out.

Barbara would also like to acknowledge the institutional support of Plateau Center for American Indian Studies, especially Barbara Ashton, Mary Collins, and Kim Christen; the MASC, especially Trevor Bond and Cheryl Gunselman;  the College of Education, especially Tariq Akmal and Dawn Shinew, co-principal investigators of the COTEACH grant that provided initial funding for data collection in the early '00s; and to the Department of English and two colleges over the years, for the Buchanan Scholarship and two sabbatical years that cleared the mental decks so necessary to start writing—and keep writing.

Kristin Arola presented the paper “Slow Composition: An Indigenous Approach to Things (and Multimodal Composition)” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN on March 21, 2014. 

Bryan Fry’s essay “If You Find This” has been accepted for publication in Front Porch Journal.

Bryan Fry received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty Library Excellence Award for his support of WSU libraries. He was also recently promoted to Senior Instructor.

At MLA 2014 in Chicago, Donna Campbell presented a paper, “Wasted Bodies: Poverty, Disability, and Cinematic Naturalism in Wharton, Crane, and Early Film,” as well as participating in the Delegate Assembly. In March she gave an invited keynote address, “Bitter Tastes: Recognizing American Women Writers of Naturalism,” at the international AIZEN (Association for the Study of Emile Zola and Naturalism) conference in New Orleans, which included scholars from twenty-two countries.  In April, she gave a keynote address to the Red River Graduate Student Conference at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. 

Michael Hanlystarted a two-year term as President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific during the society’s April joint meeting with the Medieval Academy of America at UCLA.  He will also present a paper on Chaucer’s use of Italian manuscripts at the congress of the New Chaucer Society in Reykjavik, Iceland, in July.

Leslie Jo Sena, along with other First-Year Focus colleagues, contributed a session on Kathryn Schulz' TED Talk and the uses of her book Being Wrong in WSU's Common Reading Program at the 27th annual Washington State Learning Communities Curriculum Development Retreat. The retreat is held at Dumas Bay, WA., Co-sponsored by the Washington Learning Communities Consortium and Washington Center at The Evergreen State College.

Bill Condon was a keynoter for the day-long "Qualitative Research Forum," held annually at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. His talk focused on a follow up study of faculty who participated in the FIPSE-sponsored WSU Critical Thinking Project from 2000-2003.

Bill Condon was the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Symposium on Writing, held Feb 28-March 1 at North Carolina State University. His title was Making the Most of Generative Assessments: Students Set the Standard.

Bill Condon presented "Wading in: Inventing Academic Writing Through Collaborative Explorations of the Genres" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held March 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN. 

Kerry Clark and Jacob Friedman presented at the Foreign Language/Second Language Symposium at the University of Idaho in March. Their presentation, titled "Outsider Pedagogy: Using our Past Experience to Teach L2 Writing," discussed past experiences and how different backgrounds can be usefully brought to bear in the L2 classroom.

Kerry Clark also presented as the member of a panel on "Time and the Digital Work of Online Composing" at CCCC in March. His talk, "The Value of Time in 'Open' and 'Closed' Learning Spaces," discussed his past experiences as an online undergraduate in terms of surplus value and the working day.

Kerry Clark and Edie-Marie Roper each received the Susan H. McLeod Writing Across the Curriculum Travel Award at the Office of Undergraduate Education Awards Ceremony in April for their travel to CCCC and the upcoming Computers and Writing conference.

Mike Edwards gave a panel presentation titled "Recovering the Value of Process Through Temporality" at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mike Edwards, with Alexis Hart, co-chaired the meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Veterans' Task Force and Special Interest Group for Writing with Current, Former, and Future Members of the Military.

Mike Edwards had a chapter titled "Digital Literacy Instruction in Afghanistan" published in the edited collection Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies from IGI Global.

Mike Edwards has an article titled "Economies of Writing, Without the Economics: Some Implications of Composition’s Economic Discourse as Represented in JAC 32.3–4" forthcoming in the July issue of Rhetoric Review.

Mike Edwards was interviewed with Alexis Hart by Larry Jacobs for an episode of the program "Education Talk Radio" focused on working with veterans in college composition courses. The program is available at Education Talk Radio.

Jon Hegglund gave a keynote presentation, "Urban Geologies in the Anthropocene: From Settlement to Sediment," at a conference, "Spatial Histories, Constructs, and Practices: Trajectories and Strategies of the North American City," in Bochum, Germany, in March.

New, Recent, and Forthcoming Faculty Publications


Robert Eddy and
Victor Villanueva


William M. Hamlin


Louis Kirk McAuley


Donna L. Potts


Kristin L. Arola










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