WSU English Department Newsletter

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Arigo's translations of Italian poet Dome Bulfaro are available in the anthology, 5PX2: Five Italian Poets and Five Scottish Poets (Luath Press/Torino Poesia). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment accepted several poems from the series, Desert revised. Arigo was a screening judge for this year's Colorado Prize in Poetry. He was awarded a two-week residency sponsored by Oregon State University at “The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.” He presented on a panel at the Associated Writing Programs conference (April 7-10) on "Desert Poetics" and gave several poetry readings there. He had six poems from his "Some instructions" series accepted for publication in Cricket Online Review.

Stephanie Schatz and Nancy Bell

Jana Argersinger edited and introduced, in collaboration with Michael Cornett (Duke University), a multi-essay feature on the profession of journal editing, published in the 2009 volume of MLA's journal Profession. Her proposal, titled "The Author(s) of Sophia Peabody's Cuba Journal: Toward a Relational Aesthetics" was accepted for the inaugural conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, at Penn State. She co-presented (in absentia) a paper on Sophia Peabody's Cuba Journal at MLA 2009.

Kristin Arola joined Victor Villanueva in a third edition of Cross-Talk in Comp Theory, adding to her expertise in digital rhetoric in composition. The National Council of Teachers of English approved the third edition in December. Her article “The Design of Web 2.0: The Rise of the Template, The Fall of Design” was published in Computers and Composition (March 2010, 27.1) ( She presented the paper “Being in Relation To: Digital Mixedblood Diversity” at the 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) held March 17-20 in Louisville.

John Barber’s (WSU Vancouver) and Dene Grigar’s panel, with Terry Harpold (University of Florida), entitled “Reconsidering the Electronic Literary Artifact:  E-Books, Twitterature, and Digitalized Richard Brautigan” was selected for Archive and Innovate: The 4th International Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Festival held in June 2010 at Brown University. He was invited to the three week long "Humanities Gaming Institute," sponsored by The University of South Carolina's Center for Digital Humanities, with generous support from the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities.

Nancy Bell had a paper titled "Humor Scholarship and TESOL: Applying Findings and Establishing a Research Agenda" accepted in the journal TESOL Quarterly ( 7% acceptance rate). She co-authored a paper with Salvatore Attardo (University of Texas, Commerce) titled "Failed Humor: Issues in Non-Native Speakers’

Buddy Levy

Appreciation and Understanding of Humor" that was accepted for publication by Intercultural Pragmatics.

Boyd W. Benson's poem "April Wedding" appeared in the spring 2010 anthology Poets of the American West, published by Many Voices Press. His poem "Photos of the Great Depression" was accepted for In the Black/In the Red: Poems of Profit & Loss, published by Helicon Nine Editions.

Antonie Bodley presented in a roundtable discussion, "From Shared Space to Syllabi: Writing Center Influence on Pedagogy and Praxis," at the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association conference on April 10 at Western Oregon University.

Kim Burwick was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize.

Todd Butler was accepted to the UT-Austin/Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies' inaugural symposium, where a small group of scholars reviewed and collaborated on their research-in-progress relating to the symposium's theme of "Literature and Religious Conflict in the English Renaissance." The acceptance carries both full travel funding and a research honorarium. His article "The Spirit of Isabell Billington: Murder, Text, and the Law" was accepted by the Journal of British Studies.

Donna Campbell's essay "The Short Stories of Edith Wharton" was published in A Companion to the American Short Story, ed. Alfred Bendixen and James Nagel (Blackwell, 2010).

Peter Chilson has a contract with University of Nebraska Press to write a book on African borderlands, focusing on the border between Mali and Cote d'Ivoire. The book is tentatively titled We Never Knew Exactly Where: Stories from an African Borderland.

Paula Coomer gave a presentation on Don J. Snyder's Cliff Walk at the East Bonner district library as a Visiting Scholar for the Idaho's Commission on Libraries. Her first novel, Dove Creek, which was recorded for radio broadcast and serialized by KRFP in Moscow last year, continues to draw an online following, with 988 episodes downloaded. She presented Susan Swetnam's Home Mountains as a Visiting Scholar for the Idaho Commission on Libraries at the Lewiston City Library on February 9. She was chosen to be a featured presenter for the 2010 Write on the Sound Writers' Conference (Edmonds, Wash., Oct. 2-3), a regional favorite celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Her workshop was titled "How to Stay True to the Writer Within in the Absence of Commercial Success." Coomer has also been named judge for the non-fiction competition this year.

Andréa Davis’s (WSU Tri-Cities) co-authored a chapter (with Danielle DeVoss, Dundee Lackey, and Sue Webb), “Remix, Play, and Remediation: Undertheorized Composing Practices” which appears in the edited collection Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric (Heather Urbanski, editor).

Michael Delahoyde was interviewed about the Shakespeare authorship controversy for a London/Los Angeles. film to be released on the heels of Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. He presented "Oxford Wrote Richard the Second, Know Ye Not That?" at the Shakespeare Authorship Studies conference in Portland, concerning perspective art and the play. He received the annual award for scholarship from the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Centre. He spoke to a community group of Shakespeare enthusiasts in Seattle about editing the Oxford edition of Antony and Cleopatra.
Katie Ericsson is featured in an edition of The Cyber Coug, the ASWSU-DDP’s Student Newsletter. The feature is the first in a series of new columns called “Spotlight On,” dedicated to DDP instructors and their lives within the world of virtual academics. 

Linda Kittell and Michael Delahoyde

Patricia Ericsson joined the development team for the Open Access Textbook Initiative at Colorado State University. She is one of four faculty featured in the first all digital issue of WSU Magazine (Spring 2010). Ericsson's views on digital literacy can be found in the "Dear Reader" article as well as in a video that supplements the article.

Dene Grigar (WSU Vancouver) and John Barber’s panel, with Terry Harpold (University of Florida), entitled “Reconsidering the ‘Electronic Literary Artifact:  E-Books, Twitterature, and Digitalized Richard Brautigan’” was selected for Archive and Innovate:  The 4th International Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Festival, held at Brown University in June 2010. Her media art work “The 24-Hr. Micro-Elit Project” was also chosen for the festival’s juried show.  Her article "Hyperlinking in 3D Multimedia Performances" appears in Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres, edited by Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla and published by Transaction Publishers in Bielefeld, Germany. Her review of Matt Kirschenbaum's Mechanisms:  New Media and the Forensic Imagination appeared in Hyperrhiz:  New Media Cultures, volume 07, in June. She w as elected Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization, an international organization founded in 1999 that "foster[s] and promote[s] the reading, writing, teaching, and understanding of literature as it develops and persists in a changing digital environment."

Michael Hanly has been awarded two fellowships: one by the American Philosophical Society and one by the American Council of Learned Societies supporting his research during a 2010-2011 academic year sabbatical. His project considers the role of political movements on the diffusion of Italian culture into France and England in the late Middle Ages, and is entitled "Poets of Peace, Poets of War: Philippe de Mézières's Order of the Passion and Literary Transmission in the Later Fourteenth Century." He published an essay entitled “Witness to the Schism: the Writings of Honorat Bovet” in A Companion to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417) (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill), 2009, 159-195. He organized a session on international commerce in illuminated manuscripts for the conference of the New Chaucer Society in Siena, Italy, in July. He gave a paper on the Rapondi brothers, book dealers and financiers, in the session. His participation in the conference was supported by a travel grant from the WSU College of Liberal Arts. Hanly was cited in a Wall Street Journal article regarding a late-medieval poetic fashion called "The Flower and the Leaf."

Crag Hill's article "Giving Mrs. S. More Time to Teach" appears in the "Speaking My Mind" column in the May 2010 issue of English Journal. He signed a contract with Maupin House (15% acceptance rate) to contribute to the edited collection Rationales for Graphic Novels. He will write 10of the 100 rationales (chapter length, 1500-3500 words).

Lisa Johnson-Shull and Sheri Rysdam presented "The Ink We Leave Behind: Failure, Nonsense and Cruelty in Evaluator Response" at the Council of Writing Program Administrators 2010 Conference in Philadelphia on July 15-18.

Todd Butler chatting with one of our donors
at the Award's Ceremony

Linda Kittell was invited to give two readings at the Sport Literature Association Conference in Williamsport, Pa. She read baseball poetry and prose. She was also invited to be part of a panel discussion, “Writing Sports.” Her essay "Quit Claim Deed" was accepted for mid-summer publication in the Vermont Literary Review.

Debbie Lee presented a paper at the MLA in Philadelphia on December 29, 2009, titled "'Fit to be seen': Black Single Mothers in Eighteenth-Century England" on the panel organized by the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association.

Buddy Levy's essay "Defending Dry Fly Ranch" has been accepted for publication in Fugue Literary Journal's 20th Anniversary Regional Issue. The issue includes pieces from William Kittredge, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, and Brandon Schrand, among others. Levy’s article “Boise Chic: Discovering the Hip Side of this Capital City” was the feature story in the March issue of Horizon Air Magazine. Levy has just delivered his revised manuscript River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon to Ballantine Bantam Dell/Random House. The book, which chronicles the first European descent of the Amazon in 1541-42, is in full production for a February/March 2011 release in hardback. His article, “The Blind Climber Who Sees With His Tongue” was published in the April 2010 Special Edition of Discover Magazine entitled “Discover Presents: The Brain.”

Thabiti Lewis (WSU Vancouver) was invited to give the MLK keynote on the Vancouver campus on the MLK holiday in 2010. His theme was "King's Legacy and the Responsibility of Youth." Arts & Opinion, a non-profit arts/culture/politics e-zine, asked special permission to reprint his essay "The Modern Athlete, Hip-Hop and Popular Perceptions of Black Masculinity" in its April 1 issue. He was contracted to write a chapter in the book Writing the Female Athlete: Sport, Gender, and the Construction of Reputations, ed(s) Joel Nathan Rosen and David C. Ogden, University Press of Mississippi, to be published in 2011. His essay is "The Williams Sisters Storm Tennis." He gave a lecture, "Narratives and Race in Contemporary Sport Culture" at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut on April 6 as a guest of the American Studies Program. He gave a lecture, "Masculinity in Sport Culture in Post-Race America" at Moravian College on April 7. He was invited to discuss his work about the writer Toni Cade Bambara's Fiction for the People at the Saint Louis University English Department on April 23.

Will Luers (WSU Vancouver) was invited to The Vectors-IML/UC-HRI Summer Institute on Multimodal Scholarship, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and hosted by The University of California’s Humanities Research Institute, USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy, and the electronic journal Vectors. Entitled “Broadening the Digital Humanities,” the fellowship ran from July 19-August 12. His project, “The Father Divine Project,” is an online research database and multimedia interpretive documentary about the significant American interracial and celibate religious community known as the Peace Mission Movement, founded in 1919 by the African American minister Rev. M. J. Divine.

Jacqueline Lyons' essay "Where There Is No Doctor" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The essay appeared in the journal The Normal School. Her essay "Upward as in Head Below the Heart" appears in the literary journal Interim. The essay is the first publication from a book-length work-in-progress of lyric nonfiction. She has been named one of eight finalists in the Del Sol Press Poetry Prize 2010 for her poetry manuscript "Adorable Airport."

Andrea Mason's essay "Aspen" was published in an online issue of High Desert Journal. Her essay titled "Gladeswoman" appeared in the February issue of The Wanderlust Review.

Peter Chilson with Jessica Schmidt,
Editor of Landescapes

Kirk McAuley received word that his article “Art Transforms the Savage Face of Things: Scottish Identity and the 45 Jacobite Rebellion in James Grainger’s West-Indian Georgic, The Sugar Cane” has been accepted for publication in Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations due out in 2011. He presented "Medieval Meditative Reading and James Macpherson's 'measured prose' in The Poems of Ossian" at the 21st DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa on April 2.

Pavithra Narayanan's (WSU Vancouver) article "A Conversation with Nabaneeta Dev Sen," appeared in Wasafiri in spring 2010.

Leonard Orr (WSU Tri Cities) has a new book of poetry, Why We Have Evening (Cherry Grove, 2010, with sample poems available at <>. During April he marked the publication (and National Poetry Month) with the following readings and festival appearances: speaker/reader, “It’s About Time” poet series, April 8, Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library; Featured Reader, Poets West series, April 10, Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Public Library; Featured Reader, Bookworm Exchange, April 16, Bookworm Exchange, Seattle; Book Launch Reading, April 20th, East Auditorium, Washington State University Tri-Cities; Reader and Speaker, Art and Culture Festival, April 21, Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Oregon (Title of lecture: “Writing the World: Contemporary Poetry of the American West”).

Wendy Olson (WSU Vancouver), Siskanna Naynaha, and Victor Villanueva have received a contract with Utah State University Press for On Language and Value: Political Economies of Rhetoric and Composition, a collection of new essays by some of the leading figures in rhetoric and in composition studies.

T.V. Reed was interviewed by Taylor Antrim for a Wall Street Journal article on the current wave of political protest. His chapter, “Re-Historicizing Literature” in Blackwell’s ACompanion to American Literature and Culture, edited by Paul Lauter, was published. Reed was invited by the State Department to give a series of lectures next fall in Germany on the topic of culture and protest.

Kristen Keller

Kandy Robertson (WSU Vancouver) and Richard Yates presented a paper titled “Humanizing the Beast: Tracing the Evolution of Screen Vampires from Nosferatu to Twilight” at the 20th annual conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery in Colorado Springs. The paper was published in the conference’s proceedings.

Augusta Rohrbach was elected as a member of the 19th-century American literature Division Executive Committee of the MLA for a term of 5 years. Rohrbach presented "Pictures of an Execution" as part of the Law and Photography panel at the Law, Culture, and Humanities conference at Brown University, and participated in the History of the Book Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society this summer. The focus of the seminar was the global south.

Susan Dente Ross has been awarded a one-month writer’s residency at the Lillian E. Smith Center for the Arts in Clayton, Georgia. Her article "Media's War of Terror" has been published in Banu B. Hawks and Lemi Baruh (eds.), Societies Under Siege, Media, Government, Politics and Citizens' Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism, 85-93. Istanbul: Kadir Has University. Ross and Paul M. Lester have the third edition of Images that Injure (2011) in press with Praeger Publishing. She and co-authors Robert Trager and Joseph Russomanno have received a contract for the third edition of their textbook, The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication (2011) from Congressional Quarterly Press/Sage Publishers.

Several of Linda Russo's short "faiku" poems are featured at She had a poem accepted for publication in the New American Writing. She was invited to be a guest poet at the Tucson Poetry Festival in April.  She gave a reading and a poetry workshop, judged the state-wide poetry contest, and contributed to a panel on the topic of "Poetry Where You Are." Her poem "Crowding" appeared in Tinfish, a journal published out of Hawaii with an emphasis on Pacific Rim cultures and poetry's local and regional particularities. "Crowding" was written while Linda was on a residency at Centrum in Port Townsend last summer. She gave a talk entitled "Constituting Spaces" on her practice of writing "yard poems" at Post-Moot: A Convocation of Unorthodox Poetics, at the University of Miami, Ohio.

Leslie Jo Sena , Karen Weathermon, and Meg Autry (Residence Life) presented a research poster at the National Conference on First Year Experience in Denver, in February. The poster reported on ongoing WSU assessment on the Common Reading’s effect on students' first year experience. She joined the development team for the Open Access Textbook Initiative at Colorado State University. Sena, Weathermon, and Autrey had their abstract accepted for the WSU Showcase held March 26. The poster from the National Conference on First Year Experience was entitled "Assessed Benefits of a Common Reading Program: Growing a Comprehensive Program."

Carol Siegel was in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., from February 3-6 for a Summit Meeting of the contributors to a Ford Foundation sponsored collection entitled The Sexuality Curriculum. Her contribution, "The Twilight of Sexual Liberation: Undead Abstinence Ideology," examines the gender and sexual politics of the Twilight Young Adult novel series and the films based on them. Her essay, "Irreconcilable Feminisms and the Construction of a Cultural Memory of Virginity's Loss: À ma soeur! and Thirteen" appeared in Virgin Territory (Ed. Tamar Jeffers MacDonald. Wayne State University Press). Her review of Valerie Steele and Jennifer Park's Gothic: Dark Glamour appeared in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 20.2. She chaired the panel "Sex and Politics" at the Society for Cinema Studies Conference in Los Angeles on March 17, and presented her paper, "Make Relationships Not War: The Place of Sexuality in Anti-war Films in 1968 and Now."

George Kennedy's pup Pudahuel
at the Department PIcnic

Lisa Sikkink presented her paper "Apathetic Villainy: Libertinism as a Casual Antagonism" at the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery's conference in Colorado Springs. The paper will be published in the proceedings of the conference.

Victor Villanueva and Damián Baca’s Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE has been released in a hardbound edition by Palgrave Macmillan. Wendy Olson, Siskanna Naynaha, and Villanueva have received a contract with Utah State University Press for On Language and Value: Political Economies of Rhetoric and Composition, a collection of new essays by some of the leading figures in rhetoric and in composition studies. Kristin Arola joins him in a third edition of Cross-Talk in Comp Theory, adding her expertise in digital rhetorics and their applications in composition. The National Council of Teachers of English approved the third edition in December.

The English Department's Visiting Writer Series was awarded a generous grant from VPLAC to bring poet Anne Waldman to campus.

Washington State University
English Department Newsletter
Volume 3, Number 1,
Fall 2010