May 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

English Department’s Spring 2013 Newsnotes

Ohio University Department of English Language and Literature

Vol. 46, No. 5

Edited by David Sanders


Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in nonfiction, had her short story “The Texas Project” published in the New England Review, Vol. 33/No. 4.

Scott Minar’s poem “Revisiting Snow Man” appeared in Crazyhorse last fall and was subsequently picked up by Verse Daily online.

Katarzyna Marciniak was guest-editor of a special issue of Citizenship Studies, co-edited with Imogen Tyler. Issue topic: “Immigrant Protest,” 17:2, April 2013.

Linda Zionkowski’s “Hard Times: Women Scholars and the Dynamics of Economic Recession,” was published in Aphra Behn Online: An Interactive Journal for

Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (Fall 2012).

Post-doctoral Fellow Jackson Connor published an essay, “A Good Weapon,” in the February 2013 issue of River Teeth.

Marsha Dutton’s “A Model for Friendship: Ambrose’s Contribution to Aelred of Rievaulx’s Spiritual Friendship” appeared in American Benedictine Review 64.1

(2013): 39–66.

Professor Dutton also has an entry on “Aelred of Rievaulx” in Oxford Bibliographies, ed. Paul Szarmach (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Mark Halliday’s new book of poems, Thresherphobe, was published in May by the University of Chicago Press.


Linda Zionkowski presented “Music and the Mind in Austen’s Fiction” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference (April 2013); Assistant Professor Emerita Mimi Hart collaborated on this paper, which is an excerpt from a book project of the same name. At the conference, Zionkowski also presented on a roundtable entitled “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiating the Academic Career.”

Priyadarshini Gupta, PhD candidate, presented a paper “‘Lost’ Identity of the Multiple-Border Subject-Kaushik in Unaccustomed Earth” at the “Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders” conference at the State University of New York, Binghampton.

Scott Minar presented “The Painter Poets: Charles Simic and Mark Strand” at the New York College English Association’s annual conference in Buffalo, New York, at Villa Maria College. He reprised this presentation by invitation at the College English Association’s national conference in Savannah, Georgia, this spring.

At the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo in May, Marsha Dutton presented “The Incarnate Bridegroom in the Sermons of Gilbert of Hoyland.”

Heather Kaley, an MA student, presented a paper at the biannual Ohio Medieval Colloquium meeting at Ohio Dominican University, “Caxton’s Women: An Analysis of the Printer’s Marketing Appeals in His Prologues and Epilogues.”

Honors and Awards

Katarzyna Marciniak is the recipient of a Presidential Teaching Award for 2013.

Dinty W. Moore has been named the Stocker Professor of Creative Writing for 2013–2018.

Eric LeMay won the 2012 Emergency Press International Book Contest for his forthcoming collection In Praise of Nothing: Essays and Other Prose.

Ayesha Hardison received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of English in the department this year.

Hayley Haugen, who earned a PhD at Ohio University, received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of English at OU-Southern.

Rachael Peckham of the Department of English at Marshall University had work cited as a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays 2012 (Mariner Books, 2012). In addition, she recently received a Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi, which includes a $500 prize to support faculty professional development. She earned a PhD from Ohio University.

Competitions, Submissions, and Calls for Papers

The Fifth Annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is now open! All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in August.

Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

11-13 June 2014, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, roundtables, poster sessions or colloquia are invited for the Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The conference provides a space for multicultural, interdisciplinary dialogue and publication, building on the traditions of the humanities and looking toward the future. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.

Field Tiger Press is opening its second round of submissions for Cohort: A Fiction Anthology. We are just about finished reading through our first round of submissions and we have seen some excellent prose. Now we are getting psyched up for our next big submission period, which will close on June 15, 2013.

Second Chances, Final Glances: Media Afterlives

University of Pittsburgh, October 18-19, 2013

As technologies, formats, exhibition sites, kinds of objects, and even particular critical archives go out of (and, perhaps more importantly, back into) favor or fashion, they acquire a different aura, such that what’s relegated to the margins of the market economy is often central to alternative circuits of the antique, the collectible, kitsch and camp, etc. By exploring transformative moments and practices of moving image production and reception as well as theory and criticism, Second Chances will engage notions of obsolescence and reemergence that determine how we contextualize, historicize, and promote our scholarly projects.We welcome approaches from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: Film and Media studies, Art and Art History, Visual Culture, Feminist and Queer Studies, Communications, Critical Theory, Literature, Musicology, and Philosophy. Interested graduate students may submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) – along with institutional/departmental affiliations and current email – to by June 14, 2013.

[Editor’s note: Please keep future issues of NewsNotes in mind for any relevant publications, presentations, honors, grants, extramural teaching assignments, readings, lectures, professional development programs, etc., in which you have participated. My email is Thank you. D.S.]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *