RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN ENGLISH
News of Student, Faculty, and Staff Professional Activity
Issue 2009 No. 6
REBECCA SKIDMORE BIGGIO's essay "The Specter of Conspiracy in Martin Delany's Blake" appears in African American Review 42.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008): 439-454.
MARK BRAZAITIS's short stories appear in recent volumes of New Madrid ("Mouse") and the Notre Dame Review ("Classmates"). His story "One Long Last Drive," featuring -- gasp -- a hallucination in the form of John McCain -- is forthcoming in as-yet-untitled anthology on the 2008 presidential election. His short story "The Incurables" was shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories 2009. Ever since he stepped into John Ernest's class to read a poem unannounced, he has had fantasies about doing this in other venues, including, most recently, the Sideling Hill Exhibition Center.
From ALLEN MENDENHALL: The Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives has accepted my paper, tentatively titled "Haunted by History: A Literary Critique of the Dred Scott Decision and its Historical Treatments," for publication in 2010 (Vol. 1, No. 2).
SCOTT WIBLE published a review of Internships: Theory and Practice by Charles Sides and Ann Mrvica in the October 2009 issue of Technical Communication Quarterly.
KIRK HAZEN will give the keynote address at the 2010 OSU Linguistics Pedagogy conference.
Details at http://linguistlist.org/issues/20/20-3182.html
MICHAEL GERMANA's book Standards of Value: Money, Race, and Literature in America, was published by University of Iowa Press. See http://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/2009-fall/germana.htm for details.
Publications by ETHEL MORGAN SMITH:
"Outside of Dreams" Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers, ed Joanne Gabbin. University Press of Mississippi.
"Deferred Dreams" Thatminoritything.com-April 6, 2009 (featured writer)
"Mother" The New York Times- Motherlode a very popular online site about parenting-May 9, 2009
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Honors and Awards:
West Virginia Writers Contest-Second prize-novel-The House of Flowers
West Virginia Writers Contest-Third prize-play for the stage-African Violets
KIRK HAZEN received a Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement to his current NSF grant on Englishes in Appalachia. This grant, funded by the NSF, allows for interactive learning about linguistic research for two undergraduate students.
KIRK HAZEN will also serve on the National Science Foundation Linguistic Advisory Panel for Fall 2009, his eighth semester in all.
NATALIE SYPOLT recently won first place in the West Virginia Fiction Competition sponsored by Shepherd University (judged by Silas House) and the Ruth Gabehart Prize sponsored by the Kentucky Women Writers' Conference. She was also awarded second place in the James Still Short Story Contest judged by Ann Pancake. Additionally, Natalie has had two flash fiction pieces accepted for publication: "Boy in the House" will appear in the fall edition of Flashquake and "What Will Be Saved" will appear in a upcoming issue of The Queen City Review.
HEATHER FRESE: three of my poems ("August--," "Domesticity," and "Did it Call to Mind the dead in Your Life, Too") got picked up by the journal Front Porch.
MARILYN FRANCUS presented "'When will these discoveries end!': Gothic Motherhood in Radcliffe's The Italian" at the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in October.
LORI ZERNE presented "That Amiable Family: The Redefinition of Female Duty in Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall" at the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in October.
DONALD E. HALL's article "Building Bridges" appeared in the inaugural issue of the journal TEACHER-SCHOLAR: THE JOURNAL OF THE STATE COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY. He served on the NCTE/MLA response panel to the new state standards for English Language Arts proposal being overseen by the American Council on Education.
Students, Faculty, and Staff Members in English are encouraged to send notices of all recent professional achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org for collation and distribution to the department in the next issue of "Recent Achievements in English," appearing soon.