Monday, May 6, 2013

Recent Achievements, May 2013 Edition

This just in from Jim Harms:
Sandy Baldwin is now Vice President of the ELO, the largest and most significant organization in the field of electronic literature; they just finished a major exhibit at the Library of Congress.

Brian Ballentine published a chapter in an edited collection on digital pedagogy:  “Fighting for attention: Making space for deep learning.” In Randall McClure and James Purdy (Eds.), The New Digital Scholar (83-105). Medford, NJ: American Society for Information Science and Technology.  

Mark Brazaitis's The Incurables is a finalist for ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award in Short Stories:  The Incurables continues to receive good reviews from Mark's immediate family as well as from WOSU 89.7 FM in Columbus (Ohio): and (coming soon) the Mid-American Review:  His Incurables national tour, in which he didn't open for The Cure, has stopped in Notre Dame, Indiana (University of Notre Dame), Sherman, Texas (Austin College), Cleveland, Ohio (90.3 FM WCPN and Mac's Backs Books), Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (bathroom break), and Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock University).  His essay on the Heather Bresch/eMBA degree scandal at WVU appeared in The Dominion Post:  His op-ed on Mindy McCready, depression, guns, and suicide appeared in the Charleston Gazette:  His poem "I Imagine My Father's Dying Request" is reprinted in The Waiting Room Reader II edited by Rachel Hadas.  He did fall during his 82-second turn as Cinderella's dad in "Cinderella on Ice" in March. But it was in the script. He swears.  More about Mark below in the Katy Ryan listing.

Joy Carr received the Eberly College Outstanding Teacher Award.

Ryan Claycomb published an essay, "Here's How You Produce This Play:  Toward a Narratology of Dramatic Texts" in the May 2013 Issue of Narrative.  He was also just named the new Book Review Editor for Theatre Journal, the top journal in the field of theatre studies.  

Glenn Clifton has an article forthcoming this summer in the Henry James Review.  The local Morgantown theatre company, M.T. pockets, is producing two of his plays:  the 10 minute play "Souvenir" will be produced June 7-8 as part of their 10-minute play festival, directed by WVU English's own David Beach; his one-act play "Paul and Erin Go to Bed" will be getting a full production in October as a part of their 2013 season.

Patrick W. Conner published "On the Nature of Matched Scribal Hands" in Scraped, Stroked, and Bound: Materially Engaged Readings of Medieval Manuscripts. Ed. Jonathan Wilcox. Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 23 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 39-73.

His theatrical and film credits include the following:  Select Theatre:

Second Samuel (Frisky) Valley Players, Ligonier 2013; Arsenic and Old Lace (Three characters) Throughline Theatre 2012; Film: Escape from St. Quentin’s (Reader), Scott Peters, Dir.  2013; Foxcatcher (Background actor), Bennett Miller, Dir. 2012; The Umbrella Man (Background actor), Michael Grasso, Dir. & Prod. 2012

Lowell Duckert and Jeffrey J. Cohen co-edited an issue of postmedieval called "Ecomaterialism." Lowell also published an article, "Glacier," in the issue:  Lowell also gave talks at the Shakespeare Association of America conference -- "Exit, Pursued by a Polar Bear (More to Follow)" -- and at George Washington University, "Recreation."

Katie Fallon has an essay in the current issue of The Minnesota Review; another essay was a finalist in Phoebe's nonfiction contest.

A special issue of postmedieval edited by Lara Farina and Holly Dugan was published in December. (See the fabulous cover, with photograph by Anne Hamilton, in the book case!) Her article, "Wondrous Skins and Tactile Affection: The Blemmye's Touch," was recently published in Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture, ed. Katie Walter (Palgrave).  In February, she gave a talk to the faculty of William and Mary at the invitation of the college's Medieval and Renaissance Program.

Marilyn Francus’s article "'Where Does Discretion End, and Avarice Begin?  The Mercenary and the Prudent in Austen," appears in the current issue of Persuasions, Volume 34 (2013): 57-70.  Marilyn presented “Spectral Motherhood: Maternal Absence and the Fulfillment of Domestic Ideology,” at the national conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), held in Cleveland in April 2013.  Her short piece on Jane Austen and finance, "Jane Austen, Pound for Pound,” was published in Persuasions Online, Volume 33 #1, Winter 2012.

Jim Harms’s poem, “The Clock” was featured on Poetry Daily (February 7, 2013).  His poems “The Lost Grove,” “Before Speech,” “1970,” and “Third Hand” appeared in A Narrow Fellow 1.1 (April 2013).

Kirk Hazen coauthored a book chapter with former WVDP research assistants Jaime Flesher and Erin Simmons: The Appalachian range: the limits of language variation in West Virginia. 2013. A chapter for Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community. Amy D. Clark and Nancy M. Hayward, eds. University of Kentucky Press. 54-69.  He is also part of a team that was awarded a $20,000 ECAS Applied Computational Sciences Innovation Award.

John Jones’ article, "Networked Activism, Hybrid Structures, and Networked Power," has been accepted by Currents in Electronic Literacy, and should appear in the summer/fall of 2013.  His article, "Switching in Twitter's Hashtag Exchanges," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication; it should appear in Jan. 2014.  In February he presented a talk titled "Twitter's hashtag networks and writing in the networked humanities" at the Networked Humanities Symposium in Lexington, KY.  In March he presented a talk titled "Writing Information Publics: The Pleasures of the Personal Web" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas.  And in June, he will be presenting a paper titled "Hashtags and Network Power" at the Computers and Writing Conference in Frostburg, MD. 

Sarah Neville article, "Nihil biblicum a me alienum puto : W.W. Greg, Bibliography, and the Sociology of Texts", has been accepted for a forthcoming issue (2014) of Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship. This spring she has presented papers at the Shakespeare Association of America Meeting in Toronto and at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore.

Renée K. Nicholson’s essay “In Sickness” appeared in the Moon City Review and her essay “Out of the Blue” appeared in Cleaver Magazine. Superstition Review invited Renée to guest blog on their site, and her entry, “DIY Arts Entrepreneurship” appeared on April 13th. Her review of the memoir Bleeder (Shelby Smoak/MSU Press) appears in Sundog Lit. On May 2nd, she will facilitate in the American Medical Student Association’s Medical Humanities Series “The Physician in Literature” sponsored by Yale. She was asked to the committee for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre/WVU partnership, and has writing projects with several professional ballet companies. Along with Keegan Lester (WVU/English Dept. Alum), she launched Souvenir: A Journal, which was recently featured on the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, in an entry by poet Bianca Stone.

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang’s article: “Rituals of Distrust”: Illicit Affairs and Metaphors of Transport in Ama Ata Aidoo’s “Two Sisters” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Birdsong” has been accepted for publication in the Autumn edition of the Research in African Literatures journal (44.3).  His conference proposal submission has been accepted for the 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association; he also will present a paper with the title “That Kind of Nonsense”: Reverse Migration and the Paradox of Societal Expectation in Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments.  He has also been admitted to the 2013 session of the School of Criticism and Theory to be held at Cornell University this summer.

Katy Ryan and Mark Brazaitis were awarded a West Virginia Humanities Council Grant to organize a symposium next spring on Educational Justice and West Virginia Prisons. The grant is for $6,885.90 with $7,785.37 in cost share for a project total of $14,671.27.

Mary Ann Samyn was profiled on the WVU Pros site (, which, appearances to the contrary, is not in fact only about football.

Sadie Shorr-Parks received 2nd place in the Hungry Poets Contest.

Timothy Sweet:  Commentary.  “What Historians Think About Spielberg’s Lincoln.”  Ed. Harold K. Bush.  Cineaste 38.2 (Spring 2013): 13-19.  19.

Natalie Sypolt has work appearing or forthcoming in the following publications: Switchback, r.k.vr.y., and Apeiron Review. Her review essay of Scott McClanahan's book Crapalachia appeared in the March issue of Paste. Natalie is also now a member of the Los Angeles Review book reviewing staff and her reviews appear regularly in both the online and print editions of that journal.

Rebecca Thomas’s short story "Her Time. Their Time." appears in the Spring 2013 edition of Graze Magazine (

Jeffrey Yeager presented two papers at conferences:  “Myth, Identity, & Deep Ecology in Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses & John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown” at the Cormac McCarthy Society Conf from March 3-5 at Berea College in Berea, KY. Next week, I'll be presenting a paper: "Waiting for Lefty: Re-Reading Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle through Proletarian Drama" at the International Steinbeck Conference at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA.

Riggle Fellowships:  Lowell Duckert, John Jones, Sarah Neville

Summer Senate Grants:  Lowell Duckert, Glenn Taylor, Lisa Weihman

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