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Spotlight on English Department Faculty

“The Current”  4/1/2015

Scholarship & Creative Activity

Kimberly Burwick's new book, Good Night Brother, was recently reviewed in New Pages.

At the January 2015 MLA Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Donna Campbell presented “Batterman Lindsay and Pacific Northwest Culture” in the special session “Pacific Northwest Regionalism.” Also, as part of the Spokane Public Library’s Big Read series, she gave a lecture on “Jack London in the Klondike” in Cheney on February 22. 

Paula Coomer's Blue Moon Vegan has been released from Seattle's Booktrope and is available for purchase from most book retailers. If you missed the great launch parties in the LC Valley, you can stop in at BookPeople in Moscow on Thursday, April 2 from 5-8 during Moscow's First Thursday after-hours event. Blue Moon Vegan--a follow-up to her 2013 food memoir Blue Moon Vegetarian--includes over 100 vegan and gluten-free recipes and dozens of gorgeous photographs and is a collaboration with Jan Calvert, owner of Bridge Baking Company in Lewiston. Also, she has been named writer-in-residence for Clearwater Writers, a new writer's colony near Syringa, Idaho.

Alexander Hammond (Emeritus) presented “Poe and the Silver Fork Novelists: Fictions of Authorship and Publication in the Folio Club Tales" at the IV International Edgar Allan Poe Conference in New York City, February 26-March 1, 2015.  At the same conference, he was made Honorary Member of the Poe Studies Association. 

Jon Hegglund gave an invited talk, "Matter over Mind: Character and Environment in Joyce and Tati," and facilitated a brown-bag discussion on modernist narrative and the Anthropocene, at the University of Puget Sound in February. He also presented a paper, "Rethinking the Actant: Object Participants and Non-Narrative Agency," at Narrative 2015, the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, in Chicago this March.

Debbie Lee’s essay “Ode to Animals,” a review essay of Allison Hawthorne Deming’s Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, appeared in this month’s issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her essay “Voices of Wilderness” appears in the current issue of Washington State Magazine. Last but not least, her creative nonfiction essay “The 99,” originally published in Vela Magazine's online publication, just came out in The Best of Vela, their yearly print magazine, featuring a selection of the most popular essays of the year.

Buddy Levy was the featured presenter March 5 at the Boise City Department of Arts and History Fettuccini Forum, held at Boise's City Hall. The Fettuccine Forum is a free public lecture series on six First Thursdays throughout the academic year. Founded by college in 1989, the forum began in Noodles Italian Restaurant on Boise’s Main Street (hence the “fettuccine”).  Levy's talk was entitled "Get in the Helicopter: Live a Life of Adventure by going with Your Instincts and Taking Risks." He discussed his work as a freelance journalist covering extreme adventure sports, his research and travels in writing his four narrative history books, and his recent work collaborating with blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. He also submitted an article titled "Best of Boise" for Alaska Airlines Magazine, Horizon Edition. The article will appear in the April issue of the magazine.
Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey presented her paper “‘Without a Groan or Reproach’: Eighteenth-Century Slave Executions” at the 2015 Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in San Luis Obispo, CA on February 14, 2015.

Ti Macklin recently received the Charles Davis Award for Best Graduate Student Presentation at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Boise, Idaho in October. An article version of her winning presentation, “Beyond Best Practices: The New Frontier of Responding to Student Work,” will also be featured in the upcoming (2015) book, Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First Year
, edited by Jill Dahlman and Piper Selden and published by Cambridge Scholars.
Donna L. Potts published “Our Collective Apathy about Gang Rape.” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2014. She presented “There’s a Policy for that: The AAUP’s Policies on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault.” MLA, Vancouver, BC, Jan. 8, 2015, and “Workshop for Contingent Faculty,” MLA, Vancouver, BC, Jan. 10, 2015. She was also interviewed and photographed for "The Legacy of Campus Rape, "More Magazine, February 2015.



New, Recent, and Forthcoming Faculty and Staff Publications


Jana Argersinger


Robert Eddy and
Victor Villanueva


William M. Hamlin


Louis Kirk McAuley


Donna L. Potts


Kristin L. Arola










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