Spotlight on English Department Faculty
Good News February 19, 2013
Roger Whitson's article "Altac and the Tenure Track" was reprinted for the January 11, 2013 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The issue featured the best Career advice columns of 2012. Roger was also invited by Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor to contribute a piece on health insurance, alternative careers, and contingent work on University campuses.
For Valentine's Day, February 14th, PoetsWest broadcast a radio show on love poetry on KSER 90.7 FM. This show included two poems by Leonard Orr recorded during his reading at the Seattle Public Library in 2011. "Understanding the Rocks" and "Completely" were published in his collection Why We Have Evening.
Bill Condon and WSU PhD grad Asao Inoue have signed a contract with Parlor Press and the WAC Clearinghouse for a new book, Writing Assessment: History, Practices, and Key Issues. The book will be published in both paper and electronic editions in the series Reference Guides in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by Anis Bawarshi, Charles Bazerman, and Mary Jo Reiff.
Aaron Moe will present "The Zoopoetics of a Multispecies Polis: Brenda Hillman's Practical Water" at the University of Idaho's Border/lands: An Interdisciplinary Ecocritical Conference, April 13, 2013.
On March 2 & 3 Buddy Levy will appear as an invited host at Emerald City Comicon, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. The event venue is Seattle's Washington State Convention Center. On Saturday March 2 at 2pm Levy will host/moderate an hour conversation with Gillian Anderson, who garnered international fame as Agent Dana Scully of The X-Files. On Sunday March 3 at 1:30 pm, Levy will chair a panel of convention experts in an insightful and entertaining look at what makes these shows resonate with both geek and mainstream audiences in the panel DECODING COMICON. Some 60,000 people attend Emerald City Comicon, and the hour with Gillian Anderson is expected to have an audience of 2500-3000.
Kim Burwick was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart prize.
Anna Plemons will discuss her work on panels surrounding the U.S. premiere of At Night I Fly, Michel Wenzer's documentary on Arts-in-Corrections at New Folsom Prison. At Night I Fly won the 2011 Swedish Film Award and will be part of Documentary Fortnight MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film this February. The panels are begin held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Trinity College, Hartford, CT; and The New School, New York, NY between February 19-22, 2013.
The American Literature Association has accepted two roundtable sessions collaboratively developed by Jana Argersinger, one of the coeditors of Poe Studies, for its May 2013 conference in Boston. The sessions, titled "What's the Author Got to Do with It?" (with apologies to Tina Turner), will provide a forum for broad conversation about the state of Author Studies—a question fundamental not only to the genre of the single-author journal but to the constitution of the ALA itself.
Paula Coomer's second collection of poems, Nurses Who Love English, has been released from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. From the back cover:
". . . Coomer inventively twists terms and syntax to help us see the world anew."—Kelly Cherry, author of The Retreats of Thought: Poems and Girl in the Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life
". . . Nurses Who Love English depicts the expansive vision of poet who's also a mythmaker-philosopher . . ."—Katrina Roberts, author of The Quick and Underdog
"In poems at once carefully wrought and yet full of spontaneity . . . Coomer's newest collection of poems examines the many ways in which we make art out of our
lives . . ."—Paisley Rekdal, author of The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee and Kaleidoscope
Visiting Writer Series/Creative Writing Events
March 27, 2013
Reading by David Gates
5 p.m. Kimbrough
Music Hall 101
Presented by Kirk McAuley
"Brandy & Iron: The Nature of Things in Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa"