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Good News

December 6, 2012


Will Hamlin's new book, Montaigne's English Journey, will be published next year by Oxford University Press.

Kirk McAuley has received a Meyer Project Award to continue work on his new book project, tentatively titled Invasive Species: The Economy and Ecology of Transatlantic Empire Writing, at the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston.

Michael Delahoyde was interviewed for an Ontario talk radio Halloween show concerning the current zombie craze.

Carol Siegel's essay, "Metaphoric Architecture: Race and Real estate in Panic Room and The People Under the Stairs," in QRFV 30.1 (2013):74-88 is online now for on-demand publication, and will appear in the print version of the journal in January.

Roger Whitson presented "William Blake's White Noise" at the International Conference on Romanticism, 8-11 November 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. He also participated in THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy, 20-21 October 2012 in Portland, Oregon, and he was offered a tuition scholarship to attend this summer's Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria.

Matthew Frye, Erika Szymanski, and Lori Beth De Hertogh facilitated an interactive faculty workshop titled "Multimodality in Scientific and Technical Writing" last month for WSU's Writing Program. The workshop was designed to help science writing teachers integrate multimodality into courses which have a scientific and/or technical writing component.

Paula Coomer's fifth book and first non-fiction attempt, Blue Moon Vegetarian, has been accepted for publication by Booktrope. Blue Moon Vegetarian is the story of learning to solve life's problems through cooking, adopting a shelter dog, renovating a 2-story Victorian, and planning a mid-life wedding. Incorporated into the narrative is a series of original vegetarian recipes. A mid-2013 release is anticipated.

Coomer will break the ice at the 2012 LandEscapes open mic on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m., at the Daily Grind in downtown Pullman with a reading from her novel Dove Creek.

Coomer will sign copies of her various books at Bookpeople in Moscow on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. as part of their Regional Authors Book Party.

Buddy Levy to co-author book with Coach Mike Leach.
From Nov 16 Publisher's Marketplace: Non-fiction: Sports:
Author of NYT bestseller Swing Your Sword, the famed football coach Mike Leach, and journalist and historian Buddy Levy's Geronimo: The Life and Lessons of An American Warrior, examining the Apache Chief's out-maneuvering of the American Army for over two decades through leadership that can be appreciated on and off the football field, to Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Simon & Schuster by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Levy will appear in a 2-hour DECODED special on HISTORY Dec 20, 2012 at 8pm (EST or PST tbd). The special, which deals with Apocalypse prophecies, doomsday preppers, survival shelters and survivalists, airs just one day before the end of the world—so stay tuned!

Levy's article "Sun Valley: Four Season Wonderland" will appear in the January issue of Horizon Air Magazine. If you are flying Horizon in January, you'll find it in the seatback in front of you.

Kimberly Burwick's new book of poems, Horses in the Cathedral, was recently reviewed in the 2012 issue of Water-Stone Review.

Linda Russo's work has gotten a bit of play in the digital realm of late. The feature on Joanne Kyger that she edited for Jacket, an on-line international magazine of contemporary poetry and poetics published from 1997-2010, was featured in Jacket2 (the digital manifestation of Jacket) and then linked from Harriet, the news blog of the Poetry Foundation>
On November 30, Jacket Editor John Tranter featured her writing for Jacket in his daily "Commentary" column at Jacket2

Additionally, the "Poetry in Performance" event that Linda Russo contributed to at the National Poetry Foundation Conference in June was highlighted on PennSound Daily, a news site for PennSound, an audio archive project at UPenn. A full recording of the evening's performance, which includes three pieces by Linda, is now available in the archive

Russo's panel "Groundworks: A Collaborative Lab" will be included in the Conference on Ecopoetics at UC Berkeley in February. This panel will be unique in this academic conference, taking place "on the ground" (UC Berkeley's Eucalpytus Grove) to investigate how an ecopoetics can utilize various disciplinary knowledges (geology, landscape architecture, botany, geography, and philosophy) in an encounter with natural built environments.

Peter Chilson and Debbie Lee gave papers and read from their work at the NonfictioNow Conference in Melbourne, Australia, November 19-26. NonfictioNow explores the creative processes and products across the literary, audiovisual, online, and interdisciplinary mediums of the nonfiction form. 2012 is the first year the conference has been held outside of the University of Iowa, where it was founded. Chilson's paper/reading was entitled "Timbuktu is a place in Oregon"; Lee's was entitled "Bitter Routes."

Debbie Lee's essay "Mental Travelers: Joseph Banks, Mungo Park, and the Romantic Imagination," was published In Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies, eds. Tim Youngs and Charles Forsdick. London: Routledge, 2012. The essay was co-written with Tim Fulford (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) and first published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 24.2 (2002).

Peter Chilson has two pieces forthcoming in Foreign Policy magazine: The first, "Mali's Dogon Country, Once a Tourist haven, Finds Itself on the Border of a Jihadist State," will appear in December. The second, "Borderland," about life in Mali's capital city in the midst of war and political crisis, will appear in January. His ebook about the Mali crisis and the rise of a jihadist state in the country's north will be released in December.

Chilson traveled to San Francisco this week to serve on the Fulbright National Screening Committee for Creative Writing. The committee is reviewing applications for Fulbright's new scholarship program for poets and prose writers.

Chilson appeared on a Nov. 29 Huffington Post Live panel discussion called, "Is Happiness a Choice in Hell" about scientific debate in the United States over whether or not people can "choose" to be happy. Chilson was asked to speak about his experiences in parts of Africa ravaged by war or drought and how people there cope with crisis. Link to the panel:

Dene Grigar (CMDC, Vancouver) has been invited to curate an exhibit of electronic literature at Illuminations, the gallery for the School of English, Media, and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, in March 2014.

Autovation, the augmented reality exhibit created by students in Grigar's spring 2012 special topics course in multimedia installation, won a 2012 Rosey Award in the area of "Experiential," on November 8. The Roseys are coveted creativity awards given out each year by the Portland Advertising Federation.

Kristin Arola won a CAS Travel Grant to attend the Computers & Writing Conference in May 2013.

Arola was recently named to a two-year term on the Editorial Board of Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society. .

Todd Butler's invited essay "Shakespeare and Philosophy" will appear next year in print and on-line in the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Published by Cambridge University Press, the CWSE combines a two-volume print publication with an extensive web-based set of essays and collaborative resources for scholars, performers, and students.

Todd Butler's invited essay "Victim Impact Statements, New Media Technologies, and the Classical Rhetoric of Sincerity" has been formally accepted for the University of Toronto Quarterly's forthcoming 2013 special issue on law and literature.

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