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Spotlight on English Department Faculty


Michael Delahoyde lectured on Shakespeare as part of summer outreach programs through the California Shakespeare Theater in the San Francisco Bay area. He published articles on "Lyric Poetry from Chaucer to Shakespeare," "Shakespeare's Perspective Art," and "On Being Wrong [About Shakespeare]." In September he presented a paper on The Comedy of Errors at a Shakespeare conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
Will Hamlin recently published an essay on the phenomenon of god surrogacy in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure; the piece appeared in the edited collection Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
 T.V. Reed gave a paper this month at the Canadian Association for American Studies conference in Banff. The conference was themed: American Circuits, American Secrets, and TV's paper was entitled "Social Movements under the Digital Panopticon."
Mike Edwards had his chapter "Digital Literacy Instruction in Afghanistan" published in the collection "Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies," edited by Gustav Verhulsdonck and Marohang Limbu. His article "Economies of Writing, Without the Economics: Some Implications of Composition's Economic Discourse as Represented in JAC 32.3—4" was published in July in Rhetoric Review 33.3. His article "Unpacking the Universal Library: Digital Reading and the Recirculation of Economic Value" was accepted for publication in the journal Pedagogy.
 Roger Whitson has signed a contract with Routledge for his second book. Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities: Literary Retrofutures, Alternate Histories, Physical Computing examines how steampunk can provide models for participating in historically-situated digital humanities research, while also performing historical “what-if” experiments in the form of nineteenth-century retro-computing and alternative history narratives.
A review of Roger Whitson’s book with Jason Whittaker William Blake and the Digital Humanities by Laura Mandell can be found in the Spring 2014 issue of Studies in Romanticism. While Mandell disagrees with a few of the arguments found in the book, she also praises the authors for writing about Blake’s popularity online “in the context of a DH which strikes them as remaking the teaching of literature” and for inviting “us to think about how we might free the genuine expertise we care about from discipline-defending ego without annihilating disciplinarily itself.” The book also figures prominently in Frances Ferguson’s “Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century” from the Summer 2014 issue of SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Ferguson said that the book illustrates how “the internet is all that writers like Godwin took the printing press to be: a continually refreshed opening in which interpretation is neither a matter of simple recovery of a writer’s meaning nor a processional reception history traced through a series of writers.”
Roger Whitson received a New Faculty Seed Grant in the amount of $17,633.00 for a project called “STEM to STEAMpunk: Critical Making as Literary Scholarship.” In the next few months, he will produce a webinar series that invites prominent academic designers and programmers from around the country to discuss how making is a form of critical and humanistic inquiry. Additionally, he will start producing steampunk artifacts using a 3D-printer and Arduino circuitboards provided by the grant. The design work is part of the final chapter of his steampunk book, where he examines how hands-on computing can be a form of creative scholarly practice.  
Roger Whitson was invited to give a talk at Indiana University on October 20 as part of a colloquium series sponsored by the Catapault Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Analyses.
Roger Whitson has accepted a position as “Associate Editor” for the reviews section of the online journal Romantic Circles. The editors asked him to help reimagine academic reviews to include shorter written reviews, listacles of the most prominent books from years past, Google Hangout-enabled discussions, and Twitter chats.
Roger Whitson presented “@autoblake: Between Critical Making and Computation” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) 2014 held July 9-13 in Washington, DC.
 Kim Burwick is currently a finalist for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry.  Her poem, “Levi’s Bicuspid Valve” will be published in the Bellevue Literary Review in 2015.
As well, she was recently named a finalist for the McCabe Poetry Prize.  Her poem, “Apace, Or the Sound of Good Grasses" will be published in the Winter 2015 edition of Ruminate.
Bill Condon and his co-authors signed a contract with Indiana University Press to publish Faculty Development Matters: Connecting Faculty Learning to Student Learning, in IU Press’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Series. Condon’s research was sponsored by a grant from the Spencer Foundation and involved a collaboration with faculty at Carleton College and at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC). Co-authors include Carol Rutz, Director of Writing at Carleton; Cathy Manduca, Professor of Geology and Director of SERC; Ellen Iverson, Evaluation Director at SERC; and Gudrun Willett, SERC ethnographer. The team identified methods at both WSU and Carleton College that could connect the effects of faculty development to improvements in students’ learning outcomes. These findings are unprecedented in higher education research.
Dene Grigar (CMDC- Vancouver) has been invited to curate an exhibit of electronic literature at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art taking place in Vancouver, B.C. in 14-18 August 2015.  The event is hosted by ISEA International, a non-profit organization “fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology. ISEA International Headquarters is supported by the University of Brighton (UK).”

Grigar has also been invited to submit an essay, entitled "Traversals: Documenting Experience in Electronic Literature,” to the forthcoming book, The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, edited by Dr. Jentery Sayers, University of Victoria.  The essay focuses on the research on digital preservation she undertook for the Pathfinders project.
April Strawn is presenting her work, "Taking the Unconventional Route: When Writing Imitates Life" at the RMMLA convention in Boise on October 10, 2014.
Virginia Hyde (Emeritus) has seen her edition Mornings in Mexico and Other Essays (part of the Cambridge Lawrence Edition) go into paperback in July at Cambridge University Press.  Her book The Risen Adam (Penn State UP) has also gone into a paperback edition.  She is guest-editing a new international issue for a literary journal DHLS (Seoul University) and published several reviews and introductions this year, including the review essay "Veering: A Theory of Literature" in D. H. Lawrence Review 38.2 (2014), 101-105.
Leeann Hunter presented “To ‘Have Truly Lived Instead of Vegetated’: The Romance of a Shop and Feminist Reflections on Work,” at the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference.
Leeann Hunter presented “Building Digital Bridges Between Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Public Humanities” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference (INCS).
Leeann Hunter participated in a week-long seminar on “Visual Design for Digital Humanists” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria.
Leeann Hunter is serving as the arts and humanities representative on the committee for the Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) during the 2014-2015 academic year.
In June 2014, Kristin Arola, Mike Edwards, Patty Ericsson, Bill Condon, and Beth Buyserie successfully hosted the Computers and Writing Conference here at WSU. We had 400 participants from across the country and heard nothing but good things about our conference program, WSU, and the beautiful early-June Palouse. Check out photos from the event.
Kristin Arola gave the presentation, "Pregnancy Interfaced and Inscribed," and also participated in a roundtable, "Writer/Designer: Making Multimodal Projects in Your Classes" at the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference here in Pullman, Washington.
Kristin Arola’s book chapter, co-authored with her brother Adam Arola, "An Ethics of Assemblage: Creative Repetition and the Electric Pow Wow,” has been accepted to Kathleen Blake Yancey and Stephen J. McElroy’s edited collection, Assembling Composition. (Utah State University Press)
Kristin Arola gave an invited lecture, "Slow Composition: An Indigenous Approach to Digital Making," as part of Virginia Tech’s Digital Discussions in the Humanities and Social Sciences Speaker Series. While there, she also ran a workshop as part of the Composition Colloquy, "A Conversation on Multimodal Writing."
Leonard Orr was a Finalist for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize. His poem “Invitation,” featured on journal’s website (June, 27, 2014).

His poem “Backyard,” was featured on journal’s website (August 15, 2014).

Leonard Orr published the poem “Desperate Times,” Slant (Summer, 2014), 70.
Leonard Orr was a faculty member for the poetry event LiTFUSE 2014 in Tieton WA, September 26th-28th. He taught a master-class on English-to-English translations, led a workshop on infusing poetry with passion, and, in a plenary session, read poems from his new collection, A Floating Woman (WordTech/Cherry Grove, forthcoming, 2015).
Buddy Levy (English) was an invited media member for three days (Sept 5-7) in Flagstaff, AZ as part of an event sponsored by Nature Valley, promoting and documenting Erik Weihenmayer's blind kayaking expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Sept 7-14 Levy was the only journalist invited to participate in the expedition itself. He rafted and kayaked the first 100-miles of the Grand Canyon, from Lee's Ferry to Phantom Ranch, as part of Erik Weihenmayer's historic No Barriers Kayaking Blind expedition. Weihenmayer (an innovative and visionary  blind adventurer who has climbed Everest and all of the Seven Summits) and blind army veteran Lonnie Bedwell solo whitewater kayaked the entire 277 miles of the Grand Canyon to raise awareness about overcoming adversity and to promote Weihenmayer's No Barriers foundation and mindset. Levy's feature article on the expedition will appear in the 2015 Winter/Spring issue of Canoe & Kayak, a nationally published magazine. For more about the expedition (videos, too) visit

Buddy Levy's article Recreational Gems (on Idaho's varied recreational possibilities) will appear in the October issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine Horizon Edition. Levy is a frequent contributor to Alaska/Horizon Air Magazines.
Buddy Levy's profile of author N.D. Wilson will appear in the December issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine Horizon Edition. Wilson, who lives in Moscow, Idaho, is a widely read author (The Ashtown Burials Series, Leepike Ridge) and a burgeoning film writer and director.
Donna L. Potts published the following reviews of the following books: Pastoral Elegy in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Knowing One's Place in Contemporary Irish and Polish Poetry in English 2014; doi: 10.1093/english/efu021; Prairie Sky: A Pilot's Reflections on Flying and the Grace of Altitude, in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 2014; doi: 10.1093/isle/isu066; Francis Harvey, Donegal Haiku, in New Hibernia Review, Spring 2014, 148-49.

She launched her edited collection, This Landscape's Fierce Embrace: The Poetry of Francis Harvey (2014) in Dublin and Donegal.

She presented two papers: “This Landscape’s Fierce Embrace: Region and Nation in Francis Harvey’s Poetry.” RNLA, Plymouth, Massachusetts, June 28, 2014;  
“Writing the Lost Land: Reading Eavan Boland and America.” ACIS annual meeting, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, June 13, 2014.
Thabiti Lewis received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Emory University MARBL Library during the summer of 2014.

He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis during the Spring of 2014.
Pavithra Narayanan’s essay, “Patrick White and Australia: Perspective of an Outsider,” has been published in “Patrick White Centenary: Legacy of a Prodigal Son,” edited by Cynthia Vanden Driesen and Bill Ashcroft (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2014, 125-40).
Narayanan presented a paper, “‘A NATION CHANTS’: Aboriginal struggles for sovereignty, justice, and recognition in Alexis Wright’s ‘Carpentaria,’” at the 2014 Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) International Conference: Worlds Within, in Sydney, Australia.
 Lori Beth De Hertogh's two-part book review of Handbook of Automated Essay Evaluation: Current Applications and New Directions was recently published in The Journal of Writing Assessment. ?

Lori Beth De Hertogh presented a panel presentation with Kristin Arola and Marika Seigel entitled "Pregnancy Interfaced and Inscribed" as well as a roundtable session entitled "Creating and Sustaining Institutionally Responsive New Media Studios" at this summer's Computers and Writing Conference in Pullman, WA. She also presented a workshop entitled “Strategies for Combining Video Recordings and Self-Assessment Heuristics to Improve Teacher Performance in Online Classrooms" at the Appalachian Summer e-Learning Conference in Boone, North Carolina.

Lori Beth De Hertogh is serving as the 2014-2015 Richard H. Haswell Distinguished Graduate Fellow in WSU's Writing Program.

Lori Beth De Hertogh (along with her fabulous and always humorous colleague, Matt Frye) recently received the Avon Murphy Scholarship.
  Carol Siegel was an invited speaker at the University of Oregon in May, giving a presentation to a graduate class on international film; she keynoted the International D.H. Lawrence Society Conference in Gargnano,  Italy in June; and had her book, Sex Radical Cinema, accepted for publication (revisions now completed) by Indiana University Press in August.  She also received an invitation to work on her new book project at the National Center for Jewish Film next year.  A paper from this project, on double consciousness and double address has been accepted for inclusion in the spring 2015 PCA/ACA conference.
  "Composition at Washington State University: Building a Multimodal Bricolage”  co-authored by Elizabeth Edwards, Patricia Ericsson, Leeann Hunter, and Ti Macklin has been accepted for publication in Composition Forum.  This article presents the approaches that the WSU Composition Program has taken in incorporating multimodal Composition from four different subject positions, pedagogical strategies, and theoretical approaches.
Debbie Lee published two review essays in the Los Angeles Review of Books: “The Longing of the Collector” on September 25, 2014 and “Restoration and Ritual” on July 19, 2014.

Lee was an invited speaker at the Mansfield Center Fall 2014 Conference titled “The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: The Imperative of Wilderness at 50 Years” in Missoula, MT, September 11, 2014.

Lee’s essay “The Edge Is What We Have” was published in On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories in September 2014. The collection, edited by Rick Kempa, is from Temple Vishnu Press, a well-known publisher of books about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau. The essay originally appeared in the literary journal TINGE Magazine.

Lee gave a paper at the National Council on Public History conference in Monterrey, CA, on a panel titled “The Forest for the Trees: Sustainable Land Management and Oral History” in March, 2014.
Kristin Carlson Becker has a solo exhibition of printmaking and mixed media work titled “Language Pieces” at Cabell Center Gallery at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR from October 13th to November 21st, 2014. Also, her print, “1912 Center, Moscow, ID” was added to the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library this September.
Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism, an essay collection edited by Jana Argersinger and Phyllis Cole (Penn State Brandywine), was published in August by the University of Georgia Press. To the editors' great pleasure, Phil Gura (UNC-Chapel Hill) describes the volume as "a signal achievement" that will "redirect the study of both transcendentalism and American romanticism generally."

Jana Argersinger--along with Donna Campbell--will present a paper as part of "Pacific Northwest Literary Regionalism: Acts of Recovery," an MLA Vancouver panel chosen for the Presidential Theme, "Negotiating Sites of Memory." The title of Argersinger's presentation is "Carol Ryrie Brink and Moving Memory: A Novel Family History, from Caddie Woodlawn's Wisconsin to Buffalo Coat''s Idaho."
Donna Campbell will present "“Writing Jack London’s Northland: Elizabeth Robins’s Klondike Diaries” at the Jack London Society in Berkeley, California, at the end of October.

At MLA 2015 in Vancouver, BC,  Donna Campbell will present "Batterman Lindsay's Derelicts of Destiny and Pacific Northwest Native American Culture" and  fellow panelist Jana Argersinger, will present "Carol Ryrie Brink and Moving Memory: A Novel Family History, from Caddie Woodlawn's Wisconsin to Buffalo Coat's Idaho" in the session "Pacific Northwest Literary Regionalism: Acts of Recovery" organized and chaired by Laura Laffrado of Western Washington University and named as part of the presidential theme "Negotiating Spaces of Memory."

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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