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Linda Russo's chapbook, Picturing Everything Closer Visible, is set to be published soon by Projective Industries, a micropress that focuses on fine hand-stitched books. A second full-length poetry collection, The Enhanced Immediacy of the Everyday, was a finalist in the recent Lost Roads Press Besmilir Brigham Women Writers Award. This book will appear in the fall with Chax Press. Another poetry manuscript, Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way, was a semi-finalist in the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize. She will be reading her poetry at three off-site events in conjunction with the Associate Writing Programs Conference in Seattle this weekend.

A panel of poets co-organized by Linda Russo, “Place, Practice, and Eco-critical Inhabitance,” has been accepted for inclusion at the 2014 Under Western Skies Conference taking place in Calgary.

A program airing today (February 28th) on Kougradio includes a reading of one of Linda Russo's poem's (read by Linda). The program, produced by the WSU Vancouver Library, announces the library's new poetry collection, which includes a copy of her book MIRTH.

David Tagnani presented at the "Digital Humanities from the Ground Up" session at MLA. He demonstrated "Virtual Trifles," a video game based on the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell. David, Augusta Rohrbach, and colleagues at two other institutions are collaborating on the project.

Tagnani’s poem "Huckleberrying" has been accepted for publication by Kudzu Review.            

T.V. Reed has received word that University of Minnesota Press wants to bring out a new, updated edition of his book The Art of Protest.

T.V. Reed’s two new books Digitized Lives: Culture, Power and Social Change in the Internet Era (Routledge) and Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left (University of Washington Press) are now scheduled to appear in April 2014 and August 2014, respectively.

The following faculty and graduate students earned a Certificate in Professional Development from the Composition Program for Fall 2013: Faculty: Patty Cady, Bucky Carter, Tomie Gowdy-Burke, Mary Ellen Pastor, Laura Powers, Rachel Sanchez, Leslie Sena, Heather Springer, April Strawn, & Kate Watts. Graduate Students: Scarlett Anguiano, Pierre Arellano, Aminah Barnes Cannon, Dani Bowlden, Geoff Cannard, Ben Carlton, Kerry Clark, Miriam Fernandez, Jacob Friedman, Matt Frye, Allison Graves, Ryan House, Hallie Kaiser, Lauren Kelly, Johnna Lash, Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, Daniela Miranda, Nicola Perera, Amy Petersilie, Edie-Marie Roper, Ashina Sipiora, Sam Solomon, Denise Stripes, Amber Strother, Catherine Tetz, Alex Way, Jennie Wellman, & Lindsay Williams.  Faculty and graduate students can earn a certificate by attending at least 10 sessions of PDC in a semester.

Michael Delahoyde's article, "Lyric Poetry from Chaucer to Shakespeare," will be published in Building the Case for Edward de Vere as Shakespeare, Vol. 9, edited by Paul H. Altrocchi and Hank Whittemore.

A roundtable panel proposed by Jana Argersinger (coeditor of Poe Studies, one of our department-sponsored journals) and Phyllis Cole (Penn State) has been accepted for the conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. The roundtable, titled "Building Common Space in Print and Internet Essay Collections," will feature speakers from such projects as the Dickinson Electronic Archive II, The Cambridge History of the American Novel, and Argersinger/Cole's Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism (Univ. of Georgia Press). The conference, titled "Commons," will be hosted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lori Beth De Hertogh's article "Toward a New Assessment Model: Rationale and Strategies for Assessing Students’ Technological Authorship" has been accepted for publication in the journal Composition Forum. It will appear in fall of 2014.

Paula Coomer's flash fictions "Caroline Picked Up a Piece of Paper On the Playground" and "Chemo, Then Gainesville" appeared in the January, 2014, edition of Split Infinitive Literary Magazine. Both stories have been selected for the Spilt Infinitive Literary Magazine 2013 by Hubris Press.

Paula Coomer’s short story "Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl" will appear in the May, 2014, edition of Perceptions: Magazine of the Arts.

This part is not fiction: On Jan. 1 Paula Coomer participated in the Lewiston, Idaho, Polar Bear Plunge. Air temperature—31 degrees F; water temperature—37.

Otherwise, Paula Coomer has been busy following Blue Moon Vegetarian around the region as it approaches cult status. Upcoming readings and lectures include the Boundary County District Library in Sandpoint on Sat. Feb. 22, as arranged by Lost Horse Press, and at the Lewiston City Library on April 14—"The Changing Culture of Food." And no, she has no plans for a TV show or a cookware brand.  

Oh! And Paula Coomer’s novel Dove Creek has been selected by the Idaho Commission for Libraries to be recorded for "Talking Books," a book loan program for the hearing impaired.

Patricia Ericsson’s article “The Crystal Ball Project,” co-authored by Crag Hill, has been accepted for 2014 publication in The Clearing House:  A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas.

Patricia Ericsson presented at the Western States Rhetoric Conference in Oct. Her presentation “Always Already Rhetorical Being and the Narrative “ was part of a panel including former WSU graduate student Paul Muhlhauser and Victor Villanueva

Roger Whitson's William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media (Routlege 2012) was recently reviewed by Mark Greenberg on the website Review 19. Greenberg said that the book offers “the most informed and informative tour of Blake in the digital age that I have read,” that it is “[b]old, open, welcoming differences, valuing reception over authority,” and that he “found this study absorbing, informative, and emblematic of how thoughtful teachers and scholars are engaging twenty-first century students and colleagues in the ongoing conversation about the eternally-fresh William Blake.” 

Roger Whitson presented on the “Critical Making in Digital Humanities” and “Steampunk: Repurposing the Nineteenth Century” panels at MLA 2014. He also read from his “BillBlakeBot” at the Art Institute of Chicago MLA reading sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organization. 

Roger Whitson curated with Dene Grigar the “Critical Making in Digital Humanities” archive. The archive launched to coincide with the MLA conference and he is planning on further iterations in the future. 

Donna Potts poem: "Tiananmen Square," Over the Edge: The First Ten Years - An anthology of fiction & poetry, ed. Susan Millar DuMars, Salmon Poetry, 2013.

Donna Potts “AAUP Addresses Campus Sexual Assault,” MLA, Chicago, Jan. 11, 2014.

Donna Potts "Women, Rape, and Academia," Feminist Vulnerability on Postfeminist Campuses: Alt-Academic Feminism, MLA, Chicago, Jan. 12, 2014. 

Donna Potts "Underneath the Wave: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Mermaids, and the Irish Otherworld" East Meets WestEditors: Reiko Aiura, J. U. Jacobs, J. Derrick McClure, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Jan 2014, 136-147.

On December 5th, Augusta Rohrbach presented new work theorizing the use of the google image searches at the New Media and American Literary History Symposium held at Northeastern’s NuLab.

At this year’s MLA conference, Augusta Rohrbach chaired the session sponsored by the Executive Committee for the Division on 19th Century American Literature called “The Graphic 19th Century.”  She presented “The Reside of History” as part of the special session titled “Alternative Archives, Forgotten Sources.”

Augusta Rohrbach is on the program committee for The Visual and the Verbal: Image and Text in American Print Culture, 1800-1900, a joint CHAViC and PHBAC conference to be held at the American Antiquarian Society in November 2014.

Augusta Rohrbach is now the Chair of the MLA Executive Committee for the Division of 19th Century American Literature.

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Augusta Rohrbach has been invited to write about her work with the graduate students (Aaron  M. Moe, Adam Heidebrink , Charlie Potter, David Tagnani, Juan Carlos Flores, Jennifer Kiehne, Kellie Herson, Rachel Sanchez, and Stacy Wittstock) who built "Digital Emerson" for the upcoming MLA volume:  Approaches to Teaching Emerson's Essays and Other Works., edited by Mark Long and Sean Meehan.

Buddy Levy’s feature article “Great Strides,” about adaptive medical technologies and some amazing people using them to reclaim their lives, appeared in the January issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine. The article is currently in the seatback in front of you (if you are flying Alaska) and may also be read online beginning on page 66.

Kim Burwick's poem, "Scripts for the Afterlife" is forthcoming in the Anthology: Ecology of Desire. She will be reading from this collection at the publication event on Feb 20, from 5-7pm (reading at 6:00) at the Third Street Gallery, Moscow City Hall.

Carol Siegel's manuscript "Sex Radical Cinema" is now under review by request at Indiana University Press, which published her last three monographs.  She is also soliciting essays for a special journal issue on working class academics which she will edit for Rhizomes.

Leonard Orr has had a poem, "Optimist," published in the poetry journal Rattle 43 [20.1] (Spring 2014), 38.

Todd Butler’s essay “Victim Impact Statements, New Media Technologies, and the Classical Rhetoric of Sincerity” appears in the current issue of the University of Toronto Quarterly.

Todd Butler’s essay “"The Cognitive Politics of Writing in Jacobean England: Bacon, Coke, and the Case of Edmund Peacham” has been accepted for publication by the Huntington Library Quarterly.

Dene Grigar (CMDC Vancouver) spoke at the symposium, "Reading Writing and Rereading," on Thursday, January 30 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Her talk centered on the preservation and curating work she is doing with the Pathfinders project.  Pathfinders project was also nominated for a DH award in the area of "Best DH Project for Public Audiences." 

Dene Grigar (CMDC Vancouver) has been invited to give a multimedia performance at the OLE.01 Festival in Naples, Italy in October 2014. The themes of the festival, proposed by the 2014 Universal Forum of Cultures of Naples, are “conditions for peace, sustainable development, knowledge and cultural diversity”.  

Dene Grigar has also been invited to perform her multimedia narrative poem, "Fallow Field," at "An Evening of Electronic Literature," hosted by Ada's Technical Books, in Seattle, WA on February 27, 2014.

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey presented her paper, "Grief Memoir as a Social Restructuring of the Self: An Analysis of Hilary Mantel's Giving Up the Ghost and Joan Wickersham's The Suicide Index," at Washington State University's Wiley Research Exposition on February 21, 2014.

Tanya Gonzales’ paper “In Circumstances Not of Our own Choosing: Cleofas Jaramillo and Rafael Chacón and Mestizo/a Survival in Nineteenth-Century New Mexico” was accepted and will be presented at the annual National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), in Salt Lake City in April.

Thirteenth Annual
M. A. Conference

Wednesday, April 23
10:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Bundy Reading Room
Avery Hall


Visiting Writer Series
Spring 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Poetry Performance

The Bell Tower,
125 SE Spring Street
Downtown Pullman
7:00 p.m.

Sand is the author of author of A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (forthcoming), Remember to Wave, Landscapes of Dissent (co-authored with Jules Boykoff), and interval. She is artist-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.
(Photo credit: Ken Hawkins)

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