English Department

English Department

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September 13: Word Garden, 8PM, Murphy house  

September 21: ShopTalk with Traci Brimhall, Editor-in-Chief for Third Coast and Editor at Large for Loaded Bicycle, Murphy house

September 26-27: Word Garden Afield. On Wednesday, September 26, creative writing professor Hope Coulter and seven creative writing students will read at Something’s Brewing coffeehouse.  On Thursday, September 27, on the rooftop of Michelangelo’s, Professor Tyrone Jaeger will read from his new hybrid novel, The Runaway Note.  

October 2: English Department Discussion Series—“English Saved My Life”—7 PM, Murphy house

October 5: ShopTalk with Dana Steward, Murphy house

October 18: Word Garden, 8PM, Murphy house

October 19: ShopTalk with Eliza Borne, assistant web editor of BookPage, Murphy house

October 29: The Legend of Boggy Creek, screening and discussion with Mark Spitzer (UCA)

November 1: English Department Discussion Series—“Why Write?”—7 PM, Murphy house

November 15: Word Garden, 8PM, Murphy house

November 29: Word Garden, 8PM, Murphy house

January 9-12: Literary Research Trip to the Harry Ransom Center (sponsored by the Murphy foundation)


Student News

Several of our creative writers presented at UCA’s 6th Annual English Graduate Conference on Literature on March 29th and 30th: Beth Pond, Tess Stewart, Krystal Suit, Hanna Al-Jibouri, Matthew Tillett, Sarah Ghidina, Joanna Johnson, Ben Edmonds, Sydnee Abernathy, Trevor Trietsch, and Lauren Bowden.

Senior Laura Podd was selected as a Watson Fellow. Congratulations, Laura!

Senior Hanna Al-Jibouri will be a Teach for America Corps Member next year. Congratulations, Hanna!

Seven students attended the 2011 Nebraska Summer Writer’s Conference: Sydnee Abernathy, Hanna Al-Jibouri, Lauren Bowden, Sarah Ghadina, Beth Pond, Tess Stewart, and Krystal Suit.

Five students attended the 2011 Nimrod Conference for Writers and Readers: Matthew Tillett, Joanna Jonson, Trevor Trietsch , Johnny English, and William Repass.  

Amanda Blackmon won a scholarship to The Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. The scholarship was one of five available to college students in Arkansas.  

William Repass completed a Murphy Summer Internship with the Toad Suck Review.


Faculty News

Kristi McKim's essay "A Home for Cinephilia in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers" appears in the recent collection Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction, vol. 2 (Wallflower/Columbia UP, 2012), edited by Scott Balcerzak and Jason Sperb. Her book Love in the Time of Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in December 2011. In Spring 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Dorian Stuber has published pieces on J.G. Farrell at Open Letters Monthly and on Holocaust literatures in War: Critical Insights (Salem Press, 2012).

Tyrone Jaeger's lyric novella The Runaway Note was published in July 2012 by the small press Shakespeare & CO., Toad Suck. His story "True Believers" was published in the Best of the South 2012 issue of The Oxford American, and he recently started writing an online column for the magazine entitled "State of Wonder: Notes from the Upland South." His review of John Edgar Wideman's Briefs appeared in Permafrost (Winter 2012).  With Steve Kistulentz (Millsaps College), he is co-coordinating the conference "Workshopping the Workshop: A Roundtable on Creative Writing Pedagogy," which will take place on February 21-22, 2013 at Millsaps College.

This past spring, Amanda Hagood participated in Centre College's Green Week+  program, guest lecturing in English and Environmental Studies classes, and presenting a talk entitled "Dead Meat: Margaret Atwood and the Language of Carnivory". This semester, she is collaborating with Dr. Carmel Price of Furman University on a blended learning initiative which will bring students in her English class into conversation with environmental sociology students at Furman to promote an interdisciplinary discussion of environmental issues.

Alex Vernon’s edited collection, War: Critical Insights, was published by Salem Press. He continues his work as the James and Emily Bost Odyssey Associate Professor of English, traveling with students to Vietnam.

Carol West is using her Isabelle Peregrin Odyssey professorship to teach students about technology and African literature. This summer, she traveled with a group of students to conferences in England and South Africa.

Toni Wall Jaudon gave an invited lecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s symposium “American Literatures / American Religions.” She will travel to Puerto Rico to present research at the Early Caribbean Society’s second meeting. Her article “Obeah’s Sensations: Rethinking Religion at the Transnational Turn” will appear in American Literature in December 2012.


Alumni News

After completing her Fulbright in South Korea, Colleen Mayo will remain in the country for an additional year to teach English to fifth graders in Gwangju.

Congratulations to Caufield Schnug  (ENGF '12) for receiving a full tuition scholarship and living and research stipend to Harvard University's Film and Visual Studies PhD program, where he began studies this fall. Caufield also published "The Plight of the Screen Animal: Animal Disappearance and Death on Film" in Film Matters (March 2012).

Ashley Wells has entered the M.A. program for Film and Television Studies at Dublin City University.

Abby Coleman is studying poetry at The New School’s MFA program in New York City.

Mason Boling is attending law school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Colin Bagby is studying at the Divinity School at Emory.

Laura Podd is traveling on a Watson Fellowship.

Savannah Saunders is teaching at Montessori school in Fayetteville.

Timothy Wojcik is working at a literary agency in New York City.

Sydnee Abernathy is beginning the MFA program at Wichita State.

Hanna Al-Jibouri is teaching with Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Beth Pond entered an MFA program in nonfiction in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Susan Meyer works for Rosen Publishing in New York City, where she does copywriting, marketing, and editing. She has also written five young adult nonfiction books for Rosen. 

Taylor Adams is studying in the MFA program at U. Maryland.

Matt Sharos just started the MFA program in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Kevin Brannon just received his M.A. in English literature from Columbia (NYC).


Other News

Hendrix is 24th in the nation in the percentage of graduates who earn a Ph.D. in English!


Faculty contact: Toni Wall Jaudon