Current Students

Michelle Hogmire (BA, 2014) was accepted into the prestigious Juniper Summer Writing Institute at The University of Massachusetts in fiction.

Teffany Hunley (MA, 2014) will present “Evelina and Its Mirrors: Beyond the Female Author through Barthes’ Writerly Reader” at CUNY’s Renaissance of Roland Barthes Conference in April.

Former Students

Tonya Bomsta’s essay “Traditions” has been accepted as the finalist in The Florida Review’s 2013 Editors’ Awards contest.

Rajia Hassib’s story “Levitation” has just been accepted for publication in the third issue of an online literary magazine called Bone Parade. Rajia received her English BA from MU in 2010 and the MA in English in 2012.

Leo Roehrich (MA, 2013) has been accepted into the PhD program for linguistics at the University of New South Wales. In addition, an abridged version of his MA thesis has been accepted as a book chapter in the forthcoming publication, Multimodality in Higher Education.

Tanya Bomsta’s (MA, 2013) poem “Cartography” has been accepted for publication by december.

Gregory Tolliver (BA, 2013) was accepted into West Virginia University’s MA in English Literature and will be teaching two sections of English composition as part of his teaching assistantship.

Crystal D. Howell Beck (MA, 2013) has been accepted into the University of Indiana-Bloomington’s Indiana PhD program in Curriculum Studies.

James Baker (BA, 2013) has been accepted with funding to the MA/PhD program for Renaissance literature at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Paige Frazier (MA, 2013) has been accepted with full funding to the MFA program in creative non-fiction at Northern Michigan University.

Tanya Bomsta’s (MA, 2013) essay “Erosion” has been accepted for publication by The Gettysburg Review.

Henry Culvyhouse (BA, 2013)’s essay “In the Gutter of Yoknapatawpha County,” will appear in Collision Literary magazine, and won 3rd Prize in their non-fiction contest.

Nathan Rucker is the recipient of the Ruth Flower Brown Scholarship for Outstanding English Major.

Shaina Taylor (BA, 2013) has been accepted into William and Mary’s Law School.

Brian Brady (BA, 2012) is pursuing a Masters in Literature degree in the graduate program at the University of St. Andrew’s.

Derek Frasure (BA, 2012) has been accepted into the PhD in English program at the University of Michigan with full funding.

Shawn Holliday (BA, 1991; MA, 1993) has an article in the latest Thomas Wolfe Review. He already has a book on Wolfe as well as numerous articles. Shawn is currently Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he also teaches graduate literature courses.

Todd Snyder, an assistant professor of English at Siena College, is profiled on the Siena College website, and talks about his course on the “Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture.”

Krista Bryson (MA, 2010), a PhD candidate at the Ohio State University, has an article entitled “The Literacy Myth in the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives” in the latest issue of Computers and Composition. Read her article here.


Assistant Professor Kristen Lillvis has published two articles recently. “Becoming Self and Mother: Posthuman Liminality in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” appears in volume 54, issue 4 of Critique, and “Maternal Bodies and Posthuman Culture in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber” appears in the book Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering.”

Visiting Assistant Professor Cody Lumpkin’s poem “Egging A House” appears in the Southern Poets issue of Rattle.

Professor John Van Kirk’s novel, Song for Chance, has been reviewed by The New York Times. You can read the review here.

Professor John Van Kirk’s novel, Song for Chance, is now available for pre-order. It will appear in early August, 2013 from Red Hen Press.
Assistant Professor Eric Smith has poems recently in Southwest Review and Indiana Review.

Visiting Assistant Professor Nadia Esque’s article “Defeating Digital Plagiarism among International Students: From Detection to Prevention” appears in The Newsletter of the Intensive English Programs Interest Section. You can read more about her article here.

Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel O’Malley’s short story, “Uncle,” appears in the latest issue of the Baltimore Review. You can read his story here here.

Congratulations to Professors Allison Carey, David Hatfield, Gwenyth Hood, and Kateryna Schray for faculty awards from the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Allison Carey received the Pickens Queen Teacher Award, Dr. Hatfield received the Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award, Dr. Hood received the MU Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award, and Dr. Schray received the Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award.

Visiting Assistant Professor Robert Ellison’s article “Pusey’s Sermons at St. Saviour’s, Leeds” has been published in the March 2013 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History.