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Good News 2015-2016

Katie Brogan (MA, 2016) published “The Librarian and the Necromancer” (as Kathleen Brogan) in the most recent issue of Chantwood Magazine.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah A. Chavez’s essay “The Female Body at the Front of the Room” recently appeared on the website for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Visiting Assistant Professor Cody Lumpkin is the featured poet in the most recent issue of Grand Central Review.

Amber Wright (MA, 2016) has an essay, “Rooted,” forthcoming in the Anthology of Appalachian Ecocriticism and Nature Writing, forthcoming in 2017.

Dr. Timothy Burberry, Dr. Robert Ellison, Dr. Jill Treftz, Dr. Jana Tigchelaar, Dr. Rachael Peckham, Dr. Joel Peckham, and Professor Eric Smith have all been selected for summer research awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Sarah Chavez will pilot a new summer continuing education class entitled “What the Literati Read” starting this June. More information is available here, or by calling 304-636-2330.

Steven Smith (M.A. 2015) will enter the PhD program in English at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jane Hill received the Women of Marshall award for administrators from the Women’s Studies program.

Current English major Ally Lawhorn has an essay forthcoming in Thoreau’s Rooster.

Visiting Assistant Professor Brooks Rexroat was recently named a Fulbright Scholar to Russia. More information about Professor Rexroat and this opportunity can be found here.

Daniel Lassell (M.A. 2013) has a poem, “Hospice,” in the new issue of WOLVES magazine.

Hannah Kittle’s (M. A. 2016) braided essay “Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down” was accepted for publication at Lalitamba: a Journal of International Writings for Liberation.

Undergraduate English Major Ginger Jackson has won the Editor’s Prize at the undergraduate writing journal Thoreau’s Rooster for her essay “Notes Surrounding My Mother,” judged by Bill Roorbach.

Four English Department colleagues brought home a combined six awards at this year’s General Faculty Meeting. Dr. David Hatfield received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Carrie Oeding received the Pickens-Queen Teaching Award, Instructor Anna Rollins received the Council of Chairs Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Kristen Lillvis and Anna Rollins (with Mitchell Sharman) received the Hedrick Program Grant for Teaching Innovation, Dr. Kateryna Schray received the Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellow Award, and Dr. Kristen Lillvis received the John & Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year Award.

On Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd, a number of English majors presented original critical and creative work at the MU College of Liberal Arts 16th Annual Research and Creativity Conference. Students from the English Department presented on a number of panels, including: Writing Voice, Grief, Child and the Classroom, featuring presentations by Donna DeRosa, Lydia A. Cyrus, Hailey Hughes, and Stephanie Trupo. Faith, Magic, and Motherhood: Examinations in Popular Culture, featuring presentations by Joshua Knight, Hailey Bibbee, and Alexa Antill. Hybrid Texts: Analysis and Creation, featuring presentations by Angelina Mingo and Hailey Hughes.

Assistant Professor Walter Squire’s article “Chalk: Overwriting the Savior Narrative” appears in Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film: Saviors, Scapegoats and Schoolmarms, edited by Melanie Scoffner and published by Routledge.

Current students Hailey Hughes, Ginger Jackson, and Amanda Schwartz each have essays forthcoming in Thoreau’s Rooster. These three essays have also been named finalists for the journal’s grand prize in creative non-fiction, judged by Bill Roorbach.

Andrea Fekete, a Marshall alum and former instructor in the Department, has been named the 2016 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow for residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, fully funded by the MAAF (

Assistant Professor Jana Tigchelaar served as the Editorial Advisor for Layman Poupard Publishing’s series Short Story Criticism. Dr. Tigchelaar’s entry on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s “A New England Nun” includes an annotated bibliography, selected secondary sources, and a biography of Freeman. 

Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel O’Malley‘s story “Bridge,” which appeared originally in Alaska Quarterly Review, was selected by Junot Diaz for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories of 2016 anthology.

Dr. Kristen Lillvis has won the John & Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor Award.

Instructor Anna Rollins has won an award for the contributions of contingent faculty.

Dr. Carrie Oeding is the winner of this year’s Pickens-Queen Award for outstanding contributions at a teacher, writer, and scholar.

Dr. Kristen Lillvis and Instructor Anna Rollins (along with Dr. Mitch Scharman from Geology) have been named winners of a Hedrick Program Grant for Teaching Innovation for next year to continue their research into the use of rubrics and prompts to improve science writing.

Visiting Assistant Professor Brooks Rexroat‘s story “All That Water” will appear in ‘Everywhere Stories Vol. II: Short Fiction from a Small Planet’, an anthology forthcoming from Press 53.

Happy Publication Day! Dr. Tony Viola‘s novel, The Art of Death, is now available for purchase.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Chavez is featured in the Spotlight Series at The The Poetry. You can also read an interview with Sarah here.

Instructor Abby Daniel will present at two conferences in March 2016. Abby will present “Power Shifted through the Maternal Monstrous and Powerful Blood of the Dragon: An Examination of Daenerys Targaryen’s Subversion of Political Roles in Westeros” at the American Comparative Literature Association 2016 National Conference, Harvard University and “The Stunted Power Dynamics of the Beloved Other: An Exploration of Tyrion’s Lannister’s Subversion of Othering and Chivalric Honor” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2016 National Conference in Seattle. 

Cody Huffman, an undergraduate student at Marshall, had his story “Absent Taiga” accepted for publication by Water Soup, a print and online literary journal that publishes the work of college students.

Three English Department faculty members—Assistant Professor Kristen Lillvis, Instructor David Robinson, and Assistant Professor Walter Squire—conducted a round table session titled “Teaching Difficult Topics through Octavia Butler’s Texts” at the inaugural Octavia E. Butler Conference, which took place at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Feb. 26-28.

Dr. Tony Viola‘s novel The Art of Death is forthcoming from Midnight Frost Books.

Visiting Assistant Professor Brooks Rexroat‘s debut novel, Pine Gap, is forthcoming from Peasantry Press.

Heather Ward (MA, 2016) will present a portion of her thesis at the Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works Conference in Hampshire, England in May.

Steven Smith’s article “Animal Agribusiness and the Pre/Posthuman Condition” has been accepted for publication by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review.

Dr. Timothy J. Burbery has been invited to contribute a chapter on ecocriticism and the Bible to the Oxford University Press Handbook on The Bible and Ecology.

Tanya Bomsta’s (MA, 2013) essay “The Archaeologists” is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, and her essay “Sanitary Engineering” is forthcoming in Pleiades. Her essay “Erosion” was recently listed as a Notable in Best American Essays 2015.

Visiting Assistant Professor Forrest Roth has a new short story, “A Bad Vase Does Not Break,” in The Stockholm Review of Literature.

Assistant Professor Joel Peckham has a new poem, “Storage,” in the most recent issue of The Southern Review.

Amanda Rivera (BA English/Classics) has been accepted into the post-baccalaureate program in classics at William & Mary.

Mitchell Lilly‘s “Edgar Allan Poe’s The (Unnatural) Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” appeared in Poe Studies, and his article “Trauma, Memory, and Imagination in Paul Hornschemeier’s Mother, Come Home” is forthcoming from ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.

Jamie Weaver’s (MA, 2011) poetry collection, Hard Rain, Hard Wind, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2016.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah A. Chavez‘s first full-length poetry collection, Hands That Break & Scar is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

Current MA candidate Jess DeLong will present “Pocahontas Sings Post-Colonialism” at the 43rd Annual International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association in June 2016.

Rajia Hassib’s (MA, 2012) essay, “The Pain-Streaked Optimism of an American Muslim” appeared in The New Yorker in December.

Dr. John Young‘s book, How to Revise a True War Story: Tim O’Brien’s Processes of Textual Production has been accepted for publication by the University of Iowa Press in the New American Canon series in Contemporary Literature and Culture.

Dr. Robert Ellison, Director of the Marshall University Center for Sermon Studies, has launched Sermon Studies, a new scholarly journal housed in the Center. The journal is currently accepting manuscripts for review.

Assistant Professor Joel Peckham will publish two books in 2016: a new collection of essays, Body Memory from New Rivers Press, and a scholarly monograph, Outraged and Amazed: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! from Cambridge Scholars.

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