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FACULTY NEWS

The English Department is home to a productive, award-winning faculty who pursue research and creative activity across the many diverse sub-fields of English Studies today. Listed below are faculty news updates throughout the years:

Spring 2017 Updates

Maleda Belilgne

  • She will be chairing a panel entitled, “Why Afrofuturism, Why Now?” for the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in March. She will also be presenting a paper entitled, “Speculations in Black: Livable Space, Conditional Futures

Jessica Berman

  • On February 3-4, she was a keynote speaker at the “BBC & the World Service: Debts and Legacies” Symposium organized by King’s College London.

Lindsay DiCuirci

  • She presented a paper at the semi-annual Society of Early Americanists Conference in Tulsa, OK, in March. Her paper was entitled, “‘Never Broken’: Penn’s Treaty in Material and Myth.”
  • Her book, tentatively titled History’s Imprints: The Afterlives of Colonial Books in Nineteenth-Century America, is now under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press’ Material Texts Series.

Lia Purpura

  • Her first “artist’s book,” entitled First Adventures in Beauty, was publish by See Double Books.
  • Her essay, “All the Fierce Tethers” was published in the New England Review.
  • She recently read at SUNY Stony Brook and Hofstra University.
  • She was invited to speak to physics studetns on creativity at the UMD College Park’s “Creativity Forum,” sponsored by the Department of Physics.

Sally Shivnan

  • She was invited to participate in National Short Story Month (May 2017) as a guest blogger for the Emerging Writers Network.

Fall 2016 Updates

Maleda Belilgne

  • She presented “The Quest for Livable Space: Futurity and Sonority in Early Twentieth-Century Black Narrative” as part of the Dresher Center for the Humanities’ CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now talks. She will examine Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self, published in serial format between 1902 and 1903 and one of the earliest examples of black speculative writing.

Michael Fallon

  • His essay, Drawing Circles with Time, was published in the Loch Raven Review‘s Fall 2016 issue.
  • His book review of Face Half-Illuminated, a book of poems by Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, was published in the Potomac: A Journal of Poetry and Politics. 

Jean Fernandez

  • Her essay, “‘Some great wear’: The Aga Jenkyns and the Repression of History in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford,” was published in The Gaskell Journal 30.

Piotr Gwiazda

  • In October, he presented papers at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers Conference at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Outside-In/Inside-Out: A Symposium & Poetry Festival on Outside and Subterranean Poetry at the University of Glasgow.
  • His book, U.S. Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979-2012, was the focus of David Lau’s review essay on “poetic resistance” in New Left Review.
  • His translations of poetry by Grzegorz Wróblewski appeared this summer in Copper Nickel (with commentary), Granta, Mantis, 6×6 Magazine, and Dwarf Stars: The Best Very Short Speculative Poems (Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2016).
  • His poem, “Extraordinary Renditions,” appeared in the latest issue of Antioch Review. 

Tanya Olson

  • She read at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ in October.

Michele Osherow

  • She has been invited by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to serve as a guest lecturer for its educational outreach series: Shakespeare Teaches.

Lia Purpura

  • She read at the Vermont Literary Festival with Yusef Komunyakka in October.
  • Her essay, “Metaphor Studies” was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015.
  • Her work appeared in Post Road, Plume, and 1966.
  • Her poem, “Resolution,” was featured on the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day” site on August 8th.
  • Her essay, “Scream, or Never Minding,” originally published in The Georgia Review, was awarded a 2016 Pushcart Prize.
  • She was named “Best Poet” in Baltimore Magazine‘s 2016 “Best of” issue, which appeared in August.
  • Her work appeared in Ecotone and The New England Review.

Kathryn McKinley

  • She chaired the panel, “Chaucer’s Boccaccio: Acts of Translation and Appropriation,” at the Third Triennial Conference of the American Boccaccio Association at Duke University from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Sally Shivnan

  • Renowned travel writer Rolf Potts conducted a recent interview with her that appears in his “Travel Writers Interview” series at RolfPotts.com.
  • She has been invited to the University of Wales’ 2017 summer creative writing program to give a reading and conduct a one-day fiction workshop.
  • She presented “A Reading and Discussion: Writing and Publishing Short Stories” at the Annapolis Bookshop on Friday, December 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM.
  • She read at the Creative Alliance as part of the Open Circle Reading Series on October 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM.
  • Her book review of Christine Sneed’s The Virginity of Famous Men was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books.
  • Her short fiction collection, Piranhas & Quicksand & Love, was published in September by Press 53.

Orianne Smith

  • She was invited to attend the “Placing Charlotte Smith” conference at Chawton House in Chawton, Alton, Hampshire (UK) in October. Her paper is entitled, “Placing Charlotte Smith in Jamaica: The Politics of Gender and ‘Black’ Magic in The Story of Henrietta.”

Summer 2016 Updates

Christopher Corbett

  • His op-ed piece for the British new service Reuters appeared in many forums, including Fortune magazine. In this piece, he commented on the collapse of the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore.

Michael Fallon

  • His review of Face Half-Illuminated, a book of poems by Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, was published in The Potomac, a Journal of Poetry and Politics.

Lia Purpura

  • In June, she served as the Writer in Residence at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

Kathryn McKinley

  • She presented a paper at the New Chaucer Society Congress in London from July 10 to July 15, 2016. The paper is entitled, “Troilus and Criseyde Book 2: Speech, Property, and Late Medieval Widowhood.”

Nicole Pekarske

  • She has published two poems in the June issue of Southern Poetry Review.
  • She also has published an essay in an upcoming edition of Masque & Spectacle.

Spring 2016 Updates

Jessica Berman

  • Her edited volume, A Companion to Virginia Woolf, was published by Wiley. With thirty-three essays by pre-eminent scholars on the life, work, and contexts of Woolf’s writing, it also includes her essay on Woolf’s Three Guineas. 

Steph Ceraso

  • She was invited to be a featured speaker at the 2016 Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium in April.
  • She gave invited research talks at Georgia State University and the University of Pittsburgh in February.
  • She presented a paper entitled, “Sounding Composition: Teaching Multimodal Listening,” as part of a special session on sound at the MLA Convention in Austin this January.

Lindsay DiCuirci

  • She presented a paper at the Early American Material Texts conference hosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in May. Her paper is entitled, “Lost and Found: Antiquarianism and Historical Reprinting in the Early Republic.”
  • She co-organized a panel for the C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference in March. The panel is entitled,”Unearthing Remains: Recovering American Histories.”
  • She presented a paper at the C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference in March. Her paper is entitled, “Rags, Bones, and Books.”
  • Her English 448 students’ digital exhibition, Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Printwas launched on Thursday, January 28th. It will be a permanent digital exhibition at the American Antiquarian Society.

Mike Fallon

  • He read some of his poetic works at the Creative Alliance in the Patterson theater on April 20 at 7:30 PM.

Jean Fernandez

  • She was named a CAHSS Research Fellow for 2016-17.

Piotr Gwiazda

  • After years of hard work and continued service to the department and university, he was recently promoted to Full Professor.
  • His review of Magdalena Kay’s In Gratitude for All the Gifts: Seamus Heaney and Eastern Europe appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the Journal of European Studies.
  • His English translation of a poem by Grzegorz Wróblewski appeared in the sixth issue of Inventory, a journal published by the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.
  • In March, he attended a residency at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby, Sweden. While there, he and Grzegorz Wróblewski gave a reading from their forthcoming book, Zero Visibility.
  • In February, Piotr gave a talk on translation for the local group of the American Literary Translators Association (DC-ALT Group) in Washington, D.C.

Phil Hiotis

  • He presented part of his thesis at the George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute’s Graduate Student Symposium on February 23, 2016. His paper is entitled, “Heckling: Disorder in Shakespeare’s Play within a Play.”

Kathryn McKinley

  • She received a Dresher Center Scholarly Project Completion Fund award to support archival research on Boccaccio manuscripts in Florence, Italy for her book on Chaucer and Boccaccio.
  • Her book, Chaucer and Boccaccio: Image, Vision, and the Vernacular in the House of Fame, will be published in 2016 by the University of Toronto’s Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press.

Tanya Olson

  • On April 5th, she gave a reading alongside Lia Purpura at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of their Poetry & Conversation series.

Gail Orgelfinger

  • Her book review of Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinki’s The Strange Case of Emine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints has been published in Digital Philology 5.1 (Spring 2016): 127-30.

Michele Osherow

  • Her play, The Mathematics of Being Human, created along with Mathematics professor Manil Suri, was produced by the University of Pittsburgh’s Heyman Theatre from March 30th to April 2nd.
  • She was invited to present her research on conversion and The Merchant of Venice at a conference celebrating the five hundredth anniversary of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto sponsored by the Medici Project and Venice Center for International Jewish Studies.

Nicole Pekarske

  • Her poem, “Aubade,” was selected as one of eight finalists for the 2016 Orlando Prize given by the A Room of Her Own foundation.
  • Her poem, “Monet’s Waterloo Bridge,” was accepted for publication by Alaska Quarterly Review. 

Lia Purpura

  • Her essay, “Scream, or Never-ending” appeared in the recent issue of the Georgia Review.
  • Her recent publications included essays in the anthologies Insane Devotions: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity University Press), Serious Daring (Oxford University Press), and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays (Georgia University Press).
  • Her work was recently featured on the websites of the Academy of American Poets and The Poetry Society of America.
  • She has held recently readings in Seattle; Portland; Washington, D.C.; and Kentucky.
  • On April 5th, she gave a reading alongside Tanya Olson at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of their Poetry & Conversation series.
  • On March 1st, she gave a reading from her latest collection of poetry, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful, as part of the Humanities Forum.
  • In January, she was Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Idaho’s MFA program.

Deborah Rudacille

  • Her piece, “Living Between Genders,” was published in Spectrum on April 13 and republished on April 27 in Curve Magazine.
  • She was interviewed by Dion Lim, anchor/reporter for WTSP-TV/CBS Tampa Bay in April for her story on the drug DES and its possible association with gender variance in children of women who took the drug during pregnancy.
  • As part of the CityLit Festival, she co-hosted the New Mercury readings, including Mary Valle and Mia Loving.
  • At 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 16th, she read some of her work alongside other noted writers as part of The Loch Raven Review showcase for the CityLit Festival.

Anissa Sorokin

  • She gave a presentation entitled, “Bridge, Telephone, Window: Viewing the Writing Center through an Interpreting Studies Lens,” at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia this March. Four Writing Center tutors (Michael Raup, Kelly Purtell, David Gleyzer, and Rachel Albert) attended with her where they presented their work.
  • On Saturday, January 30th, the UMBC Writing Center, directed by Professor Sorokin, hosted a mini-regional conference featuring interactive workshops on a variety of topics, including strategies for helping tutors work with graduate students and ELLs. The event was funded through a five hundred dollar grant from the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association and was attended by over fifty writing center administrators and tutors representing more than twelve local institutions.

Fall 2015 Updates

Jessica Berman
  • She was invited to give a lecture at a symposium at Uppsala University, Sweden, in October on “Intimate Modernism.” Her talk, entitled “Radio Relations and Transnational Listening,” discussed the situation of litsening in the early days of radio in India.
  • She was an invited speaker at the October 6, 2015, symposium at Haverford College on “Three Guineas, Pacifist Activism, and the Event of Total War.” The panel will precede the opening of an exhibition, “Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War” in the Phillips Wing of Magill Library.
Steph Ceraso
  • She recently published a co-authored article on “Composing with Sound” in Composition Studies 43.2 (2015).
Christopher Corbett
  • He was invited by the British news service Reuters to write a year-end wrap-up published December 31, 2015 about Baltimore’s social upheaval in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.
  • He was the keynote speaker on September 12, 2015, in St. Joseph, Missouri, at the annual meeting of the National Pony Express Association.
Lindsay DiCuirci
  • She presented a paper at the 23rd annual international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing in Montreal, Quebec in October. Her paper is entitled, “Antiquarianism as Reanimation in Washington Irving’s Sketchbook.

Michael Fallon

  • His essay, “The Other Side of Silence,” was accepted by the New England Review and will be published in its winter issue available in December.

Piotr Gwiazda

  • His new book of poems, Aspects of Strangers, was published by Moria Books. It was included among the “six best books of world poetry published in 2015” by Scroll magazine.
  • His translations of and commentary on Grzegorz Wróblewski’s poetry appeared in November as part of a special feature on Tadeusz Różewicz  in Jacket2.
  • In October, he participated in a panel entitled, “Teaching Translation to Monolingual Students,” at the American Literary Translators Association Conference in Tucson, Arizona. He also read his translations of Grzegroz Wróblewski’s poetry at the conference.

Kathryn McKinley

  • She received a five thousand dollar CAHSS Dean’s Research Fund award.

Tanya Olson

  • She delivered a talk, “txt me im board: The Long Poem in Contemporary American Poetry,” as part of the Dresher Center for the Humanities’ CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now talks on November 18, 2015, at noon.
  • She read at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at 2 PM.

Michele Osherow

  • She presented at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., with Michael Anderegg on Lincoln, Shakespeare, and the nineteenth century stage.
  • She presented at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., on storytelling in Shakespeare’s Pericles. 

Nicole Pekarske

  • She published a poem in the next issue of Poet Lore.

Lia Purpura

  • Her essay, “Scream, or Neverminding” was published this fall in the Georgia Review. 
  • Her essay, “On Prayer,” appeared in the anthology, After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays, published by University of Georgia Press.
  • Her essay, “On Looking Away: A Panoramic,” appeared in the anthology, Serious Daring, published by Oxford University Press.
  • Her essay, “Metaphor Studies,” was named a “notable essay” In Best American Essays 2015.
  • She recently read at the Ivy Bookstore and at the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University.
  • Her new poetry collection, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful, was published by Penguin in September. Her book launch was held at the Ivy Bookstore on October 6, 2015, at 7:00 PM.

Deborah Rudacille

  • The Baltimore City Historical Society honored her at their 15th Annual Mayor’s Reception and History Honors Event on October 24, 2015, for Roots of Steel, which they called “a very readable account of the rise and fall of one of Baltimore’s great industrial enterprises . . . a fine study.”

Jody Shipka

  • Her 2013 publication, “Including, but not Limited to, the Digital,” was translated into Spanish and published in the academic journal Enunciación.

Sally Shivnan

  • She presented the results of the audio-comment project as part of the Hrabowski Innovation Fund at the Provost’s 2nd annual Teaching and Learning Symposium on Friday, September 25, 2015, on two panels–9:30 to 10:15 AM and 10:30 to 11:15 AM in UC 312.
  • She participated in a panel for a Faculty Development Center presentation on September 15, 2015, entitled “Beyond the Knee-Jerk Response.” She discussed the topic of “guiding students to do peer review/critique.” The event was from 12 to 1:30 PM in UC 310.
  • The Baltimore Sun composed an article on the audio-comment project spearheaded by her last year as part of the Hrabowski Innovation Fund and is currently interviewing UMBC students about it.

Orianne Smith

  • She won the biennial First Book Prize for Romantic Women Writers, Revolution and Prophecy (Cambridge 2013) from the British Association of Romantic Studies. She traveled to Cardiff, Wales, to accept the award in mid-July.

Summer 2015 Updates

Ryan Bloom
  • He served as guest editor for the June issue of Smokelong Quarterly.
  • He recently published a short story, “Oh, The Places You Will Go!” in Guernica in July. 
  • He also published a short story in PEN America. 
Steph Ceraso
  • She received the 2015 Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article, which “recognizes the outstanding refereed article in the past volume year of College English that makes a significant contribution to the field of English studies.”
  • She was selected to attend a week-long seminar on “Rhetoric and Sensation” at the Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, which will take place at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, this June.

Christopher Corbett

  • Partisans Pictures interviewed him in July at the Museum of the Chinese in America in New York’s Chinatown for a three-part documentary film series on the story of the Chinese in the American West at the time of the Gold Rush. The documentary film, Gold Mountain, is being made for CCTV-9 in China and focuses on the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the nineteenth century West.
  • He also wrote another piece, “Baltimore: It’s so much worse than you think,” in July for the British news service Reuters about the aftermath of the Baltimore riot and its long-term impact on the city.

Piotr Gwiazda

  • He published creative work in several magazines including Barzakh, Cordite Poetry Review (Australia), Laurel Review, and Mount Hope.
  • His translations of Grzegorz Wroblewski’s poetry appeared in Lost Angeles Review, The Nation, and Pleiades. 
  • He also offered a residency at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby, Sweden.

Lia Purpura

  • She was invited to join the advisory board for the Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction.
  • Her essay, “Dot,” was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015.

Spring 2015 Updates

Maleda Belilgne
  • Her proposal, along with Steph Ceraso, to fund a Sound Studies Faculty Working Group was approved by the Dresher Center for next year.
  • She gave a talk as part of the New Faculty Micro-Talk series on April 21 at 5:30 in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
  • She presented a paper and chairing a panel, Performing Freedom, Troubling Race, at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in April. The paper is entitled, “Flexing for Freedom: Afrofuturist Bodies and Spatial Narrative.”

Margie Burns

  • She served as a judge in the Rice University Graduate Student 90-Second Thesis competition on Friday, March 13.

Steph Ceraso

  • Her proposal, along with Maleda Belilgne, to fund a Sound Studies Faculty Working Group was approved by the Dresher Center for next year.
  • She was invited to present a paper at UCLA’s Inertia Conference, the first major conference on sound and digital humanities.
  • She gave an invited talk on “Writing with Sound” in the University of Virginia’s English Department in April.
  • She gave a talk as part of the New Faculty Micro-Talk series on April 21 at 5:30 in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
  • She chaired a panel and presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication on March 9. The panel is entitled “Sensory Rhetorics: Bodily Experiences in Ambient Environments.”
  • She gave an invited talk on “Making Sense of Sound: Learning to Listen in the 21st Century” at Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute.
  • Her project, “A Tale of Two Soundscapes: The Story of My Listening Body,” was recently published in Provoke!–a collection on digital sound studies sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.
Christopher Corbett
  • The British news service Reuters asked him to write a piece on the civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. The piece was distributed to their clients worldwide.
Jean Fernandez
  • Her article, “‘A Quaint House in an Old Quarter’: Gendered Spaces of Empire in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters” was published in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies. 
  • She was an invited panelist at the Baltimore Museum of Arts’ “Ten Chairs” program where a national panel of experts from a variety of disciplines addressed one specific chair in the exhibition through the lens of his/her discipline.
  • She was an invited panelist for a discussion of Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” as part of Everyman Theater’s The World of the Play Series, hosted by Marc Steiner and broadcast as part of The Marc Steiner Show.
Piotr Gwiazda
  • He received a Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellowship and an award from the CAHSS Dean’s Research Fund to work on his translation project, Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wroblewski.
  • His essay on poetry and bilingualism, entitled, “Like a Bear Playing a Flute,” has been published in Others Will Enter the Gate: An Anthology of Essays by Immigrant Poets by Black Lawrence Press.
  • His new book, U.S. Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979-2012 has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. A brief excerpt appears in Prelude.

Kathryn McKinley

  • She presented a paper on the American Boccaccio Association’s panel, “Lectura Boccaccii I,” at the annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on March 26. The paper is entitled, “Decameron 5.9: Falcon and Famine.”
Tanya Olson
  • She was recognized on April 27th by the National Residence Hall Honorary for her support and mentorship of students in her Composition classes.
  • Her poem, “54 Prince” was chosen by Sherman Alexie for inclusion in the anthology, Best American Poetry 2015.
  • She was granted an Emerging Writer Fellowship by the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Michelle Osherow

  • She was invited to present on The Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare and Philosophy Symposium at SUNY Purchase in April.
  • Her play The Mathematics of Being Human was performed at MoMath (the Museum of Mathematics) in New York City in early March and received a reading and workshop at the Comparative Literature Conference in Baltimore on March 26.
  • Her article, “Wives, Fears and Foreskins: Early Modern Readings of Zipporah and Michal” appeared in the novel volume, Biblical Women in Early Modern Literary Culture, 1550-1700 with Manchester University Press.

Nicole Pekarske

  • She gave a poetry reading with her mother on May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM as part of the Evil Grin Poetry Series at Ahh Coffee in Annapolis.

Lia Purpura

  • She was invited to join the editorial board of the University of Georgia’s new literary non-fiction series.
  • Her essay, “My Eagles,” was published in Orion 34.2 (2015).
  • She recently read and delivered two craft talks at Texas A&M University.
  • Her collection of essays, Increase, has gone into its second printing.
  • Her craft essay, “Problems in Constructing a Narrator: Step Away from the Self” was published in TriQuarterly in April.

Deborah Rudacille

  • Her article, “A Lethal Nostalgia” was published by Aeon on April 23.

Jody Shipka

  • She was one of the selected speakers for the “Digital Rhetoric: Perspectives and Definitions” Symposium at Indiana University in April.
 Sally Shivnan
  • She presented a paper at the AWP Conference in April. The panel is entitled “A World of Travel Writing Beyond Travel Magazines,” and it is about the migration of literary travel writing away from mainstream magazines and toward literary journals and long-form-friendly websites.

Anissa Sorokin

  • She presented on a panel alongside Writing Center tutors and English Department Writing Fellows Rachel Garcia, Michelle Mattern, Disha Patel, and Kelly Purtell at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association’s annual conference. The panel was entitled “Writing Tutor/Writing Fellow: Navigating Shared Roles and Responsibility. The group was awarded a MAWCA merit scholarship for its contribution to the conference.

Rachel Wilkinson

  • She was invited to present at the Ecojustice and Activism conference at Eastern Michigan University on March 21. The talk is entitled, “Women and the Land: Applying an Ecofeminist Lens to Three Pre-Modern Works.”

Fall 2014 Updates

Ryan Bloom
  • He was recently awarded the 2014 Eli Cantor Residency for Writers–a fellowship through Yaddo. This position was recently held by such writers as Alan Hollingburst and Eugenia Kim.
Margie Burns
  • She was elected to the UMBC Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) as a representative from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • She had an article that was recently accepted for publication in Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, published by the Jane Austen Society of North America. The title of the article is “Jane Austen’s Short Lexicon of Fine Names.”
Steph Ceraso
  • Her article, “(Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences,” was chosen as the open access feature of College English 77.2 (2014).
  • She was invited to discuss her in-progress book project, Sounding, Composition, Composing Sound at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. College Park, on October 7. Click here for the video of her talk.
Lindsay DiCurici
  • Her book review of Patricia Roylance’s Eclipse of Empires: World History in 19th-century U.S. Literature and Culture appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Common-Place, an online journal for early American studies.
Piotr Gwiazda
  • His poems and translations appeared in Anomalous and Diode.
  • His translations of new poems by Grzegroz Wroblewski appeared in Asymptote and Poetry Wales. 
  • He took part in the XXIII Ars Cameralis Festival in Katowice, Poland, on November 15, 2014. While in Poland, he also gave a talk, “Dreams of a Common Language: On Contemporary US Poetry,” at the University of Silesia.
  • His interview with Polish writer Grzegroz Wroblewski, “The Passenger Syndrome,” was published in Jacket2
Susan Harrell
  • She won this year’s Distinguished Presidential Staff Award in recognition of her “outstanding commitment and dedication to the mission and values of UMBC through the excellence of her contributions to the English Department.” The reception for this event will be held on April 1, 2015.
Tanya Olson
  • Her book Boyishly was a winner at the Thirty-Fifth Annual American Book Awards. She attended the awards ceremony in San Francisco on October 26.
Michele Osherow
  • She was awarded a College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Fellowship for Spring 2016.
  • Her play/project, The Mathematics of Being Human with Manil Suri from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as well as Alan Kreizenbeck from the Department of Theatre received funding from CIRCA’s InterArts Program.
  • She was featured in the US premiere of Conor McPhearson’s The Veil at Quotidian Theatre Co, Bethesda, MD.
  • She was invited to deliver the keynote address at a conference at Gallaudet University on Staging Shakespearean imagery.
  • She continued as Folger’s Resident Dramaturg for the 2014/2015 season.
Lia Purpura
  • Her essay, “In The Despoiled and Radiant Now,” appeared in the November/December issue of Orion Magazine.
  • Her poem, “Study with Melon,” appeared in the November 24th issue of The New Yorker.
  • As part of the English Department’s Fall Colloquium Series, she gave a talk entitled, “It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful,” on November 19. The talk examined the challenges of integrating a lyric sensibility with overt concerns about our increasingly complex relationship to the environment.
  • She had several poems and essays published in Fall 2014 in Orion, Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.
  • She had several readings recently and upcoming at the University of West Georgia, George Mason University’s festival “Fall for the Book,” Washington College, and the University of Iowa.
  • She taught a master class on “The Art of the Lyric Essay” at Columbia University in September.
Deborah Rudacille
  • As part of the English Department’s Fall Colloquium Series, she gave a talk entitled, “Disrupted Healing,” on October 15. The talk examined the disruptive and disrupted healing of transformative grassroots activism.
Sally Shivnan
  • Her book review of Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s Panic in a Suitcase was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books in September.
Dorothy Stachowiak
  • She chaired a panel and presented a paper at the Film & History Conference in Madison, WI, on October 31. The panel is entitled “Fan Cultures II: Speaking the language, creating the language–memes, fan fiction, and other derivative works.”