Snow on the Oval
Snow on the oval, image from Colorado State University
  • Leslee Becker has been named a Finalist in the Great Midwestern Fiction Contest for her story, “The Grotto.”
  • Mark Bresnan wrote about compensation and contingent labor for Inside Higher Ed.
  • In the on-going life of NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified)Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang have a review, and long interview, up at Michigan Quarterly Review. It can be read here:
  • Leslie Davis presented her project for the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence last week, titled “Integrating Inclusivity: Making Diversity a Daily Choice.”
  • Sue Doe and Casie Fedukovich (Associate Professor and Director, First-Year Writing Program, North Carolina State University) will have an essay published this winter in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning. Titled “Beyond Management: The Potential for Writing Program Leadership During Turbulent Times,” the article builds on Casie and Sue’s ongoing research into responses of colleges and universities to the 2016 Presidential election and its aftermath.  Sue and Casie are delighted to be part of the first issue of Reflections (Volume 18, No. 2 Fall 2018-Winter 2019) to be offered in both traditional print and open-access format.
  • The Pennsylvania State University Press has just published The Writings of Elizabeth Webb: A Quaker Missionary in America, 1697-1726, edited by Zach Hutchins and Rachel Cope. This annotated collection reintroduces Webb as a major contributor to women’s writing and religious thought in early America. Her autobiographical works highlight the importance of ecstatic or visionary experiences in the construction of Quaker identity and illustrate the role that women played in creating religious and social networks. Webb used the book of Revelation as a lens through which to comprehend episodes from American history, and her commentary on the book characterized the colonization of New England as a sign of the end times. Eighteenth-century readers looked to her commentary for guidance during the American War of Independence. Her unique take on Revelation was not only impactful in its own day, but puts contemporary understanding of eighteenth-century Quaker quietism into new perspective. Collecting the earliest known writings by an American Quaker, and one of the earliest by an American woman, this annotated volume rightly places Webb in the company of colonial women writers such as Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, and Sarah Kemble Knight. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars of early America, women’s history, religious history, and American literature.
  • Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m. Beth Lechleitner and other members of the Loveland Writing Lab will reading from their new book (Begin with Leaves) at Artworks in Loveland (on Railroad Avenue).
  • Todd Mitchell just sold film/TV option rights for his most recent (unpublished) novel, THE NAMING GIRL, to Good Neighbors Media. Jennifer Phang, the director who acquired the project, was recently listed as “One of the greatest female sci-fi directors of all time” by SYFY Wire. The next step: getting a big studio or production company to finance development. If you know anyone in the film/TV production industry, please talk with Todd. The most recent issue of VOYA features a cover article interview with Todd Mitchell about his work as a writer and teacher.
  • In December, Mike Palmquist delivered the opening keynote at the 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum, “WAC and Critical Thinking: Exploring Productive Relationships.” The conference, held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, drew attendees from 20 countries. Following the conference, he gave a talk to faculty at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on learning analytics with Dragan Gašević of Monash University, who is past chair of the Society for Learning Analytics. In January, he presented a talk, “On the Formation of a Joint College: Opportunities, Challenges, and a Vision for Success,” at a forum held at Qingdao University.
  • Emma Heyche’s poem “Replay the Insufficiency Game” published in Foglifter, and two poems published in Blue River Review.
  • Kelly Weber’s essay ” ‘We Are the Poem’: Structural Fissures and Levels in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water” is forthcoming in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
  • Bill Tremblay’s poem “The Quinebaug at Twelve” will be published in The Worcester Review, Volume 40 (2019). His two paragraphs about William Blake and Rainer Marie Rilke, regarding the idea of “re-subjectifying the formerly objectified,” which were written originally in a personal e-mail, are quoted in an article written by Chard deNiord on “The Other” in the latest issue of a magazine called The Plume. In addition, for his book of poetry Walks Along the Ditch, Bill is included in a list of poets who exhibit attributes of “the Transpersonal Poem.”

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