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Winter 2015 Faculty News

Find out about English professors' publications and awards
December 10, 2015

Charles Baxter's story "Harmony of the World" appeared in the anthology 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Timothy Brennan published "On the Image of the Country and the City" in Antipode, October 2015.

Michael Dennis Browne (Emeritus) gave a reading December 3 with alumna Margaret Hasse and two other poets at the Blue Moon Cafe in Minneapolis. On December 24, MPR will broadcast a new Christmas carol by Browne and Abbie Betinis. Browne and Stephen Paulus' To Be Certain of the Dawn was performed October 25 at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, Louisville, KY. Another collaboration with Paulus, The Three Hermits, was live-streamed November 13 and 14 at Kennesaw State University, Roswell, GA. A November 15 concert by Vox Femin at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles  included "A Blessing of Cranes," a collaboration with Abbie Betinis. And "Kin," music by Tim Takach, was performed at the ACDA Regional Convention: "Rise Up! 795 Brothers in Song: A Male Chorus Extravaganza," St. Andrew’s Church, Mahtomedi.

Lois Cucullu presented the paper "A Queer Progress: Christopher Isherwood, Sexual Exceptionalism, and Thirties Berlin" at the Isherwood Symposium "'My Self in a Transitional State': Isherwood in California," hosted by the Huntington Library and co-organized by Jim Berg (PhD 1998) and Chris Freeman.

Ray Gonzalez's new book of poetry, Beautiful Wall, was published by BOA Editions. The book is a finalist for a P.E.N. Southwest Book Award in Poetry, which will be announced in January 2016. NBC included Beautiful Wall as one of the top 10 recent books by Latino authors. A critical study of his work opens the first chapter of Zoo Poetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry by Aaron M. Moe, published by Roman and Littlefield. His poem "Last Night" was featured September 29 on Poetry Daily. See our interview here.

Qadri Ismail's second book, Culture and Eurocentrism, was published in the "Disruptions" series for Rowman and Littlefield. See our interview here.

Rebecca Krug will publish Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader with Cornell University Press in fall 2016.

Josephine Lee published "'Something Beyond and Above': David Henry Hwang's Revision of Flower Drum Song" in The Theatre of David Henry Hwang, edited by Esther Kim Lee (Methuen). She published "Stage Orientalism and Asian American Performance from the 19th into the 20th Century" in The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, edited by Rajini Srikanth and Min Song (Cambridge University Press).

Nabil Matar published "Arabic Travel Writing, to 1916" in The Routledge Companion to Travel Literature, edited by Carl Thompson (Routledge).

Dan Philippon published "How Local is Slow Food?" with Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, in a special issue on "Social and Environmental Merits of Food Localization."

Marty Roth (Emeritus) published "Advertising/Pornography/Art: The French Drink Poster" in the October issue of The Journal of Popular Culture. His new book Trickle and Flow: Chapters in the History and Culture of Water (Academica) will be published this winter.

Katherine Scheil's chapter on "Anne Hathaway and the Hathaways" was included in the collection The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography (Cambrige UP), edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells.

Julie Schumacher's novel Dear Committee Members won the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor, a writing prize. She is the first woman to win the prize since its inception in 1996. Previous winners include Jon Stewart, David Sedaris, and Calvin Trillin. She published the essay "What My Mother Wanted Us to Pack" in The New York Times. See an interview here.

John Watkins published "Two Balkan Writer-Diplomats: Reimagining International Space in the Eastern Mediterranean" in Diplomatic Cultures and International Politics: Translations, Spaces and Alternatives, edited by Jason Dittmer and Fiona McConnell (Routledge New Diplomacy Studies).