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Department News

Congratulations: Professor Juliana Chang on her promotion to full professor.

Congratulations: Professor Rob Michalski and Professor Don Riccomini on being promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Congratulations: Professor Allia Griffin received her Ph.D. and defended her dissertation on March 2015. She received her Ph.D. from the English department at University of California, San Diego. The title of her dissertation is "Performing Cultural Memory: Narratives of Captivity and Radical Feminisms."

Faculty Accomplishments

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In Fall 2014, Simone Billings served as a reviewer of student submissions for the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate English majors and minors.  In Winter 2015, Billings completed a 5-week MOOC called "Shaping the Way We Teach English: The Landscape of English Language Teaching," a course in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.  Also in Winter, Billings chaired a session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, "Exploring Identifies:  Embodied and Disembodied," as well as attending the Writing Program Administrators Breakfast and the Jesuit Programs Writing Program Administrators Breakfast (besides various sessions).  In Spring 2015, Billings is piloting a hybrid Advanced Writing course, is attending the Spring meeting of the Northern California-Nevada affiliate of Writing Program Administrators since she's president this year of that affiliate, will be a stage 1 reviewer for submissions to the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication, and will be interviewing applicants for Phi Beta Kappa.  She's looking forward to teaching the online Creative Nonfiction class again in Summer 2015 and to serving again as a Discipline-Specific Reviewer for US applicants in English for Fulbright Scholar grants.  Billings continues to work on the 6th edition ofThe Well-Crafted Argument with Fred White -- and is excited that two of her CTW students from Fall-Winter 2014-15 will have their final papers from Winter 2015 published in the 6th edition.  
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Michelle Burnham will deliver a talk on "Transoceanic America" at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on April 10, and participate in a workshop there on April 11. She recently attended the ASECS conference, where she gave a paper on the "New Directions in Trans-Pacific Studies" panel, and chaired a roundtable discussion on"Capital in the 21st Century in the 18th Century."

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Kristin Conard worked with her brother, an instructor at Sterling College in Kansas, to write the guidebook to Kansas trails, and the Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State is coming out in May 2015. She's also started writing the destinations features for California's Adventure Sports Journal.

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Diane Dreher published a chapter, “Leading with Compassion: A Moral Compass for our Time” in a new book, The Psychology of Compassion and Cruelty: Understanding the Emotional, Spiritual, and Religious Influences (Praeger 2015). She spoke about her work at an Ethics at Noon panel on  “The Psychology of Compassion and Cruelty: Interdisciplinary Reflections,” on April 6, 2015. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today, is finishing work on her Master's degree in Counseling this spring, and is president of the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

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Eileen Razzari Elrod presented "God and the American Reader: Prefaces and Expectations in Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley" at the American Literature Association's Symposium on "God and the American Writer" in San Antonio, Feb 26-28. She made the wise choice to take a spring break in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. That week included one remarkable day when she spent the morning looking at an early edition of Phillis Wheatley and the evening watching Naomi Wallace's new play, "The Liquid Plain," titled from a line in Wheatley's "A Farewell to America." 

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Ron Hansen has sold the film treatment and screenplay of Lie Down With Me, based on the short story "The World to Come" by Jim Shepard, to Relativity Media for a movie to be directed by Casey Affleck.  He also delivered an address at the conference on "The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination" at USC in February, and was emcee for the Authors Salon charity fundraiser for the Peninsula Volunteers in March. 

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John Hawley was recently interviewed in the online journal Inside Higher Ed, about his latest book, Expanding the Circle. He has also been nominated to run for the newly formed MLA executive committee on the Global South.  The election will be in the Fall.  He presented a lecture at the University of Paris for Chantal Zabus's class on the History of Sexuality.  His regular class for Humboldt University (Berlin) as a Fulbright scholar is in their American Studies Master's program, and entitled "The Pink Picket Fence: Are Gays and Lesbians Still Queer?"

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Jackie Hendricks presented her paper "Criseyde becomes Cresseid becomes Criseyde: Chaucer's, Henryson's, and 16th-century English Printers' negotiation of shared literary space" at the Medieval Association of the Pacific conference held in Reno April 9-11. 

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Philip Kobylarz published a fiction collection titled "Now Leaving Nowheresville" In addition, his poems appeared in Damfino, *82 Review, Small Portions, Poetry Bay, The Rampalian, Kentucky Review, Gray Matter, and Red Booth Review. He will appear in the anthology "River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century". His stories appeared in Storyscope, Jet Fuel Review, Literati Quarterly, Festival Writer, Caffeine Press, Munyori, Mojave River Press, and Blotterature. His fiction will be included in the anthology "The Suptopian: Selected Stories". His creative non-fiction appeared in the Mill Valley Review, Cahaba River Literary Journal, Referential Magazine, The Atherton Review, Serving House Books Paris Anthology, Two Cities Review, East Bay Review and he served as Arizona State University's Turner Prize judge.
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Jill Goodman, Gail Gradowski, and Denise Krane presented at the Northern California Writing Centers' Association conference. Their presentation, “Sources Matter: How Talking about Research at the Tutoring Table Influences Student Writing”, focused on how writing partners, librarians, and professors of writing could collaborate in order to enhance students' information literacy.
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In January, Mike Malone's book The Intel Trinity was named Best Business Book of 2014 by the leading review site in the field, 800CEORead.  His new book Team Genius, co-authored with Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard, will be published by HarperCollins in July.  Malone's second novel in his Silicon Valley Quartet:  Cost of Goods Sold, will be published next month.  He is also currently writing an editorial on technology and business topics every three weeks for the Wall Street Journal.  In May Malone will travel to Oxford where he will host Silicon Valley comes to Oxford, the largest event for young entrepreneurs in Europe, which he founded fifteen years ago.
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As part of Small Press Traffic's 40th Anniversary Celebration, Robin's remembrance of encountering Susan Howe's My Emily Dickinson (1985), was published on December 15th here:

On Sunday March 22nd, Robin will read her paper "Her Ars Poetica: Kathleen Fraser's Letter to the World" as part of the Tribute to poet Kathleen Fraser, co-sponsored by The Poetry Center at SFSU and Small Press Traffic. The paper will be published online as well. 

Lastly, in spring, Robin's first full-length poetry collection, Dear Reader, will be published by Ithuriel's Spear.

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Claudia Monpere McIsaac's article, "Beneath Thatched Shelters We Paint Wide-Brimmed Straw Hats: Creative Writing and Social Justice," was published in Service Learning and Literary Studies in English, eds. Laurie Grobman and Roberta Rosenberg, MLA, 2015. Her poem, "The Now," was published in The Cincinnati Review (Winter 2015).
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Cruz Medina presented on a panel, discussing his book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency (Palgrave MacMillan 2015) at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Tampa, Fl. In March, a response essay that he co-wrote was published in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society about the necessity of lived experience in research on the effects of SB 1070 in Arizona. Also in March, Cruz was invited to present a workshop on rhetorical analysis for the Puente Program, an educational partnership with UC Berkeley and local community colleges. In late April, Cruz will have a chapter in Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: Twenty-First-Century Approaches to Teaching (Routledge), alongside a chapter from Juan Velasco. Cruz and Tricia Serviss have also had a panel accepted to the Computers and Writing conference in May, where they plan to present with SCU LEAD students on their experiences with iPads in first-year writing. 
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Christine Montgomery has been invited to submit an article to The Black Scholar, recently picked up by Routledge, on Race and Temporality in the African Diaspora. She is in the process of submitting an article for a special issues on Neo-Slave Narratives to Callaloo as well as an essay proposal for a volume in the MLA Options for Teaching Series entitled Teaching the Harlem Renaissance. Christine has also booked Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, and American Studies Daphne Brooks (Yale University) to give a lecture next fall for SCU's Culture, Power, Difference Speaker's Series. In other news, Christine is happy to announce that she is pregnant with her first child. Her baby boy in due May 27
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Tim Myers' Nectar of Story, which features brief versions of stories and the poems they inspired, will be out this summer from BlazeVox Books, with blurbs from poets Grace Cavalieri and Chase Twichell, Native-American writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac, and the AMAZING Ron Hansen.  Tim's article "A Death-Defying Love:  Versions of the Orpheus Myth" appeared on Los Angeles Review of Books (, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Depressed Poet at CC" is coming out in the Colorado College Bulletin, and his science-fiction story "Gulfs" will appear in Exterminating Angel Press:  The Magazine.
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Apara Nanda has accepted the invitation to join the editorial board team as Associate Managing Editor of JTAS (Journal of Transnational American Studies) sponsored by Stanford University’s Program in American Studies and UC Santa Barbara’s American Cultures and Global Contexts Center. JTAS is hosted on the eScholarship Repository, which is part of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library.  

Her talk on her book, Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age is scheduled for 6 May at University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft, Berkeley CA 94704.  Her co-participants at this event: Professors Hertha Wong (English, UCB), Steven Lee (English, UCB), Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies , UCB) and Wendy Robbins (University of New Brunswick, Canada).   

Her WGST Faculty Lunch Lecture--The Strangled Cry: The Experience and Communication of Trauma--scheduled for April 23 centers on topics from her book of the same name. The discussion seeks to create meaningful conversations that add to a critical appraisal of the primary theme of trauma. Communication being crucial in this context, the intention of this colloquy is to reflect on an exchange of ideas about this compelling issue in human history as it works through literature, art work and testimonies of earthquake survivors and look ahead at possible reparation and healing. Book contributors from across the world will be available via Skype to answer questions and share their stories. 

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Tricia Serviss was awarded a summer research stipend and supporting research grant from the dean's office to continue work on her monograph project called "What Remains: Literacies and Rhetorics of Disappearance in the Americas."
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Julia Voss’s article “To Teach, Critique, and Compose: Representing Computers and Composition through the CIWIC/DMAC Institute” will be published this summer in Computers and Composition as part of a special double issue marking the 30th anniversary of the Digital Media and Composition Institute. This article is the first publication to begin tracing the history and impact of this Institute, a significant site of professional development in English Studies which has supported and shaped the integration of technology into teaching and research in our field over the past three decades. She will also present this work as part of a panel at the May 2015 Computers and Writing Conference titled “Technology Professional Development: Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of CIWIC/DMAC.”

English Alumni and Student Recognition

English Career Night: The English department held its first English Department Career Night on April 14th, 2015 with six English alumni panelist. Click Here to view the presentation.

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Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
Pop Culture Symposium Working Group Tue. Apr. 21, 15 12:00pm–1:00pm St. Joseph's 309
Poetry Reading Tue. Apr. 21, 15 4:00pm–5:00pm Locatelli Center
How Compose? Why Compose? Tue. Apr. 21, 15 4:45pm–6:00pm Kennedy Commons
The Strangled Cry: The Experience and Communication of Trauma Thu. Apr. 23, 15 12:00pm–1:00pm Williman Room
Lunch Conversation Literature Wed. Apr. 29, 15 12:00pm–1:00pm St. Joseph's 309
Rude Dude's Book of Food Thu. May 7, 15 12:00pm–1:30pm Williman Room
Canterbury Reading Wed. May 13, 15 3:30pm–5:30pm St. Clare Room
English Senior Dinner Tue. May 26, 15 5:00pm–7:30pm Adobe Lodge
English Department Meeting Tue. Jun. 9, 15 12:15pm–1:15pm Kennedy Commons 109

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