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Department News

New Chairs for the English Department: Michelle Burnham (Department Chair), Terry Beers (Associate Chair), Juliana Chang (Associate Chair).

Warm Welcome to our new faculty, Assistant Professor: Tricia Serviss. Academic Year Adjunct Lecturers: Kristin Conard, Miah Jeffra, and Allia Griffin. Quarterly Adjunct Lecturers: Philip Kobylarz, Kevin Long, and Stefanie Silva.

Congratulations to Cruz Medina, who has been appointed to Assistant Professor.  

Congratulations to Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Theresa Conefrey, and Melissa Donegan, on being appointed to Lecturers.

Congratulations to Jefferson Dela Cruz on his 5 Years of Service working for Santa Clara University.

Faculty Accomplishments

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During the summer Simone Billings served as an External Reviewer for a faculty member at Indiana University Purdue University Indiana who was applying for promotion to senior lecturer.  She also served as a Discipline-Specific Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, reading and evaluating a number of applications from colleagues nation-wide who are hoping to receive grants to teach or do research abroad in AY 2015-16.  And during the summer Billings began work with Fred White on the 6th edition of their co-authored textbook, The Well-Crafted Argument.  That work will continue throughout this academic year.  This academic year Billings will serve as President of the Northern California-Nevada affiliate of Writing Program Administrators, so she will definitely attend the Fall meeting of the affiliate in November in Reno, Nevada.  
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Michelle Burnham and James Freitas (SCU English, '15) have co-edited an enlarged and expanded second edition of the 1767 novel The Female American, now out with Broadview Press. This female castaway novel features a biracial heroine set in the Atlantic world; the second edition includes new documents and contexts that situate the text within a much longer--as well as a more global and transnational--literary and cultural history. Details here:
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Juliana Chang  introduced Cornel West's talk "Black Prophetic Fire" and moderated the Q&A at Santa Clara University on October 3, 2014. Dr. West's talk was sponsored by the Bannan Institute and the Commonwealth Club.
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Andy Garavel's essay, "Beggars on Horseback: The Irish Cousins in Wales" has been published in Studies in Travel Writing as part of a special issue on Wales.   
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Over the summer, Maria Judnick became a regular contributor to the KQED Pop Blog (  Her articles span her interests from banned books to baseball and all the "zeitgeist" in between! 

In July, Maria had the pleasure of attending the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers outside of Enterprise, OR.   As a Frank Conley Scholarship recipient, Maria spent a week working with the writer Brenda Miller.  

Also in July, Maria served as the Project Coordinator for her fourth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers: "The Immigrant Experience in California Through Literature and Theatre."  This new two week institute featured talks by such distinguished writers as Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior) and El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit).  
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Robin Tremblay-McGaw will be giving a paper entitled "Between the Tablet and the Notebook: Going Digital in First Year Writing" at the Rocky Mountain MLA later this week, October 10th, 2014, in Boise ID. It will include data from the "Digital Technologies Survey" she conducted with CTW faculty last May.

Claudia McIsaac
Claudia Monpere McIsaac's poem "Person in Water" appears in The Massachusetts Review (Summer 2014). Her poem "Gather the Clouds" appears in America Magazine, Sept. 15, 2014.

Also, she did a reading of her flash fiction piece "The Cleaning Woman" August 13, 2014 at The Works Gallery, Flash Fiction Forum.

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Myers, T.J. (September 2014).  "Songs for the Singer:  The Orpheus Myth."  Los Angeles Review of Books (  Selected by editor Cecil Castellucci, 2013 National Book Award Judge (Books for Young People).

Myers, T.J. (in press).  "Within Reach:  Are We Underestimating Young Readers?"  Reading Today (, website of the International Reading Association).

Myers, T.J. (October 2014).  "Cousins to Siblings:  Storytellers and the Literary World."  Storytelling Magazine.

Myers, T.J. (August 28 2014).  "Homage to Hemmingway:  To Have and Then Lose the Damn Thing."  Iron-E News ( and HumorFeed (

Myers, T.J. (August 15, 2014).   "Excusing the Sins of the Father."

Myers, T.J. (in press).  "Niche Publishers:  Working the Other Side of the Street."  The SCBWI Bulletin.

Myers, T.J. (8/31/14).  Poems:  "Animal," "Lake Champlain Ferry, October '95" and "First Cave Salamander Discovered, 1689."  Issue #7 Writing the Whirlwind Review.

RELEASED: Myers, T.J. Myers (August 12 2013).  Rude Dude's Book of Food (children's book).  Familius. 

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Juan Velasco published “Mapping a Geography of Hell:  Evil, Neoliberalism, and the Femicides in Roberto Bolaño's 2666” in the Latin American Literary Review. Volume 42, n.83 (January-Jun 2014). He collaborated with one of our best students, Tanya Schmidt, and her name is also acknowledged in the article. She is currently at NYU pursuing her graduate studies in English.
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Julia Voss will be speaking at University of San Francisco, McLaren 252, on October 21st 2014 at 5pm. Her topic of speech is Romper Rooms and Creative Chambers: Studying the Use of Active Learning Classrooms.

English Alumni and Student Recognition

Amy Thomas's Canterbury story, “The Funeral,” was accepted and published to a new online literary publication, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal.  

Julianne Parayo (2012) is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Poland this academic year.  She's keeping a blog if you wish to read about her experiences:

James Freitas has co-edited the second edition of -The Female American- with Michelle Burnham.

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Meetings and Events: Mark Your Calendar!

Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
Fall Literary Festival Tue. Oct. 14, 14 4:30pm–6:00pm Williman Room
Fall English Department Party Sat. Oct. 18, 14 1:00pm–4:00pm Phyllis' House
Poetry Reading Tue. Oct. 21, 14 4:00pm–5:30pm Sobrato Hall B&C
Developing Jesuit Writing Pedagogy at Santa Clara University Tue. Oct. 28, 14 4:00pm–5:15pm Kenna 218
Department Meeting Mon. Dec. 8, 14 12:00pm–1:30pm Weigand Room

Trish Serviss and Simone Billings have a public panel presentation coming up as part of their Bannan Grant, 4-5:15 pm in Kenna 218 on Tuesday October 28.  The Bannan Grant is a Working Group Grant on the topic "Developing Jesuit Writing Pedagogy at Santa Clara University." We hope to see strong support from our department at that first public event.  There will be another in Winter quarter and the final one in Spring.  The topic of the Fall event is "How Write? Why Write?" 

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