Santa Clara University English Insider Newsletter

Department News

Warm Welcome to our new faculty, Assistant Professor Amy Lueck and Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer David Keaton.

Congratulations to The Santa Clara Review on receiving high praise for its design, artwork, and the diversity and quality of writing in a lengthy review on, a leading source for information and reviews on literary magazines and books. 

Our website now contains a department blog. If you are interested in writing a short piece on anything writing-, reading-, or book-related for the blog, please contact Michelle Burnham.

Faculty Accomplishments

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Michelle Burnham edited and wrote the introduction to a five-essay forum on "The Hemispheric French Atlantic," published in the Fall 2015 issue of J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Her essay, "Obeah's Unproductive Bodies," appeared in Atlantic Studies in Summer 2015, as a response to a special issue of the journal on "Obeah: Knowledge, Power, and Writing in the Early Atlantic World."
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During the summer, Robin Everest authored an on-line course entitled Email Essentials for an on-line educational company called KnowledgeCity.  The materials she created included a table of contents, quiz questions, class script, and PP slides. Most of KnowledgeCity’s on-line students are young professionals in today’s workplace. Robin enjoyed authoring the course so much she is looking into writing a business writing textbook that is in-between a comprehensive textbook and a paperback writing guide.  Robin also started doing the preliminary research for her upcoming workshop on Finding Your Stride after 55.
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Andy Garavel gave a paper titled "Fantasy and Reality in the Plays of Teresa Deevy" at the meeting of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures at the University of York, England. He spent a week at the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland as part of the 150th anniversary of Yeats's birth. 

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During his Fulbright in Berlin, John Hawley gave talks at the Universities of Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Rostock, Paul Valery, Tuebingen, and Bayreuth.  His chapter, "Postcolonial Modernism: Shame and National Form," has appeared in What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say, ed. by Ziad Elmarsafy et al (Routledge): 67-85.  His entry on "Gay and Lesbian Culture and Politics" has appeared in American Political Culture, ed. by Michael Shally-Jensen (ABC-CLIO): 469-475.  His 2015 edited book, Expanding the Circle, will be reissued in paperback in January 2016.
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In August, Maria Judnick was honored to read a new piece at the 2nd Anniversary celebration of San Jose's Flash Fiction Forum.  She is now happily preparing to serve as the Project Coordinator for her fifth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for teachers -- "The Immigrant Experience in California Through Literature and Theatre."  During the school year, Maria Judnick will serve as one of SCU's Faculty Sustainability Liaisons.
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In November, Denise will travel with one of the HUB's writing partners to the National Conference for Peer Tutors of Writing. Michael Turgeon will present his research "Challenging Assumptions from Within: How to Create a Multi-disciplinary Writing Center" at the conference in Salt Lake City. In April 2016, Denise will present her own research at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Houston and will also host the Northern California Writing Centers Association (NCWCA) conference at SCU. The NCWCA's conference theme is "New Media, New Spaces, and Other Ways Writing Centers Work."
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Cynthia Mahamdi had a book chapter, "Revisioning Al Andalus in Nacer Khemir's film, The Dove's Lost Necklace," published in the book edited by colleague Apara Nanda, Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism:  Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age (Routledge, 2015).  She is persevering in her search for a publisher for her first novel, a historical set in 19th century North Africa, and has begun a new project, a postapocalyptic (but utopian!) novel set in the Santa Cruz mountains.
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Tim Myers has a poem in the Writing the Whirlwind Review, and an article on storytelling and a short story in upcoming issues of with Exterminating Angel Press:  The Magazine.
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Robin's Dear Reader, a book of poems, was published by Ithuriel's Spear in August 2015. Laura Moriarty has called it "a great delectable feast of a book" and Juliana Spahr writes that "Robin Tremblay-McGaw's Dear Reader is in the tradition of writing about reading the tradition. Her canon is idiosyncratic. Her reading desirous and rapturous." The book is available from Small Press Distribution at
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Jeff Zorn will be one of the ten finalists in The Moth Grandslam Championship, October 27th at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Doors at 7, stories at 8. Buy tickets in advance at Click on "Events" and scroll down to "San Francisco."

English Alumni and Student Recognition

Megan Brunkhorst (English '12) wrote an article published in USA Today on the Pope

Interested in learning what it takes to write, publish, and market a book? Join Monique Marie DeJong (English '06) during her panel at the virtual workshop "Brew Your Book." The workshop, led by experts who know their craft, takes place from Sept. 30-Oct 2., and Monique's panel is at 3 pm PT Oct. 2. Join her to learn how to brew your own novel!

Tad Malone (English '17) started writing professionally (a small weekly column for at 15. He's currently the art and drama critic for San Jose Metro and editor of the literary magazine Papino. Read his national feature on the band The Neighborhood at Cyperleague.

Meetings and Events: Mark Your Calendar!

Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
Alexandra Teague Oct. 20, 2015 5:00pm–6:00pm St. Clare Room
Norma Elia Cantú Feb. 2, 2016 4:00pm–5:00pm St Clare Room

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss: Winter Writing Studies Colloquium

Feb. 3, 2016 12:15pm–1:30pm St. Clare Room
Dànielle Nicole DeVoss: Winter Writing Studies Workshop Feb. 4, 2016 12:30pm–2:00pm Library Lab 205
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera May 4, 2016 TBA TBA

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