Santa Clara University English Insider Newsletter

Department News and Faculty Accomplishments

Simone Billings

Simone Billings and Fred White are pleased to announce that the revised, brief edition of their argumentation textbook, The Well-Crafted Argument: Across the Curriculum, 1st edition, is available in January 2012. It doesn't have reading clusters, but instructors can still find those available on-line if they wish. If you would like to receive an examination copy, Click Here >>

Rebekah Bloyd

Rebekah Bloyd's poem "In His Time," a variation on a Sestina, will appear in the Spring issue of Writing from the Inside Out, a publication of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.

Michelle Burnham

Michelle Burnham's article, "Female Bodies and Capitalist Drive: Leonora Sansay's Secret History in Transoceanic Context" appears in the recent special issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers devoted to "Women in Early America: Recharting Hemispheric and Atlantic Desire." Available via Project Muse Click Here >>

She also be chaired the session "Word, Image, Media in Early America" at the MLA in Seattle.

Alan Clinton

In November, Alan Clinton's first "admitted" piece of creative nonfiction "Your Powers to Date, June 28," which rigorously catalogs Clinton's magickal powers for the previous year, was published by Connotations Press. Clocking in at 4000 words, Clinton is either long winded or has some serious powers. In December, he edited/authored a special section of Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture entitled "Poetics: Performance and Genre Bending" which includes 3000 word essays on 1) the poetic/narrative art of live film narration and 2) Tsering Dhompa's new book of poems _My rice tastes like the lake_ and its infiltration into genre of the essay. Finally, Clinton briefly introduces a selection of poems from former student Amanda Tai's ekphrastic chapbook _Symptoms of Breaking_ in which he argues that Tai has invented a new form of mimesis which, rather than basing itself in concepts of fidelity, instead takes up the uncertain distances and temporalities of the romantic break-up as its starting point for writing "about" things.

Kirk Glaser

One poem by Kirk Glaser and three poems by former English major Marty Saunders are all featured in the just-released fifth anniversary issue of Bloodroot Literary Magazine (Vol. 5, 2012). Read more >>

Jill Goodman

Jill Goodman and Gail Gradowski, "Using Online Video Testimony in University Courses across the Disciplines." Accepted for the 17th Annual International Oral History Association Conference -- The Challenges of Oral History in the 21st Century: Diversity, Inequality and Identity Construction. (Buenos Aires, 4-7 September 2012).

John Hawley

John Hawley presented a paper, "Telling it Slant," at a special MLA session prompted by the ten-year anniversary of his two books on the intersection of postcolonial and queer theories, and chaired the session "From Komagata Maru to Post 9/11." He also chaired the session "Whiteness, Courtesans, Nautch Girls," at the South Asian Literary Association conference, also in Seattle.

Sharon Merrit

Congratulations to Sharon Merritt for receiving her doctorate!

Tim Myers

Two poems by Tim Myers and three poems by English alumnus are all featured in the just-released fifth anniversary issue of Bloodroot Literary Magazine (Vol. 5, 2012).

Juan Velasco

Juan Velasco's book of poetry, Massacre of the Dreamers, was published by Editorial Polibea in Spain in December 2011. It is a bilingual edition. In the introduction Ron Hansen writes: "Juan's poems are more frightening, tragic, and heartbreaking for being, like dreams themselves, so seemingly authentic yet strange, and penetratingly experienced by wildly imaginative children." The article "Chulifeas Fronteras: Los cuentos de Justo Alarcón" was accepted and will be published in the next issue of the journal "Puentes: Revista mexico-chicana de literatura, cultura y arte."

Atom Yee invited Juan to be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Writers Conference at Santa Clara University on Thursday March 29, 2012.

Department Meetings

January 2012
Wednesday, January 18th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Kennedy Commons

February 2012
Tuesday, February 7th, 3:40 pm – 5:00 pm

Kennedy Commons

March 2012
Monday, March 5th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Kennedy Commons

Faculty Development Workshops

Monday, January 30th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Noel Radley and Gail Gradowski on Digital Literacy
Weigand Room

Wedneday, February 22nd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Jill Gould on Assignment Sequencing Redux in the
Donohoe Conference Room

Tuesday, March 13th, 3:40 pm – 4:40 pm
Chris Bachen on Digital Advocacy and E-Portfolio Redux in
Benson Conference Room 15

Events for Winter Quarter 2012

Friday, January 27th: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Guadalupe River Park Visitor Center
438 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
Join notable Bay Area poets Gail Entrekin, Judy Halebsky, and Senior English major and current Canterbury Scholar Ainsley Kelly for a night of nature poetry hosted by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

Corridors: Exploring the Urban Woodland will focus on the precarious border between nature and development, and the interesting questions and realities that arise in such a place. Following the poets’ performances, there will be an open mic session for all attendees to participate. Please bring a friend and some poems to read! The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Pre-registration is required. Go online to to sign-up. Contact Stephanie at 408-298-7657, or, for more information.

Winter Working Scholars Brown-Bag
Monday, February 13th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presented by Claudia McIsaac

Senior Lecturer Promotion
Monday, February 13, or, Tuesday, February 14th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learning Commons 234
Join Eileen Elrod (Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development) and colleagues from the Senior Lecturer Promotion Committee (Ed Schaefer (Math & CS) on Monday and Jill Goodman (English) on Tuesday) for advice and conversation about how to prepare an application for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Designed for faculty who plan to petition for promotion to senior lecturer in 2012, open to all. Find guidelines (including deadlines) for promotion to senior lecturer, Click Here >>

Executive Committee Meetings

Tuesday January 31st, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Wednesday February 29th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday May 8th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309

Office Staff and Student News

Monday, February 13th, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm at St Joseph's Hall 309
The three students who submitted work for reading at the Sigma Tau Delta international convention February 29-March 3 have had their pieces accepted for reading (out of 1200 submissions, so some of those were not accepted!): Joseph Forte will present "Edgar Allen Poe: Feminist Hero or Sexist Humbert?"; Tanya Schmidt will read "Hero's Resistance Against Patriarchal Oppression in Much Ado About Nothing"; and R. Jon Teel will present "The Smell of Ending Silence." Information on the Monday, February 13th, 4:15 - 5:15 pm for their practice reading and Q&A will be at St Joseph's Hall Room 309. An additional acceptance for all the students is their roundtable proposal, "Service Learning Reawakens Our Sense of Ourselves," for presentation at the 2012 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

An additional acceptance for all the students is their roundtable proposal, "Service Learning Reawakens Our Sense of Ourselves," for presentation at the 2012 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

Our graduate, Evangeline White is now Professor of Nursing at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

In the Fall Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics awarded in December to faculty and students by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, one of our English majors was a recipient: Zena Andreani, SCU ' 12, Double Major, English and Religious Studies, $400 to support work on a Religious Studies seminar paper called "Restorative Justice and Resolution: The Urgent Alternatives to Shame and Punishment in the United States." Ms. Andreani will study Bay Area groups promoting approaches to criminal justice that emphasize practices like truth-telling and reconciliation. She will work on her paper with Professor Diane Gibson in a class called "Human Suffering and Hope."

One of our recent graduates, Stephanie Wilson ('11), is now working as the Education Coordinator for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a non-profit that manages the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens in downtown San Jose. She writes: "I love my coworkers and my job! I can't think of a better place for me right now. I feel like I'm really bringing positive change to San Jose and helping to preserve a bit of this area's rich natural and cultural history. I also have a lot of freedom to pursue my own projects and develop new programs. I'm actually working with my friend Ainsley Kelly from SCU to put on a poetry night that focuses on the urban forest. We like to call our park "the best kept secret in San Jose." It runs right through downtown, and the effects of urbanization are hard to miss-- from the flood control measures that turn parts of the river into concrete canals, to the large population of homeless persons that call the Guadalupe home. But the park also exhibits great natural beauty! There is abundant bird life in the park (I see Great Herons and Red-tailed Hawks almost every day), and about a month ago, we spotted five huge Chinook salmon spawning in the river!"

In Memoriam of Emily Bordallo

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