Thursday, December 15, 2011

Of Interest: Charlotte Bronte Manuscript Up for Auction

Issue Two of the Young Men's Magazine, a six edition work hand-written by Charlotte Bronte at the age of 14 and containing stories set in the imaginary world of Glass Town which she and her siblings had created, is up for auction at Sotheby's. The edition is under 2 1/2 inches tall and contains over 4,000 words, including an early version of a scene from Jane Eyre.

Read more here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Of Interest: The Library Phantom

An anonymous artist in Edinburgh has left a number of beautiful sculptures, made from and inspired by books, in literary locations around the city. The sculptures were accompanied by small notes expressing support for books, stories and creativity:

"A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas... Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story..."

Read the news article and admire the sculptures here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Of Interest: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

CAPTCHA inventor Louis von Ahn has been putting his invention to good use. Take a look at his presentation to see how online forms are helping to digitize out-of-print books, and how his approach to large-scale online collaboration could bring the internet to non-English speakers across the world:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Publication News: Michelle Brooks

Creative Writing instructor Michelle Brooks has recently had her book of poetry, Make Yourself Small, published with The Backwaters Press. 

"One might be forgiven for thinking that the almost universally dark subject matter of these eloquent poems—rape and its aftermath, murder, aberrant psychology, divorce, suicide—might make for gloomy reading. Banish the thought! These poems perfectly encompass both the surrounding darkness and the inextinguishable candle that is lit against it. They are not about life so much as they are the stuff of life itself. Savor them and take heart."—Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

Friday, December 2, 2011

Works in Progress: December Reading

Works in Progress Reading Series December reading:

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM
Winnings Coffee House

American Book-Award winner Sasha Pimentel Chacon

Non-Fiction by Ben Dolan

Fiction by Katie Pelletier

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Publication News: Amy Beeder

Amy Beeder has work forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Blackbird, and Cerise Press.

New Mexico Book Awards:

The 5th Annual New Mexico Book Awards sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op, were announced recently and we are pleased to report that Professor Emeritus Rudolfo Anaya was honored  for his novel, Randy Lopez Goes Home, published June of this year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gail Houston: Publication News

In Victorian Women Writers, Radical Grandmothers, and the Gendering of God, recently accepted by Ohio State University Press for publication, I assert that if Victorian women writers yearned for authorial forebears, or, in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s words, for “grandmothers,” perhaps that longing had something to do with what Barrett referred to as “mother-want,” a sense of the actual and metaphorical absence of a maternal entity (Letters of EBB, ed. Kenyon 1: 232).  While a multitude of orphans crowd the pages of Victorian fiction, anecdotal and statistical evidence testify to the all too common incidence of mothers felled by childbirth. But, as my study  shows, “mother-want” is also inextricably connected to what I call “mother-god-want,” for, as I suggest, the lack of an earthly maternal presence also exacerbated the need for a Mother in Heaven, which Victorian Protestantism was unprepared to supply. The women writers taken up here--Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Florence Nightingale, Anna Jameson, and George Eliot--respond to this lack by imagining symbolic female divinities that allowed them to acquire the authorial legitimacy patriarchal culture denied them.

If these writers confronted a want of earthly and divine mothers, I suggest that there were grandmothers who, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, envisioned powerful female divinities that would reconfigure society in dramatic ways. These millenarians and socialist feminists felt that the time had come for women to bring about the earthly paradise patriarchal institutions had failed to establish. Recuperating a symbolic divine in the form of the Great Mother, a pagan Virgin Mary, a female messiah, and a titanic Eve, Joanna Southcott, Eliza Sharples, Frances Wright and others set the stage for Victorian women writers to envision and impart emanations of puissant Christian and pagan goddesses. Though the Victorian female authors I study often mask progressive rhetoric, even in some cases seeming to reject these foremothers, their radical genealogy appears in mystic, metaphysical revisions of divinity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Publication News: Joy Harjo and Tanaya Winder

Wesleyan University Press has just released Soul Talk, Song Language: Conversations with Joy Harjo
by Joy Harjo and Tanaya Winder
Foreword by Laura Coltelli

Joy Harjo is a “poet-healer-philosopher-saxophonist,” and one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. She has spent the past two decades creating and exploring her place in poetry, music, dance/performance, and art. Soul Talk, Song Language is a distinctive book, gathering together Harjo’s insights and explorations in the form of interviews and essays, showing how artistic creation can bring about spiritual and cultural renewal.

Harjo reflects upon the nuances and development of her art, the importance of her origins, and the arduous reconstructions of the tribal past, as well as the dramatic confrontation between Native American and Anglo civilizations. She takes us on a journey into her identity as an artist, as a woman, and as Native person. With her work poised between poetry and music, she encompasses her tribal heritage, and causes the reader to pause and reassess the American cultural patrimony.

Harjo’s inspiration is often rooted in ritual and ceremony. Her cultural and family background played important roles in the formation of her art. Soul Talk, Song Language is an exploration of how identity and culture shapes the work of the artist, the language of the poet and musician—not only inspiring the end content of the work, but the creation process itself.

Joy Harjo is a poet, performer, writer, and musician of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She has published seven books of acclaimed poetry including She Had Some Horses, In Mad Love and War, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems. She has produced five award-winning albums of music and poetry including Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century, Winding through the Milky Way, and Red Dreams: A Trail Beyond Tears. Tanaya Winder is a poet from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. She is pursuing an MFA in poetry from University of New Mexico and working on her first collection of poetry. Laura Coltelli is a professor of American literature at the University of Pisa, Italy. Her publications include Winged Words, American Indian Writers Speak, and an edited collection of essays, Reading Leslie Marmon Silko.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Works in Progress: November Reading

Join us at Winning's Coffee House for the latest in the Works in Progress Reading Series:

Friday, November 11th
7:00 PM

Faculty reader: Justin St. Germain
Fiction: David Rubalcava
Poetry: Tanaya Winder
Non-Fiction: Jennifer Simpson

Conference Report:: Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA

A sizable contingent of our graduate scholars presented papers at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Scottsdale AZ, October 6-8, 2011.

Katherine Marie Alexander, Chair of Mary Shelley Session.
Presenter: "Mary Shelley's Mask of Feminine Propriety: A Subliminal Technique or a Divided Self?"

Justin Brock, "For the Sake of Another: Examining Women as Mediators and Go-Betweens in the Middle English Floris and Blancheflor."
Nominated for the RMMLA Charles Davis Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation.

Bruce A. Carroll, "Renaissance Poiesis, a Theory of the Arts."

Colleen Dunn, "Grendles grape' as Relic: The Reverse Pilgrimage in Beowulf."

Sinae Kang, "A Nightmare without an End: The Irrecoverable Loss and Horror in the Disenchanted Gothic World of Frankenstein."

Jennifer M. Nader, "Narratives of Monstrosity: Wounded Knee and Print Media in the United States."

Janelle Lynn Ortega, "'Fully, truly seyde the good man of the hylle': The Conflict of Dreams in Malory's Grail Quest."

Doug Ryan VanBenthuysen, Chair, Old and Middle English Session.

RMMLA 2012 will be held in Boulder, CO from October 11th through the 13th. Paper proposals are due to the session chairs by March 12th.

American Studies Lecture Series: George Yúdice

The American Studies Lecture Series presents:

A talk by George Yúdice, Professor and Chair of Modern Literature and Language at the University of Miami, on “The Conundrums of Latino Media”

Talk: November 17, 3-4:30PM SUB 3rd Floor - Fiesta room
Brown Bag: November 18, 12-1PM SUB 3rd Floor - Acoma Room A&B

This event is sponsored by the American Studies Department with support from the Latin American Iberian Institute.

Please contact Rebecca Schreiber ( for more information.

George Yudice is Professor and Chair of Modern Literature and Language at the University of Miami. He was recently Director of the Title VI Center for Latin American Studies at New York University. He is the author of Vicente Huidobro y la motivación del lenguaje poético (Buenos Aires, 1977); Cultural Policy, co-authored with Toby Miller (Sage Publications, 2002); The Expediency of Culture (Duke UP, 2004). He is also co-editor (with Jean Franco and Juan Flores) of On Edge: The Crisis of Contemporary Latin American Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1992) and co-editor of the “Cultural Studies of the Americas” book series with the University of Minnesota Press. He has been an editor of the journal Social Text and is currently an advisory editor for Cultural Studies, Found Object, and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

Jennifer Simpson: Publication News

Jennifer Simpson's poem "intervals" will be published in A Year in Ink, Vol.V with special guest editors: T. Greenwood and Brandon Cesmat.  The anthology is a collection of writing from the San Diego writing community.

(Jennifer gives much thanks to her colleagues in the Spring 2011 poetry workshop and former Russo Chair Dana Levin)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Graduate Students in Medieval Studies Featured in the Daily Lobo

Graduate student Nicholas Schwartz, facilitator of the Medieval Outreach Program, talks about the program's background and its current efforts in Albuquerque schools. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Natalie Becenti, English Graduate, Receives American Indian College Fund Scholarship

Natalie Becenti, who graduated from UNM with her BA in English in May 2011, has received a scholarship from the American Indian College Fund to continue her higher education. A member of Acoma Pueblo and a former Miss Indian UNM, Ms. Becenti will continue her education by pursuing a second BA in Family Studies. The AICF scholarship will fund Ms. Becenti for the remaining semesters she has to complete her second degree.

Ms. Becenti is the first member in her family to attend college. She plans to complete her BA in Family Studies and then apply to the MA program in Counseling and Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural studies, with the future goal of working as a family counselor for native youth. She would like to focus on incarcerated youth and encourage higher educational goals for each of them.

Later on, she plans to attend law school to study Family law and practice within Acoma Pueblo and its surrounding communities.

She specifically thanks Dr. Jesse Alemán and James Burbank of the English Department for their teaching and mentorship. “Professors like them, who believe in students’ potential, have made my time here at UNM wonderful,” she said.

Established in 1989, The American Indian College Fund provides roughly 6,000 scholarships a year to American Indian students to promote student education and Native culture.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tenure Track Professional Writing Positions at UNM English Department

Two Positions in Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Program Administration: Open Rank and Assistant Professor

We invite applications for two full-time, tenured/tenure-track positions to begin August 2012:
•Open-rank (Associate or Full Professor) tenured senior position
•Tenure-track junior position at the Assistant Professor level (probationary appointment leading to tenure)

Responsibilities: Both senior and junior candidates will teach graduate and undergraduate classes in composition and rhetoric; maintain an active research agenda; advise students and serve on exam and dissertation committees; and participate in general program-building efforts. Both candidates will actively participate in and within two years the senior candidate will lead writing program administration efforts (FYW and other general-education writing courses, professional-writing undergraduate major, WAC/WID, and M.A. and PhD program).

Minimum qualifications:  Both senior and junior candidates must have PhD. in rhetoric and composition or a closely related field (junior candidates may have PhD in progress at time of application but must be awarded by August 2012); four years of post-secondary teaching experience; evidence of promising plan of scholarly research leading to publication (Junior candidates: 1 or more articles/chapters in field; Senior candidates: 4 or more articles/chapters in field or book with major press).

Assistant Professor candidates must have experience teaching professional writing. Senior position candidates must have significant experience administering a postsecondary writing program: at least three years administering or co-administering a college writing program.

Preferred qualifications: Both senior and junior candidates should have a broad range of experiences, interests, and areas of expertise and who are eager to help build and administer a vibrant writing program and graduate (MA and PhD) program in rhetoric and writing; demonstrated record of leadership in college writing programs; record of publication in rhetoric and composition or associated areas; other areas of interest and experience should include at least two of the following: professional and technical writing, multilingual writers, writing center theory and practice, digital rhetoric, history of rhetoric and composition, online instruction, writing across the curriculum, preparing graduate teaching assistants and peer tutors, service learning, internships, and other community engagement programs.


Submit application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and writing sample to UNMJobs ( and refer to:
•Open Rank position: Posting # 0813295
•Assistant Professor: Posting # 0813297

In addition to the above, please arrange for three letters of reference to be delivered electronically or by print via USPS: electronically submitted letters or instructions
for retrieving them should be sent to with the word “References” in the subject line; print letters should be sent to:

Charles Paine, Professor, Chair of Search Committee,
c/o Dylan Gauntt,
English, UNM, MSC03
2170, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM

For inquiries about the posting process, please email

For best consideration, complete application materials must be received by November 18, 2011. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by the best consideration date, but positions will remain open until filled.

Qualified applicants from all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The
University of New Mexico is committed to promoting and supporting the diversity of our
campuses, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through
their teaching, research, and service. The University of New Mexico is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.

This position is contingent upon financial budgetaryapproval.

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

MFA student Elizabeth Tannen has the cover article in this month's issue of Local Flavor. It's a profile of Lily Falk, who owns the dress shop "Lily of the West" in Santa Fe.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

26th Annual International Congress on Medievalism: Report

Anita Obermeier and the UNM Institute for Medieval Studies hosted the 26th Annual International Congress on Medievalism on October 21-22, 2011.

The program focused on “Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment” and included exciting plenaries by Elizabeth Sklar (Wayne State University) on “King Arthur in Kentucke: Alternative Arthurian History” and Kevin Harty (La Salle University) on “Walt in Sherwood; or, The Sheriff of Disneyland.”

The program also featured a number of English department participants:

Megan Abrahamson: “I do know Celtic things”: J. R. R. Tolkien, the Accidental Celticist

Justin Brock: Through Bogey, Hoodies, and Muscular Men: Examining the Visual Tradition of Dante in the Twenty-First Century

Bruce Carroll: The Renaissance Nation State Prefigured: Law in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
Emilee J. Howland-Davis: Hermione Granger—La belle inconnue: A Transgendered Look at the Modern Lancelot

Christine Kozikowski: Ripping off the Bodice in Medieval Romance Novels: Feminist Heroines?
Lisa Myers: T. H. White and Malory’s Forest of Adventure

Anita Obermeier: Merlin’s Incubus Conception and Magic in Shakespeare and Rowley’s Birth of Merlin

Janelle Ortega: Lying in the Bed you Make: The Malorian Allusions of Evelyn Waugh

Marisa Sikes: Medievalisms in Roleplaying Games: Long Live the King

A&S Scholarships for Spring 2012

The Fred M & Rose Ellen Calkins Scholarship

Description: The Calkins award is for outstanding New Mexico resident scholars enrolled full time within the College of Arts & Sciences.  To remain eligible for the Scholarship, you will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and continue making outstanding academic progress toward a degree.

Selection Criteria:

  a.. Declared major in any discipline within the College of Arts & Sciences
  b.. Demonstrated financial need.
  c.. NM resident
  d.. Provide a statement of philosophy and purpose.
  e.. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Ralph W. Douglass Memorial Scholarship

Qualifications: Student in the Humanities or Social Sciences

Selection Criteria:

  a.. Declared major in one of the above areas of study
  b.. Demonstrated academic excellence and/or financial need
  c.. Maintain a 2.0 or better GPA

Bruce R. Erdal Endowed Scholarship

Qualifications: The Scholarship is for Undergraduate Students in Science and the Arts, with emphasis in Music.

The recipients of this scholarship must:

A.  Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate in the UNM College of Arts & Sciences.
B.  Demonstrate financial need for scholarship assistance.  Need shall be defines according to the   guidelines established by the UNM Scholarship Office.
C.  Provide a statement of philosophy and purpose.
D.  Have combined interests and actively pursue education in both the sciences (specifically Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Earth Sciences) AND the Arts (specifically as a band member, a music minor, or similar involvement in the creative or performing arts).

George A. Kaseman Memorial Scholarship

Qualifications: Enrollment in any discipline within the College of Arts & Sciences

Selection Criteria:

  a.. Declared major in any discipline within the College of Arts & Sciences
  b.. Preferably a New Mexico resident
  c.. Graduate in the top 1/5 of his/her high school or have above average academic record if already a student at UNM
  d.. Demonstrate economic need

The Nathaniel Pitman Weber Scholarship

Description: Need-based Scholarship.  Recipients should be willing to meet the donors of the scholarship as they will be introduced to them at time of award.

  a.. Must be enrolled full-time in the UNM College of Arts & Sciences.
  b.. Demonstrate financial need for scholarship assistance.
  c.. Must be a New Mexico resident and ineligible for the NM Lottery Scholarship.
  d.. Undergraduate above sophomore level.
  e.. Provide a statement of philosophy and purpose.
  f.. GPA of 2.5 or above and making academic progress.
  g.. May also be awarded to a former student athlete who is no longer receiving an athletic scholarship because he/she has:
  1. Exhausted eligibility but has not yet completed an undergraduate degree.
  2. Family/personal reasons that preclude the ability to remain a student athlete.
Dr. Harry Vanderpool Endowed Scholarship
Qualifications: Study in Government, Social Studies, History, Economics, Sociology, Law, or Religion

Marjorie Yepsen and Carleen F. Farnam Endowed Scholarship

Qualifications: Full time undergraduate enrollment in the Humanities, English or Science.

Selection Criteria:

  a.. Declared major in one of the above areas of study
  b.. Demonstrated academic achievement by maintaining a 3.4 or better GPA

To apply for a College Scholarship:

  1.. Submit a completed application form by December 2.
  2.. Submit a one-page statement explaining why you are a good candidate for an A & S scholarship.
  3.. Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your work. The faculty member should send the letter directly to Brisha Cruz, Scholarship Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, MSC03 2120.
  4.. If applying for a need-based scholarship, make sure you establish your financial need at
  5.. If you are applying for a scholarship that requires further documentation, please submit it directly to the address below.

Mail your application materials to:

Brisha Cruz

Scholarship Coordinator

College of Arts and Sciences, MSC03 2120

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rolando Hinojosa: New Readings

Please join us:

Friday, November 11th from 11:00 - 12:15
Dickey Memorial Theater (1st Floor Humanities building)

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin. He was born in Mercedes, Texas. He earned his BA from the University of Texas, an MA from New Mexico Highlands University, and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. His bilingual publications include The Klail City Death Trip series with fifteen novels so far, and over three dozen short stories and essays. His prizes for best novel include those from Quinto Sol and the Casa de las Americás. Doctoral theses on his work have been written in this country, Germany, Spain, Sicily, as well as masters theses in the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and the United States. In 2007 he received the Texas Literary Festival Bookend Award.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Reader's Theatre Performance Today

Oct 28, Friday, room 108, 12-1:30, a Reader's Theatre performance of Hugh Witemeyer's play on DH Lawrence in New Mexico, actors from our own faculty and student groups.

Bring your own lunch and Halloween treats will be provided.

Poetry Reading Featuring MFA Students and Alums

516 ARTS and The Local Poets Guild present an evening of poems on the theme of Superheroes.

Hosted by Hakim Bellamy the event will feature poet Gary Jackson (MFA 2008) with current MFA candidates Bonnie Altamirano, Nick DePascal and Nora Hickey for a reading and celebration in the gallery.

Friday, October 28 at 7pm

Also featured, winners of the 516 Arts Superheroes Poetry Contest, among them current MFA candidate Tanaya Winder and MFA Alum Richard Vargas

Details can be found here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

UNM English Hiring for Tenure Track Position: Assistant or Associate Professor in Old English

University of New Mexico
Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, Albuquerque, NM 87131 ÿ

Assistant or Associate Professor in Old English Language & Literature
The Department of English at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level, to begin August 2012.

Summary: The Medieval Studies Program in the Department of English at UNM is committed to scholarship and teaching that are historically anchored and theoretically engaged. Successful candidates must have demonstrated scholarly and pedagogical excellence and have engaged in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural research and teaching. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue active mentoring of students and to maintain a strong involvement with UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies and its outreach programs in public education.

Minimum qualifications: 1) an earned PhD with specialization in Old English Language and Literature; 2) expertise in Old English Language and Literature (prose and poetry); 3) record of scholarly excellence; and 4) 5 years of college teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications for the ideal candidate include significant record of publications, teaching excellence on the undergraduate and graduate level, demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively with faculty and students in interdisciplinary programs and community outreach, as well as secondary expertise and interest in one or more of the following comparative areas at the undergraduate and graduate level: Old Norse Language, Literature, and Folklore; History of the English Language; Feminist Approaches to Medieval Studies; Medieval Culture; and Anglo-Saxonism, the appropriation of Anglo-Saxon literature and ideas by later literary historical periods.

All application materials must be received by Nov. 21, 2011, for best consideration. The position will remain open until filled. For complete details or to apply, please visit: and reference posting number 0813180.

Questions on this posting may be directed to Dr. Anita Obermeier, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Department Colloquium: Kathleen Washburn

The next English Department Colloquium will be Thursday, October 27, 12:30-1:45, in Humanities 108 (NOTE VENUE CHANGE). Dr. Kathleen Washburn will deliver her research presentation:

“Cherokee Soldier/Blackfoot Chief: Fake Indian Memoirs and the Contours of Native American literature.”

No advance readings for this presentation. See you there!

O'Donoghue Gregory International Poetry Competition

An international poetry competition run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, ( is currently open for submissions. Winners will be published in Southword journal which has previously showcased Billy Collins, Sinéad Morrissey, Martín Espada, Greg Delanty, Tess Gallagher, Matthew Sweeney and Brian Turner amongst many other respected literary figures. (

This is a prize for single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of 1,000 Euro (on 5 September 2011 approx. USD 1430 or GBP 875) and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to 600 Euro and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Literary Festival. The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2012. There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’’s standard fee of E30.

The deadline is 18 December 2011 and this year's judge is poet Patrick Cotter. ( )

More information, including submission guidelines, may be found here on our website.

or via our Facebook group:

Friday, October 7, 2011

2011 Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture Featuring Denise Chavez

Wednesday, October 19th
6:30 p.m.
George Pearl Hall Auditorium

On Wednesday, October 19, the UNM Department of English will host the distinguished Las Cruces writer Denise Chávez as the featured speaker for the second annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Chávez will address the connections among Chicana feminism and borderlands literature at 6:30 p.m. in George Pearl Hall Auditorium (the School of Architecture and Planning), with a reception to follow.

A native of Las Cruces, Chávez is the author of numerous plays, short fiction, essays, and novels, including The Last of the Menu Girls (1986), Face of an Angel (1994), Loving Pedro Infante (2001), and A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food, and Culture (2006). Widely regarded as a foundational figure in Mexican American literature, Chávez is the recipient of the American Book Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, the New Mexico Governor’s Award, and the Premio Aztlán, a literary prize for Chicana/o literature established in 1993 by Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya. In addition, she is the founder of the Cultural Center of Mesilla as well as the annual Border Book Festival, now in its eighteenth year.

Co-sponsors for the 2011 Anaya Lecture
include the English Department, El
Centro de la Raza, University
Libraries, the Taos Writers’
Conference, the Latin American Iberian
Institute, Feminist Research
Institute, American Studies,
Anthropology, Chicano/Hispano/Mexicano
Studies, History, and Foreign
Languages and Literatures.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the lecture.


George Pearl Hall

George Pearl Hall is located in the School of Architecture and Planning at 2401 Central Ave. NE, across from the UNM Bookstore. The Anaya Lecture will be held in George Pearl Hall Auditorium (room 101).

George Pearl Hall is building 195 on the UNM campus map.

Visitor Parking
Visitors may park at the Cornell Parking Structure at a rate of $1.75 per hour. To get to the structure, turn north onto Stanford Dr. off of Central Ave, go right at the stop sign onto Redondo, and enter the structure to your left.

Cornell Parking Structure is building 196 on the campus map.

Additional handicapped parking can be found at the parking lot behind Johnson Gym. For access, proceed on Redondo past Johnson Field and turn left at the stop sign in front of student housing; the road ends in a small parking lot.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

American Literary Studies Welcomes Dr. Belinda D. Wallace as a Visiting Professor

American Literary Studies is happy to welcome Dr. Belinda Deneen Wallace as a Visiting Professor with a joint position in English and Africana Studies. Dr. Wallace received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park (2006) and held a postdoctoral fellowship in UNM’s Africana Studies Program from 2007 to 2009.

Dr. Wallace is a post-colonialist who specializes in contemporary Caribbean literature and culture.  As a postdoc fellow, she conducted archival research in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Jamaica in order to advance her research agenda on literary representations of Caribbean revolutionary moments, children’s games as cultural memory, and the role of gender and sexuality in Caribbean nation building. She is currently at work on two projects: an article on the works of Trinidadian novelist Dionne Brand and her book manuscript, Revolutionary Lyricism and the Myth of Female Docility, which examines Afro-Caribbean women’s roles in Caribbean libratory and revolutionary movements.

As a graduate student, Dr. Wallace was the recipient of innovative and dynamic teaching that helped demystify learning, re-contextualized the role of knowledge in her life, and bridged the gap between formal education and public intellectualism. These experiences shaped her as a student and now drive her as a professor. In 2010-2011, she served as a lecturer for the Africana Studies Program and worked for the Division for Equity and Inclusion, where she identified and addressed barriers to Black/African American student and faculty recruitment and retention.

Dr. Wallace teaches Caribbean Women Writers, People and Cultures of the Circum-Caribbean, Blacks in Latin America, 19th and 20th Century African American literature, and Black Feminist Theory. She will be teaching English 297—Later American Literature in Spring 2012.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Publication News in Creative Writing

Current MFA student Suzanne Richardson's essay "Throw it Up" has been accepted for publication in New Ohio Review.  
MFA Alumni Jeremy Collins' essay "When We Were Young and Confederate" has been accepted for publication in Chautauqua.  
MFA Alumni Chris Wrenn's essay "Breaking Line," published last year in North Carolina Literary Review, has been named a Notable Essay of 2010 in the just published anthology Best American Essays 2011.
MFA Alumni Billy Howell's essay "How to Leave Your Mother," published last year in Florida Review, has been named a Notable Essay of 2010 in the just published anthology Best American Essays 2011. 

MFA alumni Jonathan Bohr Heinen's essay "Telegraphing," appears in the current online issue of Cimarron Review.

Natalie Kubasek Garners Latino/a Fellowship and Publication

Natalie Kubasek, a second year doctoral student in American Literary Studies, has been named a recipient of UNM’s 2011-2012 Latino/a Graduate and Professional Student Fellowship. Sponsored by El Centro de la Raza and the Title V Resource Center, the $1,000 award seeks to increase the representation of Latina/o graduate and professional students within the UNM community. The goal is to serve as a support system by making resources, networks, and skills available for the successful completion of the graduate degree.

Also, her article, “‘The Ghosts of Ages Past’: Gothic Doubles and Traumatic Transformation in George Lippard’s ’Bel of Prairie Eden,” has been accepted for publication in Neo-Americanist: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal for the Study of America. The essay, which she penned in Dr. Alemán’s seminar on the American Gothic, argues that the gothic tropes that appear in Lippard’s 1848 sensational text emerge from the uncanny relationship that characterizes the border between the US and Mexico.

Ms. Kubasek joined the doctoral program in Fall 2010 after earning her MA in English from Simmons College, in Boston, MA, and her BA in English from Whittier College, in her hometown of Whittier, CA. Her focus is on Chicano/a Literature, and she will be writing her dissertation on Chicana feminist performance art and theater. Dr. Alemán chairs her Committee on Studies and will serve as her faculty mentor for the Latino/a Graduate and Professional Student Fellowship.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Publication News: Marisa Clark

Marisa Clark's essay "Here Come the Brides," published in the Apalachee Review, was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011.  Congratulations, Marisa!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

English 294 Presents Twelfth Night

Enjoy these videos of students from Carolyn Woodward's English 294 : Early English
Literature class, presenting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Act2 Sc 1-3 & 5.

Part One:

Part Two:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Analyzing Culture Through Digital Books: Presentation

Google Books has now scanned over 12 million books and a group of mathematicians and statisticians at Harvard are using that information to produce graphs of word and phrase frequencies through time. Here's their presentation at TedX:

Interested in the project? Google has made the analytical tool publicly available on their online lab site here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dr. Daniel Worden Named Visiting Professor in American Literary Studies

ALS is happy to welcome Dr. Daniel Worden as a Visiting Professor of English. Dr. Worden holds a PhD from Brandies University and is on leave from a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Dr. Worden's research and teaching covers American literature and culture from 1880 to the present, with focus on the history of literary and media forms, modernism, and theories of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism (2011), which positions the American West and "cowboy masculinity" as central to the emergence of literary modernism. His work on U.S. fiction, comics, and television has been published in Arizona Quarterly, Canadian Review of American Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Southern Literary Journal, as well as in the anthologies The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking, A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West, and Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather. He is currently editing two special issues, "Oil Culture" (with Ross Barrett), a collection of essays on representations of the petroleum industry from the nineteenth century to the present, and "Postmodernism, Then" (with Jason Gladstone), a collection of essays reevaluating postmodernism as a historical category that may (or may not) have continued relevance for critics of post-1945 literature. He is also at work on a book, "Cool Realism: The New Journalism and American Literary Culture." Focused on the writings of Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Alex Haley, Michael Herr, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, this book documents the rise of the New Journalism as a literary style in the 1960s and 1970s. Along with American literature from 1865 to the present, his teaching interests include comics and graphic novels, modernism, postmodernism, Western American literature, literary non-fiction, the history of literary criticism, theories of gender and sexuality, periodical studies, and literatures of the American Southwest.

Dr. Worden is teaching for the University Honor’s Program this fall and will offer two classes in the English Department in Spring 2012: English 315—American Masculinities and English 463—Modern American Literature.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

English Department Colloquium: Carmen Nocentelli

At the next English Department Colloquium Professor Carmen Nocentelli will present her research talk, ISLANDS OF LOVE: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND THE EURO-ASIAN ENCOUNTER. No advance reading for this presentation. See you there! Tuesday September 27, 12:30-1:45 , SUB Santa Ana A and B (note venue change).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

Graduate student Elizabeth Tannen has a piece about the Sandia Tramway called "Take it to the Limit" in the September issue of Local Flavor.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vondell Jones: Publication News

English department MFA student Vondell (Von) Jones was recently published in a special edition of “Your Royal Wedding,” an anthology of stories and comments printed in Great Britain.

Von’s short story, titled: “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” was published in August, 2011 as part of a compilation of poems, fiction, illustrations and non-fiction reports solicited from writers around the world, said editor and publisher, Louis Gibney. The anthology was assembled to commemorate the fairytale romance and marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. The royal couple’s wedding generated global attention and interest.

“Von’s story was quite good and brought a significant perspective to an event that captivated millions of people,” Gibney said. Writers from distant places such as South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and the United States submitted their work. Copies of the publication, which is being sold primarily in the United Kingdom, can be purchased on line at:

Von Jones is a published journalist and former staff writer for Hearst, Scripps-Howard, and Gannett newspapers. His fiction writing has appeared in publications in Utah, California, and Oregon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

English Department Colloquium: Aeron Hunt

Please join us for the first English Department Colloquium presentation for Fall 2011

Thursday Sept. 8, 12:30-1:45 in the English Department lounge.

Aeron Hunt will discuss her forthcoming article, "The Authoritative Medium: George Eliot, Ruin, and the Rationalized Market." For a copy of the paper in advance of the colloquium, please contact Aeron:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michelle Kells: Keynote Speaker at 4th Annual Albuquerque Cultural Conference

The fourth annual Albuquerque Cultural Conference: “Cultural Survival in Difficult Times” meets August 26-28, 2011 in Albuquerque.

A poetry reading, “To Have or Have Not” opens the conference at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd SE, Friday night, August 26, from 7-10 pm. Readers include local poets Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras, Lisa Gill, Jessica Helen Lopez, Mary Oishi, Margaret Randall, and Jason Yurcic, joined by award-winning national poets Cherrie Moraga, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, and others.

Weekend panels Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, from 9am-5:30pm at the Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St NW, will provide a forum where panelists including local and national community activists and organizers, artists, scholars, and past and present UNM students and faculty, will discuss education, the arts, and historical and social trauma with an actively participating audience. Performance and its influence on community and activism is a major focus of the conference.

Michelle Hall Kells will deliver the keynote dinner address, “What’s Writing Got to Do with It? Citizen Wisdom, Civil Rights Activism, and 21st Century Civic Literacy,” on Saturday, August 27 at 5:30. Dr. Kells is Associate Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing program at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in civil rights rhetoric, sociolinguistics, and composition/literacy studies. She is the author of Hector P. Garcia: Everyday Rhetoric and Mexican American Civil Rights and co-editor of Attending to the Margins: Writing, Researching, and Teaching on the Front Lines with Valerie Balester and Latino/a Discourses: On Language, Identity, and Literacy with Valerie Balester and Victor Villanueva. Dr. Kells is the founder of the UNM Writing Across Communities initiative. She is widely known for her work as an activist and advocate for civil rights.

Cherrie Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodriguez: Literary & Visual Art Presentation

A XICANA CODEX OF CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS A Literary & Visual Art Presentation with Cherríe Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodríguez

Essayist, poet, playwright, and activist Cherríe Moraga will read from her new collection of non-fiction writings
Xicana Codex (Duke University Press, 2011).

Painter, scenic designer, and performance artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez will present on the series of codex-influenced images she created for Xicana Codex.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and reception with the artists.
Books and prints will be available for purchase and signing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 7-9:30 pm
Kiva Lecture Hall, UNM Main Campus
(at the northeast end of Cornell Mall, near the School of Education)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Deborah Weagel: Publication News

Deborah Weagel, a part-time instructor, published her article “Image as Text, Text as Image: Quilts and Quiltmaking in Eric Gansworth’s Mending Skins” in Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.1 (Spring 2011). She also published “The Quilt as (Non-)Commodity in William S. Yellow Robe Jr.’s The Star Quilter” in Western American Literature 46.1 (Spring 2011). Her review of Kyle Gann’s There is No Such Things as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” appeared in Modern Drama 54.2 (Summer 2011). In addition, her book Words and Music: Camus, Beckett, Cage, Gould was published in 2010 and received a positive endorsement from the Glenn Gould Foundation. See

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship Awardee Julie Williams

"Julie Williams, a Ph.D. can­di­date in Eng­lish, with a con­cen­tra­tion in Amer­i­can Lit­er­ary Stud­ies, has received the Cen­ter for Regional Stud­ies Hec­tor Tor­res Fellowship."

Read the entire article at UNM Today.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Department Back to School Party

Save the Date:

Back to school department party

When: August 18, Thursday evening, 5:00-9:00

Where: Hibben Center

Food, drink, company

Say hello to old friends, meet some new ones!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Russo Professor: Justin St. Germaine

Justin St. Germain grew up in Tombstone, Arizona. His memoir, Son of a Gun, is forthcoming from Random House, and his writing has appeared in the Best of the West anthology, ZYZZYVA, Western American Literature, and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers Conference, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona, the University of San Francisco, and Stanford. He is currently at work on a novel about a giant rosebush and a priest.

Natalie Adel Scenters-Zapico: Publishing News

Natalie Adel Scenters-Zapico's  poem "Succulence" has been selected for publication by The Bellevue Review for their upcoming tenth anniversary issue.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tanaya Winder: Publication News

Tanaya Winder has had her essay, "One Foot in Front of the Other by Tanaya Winder" published online at StyleSubstanceSoul. Read the entire article here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

British Library Makes Historic Books Available Online

Around 250,000 texts dating from 1700 - 1870 will be available to read and copy free thanks to a deal between the British Library and the search engine Google.

Read the entire BBC News article here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Memoir Writing Workshop: Write Your Heart Out

Write Your Heart Out
(Stories based on your life experiences)
A One-week Summer Writing Workshop in El Rito, New Mexico
August 8th to August 12th, 2011
Expected arrival August 7th

Workshop Facilitator                    Roberta Orona-Cordova

“It’s such a peaceful place, and there is much to see and do.  It’s a great place to get away to and start or finish that story you’ve been meaning to write.”  Julie Richie

Where: El Rito, New Mexico, on the campus of Northern New Mexico College.  The El Rito campus is 57 miles north of Santa Fe on a 62 acre tract.  The elevation is 6,800 feet.  Adjacent to the campus is the scenic and peaceful El Rito village that is surrounded by the vast Carson National Forest.  15 miles to the east is the village of Ojo Caliente which is famous for its hot mineral springs.  18 miles to the northwest is Abiquiu, which was settled by the Genizaro indigenous people and is one of the first Spanish land grants (1753) in northern New Mexico.

The school is the largest building in El Rito.  The town has a population of 1800 people and 450 houses.  There is one restaurant in town, a Catholic church, a vibrant public library, and a post office across the street from the college.  This quiet, restful community is ideal for writing.

When: The workshop will begin Sunday evening, August 7th and end Friday, August 12th.  Sunday evening there will be an historical introduction to the area—the original Chama Valley.  The afternoon of the last day there will be a field trip to witness the tribal corn dance at the Santa Clara pueblo—a celebration of a Native American feast day.  If you come from out-of-state you are encouraged to remain in the area for an extra day or two and visit scenic Santa Fe.

Attendees will spend 3 hours in workshop, and free time in the afternoons and evenings for writing.

Tuition: $250.00.  Lodging: $36.00 a night.  Meals: $150.00 (breakfast, lunch & dinner for 5 days).  Barbeque Sunday at night.  The college provides pillows and bed linen.  There is a small kitchen in the dorm for people who want to cook or prepare snacks.
Deposit of $100.00 is due by July 20th, 2011.  Mail deposit to P.O. Box 203, El Rito,
New Mexico 87530.

Transportation: Airfare ranges from $250.00 to $450.00 depending on where you are coming from, and participants fly into Albuquerque which is 2 hours from El Rito.
Attendeses can take a shuttle from the airport to Santa Fe.  There will be a  one-time pick up on Sunday, August 7th at the Inn of  Loretto in Santa Fe.

Writing: You may already be working on narratives based on your life—long or short, i.e., one episode in your life, or a phase in your life.  In any case, this is an opportunity to devote focused time to just writing.  El Rito is quaint, quiet, and isolated—a perfect setting to write your heart out—new material, or revise what you are already working on.  If you are committed to this you should be able to write daily.  The workshop hours will be devoted to writing exercises, giving directions and feedback, answering common questions such as, “Is it okay to use real names?”  You will be encouraged to read all the work you develop in the workshop.  I suggest you read at least one memoir, or two before the workshop begins.  Come prepared to share the memoir you are familiar with and/or bring a memoir with you.  I’ll be happy to provide you with recommendations.

Main attraction: Northern New Mexico is quite beautiful, especially the Carson National Forest where there are hiking trails, mountains to climb, lakes for fishing, and picnic and camping grounds.  You will be one hour from Taos, 25 minutes from the Santa Clara and San Juan Indian pueblos, 15 minutes from the Georgia O’Keefe house, and 20 minutes from the natural hot springs in Ojo Caliente.  You are encouraged to bring a swimsuit.  Also, there are several Native American pueblos in the area.

Other areas of interest:
.  Hacienda of Padre Martinez in Taos
.  Art museums in Taos
.  Art  museums and galleries in Santa Fe
.  Indian Market in Santa Fe (mid August)

Note: If interested send an email to –

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

MFA candidate Elizabeth Tannen's short essay was included in All Things Considered Summer Series: Sounds Of The Season. You can read her essay here.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jennifer Simpson: Publication News

MFA candidate Jennifer Simpson's short essay, "Mom's Chicken Divan" was published on StyleSubstanceSoul. The essay is an excerpt from her in-progress memoir / dissertation, "Reconstructing My Mother."

You can read the essay on-line here.

Check out Jennifer's blog here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ePublishing for Academia: Adobe Online Event

On June 9th at 9:00 AM Adobe is presenting an online seminar titled, "Adobe ePublishing for Academia." From the seminar description:

"Join John Schuman, Adobe Higher Education expert, as he covers how Case Western Reserve and Indiana University use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for publishing scholarly information to the next generation of tablet devices."

You can register for this free seminar here.

Publication News: Honors Student Philip Stephens

Philip Stephens

Honors recipient Philip Stephens had a story published in Conceptions Southwest titled, "Vondelpark", using his full pen name of Philip Charles Stephens (unfortunately misspelled in the magazine). He plans to continue work on the story and is hoping for further publication.

Philip's Honors thesis was entitled "Captain Wizzlebeaks: Science Fiction and the Technologized Lens", and he was awarded cum laude. He comments, "it began as a critique of industrial changes in the Gothic but quickly became a sort of Heideggerian look at reality and how it's represented in the technological age. I used the 75'000 word zero draft of my novel to begin my thesis and I'm now 50'000 words into the first draft. It's coming along well and takes up most of my creative energies. Hopefully it will work!"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Resources: Media-Entertainment-Jobs

The Communications Career site Media-Entertainment-Jobs has a list of employment opportunities for communication/media graduates.

Check out the website here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Resources: Yale Digital Commons

Yale University has launched its art and artifact collection online, including over 33,000 prints, drawings and photographs, and 45 rare books and manuscripts.

Take a look at this excellent research resource here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Of Interest: The Future of Books?

In an English department e-books are, to say the least, a fraught subject. The debate could simplistically (and probably misleadingly) be reduced to that of body - the format of a book (hardback, paperback, e-book) vs soul (content). With the proliferation of the e-reader - Kindle, Nook, Sony's Reader and, of course, the Ipad/Ipod apps that allow readers to use multiple platforms - the e-book is rapidly gaining ground on traditional publishing, bringing the debate into sharp focus.

So, does this Ted presentation demonstrate the possibilities of this new publishing platform, or highlight the problems of a medium that is more flash than substance?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tanaya Winder: Publication News

MFA student Tanaya Winder's poems, "consider the assemblage of a longing," and "measure by measure: the body begs," have been published on Superstition Review. Read more here.

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

MFA student Elizabeth Tannen's essay, "My Mother Reads My Blog," has been published in the
online magazine, StyleSubstanceSoul. Read the essay here.

Ty Bannerman: Publication News

Congratulations to MFA candidate Ty Bannerman whose article "The 7 Deadly sins of New Mexico" has been published in The Alibi. You can read his article here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship

The Center for Regional Studies and the English Department at the University of New Mexico announce the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship.

The Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship supports graduate research and scholarship in the English Department directly related to the late Dr. Hector Torres’ fields, as well as the mission of the Center for Regional Studies. These areas include Chicano/a literary and cultural studies; theory (i.e. Marxism; post-structuralism; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; and globalization); film studies; and scholarship related to the mission of the CRS (including history; archival research; literature; and other interdisciplinary fields related to New Mexico, the US-Mexico borderlands, and the greater southwest).

The award amount ranges from $10,00 to $15,000 a year, depending on availability. Renewal is not automatic. The Fellowship is housed in the English Department but sponsored by the Center for Regional Studies.

Qualified graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria; be graduate students in good standing (3.0 GPA or better); maintain full-time graduate student standing during the tenure of the award; and complete a CRS application, which includes a letter of intent; transcripts; resume; two letters of recommendation; and proof of enrollment. Preference will be given first to advanced doctoral students (post-exams); doctoral students in coursework; and advanced MA students. Highly qualified applicants to the English doctoral program in American Literary Studies will also be considered for the fellowship for recruitment purposes. Send all applications and inquiries to Dr. Jesse Alemán, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English.

Deadline: May 20, 2011.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

English Student Letter to the Daily Lobo

Undergraduate Chelsea Stallings has written to the Daily Lobo praising the English department and the Political Science department.

Read the full letter here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where Are They Now: Jesse Peters

Jesse Peters received his Ph.D. from the UNM English Department in December 1999.  His Dissertation Director was Professor Louis Owens. His dissertation was titled: “Only the Drum Is Confident”: Simulations and Syncretisms in Native American Fiction.

Where is  Dr. Peters now?

He joined the faculty of UNC Pembroke in the Fall of 1999. Currently, he is a tenured Professor of English and American Indian Studies. He also serves as Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and Director of the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity center. Professor Peters tells us his first love is teaching.

Learn more about Dr. Peters on his website here.

Are you a graduate from the department of English? We'd love to hear from you! Send us an email at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Anita Obermeier: MAA Presentation and Other News

Anita Obermeier presented her paper “Merlin’s Conception Story in Arthurian Legends in Light of Scholastic Discourse” at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) in Scottsdale Arizona. She furthermore chaired a Medieval Association of the Pacific-sponsored session titled “Medieval Borders” that was recorded and can be accessed at At the MAA business meeting, she read the citation for the CARA Teaching Award given by the Medieval Academy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jeremy Ricketts: Outstanding Teaching Award

Jeremy Ricketts has being awarded one of five 2010-2011 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Awards.

The Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 2 pm in SUB, Ballroom C

Erin Murrah-Mandril: Feminist Research Institute Prize

Congratulations to Erin Murrah-Mandril who has been awarded the FRI Best Paper Prize for her essay,
"Misreading the Feminine: Representation of Women in the Far West in Mary Hallock Foote’s 'Maverick'."

Leigh Johnson: Tenure-Track Position

Congratulations to Leigh Johnson who has successfully defended her dissertation and has accepted a tenure-track American literature position with Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

Christine Kozikowski: Grants and Awards

Congratulations to Christine Kozikowski, who was selected for UNM’s Graduate Research Supplement Award, the FRI’s Graduate Student Research Grant, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific’s John F. Benton Award. These awards will support Christine’s forthcoming research trip to London for her dissertation, “Reading Privacy in Middle English Texts, 1350-1450: Private Space, Public Face.”

English Department Colloquium: Lynn Beene

Professor Lynn Beene will present "'Detective Poetry' or Poe-tics" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the English Department Lounge (HUM 235).  This will be the final EDC of the spring semester.

eWords: Adam Hochschild

Read a fascinating article (part one of four) by Adam Hochschild on academic versus popular writing.

Read Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, part 1 at Nieman Storyboard here.

Oliver Broudy Interview

Writers might be interested in this fascinating interview with Oliver Broudy where he discusses his work The Saint and his experience with releasing it as an E-Book through Amazon.

Read the article at the Neiman Storyboard here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dr Jesse Aleman: Award

It has just been announced that Dr. Jesse Aleman is one of the recipients of the College of Arts & Sciences
Award for Teaching Excellence for 2010-11. The award ceremony is on May 6, 2pm in 125 Dane Smith Hall. 

Feminist Research Institute Panel Presentation

The Feminist Research Institute invites you to a panel presentation:

Queer Politics: Gay and Lesbian Impacts in Political Spaces of the US and Mexico

Wednesday, April 20th
12:00-1:30 p.m.
SUB Cherry/ Silver

Panel Presenters:
Lucinda Grinnell, PhD Candidate, History
“Grassroots and Global?: Defending Lesbian Rights as Human Rights in Mexico”

Lavinia Nicolae, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“Deadlock over Wedlock: Kinship, Politics and Identity in New

Mexico’s Same-Sex Marriage Debate”

Kellie Sawyer, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“Philadelphia’s Straight History/Gay Nightlife: Tourism and ‘Diversity’ in the U.S. Nation’s ‘Freedom Capital.’”

Join them for a panel presentation on the ways that gay and lesbian populations have constructed a specific sense of national belonging through notions of citizenry, human rights, and international political engagement
in both the US and Mexico.

Wertheim and Kelleher Awards 2011

The English Department is pleased to announce the Wertheim and Kelleher Awards for 2011.

The Wertheim Award is intended for "tenured faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the profession." This year we have two awardees in this category, both of whom have illustrated their extraordinary strengths in publishing and in serving the department, college, and university, as well as contributing to their fields on the national level. Please congratulate Professors Dan Mueller and Chuck Paine on receiving this award.

The Department Keleher Award is given to “An Assistant Professor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching done primarily at the undergraduate level.” Please congratulate Professor Kathleen Washburn, whose work on the undergraduate committee, teaching in her undergraduate and graduate courses, and support of students across the campus (especially in Native American Studies), makes her an eminently appropriate recipient for this award.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Undergraduate Honors

The English department and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in English, Dan Mueller, are pleased to announce the undergraduate students receiving Honors in English at graduation in May, 2011.

Andrew Field has been awarded summa cum laude for his Honors Thesis, "'For All That May Yet Be True':
Subjunctive Narrative and Postmodernity in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon." His Honors Thesis advisor was David Jones. In recognition of his receiving the highest honors the Department of English bestows upon a graduating senior, he has been invited to speak at the English Department convocation on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. in Woodward Hall.

Kelsey Byrne was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'The Beauty of Meaning': Art, Aesthetics and the Visual in Jane Eyre." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Aeron Hunt.

Analisa Goodman was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'We Neither of Us Perform to Strangers': An Analysis of Performance, Women, and the Making of a Heroine." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Carolyn Woodward.

Tamara Martinez was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'Call it gossip, if you will': The Female Writers Critique of Male Rumormongers in Persuasion and Wuthering Heights." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Gail Houston.

Patricia Remark was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'Industry in Transition': The Uncertain Future of University Presses." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Jim Burbank.

Many thanks to the advisors and faculty evaluators without whose help there would not be an Honors Program in English at all.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Justin Larsen and Lisa Myers: Conference Presentations

Justin Larsen and Lisa Myers presented at the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, April 7-9, 2011.

Justin Larsen, “‘And against the same’: Healing Science and Healing Faith in Bald’s Leechbook”

Lisa Myers, “St. Cuthbert and Nature: Along the Cusp of Anglo-Saxon Christianity”

Teacher's Institute 2011 - REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2011 Teacher's Institute.

Register on-line here

Blue Mesa Review in The Alibi

The English department's literary journal Blue Mesa Review is featured in The Alibi and includes an interview with Suzanne Richardson, MFA candidate in fiction writing and the editor in chief of the journal . Read the article here.

Visit Blue Mesa Review's website here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Database of Victorian Magazines

Victorian lit researchers, students and aficionados should take a look at this database of Victorian Magazines: The 1890's Online.

From their site description:

"The 1890s Online is an electronic resource dedicated to the study of fin-de-siècle literature and culture from the perspective of the period’s innovative magazines. We publish facsimile editions of selected periodicals, together with paratexts of production and reception. This material is enhanced by two kinds of peer-reviewed commentary: biographies of the periodicals’ contributors and associates and critical essays on the material by experts in the field. The 1890s Online is a digital initiative supported by the Ryerson University Library."

Resources on the site includes facsimiles of The Yellow Book, as well as reviews from the 1890's, scholarly commentary and a bibliography.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Memorial for Lizz Ketterer

The English Department has purchased a two volume set, Shakespeare's First Folio: The History of the Book, in memory of Dr. Lizz Ketterer for the Zimmerman Library.

We will be having an informal service and reception in the lounge on Monday, April 18th at 2 pm.  We encourage all to join us, and particularly extend an invitation to her students.

Teacher's Institute 2011 - Registration Opens April 15

Arts & Sciences Teachers’ Institute, Summer 2011
For teachers of college-bound students, grades 10, 11, and 12

Learning to Write : Writing to Learn
Problem-based Instruction for Academic Literacy

Wanda Martin, Ph. D., Associate Professor of English

Almost all students coming to the University of New Mexico are required to take one or two semesters of first-year composition. Those courses, which focus on the wide range of reading and writing students will do across the disciplines, often place unexpected demands on students, challenging their sense that, having taken English in high school, they know how to write. What do students need to know about texts and be able to do with writing so they can thrive on the diverse challenges of reading and writing in all the disciplines and in the professional workplace?

As universities re-structure first-year writing programs to support writing across the curriculum, and as an increasing fraction of high school graduates seek college education, students need a broader range of strategies than they often develop in literature-based English courses. These seminars will explore how, without neglecting the curriculum of literary study or other content knowledge, teachers can best help students develop the skills of reading, writing, analysis, and problem-solving that will serve them through and beyond their student years.

Informed by readings from the field of composition studies, we’ll work together to understand the demands of college writing in the 21st century and to devise strategies for teaching the skills of critical reading and analytic writing that provide the basis for learning across the disciplines.

Together, we’ll draft progressive assignment sequences that will help students to
Analyze a rhetorical situation and respond appropriately
Gather and report information and arguments about a topic;
Interpret, evaluate, and respond to information and arguments
Produce documents that communicate clearly and logically in a variety of written genres.

Teachers in disciplines other than English are welcome to apply.

Register online here

To accommodate as many teachers as possible, the seminar will be offered twice.  
Session 1:      Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 9
Session 2:    Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16 

Days and Hours: 
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Enrollment in each week-long seminar is limited to twelve participants.
The Teachers’ Institute will pay a $300 stipend to each participant.
The Teachers’ Institute will provide all necessary books and materials, including a parking permit.
The Teachers’ Institute will provide overnight accommodations in UNM housing for participants coming from outside Albuquerque


Click this link to visit the online registration page. Complete the registration form and submit.  Be sure to indicate your choice of session.  You’ll receive an e-mail confirming your registration.    
Registration will open April 15; for best consideration, apply by May 20.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jesse Aleman: STARS award

Jesse Alemán has been selected to receive an American Indian Student  Services' S.T.A.R.S award. The award--a Special Thank-you And  Recognition from Students--is unique because nominations for it come 
directly from students who identify faculty members who have made a  positive impact on the student's college experience at UNM. A  recognition and honor ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from  12-1pm, in Lobo A&B of the SUB.

Snead-Wertheim Lecture

The 2011 SNEAD-WERTHEIM LECTURE will take tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 at 4 pm.  DR. PATRICIA CROWN, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology presents “Cacao Consumption and Cuisine from Chaco to the Colonial Southwest” in the Hibben Center, Room 105.  There will be a reception following the lecture in the Hibben Atrium.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Department Book Sale - Donations Needed

We will have a department book sale from 4/11-4/15, next week, in the lobby. If you have used books we will sell them in the department ($1 for paperback and $2 for hardback) These can be of any genre.  Please take a look through your bookshelves and see what you are willing to donate. 

If you have any hardback new books or paperback new books you are willing to donate, please bring them to the Department Chair's office; we will arrange to sell those on line at Amazon (they can be of any genre, not just academic.)The money will go towards funding department gatherings, etc.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anita Obermeier: Award Nomination

Dr Anita Obermeier is one of forty staff and faculty members nominated for this year’s Outstanding Student Service Provider. This award is given annually by the Division of Student Affairs to individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of student life on campus and is considered to be one of the most coveted UNM awards bestowed upon an individual.       

Susan Romano: Kneupper Award

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Romano who recently received news that she has won the Rhetoric Society Quarterly's Kneupper Award for best 2010 article.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Graduate Student Mentor Award

Congratulations to Erin Murrah-Mandril, who was selected as one of UNM's Graduate Student Mentor recipients.The Graduate Student Mentor Award is a one time award of $1,000.00 for an outstanding graduate student who has provided exceptional service and excellence in mentoring other graduate students in his or her own or in other departments.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Employment Opportunity: Russo Endowed Professor

The Department of English at the University New Mexico invites applications for a Russo Endowed Professor for Creative Writing in Creative Nonfiction for the academic year 2011-2012, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years.  We seek an outstanding writer with significant publications and demonstrated excellence as a teacher to work with students at the graduate and undergraduate level in the UNM creative writing program.  A secondary expertise in poetry is also welcome, but not required. The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate creative nonfiction courses and will also be expected to provide exceptional mentorship as a dissertation committee member and thesis advisor.  Teaching load is two courses per semester.   The position is eligible for benefits and begins with the Fall 2011 semester. Salary range 45-50K, depending on credentials.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: MFA in Creative Writing and at least one published book from a reputable press and a demonstrated record of successful college-level teaching.  A full position announcement and instructions on how to submit an application can be found online at:   With the online application attach a letter of interest, c.v., and writing sample (30 pages maximum).  Please have three letters of recommendation sent to: 

Greg Martin, Chair, Search Committee
MSC03 2170
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131 

For best consideration, applications should be received by April 14, 2011.  The position will remain open until filled.  Review of complete applications will begin on April 15, 2011.  The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through their teaching, research, and service.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women, minorities and those from other underrepresented groups.  The University of New Mexico is an EEO/AA Employer.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

English Department Colloquium: Jerry Shea

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 12:00 - 1:00 in the department lounge for the English Department Colloquium featuring Professor Emeritus Jerry Shea. Dr Shea will be presenting "Stylistics and Tropes and Wonks, Oh My!"

You can get a taste of his wonks online here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Taos Summer Writers' Conference: Award Nomination

Congratulations to the Taos Summer Writers' Conference which was nominated for one of this year's Presidential Luminaria Awards.  The nominations reflected many very committed individuals and groups that have impacted the University of New Mexico with their work in diversity and social justice.  

Visit the Taos Summer Writers' Conference website here

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gail Houston: Outstanding New Mexico Women of 2011 Award

Congratulations to department chair Gail Houston who has just been chosen by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women as one of 20 women honored with the 26th Annual Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Woman.  Dr. Deborah McFarlane from the Political Science department nominated Dr. Houston.   A banquet will be hel on Friday, May 6 to honor the awardees at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

Librarian at Large

A reminder, Steven Harris, subject librarian for the English department, will be holding office hours in our lounge on Thursday, March 24 from 1-3 pm. Please drop by with any questions you have about research, acquisitions, special collections etc.

Gregory Martin: Publication News

Gregory Martin's essay "The Great Bewilderment: Reading Captin JJC the Feirce" was just published in the March 2011 issue of The Sun.  You can read an excerpt of the essay here.

Alumni News: Nari Kirk

Nari Kirk, who graduated in Fall 2010 with an MFA in Creatve Nonfiction, has received an honorable mention citation from the Associated Writing Program's Intro Award for her essay "This Freaky Female Body."  The AWP Intro Journals Project is a national literary competition for the discovery & publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in the programs of AWP.

Learn more here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gail Houston: Outstanding New Mexico Women of 2011 Nomination

Congratulations to department chair Gail Houston who has been nominated for the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women of 2011.

Anita Obermeier: Accessibility Resource Center recognition

Anita Obermeier has been nominated and selected by students who receive support from the Accessibility Resource Center due to her efforts to ensure that the learning environment she provides enables all students' access to the course content, and because of her increased awareness of the academic needs of students with disabilities.

This recognition understands that the success of any college student, particularly in the academic realm, is determined by the type and quality of interactions that he or she has with his or her professors.