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.