Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our Teachers of the Year

Year after year, the UNM English Department runs away with the teaching awards! This year Dianne E. Bechtel won of only three OSET 2011-12 Outstanding Lecturer or Affiliated Teacher of the Year Award. Likewise, Ph.D. student Stacey Kikendall won one of only three 2011-2012 Susan Deese Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year awards.

Congratulations Stacey and Dianne!

Graduate Students Attending Scholarly Conferences in February and March 2012

Conference for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe, AZ, February 2012

Marisa Sikes: “De-eroticizing the Lurid Gaze: The Knight of the Tower’s Use of Exempla in his Manual for his Daughters”

Conference for College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012

Brian Hendrickson: “As Taproot, As Heart: Writing Across Communities and the Democratizing Function of the Community Writing Center”

Valerie Kinsey: “Grassroots in Zion: An Ecological Approach to the Rhetorical Landscape in the Utah Suffrage Debate, 1895”

Charles Paine, Session Presider: The Consortium for the Study of Writing Survey as a Gateway to Writing Assessment, Faculty Development, and Program Building: A Comparative Perspective

Michael Schwartz, Lindsey Ives, Tom Pierce and Annie Leming and UNM alumna Elizabeth Leahy: “Is the Next America Totally WACked?”

Medieval Association of the Pacific, Santa Clara University, CA, March 2012

Justin Brock: “‘Here the Spear Tore My Flesh’: The Performative Depiction of Christ and the Virgin in the Lauds of Jacapone da Todi”

Emilee Howland-Davis: “From Lyric Poetry to Arthurian Romance: The Influence of the Troubadour Tradition on the Works of Crétien de Troyes”

Lisa Myers: “Environmental Meaning and Action in Beowulf and Felix’s Life of Guthlac”

Anita Obermeier: “Incubus Conception and the Queering of Merlin”

Anita Obermeier also assumed the role of President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific at the meeting for a term of two years.

Doaa Omran: “The Virgin Saint as an Archetypal Heroine in Bockenham’s Legends of Holy Women”

Marisa Sikes: “Rhetorical Shaming and Hypothesizing Gynosocialities: Imagery for Women in the Writings of Christine de Pizan and Anne de France”

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Suzanne Richardson Publication Triumphs

Suzanne Richardson just got a Best New Poet 2012 nomination from Blood Orange Review for her poem "Valley Fever."
She also had two poems "Arkansas," and "Reversing Candle" up at The Smoking
You can read them here:
She also has a fiction piece "Moon Garden" up at MAYDAY Magazine:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gary Harrison’s “John Clare’s Poetics of Acknowledgment”

Gary Harrison’s article, “John Clare’s Poetics of Acknowledgment,” has just appeared in the April 2012 issue of Romanticism [18.1 (2012): 41–54].  Early this spring, Gary published two essays in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, edited by Frederick Burwick, Diane Long Hoeveler, and Nancy Moore Gosleee (2012). One of the essays situates John Clare’s natural history prose writings alongside the development of nature writing in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the other discusses Arthur Young’s contributions to the rise (and fall) of the agricultural tour essay as a subgenre flourishing between about 1760 and 1850 primarily in England, Ireland, and France.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

It Begins With Me

The Second Annual Gray-Torres Interpersonal Violence Conference

It Begins With Me

Ever wonder how you can help a friend or family member deal with domestic violence? The 2nd annual Gray –Torres Interpersonal Violence Conference can help. Join us April 16th in SUB Ballroom B and…

 Enjoy free pizza and snacks!

 Hear nationally known speaker, Mike Dilbeck, discuss how you can be an every-day hero

 Learn how to act when you see an interaction between people that escalate or promote violence and how to deal with conflict in personal relationships

 Listen to poetry and fiction readings with local and nationally known authors

 Watch a free screening of “Telling Amy’s Story”, a powerful documentary, brought to you by Verizon Wireless.

 And much more!

Remember We Can’t Begin Without You!

Join us Monday April 16th

In SUB Ballroom B

From 9:45am-6:30pm

The Second Annual Gray-Torres Interpersonal Violence Conference

For more information email: Gail Houston at or Summer Little at