Friday, August 31, 2012

Hector Torres papers available in Center for Southwest Research

The final stage of the Hector Torres Papers is completed. The collection is housed in the Center for Southwest Research, and it's now listed on the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. You can find the index here:

Karen Roybal Visiting Professor UNM English

Dr. Karen Roybal, visiting Research Scholar in the Center for Regional Studies, is also a visiting professor in the English department this year.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman has articles in Aztlán & Southwestern American Literature

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman has recently published a couple of articles. One, "Rethinking Jovita González’s Work: Bio-ethnography and Her South Texas Regionalism," was published in the Spring 2012 Southwestern American Literature journal (out of Texas State-San Marcos -, and another article will be coming out in the Spring 2013 issue of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, which is the premier journal for Chicana/o studies, out of UCLA (

Jason Bengtson publications and presentations

Jason Bengtson (MLIS, AHIP), currently studying Literature at the Master's level at UNM, has quite a few recent publications and presentations, revealing his very accomplished other hat, as Emerging Technologies/ R&D Librarian at UNM in the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center.

* Eldredge, Jonathan, Sarah Morley, Ingrid Hendrix, Richard Carr, and Jason Bengtson. "Library and Informatics Skills Competencies Statements from Major Health Professional Associations" Medical Reference Services Quarterly 31.1 (2012) : 34-44. Print.

* Bengtson, Jason. "Preparing for the Age of the Digital Palimpsest." Library Hi Tech 30.3 (2012). Print.

* Bengtson, Jason. "The Art of Redirection: One Library's Experiences and Statistical Results from the Deployment of Mobile Redirect Script." Journal of Hospital Librarianship 12.3 (2012). Print


* Bengtson, Jason. "Scaling Into the Future with Smart Links." Journal of Hospital Librarianship 12.4 (2012). Pre-publication.

* Bengtson, Jason. "Imagining Emergent Metadata, Realizing the Emergent Web." Journal of Library Metadata (2012). Pre-publication.

* "Preparing for the Age of the Digital Palimpsest." Paper presented at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference entitled "Info on the Geux". 14-19 October 2011, Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel.

* "The Evolution of the Web: from Static to Semantic in Three Big Steps." Virtual Lunch presented to the Rio Grande Chapter of the Special Library Association. 22 February 2012.

* "Imagining Emergent Metadata, Realizing the Emergent Web." Paper presented at the Library Technology Conference. 14-15 March 2012, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

* "The Art of Redirection: Putting Mobile Devices Where You Want Them." Instructional session at the Library Technology Conference. 14-15 March 2012, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

* "The Evolution of the Web: from Static to Semantic in Three Big Steps." Webcast presented to the North Carolina Chapter of the Special Library Association. 10 July 2012.

Justin Brock book review published

Justin Brock's book review on Dante's Commedia: Theology as Poetry, an anthology edited by Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne, was published in the journal Literature and Theology 26.2 (2012): 233-235. Justin is a Master's student in Medieval Studies here at UNM.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Greg Martin & Amy Beeder Read at Bookworks

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gregory Martin is the author of the memoir, Stories for Boys, published in Fall 2012 by Hawthorne Books. Barnes & Noble has named Stories for Boys a Discover Great New Writers selection for Holiday 2012. Martin’s first book, Mountain City (FSG/North Point Press), received a Washington State Book Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and is referred to by some people in Mountain City as “the book.” Martin’s work has appeared in The Sun, The Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer, Witness, and elsewhere. For his teaching, Martin has received the University of New Mexico’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. He is an Associate Professor of English and serves as Director of UNM’s Combined BA/MD Degree Program.

Amy Beeder is the author two books of poetry: Burn the Field and Now Make an Altar, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Nation, Pleiades, American Letters & Commentary, and other journals. She teaches poetry at the University of New Mexico. A former human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and a high school teacher in West Africa, Amy Beeder balances an ear for meter with an often ominous tone, creating a musical, at times mythical, exploration of how we construct beauty and strangeness. Beeder’s honors include a 2001 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, and an award from the Emerging Writers Network.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Luci Tapahonso's "Everyday Sacredness" and Rudy Anaya's film of Bless Me, Ultima

Check out the Fall 2012 Mirage magazine: our own Luci Tapahonso is on the cover! The story is titled "Everyday Sacredness."

Rudy Anaya's film of Bless Me, Ultima will be premiering on October 17 at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival!

Don't we have fabulous faculty and emeriti! gail

Monday, August 27, 2012

Feroza Jussawalla edited "Crossing Borders/Creating Homes" issue of Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature

The special on-line issue which Feroza Jussawalla edited for RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature) on "Crossing Borders/Creating Homes" on writers who have "crossed" borders and written about transculturality, including three Chicana women writers, in now up on their site at:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Diane Thiel list of recent accomplishments, publications, awards and readings

Diane Thiel published her book, Three Genres, with Pearson/Longman, 2011. She won the PEN Translation Award, 2010, for translation project of Eugenia Fakinou's poetic novel, The Great Green. She also was awarded a summer residency grant from the International Writers' House in Rhodes Greece. She also wrote and recorded a Longman lecture (print and audio) on Louisie Erdirch, 2011.
Her poem, "The First Sea," was published in The Burden of the Beholder: Dave Armstrong and the Art Collage, a fine art book, Colorado College press, 2010. Her non-fiction, "Memento Mori and Terza Rima," was published in Mentor and Muse, 2010. Her interview with Sherman Alexie was published in Conversations with Sherman Alexie, 2009. She has had work selected for several new anthologies from 2010-2012, including Backpack Literature from Longman, The Ablemuse Anthology, Poets of the American West, and Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, among others.
Several of her poems, including "Kinder und Hausmarchen" and "Editorial Suggestive" have been set to music by composers Lori Laitman, Dale Trumbore, and David Conte and were performed in CA, NJ, FL, and others, particularly on an extensive tour in 2011. One venue in particular was Carnegie hall. Her poem, "The Minefeld," chosen for national NEA initiative, Poetry Out Loud, and was performed by high school students across the country in national competitions, particularly in 2010-11.
She visited several Albuquerque schools as a writer-in-the-schools in 2011-12. Diane Thiel was recorded on NEA nationally distributed cd about Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me Ultima. She was interviewed by NPR in 2009. Some of the readings she has given include for the Florida College English Association, 2010, Virginia Tech Creative Writing program's Reading Series, 2010, plenary speaker, Sewanee: University of the South School of Letters, 2011, Albuquerque's Local Poet's Guild, 2012.
She also designed and taught 6 new UNM online courses, and chaired or served on 7 dissertation committees.

Vincent Basso’s poem a semi-finalist for the Knightville Poetry Prize

MA Literature student Vincent M. Basso’s poem “On the Death of Poets” was a semi-finalist for the Knightville Poetry Prize, and will be forthcoming in the 2012 issue of The New Guard Literary Review.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jesse Alemán Bread Loaf Faculty (pt. 2)

Professor Jesse Alemán has been a Bread Loaf sum­mer grad­u­ate fac­ulty mem­ber for six years, teach­ing courses on nineteenth-century Amer­i­can renais­sance, the Amer­i­can gothic, and south­west­ern lit­er­a­ture and film. At UNM, he also teaches Chicano/a literature.
Alemán is acclaimed at UNM, as well. He is the recip­i­ent of the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences’ Award for Teach­ing Excel­lence; the Amer­i­can Indian Stu­dent Ser­vices’ STARS Award; the Wertheim Award for Out­stand­ing Eng­lish Fac­ulty mem­ber; and was named Out­stand­ing Fac­ulty Mem­ber by the Eng­lish Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion and UNM’s Peer Men­tor­ing for Grad­u­ate Stu­dents of Color.
Please see below (or the Aug. 7 posting) for the full story.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nick DePascal Poetry and Book Reviews Published

Nick DePascal has been publishing his poetry, including: "After This," in The Houston Literary Review, Fall 2009; "Winter in Hartford," in The Monongahela Review, Fall 2009; "Bonds," in Breadcrumb Scabs, December 2009; "Shallow Turquoise Graves," in Sugar House Review, Spring 2010; "Cathedrals" and "Late Winter," in Adobe Walls, Fall 2010; "Awards Committee," in The LosAngeles Review, October 2011; "Letter to a Sick Friend," in the Golden Sparrow Literary Review, November 2011; "The Incomplete," in Mas Tequila Review, March 2012; "Entryways," in The Emerson Review, April 2012; "Form," in Aesthetix, July 2012; and an untitled poem for Ditch Poetry Journal.

Nick has also published a number of book reviews, including reviews of: Missing You, Metropolis, Gary Jackson. in Sugar House Review, April 2011; In a Beautiful Country, Kevin Prufer. In Rattle, April 2011; Remnant of Another Age, Nikola Madzirov. in Rattle, June 2011; Randy Lopez Goes Home, Rudolfo Anaya, in Tucson Weekly, July 2011; The Human Condition, Paul Christensen, in Texas Books in Review. Summer 2011; Devil's Kitchen, Clark Lohr, in Tucson Weekly, September 2011; Flies, Michael Dickman, in Word Riot, September 2011; The Network, Jena Osman, in Sugar House Review, October 2011; Sweeney, Robert Julyan, in Tucson Weekly, October 2011; My Town, Margaret Randall, in Southwestern American Literature, Fall 2011; The Last Usable Hour, Deborah Landau, in Rain Taxi, November 2011; From This Wicked Patch of Dust, Sergio Troncoso, in Tucson Weekly, December 2011; Space, in Chains, Laura Kasischke, in Rattle, January 2012; Bad Daughter, Sarah Gorham, in Rain Taxi. March 2012; The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, Kate Bernheimer, in The Colorado Review, March 2012; Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, Grace Dillon, in Tucson Weekly, April 2012; Western Avenue and Other Fictions, Fred Arroyo, in Tucson Weekly. May 2012; Army Cats, Tom Sleigh, forthcoming in Pleiades June 2012.

Daniel Berger's Recent Poetry Publications

Daniel Berger, new incoming poet to our MFA program, has recently published "What Winter is," in Mosaic 51; "First Snow," in Matchbox Magazine, 6th issue; and "Ash" and "My Grandmother's Angels," in Arroyo, issue 5.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico Publishing Poetry

Natalie Scenters-Zapico has been publishing her poetry, including: "His Taste," in Caper Literary Journal, Fall 2010; "Guerrero Pears," in The Acentos Review, Spring 2011; "Succulence," in the Bellevue Literary Review, Fall 2011 Vol. 11 No. 2; "How Borders Are Built," in The Minnesota Review, Fall 2011 Issue 77; "After I Read Your Obituary," in Cura: A Magazine of Art and Action, Spring 2012 Issue 5; "I Light The House on Fire and Lie Down" and "A Torero's Daughter is Killed in La Plaza de Toros, Juarez," in Cream City Review, Spring 2012 Issue 36.1; "Dear Angel," and "La Mariscal," in Palabra, forthcoming; and "Bibbed in Paisley He Reads Zizek Instead," in The Believer, forthcoming.

Suzanne Richardson keeps on publishing and winning awards

Suzanne Richardson's essay "Oh, Niagara!" won the 2012 nonfiction prize at Ohio State University's Literary Magazine, The Journal. The nonfiction contest was judged by Sonya Huber. The write up is here:

She also is having her nonfiction "Throw it Up," published in New Ohio Review, Winter 2011 Issue 11, and "Meredith is Missing," in the New Haven Review, June 2012.

Her poems, "The Curse" and "The Cursed," were published in PANK Magazine, May 2012.

Her fiction, "Nouvelle Vague," was published in Front Porch, Spring 2012; "In His Grandfather's House," in High Desert Journal, Summer 2012; and "Yard Dogs," in Southern Humanities Review, forthcoming.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Greg Martin publications and award

Four of Greg Martin's essays were recently published: “Two True Stories About Breathing” (essay) Kenyon Review Online, August 2010; “A Memoir is a Reckoning” (craft essay) The Writer, September 2010; “The Great Bewilderment” (essay) The Sun, March 2011; and "Brittany's Choice: A ten-year-old girl refuses life-sustaining surgery" (literary journalism) Witness, Spring 2012. Also, his memoir: Stories for Boys, will be published by Hawthorne Books and Literary Arts, forthcoming October 2012.

Greg also received the Federal Assistance Award: The U.S. Embassy Speaker Series, October 2010 (U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Madrid, Spain). Award sponsored honorarium and travel for a series of invited lectures and readings at universities in Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Bilbao and Vitoria-Basteiz, Spain, including the Keynote address at The American Literary West International Conference, The University of the Basque Country.

Justin St. Germain's story will be published by UNM Press

Justin St. Germain had his story, "The Last Day of the Boom," accepted for the anthology: New Stories from the Southwest volume 2, to be published by UNM press.

Adam Nunez & Bonnie Arning: MFA publications and awards

Adam Nunez had his poetry published in the Connecticut Review, Fall 2011 and LUMINA, Fall 2010. He also had a review published in Pleiades, Winter 2011. He also published a chap book, with associated reading series: Ghosts and Projectors, Spring 2012. Adam also received 2nd place in The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, October 2009, the Patricia Clark Smith Scholarship in Creative Writing, Spring 2011, and the Outstanding TA Award, Spring 2011. Adam was the Poetry Co-Editor for BMR, 2010-2011, and will have BA/MD GAship 2012.

Bonnie Arning will publish her poetery, "Lost Body," in Cream City Review, forthcoming fall 2012; and her fiction, "Bodies of Water," in Gargoyle Magazine, forthcoming fall 2012.

Jesse Alemán named endowed faculty chair for Bread Loaf School of English

Dr. Jesse Alemán was recently awarded the Ruth and Lillian Marino endowed faculty chair for Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Summer Graduate School of English. Named chairs represent endowments given to the Bread Loaf School of English by those who held it dear; the endowments are a major honor awarded to different faculty members across the four Bread Loaf campuses (Ripton, Vermont; Ashville, North Carolina; Oxford, UK; and Santa Fe, New Mexico) each year in recognition of excellence in teaching. The Ruth and Lillian Marino chair was established by Ruth and Lillian Marino, sisters and Bread Loaf graduates, who left the largest gift in Bread Loaf’s history. The fund has supported the salaries of many great Bread Loaf professors over the years, and this year, Bread Loaf awarded the Ruth and Lillian Marino Chair to Dr. Jesse Alemán. One student wrote, “Dr. Jesse Alemán is fantastic… the best professor I’ve had in three years of Bread Loaf. He’s dynamic, brilliant, caring, fun, fair and just wonderful!” In honor of the award, Dr. Alemán received a miniature Adirondack chair from Vermont, plus recognition of his teaching excellence at the annual Bread Loaf awards ceremony.

The Bread Loaf School of English is a summer residential graduate program of Middlebury College, providing education in British, American, and world literatures. The program offers Master of Arts and Master of Letters degrees in English and draws faculty from leading institutions to cultivate a diverse and dynamic learning community that fosters innovative, culturally responsive thinking, teaching, and professional development. Dr. Alemán has been a Bread Loaf summer graduate faculty member for six years, teaching courses on nineteenth-century American renaissance, the American gothic, and southwestern literature and film.