Wednesday, November 28, 2012

English 500 Presents A Mini-Conference of Graduate Student Work

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12:30-1:45
Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:15-1:50

Please join us for a mini-conference of graduate student work featuring presentations by the graduate students enrolled in English 500. The conference will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 12:30-1:45, in Hum 324 (the Leon Howard Memorial Library) and on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 12:15-1:50, in the same location.

Tuesday, December 4 Hum 324—Leon Howard Memorial Library 12:30-1:45
Oliver Baker
PhD Student “Illicit Economies in the Ozarks: Challenges to Neo-Liberal Order in Winter’s Bone”

Annie D’Orazio
PhD Student “Ancient Warriors, Insular Hands, and Monster Fights”

Justin Falk-Gee
PhD Student “Language and Negotiation in the Basic Writing Classroom”

Thursday, December 6, 12:15-1:50 Hum 324—Leon Howard Memorial Library 12:15-1:50

Silvia Lu
MA Student “Deferring ‘Perfect Concord’: Proposals of Marriage and Novel Masculinities in Jane Eyre”

Leonard Martinez
MA Student “Robert G. Ingersoll: Forgotten American Polemic”

Nichole Neff
MA Student “Shark Representation in Nineteenth-Century Texts: Into the Belly of the Beast”

Erin Woltkamp
MA Student “Performing the Discourse of Power: Breaking Away from the Madwoman in the Attic through Gendered Language”

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jesse Alemán speaks on Days of the (Un)Dead

Jesse Alemán speaks on Days of the (Un)Dead: Vampires, Zombies, and Other Horrifying Forms of Chicano/a Identity in Film

Wednesday, November 28th, 12:30--1:30 pm
El Centro de la Raza Conference Room

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blue Mesa Review, Reviewed in

Blue Mesa Review, Issue 25, Spring 2012
Review by David R. Matteri
Blue Mesa Review, a product of the creative writing program of the University of New Mexico, almost did not see publication this year. Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Rose Richardson reports that her fellow editors had to fight to keep their magazine alive during their school’s funding crisis: “They organized fund raisers, attended countless meetings, and they brainstormed in order to bring you this very issue you’re holding. Each editor gave above and beyond to ensure this issue had a chance to make it.” The folks at Blue Mesa have a lot to be proud of in this issue. The result of their hard work and dedication is a handsome journal with great content.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

US Poet Laureate Is Keynote Reader for 15th Annual Taos Summer Writers' Conference

On Sunday, July 14th at 8 p.m., our newly installed U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, will give the keynote reading for the 15th annual Taos Summer Writers' Conference (July 14-21, 2012).

Trethewey's reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Natasha Trethewey
the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three collections and a professor of creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. Ms. Trethewey, 46, was born in Gulfport, Miss., and is the first Southerner to hold the post since Robert Penn Warren, the original laureate, and the first African-American since Rita Dove in 1993.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Natasha Jones article published in Journal of Technical Writing & Communication

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Natasha Jones on her lead article, "Plain Language in Environmental Policy Documents: An Assessment of Reader Comprehension and Perceptions," in the most recent issue of the Journal of Technical Writing & Communication. The article can be found here:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gloria Larrieu has a new CD Embarcadero

Dr. Gloria Larrieu, who received her Ph.D. from our department and who took a course from Hector Torres, has a new CD entitled Embarcadero, which will be available the first week of December from Bookworks.

Gloria is generously donating 20% of the profits to the Hector Torres Memorial Fund.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blue Mesa Review floats through Marigold parade

This past weekend, Sunday, November 4, members of the Blue Mesa Review's editorial board and friends participated in Albuquerque's Muertos y Marigolds Parade as part of the city's Día de los Muertos celebration. The theme of BMR's float was "Writers We Have Loved and Lost."
Dead writers in attendance included Willa Cather, Fernando Pessoa, Sylvia Plath, Ismat Chughtai, Emily Dickinson, and the Fitzgeralds. BMR editors enjoyed promoting the literary journal, which will be releasing its 26th issue online in December.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Colleen Dunn talk November 15

The Feminist Research Institute invites you to attend a talk by Colleen Dunn, PhD Candidate in Medieval Studies here at the University of New Mexico.

"Lives in Translation: The Vitae of Juliana and Katherine in Late Anglo-Saxon and Early Anglo-Norman England"

Colleen Dunn
November 15th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
SUB Cherry/Silver

As always, there will be refreshments available.
Please join us next Thursday for this enlightening talk.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Taos writer John Nichols lectures this Wednesday, November 7

The 3rd annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest features Taos writer John Nichols on this Wednesday, November 7




"From Anaya to Zollinger: A Personal Journey through Southwest Literature"

John Nichols
Wednesday, November 7
7:00 p.m.
George Pearl Hall Auditorium

The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

A resident of New Mexico since 1969, John Nichols is the distinguished author of 12 novels and 8 works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, On Top of Spoon Mountain, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in October of this year. Nichols has written the “New Mexico Trilogy” of novels—his classic The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, and The Nirvana Blues—as well as a non-fiction trilogy about the Southwest—If Mountains Die, The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn, and On the Mesa.

“Much of my work has dealt with struggles for human justice, land and water rights issues, the clash between Chicano, Native American, and Anglo cultures,” Nichols writes. “My stuff is often polemical, usually comic. Laugh and the world laughs with us; weep and we weep alone.”

Made possible through a generous gift from New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya, the annual Anaya Lecture brings together students, faculty, and community members to address the rich traditions and new directions of Southwest literature. Event co-sponsors: UNM English Department, Division of Student Affairs, Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR), University Libraries, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Honors College, Center for the Southwest, Feminist Research Institute, Department of History.

If you would like to support the Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture series, click here to give now.
Thank you!

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 Central Campus Map.

Visitor Parking
Visitors may park at the UNM Welcome Center Parking Structure at a rate of $1.75 per hour. To get to the structure, turn north from Central Ave. onto Stanford Dr., turn right at the stop sign on Redondo, and enter the structure to your left.
The UNM Welcome Center Parking Structure is building 198 on the Central Campus Map.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Two UNM English Alumna Reunite in Washington, DC

Two of the English Department’s recent graduates reunited for a poetry reading at Marymount University. In a moment of alumna networking, Leigh Johnson (PhD 2011) and Erika Sánchez (MFA 2010) were happy to work together again—this time in Washington DC. Erika gave an excerpted reading of her poetry manuscript at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where Leigh is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. The November 1, 2012 event was well attended by fifty students and faculty from the Marymount community. Students appreciated Erika's "frankness" in answering questions and her "beautiful grotesque" images.

Erika is a poet, feminist, and freelance writer living in Chicago. She is currently the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, a reader for Another Chicago Magazine, and a contributor for The Huffington Post, AlterNet, and NBC Latino, Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Drunken Boat, Witness, Anti-, Rhino, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Southeast Review, and others. She has written book reviews for Kirkus Reviews and her nonfiction has been published in Jezebel and Ms. Magazine. She has appeared on American Public Media, the Jack Gravely Radio Show, and Huffington Post Live. She is working on her memoir and a poetry manuscript.

Leigh is in her second year as a tenure-track assistant professor at Marymount University. She teaches Early American Literature, American Multicultural Literature, composition, and gender studies to undergraduates. This semester, she's teaching the introduction to graduate studies course. Her article "Covert Wars in the Bedroom and Nation: Motherwork, Transnationalism, and Domestic Violence in Black Widow’s Wardrobe and Mother Tongue" is forthcoming from Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism.

Congratulations to both graduates on their continued success and sustained collegiality!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nick DePascal Pushcart & Best of the Net Poetry nominations

Nick DePascal has just been nominated by the Emerson Review for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "Entryways." The Pushcart Prize honors the best poetry, fiction, and essays published in small presses each year. The winners' work is collected in an anthology sold in most bookstores and available at most libraries. To find out more about the Pushcart Prize, you could visit, and to find out more information about The Emerson Review, you could visit

Last month, another poem of his was nominated for Sundress Publications' "Best of the Net" anthology. You could find out more about the "Best of the Net" anthology at

September Faculty Conference Presentations and Readings

David Dunaway: "The Roots of Route 66." Open Space Celebration of Route 66 (East Mountains).
David Dunaway: "What I Learned From Interviewing Musicians." Plenary Address, Oral History Association, Cleveland.

Aeron Hunt: "'Discharged Honorable': Old Soldiers and the Ties of Debt in Bleak House" at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Todd Ruecker: “L2 Students’ Stances and Identities in Graduate Peer Review Interactions” at the Symposium on Second Language Writing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Daniel Worden: "Oil and Corporate Personhood: Form and Style in Ida Tarbell's The History of the Standard Oil Company" at Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture Conferences at the University of Alberta.

Julie Williams giving a talk Friday: A 'Peripatetic Philosopher'

The Feminist Research Institute would like to remind you that our paper prize winner
Julie Williams will be giving a talk on
Friday, November 2nd in the SUB Cherry/Silver room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The title of her talk is:
"A 'Peripatetic Philosopher': Sexual and Gender Mobility in the Work of Mary MacLane."

Gary Jackson Reading in Santa Fe Nov. 10

Collected Works Bookstore
Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Gary Jackson
Saturday, November 10, 4pm

Gary Jackson’s first collection is Missing You, Metropolis, (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize). With humor and the serious collector’s delight, Gary Jackson imagines the comic-book worlds of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men alongside the veritable worlds of Kansas, racial isolation, and the gravesides of a sister and a friend.

An MFA graduate from the University of New Mexico, Jackson currently teaches full-time at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and at the Murray State University low-res MFA program in Murray, KY. He is a contributing editor at Catch Up: A journal of comics and literature, and has been a fierce lover of comics for over twenty years. Two poems:

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