Monday, August 18, 2014

Alemán Elected to C19 Executive Committee

Dr. Jesse Alemán has been elected to the Executive Committee of C19—The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. He will serve as Membership Chair for the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary studies. C19 holds an annual conference; publishes J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists; and invites student membership for $35, faculty membership for $65, and institutional membership for $80 annually.
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Tiffany and Andrew Bourelle Publish New On-line Resource

Tiffany Bourelle and Andrew Bourelle have published a webtext article in the digital peer-reviewed journal Kairos: Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. The article addresses how to develop a successful multimodal curriculum in a fully online classroom, providing instructors with advice on creating instructional tools.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Emily Rapp joins UNM English as Russo Chair Professor

A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir and Still Point of the Turning World.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and Salon, among other publications.  She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, a James Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas-Austin, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University.  A professor of creative writing and literature at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a faculty member in the University of California-Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program, she joins UNM’s creative writing faculty as the Joseph M. Russo Visiting Professor in Creative Nonfiction.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rananim program, the Online Writing Community of the Taos Summer Writers' Conference

The UNM Taos Summer Writers' Conference began sixteen years ago to create a link between UNM and the D.H. Lawrence Ranch just outside of beautiful Taos, NM. For years, the Conference has taken participants to the Ranch, had fellows stay in the fellowship cabin, and created that thing that Lawrence so desired: a utopian society where writers and artists of all kinds can go to create and commune.
This summer at the Conference, a new program called Rananim was created. The proceeds of Rananim, an Online Writing Community of the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, will go toward the renovation of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch. For more information about the new Rananim program, go to the website at or watch the video that describes the ranch and the project
The Rananim website includes a blog with posts about the Ranch. Here's the link:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poets Publishing MFA Dissertations

Nick dePascal, who graduated with an MFA in 2013 and is currently a lecturer in our department, won the first West End Press Poetry Prize.  His book, Before You Become Improbable, is now out from West End Press. Congratulations to Nick!

In addition, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, also a 2013 poetry MFA graduate, has had her manuscript, The Verging Cities, accepted by the Center for Literary Publishing through their Mountain West Poetry Series.​ Congratulations Natalie!

Kathleen Washburn awarded a Smith College Travel-to-Collections Grant

Professor Kathleen Washburn was awarded a Travel-to-Collections grant from the Smith College Archives Research Support Program. The award funded archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection on writer and editor Elaine Goodale Eastman, who is best known for collaborating with husband Charles Eastman on a series of nonfiction texts on "Indian" life.

AISB Outstanding Student Award in English

New UNM student Bobbie Thomas (Navajo) was honored with the Outstanding Student Award in English for the 2014 American Indian Summer Bridge (AISB) Program. Through the intensive summer program sponsored by American Indian Student Services, recent high school graduates earn credit in Native American Studies, math, and English courses and prepare for college success. The writing workshop course this summer was taught by Dr. Kathleen Washburn and Ph.D. student Julie Williams.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Todd Ruecker Publishes Article in TESOL Quarterly

Todd Ruecker published a short article, "Exploring the Linguistic and Institutional Contexts of Writing Instruction in TESOL,” in the June 2014 issue of TESOL Quarterly, the top journal in the field of TESOL.  He co-authored this piece with Shawna Shapiro from Middlebury College, Erik N. Johnson from Arizona State University, and Christine M. Tardy from the University of Arizona.  It is based on a globally distributed survey of 456 TESOL members about the way writing is shaped by their particular teaching context.