Congratulations to Dr. Mark Mattes for winning the BIPOC Scholars Grant from SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) to support research on his monograph, Archival Apocrypha: Indigenous Writing and the Figure of Logan in Colonial and Native American History. The award includes $500 and mentoring support from a senior scholar in Native American studies and book history.
Professor Ian Stansel just released his short story collection Glossary for the End of Days, published by with Acre Books. The eleven stories in this collection explore today’s cultural and political climate with a disarming blend of speculation and realism. Whether faced with tragedy, approaching disaster, or an all-too-familiar uncertainty, these protagonists—siblings, lovers, executives, drifters—reveal complex and often startling turns of mind, surprising themselves as well as the reader.
Prof. Sarah Strickley, editor of Miracle Monocle, will be advising the student editorial team of University of Houston's Glass Mountain (one of the leading undergrad journals in the country) as they shift to digital publishing. "For better or worse, the pandemic has forced many journals to finally let go of their print operations," says Strickley. "I'm hopeful that the workflow pathways we established when we went fully remote last semester might provide a useful template for other editorial teams attempting to navigate safety protocols in the context of pressing deadlines. We've been online since our inception and have much to share with others now making the leap online." Miracle Monocle is an online journal of innovative literary and visual art. Published bi-annually, the journal features poems, short stories, literary nonfiction, and a broad range of experimental works. It serves as a home for flash and micro fictions of all varieties, as well as works with genre indeterminacies, fresh collaborations, and re-invigorations of more traditional forms.
Dr. Stephen Schneider recently published a chapter titled "Nothing New For Easter: Rhetoric, Collective Action, and the Louisville Sit-In Movement." It appears in the anthology Like Wildfire: The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Sit-Ins, edited by Sean Patrick O'Rourke and Lesli K. Pace and published by The University of South Carolina Press.
Assistant Professor V. Joshua Adams's poem "Twenty Sixteen" has been published in the current issue of Mud Season Review.
Congratulations to English professor Amy Clukey, who has just been elected as Second Vice President on the executive board for the Modernist Studies Association. The MSA is an academic association dedicated to the study of the arts in social, politica, cultural, and intellectual contexts from the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. The MSA's official publication is the journal Modernism/Modernity, which is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Amy Clukey is associate professor of English at the University of Louisville. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity, The New Hibernia Review, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among other venues. She co-edited a special issue of the journal Global South on the topic of “plantation modernity” with Jeremy Wells (2017) and she is currently completing a monograph entitled Plantation Modernism: Transatlantic Anglophone Fiction 1890-1950.
Listen to English Professor S. Matthew Biberman's interview on the podcast Ghost in the Machine, about his memoir Big Sid's Vincati, which is coming out in translation in Spanish and Italian. From the show notes: "What does your motorcycle mean to you? For many riders, a bike is simply a tool, a vehicle for the body. But for some of us, a motorcycle is much more than that, a vessel that carries the stories of who we are and how we got here. Meet Matthew Biberman, son of legendary Vincent builder Big Sid Biberman. To give his ailing father a reason to live, Matthew proposed they build a bike together, a rare Vincati. That quest would turn out to be a remarkable story of second chances for both of them, and compelling proof that a motorcycle really can have a soul."
English major Josh Osborne is making an important contribution to the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs. The Backside Learning Center is a non-profit that assists equine workers at the racetrack. Josh had been teaching English-as-a-second language courses to kids and families at the Center but that changed when COVID-19 spread. Since then, the Center changed its focus to getting the families that are in need the food, diapers, and encouragement during these difficult times. Congratulations to Josh on the important work he's doing, and on graduating with a major in English and a minor in Spanish!
English professor Andrew Rabin is featured on the latest episode of the podcast Pessimists Archive. Providing historical context on the plague, Professor Rabin discusses Northumbria in the year 686 and the work of Venerable Bede.
Michelle Day and Sara Williams received a prestigious grant from CCCC to continue her research, "Trauma-Informed Writing Pedagogy: A Pilot Study of an Evidence-Based Training Initiative."
Congratulations to our Creative Writing students, who have won the three top spots and one honorable mention of Sarabande Books’ annual Flo Gault Poetry Prize. This means that two students from the English Department at UofL received four of the five top prizes.
Deborah Lutz has been awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The $35,000 fellowship will support Professor Lutz’s research project titled “Paper Art and Craft: Victorian Writers and Their Materials,” a monograph about nineteenth-century poets, novelists, and artists who used the materials of writing and everyday life as inspiration for their work.
Congratulations to Kristi Maxwell, assistant professor of English, who has been awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. This grant will support her work on a poetry manuscript-in-progress. For more information see http://www.kfw.org/grants/grantees/ Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry: Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press), Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.
PhD candidate Joe Franklin is the winner of a Ben Raforth Graduate Grant from the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). The IWCA awarded the grant to support his research project "Transnational Writing Studies: Understanding Institutions and Institutional Work Through Narratives of Navigation.” Many congratulations to Joe on these accomplishments! For more information on the IWCA and their research grants, click here.
Dr. Karen Chandler has begun her tenure as President of the Children’s Literature Association (2019-20). Since 1973, the Children’s Literature Association has aimed to “encourage high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.” It organizes an annual conference, and in June 2020 the meeting will be at the University of Washington (Bellevue).
Congratulations to Sarah Strickley on the publication of an international feature on writing. Congratulations also to V. Joshua Adams, who published an essay titled”No Puzzle: James Merrill, Philosophical Poetry, and the Structure of the Self" in the journal Literary Imagination.
Congratulations to Sarah Strickley, whose short story "Dewey Dell: An American Ghost Story" won the Editors' Prize in Prose from the journal Copper Nickel. The story appears in the current issue of that journal.
Ph.D. candidate Ashanka Kumari has won a $450 research grant from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) People of Color Caucus and Writing Program Administrators-Graduate Organization. The award goes to "a recipient whose project explores and/or advances the understanding of issues of race, civil rights, equity, and/or social justice in writing program administration.”