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Publications and Activities

Summer 2017 - Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Publications and Other Announcements

Jennifer van Alstyne's article, “Wives and Daughters: Social Acceptance and Agency in Chapman, Jonson, and Marston’s Eastward Ho,” appears in Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature & Culture, vol. 10, no. 1, 2017. She also has a review of Shara McCallum's Madwoman in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 3. Also, she has published a number of poems this year in The Maynard, The Mad City ReviewQu, The Citron Review, and others. Jennifer is a graduate fellow working on her Master's degree in English.


Summer 2017

Dr. Lucy Biederman, a graduate of our program, has won the VIne Leaves Press Vignette Collection Award for her book, The Walmart Book of the Dead, based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead but telling the story of people trapped forever inside a Walmart. Dr. Biederman has also seen publication of her article "A Promise Song: Ernest J. Gaines's Early Fictions and the Community of Black Women Writing" in Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 49, No. 1.

Josh Capps, Director of the Acadiana Writing Project, and Dr. Toby Daspit, Associate Professor in the College of Education held the 2017-18 National Writing Project SEED Invitational Leadership Institute to Invest in Developing New Teacher-Leaders during the week of June 12th. The Institute provided professional development training to 12 high school and middle school teachers, who participated in over 15 intensive creative and critical writing exercises, which they then used with students during the following week during the "Gear Up -- Improving the Blank Page" Institute (week of June 19th). The teachers will continue to use these exercises with students in writing clubs throughout the year. But that's not all. During the week of June 25th, Josh and Toby held the 2017 National Writing Project Advanced Institute to scale up the college-ready writers program. The goal was to help teachers prepare students for college by teaching argumentative writing that utilizes non-fiction sources. So, they had a very productive summer, enriching the writing lives of both teachers and students.

Danny Garrett, a new graduate student in our program, published an interview piece with White House correspondent April Ryan in the Summer issue of the National Association of Black Journalists Journal.The article is titled "Enduring Excellence: April Ryan is Slaying the White House Beat." Click here to read the article.

Dr. Shelly Ingram's article, "Postmodern Storytelling in John Dufresne's Louisiana Novels" appears in the 2016 Louisiana Folklore Miscellany XXVI.

Dr. Clare Manes's article "Reading Ivan Turgenev with Ernest J. Gaines: Analyzing Fathers and Sons and Catherine Carmier" appears in Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 49, No. 1.

Jennifer Morrison's article, "The Politics of the Plate: Foodways and Southern Culture in Ernest Gaines's 'Of Love and Dust'" also appears in 2016 Louisiana Folklore Miscellany XXVI.

Elizabeth Oxler's article, "I Understand Somewhere It Has Rained: Patricia Smith's Writing of Katrina" appears in the 2016 Louisiana Folklore Miscellany XXVI

Dr. Matthew Teutsch's article "Mr. Joe Lewis, Help Me: Sports in the Fiction of Ernest Gaines," has been published in the most recent issue of MELUS (the journal of The Society of the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures).  Dr. Teutsch is graduate of our program and a former interim director of the Gaines Center here at the University of Louisiana. He is currently a faculty member at the Auburn University.