Faculty Notes for February 2017


In January, Chris Anson spoke at the 2017 Liberal Arts International Conference at Texas A&M University’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

In February, he gave the keynote address at the 7th International Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which took place at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

On February 16, he spoke at the 4th Writing Research Across Borders conference in Bogota, Colombia, where he was elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the conference’s sponsoring organization, the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research.


John Balaban was awarded the annual George Garrett Prize for a lifetime of Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

His poem “After the Inauguration,” which originally appeared in the New York Review of Books, has been reprinted in the Southern Humanities Review, volume 50 (2017).


Belle Boggs’s “Mother Science,” about the reproductive decision-making of young transgender people in North Carolina, was the lead essay in Guernica’s “Future of the Body” special.

Her short story “If You Have Ghosts” appears in The Evil One, a new anthology of fiction inspired by Roky Erickson songs.

She was interviewed about The Art of Waiting on Radio New Zealand.


Paul Fyfe published “A Great Exhibition of Print: Illustrated London News Supplement Sheet (1851)” in a special issue of Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens on “Object Lessons: The Victorians and the Material Text.”


Marsha Gordon gave two invited talks related to her new book on Sam Fuller: on February 15 she gave a book lecture and introduced a screening of The Steel Helmet at Hunt Library; on February 18 she gave a lecture for the UCLA Film + Television Archive—the first of their new Archival Talk series—at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She appeared as a guest on WUNC’s The State of Things to discuss her book, and the News & Observer ran a story about the book and the Hunt Library screening event.

On February 23, Gordon curated and introduced films for a sold-out program at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles titled “Race & Space in Los Angeles III: 16mm Films About African Americans from the 1960s-1970s.”       

On March 14, Gordon and three of her students from her fall ENG 378: Women + Film course will participate in a “Making Meaning” double feature at Hunt Library. Those interested in learning more about undertaking multimedia projects with students are invited to attend; the event begins at 5 p.m.


On February 13, Dorianne Laux’s poem “Antilamentation” was featured in The Writer’s Almanac.

Laux and Joseph Millar published Duets, a chapbook of poems about music (Jacar Press).


William K. Lawrence’s poem “Survivor” will be published in the March “Resistance” issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing.


Leila S. May published “‘Who’s to be master?’: Humpty Dumpty, J. L. Austin, and J. Hillis Miller” in Interdisciplinary Studies 19.1 (2017).


Joseph Millar’s fourth book of poems, Kingdom, is just out from Carnegie-Mellon University Press. 


On February 9, Carolyn Miller gave the annual Eberhardt Lecture at the Department of English, University of Kansas. Her topic was “Memoir, Blog, and Selfie: Genre as Social Action in Self-Representations.” As part of her visit, she also met with graduate students to discuss their research and led a workshop on genre identification and analysis. 


David Rieder’s article “Making Wayves” appears in the current issue of the journal Enculturation.

This summer, Rieder will be one of the primary faculty in KairosCamp, a two-week NEH Summer Institute on digital publishing and multimedia authoring/editing to be held at the University of West Virginia.

Rieder is now the faculty advisor for the NC State cycling club and racing team.


Maria Rouphail’s poem “Mary Magdalene Theorizes” has been accepted for publication in the upcoming edition of Wild Goose Poetry Review.


Sharon Setzer’s chapter “Epistolary Exposés: The Marriage Market, the Slave Trade, and the ‘Cruel Business’ of War in Mary Robinson’s Angelina” appears in Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 (Routledge 2017). 

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