Faculty Notes for March 2017


Hard copies of Chris Anson and Jessie Moore’s edited collection of essays, Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, have now been issued.

Anson spoke at Koç University in Istanbul and TED University in Ankara, March 2–3.

On March 17, Anson and CRDM doctoral students Chen Chen and Meridith Reed gave a research panel on The Discourse of Commentary: What We Learn When Students Talk About Their Own Writing at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland, OR. He was also part of a featured session at CCCC with Nancy Sommers (Harvard) and Howard Tinberg (Bristol CC), Cultivating Response: Seeing Teachers’ Response Through Students’ Eyes


John Balaban’s “Two Poems on Florida” were published in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.


Sheryl Cornett’s short story “You Scan” appears in the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue of Southern Women’s Review.

On March 7, her essay “Counting Losses” was posted on Modern Creative Life, Issue 5.


Daun Daemon’s short story “Moonflowers” is included in the current issue of Southern Women’s Review (Fall 2016/Spring 2017).

Her poem “I Hear Her Voice Calling” was awarded 1st Place in the 2017 Origami Poems Project Kindness Contest, an international contest to which more than 300 poems were submitted. The poem will be published later this year in the Best of Kindness II anthology.

One of her poems appears in the current issue (Volume 50) of the Haiku Journal.


Paul Fyfe presented “Copying, Computational Analysis, and Fair Use in the Digitized Nineteenth-Century Press” at the Copying and Copyright in 19th Century British Newspapers and Periodicals workshop organized by the Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones (LARCA) at Université Paris Diderot.

Fyfe is a project member on “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx),” which was among the funded projects in the Digging into Data Challenge. The project will develop methods to track information flow and concept drift across international historic newspaper collections. OcEx includes US members from Northeastern University, University of Nebraska, and NC State, as well as international collaboration from universities in Mexico, England, the Netherlands, Finland, and Germany.


Marsha Gordon gave three talks related to her newly released book: “A Date with History: Sam Fuller” at the First Infantry Museum, Wheaton, IL (3/22); “Sam Fuller at War” at the University of Chicago (3/27); and “Fighting Words: Sam Fuller’s Behind-the-Scenes Battles with the Military-Entertainment Industrial Complex” at Michigan State University (3/28).

Gordon co-chaired a panel and co-presented a paper, “Making Space for Race: Nontheatrical Filmmaking in 1960s Los Angeles,” with Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago) at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago on March 24.

On March 1, she presented her monthly “Movies on the Radio” show, which focused on movie westerns. The next show will feature dystopian films.


Melanie Graham’s poem “5 Under 6” appears in the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue of Southern Women’s Review.


On April 8, Dorianne Laux will read with Dennis Nurkse at the Verbal Supply Company in New York for a benefit event to support Planned Parenthood.


On April 1, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will conduct a community workshop in Winston-Salem at The Seventh Annual Gathering of Poets for Jacar Press.


SPADE (SPeech Analysis across Dialects of English) has been awarded funding in the 4th Digging into Data challenge. NC State University team members Jeff Mielke, Robin Dodsworth, Erik Thomas, and Paul Fyfe will collaborate with colleagues at Glasgow University, the University of Edinburgh, McGill University, and the University of Oregon to develop a sophisticated yet easy to use computational tool that will allow searching across speech corpora in the same way as people are used to accessing information from written texts.


On March 19, Carolyn Miller was a featured plenary speaker at the annual conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics in Portland, OR. She presented on “Memoir, Blog, and Selfie: Genre as Social Action in Self-Representations.” 

She gave a modified version of this presentation at Boise State University on March 27. Also at Boise State, she presented a workshop on “Approaches to Researching and Teaching Genres” on March 28. 

At the annual meeting of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing in Portland, Carolyn gave a presentation co-authored with CRDM student Stephen Carradini: “Past and Future of Genre Studies in Technical Communication.” She also chaired a session and participated in a roundtable discussion on “Celebrating 20 Years of the ATTW Conference” on March 15. 


Stacey Pigg’s collaborative article “WIDE Research Center as an Incubator for Graduate Student Experience” was published in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

Pigg attended the Symposium for Communicating Complex Information in Greenville, NC, and facilitated a panel entitled “Where Are We with Wayfinding?” 

During the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland, OR, March 15-18, she facilitated a table called “The Work of Writing in the World” at the Qualitative Research Network and then presented her paper “An Occasion for Working the Little Picture: Situated Action Research and the Materialities of Emergent Practice.” 


David Rieder gave two papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland, OR: “Strengths and Weaknesses of Numerate Thinking in an Interdisciplinary Program” at the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition and “Adventures in Coding” on a conference panel titled “Cultivating Code Literacy.”

Rieder’s book Suasive Iterations: Rhetoric, Writing, and Physical Computing was published this month by Parlor Press.


Jon Thompson presented five new additions to the Free Verse Editions list at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Washington, D.C.: This History That Just Happened by Hannah Craig [New Measure Poetry Prize Winner selected by Yusef Komunyakka], Pilgrimage Suites by Derek Gromadzki, Go On by Ethel Rackin, Overyellow by Nicolas Pesques translated by Cole Swensen, They Who Saw the Deep by Geraldine Monk and Fifteen Seconds Without Sorrow by Shim Bo-Seon, translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé. Two more titles will be released in the 2017 season.


Douglas Walls presented “Designing Digital Activism: Rhetorical Tool as Agent of Social Change” at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing annual meeting in Portland, OR.

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