Faculty Notes for January 2018


The Spanish translation of Boggs’ book The Art of Waiting is out this month with Seix Barral.


Belle Boggs and Shervon Cassim along with Marian Fragola (NCSU Libraries) received a $3,000 Diversity Mini-Grant from the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity for their upcoming workshop, Art United. The workshop, which will be held March 22, will bring poetry MFA alumni Tyree Daye and Leila Chatti, along with graphic memoirist and editor Kristen Radtke, to D.H. Hill Library to work with students, faculty, and staff on writing and art addressing issues around diversity and our campus climate. The resulting work will be shared in a group exhibit at Hunt Library.


Helen Burgess’s collection The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, coedited with Jen Boyle from Coastal Carolina University, was recently published.

Burgess presented her project with Maggie Simon, “Intimate Fields,” at the 2018 MLA Annual Convention in New York City earlier this month as part of a panel sponsored by the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Her installation work “MashBOT” appeared in Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press).


Paul Fyfe was invited to be a Mercator Fellow with the German Journals Literature Research Group (Journalliteratur), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The appointment aims at sustained international collaboration and includes a brief visiting period and workshop at Philipps-Universität Marburg in early 2019.


Marsha Gordon published “Is it Time For a 21-st Century Version of The Day After?” in The Conversation (January 24).

On January 19, she gave a 90-minute illustrated lecture on Sam Fuller’s war movies at UNC-Asheville’s Reuter Center.

The January 24th segment of Gordon’s monthly radio show on WUNC’s The State of Things focused on movies about money.


On February 14 and 15, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will read selections from their work at Spokane Community College in Spokane, WA.


Elaine Orr’s short memoir “Falling” appears in the winter issue of Persimmon Tree.

She has been invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) on February 20 in Atlanta. Her topic is “Haunting the Story: Houses in Women’s Fiction.”

Her new novel, Swimming Between Worlds (Berkley/Penguin/Random House), launches April 3 in trade paperback, audiobook, and ebook.  


Beryl Cox Pittman taught two courses of Academic Writing at Aalto University in Mikkeli, Finland, during November and December. She has taught with Aalto’s International Business program since 2012.


In November, Jon Thompson launched a new series on American poetics. Illuminations focuses on publishing books that address themselves to a range of issues not currently being treated in any sustained fashion in a book series—poetry and politics, poetry and culture, race and American poetry, pedagogy and poetics, comparative poetics, autobiographical essays, and so on. The launch coincided with the publication of the first book in the series, Donna Stonecipher’s Prose Poetry and the City. Illuminations represents Thompson’s third major editing project after Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and Free Verse Editions, a poetry series.

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