Faculty Notes for April 2018


Lindsey Andrews’ essay “Words Are Flesh,” about the poet Frank Bidart and expression, was published this month in The Operating System for their National Poetry Month 30/30/30 series. 


On April 7, Chris Anson gave the keynote address, “Getting Real: Teaching and Learning in an Age of ‘Alternate Facts,’” at the 15th Annual Red River Graduate Student Conference, held at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Anson is also one of 15 faculty featured in a recently published collection of interview-based chapters in How Writing Faculty Write: Strategies for Process, Product, and Productivity, edited by Christine E. Tulley (Utah State University Press). 


Helen Burgess published her article “Publish All the Things: The Life (and Death) of Electronic Literature” in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.


Daun Daemon’s poem “My Daddy Taught Me to Pack” was published by Typishly.


On April 22, Susan Emshwiller taught a class on “Cinematic Storytelling Techniques for All Writers” at the North Carolina Writer’s Network Spring Conference.


Marsha Gordon’s short documentary Rendered Small: The American Folk Art Buildings Collection of Steven Burke and Randy Campbell screened on April 29 and will screen again on May 5 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of Indy Fest. It will screen on May 11 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh as part of opening night of the Longleaf Festival. The May 11 screening in Raleigh is free and open to the public.

Gordon published “Nontheatrical Media and Feminism” in a special issue of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal (volume 4.2, Spring 2018).

This month, she co-presented “Camerawoman Angela Murray Gibson Films Herself into History, 1921-1925” with Buckey Grimm at Orphan Film Symposium, Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

On April 19, she was an invited panelist at Duke University for “Science in the Movies, Frankenmovies: The 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein,” organized by the Science Communicators of North Carolina. 

She presented two “Movies on the Radio” segments on WUNC’s The State of Things in April: Frankenstein and the movies on April 18 and overrated films on April 26.


On April 19, Kyesha Jennings gave an invited talk at Virginia Tech on Gender and Hip-Hop for the annual “Digging in the Crates: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech” series. 

Jennings was a featured panelist at “Beauties Who Love the Arts,” a networking expo for women in the arts industry, on April 21. 


Hans Kellner was elected Chair-Elect of the NC State Faculty. He will serve as Chair of the Faculty from 2019–2021. 


Jim Knowles presented a paper on “Eating Our Deserts First: Renunciative Vocation and Orders of Service in Julian of Norwich” and chaired a panel on “Law and Order in Piers Plowman” at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 13–14.


Carolyn Miller’s co-authored chapter “Classification and Its Discontents: Making Peace with Blurred Boundaries, Open Categories, and Diffuse Disciplines” was published in Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity (Utah State University Press, 2018). Her co-author was 2017 CRDM graduate Gwendolynne Reid, who is now director of the Writing Program and assistant professor of English at Oxford College of Emory University.

Miller successfully nominated Ashley Mehlenbacher (formerly Kelly) for the 2018 CRDM Alumni/ae Award, which was presented at the CRDM Symposium in March. Mehlenbacher, who graduated in 2014, is now assistant professor of English at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. 


This month, Elaine Orr gave several readings from her new novel, Swimming Between Worlds: at Quail Ridge Books on the 3rd, at McIntyre’s Books on the 7th, at both Flyleaf Books and The Regulator Bookshop on the 17th, and at  Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville on the 30th.

Two of her essays were published on April 3 in tandem with her book launch:  “Looking for the Secret Door” (on writing craft and magic) in Bloom and “Taking Back the House by Elaine Neil Orr” in Women Writers, Women[‘s] Books.

On March 28, Orr gave a reading in Talley Student Union for an event sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

As a guest blogger, Orr wrote the April 5 post for Reading the Past: News, Views, and Reviews of Historical Fictions: “Researching and Writing Historical Fiction.”

Her essay “Books of Fiction and Nonfiction that Bring the Civil Rights Movement Alive” was published by Signature.

An interview with Orr, “An Attempt at Self-Education: An Interview with Elaine Neil Orr,” was published in Fiction Writers Review.


On April 9, Tim Stinson gave an invited lecture titled “The More a Man Gazes: Roman de la Rose in the Digital Age” at the University of Toronto. 


John Wall gave a talk on “The Epistemology of Digital Modeling” as the closing keynote address at a conference entitled Shifting (the) Boundaries: Digital Humanities and the Liberal Arts, held at Wellesley College on April 6–7.

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