Faculty Notes for July/August 2018


Belle Boggs’s novel The Gulf will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2019.

In July, she interviewed Onnesha Roychoudhuri at Flyleaf Books about Onnesha’s new book, The Marginalized Majority. The event was broadcast on CSPAN Book-TV.


Paul Broyles presented “Exchanging the Immaterial: Fictions of Possession in AmadaceCleges, and Gawain” at the biennial congress of the New Chaucer Society in Toronto, held July 10–15.


Paul Broyles, Jim Knowles, and Tim Stinson are series editors of the newly launched PPEA Print Series. Their first volume, Piers Plowman: The B-Version Archetype, edited by John A. Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, was just published in collaboration with UNC Press.


Helen Burgess and Maggie Simon’s multi-media project, Intimate Fields, has been archived as the fourth volume in the University of Victoria’s MLab series “Kits for Cultural History.”

An article related to the project, based on its presentation at the 2017 Electronic Literature Organization conference, has just been published in the most recent issue of Materialities of Literature.


Sheryl Cornett’s interview essay “Therese Anne Fowler and Maligned Women: Setting the Story Straight on Zelda Fitzgerald and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont” was published in the July 2018 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.


Daun Daemon’s short story “The Literal Gourmand — A Fable” was published by Literally Stories on July 9.

Night Garden Journal posted her poem “A Haiku Cycle” on July 10.

In August, The Dead Mule published her short story “Good Customers.”


Susan Emshwiller’s story “Suicide Watch” is included in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction


Marsha Gordon published “A Double Feature: Sam Fuller’s The Steel Helmet and Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire” in Cineaste (Fall 2018): 32-35.

Her August “Movies on the Radio” show on WUNC’s The State of Things was about cinematic worlds people wish they could inhabit. The September show will be about films about art and artists.

Her documentary, Rendered Small, screened at the Macon Film Festival in August and will be shown at the Gregg Museum of Art on October 24 at 6 p.m. (free and open to the public).

As a guest on the Service on Celluloid podcast (episode #103), produced by the World War II Museum in New Orleans, she talked about The Best Years of Our Lives.

On September 13, she will participate in panel discussion following a screening of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at Hunt Library. The event — sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies, Women in Engineering, and Film Studies programs — begins at 6 p.m.


On August 24, Kyesha Jennings will moderate a post-show conversation of the play Temples of Lung and Air produced by PlayMakers Repertory Company on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Panelists include Mark Katz, UNC Distinguished Professor of Humanities, and Jaki Shelton Green, NC Poet Laureate.

Her article “Girls Who Make Beats: A Conversation on the Disproportionate Representation of Female Producers in Hip-Hop” will be included in the book Gender In Music Production, due from Routledge in 2019. The book is part of the Perspectives On Music Production series. 


On August 14, Jamie Larsen led a Technical Communication Workshop – Writing for Professional Impact at the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education.

Larsen and BERYL COX PITTMAN led the Global Training Initiative’s Technical Communication Certificate Program for students from Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, from July 16-27.  


Bill Lawrence has multiple poems forthcoming in Rue Scribe.

Translations of his novel The Punk and the Professor are currently being completed in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. An interview with Lawrence conducted last year was posted to Pressenza in both English and Spanish. 

He recently earned a UNC certificate in Course Accessibility by completing the NC State Accessibility in the Classroom course through the IT Accessibility Office.    


Leila May’s review of Ruth Rosale’s Conspicuous Silences: Implicature in the Victorian Novel (Oxford UP, 2016) was published in the spring 2018 Victorian Studies.


Carolyn Miller presented “Memoir, Blog, and Selfie: Genre as Social Action in Self-Representations” at the University of Melbourne School of Languages and Linguistics on August 15, at the University of Sydney Department of English on August 27, and at the University of New South Wales School of Education on August 28. 

She conducted two invited workshops: “Genres of Self-Representation,” co-directed with Anne Freadman, at the University of Melbourne School of Languages and Linguistics from August 7–24 and “How to Find and Analyze a Genre” at the University of New South Wales School of Education on August 29. 

She served as an external examiner for Sarah Whyte, Ph.D. In English, University of Waterloo, Ontario, who defended July 2018 on the topic “The Rhetorical Life of Surgical Checklists: A Burkean Analysis with Implications for Knowledge Translation.”


Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi has been asked to join the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA).

She will serve as guest editor of a special issue of JALA dedicated to the 2018 conference held in Washington, D.C.


Jennifer Nolan’s essay “May Wilson Preston and the Birth of Fitzgerald’s Flapper: Illustrating Social Transformation in ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair'” appeared in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (8.1).

In July, she presented “Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Art of Commerce: Illustration, Advertising, and ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'” at the 18th International Hemingway Conference in Paris. 


Thomas Phillips has a new story collection, And the Darkness Back Again, out with Zagava Books.

His story “La Pensée Inquiète” is included in Irkalia, an anthology from Raphus Press.


Stacey Pigg and CRDM graduate student co-authors Missy Hannah and Melissa Stone published “Teaching Information Design that Emphasizes Data: Revisiting Professional Writing Outcomes and Assignments” in the Proceedings of ACM SIGDOC ’18. Pigg and Hannah attended the SIGDOC conference in Milwaukee, WI, from August 3–5 to present the paper on behalf of the team.

Pigg’s collaborative chapter “Fieldwork and the Identification and Assembling of Agencies,” with Jeffrey T. Grabill and Kendall Leon, was published in Field Rhetoric: Ethnography, Ecology, and Engagement in the Places of Persuasion (University of Alabama Press, 2018).

Her collaborative article “Designing, Building, and Connecting Networks to Support Distributed Collaborative Empirical Writing Research” (with Beth Brunk-Chavez, Jessie Moore, Paula Rosinski, and Jeffrey T. Grabill) was published in Composition Studies (46.1).


On July 2, Beryl Cox Pittman chaired the session on Joint and Dual Degrees at the EduLearn18 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Palma, Mallorca. 

Pittman and JAMIE LARSEN presented “Curriculum Development across Cultures: Creating a Learning Environment for a Technical Communication Program between NC State University and Nanjing Normal University” at the EduLearn18 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies on July 2 in Palma, Mallorca.


Laura Severin’s paper “A Garden of Time and Silence as Ecofeminist Project” was published in The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, 13.3 (Summer 2018).


Erik Thomas lectured on sociophonetics and language contact at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, from May 28–June 1.

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