Faculty Notes for January 2019


On January 29, Barbara Bennett appeared at Quail Ridge Books in conversation with Jill McCorkle about Bennett’s newest book, Smoke Signals from Samarcand: The 1931 Reform School Fire and Its Aftermath.

On March 5, Bennett will have a conversation with Belle Boggs about eugenics and Smoke Signals from Samarcandat Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.


Belle Boggs’s forthcoming novel, The Gulf (scheduled for release on April 2), received a starred Kirkusreview. It was also named a most-anticipated book by the Huffington Post, The Millions, Literary Hub, andthe Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Boggs was recently interviewed by Jason Jefferies of Quail Ridge Books for their new podcast, Bookin’.


Daun Daemon published her poem “The Beauty Shop Money Box” in the December 2018 issue of Perspectives Magazine.

Her poems “In the Beauty Shop, 1963–2006” and “Earworm” were published in Synaeresis Arts + Poetry,Issue 5.


Huiling Ding and CRDM student Yeqing Kong published their co-authored article “Constructing Artificial Intelligence in the U.S. and China: A Cross-cultural, Corpus-assisted Study” in China Media Research.


Paul Fyfe published “Access, Computational Analysis, and Fair Use in the Digitized Nineteenth-Century Press”in a special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review on “Copyright Law and Publishing Practice” (Winter 2018).


Marsha Gordon’s most recent monthly “Movies on the Radio” show on WUNC’s The State of Thingswas about the Best and Worst of 2019.

On January 29, Gordon introduced and led a Q&A for a screening of Double Indemnity at the Hillsborough Public Library.    

She also volunteered for Home Movie Day Raleigh, which moved to Cameron Village this year, on January 17.   


Antony Harrison co-presented (with Lorraine Janzen Kooistra of Ryerson University) the keynote — “Visualizing Christina Rossetti’s Poetry in Print, Pigment, and Pixel” — at the Christina Rossetti and the Illustrated Poetry Book conference (the Watts Gallery and Birkbeck College, University of London) on December 17, 2018.


Dorianne Laux’s Only as the Day is Long: New and Selected Poemswas released by W.W. Norton on January 15. Early notices and reviews have been published by Publishers Weekly, L.A. Times, Poets & Writers,Barnes & Noble, The Millions, Vulture, Literary Hub, andBook Riot.


Gene Meltonwas awarded the NC State New Faculty Advisor Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi’sproposal to “Document Communication Practices of the Buganda Royal Family” with James Kiwanuka-Tondo was awarded $1,000 from the International Travel Assistance Fund with a match of $1,000 from the CHASS Research Office.

Nfah-Abbenyi’s sidebar titled “Femme Nue, Femme Noire (2003, Calixthe Beyala)” has been published in the African (Francophone) Literature chapter of The Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History(Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019).


Stacey Pigg and co-author Benjamin Reading (Department of Applied Ecology) published “Knowing Bass: Accounting for Information Environments in Designing Online Public Outreach” in a special issue of the Open Library of Humanities entitled “Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics.”  

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