Faculty News for July/August 2019


Chris Anson gave the opening keynote address, “Technological Gains and Losses: A Heuristic Approach to Analyzing Affordances for Classroom Instruction and Support for Writing,” at the 10th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), in Gothenburg, Sweden, in July.

In August, he spoke about his research on using screencasts for student peer review at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) in Aachen, Germany.


Belle Boggs’s short story “In the Shadow of Man” received the Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize in Fiction from Ploughshares

Her novel, The Gulf, was longlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.

Her nonfiction book, The Art of Waiting, will be translated into Japanese and published in Japan by Thousands of Books.


Helen Burgess presented “E-locutio: Stitching Styles and Pulling Threads” at the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Cork, Ireland, in July.


Paul Colby’s novel The Door to Andromeda was selected as an entry in the U.K. podcast Pop-Up Submissions, hosted by literary agent Peter Cox, sort of a Britain’s Got Talent for novel queries.


In July, Daun Daemon’s poem “To the Elderly Hairdresser” was published in the Remington Review Summer 2019 issue (pages 56–57).


Marsha Gordon has won the NEH Public Scholar Award for 2020-2021


Dorianne Laux taught and read at the 6th Annual Catamaran Writing Conference in Pebble Beach, CA, August 4–8.

On August 31, Laux read and was in discussion with Jericho Brown at the National Book Fest in Washington, D.C., which was hosted by the Library of Congress.

On July 10, her poem “Third Rock from the Sun” was the featured poem on Poem-a-Day from poets.org.

She was also recently interviewed by a former student on Radio Boise.


William K. Lawrence has poems forthcoming in The Paragon Journal. 

His novel, The Punk and the Professor, has now been translated into four additional languages with anticipated publication. 


Jennifer Nolan presented “‘Now Once More the Belt is Tight:’ ‘Summon[ing] the Proper Expression of Horror’ in Fitzgerald’s Post Stories of the Early 1930s” at the 15th International F. Scott Society Conference in Toulouse, France, in June. She also participated in a roundtable consisting of editors for the Oxford World Classics Fitzgerald Series regarding her proposed edition of Fitzgerald’s short story collection Taps at Reveille.

In July, she presented “Repatriating Fitzgerald’s Americans in the Saturday Evening Post” on a panel she co-organized, “Re-Envisioning America after the Fall: Literature and the Periodical Press in the Early Depression,” at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) Conference in Amherst, MA.


Thomas Phillips has a new novel, Sine Wave, out with Spuyten Duyvil.


During July, Beryl Cox Pittman worked with 20 business majors from France through the SKEMA APHEC 2019 USA Cultural Immersion Program. SKEMA is a France-based university with seven global campuses, including a site on Centennial Campus. 

She also taught the academic writing workshop to incoming minority freshmen through the Summer Transition Program in the College of Engineering.


Allen Stein’s story “The Final Reflections of Malcolm Melville, His Father’s Son” won second prize in The Hudson Review’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest and was published in the summer issue.

His collection of poems Your Funeral Is Very Important to Us, which was a semi-finalist in the University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham and Felix Pollak Competition, was published this month by Main Street Rag Publishing, and his collection Unsettled Subjects: New Poems on Classic American Literature is forthcoming with Broadstone Books next year. Poems in both collections have appeared in some two dozen journals, among them Poet Lore, Willow Springs, Salmagundi, and The South Carolina Review.


Erik Thomas attended the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, held in Melbourne, Australia, from August 5–9, and presented “Age Vectors vs. Axes of Intraspeaker Variation in Vowel Formants Measured Automatically from Several English Speech Corpora,” which was co-authored with JEFF MIELKE, ROBIN DODSWORTH, and four colleagues from other universities. Another paper by these authors — “Large-scale Acoustic Analysis of Dialectal and Social Factors in English /s/-retraction” — was presented by Jane Stuart-Smith of the University of Glasgow. 


Jon Thompson published a sequence of 33 poems from Notebook of Last Things in Artful Dodge, 2019 (number 54–55).

“The Inescapability of It” was published in Conduit, Spring 2019.

“The Solace of the Foreign” and “The Familiar Becomes Extreme” (four poems) appear in SplitLevel Issue 2 (Summer 2019).


John Wall presented “Recreating Time: The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project and the Re-Presentation of Early Modern Reality” during the 23rd International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV 2019) held in Paris, France, July 2–5. Wall’s essay was selected for publication in the proceedings volume for the conference.

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