Faculty Notes for March 2021


Over the past seven months, Chris Anson co-planned the 6th International Writing Research Across Borders conference, which took placed virtually on March 5 & 6 in place of Xi’an, China in March of 2020.


Daun Daemon’s poem “The 2020 Christmas Cards” was published by Amsterdam Quarterly online on March 21 and will appear in the Spring 2021 print edition (volume 30, “Pandemic”).


Rebecca De Hass’s English 331 class was certified by Quality Matters with a perfect score.


Paul Fyfe gave an invited (virtual) lecture on “Digitized Newspapers, Oceanic Exchanges, and Historical Networks” to the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington.


Marsha Gordon’s article “The subversive joys of Joan Micklin Silver’s little-known New York City short films” was published by Salon on March 13.

Gordon published “Seeing Life Through a Different Lens,” co-authored with Allyson Nadia Field, in Sight + Sound (April 2021).

She presented “Students Make Media: Digital Age Film Pedagogy” as a workshop presentation for the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, which was held virtually in March.

She recorded an NC Symphony talkback with the conductor for a post-streaming movie music concert that streamed on March 27, 2020.

Gordon will participate in a number of streaming events in April, all of which are free and open to the public (all given in Eastern Time):


On February 23, Kyesha Jenning’s article “Don’t Ask Pregnant Women if They’re Excited” was published by LifeHacker.

On March 10, Jennings discussed “Hip-Hop Feminism and Motherhood” as an invited speaker for the WUNC Embodied Podcast/Instagram Live Coffee Chat.

On March 11, she delivered an invited guest lecture about “City Girls, Hot Girls and the Re-imagining of Black Women in Hip Hop and Digital Spaces” to the GSWS 201: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies course at Virginia Commonwealth University. She delivered the same lecture on March 30 at Johnson C. Smith University’s ENG 296: Rapsody’s EVE and Hip-Hop Feminist Literature course.


Bill Lawrence is currently organizing Young Writers Workshop 2021. Like last year, the summer creative writing program will be entirely online and will feature guest writers from around the world. Courses are open to kids aged 9–18. Spread the news: https://english.chass.ncsu.edu/youngwriters/online/  


Catherine Mainland self-published her short novel Returning on Amazon in March. 


On February 5, Jennifer Nolan was an invited speaker for a continuing education course on “F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Popular American Short Story,” offered by the 92nd Street Y in New York City. 


On February 26, David Rieder led a workshop titled “Introduction to Learning Ren’Py” for members of the “If, Then: Technology and Poetics” working group, which is hosted by UNC’s Digital Innovation Lab.


Jon Thompson published “A Question of How Far Back You Want to Go,” “Obligation” and “On the Art of the Gods” in The Carolina Quarterly (Winter 2021) and “On the Problem of Likeness and Difference” and “A Short History of the Garden” in Matter 28.

His sonnet sequence of eight poems, “Names Made for Us in Another Century,” was published in the collection Last Kind Words, edited by Peter Riley (Shearsman Books, 2021).

He has also selected the following titles for Free Verse Editions to publish in 2021: Giles Goodland, Civil Twilight; Richard Jarrette, Strange Antlers; Martha Ronk, Ariadne, A Series [Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize]; Simon Smith, Last Morning; and Susan Tichy, North|Rock|Edge.



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