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Archive for August, 2008

Fiction Writer Donald Pollock Kicks Off Creative Writing Reading Series Thursday

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 26, 2008

Donald Ray Pollock will give a reading at Prout Chapel (Thursday August 28 at 7:30 p.m.) to kick off this semester’s Creative Writing reading series. Pollock, is the author of a nationally acclaimed short story collection, Knockemstiff (Doubleday 2008) and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Third Coast, The Journal, Sou’Wester, Chiron Review, River Styx, Boulevard, Folio, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. Currently, he is a graduate student in the MFA program at Ohio State University and lives in Chillicothe.

He is currently at work on a novel set in 1965, about a serial killer named Arvin Eugene Russell.


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Faculty Accomplishments

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 25, 2008

2008 has been a busy year for the Department’s faculty. Here are just a few of their accomplishments that give you an idea of the breadth and diversity of talent and interests we are blessed with here in East Hall.

In Literature, Bill Albertini just had an article accepted for Discourse entitled “Contagion and the Necessary Accident” that will be published sometime in 2009.

Kim Coates‘s article “Eros in the Sickroom:  Phosphorescent Form and Aesthetic Ecstasy in D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers” was published in the Journal of Narrative Theory (38.2) Summer 2008, and her chapter: “Regarding Violence:  Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas and Contemporary Feminist Responses to War” was published in Virginia Woolf:  Art, Education, Internationalism—Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP, 2008).

Allan Emery‘s article, “Evading the Pit and the Pendulum: Poe on the Process of Transcendence,” appeared in the latest issue of Poe Studies.

Erin Labbie, who is on leave for Fall 2008, has written several essays for collections and is hard at work on a few more essays as well as a couple of collections and a new book project for the fall.

In Creative Writing, Lawrence Coates, who is on leave for the current academic year, has a short story forthcoming in Pacific Review.

Theresa Williams has just completed a three month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, a residency sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council which each year sends one Ohio creative writer and one visual artist to Provincetown.

Sharona Muir recently had a series of poems based on Pliny’s Natural History accepted at the prestigious British literary journal, Stand.

In Scientific and Technical Communication, Jude Edminster co-authored a chapter with Andrew Mara and Kris Blair, “Digital Studio as Method: Collaboratively Migrating Theses and Dissertations into the Technological Ecology of English Studies,” in Sustaining Technological Ecologies in English Studies under contract with the Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press.

In Rhetoric & Writing, Kris also co-edited a book collection with Radhika Gajjala and Christine Tulley entitled Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice: Communities, Pedagogies, and Social Action (Hampton Press Series New Dimensions in Computers and Composition Studies, 2008). In addition, Kris, along with graduate student collaborators, was awarded a $10,000 Community Action Grant from the National American Association of University Women for the Digital Mirror Computer Camp for Girls, an engagement project designed to develop and sustain adolescent girls’ interest in computer technologies.

Richard Gebhardt‘s Fall 2007 faculty improvement leave project (“Rhetoric and Composition Scholarship in an Era of Engagement”) led to papers at two refereed national meetings, the 4 C’s in April 2008 (“Composition Scholarship and the Scholarship of Engagement”) and the Rhetoric Society of America in May 2008 (“Scholarship of Engagement: New Name for or Challenge to the Work of Rhetoric”), and a revision of the RSA paper has been accepted for the conference proceedings, a refereed book titled The Responsibilities of Rhetoric.

Lance Massey has a book review forthcoming in Composition Studies, of Networked Process:  Dissolving Boundaries of Process and Post-Process, by Helen Foster.  A book contract has been secured from Utah State UP for the book Lance is editing along with Rick Gebhardt, Revisiting The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Perspectives on an Evolving Field.

Lee Nickoson-Massey co-authored the article “Remediating Knowledge-Making Spaces in the Graduate Curriculum: Developing and Sustaining Multimodal Teaching and Research” along with Meredith Graupner and Kristine Blair in the forthcoming Computers & Composition Special Issue, “The Future of Graduate Education in the New University.”   Lee also has a forthcoming review, “Practical But Not Simple: Edward M. White’s Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide” in Pedagogy 9.2 (Spring 2009).

Sue Carter Wood spent two weeks in July with Global Volunteers in Kunming, China. The program is hosted by Kunming Teachers Training Institute. Sue, along with her husband Rob, met daily with 12 middle and secondary school teachers from all over Yunnan province, China’s southernmost and most ethnically diverse province.

And last but not least, Bruce Edwards was the invited inauguration speaker at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya this past month. His address was entitled “Global Professions in Higher Education.” Bruce also consulted with Daystar to help them launch a new major in Web-mediated Communication in their Department of Language and Literature. His article “Patches of Godlight: C. S. Lewis as Imaginative Writer” was published in Literature and Belief (27.1).

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Philip O’Connor 1932-2008

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 25, 2008

The Department is sad to announce the death of Philip O’Connor, 75, a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of English, who passed away on August 16th at his home in Kentfield, California. Phil was a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program from 1967-92 and was its first chair, as well as being a widely published and acclaimed novelist.

Creative Writing and Literature Lecturer Theresa Williams remembered Phil, who was her mentor when she was an MFA:

He was the most generous teacher I ever had. He was a big man with a big soul. When your story came up for workshop, he could put you on cloud nine or leave you quaking in your boots. But you never lost sight that what you were doing was special and important.

His novels “Defending Civilization” and “Finding Brendan” were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and his debut novel, “Stealing Home,” was a best-seller, a Book of the Month Club selection, and an American Book Award nominee for “Best First Novel.” He also wrote two collections of short stories.

Phil received a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University and a master’s in creative writing at the University of Iowa, and spent his career at BGSU developing the graduate program in creative writing. He was named the university’s fourth “distinguished professor.”

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Department Lecturer and Novelist Theresa Williams: A Summer Writing in Provincetown

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 4, 2008

Back in April, we announced that Theresa Williams, Lecturer in English/Creative Writing, had been awarded a three month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, a residency sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council which each year sends one Ohio creative writer and one visual artist to Provincetown. The residency includes an apartment, traveling expenses, opportunity to take workshops, and a monthly stipend.

On June 2, Theresa began her residency, which will end on August 23. During her time in Provincetown, she has taken a week-long workshop in poetry writing with Mark Conway and attended readings and slide show presentations by Maxine Kumin, Pam Houston, Alice Mattison, Pamela Painter, Kimiko Hahn, Robert Henry, and more.

Theresa gave her reading on July 30 with Amy Bloom. Following was a reception in Theresa’s honor hosted by the Ohio Arts Council. Theresa read from her novel-in-progress, The Last Mysteries of the World and from her novel The Secret of Hurricanes, (MacAdam/Cage 2002).

Theresa’s novel-in-progress is centered on a journey down the Ohio River and uses the river as a metaphor for searching and healing. Although the Fall semester is rapidly approaching, Theresa tells us “I’ve still got about 10,000 more words to write to finish off draft #1 of this novel: I can’t think about school yet!!!” Good luck to Theresa as she completes her draft.

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