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Becca J.R. Lachman Receives Award and Publishes Edited Anthology

News for 01-20-2014

Ohio University alum and current Associate Coordinator of OU's Student Writing Center Becca J.R. Lachman received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2014. Additionally, the anthology A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, which she edited, was published by Woodley Press. Congratulations to Becca for her hard work and recognition.

Sundberg, Stine, and Moore Recognized in Latest Best American Essays

News for 10-29-2013

Three current members of the OU Creative Writing community saw their essays listed as Notable Essays in the latest edition of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. Current PhD candidate Kelly Sundberg was listed for her essay “Like Mourners’ Bread,” published in Slice; English and Creative Writing Post-Doc Alison Stine was listed for her essay “The Last Hotel” in Zone 3; and faculty member Dinty W. Moore was listed for “Buried Alive,” also in Zone 3. Alums Patrick Madden and Joe Bonomo were listed as well.

Professor Dinty W. Moore’s Edited Collection Garners Praise

News for 07-30-2013

Congrats are in order for Professor Dinty W. Moore and his recent edited collection, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. The book was well-received at the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, earning 4th place (Honorable Mention) in two categories: Anthologies and Writing.

For further information on the book, check out a more thorough description from the publisher here. The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Matthew Stallard Publishes Second Book on Milton

News for 05-23-2013

Matthew Stallard is putting the finishing touches on his editorial introduction for John Milton, Paradise Regained and Short Poems: The Biblically Annotated Edition, slated for release by Mercer University Press in the coming months. His first book, John Milton, Paradise Lost: The Biblically Annotated Edition, was recently favorably reviewed in two journals: Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660–1700, and Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme. Another review is forthcoming in Milton Quarterly.

Professor Katarzyna Marciniak Co-edits Book

News for 05-20-2013

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent with Imogen Tyler--expected to release in 2014 through SUNY Press.

The pair also co-edited a special issue of the journal Citizenship Studies on "Immigrant Protest" (17.2, 2013). Within the issue, Professor Marciniak contributes the article "Legal/illegal: protesting citizenship in Fortress America".

Post-doctoral Fellow Jackson Connor Publishes Essay, A Good Weapon

News for 04-24-2013

Post-doctoral Fellow Jackson Connor Publishes Essay, "A Good Weapon" in the newest issue of the journal River Teeth. The essay simultaneously explores images of torture from the war in Afghanistan and issues of class, race, and prejudice in rural Pennsylvania and Athens, Ohio. Dinty W. Moore, Director of Creative Writing, calls Connor’s effort “a brave, honest, brutal, and quite beautiful essay.” The February 2013 issue of River Teeth can be purchased in paper form or for reading on a Kindle here. The essay is also available through Ohio University Library’s full-text OhioLINK database here.

2012 English Department Newsletter Released

News for 04-01-2013

Call for Papers: 16th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference

News for 02-19-2013

San Antonio is an ideal city for thinking about borders. Not only has the city been positioned along different national borders, but it also exists at the interesting intersection of diverse cultures and histories. “Border Rhetorics” not only invites consideration of these kinds of geographic, political and cultural borders but also invites consideration of a wider range of borders: the borders between identities, between roles, between disciplines, between concepts, etc. The 2014 conference theme seeks to spur a broad conversation about the borders that unite and divide us, the ways in which these borders are constructed and deconstructed, confirmed and contested.

The theme of “Border Rhetorics” opens a space for numerous inquiries and conversations about the things that constitute our borders – politically, culturally, academically, etc. – as well as the ways in which those borders are constructed, crossed, challenged, circumvented, diminished and redrawn. The theme also encourages us not only to think about our borders but also to think across them in the hopes of opening spaces for dialogue and disagreement that may in turn alter our sense of these borders.

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, proposals for panels, and ideas for special format events (roundtables, debates, etc.). Panels representing only one institution are strongly discouraged and a slight preference will be shown for panels representing not only different institutions but also different disciplinary fields (e.g., Composition and Communication Studies). Submissions that take advantage of off-site venues are also encouraged.

Submission Policies:

  • All submissions must be submitted through the electronic submission platform available HERE.
  • All submissions must be submitted by the deadline of July 1, 2013.
  • Abstracts for individual paper submissions should be no more than 250 words and must include the name and affiliation of the author.

Panel proposals must include:

  • Rationale for the panel of no more than 150 words;
  • Name and affiliation of each presenter;
  • Brief abstract for each paper presentation of no more than 150 words.
  • Proposals for special format (roundtables, debates, performances, etc.) should include:

    • Rational of no more than 150 words;
    • Name and affiliation of each presenter.
    • Generally, no participant will be allowed to present more than two papers at the conference.
    • Proposers will be notified of acceptance/rejection in early Fall.

    Any questions concerning submission guidelines/policies can be directed to Kendall Phillips –

    Faculty Member Dinty W. Moore Edits Nonfiction Bestseller

    News for 01-02-2013

    Dinty W. Moore, was listed as #6 in Small Press Distribution's top-ten list of bestselling nonfiction titles for 2012."OU English faculty member Eric LeMay is among the 26 distinguished writers represented in the craft of essay writing collection. Click here for the announcement.

    Marsha Dutton’s Talks on Medieval Cistercian Writers

    News for 12-25-2012

    In August of 2012, Professor Marsha Dutton gave eight talks on medieval Cistercian writers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon.