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Fall 2023 English Department Accomplishments

Fall 2023 English Department Accomplishments

As the Spring semester continues, the English Department would like to highlight and celebrate our talented faculty, students, and alumni for the Summer and Fall 2023 terms. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!

Faculty Publications

Kristin Allukian

  • Slavery, Capitalism, and Women’s Literature: Economic Insights of American Women Writers, 1852-1869. University of Georgia Press, August 2023.
  • “Woven Whiteness in Lucy Larcom’s ‘Weaving.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 40.1-2 (December 2023): 85-107.

Nicole Discenza

  • Discenza, Nicole Guenther, and Heide Estes. Writing the World in Early Medieval England. Cambridge University Press, 2023, DOI: 10.1017/9781108943147, Cambridge Elements of England in the Early Medieval World.  

Thomas Hallock

  • Hallock, Thomas. Happy Neighborhood, essays and poems (Mercer UP, 2023). 

Regina Hewitt

Morgan Hunter

  • Publication: Hunter, Morgan L. “Building Community Through Discomfort: Anti-Racism in Academia.” How We Made It Over: Educating for Social Justice in the Spirit of Love, edited by Gary L. Lemons, 2024.

Mark Leib

  •  Leib, Mark. Image Breaker. Vine Leaves Press, July 2023.

Gary Lemons

  • Gary L. Lemons and Cheryl R. Rodriguez, Co-Editors, The Power and Freedom of Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogy: Still Woke! Lexington Books, 2023.

Lisa Melonçon

  • Melonçon, Lisa. "Emphasizing Place in Workplace Research." Re-writing Work, edited by Lora Anderson, WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2023, pp. 47-66.

Sharon Pinson

  • “They Moved the Baby Deer,” Jelly Bucket, no. 13, Summer 2023 (Pushcart nominated)
  • “The Ways We Lose Our Children,” Passengers Journal, vol. 4, no. 2, June 2023 

Jarod Roselló

  • Roselló, Jarod. Super Magic Boy: I Am a Dinosaur. Random House Graphic, 2023.

Jerry Rumph

  • Rumph, Jr., Jerry L. “Out of Sight: James Dickey’s Challenge to Vision’s Dominance as a Sensory Descriptor.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 88, nos. 2-3, 2023, pp. 121-139.

Laura Runge-Gordon

Natalie Scenters-Zapico

  • Scenters-Zapico, Natalie. "Sentimental Evening," The New Republic, September 2023.
  • Scenters-Zapico, Natalie. “Sentimental Evening,” Best American Poetry 2024. Eds. David Lehman and Mary Jo Salter. New York: Scribner, Forthcoming 2024.
  • Scenters-Zapico, Natalie. “Falso Cognato,” “In Cognate,” and “En Cognato,” The Kenyon Review, Winter 2024.

Heather Sellers

  • Sellers, Heather. How to Make Poems: Form & Technique. Flip Learning, 2023.
  • Sellers’ poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Conduit, Painted Bride Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Bennington Review, and The Anacapa Review.

Richard Simpson

  • Simpson, Richard.  "Allegory or Algorithm: The Smart City as Monument." Claims on the City: Situated Narratives of the Urban, edited by C. Yamini Krishna, Amy Mei Yen Phua, and Nisha Mathew, Lexington Books, 2024, pp. 65-78.

Lisa Starks

  • Starks, Lisa S. “Between Two Worlds: The Dybbuk, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Reparative Tragedy.” Critical Survey. Special issue: Shakespeare and Religious Afterlives. Eds. Marta Cerezo and Olivia Coulomb 35.2 (2023): 37 – 48.  

Su Senapati

  • Senapati, Sukanya B.  Images of Women and Gender Identity in John Marston's Plays.   Lexington Books.  2024.

Faculty Accomplishments

Kristin Allukian

  • Invited Book Talk, “Slavery, Capitalism, & Women’s Literature: Economic Insights of American Women Writers, 1852-1869,” Lydia Maria Child Society First Book Conversation, October 12, 2023.
  • Conference Presentation, “Woven Whiteness in Lucy Larcom’s ‘Weaving,’” American Literature Association Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, October 26-28, 2023. 
  • Excellence in Research, Pre-Tenure Award, Office of the Provost, USF.
  • Faculty Learning Community Grant, USF Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Co-Lead with Dr. Nathan Johnson and Dr. Jarod Roselló, USF, 2023-2024.
  • Certificate of Completion, "Building a Book Lab" course, Rare Book School, University of Virginia, October 2023.

Julie Armstrong

  • Julie Armstrong held an event at Tomobolo Books to discuss her book, Learning from Birmingham: a journey into history and home.
  • Armstrong has given a talk and book signing in celebration of Learning from Birmingham: a journey into history and home at Poynter Library, USF St. Pete Campus.

Lauren Arrington

  • Arrington has earned a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholars Fellowship. 2023.

Herschel Conner III

  • Conner, Trey. “License to Fil: Chanting Irish for Inclusion,” American Conference for Irish Studies, St. Petersburg, FL, October 26-8, 2023
  • Conner visited the Library of Congress to meet with Mesoamerican specialists and conservators to study unexhibited sacred Taino artifacts in the Jay I. Kislak Collection and archives.

Nicole Discenza

  • Discenza, Nicole Guenther. “Creative Prayer in the Old English Boethius and Soliloquies.” Leeds International Medieval Congress, 5 July 2023, University of Leeds.
  • Editor for Old English, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, starting August 2023.
  • Discenza has been chosen to be a part of the Publications Council at USF.

Thomas Hallock

  • Hallock did a reading from his new book, Happy Neighborhood, that USF alumni, Gloria Muñoz hosted at The Dalí.

Carl Herndl

  • Officially retired. 

Morgan Hunter

  • Hunter, Morgan L. (2023, November). In/Security and Embodied Trauma in Roxane Gay’s ‘Hunger.’ South Atlantic Modern Language Association 95 Annual Conference.  
  • Hunter, Morgan L. (2023, October). ‘Bodies that tell a story.’ American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Regional.  

Meredith Johnson

  • Johnson has been appointed DeBartolo Endowed Chair in Liberal Arts. 2023.
  • Program Co-Chair Commendation Award from the 41st ACM International Conference on Design of Communication for her paper, The Problem that Cannot be Named: Lateral Violence and the Limits of Institutional Critique. November 2023.

Nathan Johnson

  • Program Co-Chair Commendation Award from the 41st ACM International Conference on Design of Communication for his paper, The Problem that Cannot be Named: Lateral Violence and the Limits of Institutional Critique. November 2023.

Emily Jones

  • Jones spoke to ABC Action News about the importance of teaching complete texts, in response to Hillsborough County School Board’s decision to teach Shakespeare through excerpts. Watch the interview here.

Mark Leib

José Ángel Maldonado

James McAdams

  • The Florida Shuffle. Shortlist. Electric Book Award. Alternating Current Press. August 2023.
  • The Florida Shuffle. Honorable Mention, CRAFT: First Chapter Contest. August 2023.

Lisa Melonçon

  • University of South Florida Office of Research and Innovation, Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2023.
  • Melonçon, Lisa. “Troubling participatory method/ology.” Annual meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Design of Communication, 2023 (October).
  • Melonçon, Lisa and J. Blake Scott. “Foregrounding criticality in RHM’s research dwelling place (an un-panel).” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium, 2023 (October).
  • Melonçon, Lisa, Justiss Burry, and Tanya Zarlengo. “Revision in the service course: program, instructor and student perspectives.” Annual meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication,2023 (September). [presented by colleagues].

Susan Mooney

  • Excellence in Research, Tenured Award. 2022-2023.
    USF’s Status of Latino Awards. 2023.

Nicole Musselman

  • Awarded the Nebraska Cather Collaborative Research Grant in December 2023
  • My SEA conference report from 2023 for EAL is under final revision at the journal. 
  • Found out my collaborative 2022 conference report for C19 was published in ESQ:
  • Dzyak, Katrina Marie, et al. “The Year in Conferences—2022.” ESQ, vol. 69, no. 1, 2023, pp. 103–48,
  • Awarded the 2024 Hinkle Travel Grant from the Hemingway Society to attend in the July conference in January 2024
  • The Hemingway Society accepted a panel proposal Ben Brothers,  Lidiana Rios, and I sent for the 2024 conference in December 2023
  • Attended the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute on Willa Cather: Place and Archive at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in July 2023. 
  • Presented my paper "“Breastfeeding on the Florida Frontier: A Resistance to Colonialism” at the Society of Early Americanists Conference in College Park, MD and Washington D.C. in June 2023.
  • Awarded the KFF Travel Grant through the Society of Early Americanists to attend SEA 

Cynthia Patterson

  • Patterson was appointed as Associate Chair.

Elizabeth Ricketts-Jones

  • Ricketts-Jones will co-lead a Global Irish Studies initiative as part of the Humanities Institute’s Faculty Fellowship Program, also featured in the newsletter on page 6.

Andrea Rinard

  • My micro-memoir, "A Thing of Air," written in Dr. Sellers's micro-forms class in the fall of 2023, was accepted by Brevity Magazine and is slated for publication in their May edition.
  • Rinard’s essay for the MFA practicum was one of the Top 10 articles of 2023 in Teachers & Writers.

Robin Rogers

  • Rogers, Robin. "Poe and Doyle’s Literary Influence on Contemporary Women Writers of Detective Fiction." Seventy-sixth Annual Convention, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, 12 Oct. 2023, Denver West Marriott, Golden, CO. Conference Presentation.
  • Rogers, Robin, et al. "Guided Pathways: Empowering Students." AFC 2023 Annual Meeting & Conference, Association of Florida Colleges, 2 Nov. 2023, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, FL, Conference Workshop.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico

  • USF’s Status of Latino Awards. 2023.
  • Director of the Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library. 2023.

Heather Sellers

  • Sellers has given a reading at Florida Southern College.
  • I Wrote This Essay, but Then Changed My Mind.” New York Times Modern Love. October 25, 2023.
  • Field Notes from the Flood Zone.” Florida Book Club. August 30, 2023. 
  • Field Notes from the Flood Zone, a collection of poetry, won a Florida Book Award (Bronze).
  • Sellers had an event at Tombolo Books, in partnership with St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Gloria Muñoz.

Michael Shuman

  • Shuman provided interview commentary on film director Jack Arnold’s work in “A Three-Dimensional Filmmaker,” a special feature on the Film Masters Blu-ray release of Arnold’s The Swiss Conspiracy (1976), starring David Janssen, Elke Sommer, and Senta Berger, scheduled for release on February 20, 2024.

Undergraduate Accomplishments

Alexandra Garcia

  • Garcia has earned an internship at the Tampa Museum of Art. 2023.

Alumni Accomplishments

Chelsea Dingman

  • Dingman, Chelsea. I, Divided. Louisiana State University Press, 2023.

Anca Garcia

  • Garcia finished and defended her dissertation and graduated in August 2023.
  • Garcia has started an Assistant Professor position at a small college in Virginia.
  • In addition, Garcia has been accepted to three conferences this year. The College English Association Conference (Atlanta) in March, The International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), and The International Medieval Congress (Leeds, UK) in July.

Stephanie Lance

  • Lance, Stephanie. “Fabricant, It's What's for Dinner: Tracing Industrialized Slaughter though Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties, and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” Studies in the Fantastic, no. 4, summer/fall, 2023, pp. 57-94.
  • Lance was selected to participate in the Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad to Brazil-2024 funded by the United States Department of Education and awarded to the University of Detroit Mercy in partnership with Hillsborough Community College. Traveling: July 2024. 

Alicia Thompson

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