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December 2015 – January 2016 English Department Accomplishments

December 2015 – January 2016 English Department Accomplishments


Graduate Student Accomplishments

ELLA BROWNING was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the University of South Florida Office of Graduate Studies. (

LAUREN CAGLE accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. (


“Jewel Key.” The Toast. Dec. 2015.

“Lifted.” Lunch Ticket. Dec. 2015.

JOHANNA PHELPS-HILLEN was awarded a 2015-2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Initiative Grant. (


"The Tooth." theEEEL. Sept. 26, 2015. (

"Interview with Lincoln Michel." Hobart. Oct. 13, 2015. (

JESSICA THOMPSON, T­­­­­J MURRAY, AND COLLEEN KOLBA started an online literary magazine titled weirderary


Alumni Accomplishments

CR JUNKINS, M.A. in literature, 2007, was named the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus.


“Girl Eaten By a Tree.” 2015 Jersey Devil Press Anthology. Dec. 1, 2015. This poem also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2015.


Faculty Achievements

RITA CIRESI served as a final judge for the Tampa Bay Consular Corps’ essay contest on combating anti-semitism on college campuses. Contest winners were honored at the Jan. 24 Consular Corps’ Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at the Italian American Club in Ybor City.

"Maybe the Mermaids" was named a finalist for the Aesthetica International Writing Awards.  

YLCE IRIZARRY’s book, Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois P), is available for pre-order at It will be in print in March 2016.

"This is How You Lose It: Navigating Dominicanidad in Junot Díaz's Drown." Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination. Duke UP, 2016. Print.


“Reading to Lead: Periodical Consumption in Progressive Era Florida Women’s Clubs.” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX. Jan. 7, 2016. Conference Presentation.


“Using Literature to Solve Problems of Place Attachment” for “Literature and the Public Sphere: Connecting Classroom and Community.” Modern Language Association. Austin, TX. Jan. 7-10, 2016. Conference Presentation.


Emeritus Achievements

PAT ROGERS was appointed as an editor of the Literary Encyclopedia, an online site founded in 1998 which so far has more than 7,500 entries (

“Courtliness, Courtship and Court Cards: Fractals as a Compositional Device in The Rape of the Lock.” Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock.”Ed. Donald W. Nichol. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2016. 10-30. Print.

“The Lem Knight and South Sea Brine: George Caswall, Alexander Pope, and Herefordshire Politics.” Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club 62 (2015, for 2014): 110-33. Print.


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