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Summer 2019 English Department Accomplishments


Anca Garcia, PhD Literature Candidate, was notified that her presentation, “A Glimpse into the Imaginary Order: Trauma and Metafiction in Ian McEwan’s Novel Atonement,” was designated as the best in section (see next item).

--. “A Glimpse into the Imaginary Order: Trauma and Metafiction in Ian McEwan’s Novel Atonement.” Presented at the College English Association 50th Annual Conference (CEA), 28-30 March 2019, New Orleans, LA.

---. “More Than Monster Fights: Trauma as Spectral Experience in Beowulf.” Presented at the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) Conference, 17 May 2019, Middle Georgia State University, Macon, GA.

Gabrielle Grilli, MFA Poetry Candidate, was notified that her poem “The Edison Bridge” is going to be published in forthcoming anthology Chasing Light. This poem is based on a historic photo by the Burgert Brothers. An anthology of poems based on the Hillsborough Public Library's collection of photographs is being made available by the Hillsborough Public Library and YellowJacket Press. The book will be available in multiple Hillsborough County Libraries.

Stephanie Lance, PhD Literature Candidate
---. “Fabricant, It’s What’s for Dinner: Visualizing Industrialized Violence in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, 01, June 2019, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Conference Presentation.

Shauna Maragh, PhD Literature Candidate
---. “Showing the ‘Labor’ in Birth: Subverting Patriarchal Bodily Control of the Pregnant Body in the Television Series The Handmaid’s Tale.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, 1 June 2019, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

Michelle Sonnenberg, PhD Rhetoric & Composition Candidate, attended the 2019 RSA Institute at the University of Maryland with fellow rhetoricians where she learned rhetorical and philosophical approaches to posthumanism from leading scholars in the field.

Ashley Tisdale, PhD Literature Candidate
---. “Transfigured Women: Race, Gender, and Disability in Alejandro Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues.” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. Indiana University, 2019. pp. 94-113.



Rita Ciresi
---. Female Education. Wordrunner eChapbooks, 2019.

--- writing as Meg West. Love on the Links. Portland, Champagne Books, 2019.  Finalist for the Romance Writers of America Stiletto Awards, women’s fiction category.

---.  “Rubrica,” The Common, July 2019.

---.  “Bargains” and “Old Flames,” wigleaf, Summer 2019.

---.  “Imaginative Writing,” Cloudbank, Summer 2019.

---.  Review of Bitter Trades:  A Memoir by Giovanna Miceli Jeffries, Italian Americana, Spring 2019

Nelli Cirineo serves as a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), a specialized accrediting agency that focuses on post-secondary intensive English language programs and institutions. CEA conducts accreditation activities in the U.S. and internationally. Nelli served as a team leader on one of the sites in the U.S.

Regina Hewitt
--- and Michael Demson, eds. Commemorating Peterloo: Violence, Resilience and Claim-making during the Romantic Era. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019.

Ylce Irizarry, in collaboration with the Humanities Institute, has invited and organized a visit from award-winning novelist Angie Cruz. Cruz read from her new novel on Monday, October 7th, at 6pm in the TECO Room. Ylce was also presented with an award for "Outstanding Support of FEF Fellows” at the McKnight Fellows’ Orientation.

---.  “A Doctored Voice: Resistance, Reading and Righting as Womanist Pedagogy.” Building Womanist Coalitions: Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love. Gary Lemons, ed., U of Illinois P, pp. 70-91.

---. “’The Ph.D’: It Mattes More than you Imagine.” McKnight Fellows’ Orientation, 21-22 June 2019, Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, Tampa, FL. Keynote Address.

Julia Koets received of the 2019 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for “Pine” (Southern Indiana Review Press, Fall 2020) and the 2019 McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry

---. "The Rib Joint." Creative Nonfiction, Summer 2019. Issue 71.

Annalise Mabe
---. "Instragram is Considering Hiding 'Like' Counts. Here's What That Could Mean for Millennial Mental Health." The Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 May 2019, Accessed 18 September 2019.

---. "Being Pregnant with Crohn's Disease Means Accepting That I Don't Always Have Control Over My Body." SELF Magazine, 24 July 2019, Accessed 18 September 2019.

Hemamalini Ramachandran’s proposed panel "Race, Language and Power in ELT" has been accepted for presentation at TESOL International Convention 2020, Denver, CO.

Laura Runge
---. “Global Identity, Digital Scholarship, and Women’s Book History,” ISECS, Edinburgh, July 19, 2019.

---. “An English Professor Reads a Spreadsheet,” Disquantified: The Humanities in the Age of Metrics, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 17, 2019.

Anastasia Stelse
---. "Contents." Boudin: The McNeese Review Online, 14 May 2019,

---. "Motive." Boudin: The McNeese Review Online, 14 May 2019,

---. "The Scales on Butterfly Wings Come from Tiny Scales." Stonecoast Review, no. 11, 2019, p. 62.

---. "Last Rights." Verse Daily, 17 July 2019,

---. "Prophesy." San Pedro River Review, vol. 11, no. 2, 2019, p. 87.



Hunt Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, returned to Krakow, Poland for a month to visit friends at Jagiellonian University where he was a Fulbright Distinguished Professor in 2017-18. While there he discovered the surprisingly large influence that Japan had on Polish art at the beginning of the 20th century. He wrote a paper "Joseph Conrad and Polish Japanism" that has been accepted for a conference in Kyoto, Japan in November 2019.

Pat Rogers
---. “Road-testing the First Turnpikes: The Enduring Value of Daniel Defoe’s Account of English Highways,” Journal of Transport History, vol.  40, 2019,

---. “Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough: Rivals and Colleagues,” Johnsonian Newsletter, 70 (2019), 6-22.

---. “Pope’s Strange but True Relation of Edmund Curll: Blasphemy, Anti-Semitism, and the City of London,” Modern Philology, vol. 117, 2019,

---. “Defoe’s Tour and the Historiography of Early Modern Britain,” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 42, 2019,

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