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March 2016 English Department Accomplishments

Undergraduate Student Accomplishments


MARIA DONES received four offers from M.F.A. programs and two were fully funded. She accepted at the University of Kansas.


SARAH ESCUE was awarded a fellowship from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and will be attending the seminar this summer.


“Winter.” Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. Mar. 2016.


NICK MACHUCA received fully-funded offers from the M.A. programs at Auburn University and the M.A. and Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado.


FRANK NUNEZ was selected to participate in the Writers in Paradise Workshop at Eckerd College in January.


Big Business: And How I Learned to Love the Financial Crisis. Dec. 29, 2015. Web.



Graduate Student Accomplishments



Rev. of The Troubled Rhetoric and Communication of Climate Change: The Argumentative Situation, Philip Eubanks: New York: Routledge, 2015. Rhetoric Review 35.2 (Mar. 2016): 189–91. Print.


MICAH CHAPMAN, ATIKA CHAUDHARY, STEPHANIE DERISI, KRISTIN GOCINSKI, SCOTT NEUMEISTER, and KIMBER WIGGS. "Critically Conscious Confessions: Promoting Education as the Practice of Freedom in the Classroom." USF's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity's 13th Annual Diversity Summit. Tampa, FL. Mar. 31, 2016. Co-presented with Dr. Gary Lemons.



“Eating Local: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Italian Garden.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. Mar. 31-Apr. 3, 2016. Conference Presentation.  


Panel Organizer and Co-chair. “Women and Manuscript Culture in the Digital Age.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. Mar. 31-Apr. 3, 2016.


TIM CURRAN was awarded a travel grant from Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies.


"A Medieval Matter: Living History through the Flesh in Victorian Fiction." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Asheville, NC. Mar. 10-13, 2016. Conference Presentation.


STEPHANIE DERISI served as Co-Principle Investigator (co-PI) for the USF Internal Conference Support Grant, “Re-shaping the Future of Graduate Education in the Humanities,” awarded to Dr. John Lennon.



"Oye Como Va." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 48.4 (Winter 2015).



“Richmond in New York, New York in Richmond: The Ghosts of Ellen Glasgow’s The Shadowy Third and Other Stories.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biannual Conference. Boston, MA. Mar. 10-12, 2016. Conference Presentation.



Alumni Accomplishments



Playing for the Devil’s Fire. Cinco Puntos Press. Mar. 2016. Print.


ANGELA EWARD-MANGIONE, PhD (literature), 2014

“Preserving and Inspiring Geniuses: An Examination of the Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive and Its Potential Use in a Composition Classroom.” Florida College English Association (FCEA) Annual Conference: “Turn Back the Page: Discovering Florida’s History through Texts.” St. Petersburg, FL. Oct. 2015. Conference Presentation.


KATLYN KURTZ, BA (creative writing), 2015, was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute for Summer 2016.



Adjunct Faculty Achievements


RICHARD GASPAR’s artwork was featured on the cover of Florida English Journal 51.1 (Winter 2016).


“Eatonville’s Silent Roar.” Florida English Journal 51.1 (Winter 2016): 8. Print.



Faculty Achievements



"Epic Entanglements: Space and Scale in Yvonne Owuor's Dust." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA. Mar. 19, 2016. Conference Presentation.


"Open Cities, New Media: Space and Form in African Digital Writing." USF Postdoctoral Symposium. Tampa, FL. Mar. 25, 2016. Panelist.


NICOLE DISCENZA was awarded a $1,500 CAS Travel Grant for her project, “Wonder and Curiousity in Anglo-Saxon England,” to be presented at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.


HUNT HAWKINS gave a poetry reading at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, on Jan. 14, 2016.


“Introduction.” Twain, Mark. King Leopold’s Soliloquy. New Orleans: U of New Orleans P, 2015. v-ix. Print.


“The Revolution in Oakland.” Rpt. in Far Out: Poems of the 60’s. Eds. Wendy Barker and Dave Parsons, San Antonio: Wings Press, 2016. 243-44. Print.


“Heart of Darkness and Racism.” Norton Critical Edition of Heart of Darkness. 5th ed. Ed. Paul Armstrong. New York: Norton, forthcoming.


“Joseph Conrad, Roger Casement and the Congo Reform Movement.” Trans. in An Anthology of Studies of Joseph Conrad. Ed. Xuling Zhu. Nanjing, China: Yilin Press, forthcoming.



"Critically Conscious Confessions: Promoting Education as the Practice of Freedom in the Classroom." USF's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity's 13th Annual Diversity Summit. Tampa, FL. Mar. 31, 2016. Co-presented with Micah Chapman, Atika Chaudhary, Stephanie Derisi, Krisin Gocinski, Scott Neumeister, and Kimber Wiggs.


JOHN LENNON was awarded a Summer Stipend Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for "Detroit Graffiti: The roots and Routes of Conflict Graffiti from a Global Perspective."


Was also awarded a USF Internal Conference Support Grant for “Re-shaping the Future of Graduate Education in the Humanities.” Stephanie Derisi served as co-PI.


“Trains, Railroad Workers and Illegal Riders: The Subcultural World of Hobo Graffiti.” Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art. Ed. Jeffrey Ian Ross. New York: Routledge, 2016. Print.


JENNI NANCE won the Judge’s Pick in Creative Loafing’s 2016 Writing Contest for her short story, “The Missing Season.”

"The Missing Season." Creative Loafing. 29.2 (Mar. 17-23, 2016). Print.


Emeriti Achievements


SARA MUNSON DEATS presented a plenary address on "Violence against Women in Shakespeare's Othello" on Feb. 9 at the Florida International Shakespeare Celebration, honoring the display of Shakespeare's First Folio held on the FIU campus in Miami, Fla. 

"The Jew of Malta: Monstrous Villain or Scathing Satirists." New College Medieval Renaissance Conference. Sarasota, FL. Mar. 10, 2016. Conference Presentation.


“Introduction.” Sterne, Tristram, Yorick: Tercentenary Essays on Laurence Sterne. Eds. Peter de Voogd, Judith Hawley, and Melvyn New. U of Delaware P, 2016. vii-xvi. Print.

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