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English Department Faculty and Student Accomplishments - Summer & Fall 2018

Welcome back for the Spring 2019 semester! We’d like to kick off the new year by recognizing the extensive accomplishments English department faculty, students, alumni, and emeriti made from April – December 2018. If you’d like your news or accomplishments to be included in the next news posting in 2019, e-mail the Undergraduate Program Specialist for details!



Karen Brown
---. "Spill the Wine." One Story, Issue 246, 25 Oct. 2018. 

R. Scott Bevill
---. "Manuscript Madness at the Medieval Faire: Bringing Materiality into the Public Classroom." Manuscript Materiality in the Classroom and Beyond, special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART), vol. 25, no. 3, Fall 2018.

Rita Ciresi
---. Second Wife. Orlando, Burrow Press, 2018.

--- writing as Meg West. Love on Lido Key. Portland, Champagne Books, 2018. 

---. "Maybe the Mermaids." Petrichor Audible recording, November 2018. 

Short fiction and essays published in Pacifica Literary Review, Ovunque Siamo, Juked, BoomerLitMag, Temenos, Atticus Review, Pithead Chapel, Burningword Literary Magazine, Aquifer, Tahoma Literary Review, The Offbeat, New South Review, and Sandhill Review. 

Nicole Guenther Discenza received a College of Arts and Sciences Matching International Travel Award (Competitive) from the University of South Florida in Summer 2018 for “Voicing Wonder in Alfredian Dialogues.”

---. “Voicing Wonder in Alfredian Dialogues.” 25th International Medieval Congress, July 2018, University of Leeds, England. Conference Presentation.

---. “Knowledge and Rebellion in the Old English Boethius.” The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation and its Afterlives, edited by A. Joseph McMullen and Erica Weaver, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018, pp. 19–34. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 525.

---. “Queens in the Old English Orosius.” 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 2018, Kalamazoo, MI. Conference Presentation.

Spoke on Beowulf and adaptations as one of three faculty at the October Humanities and Hops on “The Monstrous,” Oct. 2018, Southern Brewing, Tampa, FL. General Audience Presentation.

Dianne Donnelly
---. “Building and mobilizing a sustainable, knowledge-based culture for creative writing studies,” New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Sep. 2018, doi: 10.1080/14790726.2018.1511734.

Carl Herndl
---. “The Best is the Enemy of the Good: The Gamble of the Environmental Jeremiad.” Works and Days, Dec. 2018.

--- with Hopton, S.B., Cutlip, L., Cruse, R., Polush, E., Shelley, M. “What is a Farm: The Language of Space and Place.” Field Rhetoric: Ethnography, Ecology, and Engagement in the Places of Persuasion. Editors Candice Rai and Caroline Gottschalk Druschke. U Alabama P, 2018, Pp. 61-94.

Ylce Irizarry
---. National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, April 2018 for Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois Press, 2016).

---. Status of Latinos (SOL) Faculty Award for Community Engagement, (SOL) Advisory Committee, University of South Florida, Oct. 2018.

---. International Travel Award, Office of Sponsored Research, University of South Florida, for research presentation in Salamanca, Spain, May 2018.

---. “Review of Documenting the Undocumented: Latina/o Narratives & Social Justice, by  Marta Caminero-Santangelo,” MELUS, vol. 43, no. 4., 2018, doi:

---. “Review of Southwest Asia: The Transpacific Geographies of Chicana/o Literature, by Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue.” American Literary History, Series XIV, 2018.

---. “Recent Books in Latinx Studies: Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad.”  LSA 3rd Biennial Conference: Latinx Studies Now, July 2018, Washington, DC. Conference Presentation.

---. “The Body Politic(s) of Latinx Studies: Archives of Reading, Writing, Tweeting.”  LSA 3rd Biennial Conference: Latinx Studies Now, July 2018, Washington, DC. Chair and Presenter.

Steven Jones
---. “Reverse Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center,” Digital Humanities Quarterly, 12.2 2018,

March 18-19, 2019, members of the international research team will meet here at USF in the new DHLabs (CMC 004).

Mark Leib has been informed that monologues from his plays Zip and The Return to Zion will be published in the Smith and Kraus volume "Best Men's Monologues of 2019."

Mark Leahy
---. “Collected Works.” Running Wild Novella Anthology, Vol. 2: Part 2, Running Wild Press, 2018.

James McAdams
---. Flash Fiction Editor, Barren Magazine. Oct. 2018-current.

---. Writing Workshop Teacher. Keep St. Pete Lit. Sept. 2018-current.

---. “Somewhere in Florida, an Angel Appeared.” Ghost Parachute, Nov. 2018.

---. “Randy X.” formercactus, October 2018.

---. “Where We Marched, His Final Years.” X-Ray Lit Mag, Oct. 2018,

---. “People on the Edge of the Night.” Burning House Press, Aug. 2018,

---.Review of The Annotated Murder of One: Poems by Jared Pearce. Gravel Mag, Oct. 2018.

Lisa Melonçon gave the Jim Berlin Memorial talk on “Embodied Temporality” on Nov. 29 at Purdue University as part of the Hutton Lecture Series. She also successfully launched the journal Rhetoric of Health Medicine with the first double issue in May.

--- and J. Blake Scott, editors. Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. Routledge, 2018.

--- and Joanna Schreiber. "Advocating for Sustainability: A Report on and Critique of the Undergraduate Capstone Course." Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 27, no, 4, 2018, pp. 322-335.

---. "Orienting Access in Our Business and Professional Communication Classrooms." Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, vol. 81, no. 1, 2018, pp. 34-51.

---. "Critical Postscript: On the Future of the Service Course in Technical and Professional Communication." Programmatic Perspectives, vol. 10, no. 1, 2018, pp. 202-230.

---. "Bringing the Body Back through Performative Phenomenology." Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, edited by Lisa Melonçon and J. Blake Scott, Routledge, 2018, pp. 96-114.

Cynthia Patterson
---. “AME Churchwomen Writing History,” on panel “American Women Writers Making History.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Conference, 8 Nov. 2018, Denver, CO.

---. “Building Community, Resisting Jim Crow: E. Marie Carter and the A.M.E. Church Review, Part 2.” The Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH) conference, 8 June 2018, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

---. Interviewed by Dr. Daniel Murphree. Florida Historical Quarterly podcast, Episode 35, 9 May 2018,

---.  Review of After War Times: An African American Childhood in Reconstruction Era Florida, by Fortune T. Thomas, edited by Daniel R. Weinfeld, with an Introduction by Dawn J. Herd-Clark, and an Afterword by Tameka Bradley Hobbs. Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2018, pp. 104-106.

Laura Runge
---. "Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age: An Interview with Gillian Wright and Alan Hogarth." ABO, vol. 8, no. 2, Fall 2018,

--- with Rebecca Dowson. "Scholarly Dissemination in Women's Book History." Women in Book History 1660-1832 Symposium, 15 Aug. 2018, Vancouver, BC. Invited Opening Workshop.

Jay Summer launched an online literary magazine called Chronically Lit, focused on writing related to chronic illness, in August 2018.

---. “Crickets.”  Crack the Spine XVII, Aug. 2018,

---. “#ShareYourRejection: I Received 330 Writing Rejections in One Year, and I’m So Happy About It.” Brevity Blog, Aug. 2018,

---. “Staying Fit with Chronic Illness Required Me to Redefine ‘Exercise.'” MTV Fit, July 2018,

---. “Birthday Party.” Gone Lawn, no. 29, Summer 2018,



Sarah Basil, MFA candidate
---. "Dressing Up as Other People Helped Me Learn to Tell My Own Story." Electric Literature, 17 Sept. 2018,

---. "The Thing About Christian Summer Camp." Bad Pony Magazine, 31 May 2018.

Peter Cannon
--- and Ashley Reese. "Creating Library Collections for Community-Supervised and Incarcerated Offenders." Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections Webinar Series, 10 Dec. 2018, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Webinar Presentation.

---. “Rethinking Bibliotherapy: A Neurorhetoric Narratology Model for Addiction Treatment.” Health Information & Libraries Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 331–335. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/hir.12239.

Anca Garcia, PhD Literature candidate
---. “Ismail Kadare and the Unraveling of the Communist Curtain.” Journal of the Georgia Philological Association, vol. 7, 2017-2018, pp. 45-61.

---. “Panopticism in Leslie Feinberg’s Novel Stone Butch Blues.” SAMLA 90 (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) Conference, 2-4 Nov. 2018, Birmingham, AL. Conference Presentation.

Will Forde-Mazrui, PhD Literature in Progress
---. “Privileging Female Friendship and Homosocial Bonds: Rivalry and the Triangulation of Female Desire in Frances Burney’s Cecilia.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 49th Annual Meeting, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 24 Mar. 2018, Hilton Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, Florida. Conference Presentation.

Shauna Maragh, PhD Literature candidate
---. “'I’m not her idea of a Latina at all': Analyzing the Intersection of Race and Gender in Meg Medina’s ‘Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.’” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA), 2 Nov. 2018, Birmingham, AL. Conference Presentation.

Elan Justice Pavlinich, PhD Literature candidate
Elan Justice Pavlinich received an honorable mention in the 2018 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship for his article “A Princess of Color amid Whitewashed Medievalisms in Disney’s Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.”

---. “A Princess of Color amid Whitewashed Medievalisms in Disney’s Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.” Studies in Medievalism 27 (2018): 43-51. 

Maggie Romigh, PhD Literature candidate
---. “Reclaiming Power: The Significance of Naming in the Literature of Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison,” 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, 9 Nov. 2018, Denver, CO. Conference Presentation.

Adrienne Vivian
---. “Modernism and Transnationalism in Lacascade’s Claire-Solange, Âme africaine.” Modernity, a Global Update:  A Cross-Disciplinary Symposium, 17 Nov. 2018, Seminole State College, FL. Conference Presentation.

Katie Walkup, PhD Rhet/Comp candidate
---. “’Connect with your patients, not the screen’: Usability Claims in Electronic Health Records.” Communication Design Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 2, 2018, 31-40. 

Cannon, Peter, Josh M. Rea, Alysia Sawchyn, and Katie Lynn Walkup. "Journaling and Bibliotherapy: Information Architecture, Usability, and Pedagogy in Service Learning." Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication: Scholarly and Pedagogical Perspectives, edited by Natalia Mateeva and Godwin Agboka, Routledge, 2018, pp. 191-212.



Josef Benson, PhD Literature, 2012, was awarded promotion and tenure at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, as well as a sabbatical for the fall 2019 semester.

---. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye: A Cultural History. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Nastassia Clarke, English, Creative Writing, 2018, obtained a job at Richter Publishing LLC in Clearwater as a ghostwriter.

Allyson Hoffman, MFA Creative Writing, 2018, started her new role as a Career Advisor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in July 2018. 

---. “Hiking to the End of the World.” The Coil: Made in Michigan Series. Sept. 2018.

---. “My Grandfather’s Bones,” Phi Kappa Phi Forum. Summer 2018: 34.

Heather Fox, PhD Literature, 2017
--- and Jason Richards. “Reflections on Teaching and Reading Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Forest Leaves.” Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life. Sept. 2018. 

--- and Amanda Stuckey. “Collaborative Relationships: Student Investment as a Praxis for Recovering American Women Writers,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (SSAWW), Denver, CO, 7-11 Nov. 2018. Session 20-A.

Sucheta Kanjilal, PhD Literature, 2017
---. “Muscular Mahabharatas: Masculinity and Transnational Hindu Identity.” Nidan International Journal for Indian Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, Dec. 2018, pp. 18–39, doi:

Natalie Kass, MA Rhetoric & Composition, 2017, was recently hired as a Technical Writer at computer software company Mize in Tampa, Florida.

Jenni Nance, MFA, 2014
---. Eckerd Review Prize for Poetry for “Arborvitae.” 7 May 2018.

---. Associate Artist. Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #171 with Chris Abani. 15 Oct. – 3 Nov. 2018.

---. “Arborvitae,” Eckerd Review. May 2018, p. 55.

---. “The Rut,” Eckerd Review. May 2018, p. 56.

---. “Arborvitae” and “The Rut.” Eckerd Review Launch Party and Reception. 7 May 2018.

---. “Freaks: A Love Affair.” Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #171 INsideOut. 1 Nov. 2018.

Victoria Royal, BA English, Creative Writing, 2017
---. “How to Eat a Kumquat in 13 Steps" Sonora Review, Issue 73/74, 2018.

Annemarie Whitehurst, BA English, Literary Studies, 2017, won a spot in the prestigious JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program to teach English in Japan.


Pat Rogers was appointed to the editorial board for Oxford Edition of the Works of Alexander Pope, as well as Humanities, an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal.

---. Contribution to “What does Jane Austen mean to you? Writers and thinkers define their relationship with the author.” Times Literary Supplement, 23 July 2017, pp. 9-10.

---. “Editing.” Samuel Richardson in Context, edited by Peter Sabor and Betty Schellenberg, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 138-45.

---. “Nous n’irons plus au bois.” Line of Enquiry: Favourite Lines from Classical Literature, edited by Paul Corcoran, Department of Classics, Trinity College, Dublin, 2017, pp. 86-7.

---. “Cross-Sections (4): 1716-1720.” Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750. The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 1, edited by Thomas Keymer, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 89-106.

---. “The York Buildings Dragons: Desaguliers, Arbuthnot, and Attitudes Towards the Scientific Community.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society, vol. 71 (2017), 335-60.

---. “The Welsh Sections in Defoe’s Tour: Some Unexplored References”, Notes and Queries, vol. 64, 2017, pp. 468-78.

---. “A Ghost Ballad by Matthew Prior”, Notes and Queries, vol. 64,2017, pp. 466-8.

---. “Crusoe: Good Housekeeping, Gentility, and Property.” The Cambridge Companion to “Robinson Crusoe”, edited by John Richetti, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 49-65.

---. Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800: Volume 272, Alexander Pope, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2018. Volume academic advisor. Contains reprint of essay, “Apocalypse Then: Pope and the Prophets of Dulness”, pp. 163-74.

--- with Ange Mlinko, “Alexander Pope: The Life of Wit.” Major Authors and Movements in British Literature, edited by Kirilka Stavreva. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017. Available at Gale Researcher,

---. “Pope and Martial: The Myth of Pelops and Belinda’s ‘Iv’ry Shoulder’.” Review of English Studies, vol. 76, 2018, pp. 76-93.

---. “Satan’s Son? Fake News and the Brothers of the Quill.” Times Literary Supplement, 22 June 2018, pp. 15-16.

---. “Inheritor of Unfulfilled Renown.” Review of The Plays and Poems of Nicholas Rowe, 5 vols, edited by Stephen Bernard. Times Literary Supplement, 2 November 2018, pp. 32-3.  

---. Panelist, “Looking back on 1968.” Laurence Sterne Tercentenary Conference. Jesus College, Cambridge. 20 March 2018.

---. Annual address, “Reynolds and Gainsborough: Rivals and Colleagues.” The Johnsonians. New York City, 14 September 2018.


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