Niven Abdel-Hamid received a Taft Graduate Enrichment Award and a Graduate Student Governance Association Research Fellowship, and she participated in "Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies,” an international summer school at the Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues in Granada, Spain. She presented “Performing the Colonial Spectacle” at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association's annual conference, "Novel Considerations: Engaging with and Enjoying Books Simultaneously" at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch, and "Not a Rhodes Scholar? Think Again: Demystifying Nationally Competitive Awards” at the UC Diversity Conference.
Jose Angel Araguz published two chapbooks: Naos: An Introduction (Right Hand Pointing, digital) and Corpus Christi Octaves (Flutter Press). He participated in CantoMundo, a four-day conference of Latino/a poets. His work placed second in Blue Earth Review’s 2014 Flash Fiction Contest and third in Blue Mesa Review’s 2014 Poetry Contest. His poems appeared in Salamander, RHINO, Hanging Loose, and Poet Lore, and received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His work also appeared in the new anthologies Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance and desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz. He runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence.
Andrew Bales recently took on the role of Digital Editor at American Short Fiction. Along with reading for the publication, he produces the ASF Podcast and conducts interviews. His stories and reviews have appeared in Tin House (online), Ghost Town, and Trop Magazine, and are forthcoming in Gargoyle and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. One of his stories placed in Glimmer Train’s “Top 25” list for the Very Short Fiction Award.
Christiane Boehr presented her paper "Struggling to Focus: Three Portrayals of Writing with ADHD" at the UC Graduate Conference about Transforming Access, and her research project "Composing with ADHD: Rituals, Habits, and the Medicalization of the Writing Process" at the Research Network Forum at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She was nominated for the Boyce Teaching Award, and has been invited to present a paper at the 2015 CCCC.
Brian Brodeur published essays and poems in Best American Poetry (online), Crab Orchard Review, Measure, Poetry Daily (online), storySouth, and 32 Poems. His manuscript Local Fauna won the 2013 Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize, judged by Peter Campion, and will be published in January 2015 by Kent State University Press.
Daniel Dale presented "Reading like Wittgenstein: Fictional Text as a Playground for Language Games" at the Phenomenology of Reading: Experience Literature Today Conference at Temple University, and has a book review forthcoming in The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He was co-director of UC’s Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) and received the Morgan Dissertation Fellowship from the English department. Assisted in the organization of the workshop on Writing Across the Curriculum.
Rochelle Hurt's first collection of poems, The Rusted City, was published this year in the Marie Alexander Series from White Pine Press. New poems appear in recent issues of Mid-American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, The Florida Review, Fairy Tale Review, PANK, Green Mountains Review (online), and Tupelo Quarterly, which awarded her the TQ3 Poetry Prize. In addition to readings at Youngstown State and Ohio State, she gave a reading and led a workshop at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as part of the Reiberg Reading Series.
Winnie Kaur received the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute scholarship to participate in a collaborative seminar titled “Refracting Digital Humanities: Critical Gender, Race, and Queer Theories as [Digital Humanities] Methods” at the University of Maryland. She recently received the Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities grant to attend a workshop at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. She presented her paper on experimental digital and feminist pedagogies in first-year writing classrooms at the Transforming Access Interdisciplinary Conference at UC, and was a SUMR-UC/GSUM Award recipient for mentoring an undergraduate student during the summer on a collaborative research project.
Christina LaVecchia was the College of Arts & Sciences’ recipient of the Graduate School’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, and she was elected to the Graduate Committee of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. She has a webtext publication forthcoming in Computers and Composition Online, and has had a proposal ("Toward a Relational Theory of Invention") accepted for the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication. She organized two roundtables for the 2014 WPA Conference—"Creating WPA Identities: From Grad School to Post-Tenure” and “Moving from Conference Presentations into Publications”—and is continuing as Editorial Assistant for Composition Studies.
Janine Morris’s essay "A Genre-Based Approach to Digital Reading" will be published in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, and she co-wrote an article that will appear in a special issue of Computers and Composition. She presented a paper at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication, and attended the Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research, thanks in part to a Taft Graduate Enrichment Award. She was also awarded URC and Taft Summer Fellowship awards.
Karissa Morton’s manuscript, Amuse the Darkness, was a finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize. Her poems and lyric essays appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Guernica, The Indiana Review, The Paris-American, Sonora Review, Hobart, The Journal, Lambda Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Barn Owl Review, Whiskey Island, Quaint, and Interrupture. She’s published collaborative work in Thrush and Split Lip, and reviews in Mid-American Review and American Microreviews & Interviews. One of her poems will appear in the forthcoming anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop, and her chapter "The Sound of Resistance: Women & War in the Work of Laura Mullen" will appear in Despite the Possible: Fifteen Women Poets, in the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, Volume 2, on Experimental Women Poets of the 21st Century. She has been part of three conference panels—"Blurred Lines: What Hybrid Texts & New Media Can Teach Us About Genre," "Investigating Images: A Look at the Craft of the Deep Image Poets," and "Writing Sports/Sportswriting: Creative Approaches”—and been a featured reader at the Kraken Reading Series in Denton, Texas, the With Poetry reading series in Columbus, Ohio, and the Big Big Mess Reading Series in Akron.
A’Dora Phillips’ co-translation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s Letter to the Amazon will be published as a chapbook by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016, and her reviews of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s The African Shore and Hella Haasse’s The Black Lake are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online. In August 2014, she began serving as an associate mentor in City University of Hong Kong’s MFA program. A short documentary film she helped to produce on the American painter Lennart Anderson will be screened in NYC in mid-December and will soon be posted on the website of The Vision and Art Project, a collaborative project that profiles and archives the work of artists with macular degeneration. She is one of the authors of this project.
Nicolas Rivera served as an academic advisor for Literature & Cultural Studies undergraduate students, and is on a number of committees, including fire safety, academic review, and digital humanities/scholarship.
Linwood Rumney's poems will appear or have recently appeared in Puerto del Sol, Crab Creek Review, Ploughshares, The Laurel Review, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, North American Review, and elsewhere. His nonfiction is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, and his translations of Aloysius Bertrand appeared in The Adirondack Review. He also received a Taft Graduate Summer Fellowship and the department's Robin Sheets Critical Essay Prize and Jean Chimsky Poetry Prize.
Rachel Steiger-Meister won the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award for the best short story published online in 2012. Her story "Red Rose and Snow White" appeared in Gingerbread House Magazine, and she presented a paper on YA lesbian fantasy novels at the 35th International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. She received a GSGA Interdisciplinary Award to support dissertation research in Ireland, a Taft Graduate Enrichment Award to support attendance at an Irish-language school in Ireland, and is a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow for 2014-15.
Sarah A. Strickley served on the faculty of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, where she led a series of specialized creative writing workshops, including "What Cognitive Science Can Teach the Fiction Writer," "Reconnect with Your Inner-Storyteller," and "Risking Sentiment." Her short story "Peek-a-Boo" appeared in Witness, her critical essay "The Abstract-Personal Mode: An Extrapolation" appeared in The John Updike Review, her personal essay "Live from the NICU" was published in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers (FSG), and her personal essay "The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire: An Assemblage of Failures" is forthcoming from The Normal Review.
Dario Sulzman’s poem "Father Frequencies" appeared in the Potomac Review. He received a Taft Enrichment Award for novel research at NYU's Tamiment Archives on the history of 1970s New York City tenant activism, and his essay "The Judge's Smile: Writing Past Exteriority in Blood Meridian" was accepted for presentation at the 2014 Western Literature Association Conference in Victoria, BC, this fall.
Anne Valente recently published her first story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, with Dzanc Books. This year she also published stories in Iron Horse Literary Review, Quarterly West, StorySouth, The Collagist, and The Normal School, and essays in Passages North, Electric Literature, and The Huffington Post. She was a Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar in Fiction at the 2014 Sewanee Writers' Conference, and she presented a panel on the publication of short story collections with independent presses at the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle.
Heather Williams was an invited speaker at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, where she discussed, from a psychoanalytic perspective, Charlotte Brontë's editorial work on the second edition of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. She presented papers at the British Women Writers Association Conference, in Binghamton, NY, and the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Conference, in Canterbury, England. Both papers dealt, in different ways, with 19th-century psychiatry and Charlotte Brontë's participation in public discourse on mental illness. She won a travel research grant from the Cincinnati Branch of the English Speaking Union and a Taft Enrichment grant, both of which helped her spend two weeks doing archival research at the Brontë Library in West Yorkshire, England.
Simon Workman presented his paper "'Bound by ties of almost alarming intimacy': Postcolonial Hybridity and English Identity in Zadie Smith's White Teeth and E. M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread" at BGSU's "21st Century Englishes" conference, and his paper "Persuasion from the Pulpit: Accessing the Spiritual through Reason in George MacDonald's Paul Faber, Surgeon” at UC's "Transforming Access" graduate conference. He participated in a community panel on reading and engaging with literature as part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Summer Learning program.