Sean Desilets's article "Cocteau's Female Orpheus" is forthcoming in Literature/Film Quarterly. He delivered a paper called “Pretty Pow: Femininity, Waste, and Reading in Kiss Me Deadly” at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Boston in April.
Georgiana Donavin recently made several key changes to The Gower Project, a digital humanities initiative on the medieval poetry of John Gower that she co-directs with Eve Salisbury (Western Michigan University). One important focus of Donavin's work, in cooperation with her student Jorie Page, was renovating and expanding a translation wiki that can be used by scholars and students of the middle ages. As the result of this work and a lifetime of scholarship on John Gower's poetry, she won the John Hurt Fisher Award, presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo last May. At Westminster's graduation ceremony, she also received the June and Manford Shaw Publication Prize for her most recent book, Scribit Mater: Mary and the Language Arts in the Literature of Medieval England.
Peter Goldman was recently appointed president of the Generative Anthropology Society & Conference. His essay on "Originary Iconoclasm: the Logic of Sparagmos" will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology. He will be giving a presentation on "Originary Figurality: the Magic of Mimesis" at the 9th Annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference to be held in June, 2015 at High Point University in North Carolina.
Chris LeCluyse has collaborated with Promise South Salt Lake, Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement, and Westminster students to create Write Here, a new community writing center at the Historic Scott School and Community Center in South Salt Lake City. He presented "A Classical Approach to the Writing Consultation as Translation: You Say Metaphora, and I Say Translatio" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference and “Beyond the Culture of Tears: Moving the Center from the Margins” at the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center Symposium. His article “The Categories We Keep: Writing Center Forms and the Topoi of Writing Instruction” was recently published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.
Fatima Mujcinovic's article, “Self-Expression and World-Expression: Critical Multicultural Literacy in Maxine Hong Kingston and Sandra Cisneros,” was published in the March 2014 issue of The Critic, the journal of the College English Association. During the past summer, Fatima attended an international conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and presented a paper at another conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The first event was organized by Trinity College Dublin and the University of Sarajevo to mark the centenary of World War One on June 24-28, 2014 (“Sarajevo Long Shots: Events, Narratives, and Memories of 1914”), while the second was hosted by the UK Society for Caribbean Studies and held at the University of Glasgow on July 2-5, 2014. Fatima also moderated a discussion panel at the Utah Humanities Book Festival last October, featuring Bosnian writers in the United States.
Lance Newman co-edited the anthology, American Literature (Penguin, 2013). An article, “Race and Nature in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” which he co-wrote with James Finley, appeared in the Journal of Ecocriticism in July 2013. He recently gave a paper, “What’s New about the New Materialism?,” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Vancouver, BC, in January 2015.
Jennifer Ritter co-presented a paper, “Writing Centers and the Resident ESL Writer: Mapping New Routes,” at the Symposium on Second Language Writing in November 2009 at Arizona State University. The discussion addressed pedagogical approaches to tutoring ESL writers whose literacy and language learning experiences have not adequately prepared them for college writing. Also, Jennifer joined the editorial board of The International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research.
Natasha Saje's third book of poems, Vivarium (Tupelo) and a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan), will both be published in 2014. An interview with her appears in the spring 2013 issue of Crab Creek Review. An interview Natasha conducted with prose writer Diane Lefer will appear in the December Writer's Chronicle. New poems are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, and creative nonfiction in Alimentum. Reprinted work appears in two new anthologies: The Widow’s Handbook (Kent State UP) and Unruly Catholic Women Writers (SUNY).