Faculty Spotlight

John Gery's new collection of poetry, Have at You Now! (CW Books), has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The book has been adopted at the State College of Florida as core text for the Spring 2015 general humanities curriculum. New poems by John appear or are forthcoming in Micarea Literara (Bucharest, translated into Romanian), The Maple Leaf Rag 5, and New Laurel Review. His essay, "An American in Venice: Ezra Pound in 'the Forest of Marble,'" appears in the collection, Affirming the Gold Thread: Aldington, Hemingway, Pound & Imagism in Torcello and Venice, edited by Matthew Nickel and H.R. Stoneback, and his review of two volumes of critical essays, Cold War Literature: Writing the Global Conflict (2006) and Global Cold War Literature: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives (2012), both edited by Andrew Hammond, is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies.

John's article, "Paradise, Compassion and Jên2 in Canto 93," delivered as a plenary address at the 25th Ezra Pound International Conference, Trinity College Dublin (2013), has been accepted for a volume of essays on Pound and Modernism forthcoming from AMS Press. In June of this year, John delivered the opening address, "'The Spirit of Utter Fidelity': Ezra Pound and Translation," at the symposium, Translating Modern American Poetry, at the University of Roma Tre in Rome, as well as the closing address (his essay on Pound in Venice) at the Richard Aldington/Imagism conference in Venice

Elizabeth Lewis' essay, "Naturalism, Social Dance and the Evolution of Identity in Chopin and Cather" will appear in the Winter 2014 edition of Excavatio: International Review for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies related to Emile Zola and his Time, Naturalism, Naturalist Writers and Artists, Naturalism and Cinema around the World.

Catherine Loomis will be delivering conference papers this spring in Tempe Arizona, at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance studies, and in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the South Central Renaissance conference. Last fall she delivered the Nan Osmond Grass Lecture at Brigham Young University, and gave a pre-show talk for the University of New Orleans Theater Department's production of Hamlet. Three poems she wrote have reached Mars aboard NASA's MAVEN explorer. She is continuing her work on the 19th century promptbooks of John Jack, an American actor whose descendants now live in Metairie, Louisiana. When the Shakespeare Association of America conference comes to New Orleans in 2016, she will be making the local arrangements for about 1200 visiting scholars.

Doreen Piano's essay "Writing in the Cone of Uncertainty: An Argument for Sheltering in Place" was published in the September 2014 issue of College Composition and Communication. A book chapter she is working on titled "Boost or Blight?' Graffiti Writing and Street Art in the 'new' New Orleans" will appear in the Routledge Handbook on Streetart and Graffiti, edited by Jeffrey Ross, published in 2015. She is collaborating with UNO librarians Gena Chattin, Florence Jumonville and Jeanne Pavy to digitize the Writing After Katrina Archive Project, a collection of student papers written in English classes after Hurricane Katrina. In spring 2015, she will be teaching a visual rhetoric seminar, using New Orleans as a case study for investigation based on her research. She is currently Interim Director of Women and Gender Studies.

Anne Boyd Rioux is happy to announce that her biography of Constance Fenimore Woolson is set to be published by W. W. Norton in February 2016. In the meantime, she is working on the final revisions, negotiating the publication of a collection of Woolson's stories, and planning the next Woolson Society conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., in February 2015.

David Rutledge has edited and contributed to two anthologies about post-Katrina New Orleans: Do You Know what it Means to Miss New Orleans? (2006) and Where We Know: New Orleans as Home (2011), both from Chin Music Press. He also published a book about Vladimir Nabokov, Nabokov's Permanent Mystery (2011, McFarland Press). He has taught seventeen different courses during his fifteen plus years at UNO. Most recently, he published a short story in The Monarch Review.

Bob Shenk's book, America's Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919-1923, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2012. Bob happened upon this topic while co-authoring a biography of a naval officer who also wrote fiction (Admiral Dan Gallery) and who had spent six months in Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 1922. An excerpt from Bob's book appeared in Naval History magazine in February of 2013. Also, based upon his description in his book of the massacres and death marches inflicted upon the Greeks of the Turkish region called the "Pontus"—terrible sufferings reported at the time by American naval officers—Bob has recently given invited talks in Chicago, New York, and Washington DC to Greek Pontus organizations. In another area of study (biblical criticism), a leading conservative intellectual journal called Modern Age has recently accepted an article of Bob's entitled "The Angels of Ecclesiastes," to be published sometime in 2014-15.