Anne Boyd Rioux is close to completing a full draft of her biography on Constance
Fenimore Woolson, supported by the NEH and an ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board
of Regents. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching a class on "Henry James and the Women
Who Influenced Him" this spring. Her students have helped her think through the very
difficult subject of the James-Woolson relationship and given her a lot to write about
as she nears the final chapters.
On April 5, Randy Bates was a panelist in a session on the lyric essay chaired by
Coleen Muir a recent UNO MFA graduate in nonfiction at the annual conference of the
Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers. Recently Randy and the literary
agency that represents him, Sanford Greenburger Associates, signed a contract with
Argo Navis, a digital imprint of the Perseus Books Group, to re-issue his book RINGS:
On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter as an e-book to be available via Kindle/Amazon
and Nook/Barnes & Noble.
Janet Barnwell Smith's paper proposal "Unmasking Madame John: Historical Inaccuracies
of George Washington Cable's ''Tite Poulette'" has been accepted for an SCMLA session
on short fiction theory and criticism. SCMLA will hold its conference in New Orleans
at the Hotel Monteleone October 3-5.
Nancy Easterlin announces publication of “From Reproductive Resource to Autonomous
Individuality? Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” in Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives
on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press, March 2013). Last fall, “Aesthetics
and Ideology in Felicia Hemans’s The Forest Sanctuary: A Biocultural Perspective”
was published in the literary journal Style. Nancy’s essay “Novelty, Canonicity, and
Competing Simulations in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” is forthcoming in “Neuroscience,
Literature, and History” (anthology currently under submission). She is currently
writing two invited essays: “Novelty in Cognition and Literature,” forthcoming in
the Oxford Handbook on Cognitive Cultural Studies, and an essay for a special issue
of New Literary History on the topic “use.” This summer, she is scheduled to write
an essay adopting a Darwinian feminist perspective on Keats’s Lamia for a projected
anthology on cognitive-evolutionary approaches to nineteenth-century literature. Additionally,
Nancy is guest editor of a special issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies entitled
“Cognition in the Classroom” due out fall 2013. Nancy continues her duties as a member
of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.
She has been nominated to serve a second term on the Executive Committee of the Modern
Language Association of America Division on Cognitive Approaches to Literature (formerly
a discussion group).
John Gery's new collection of poems, Lure/Mamac was published in Serbia in July; this
collection includes selected and new poems. He also has new poems in the current issues
of New Orleans Review and New South, and his poem, "Descant on Pennsylvania," is forthcoming
in the Philadelphia journal, Apiary. John's essay, "'Scaled Invention or True Artistry':
Davie's Pound and Pound's Davie," has been accepted for a collection of essays on
Ezra Pound and London. In June John received an Artist Career Advancement Grant from
the Louisiana Division of the Arts to travel to Siena, Italy, to trace the footsteps
of Ezra Pound, study Sienese art and architecture, and compose new poems. In November,
he then chaired the special session, "The Sweet Allure of Death in Contemporary American
Poetry," at the South Central Modern Language Association meeting in San Antonio,
where he delivered his paper, "The 'Privilege' of Dying in the Poems of Robert Hass."
Richard Goodman's essay, "Sarah Wills," will appear in the Spring 2013 edition of
River Teeth. Another essay, "Penelope Joins the Writers' Group," will appear in the
Spring 2013 edition of Chautauqua.
Daniel Gonzalez presented his paper "Nashe & the 'Novel': The Fortunate Fate of The
Unfortunate Traveller" at the 2012 South Central Renaissance Conference in New Orleans.
In September, Kore Press published Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny
(Kore Press, 2012). The book has been nominated for a Norma Farber First Book Award,
and a single poem from the collection was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The collection
was also featured on Verse Daily, an online anthology. In October, she facilitated
the Slash Pine Poetry Exchange between the University of New Orleans and the University
of Alabama. In December, Carolyn sat on a panel about publishing and editing and read
her poetry as part of Tulane's Poetry Exchange Project Symposium. During this spring
semester, she has read for Tulane University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
the Hot Texts series in Brooklyn, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs
(with a book fair signing). She also moderated a 2013 Tennessee Williams Festival
panel and judged the Tulane University 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize. The University
of South Florida invited Carolyn to read her poetry and lead a graduate workshop as
part of their 2013 National Poetry Month reading series. She will also travel to Montgomery
in April: Skinny will be featured at the 2013 Alabama Book Festival. In May, she will
travel to Arizona to read as part of Kore Press's twenty year anniversary celebration.
Her Katrina poem was recently selected as a Knox Writers' House Contributor's Pick
of the Week. Carolyn's second manuscript was a finalist for the 2012 Tupelo Press
First/Second Book Award and the 2012 Switchback Books Gatewood Prize. Her poems and
prose appear in current or forthcoming issues of Bateau, burnt district, DIAGRAM,
and Drunken Boat, and The Volta. Carolyn's poems have also been selected for inclusion
in the forthcoming anthology The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast.
Barb Johnson's short story, "Rider," was published in Yemassee 20.1. She is participating
in The National Book Awards, Revisited, an editorial project of The Southern Review.
One of five writers chosen for the project, she will review the books published in
1962 and choose an alternate set of National Book Award nominees and, ultimately,
a new winner.
Catherine Loomis will be working on a 19th century promptbook of Shakespeare's 1 Henry
IV used by the American actor John Jack while on sabbatical. In October, Catherine
gave a talk about this promptbook at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Consortium
of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars. Catherine's essay "'Bear your body more seeming':
Open-Kneed Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I" will appear in the forthcoming collection
The Emblematic Queen: Extra-Literary Representations of Early Modern Queenship, edited
by Debra Barrett-Graves and to be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year.
The Shakespeare Association of America has asked Catherine to serve as chair of local
arrangements for their 2016 conference, which will be held in New Orleans; because
that year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Carl Malmgren reviewed a book manuscript for the Austrian Science Foundation last
spring. He has been asked to review a book manuscript on narrative theory for Routledge.
He has also been asked to contribute an essay to an anthology on Orson Scott Card's
Ender's Game. The anthology is scheduled to come out next November at the same time
that the movie based on the novel premieres.
Niyi Osundarehas eight poems from four of his collections in the new Norton Anthology
of World Literature, 1650 to the Present. He is the only African poet represented
in this anthology. He has also published two poems in recent months: 'Iwa L'Ewa (Character
Is Beauty)' and 'For Ayo Bamgbose', a poem in honor of Professor Bamgbose. Niyi delivered
the keynote lecture in April at the Symposium on Modernity, Culture, and the State
in Postcolonial Africa, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof Osundare has also received
a letter from the Association of Faculty of Arts Students (AFAS), University of Ibadan,
Nigeria, informing him of their decision to name an inter-university academic competition
after him. Called PROFESSOR NIYI OSUNDARE INTER-UNIVERSITY SPEECH COMPETITION, the
contest will involve all the universities in the southwestern region of Nigeria.
Zhaoming Qian has a new edited book out from UNO Press, a volume in John Gery's Ezra
Pound Center for Literature Studies Series, titled Modernism and the Orient. George
Bornstein of University of Michigan writes, "With this gathering, Zhaoming Qian continues
his work as our foremost interpreter of modernist literature's relation to Asia."
Contributors to this collection include Daniel Albright of Harvard, Ronald Bush of
Oxford, Ira Nadel of UBC, Canada, Sabine Sielke of Bon, and other internationally
Ken Rayes contributed his annual top ten music list to 2012 The Village Voice annual
"Pazz and Jop" poll of music critics. Lists from 2008-2012 can be found at the Village
Voice website. This summer Ken will present a paper at the International TRAC Conference
on Disabilities in Higher Education in Innsbruck, Austria. The paper is tentatively
titled "A Case Study of the Effect of Sign Translators in a Writing Intensive Course."
Shelby Richardson presented her paper, "Bewitched: Fletcher and Massinger's 'The Prophetess'
as Theatrical Defense" at Tulane's Louisiana Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance
Scholars this October. She also had two seminar papers accepted at this year's Northeastern
Modern Language Association conference, "Blood on his Hands: Scenes of Writing in
Shakespeare" and "Prophetic Skepticism: Fletcher and Massingers' 'The Prophetess'".
She will participate in the "Affect and Identity in Early Modern Performance" seminar
in Boston this spring.
Bob Shenk's book, America's Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution
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),
who was very imaginative even in his tactics and strategy, and who happened to be
stationed on a cruiser for six months in Constantinople in 1922 (an unusual port for
U.S. navy ships). Looking into the period, Bob found America's "Black Sea Fleet" almost
wholly unexplored in print, and so he tried his hand at naval history, drawing liberally
from sea stories, diaries, journals, and letters in private hands, as well as sources
at the Library of Congress and National Archives. An excerpt from the book appeared
in Naval History magazine this February.
The short film "The Freddies", written by M.O. Walsh and adapted from his short story
of the same name, premiered at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27th. Walsh's
adaptation won the Louisiana Arts and Film Commission's Screenwriting Award and will
show at other film festivals over the next year. It will also be available for DVD
purchase next year.