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Faculty News from the Department of English and Foreign Languages
M.O. Walsh, M.A.
- M.O. Walsh’s The Big Door Prize is currently under series development by Apple TV, who has ordered a ten episode first season. The novel is being adapted by the Emmy winning Executive Producer and former Head Writer of Schitt's Creek, David West Read. Walsh will serve as a producer on the show, which is currently scheduled to begin shooting in January 2022 and airing on Apple TV next fall.
Justin Maxwell, M.F.A.
- Outopia for Pigeons is coming out as a stand-alone book from Original Works Publishing.
- UNO will be staging two of Maxwell's one acts, “Exhausted Paint: The Death of Van Gogh” and “Marie Antoinette’s Head” in February. Both shows are being directed by R’Myni Watson, a first year directing MFA.
- Maxwell will also be the conference respondent for the Voices of the Earth Theatre Festival, at Bemidji State University, in April.
- The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company has commissioned Maxwell to adapt the Williams’ novel Moise and the World of Reason. There will be a staged reading at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in March.
Elizabeth Brina, M.F.A.
- Published book, Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir with Knopf Doubleday Press.
- Published essay "On Negotiating and Embracing the Differences Between Japanese and American Culture" in Literary Hub Magazine.
- Published essay "New Tricks" in Pembroke Magazine, nominated for Pushcart Prize.
Doreen Piano, Ph.D.
- Doreen Piano was chosen to participate on the system wide team to develop open-access textbooks for dual enrollment students funded through a large grant to LOUIS by the DoE. Last summer she participated in a seminar that introduced LOUIS faculty to OER materials and issues and that involved participants to develop a course using OER.
Katharine Chosa Franklin, M.A. and Jade Hurter, M.F.A.
- Katie Chosa Franklin’s and Jade Hurter’s paper titled, "Privateers’ Pathway to Educational Equity: Examining Perceptions of 'Underprepared' First-Year Writing Students at the University of New Orleans", has been accepted for the March 2022 Convention for College Composition and Communications (4Cs).