CWUEnglish Department NewsEnglish Department News to Joshua Swainston!, 05 Sep 2017 15:16:54<p>Congratulations to Professional and Creative Writing Online Major Joshua Swainston for his poem <a href="" target="_blank">Pantoum For The Homesick Sailor</a>, which was just published.&nbsp;</p>Congratulations Sarah Lizzee!, 09 Aug 2017 08:56:09<p>Congratulations to recent Online Professional and Creative Writing Alumni Sarah Lizee who was recently hired as a copyeditor for Prospect News out of New York!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Congratulation Xavier Cavazos!, 25 Jul 2017 13:12:55<p>Congratulations to Lecturer Pedro Xavier Cavazos on his recent poem "<a href="" target="_blank">PatRIOT</a>" in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Rumpus</em></a>!</p>Congratulations Katharine Whitcomb!, 18 Jul 2017 14:43:46<p>Professor and Associate Dean Katharine Whitcomb has three gorgeous poems in the newest <a href=""><em>Terrain</em></a>!</p>Congratulations Lisa Bren!, 29 Jun 2017 13:43:27<p>Congratulations to Online Professional and Creative Writing major Lisa Bren on her recent publication in <a href=""><em>The Meadow: TMCC Literary Journal</em></a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 272px; float: left;"><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 247px;"></p>Congratulations to MA Literature Alumni TJ Tranchell!, 14 Jun 2017 14:23:32<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 130px; height: 217px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“<em>Asleep in the Nightmare Room</em>,” released in May 2016 in eBook with a print edition available June 19, by <em>Blysster Press</em>, is the second book from the Moscow, Idaho-based author. Tranchell joins the short story traditions of Hawthorne, Poe, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Tom Piccirilii, to whom the book is dedicated.</p><p>Tranchell holds a Master of Arts in literature and bachelor’s in English from Central Washington University. Tranchell grew up in small towns in Utah, which serve as the framework for many of his stories. He has worked as a journalist in Seattle, Las Vegas and Sturgis, South Dakota. He is currently the student media adviser at the University of Idaho. Tranchell operates a horror website at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Congratulations TJ!</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;">Congratulations to Grad Student Lexi Renfro!, 07 Jun 2017 16:05:25<p>A couple of weeks ago, Lexi Renfro won the CAH award for graduate scholarship, and this week, she won the 2017 University award for graduate student thesis, the Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award. This is the highest honor the University grants a graduate student, with only one being awarded per year.<br><br>Lexi's thesis was co-directed by Michael Johnson and Steve Olson, with Liahna Armstrong serving as the third reader and her mentor. Dr. Johnson nominated the thesis with these words,&nbsp;<br><br>"Lexi brings multiple analytical angles to bear on literary representations of madness in Melville's and Poe's fiction both responsibly and elegantly. Her project demonstrates the enormous productive potential of combining historical contextualization with close textual analysis. In other words, by measuring the historical archive of the asylum reform movement of the mid-nineteenth century (e.g. common diagnoses, asylum operations, debates surrounding the insanity plea, etc.) against close readings of Melville's and Poe's fiction, Lexi demonstrates how their works both reflect prevailing conceptions of madness while also challenging those conceptions, especially where their moral implications are concerned. She goes as far as to argue that both authors anticipate, in certain ways, the epistemological shift that would come a few decades later with the advent of Freudian psychoanalysis.<br><br>It's a convincing and highly original project. Lexi did an impressive amount of research into the American asylum reform movement as she sought to better historicize her literary analyses. She dug deep into the archives, examining literary magazines published by asylum inmates, consulting the correspondences of both authors (to see if they had expressed opinions about asylum reform and the insanity plea), and looking at some of the many journalistic exposés written about asylum conditions during that period."</p><p>Congratulations Lexi!</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Congratulations to Assistant Professor Maya Zeller for her new book!, 07 Jun 2017 15:41:38<p>Congratulations to Assistant Professor Maya Zeller for her new book <em>Alchemy for Cells &amp; Other Beasts</em>--out fall 2017 from Entre Rios Books. Ekphrastic collaboration with visual artist Carrie DeBacker, published by Knox Gardner.</p><p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 600px;"></p>Congratulations Dr. Zach VandeZande!, 30 May 2017 09:16:06<p>Dr. Zach VandeZande's manuscript was a finalist for this year's Journal Non/Fiction Prize. Congrats!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 600px;"></a></p>Congratulations Olivia Abt!, 25 May 2017 16:07:13<p>Congratulations to Professional and Creative Writing Major Olivia Abt for her poem in <a href=""><em>99 Pine Street</em></a>.&nbsp;</p>