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Jan. 23 & 24, 2015

The English Department and Mississippi State University will be pleased to host the 2015 Mississippi Philological Association Conference.
Feb. 8 - 14, 2015 This year's Institute for the Humanities Writer-in-Residence will be poet Terrance Hayes. Hayes is the winner of the National Book Award for his 2010 book Lighthead, and the recipient of many other honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship.  If you'd like to learn more, here's his page from the Academy of American Poets website:
December Dr. Peter DeGabriele's book Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political has been accepted for publication by Bucknell University Press. Peter DeGabriele
December Dr. Shalyn Claggett's book, co-edited with Lara Karpenko, has been accepted for publication. The volume of essays on Strange Silence: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age will be published by Michigan University Press Shalyn Claggett
December Tommy Anderson has been named Mississippi State University's Humanities Professor of the Year. Thomas "Tommy" Anderson
November The Mississippi State English Department would like to announce The winner of the 2014 Peyton Williams Distinguished Writing Award is Kylie Dennis for her essay " ‘We are arrant knaves all. Believe none of us’: Power and the Construction of ‘Truth’in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. "

Honorable Mention to Lien Van Geel for her essay “Shakespeare’s Own Metamorphosis: From Hermetic Revenge to Ovidian Alternatives in The Winter’s Tale.”
September Andrea Spain's essay“Composition, Emergence, Sensation: Science, New Media and the Experimental Novel” will soon appear with the publication of Steve Tomasula: The Art and Science of New Media Fiction. Dr. Andrea Spain
September Former student Carina Lewis has passed the Mississippi bar exam. She holds an M.A. from our program as well as a law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School.

European Romantic Review will publish Dr. Amy Mallory-Kani’s essay on “’Contagious Air’: Wordsworth’s Poetics and Politics of Immunity.”  The piece will appear sometime on 2015.

Amy Malloy-Kani
September Milton Studies will publish Lara Dodds' essay on "Death and the 'Paradice within' in Paradise Lost and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake" in their 2015 volume Lara Dodds
August Lara Dodds' article on "Bawds and Housewives: Margaret Cavendish and the Work of Bad Writing" will be printed in Early Modern Studies Journal this fall.
July Jessica Moseley's ghazal, "Something Happened Somewhere Sometime around Dinner, April 26, 1986," has been accepted for publication in Storm Cellar Quarterly
June The Proceedings of the National Council for Undergraduate Research will publish Kylie Dennis's essay titled "'Young she was and yet not so': The Revival of the Victorian Fairy-Story Heroine in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings."
June Kate Barber has published a portion of her MA thesis in the online journal Cape Fear Review:
June The journal Sixfold will soon publish poetry by Lisa (Fulgham) Scheibner and Jessica Moseley.  This journal selects poems based on ratings from writers.  Out of 400 submissions, Lisa was ranked 4th, Jessica 19th.  Five of Lisa's poems and five of Jessica's will appear in the August volume.
May Mike Kardos' story "Animals," previously published in Crazyhorse, has won the Pushcart Prize for fiction. Michael Kardos
April Jermaine Thompson has been selected by the Creative Writing faculty for this year's fellowship to the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing for a week-long intensive writing program.
April Undergraduate Kylie Dennis participated in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Kentucky, presenting her paper  "'Young she was and yet not so': The Revival of the Victorian Fairy-Story Heroine in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings," as did Field Brown who presented his "Langston Hughes's Trailblazing Literary Aesthetic: Ignoring the White Gaze."
April 6 English Department participants in the Undergraduate Research Symposium included Daniel C. Hart (first in Arts & Humanities competition) and Hannah J. Humphrey (third in Arts & Humanities competition). Also participating were Greg Marcus and Izzy Robinson.
March M.A. student Jessica Burton received the Master's-Level award for teaching at the annual Graduate School awards banquet.
March Graduates of our program Kristen Dechert (MA 07) and Alexis Nordin (BA 02) have co-authored papers, which they will present at the International Conference on Education and at the National Association for CTE Information.  Both work now at MSU's Research and Curriculum unit.
Feb. 21, 22 Hannah Humphrey, Kimerly Madsen-Thoimas, Antoinette HaydenThe Mississippi State English Department was pleased to host the 2014 conference of the Mississippi Philological Association. We were pleased that a large number of Mississippi State students and faculty were among the participants and presenters. (Pictured are students Hannah Humphrey, Kimberly Madsen-Thomas, and Antoinette Hayden.)
Feb. 18 A program on "Music and Poetry" featuring the poetry of e.e. cummings and Robert Frost, as set to music, included Professor Emerita Nancy Hargrove among the presenters.
Feb. Michael Kardos's new novel, Big Mad, is scheduled for publication in spring 2015, published by MysteriousPress/Grove Atlantic. Michael Kardos
Feb. Danielle Stratman, MSU freshman,   has placed 2nd in this year's Southern Literary Festival Student   Writing Contest for her short story "Saving What's Lost." The festival will be held in Oxford, March 27-29.
Feb. 4 Robert Olen Butler, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship who teaches creative writing in Florida, read from his work in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium. Butler, the "mayor" and sole resident of the Capps community, visited the university as the first MSU Institute for the Humanities Writer in Residence.
Jan. 19 Donald Shaffer is featured on Mississippi State's "Our People" page: Don Shaffer
Jan. Kelly Marsh's article,  "Empathy, Authority, and the Narrative Ethics of Truman Capote's 'La Cote Basque, 1965,'" has been published in the distinguished Journal of Narrative Theory 43.2. Dr. Kelly Marsh
Jan.  English major Molly Beckwith's poem "Kudzu" has been accepted by the competitive national literary magazine The Pinch, and will appear in early 2014.
Jan. 2014 We are pleased to announce this year's winners of the MSU Writing Contest. The winners will also go on to represent MSU in the Southern Literary Festival competition.

1st place: Molly Beckwith, "If I Do Not Believe You"
2nd place: Isabelle Lang, "Romance and Explosions"

1st place: Alan Coats, "Mother of Pearl"
2nd place: Danielle Stratman, "Saving What's Lost"
Dec. 2013
A new book titled Successful Family Language Policy: Parents, Children, and Educators in Interaction includes chapters from two of our faculty:
  • Ch. 8, Family Language Policy from the Children's Point of View: Bilingualism in Place and Time, by Dr. Lyn Fogle
  • Ch. 9, Bimodal Bilingual Families: The Negotiation of Communication Practices between Deaf Parents and their Hearing Children, by Dr. Ginger Pizer

Lyn Fogle

Ginger Pizer

Dec. Michael Kardos has been named Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month for December 2013/ January 2014.
Nov. 23 Donald Mayfield Brown, undergraduate English major, is Mississippi State University's first Rhodes Scholar since 1911!
Nov. The 2013 volume of Medieval Studies will include Dr. Holly Johnson's essay titled "The Imaginative Landscape of an English Monk-Preacher: Robert Rypon and the Court of Memory." Holly Johnson

2013 Peyton Williams Distinguished Writing Award:

Winning essay:
Daniel Hart's "A Flawed Ideology in Melville's "Benito Cereno."

Honorable mention:
Hannah Humphrey's "Rethinking Katherine's Transformation: Discourse of Violence in The Taming of the Shrew";
Donald "Field" Brown's "Carving a Way Out from Within: Ilse' Deontological Victory in Mark Behr's tragic Smell of Apples."

Nov. The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies will soon publish Peter DeGabriele's essay on "The Legal Fiction and Epistolary Form: Frances Burney's Evelina." Peter DeGabriele
Nov. 11 Robert Antoni read from his new novel, As Flies from Whatless Boys, the reading sponsored by the English Department and the Shackouls Honors College.
Oct. Becky Hagenston's poem, "Love Letter to Irresponsibility," will soon appear in The Southern Review. Becky Hagenston
Oct. 22 Guest speaker Michael Farris Smith read from his new novel, Rivers
Sept. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research will soon publish senior Field Brown's article titled "Shanley's Parable on Doubt: A Clash of Discourses and their Vision for America--A Return to Ideal Ellisonian American Fiction."
Sept. 24 Gulfport native, Pulitzer Prize winner and current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visited Mississippi State Sept. 24. Trethewey read from her works during a free program in the Colvard Union's Bill R. Foster Ballroom.
Sept. 14 Lyn Fogle hosted the department's fall symposium. Lara Dodds read from her work in progress on Lady Mary Wroth's The Countesse of Montgomeries Urania . Lara Dodds
Sept. Patrick Creevy's novel Ryan's Woods has been published by Amika Press. Ryan's Woods
Dr. Holly Johnson, Associate Professor of English, has been named the College of Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month for September (  Congratulations to Holly.
August Ted Atkinson's article "Defying the Cultural Logic of Southern Exceptionalism in Absalom! Absalom! and Song of Solomon" appears in the newly published monograph Faulkner and Morrison. Ted Atkinson
August Holly Johnson's scholarly edition of the selected sermons of Robert Rypon will be published by Belgian publisher Peeters, and will be featured as part of the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series.
August Duquesne University Press has  published Lara Dodds' book titled The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish. The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish