Department of English
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Sukrungruang Wins Research Award
Creative writing professor Ira Sukrungruang recently won a USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Sukrungruang joined the English Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. His publication record has grown immensely in recent years, having published essays, poems, and short stories widely in literary journals, as well as a memoir, Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (2010), and most recently a collection of poems, In Thailand It Is Night, which won the Anita Schraff Award. He was invited as a Visiting Writing to universities as far away as Australia and Hong Kong. His next book, a nonfiction collection titled Southside Buddhist: Essays, is already in press.
Meakin Publishes Book on Lady Drury
Professor Heather Meakin's book, The Painted Closet of Lady Anne Bacon Drury, has just been released by Ashgate Publishing. Meakin was awarded a Paul Mellon Centre Publication and Author Grant for the completion of the book. This 150,000-word book examines the prayer closet, or study, of one of John Donne’s patronesses, the wealthy and well-connected Lady Anne Bacon Drury (1572-1624). For more information, or for a discounted purchase of the book, please visit the publisher's website. Prof. Meakin has also been selected as the Humanities Institute’s December “Homegrown Humanities” Scholar. She’ll be discussing her book on December 4 at 3:30pm in the Grace Allen Room.
Saw Palm Voted Best Local Literary Journal
The department's Florida-themed literary journal, Saw Palm, has been voted "Best Local Literary Journal" for 2013 by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Each year, the local magazine holds contests for the best local people, places, and things in the Tampa Bay area. The journal was nominated and voted on by the magazine's readers via Web polling. Saw Palm was established in 2006 by professor and author John Fleming to showcase the unique essence of Florida through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. The journal is produced annually by graduate students in the English Department. Congratulations to the all of the editors and contributors!
Marty Gould Wins NEH Grant
Professor Marty Gould has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a four-week summer seminar titled "Great Adaptations: Dickens in Literature and Film," which will offer a select group of junior high and high school teachers the opportunity to explore the use of adaptations in the teaching of Dickens (and nineteenth-century novels more generally). The seminar will take place at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in July 2014. This will be the second time Professor Gould will direct this NEH summer seminar, which is co-sponsored by the Dickens Universe, an international consortium of research universities.
Karen Brown Wins John Gardner Fiction Book Award
English Department Instructor and author Karen Brown has won the 2013 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award for her first collection of short stories, Pins and Needles, which also won the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. With this award, Brown joins the ranks of such renowned authors and past award recipients as Johnathan Franzen (2011) and Tobias Wolff (2004). Professor Brown continues to reap award after award for her fiction, and the department is privileged to have her as an alumna and instructor.
Sari Altschuler Wins Post-Dissertation Fellowship and Prize
Assistant Professor Sari Altschuler has won the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship, a national award offered by the American Antiquarian Society, for her work in the discourses of literature and medicine in the proto-disciplinary early American world. The fellowship provides a year-long residential stay at the American Antiquarian Society so the recipient may work toward publication of her/his dissertation. Additionally, Altschuler has won the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Dissertation Prize, which includes a book contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Congratulations on both of these excellent acheivements!
John Fleming Publishes eBook
Author and Associate Professor John Fleming's serial novel-in-emails, The Book I Will Write, has just been released as an ebook and is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Here is the book's premise, in the author's words: "John Henry Fleming contacts an editor at Knopf because he wants to write a book. Not just any book. A book about love, fate, hope, dreams, reality, and 'fantastic visions of dancing foxes sporting mirrored sunglasses.' Despite a polite brush-off, Fleming’s persistence strikes a chord, and he’s soon exchanging emails with the hard-drinking editor ('a specter in a windy Italian restaurant'), her lovelorn editorial assistant ('your baggage-free ex-lover'), and a desperate literary agent ('when I say "we," I’m referring mainly to myself')—all without having written anything but the dedication." Find out what becomes of Fleming's attempts--or non-attempts--in this book of trial and error, or rather error and then more error than you could have imagined.
Cynthia Patterson Selected as Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor Cynthia Patterson recently has been selected to serve as a Faculty Fellow with USF's Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) for academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. In this role, Professor Patterson will offer workshops, publish an article in the Faculty Voices newsletter, act as liaison between ATLE and the English Department, participate in the solicitation for and selection of TA Teaching Awards, and serve on the ATLE Advisory Board. The appointment comes with a financial stipend to support these activities. Congratulations to Professor Patterson!
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