English Alumni News — Fall 2018

Message from the Chair | Almost ready for our new home

This is an exciting time in the English Department as so many good things are happening. We have been enjoying our temporary home in Lindley Hall while Ellis Hall is undergoing a complete renovation. We will be returning to Ellis during winter break 2018, but we're inviting you for a sneak peek during Homecoming 2018.

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Century-old Ellis gets sustainable, accessible make-over

Architects are turning the inside of Ellis Hall from a maze of offices and classrooms into a welcoming learning space. 

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Notable Alumni | Rachael Peckham teaches creative writing at Marshall

Dr. Rachael Peckham, who has received numerous awards as an associate professor of English at Marshall University, was named a College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni.

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Notable Alumni | Taylor Hagood publishes book after book

Dr. Taylor Hagood, AA '96, BA '98, MA '00, who has written on Faulkner, Harlem Renaissance women writers, and even “undeadness” in the South, was named a College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni.

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New Ohio Review issue 23 features star-studded list of contributors

The issue features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from an impressive list of new and well-established writers, including poetry by former poet laureate Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Jacqueline Osherow and Adrienne Su, and fiction from Flannery O’Connor award-winner Karin Lin-Greenberg.

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Quarter After Eight features hybrid writing, new voices

One such hybrid piece is a set of two “essays-in-sentences” written by Beth Bachmann, which, Derek Robbins explains, “exist somewhere in the liminal space between poetry and nonfiction, combining both lyrical, voice-driven sentences and the encyclopedic details of art and history."

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Brevity celebrates 20th anniversary

Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded by editor and OHIO Professor Dinty W. Moore, Brevity publishes flash essays by established and new writers.

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Faculty news

Marquis Who's Who presents Singh with Lifetime Achievement Award

Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, presented Dr. Amritjit Singh with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Spriggs co-edits groundbreaking Affrilachian anthology

“If you enjoy and/or teach Appalachian literature, this anthology is a necessary addition to your libraries and syllabi,” says Dr. Bianca Spriggs of Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets.

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'Losers Dream On' in Halliday's new book of poems

Dr. Mark Halliday says the poems in his new collection “keep finding tension—sometimes comic, sometimes pathetic, sometimes desperate—between the inevitability of losing in life and the human compulsion to dream of victory, glory, joy, rescue, and revelation.”

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Graduate College names Beth Quitslund interim associate dean

Dr. Beth Quitslund, associate professor of English, was named interim associate dean of the Ohio University Graduate College.

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Guardian quotes Marciniak on non-western cinema

Dr. Katarzyna Marciniak contributed to The Guardian's article on "Lecturers recommend: non-western cinema that every student should see."

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A&S TV – What it was like to work at the JFK Presidential Library

Kelly Francis, BA ’01, shares “From Bobcat to Archivist – What it was Like to Work at the JFK Presidential Library.”

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Jami Curl leading charge with natural candy company

“I dream in candy,” writes Jami Curl, BA ’97, founder of QUIN Candy. “I'm not talking about sugar-coated, cotton-candy dreams; my dreams are serious and science-based. I'm behind a chemist's table, beakers and flasks spewing and steaming, working on formulas and perfecting recipes.”
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Bentley's book is finalist for Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Roy Bentley, BSG '79, MA '81, was named a finalist for the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for his collection Walking with Eve in the Loved City.
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Sundberg publishes debut memoir to rave reviews

Dr. Kelly Sundberg, PhD '18, published her debut memoir, "Goodbye, Sweet Girl," with HarperCollins press.
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Book on baseball for the blind debuts on opening day

"Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind," a book by Ohio University alumnus and English instructor Dr. David Wanczyk, debuted on opening day of baseball season.
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Messitt hired as national director of Report for America

Dr. Maggie Messitt, PhD '17,  was named national director of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.
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Book '12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym' tells story of Snyder's father

“Author Todd Snyder regards his new book, '12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia,' as a metaphor for West Virginians’ fighting spirit,” writes The Wheeling News Register.
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Benham publishes book chapter on sympathy and war literature

M. Renee Benham's chapter "The Death of Sympathy in Great War Literature" is included in the medical humanities collection Medicine, Health, and Being Human.
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Planton featured in Bright Young Librarians series

Isabel Planton, BA '06, who is the public services librarian at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, says, “I went to one of those sessions for English majors titled something like ‘What do I do with this English degree?’ and one of the options presented was librarianship.”
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Student news

Martin’s poem 'Iraq Good' wins Pushcart Prize

Graduate student Hugh Martin’s poem, “Iraq Good,” was published in The Cincinnati Review and selected as a winner of the prestigious Pushcart Prize.
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University of Nebraska Press to publish McCrary's debut memoir

English doctoral candidate Micah McCrary’s debut memoir, "Island in the City," was accepted for publication by University of Nebraska Press.
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Distel publishes chapter in new Toni Morrison volume

Kristin Distel’s chapter, titled “‘Are you sure she was your sister?’: Sororal Love and Maternal Failure in Toni Morrison’s Paradise,” considers the ways in which sisters serve as mother figures in Morrison’s 1997 novel.
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Little writes on conformity: Don't 'become so mesmerized by our identities'

“We can’t allow ourselves to become so mesmerized by our identities or our warring tribes that we can’t accomplish the collective goals we say we believe in or recognize better ideas, even if they come from people or groups we don’t like,” writes doctoral student Jacob Little.
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'Curmudgeonly' Cleveland columnist Dick Feagler dies

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on the death of Ohio University alumnus Richard "Dick" Feagler, '60, in a story headlined "Columnist Dick Feagler, voice of Clevelanders for five decades, dead at 79."
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Writer Barbara Fifer passes

Barbara C. Fifer, BA '69, passed away in June 2018, "having 70 revolutions around the sun," says her obituary in The Missoulian.
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Dr. Patrick Smith of Bainbridge State College passes

Dr. Patrick Alan Smith, PhD '99, professor of English at Bainbridge State College, Georgia, lost his three-year battle with cancer and passed away on April 22.
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Upcoming events

Stop by the A&S Homecoming tent on Oct. 20

Find College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and alumni at Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tailgreat Park. Sample food grown at the OHIO Student Farm and prepared by Food Studies theme students. Register to win a two-night stay at the Ohio University Inn.
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Alumni sneak peek of renovated Ellis Hall, Oct. 20

Get an insider’s tour of renovations to Ellis Hall during Homecoming 2018.
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Save the Date | Arts & Sciences Student-Alumni Networking, Jan. 31

Mark your calendars for the college’s third annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at cohenl@ohio.edu.
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The Bobcat alumni network is incredibly productive in giving OHIO students a great start on successful career paths. If you could benefit from access to Bobcat career services … or if you know of internship opportunities … or if you want to help your department support students, there are many ways to get involved, both in Athens and from afar.

If you’re interested in connecting with a department, educational enrichment, networking, or coming to campus, contact Lisa Cohen.

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