News, Publications, and Presentations

Gabriel Fernandez's (Ph.D. student) paper, "'See Better': Shakespeare's Conception of King Lear Through King David," was accepted for presentation at the South Central Renaissance Conference 2021 to be held virtually March 25-27, 2021.

Kristin Lord's (Ph.D. student) book review of Gina Wisker's Contemporary Women's Gothic Fiction: Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses will be in the March edition of EUP's Gothic Studies.

Dr. Taryn Okuma received a Spring 2021 Faculty Fellowship from the Center for Teaching Excellence. Through the CTE Faculty Fellowship, Dr. Okuma will develop a course that will support a student-run online literary magazine.

Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate) was promoted to Executive Administrative Liaison in the Office of the Chairman at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Matt Steinhafel's (Ph.D. student) "My Neighbor Henry" was selected as one of three award poems in the Winter 2021 Issue of Plainsongs Poetry Magazine (vol 41.1 pp.14-15).

Dr. Ernest Suarez joined The Hopkins Review as a Contributing Editor in January of 2021. The journal is affiliated with The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He was also invited to present a lecture, “Reading All the King’s Men in 2020,” at the Bristol Book Festival on October 16, 2020.

Dr. Ernest Suarez's "An Interview with Joshua Weiner" appeared in in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, Vol. 18, no. 3, Winter 2020: 122-140. Forthcoming is “Rosanna Warren’s Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters: A Review” in The Hopkins Review, Spring, 2021, Vol. 13, No. 1.

Dr. Ernest Suarez and Mike Mattison's book Poetic Song Verse: Blues-based Popular Music and Poetry will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in October of 2021.

Sarah Zentner's (Ph.D. student) creative nonfiction essay, "Empty House Tea Parties," was published in Bella Grace (Issue 27, Spring 2021).


Reading James Baldwin Now

The Library of America in partnership with the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers presents

Reading James Baldwin Now: Gabrielle Bellot on If Beale Street Could Talk
Wednesday, March 3rd
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST

Published to a mixed reception in 1974, James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk has undergone a profound critical reappraisal in recent years, aided by its inclusion in the 2015 Library of America volume James Baldwin: Later Novels and by the Barry Jenkins film adaptation in 2018.

In this new installment of the LOA Live series “Reading James Baldwin Now,” Literary Hub staff writer Gabrielle Bellot discusses why she believes Beale Street, which centers on an act of police misconduct but is also a Black love story, deserves to be read as Baldwin’s masterpiece—a major work that speaks directly to present-day concerns.

This event is free but requires registration.


Write for The Annex!

If you are a current English major/minor or alumna/us of the department and would like to contribute to The Annex, please email Dr. Taryn Okuma ( The Annex is always seeking writers to contribute alumni profiles, faculty/class/program profiles, articles about department events, or original writing relevant to the newsletter's focus on the English Department.