News, Publications, and Presentations

Dr. Lilla Kopár served as the co-organizer of ISSEME 2021, the biannual conference of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England. The (online) conference was held June 17-22, 2021, at four universities in four countries: University of Winchester (UK), Concordia University (Canada), Flinders University (Australia), and Leiden University (Netherlands). Dr. Kopár has been serving as an elected member of the Advisory Board of ISSEME since 2020.

Kristin Lord writing as K. L. Lord published a flash piece “Atargatis” in Hundred Word Horror: The Deep by Ghost Orchid Press.

Ryan Wilson published a translation of Charles Baudelaire’s “Correspondences” and a review of Paul Mariani’s collection, Ordinary Time, in the Spring issue of Presence. He also published five translations of Baudelaire, along with an introductory essay, in the Spring issue of The Hopkins Review. He published translations of Georg Heym and Georg Trakl in the Spring issue of Literary Imagination, and a translation of Trakl in The Arkansas International. His original poem “21st Century Pastoral” was anthologized in Plume Poetry 9, and his essay, “David Bottoms’ ‘Transfiguring Angels,’” appeared in the Spring issue of his own Literary Matters.


Fall Internship Opportunity

Looking for an internship this semester - it's not too late! 

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA PRESS seeks an undergraduate intern to help Press with all aspects of the publishing process. The successful candidate will develop the skills necessary to begin a successful and vibrant career in scholarly publishing. The student will assist in the preparation of manuscripts for scholarly approval as well as publication; become familiar with Chicago Manual of Style through the close editing of documents; and learn about the publishing market through research for targeted marketing campaigns and interactions with scholarly journals. Specific responsibilities will be set before the start of the internship based on applicant qualifications and the needs of the Press at the time. The student will assist in selecting which manuscripts should be rejected and which pursued further towards publication; assist in the selection of potential peer reviewers and shepherding the peer-review process; work with acquisitions editors to compile dockets that are submitted to the Press's editorial committee for consideration; and work with authors to ready manuscripts for the copy editing process. As such, the successful applicant will work hands-on with the major works of field-defining intellectuals; understand more fully the process of converting a dissertation into a book manuscript; and help these important manuscripts to reach a trade audience or find success as a text for the classroom. Students who are interested in social media and marketing are also encouraged to apply to assist with managing the Press’s social media accounts, ad design, and/or catalog copy. The Press publishes approximately 40 new books each year, primarily in theology, philosophy, and history, but candidates from any school of the university will be considered. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

This is an unpaid internship offered for course credit and, as such, applicants must also be able to enroll in ENG 493: Research Apprenticeship for the semester of the internship. To apply, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma for more information by Monday, September 6th.


Special Call for Creative Writing

Catholic University's literary magazine, Vermilion, is re-opening submissions for NON-POETRY pieces to be considered for publication in the Winter 2021 issue.

Current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit new pieces of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, drama, and visual art via the online form.

Submissions are re-opened for TWO WEEKS ONLY and will close by noon on 9/15. Authors and artists that submitted pieces during the first-call for submissions have the opportunity to send in new content for additional consideration.


Coming Soon: A New Event Series

Beginning in October, the English Department will be hosting a series of events focused on T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. Each of the four in-person events will feature English faculty members in conversation about the poem and facilitating a larger discussion. Look for announcements about the fall and spring dates in the next issue of The Annex, in The Nest, and on social media!


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.