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Sophia M Giudici (Masters Student) will publish her first collection of sonnets in an upcoming volume of Nexus: Conversations on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, "Catholic Imaginatons and The Furture of the Catholic Literary Tradition". Her work is an illustrated heroic sonnet crown entitled "Lord I Believe, Help My Unbelief: A Heroic Sonnet Crown for Today's Struggling Catholic" and the product of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage Graduate Summer Institute of 2022. 

Dr. Lilla Kopar
gave a sold-out public lecture at Profs & Pints DC on "Medieval Monsters" at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC. on October 18th, 2022. 

Dr. Lilla Kopar is presenting an invited talk on "Gods and Myths of the Viking World" for American Scandinavian Association at St. John's Episcopal Church Hall in Chevy Chase, MD, on November 28th, 2022

Dr. Lilla Kopar with Dr. Sarah B. Ferrario (Dept. of Greek & Latin), received an Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship from the School of Arts & Sciences in support of their new collaborative research initiative on Early Writing and Epigraphy, which brings together scholars working on ancient and early medieval writing systems and inscriptions.

Dr. Lilla Kopar presented three papers at international conferences this summer: a research paper on "The nature of biscriptal inscriptions" at the 9th International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions at Akademie Sankelmark in Germany, June 14-19, 2022; a report on "Project Andvari: Lessons learned from a digital project" at the Second Picutre Stone Symposium at Visby, Gotland, Sweden, August 22-26, 2022; and a research paper titled "Beyond a grammer of ornament: The language of visual narratives in stone" at the worked in Stone Conference: Early Medieval Sculpture in its Context at Durham University, UK, August 31st-Septemeber 4th, 2022.

Part of Hannah Bormann's dissertation is being published as a chapter ("Daughters of Eve': Eve's Complex Legacy in Early Modern English Conduct Guides and Polemical Pamphlets") in the forthcoming "Routledge Handbook on Eve (2023, ed. Caroline Blyth) 

Matthew Ryans's (Ph.D. Canidate) 
paper, "Urban Space and the Threshold of Freedom in Anna Brun's Milkman" won the award for best graduate student paper at the American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic and New England regional meeting.

Benjamin Rose poem "December" accepted for publication at Cathexis Northwest Press on 12/1. 

Benjamin Rose's (BA Enlgish '25) poem "The Mirror Betrayed" was published at Cathexis Northwest Press.

Four English department members presented papers at the annual meeting of the ALSCW at Yale University this October. Jane Pallares (ABD) presented a paper on the poetry of Denise Levertov and its relationship to contemporary poets and painters. Evan Hulick (PhD candidate) presented his paper titled “Ralph Ellison, Robert Penn Warren, and The Rhetoric of Prophecy: Critique as Foretelling." Rachel Daly (PhD candidate) gave a paper for a panel on "Ulysses at 100," chaired by Dr. Gregory Baker, in which she examined Joyce's aesthetic theory. Emily Grace (PhD candidate) explored the relationship between poetry and music in a paper on Donne's poem "Batter My Heart."

Ryan Wilson's
(Phd candidate) 
poems, 'Field Work' and 'Vacation,' were published in IMAGE. Also, he is the second youngest poet included in the new anthology, Christian Poetry in America Since 1940, edited by Micah Mattix and Sally Thomas. Others in the anthology include Dana Gioia, Marilyn Nelson, Tracy K. Smith, Christian Wiman, and Franz Wright.

Dr. Kevin Rulo was invited to lead the peer seminar on "The Waste Land at 100" at the International T.S. Eliot Society's Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 22-25.

Sarah Zentner
(PhD candidate) presented her paper, "What could be more heavenly? Hannah Coulter's Liturgical Imagination," at the Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts Conference, hosted in July by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame.

Ryan Wilson
(PhD candidate) was profiled in Christianity Today’s arts & culture magazine, Ekstasis. He was also interviewed by Thomas Mirus for the Catholic Culture Podcast

Ryan Wilson’s poem, ‘L’Estraneo,’ was analyzed, along with long poems by David Mason and Marilyn Nelson, in Brian Brodeur’s essay on the legacy of Expansive poetry in The Hopkins Review.

Dr. Megan Murton
presented a paper at the biannual New Chaucer Society conference, held in Durham, England in July. Her paper was part of a panel on Reconsidering Fortune and was entitled "Chaucer's 'Fortune': Deconstruction and Invention."

Rachel Daly
 (Ph.D. candidate) Presented paper, "Does Ripe Fruit Never Fall? Fixity, Flux, and the Legacy of Cleanth Brooks" at the Robert Penn Warren Circle Annual Meeting in April 2022.

The English Department was well represented on Research Day, April 7th, by the following presentations and posters:

Dr. Lilla Kopár
and Dr S. Beth Newman Ooi presented a talk on their collaborative DH research project with the title "Capturing early medieval art in the digital humanities: Strategies of designing an iconographic thesaurus."

Nicole Cicippio (B.A. English '23) presented a poster based on her ENG 328 research project: "What Makes a Successful Social Media Campaign for a University Organization?"

Bridget Guinee (B.A. English '23) presented a talk drawing from her ENG 328 research project: "It’s Important to Write, Right? A Study of the Relationship between Marketing Students and Professors on the Importance of Practicing and Improving Writing Skills."

Caroline Morris (B.A. English '22) presented a poster based on her Senior Seminar essay: "Women as the Occasions for Salvation in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."
Elwood: The Story of a Catholic World War II Hero, by Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE (lecturer), has been chosen as one of the finalists for an "Excellence in Publishing" award given by the Association of Catholic Publishers.

Sarah Zentner's (Ph.D. student)
narrative essay, "Still Becoming", will be published in Bella Grace, Issue 32 (Summer 2022).

Dr. Kevin Rulo
presented "Cold Satire: Ezra Pound and G.S. Street" and "Invisible Man: Crisis, Satire, Form" at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Baltimore, March 10-13, 2022.

Dr Lilla Kopár
gave a Medieval Society public lecture on campus on "The road to Ragnarök: A brief history of the Norse gods" on March 16, 2022.

Kristen Lord's
(PH.D. Student) flash peice "Cicuta"  appeared in the March issue of Writers Resist literary collective.

Two undergraduate English majors presented papers at the 4th Annual Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas, February 5, 2022. Renee Rasmussen (B.A. English '23) presented “Mary as Queen Mother in Scripture and Art” and Javier Mazariegos (B.A. English & Philosophy '23) presented “God’s Grandeur through Man’s Smudge: Hopkin’s Portrait of Salvation History.”

Dr. Gregory Baker
published a monograph, Classics and Celtic Literary Modernism: Yeats, Joyce, MacDiarmid and Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Victoria Scrimer
(lecturer) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, "Beyond Resistance: Performing Postdramatic Protest" at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Gregory Baker was invited to become a Research Affiliate for Aarhus University's Classical Influences and Irish Culture (CLIC) research project. Funded by the European Research Council, the project investigates the sustained diachronic relevance of classical material from ancient Greece and Rome to the formation of socio-political Irish identities from the medieval period to the present day. The project runs from October 2019 to September 2024 and is hosted at the Centre for Irish Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE was interviewed by Gus Loyd on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM radio about her recent book Elwood: The Story of a Catholic World War II Hero. The discussion focused on the markers of character formation in Elwood's young life.

Dr. Ernest Suarez was featured in several interviews and podcasts regarding his and Mike Mattison's book titled Poetic Song Verse: Blues-Based Popular Music and Poetry. Links to the aforementioned interviews and podcasts can be found here .

Dr. Taryn Okuma presented "Integrating Student-Run Journals and Experiential Learning Classes” in the Language and Literature Program Innovation Room at the MLA Conference in January 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Kristin Lord's (PH.D. Student) short story "Violet Winter" will appear on the Purple Wall Stories website on Feb. 1st, 2022.