Department News

Dr. S. Beth Newman Ooi's (PhD alumna, Lecturer) article, "Crossed Lines: Reading a Riddle between Exeter Book Riddle 60 and 'The Husband’s Message,'" was published in Philological Quarterly (vol. 100.1 pp. 1-22).

Emily Grace's (PhD Candidtate)
interview with Stephen Cushman, “Give Me Both Burdens”: An Interview with Stephen Cushman About the Place of the “Poet-Scholar,” was published in the Fall 2021 issue of Literary Matters.
Emily McBryan
(PhD Candidate) presented a paper on “The Art of Narrative: A Therapeutic for Saving the Self” as part of panel on Art and Storytelling at the University of Notre Dame and de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall Conference: “‘I Have Called You By Name’: Human Dignity in a Secular World” in November 2021.

Dr. Taryn Okuma
received the inaugural John Convey Award for Excellence in Service from the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Ernest Suarez
was named by the School of Arts & Sciences as the inaugural recipient of the Griffith-Rousseau Award for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE's (Lecturer) book, Elwood: The Story of a Catholic World War II Hero, was published by OSV Press on November 5th. Captain Elwood Euart, US Army died while saving six other men as their ship, the President Coolidge, was sinking in the South Pacific. Sister is a writing instructor in the First-Year Experience. OSV Press webinar link:

Dr. Kevin Rulo published "Eliot and Skin" in a Special Forum on Eliot and the Biological in Volume 3 of the T.S. Eliot Studies Annual (Clemson University Press), 93-112.
Dr. Kevin Rulo
presented "Transient Dwelling Spaces in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot" at the International T.S. Eliot Society's Annual Meeting (over Zoom), September 24-25.

On October 12, 2021, Dr Lilla Kopár will be presenting a fun, illustrated talk on "Medieval Monsters" as part of the popular Profs & Pints DC public lecture series at Church Hall in Georgetown. Dr Kopár regularly teaches courses on monsters for graduate and undergraduate students.

Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate)
joined Paraclete Press as an editor for Paraclete's poetry imprint, Iron Pen.

Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. candidate)
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.

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

Dr. Kevin Rulo's
book Satiric Modernism is now available from Clemson University Press.

Fletcher Bonin's (MA/PhD candidate)
second novel, Glass Bottle Season, has been accepted for publication through Bound to Brew Press. The narrative takes place over the course of one summer in Newport, Rhode Island, where Raymond Domingo's new job as a shelf-stocker/delivery driver at a ritzy wine shop soon thrusts him into the company - and the ire - of New England's oldest and wealthiest families, who are hesitant to welcome outsiders like himself. The novel is based in part on Fletcher's own experiences.

Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate)
published "Sacraments and Social Justice: An Interview with Poet, Scholar, and Editor Philip C. Kolin" in the 2021 issue of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry.

Javier Mazariegos (English and Philosophy '23)
delivered a paper on the Canterbury Tales at the undergraduate conference for the Association for Core Texts and Courses on April 2021. His paper was inspired by his experience in Dr. Megan Murton's course, ENG 351.

Dr Lilla Kopár’s
article, “The Rise and Fall of Anglo-Saxon Runic Stone Monuments: Runic Inscriptions and the Development of Sculpture in Early Medieval England, “ was published in Reading Runes. Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Nyköping, Sweden, 2–6 September 2014. Ed. by Mindy MacLeod, Marco Bianchi, and Henrik Williams. Uppsala: Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet. Runrön 24. 2021, 143–156. (DOI: 10.33063/diva-438873)

Mallory Nygard (B.A. English ‘16)
published her first collection of poetry, entitled "Pelican". Written partly in response to the clerical sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, the poems in the explore faith, membership, sin, expectation, and freedom. The book is available through Amazon, IndieBound, and her website

Jessica Schnepp (PhD candidate) published her article, "The Catholic Grotesque: Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia and Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood" in Vol. 100, Issue 5 of English Studies. The article is part of a special issue on O'Connor, titled "Walking Hand in Hand: Flannery O'Connor's Artistic and Spiritual Companions" and available here:

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).

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.

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

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

Dr. Taryn Okuma
has 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

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.

Fletcher Bonin's (MA/PhD candidate)
novel Vulture has been accepted for publication through Rebel Satori Press, and is expected to be published in early 2022. Vulture is a work of dystopian fiction inspired by his undergraduate thesis (Salve Regina University '16), which explored vital moments of optimism in George Orwell's 1984, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Dr. Amanda Auerbach's article "Affective Transmission and the Invention of Characters in the Victorian Bildungsroman" was published by Victorian Literature and Culture Vol 48 Issue 4, November 19 2020.
Dr. Amanda Auerbach's
article "Getting Lost: Proprioception and Thinking in the Gothic Novel" was published in European Romantic Review (vol. 31.2 pp. 157-176).

Dr. Amanda Auerbach's poetry book What Need Have We For Such as We reviewed in Kenyon Review by Hannah VanderHart

Fletcher Bonin's (M.A./Ph.D. candidate)
article, "The Harpooner's Dichotomous Nature in Melville's Moby Dick, or, The Whale," was published in Literary Imagination

Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate)
accepted a staff assistant position in the Office of the Chairman at the National Endowment for the Humanities (February 2020).

Evan Hulick
(Ph.D. student) received the Christopher Bell Prize for Graduate Student Paper for his essay titled “Perfecting Our Eloquence in the Twenty-First Century Writing Classroom – Responding to the Technological Revolution Education Gap," which he presented at the College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group Conference (CEA-MAG) held at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.

Dr. Daniel Gibbons
, associate professor of English, was elected to the board of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, as the director from the Eastern Region, beginning January 2020.

Dr. Gregory Baker
, assistant professor of English, published the article, “‘Straight Talk, Straight as the Greek!’: Ireland’s Oedipus and the Modernism of W. B. Yeats,” in The Classics in Modernist Translation, edited by Miranda Hickman and Lynn Kozak (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) pp. 169-80. Link to article:

Marie Erickson (English Secondary Education  '20)
was invited to present a poster "Introducing English Language Learners to English Academic Discourse: Strategies in the Genre-Based Approach to Teaching Writing" at the joint 2019 International Writing Center Association conference and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in October.

Dr. Taryn Okuma published the article "'Much to Repent and Repair': Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour and Modern War Literature in Christianity & Literature, 68.4 (2019): 559-579.

Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. Candidate) is participating in the Georgia Poetry Circuit this academic year. His poem, “The Wait,” was nominated for an Orison Prize and his sonnet, “Re-Entry,” was published in the The American Journal of Poetry. Additionally, Ryan organized the first ever Literary Matters reading at the ALSCW conference at the College of the Holy Cross in October and gave a reading at The Catholic Imagination Conference at the University of Loyola-Chicago in September. Link to Literary Matters 12.1:

Joseph Rose (English '20)
was invited to present a workshop on Creative Writing in Writing Centers at the joint 2019 International Writing Center Association conference and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in October.

We're delighted to announce Dr. Stephen K. Wright is the winner the 2019 Early Theatre prize for best research essay for years 2017-2018. It's the second time he has won a prize with this journal, and we were sorry that he didn't live to enjoy it. The essay and other information can be found below:
‘The Salting Down of Gertrude: Transgression and Preservation in Three Early German Carnival Plays’, Early Theatre 20.2 (2017), 11–30

Jessica Schnepp (PhD candidate)
published her article, "The Catholic Grotesque: Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia and Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood" in Vol. 100, Issue 5 of English Studies. The article is part of a special issue on O'Connor, titled "Walking Hand in Hand: Flannery O'Connor's Artistic and Spiritual Companions" and available here:

Robert Sherron (Ph.D Candidate), in September 2019, presented his paper "Concerning Religious Readings of Non-Religious Texts" at Loyola University Chicago during the Catholic Imagination Conference, and, in October 2019, presented his papers "Walker Percy’s Arthurian Doubles: Reading and Misreading in Lancelot" and "Dante and Poetic Traditions in Her Infernal Descent" at the College of the Holy Cross during the annual conference of the ALSCW.

Dr. Joseph Sendry, Professor Emeritus, has an essay entitled "Richard Murphy's Poetry of Aftermath" in Making Integral, a collection of critical essays on the Irish poet published in July by Cork University Press.

Grace Russo (M.A. Student) presented the paper "Brother To Dragons: in 1953 to 1979" at the Style Matters Seminar for the ALSCW annual conference at Holy Cross in Worchester, MA.

Dr. Gregory Baker's article, “Classical Reception in English Literature, after 1880: A Bibliography” was published this summer in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Volume 5: After 1880. Kenneth Haynes, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2019) 609-74. A link to the book can be found here:

Dr. Taryn Okuma contributed an essay entitled "Teaching Writing in Literature Lecture Courses" to The College Lecture Today: An Interdisciplinary Defense for the Contemporary University (ed. Lee Trepanier, Lexington Books 2019).

The following Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors had their presentations accepted for the prestigious joint conference of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and the International Writing Center Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio on October 16-19, 2019: Joseph Rose (English '20), Marissa Liotta (Music '20), Marie Erickson (English '20).

Mallory Nygard (English '16) graduated in May 2019 with a Masters of Library Science degree from Indiana University and was hired to work as the Director of Library and Information Services at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Knoxville, TN

Catherine Olohan (English '19) 
has been accepted into the prestigious ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) Teaching Fellows program, in which she will pursue a M.Ed. degree while gaining teaching experience at a Catholic school.

Dr. Lilla Kopár
was invited to present two guest lectures at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, MS, in March 2019, on “The Material Middle Ages: Commemoration through Inscribed Objects” and on "Anglo-Saxon Sculpture: An Introduction."

Bethany Besteman (Ph.D candidate) published an article: "Bondage of the Will: The Limitations of Political Theology in Measure for Measure" in special issue of Religions "Religions in Shakespeare's Writings"

Dr. Tobias Gregory's article "Milton and Ariosto" appears in the collection Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, eds. Jane E. Everson, Andrew Hiscock, and Stefano Jossa (OUP, January 2019).  Link to the article here.

Rachel de Rosset (English '19) participated in a Special Interest Group Presentation: Undergraduate Tutors and Gender: Research and Training at the 2018 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Conference.

Ray Wolfe,
 an English minor (Politics '20),  had an essay on Kyung-sook Lin's novel I'll Be Right There awarded second place in the George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies 2018 Korean Literature Essay Contest.

 Justin Keena
's (Ph.D. candidate) article, "Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Gregory of Nazianzus' De Vita Sua," was published in Notes and Queries (vol. 65.3 pp. 390-396).

Bethany Besteman (Ph.D. candidate) presented "Tutoring Out from Community into Community" at the 2018 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Conference in Atlanta. 

Dr. Taryn Okuma wrote about the collaboration between the University Writing Center and Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal of The Catholic University of America for Another Word (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Link to the article: