Department News

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:

In June 2018, Dr. Gregory Baker organized a conference panel and presented work at the National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), held at University College Cork, Ireland. The title of his paper was “‘From Greek we shall get no harm...’ Classics and Celtic Revival.” Dr. Baker also gave a further paper entitled “Hellenism—European appendicitis" at the 26th International James Joyce Symposium. The Joyce conference took place at the Centre for Manuscript Genetics, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr Wright's article, "The Salting Down of Gertrude: Transgression and Preservation in Three Early German Carnival Plays," appeared in Early Theatre, Volume 20 (2017): 11-30

Dr. Gregory Baker's article, "'Attic Salt into an Undiluted Scots': Aristophanes and the Modernism of Douglas Young" in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes (Philip Walsh, ed. [Leiden, 2016]) received mention in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review's praise for the volume: "Baker’s chapter is almost cinematic, presenting ten pages of taut exposition before turning to Young’s work on Aristophanes. Baker’s narrative tributaries rapidly convene into a flood, forcefully illustrating that context is always crucial for reception. It is salutary for full-time Classicists, too, to conceive of reception not as texts in search of an audience, but as societies groping for the right artistic-historical work for their moment." The full review of the book can be read here:

Ph.D. candidate Bethany Besteman presented a paper, "Bridging Church and Stage: Theo-political consensus within the antitheatrical debates of the 16th Century,” at the College English Association - Middle-Atlantic Group's annual Conference in March.

Dr. Daniel Gibbons has had both a book and a scholarly article published in the last year. The book, titled Conflicts of Devotion: Liturgical Poetics in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (U of Notre Dame Press, 2017), examines the ways in which writers of liturgy and lyric poetry struggled to revise and restore a sense of spiritual community in reformation-era England. The article, titled "Inhuman Persuasion in The Tempest" (Studies in Philology  114.2 [Spring 2017]) is part of Dr. Gibbons' current book project on Shakespeare's struggle with Augustinian ideas.

Dr. Lilla Kopár co-authored a journal article published in fall 2017 (Martin Findell and Lilla Kopár, “Runes and Commemoration in Anglo-Saxon England.” Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts, Volume 6 (2017): 110-137)

The English department was well-represented at University Research Day on April 19, 2018. Iain Higgins (B.A. English ‘18) presented a poster entitled, "The Ulysses Trial." The poster detailing the legal battles which marked  the torrid reception and censorship of James Joyce's 1922 novel, Ulysses, forms part of Iain's work in this year's senior seminar with Dr. Baker on WB Yeats and James Joyce. Dr. Megan Murton presented a poster with Dr. Kevin White (Philosophy) entitled "Teaching Philosophy to Speak English and English to Speak Philosophically." The poster grew out of the Boethius Reading Group they have been running, in which for the past year they’ve been slowly reading through The Consolation of Philosophy, examining Boethius's Latin and Chaucer's Middle English translation side by side. They’ve been looking closely at Chaucer's translation strategies, and the poster focused specifically on his invention of new English words to convey concepts from the Latin. Dr. Lilla Kopár presented a paper, “Depicting the Dragon-Slayer: Visual Narratives in the Viking World.”

Ph.D. candidate Jessica Schnepp was selected by the English faculty as the recipient of the 2018 Capstone Teaching Award. The Capstone Award is for a Ph.D. student who is within one year of finishing the degree and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching throughout his or her career as a Ph.D. student at Catholic U.

Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bormann was selected by the English faculty as the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is for a Ph.D. student who has completed at least two semesters of teaching at the Ph.D. level and has, even at this early point in his or her career, established a strong record of teaching.

Iain Higgins (B.A. English ‘18) wrote an article for The Tower about W. B. Yeats' 1904 visit to the campus of Catholic University. Higgins’ research formed part of his first semester coursework in this year's senior seminar with Dr. Baker on Yeats and James Joyce. Link to the article:

Ph.D. student Justin Keena’s article "David Hume in To the Lighthouse" will appear in the upcoming October 2018 issue of Philosophy and Literature (42.2) and his article "Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Gregory of Nazianzus's De Vita Sua" was recently accepted by Notes and Queries.

Dr. Taryn Okuma and Lindsay Myers (M.A. ‘18) presented a workshop, “Helping Others Tell Their Stories: Application Materials in/and the Writing Center,” in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Capdevielle (University of Notre Dame) at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Hofstra University, October 2017.

Elena Perkins (B.A. English ‘18) presented her poster, “The Presence of Positive Feedback in the Catholic University of America Writing Center at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Hofstra University, October 2017.

Current M.A. student Wesley Rothman's debut collection of poems, SUBWOOFER (New Issues Poetry & Prose), selected by National Book Award recipient Mary Szybist, was published in fall 2017. Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Southern Humanities Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Recent book reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly and American Microreviews and Interviews. He is currently a Teaching Artist at the National Gallery of Art, and presented "Re-Membering: The Work and Legacy of Jake Adam York" at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Dr. Lilla Kopár delivered a public lecture on “Mysteries of the Runes: From the Vikings to Tolkien and Modern Gamers” as part of Catholic U.'s Women in Science public lecture series at Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society in Brookland, Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2018.

Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Professor Ryan Wilson’s essay, "The Polyvocal Poet: Tradition, Translation, and the True Original" appears as the Prose Feature in the Spring 2018 issue of Birmingham Poetry Review, which also includes his original poem, "Lemons." Wilson’s poem, "For a Dog," appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The Yale Review. The essay "Verses and Conversions" appears in the April 2018 issue of The New Criterion. The poem, "Face It," originally printed in the March 2017 issue of The New Criterion, will be re-printed in Best American Poetry 2018 (eds. Dana Gioia & David Lehman). Five original poems ("The Birth of Tragedy," "Velocities," "Heorot," "The Sharecroppers," and "The Problem") will appear in the upcoming issues of The Sewanee Review. The poem, "A Haunted House," appears in the forthcoming issue of The Dark Horse (Scotland). Three translations (Catullus iii, Rimbaud's "My Bohemia," and Baudelaire's "The Enemy") will appear in the upcoming issue of Able Muse, and Wilson’s translation of Horace's ode ii.3 will appear in the upcoming issue of Measure. His poem, "Disobedience," has been accepted for publication by Modern Age, and the poem, "Philoctetes, Long Afterward," will appear in the upcoming issue of The Hopkins Review

Dr. Lilla Kopár co-authored an article about the NEH-funded digital initiative Project Andvari published in August 2018 (Joseph Koivisto, Lilla Kopár, and Nancy L. Wicker, “Bridging the Gap: Managing a Digital Medieval Initiative Across Disciplines and Institutions.” In: Meeting the Medieval in the Digital World. Ed. by Matthew Evan Davis, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel & Ece Turnator. Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, 2018, 223-240.) Link: 

Ryan Wilson's (Ph.D. candidate) first book, The Stranger World, has received the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Award and will be published in the first half of 2017. The award also includes a $1,500 prize and a featured reading at the West Chester Poetry Conference, June 7-10.

Ernest Suarez was appointed the David M. O'Connell Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and named President of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Wesley Rothman's (M.A. student) collection of poems, SUBWOOFER, will be published by New Issues Poetry and Prose (Western Michigan University) at the end of summer 2017.

Anna Tomlinson (B.A. ‘16) won the 2016 Emily Dickinson International Society Research Essay Award for the best undergraduate research essay submitted to the society’s competition.

Mallory Nygard (B.A. ‘16) was selected as the first Catholic Journalism Fellow with the Cardinal Newman Society. She began her one-year fellowship in August 2016.

The Contemporary Catholic Writers Group, chaired and organized by Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate) hosted a poetry reading in November 2016 featuring five of the poets of St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, edited by Mary Ann B. Miller (Ph.D. ‘00).

Ernest Suarez has edited and written the introduction for I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone by Jim Dickinson, University of Mississippi Press, 2017.

In November 2016, Rachel Moore (B.A. ‘17) and Rebecca McCarron (B.A. History ‘17), fellows in the Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor Program, presented original research they developed in ENG 328: “Writing Center Theory & Practice” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Tacoma, WA. 

In Spring 2016 the first annual issue of Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal at The Catholic University of America was unveiled, featuring an essay by Laura Rothgeb (BA '15). The inaugural Student Editorial Board included two English majors: Mallory Nygard (B.A. ‘16, Editor-in-Chief) and Antoinette Cea (B.A. ‘17, Copyeditor), and founder Taryn Okuma serves as a Faculty Editor.  

Wesley Rothman (M.A. student) has poems published or forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Crazyhorse, and the Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press); as well as reviews in Publishers Weekly, Callaloo, and Harvard Review.  

Jed Stalker's (Ph.D. student) poem "Marital Bestiary: Turtles" will be published in the first issue of Presence Catholic poetry journal in March 2017. 

Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. candidate) has poems published or forthcoming in Measure, Modern Age, Five Points, The New Criterion, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and The Yale Review. His short article on the poetry of Song of Songs is forthcoming from Dappled Things, and his longer critical essay on T.S. Eliot, “Eliot’s Magic,” is forthcoming from The Hopkins Review. Additionally, Ryan has translations of Baudelaire’s “Au Lecteur” and Horace’s 2nd and 5th epodes forthcoming in Unsplendid, and a version of Horace’s ode ii.3 forthcoming in Measure; additionally a batch of ten translations--including works by Dante, Charles Baudelaire, Catullus, Giovanni Pascoli, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Paul Verlaine--is forthcoming from Dappled Things. 

Nancy Michael (Ph.D. candidate) was the recipient of a fellowship to a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Teaching Beowulf in the Old Norse-Icelandic Context" at the Medieval Institute in Kalamazoo, under the direction of Dr. Jana Schulman.

In Summer 2016, Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. candidate) took over as editor of Literary Matters, and transformed what had been a newsletter for the ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers) into an online literary journal. Issues from his first year as editor will include notable writers, such as MacArthur “Genius” Award-winners Brad Leithauser and A.E. Stallings, National Book Award-winner Jean Valentine, and many more, as well as translations of works never before rendered into English by contemporary international writers such as Sweden’s Håkan Sandell and Italy’s Eugenio Baroncelli.

Christopher Pipkin (PhD candidate) has been selected winner of the 2016 Fair Unknown Award for his essay, "Monster Relics: The Giant, the Archangel, and Mont-Saint-Michel in the Alliterative Morte Arthure." The award is given annually to the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, and is sponsored by the journal Arthuriana and the International Arthurian Society-North American Branch.

Kathleen Sullivan (PhD, 2016) has accepted a position on the English faculty at Oakcrest School (McLean, VA), beginning in Fall 2016.

Ryan Wilson (PhD candidate) has been awarded the 2015 Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction by Dappled Things for his essay "How To Think Like a Poet."

Brooks Lampe (PhD, 2014) has accepted a tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of English and Writing Lab Director at George Fox University (Newburg, OR), beginning in Fall 2016.

The first issue of Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal at The Catholic University of America was unveiled, featuring an essay by Laura Rothgeb (BA, 2015). The Student Editorial Board includes two English majors: Mallory Nygard(Editor-in-Chief) and Antoinette Cea (Copyeditor), and founder Taryn Okumaserves as a Faculty Editor. 

Christopher Wheatley has published Drama in English from the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century: An Anthology of Plays with Old Spelling (The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors Lucas Matheson (Philosophy/Art History), Samantha Aurilia (History/Media Studies), and Michaela Shea (English) presented their research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Salt Lake City, UT (November 2015).

Rebecca Rainof Mas has published The Victorian Novel of Adulthood: Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity (Ohio University Press, 2015).

Steve Wright received the 2015 Prize for Best Theatre History Article from Early Theatre for his article "The Twelfth-Century Story of Daniel for Performance by Hilarius: An Introduction, Translation, and Commentary", Early Theatre 17.1 (2014).  

Kevin Rulo received the Fathman Award for his paper "Satire and the 'human engine' of The Waste Land," which he presented at the 2015 T. S. Eliot Society Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Joanna Gardner (BA, 2013), social ministries communicator for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, is a recipient of a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 2015 Egan Journalism Fellowship and will travel with CRS to the Philippines for one week in October 2015 to report on the aftermath of the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Ashley Kniss (PhD candidate) has accepted a full-time permanent position as Lecturer in English at Stevenson University, beginning in Fall 2015.

Jessica Schnepp (PhD candidate) presented a paper entitled “The Catholic Grotesque: Thematic and Narrative Distortion in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust” at the International Flannery O’Connor Conference in Dublin, Ireland (July 2014).

Christopher Wheatley gave a paper entitled "Thornton Wilder and the Humanist Tradition” at the Thornton Wilder Society Conference in Newport, RI (June 11-14).

Nelly Lambert (PhD, 2013) has accepted a tenure track position with Bard High School Early College Baltimore, beginning in Fall 2015. 

Rebecca Vaccaro (PhD, 2015) has accepted a position on the English Faculty at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA, beginning in Fall 2015.

Brian Chappell (PhD, 2015) has accepted a position on the English Faculty at Georgetown Preparatory School, beginning in Fall 2015.

PhD candidates Angela Geostis, Christopher Pipkin, and Nancy Michael will present their panel "Confronting the Devouring Other" at the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) in October 2015.

Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors Samantha Aurelia, Lucas Matheson, Michaela Shea, and Katherine Werthwine will present their research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in Salt Lake City, UT in November 2015.

Emily Linz (MA, 2015) has accepted a teaching position with Great Hearts Academy in San Antonio, TX, beginning in Fall 2015.

Victoria Bonutti (MA, 2015) has accepted a teaching position with Seton School in Manassas, VA, beginning in Fall 2015. 

Sarah Wilson (PhD candidate) has accepted a position as a full-time Instructor in the new composition department at The University of Mississippi, beginning in Fall 2015.

Serena Sigillito (M.A., 2013) has been named a 2015 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. She is currently the Managing Editor of Public Discourse, an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute.

The English Department announced the winners of the 2015 Graduate Teaching Awards: Rebecca Vaccaro (PhD, 2015) received the Capstone Teaching Award and Ryan Wilson received the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

On February 14 Tobias Gregory took part in a symposium on "Literature and Theology in Early Modern England" at the University of Cambridge, UK.

On February 18 Tobias Gregory delivered the Marshall Grossman lecture at the University of Maryland, on "Milton's Anticlericalism."

Monica F. Jacobe (PhD, 2010) won the 2014 John Eugene and Barbara Hilton Cay Visiting Scholar Grant awarded by the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The grant, awarded in an annual competition, is the only one offered by SHC for a project examining the literary culture or traditions of the American South. It provides research travel funding and requires the recipient to make a presentation on the awarded scholarly project.

Writing Center undergraduate tutors and graduate students presented at the 2014 joint conference of the International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (Orlando, FL October 30-November 1, 2014). Undergraduate tutors Audra Nakas and Tyler Lomnitzer presented with Ph.D. student Erik Gravel  in a session entitled "Religious Mission in/and the Writing Center" (based on work originally developed for ENG 328) and Undergraduate tutor Alex Sniatkowski and doctoral candidate Brian Chappell presented in a session entitled "Thinking, Writing, and Tutoring Creatively: Applying Theory of Mind to Revision in the Writing Center."

Ryan Wilson's essay " 'Rich Refusals': Donald Justice and the New Critics" has been accepted for publication by the Sewanee Review. Ryan also has a number of other recent publications.

“An Orwellian Aubade” (re-print). Light , forthcoming.
“Pike County, 1980s, Evening.” The Raintown Review, forthcoming.
“Beatus Ille.” Measure, forthcoming.
“The View on Waking.” First Things 246 (October 2014): 50. Print.
“After the Sonogram.” Iron Horse Literary Review 16.2 (National Poetry Month 2014): 19. Print.
“Goths.” 32 Poems 11.2 (Fall/Winter 2013): 11. Print.
“Stopping by a Roadhouse in the Mountains.” Able Muse 15 (Summer 2013): 18-19. Print.
“Lucretius in Age, Among Flowers.” The Lyric 93.1 (Winter 2013): 19. Print.

Horace. “Ode i.25.” Measure (forthcoming). Print.
Baudelaire, Charles. “Exotic Perfume.” Able Muse 17 (Summer 2014): 156-157. Print.
De Vega, Lope. “Tomorrow.” Able Muse 17 (Summer 2014): 155. Print.

Book Reviews and Prose:
“The Quick, The Dead.” The “Marginalia” feature for 32 Poems (3.24.14). Web.
“Review of Matthew Buckley Smith’s Dirge for an Imaginary World.” The Journal37.3 (Summer 2013): 140-146. Print.

The English Department announced the winners of the 2014 Graduate Teaching Awards: Brian Chappell received the Capstone Teaching Award and Colleen Weir received the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Brooks Lampe (PhD, 2014) has accepted the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Writing Pedagogy at the University of Delaware. 

Doctoral Candidate Joseph Boyne has been named the Director of the Writing Center at Tulsa Community College-Southeast Campus.

Sean Lewis (PhD, 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland.

Celeste Barker Bright has been appointed to a salaried position as Managing Editor of the Newman Studies Journal at the National Institute for Newman Studies, located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Tobias Gregory has been awarded a Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year from the American Council of Learned Societies for his project Milton's Strenuous Liberty.

Doctoral candidate Brooks Lampe's article "'The gold snake / coiled in the sun': George Hitchcock and Kayak Magazine" has been accepted by the journalDada/Surrealism (forthcoming 2014). 

Undergraduate students Eva-Maria Ghelardi, Sullivan Maciag, and Alex Sniatkowski presented their research (originally developed for ENG 328) at the 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference (Salisbury University, MD, April 4-5, 2014).

Graduate student Benjamin Djain's proposal, “Haunted By Doubt: The English Reformation's Search for a New Theatrical Identity,” has been accepted for the 21st International Conference of Europeanists (Washington, D.C., March 14-16, 2014).

Graduate student Ed Wright's article, "Robert Penn Warren's Experiment in Identity: Tale of Time and Audubon: A Vision," has been accepted for publication in Mississippi Quarterly.

Rebecca Rainof Mas's book, Fictions of Maturity: Plot, Purgatory, and the Victorian Novel of Adulthood, has been accepted for publication by Ohio University Press.

Stephen Wright's book, The Erlau Playbook:  Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter, has been accepted for publication by Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (forthcoming 2013).

Doctoral candidate Katherine LeNotre's article "Flannery O'Connor's 'Parker's Back' and Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty and Tragedy" has been accepted by the journal Renascence for their special O'Connor issue.

Marcel Brown (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Humanities at St. Gregory's University.

Nelly Lambert (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Trinity Washington University.

Kevin Farrell (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Candice Hill (PhD, 2011) has accepted a position as Associate Profeessor at Anne Arundel Community College.

Monica Mische (PhD, 2011) has accepted a position as English Instructor at Montgomery College-Rockville.

Joan Romano Shifflett (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Instructor and Writing Specialist at The United State Naval Academy. 

Doctoral candidate Ryan Wilson has won the Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle for best essay by a junior scholar. His essay is titled, “‘This is the world’: Ritual and Redemption in Warren’s Promises” (April 2013). 

Undergraduate student Wesley Cocozello (BA, 2014) presented his paper (originally written for ENG 345) "Living in the Land: A Comparative Inquiry into Geographic Metaphor in Dante's Inferno and Walcott's Omeros" at the University of St. Francis's 22nd Annual Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature on March 23, 2013. 

Andrea Harbin (PhD, 2006) awarded the annual Excellence in Teaching Award (2013) at SUNY-Cortland (March 2013).

Tobias Gregory has been awarded a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library for summer 2013. 

Doctoral candidate Joseph Boyne's article, “‘The Modifying Colours’of Robert Penn Warren’s Dreams” has been accepted by Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures.

Doctoral candidate Veronica Phair will present her paper, "'Those Translators': The Influence of the Sidney Psalter on John Donne’s Religious Poetry" at the Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation conference in London on July 16, 2013.

Doctoral candidate Joan Romano Shifflett's article, "'Reckoning' with America's Past: Robert Penn Warren's Later Poetry" has been published in rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies (2012).

Doctoral candidate Eleanor Lambert's article, "Emily Dickinson's Joke about Death" has been accepted for publication by Studies in American Humor (Spring 2013). 

Kris Mecholsky (BA cum laude 2004) has successfully defended his PhD thesis at LSU. I, Kris published his first book, James M. Cain: Hard-boiled Mythmaker, co-authored with David Madden, which provides a broad critical survey of Cain's life and work. He has an article forthcoming in the collection Criminal Papers: Reading Crime in the French Nineteenth Century (2012), edited by Rosemary Peters, and an article on Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shutter Island contracted for the collection The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature (2013), edited by Judith Kerman and John Edgar Browning.

Graduate student Mary Schuhriemen's essay on Robert Penn Warren, "The Need to Re-evaluate: Identity in 'Or Else: Poem/Poems 1968-1974,'" has been accepted for publication by The Southern Literary Journal.

Graduate students Joseph Boyne and Noah Jampol tied as winners of the Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle for best paper by a junior scholar.

Doctoral candidate Joan Romano Shifflett named to the Board of the Robert Penn Warren Circle (April 2012). 
Doctoral candidate Eleanor Lambert has been awarded a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

Alumnus Laura Burhenn and her band The Mynabirds are touring for their new album, Generals. In conjunction with the release of the new album, Laura has launched a portrait project about women called The New Revolutionists.

Steve Wright's essay, "Wrangling Livestock, Dragons, and Children: Practical Stagecraft and Its Thematic Consequences in the Augsburg St. George Play (ca. 1486)", published in Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama, has been awarded the 2009 Martin Stevens Award by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society for the year's best essay in early drama studies.

CUA alumna Sarah Campbell (PhD, 2005) received a Fulbright research grant to Wales to extend for publication her doctoral thesis "The 'Strong Man' and Its Contexts: An Edition, Translation, and Study of a Medieval Welsh Morality Play."