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The DoER

The Department of English & Rhetoric Newsletter

8.1 December 2015

Callender, Craig, Bryan Marshall, Peter Cardon, and Nipul Patel. "Obstacles to the Adoption of Cloud Computing: Best Practices in Technology and Communication." Issues in Information Systems 16.2 (2015): 133-39. Web.

Dillard, Scott. "Let Me Queer This Union for You." Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking. Ed. Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim. New York: Peter Lang, 2015. 67-71. Print.

Friman, Alice. "At the Gates." [Poem] New Letters 81.3-4 (2015): 26-27. Print.

---. "The Boy in the Black Leather Jacket." [Reprinted poem] Teaching as  a Human Experience: An Anthology of Contemporary Poems. Ed. Karen J. Head and Patrick Blessinger. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. 61-62. Print.

---. "Carried Away" and "S-I-T-Y." [Poems] The Gettysburg Review 28 (2015): 276-78. Print.

---. "Ceremony," "Having no #23 chromosome," and "Inside the I-beams and Joists." [Poems] I-70 Review 9 (Summer/Fall 2015): 43-45. Print. 

---. "Crystal" and ten other reprinted poems. Selected by Wendy Barker, who provides an introduction, "On the Poetry of Alice Friman." Persimmon TreeFall 2015.

---. "Dark Sky." [Poem] Alaska Quarterly Review 32.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2015): 260-01. Print.

---. Foreword. One Blackbird at a Time, by Wendy Barker. Kansas City, MO: BkMk, 2015. 13. Print. 

---. "Hanging by a Thread." [Poem] Hysteria [UK] 4 (2014): 40.  

---. "The Interview." [Poem] The Southern Review 51 (2015): 266-67. Print.

---. "Of Mischief and the Moon." [Poem] The Georgia Review 69 (2015): 256-57. Print.

---. "Otma Rood." [Reprinted poem] Twenty Years of Shenandoah Poetry. Shenandoah 65.1 (2015).

---. "The Poet on the Poem." Interview by Diane Lockward about Friman's poem "Coming Down." Blogalicious: Notes on Poetry, Poets, and Books. Web. 19 May 2015.

---. Radio interview. Conducted by Angela Elam. New Letters on the Air. Apr. 2015. 

---. "Red Camellia." [Reprinted poem] Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems. Ed. Carey Scott Wilkerson and Melissa Dickson. Mobile, AL: Negative Capability, 2015. 58. Print.

---.  "A Retrospective Essay on Her Work." [Essay with reprinted poems] Shining
Rock Poetry Anthology and Book Review 1.1 (2015). Web.

---. "What Is This Thing Called 'Voice'?" [Essay] Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry 6 Mar. 2015. Web.

---. "You Ask How One Begins." [Poem] The Cape Rock 42.2 (2014-15): 57. Print.

Gentry, Marshall Bruce. "Biographical Comments for Unveiling of Flannery O'Connor Stamp." Blog posting for Andalusia website. 14 June 2015. 

---. Rev. of A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor. Ed. W. A. Sessions. South Atlantic Review 79.3-4 (2015): 199-201. Web.

Gordon, Sarah. "Seeing and Believing." [Essay] The Light by Which We See: An Exhibition of Paintings Reflecting on the Works of Flannery O'Connor. Milledgeville: Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation, 2015. N.p. Print.  

Gratch, Ariel. "Teaching Identity Performance through Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried." Communication Teacher 29.2 (2015): 71-75. Print.

Gratch, Ariel, and Nathan Crick. "The Storyteller, Novelist, and Charlatan: Forms of Performance in the Age of Digital Reproduction." Text and Performance Quarterly 35.4 (2015): 305-322. Print.

Gratch, Ariel, John LeBret, Lyndsay Michalik Gratch, Bonny McDonald, and Eddie Gamboa. "Scotch and Soda." Text and Performance Quarterly 35.4 (2015): 374-403. Print.

Hogelin, Abby. [MFA graduate] "Claudette's Kitchen." [Story] Wraparound SouthSummer 2015. claudettes-kitchen

Lenz, Sarah K. [MFA graduate] "Killing Chickens." [Creative nonfiction] New Letters 81.3-4 (2015): 42-53. Print.

Stefani, Debora. "Fighting against Postcolonial Optimism: In Search of Subaltern and Diasporic Agency in Vietnamese American Fiction." Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, "Race." 2: Diaspora, Memory and Intimacy. Ed. Sarah Barbour, David Howard, Thomas Lacroix, and Judith Misrahi-Barak. Montpellier, France: PU de la Méditerranée, 2015. 51-62. Print.

Yaghoobi, Claudia. Rev. of Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran: Microentrprise and Informal Sectors, by Roksana Bahramitash. Review of Middle East Studies 49.1 (2015): 70-72. Print.

Blazer, Alex. "First as Tragedy, Then as Aporia: The Continuum from Dialectical to Deconstructive Criticism." Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. Sonesta Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. 5 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Logos Cowboys: Postmodern Football and Post-Postmodern War in Don DeLillo's End Zone and Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures. Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA. 26 Mar. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Pussies, Snowflakes, and Bret Easton Ellis: A Case Study of Authorial Persona in Social Media." Georgia College & State University. Milledgeville, GA. 27 Apr. 2015.

Bowlin, Catherine. "'In Case His Vision Should Ever Become Dim': Annie Lee Jackson's Wise Blood." Flannery O'Connor and Other Southern Women Writers. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. 18 Sept. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "'The Weight of Centuries Lies on Children': A Study of Young Harry Ashfield." Memory: An Interdisciplinary Discussion. Georgia College Student Research Conference. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. 10 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Callender, Craig. "Perception and the High German Tenues Shift." International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Naples, Italy. 27 July 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Gradual Change, Perception, and the High German Tenues Shift." Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference. Provo, UT. 9 May 2015. Conference Presentation.

Dillard, Scott. "Voice and the Oral Interpretation of the Bible." National Communication Association Convention. Las Vegas. 20 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Friman, Alice. Reading. Southern Humanities Council conference. Athens, GA. 31 Jan. 2015.

---. Reading. Lunar Walk Poetry Series. Brooklyn, NY. 8 Mar. 2015.

---. Reading. At the Inkwell. KGB Bar. New York. 11 Mar. 2015.

---. Reading and class visit. U of Indianapolis. 1 Apr. 2015.

---. Reading. Purdue U. West Lafayette, IN. 2 Apr. 2015.

---. Chair and reading. LSU Press Poets Reading. AWP. Minneapolis. 10 Apr. 2015.

---. Substitute panelist. Persimmon Tree Reading. AWP. Minneapolis. 11 Apr. 2015.

---. Reading. Women Write Resistance Reading. AWP offsite. Minneapolis. 11 Apr. 2015.

---. Reading. Decatur Public Library. Decatur, GA. 28 Apr. 2015.

---. Workshops and reading. Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. Homer, AK. 12-16 June 2015.

---. Reading and workshop. Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference. Columbus, GA. 25-26 Sept. 2015.

---. Class visit and reading. Piedmont College. Demorest, GA. 15 Oct. 2015.

---. Workshop and two panels. Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge. 30-31 Oct.

---. Reading. Georgia Writers Museum. Eatonton, GA. 8 Nov. 2015.

Gentry, Marshall Bruce. "The Substitute Child in 'A View of the Woods.'" American Literature Association Conference. Boston. 22 May 2015.

---. Talk for First Day of Issue ceremony for commemorative (three-ounce) stamp honoring Flannery O'Connor. United States Postal Service. McLean, VA. 5 June 2015.

---. "Flannery O'Connor as Cartoonist." South Atlantic MLA. Durham, NC. 14 Nov. 2015. Also served as organizing chair for the Flannery O'Connor session and as a CV reviewer.

Gratch, Ariel. "Infotainment, Video Games and Digital Storytelling: The Changing Face of Communication in the Digital Landscape." Georgia College Family Day, Milledgeville. 24 Oct. 2015. Guest Lecture.

---. "Making the Most of a Degree in Theatre and Performance Studies." Department of Theatre and Performance Studies Senior Seminar, Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw, GA. 4 Mar. 2015. Guest Lecture.

---, dir. Milledgeville: Questionably Quaint, Loosely Liberal. By Ariel Gratch, Mary Helen Higgs, Shakia Hollis, Evan Ivey, Tyler Kelly, William Morris, Bonnie Queen, and Katherine Ward. Marigny Opera House, New Orleans. 6 Feb. 2015. Performance.

---. "Nuclear History as Tragedy and Farce, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Craft a Bomb." Southern States Communication Association. Tampa. 9 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Pedagogy and/as Performance Ethnography." Southern States Communication Association. Tampa. 8 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Gratch, Ariel, and Lyndsay Michalik Gratch. "Burning Down the Houses: A Pentadic Analysis of the Heidelberg Project Fires." Southern States Communication Association. Tampa. 10 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Dear John: A Tribute to Dr. John LeBret." National Communication Association. Las Vegas. 19 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik and Ariel Gratch. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Sweded)." National Communication Association, Las Vegas. 22 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Sirmans, John. "Conjuring Tradition: West African Folklore in Their Eyes Were Watching God." Flannery O'Connor and Other Southern Women Writers. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. 19 Sept. 2015. Conference Presentation.

Yaghoobi, Claudia. "Heterotopic Spaces in Ebrahim Golestan's 'Esmat's Journey'." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle. 28 Mar. 2015. Conference Presentation.

---. "Masculinity in Persian Poetry, Painting, and Film." Literature Program Faculty Talks. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. 21 Oct. 2015. Talk.

---. "Permutations of Desire in Modern Persian Literature." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle. 28 Mar. 2015. Conference Panel Chaired.

David Darnell [BA English graduate] teaches 9th grade English coaches baseball at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek.


Alice Friman (with Martha Vertreace and Anne-Marie Cusac) served as a member of the judging panel for the Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 2015.


Alice Friman's poetry collection, Vinculum, was reviewed by Rebecca Foust for Women's Voices for Change on 31 May 2015 ("Poetry Sunday: 'Vinculum,' by Alice Friman,"


Alice Friman's poetry collection, The View from Saturn was reviewed by Elizabeth Kim in American Book Review 36.2 (Jan./Feb. 2015): 29-30 ("Insatioable Want").


Abby Hogelin [MFA graduate] has an adjunct position in English at Samford University.


Marshall Bruce Gentry served as a panel member to evaluate grant proposals for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes and Seminars. National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC on 20 Apr. 2015.


Natialie M. (Khoury) Ridgewell [BA English graduate] is an instructor, as well as a student in the PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Florida.


Shannon Skelton [MFA student] received the Sarah Gordon Award 2015 for the best article by a graduate student. Her article is scheduled to appear in the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Review.


Claudia Yaghoobi received a Faculty Research Grant from Georgia College and State University for Fall 2015.

Bruce Gentry wants to thank the past and present GC faculty and students who helped with the recent O'Connor conference, "Flannery O'Connor and Other Southern Women Writers." 17-19 Sept. 2015. Craig R. Amason, Catherine Bowlin, Jan Clark, Alice Friman, Sarah Gordon, Jude Marr, Laura Martin, Laura Newbern, Jim Owens, Jane A. Rose, Steven Savage, John Sirmans, Shannon Skelton, Iona Sun, Elaine Whitaker, Daniel Wilkinson, and Sandra Worsham gave conference presentations. Isabel Acevedo, Beauty Bragg, Alice Friman, Jude Marr, Laura Martin, Mike McClelland, Tara Mettler, Laura Newbern, Katie Simon, John Sirmans, and Jennifer Watkins chaired sessions and introduced speakers. Alex Blazer supervised and regularly updated the conference website. Sarah Lenz provided the O'Connor and fashion exhibit at Andalusia. Martin Lammon agreed to have the MFA Program co-sponsor the conference, and Mary Magoulick agreed to have the Women's Studies Program co-sponsor the conference. Melinda Martin, of course, helped with all sorts of everything. Elaine Whitaker oversaw the reception on the first evening of the conference. Isabel Acevedo, Noah Devros, Georgia Knapp, Ryan McLaughlin, and Jennifer Watkins provided transportation services for conference visitors. Mike McClelland served as our liaison with the Bookstore. And more of you offered your help, attended sessions, provided lodging to visitors, helped get Andalusia ready for the weekend, made meeting space available, and gave me much-needed advice. Finally, I want to thank my co-workers in the Flannery O'Connor Review office for their persistence, for their imagination, and for their patience with me: Mike McClelland, Jennifer Watkins, and esp. my conference co-organizer, Laura Martin. We estimate that approx. 400 people attended some of the conference, including 9 participants from our 2007 NEH Summer Institute and 15 Summer Scholars from our 2014 NEH Summer Institute.