Fall 2018

Kirsti Sandy, professor of English and dean of Arts, Education, and Culture, is an essayist whose collection, She Lived, and the Other Girls Died, was published this month by Bauhan Publishing. A coming-of-age memoir in six parts, the book was winner of the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.

Mark Long, whose interests include American literature, environmental writing, and the teaching of writing, is co-editor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The book, released in August by the Modern Language Association, features 27 essays and a comprehensive section on resources about the noted Transcendentalist writer.

Brinda Charry, who is a published novelist and short story writer in addition to a scholar of British literature, is author of The Arden Guide to Renaissance Drama. The book, from Bloomsbury Publishing, examines the historical and cultural context behind the theater of the Renaissance period, and offers a close look at a number of well-known plays.

Jeff Friedman is a poet and essayist whose courses have included Writing Funny and Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming. Plume Editions/MadHat Press published his seventh book, Floating Tales, a collection of fables, prose poems, and other prose pieces.

Kate Tirabassi, director of the college Writing Center, collaborated with two Education Department faculty members, Tanya Sturtz and Darrell Hucks, on a book, Fostering Positive Civic Engagement Among Milennials. The book focuses on reading, writing, research, and student experiences, with an aim to enhance the first-year college experience.

Emily Robins Sharpe, Associate Professor of English, has published the essay “The heart above the ruins”: Miriam Waddington’s Poetry, the Spanish Civil War, and Jewish Canadian Literature” in the fall 2018 issue of the journal Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes.

Spring 2016

Lindsey Centrella (2017) presented at the COPLAC Undergraduate Conference at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe served as her Faculty Mentor.

Senior English major Autumn Minery is collaborating with University of Maine student and first-ever recipient of the Davis Foundation $10,000 Projects for Peace grant winner Bryer Sousa to ghostwrite the memoir of Holocaust survivor Max Slabotzky. Read the story at West End News.

Mylynda Gill (2016) is completing her semester as an archival intern at the Dartmouth College library. She plans to attend graduate school in Fall 2016.

Kirsti Sandy, Professor and Chair of English, recently published three creative nonfiction essays. “Jill, Driving” appeared in the fall 2015 issue of Foliate Oak Magazine, “Nellie and Nadia” in the spring 2016 issue of Dirty Chai Magazine, and “Man on the Floor” in the spring 2016 issue ofNatural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature.

Caitlyn McCain is blogging for the Huffington Post. Her essays include “The Advantage of a Liberal Arts Living Space” and “In Support for Small Schools.”

Katelyn Franco’s nonfiction essay “I Will Pay You to Fire Me: My Life as a Custodian” appears in the February 2016 issue of Furious Gazelle.

Arline Votruba’s poem, “Of all the Seasons,” appears in the March 2016 issue of 30 North magazine. Votruba’s “Ask Arline” blog also appears regularly at The Equinox.

Hersch Rothmel (BA American Studies 2015) has published “Comparing and Contrasting the Intercollegiate Careers of Charlie Scott and the Fab Five or The Intersection of Space, Place, and Race within the White Imaginary” in the most recent edition of Metamorphosis, the COPLAC Undergraduate Research Journal. The essay examines the impact of the white imaginary on male Black athletes in two different historical and geo-political spaces.

Fall 2015

Mylynda Gill, from Troy, New Hampshire, a double major in Psychology and English, has been spending time during her senior year digitizing historical documents in the Mason library archives. Read more about Mylynda’s experience in “Keene State Senior Launches Her Career Working with Historical Documents” published in the October 2015 edition of Keene State College’s online magazine Newsline.

LoonLoreCover-264x300Professor Emeritus William Sullivan has published a book with illustrations by Leslie Tryon: Loon Lore in Poetry and Prose (Grove Street-Bauhan 2015). Before retiring to Westerly, Rhode Island, Sullivan taught English and American Studies, and was co-founder of the American Studies program. He is the co-author of Modern American Poetry 1865 – 1950, and Containing Multitudes, Poetry in the United States Since 1950; and has co-produced two documentary films: Here I am, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels and The Farmer is the Man. Sullivan’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Origami Poems, Providence Journal, Westerly SunWickford Art Association: Poetry and Art, and Babel Fruit. Leslie Tryon is the author and illustrator of the Albert series of books for children, including the ALA Notable book, Albert’s Alphabet. She also illustrated a series written by Alma Flor Ada, and created drawings for the Los Angeles Times as well as numerous children’s magazines.

Jeff Friedman and Dzvinia Orlowsky have been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship for their translations of poems by Polish poet Mieczslaw Jastrun. Their translation of Jastrun’s book Memorials was published by Dialogos Press in August 2014.

Spring 2015

English and history major Brian Watson’s paper, “Crossdressing, Crossculture: Conceptions and Perceptions of Crossdressing in Golden Age Madrid and Tudor-Stuart London,” was published in the fall 2012 issue of Metamorphosis, the Council on Public Liberal Arts College’s (COPLAC) online journal of undergraduate research. Brian’s research explores the issue of crossdressing as a common ground on which to explore Spanish and English cultures in three dimensions: on the stage, as a literary device, and as done by actual historical figures. Brian is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Intellectual and Cultural History at Drew University in NJ.

John T. “Jack” Hitchner will be reading from his new book of poems, Pieces of Life Between Latitudes (Encircle Publications), at 2 PM on Saturday April 18th at Toadstool Books in Keene. Jack is adjunct professor of English at Keene State College and the author of the poetry chapbooks Not Far From Here and Seasons and Shadows, the short story collection How Far Away, How Near, and the novel The Acolyte.


English majors presenting their work at the 2013 Academic Excellence Conference

Spring 2014

Jack Hitcher’s new novel, The Acolyte, has just been published (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014). Jack will read from his work at the Toadstool Bookstore in Keene on March 22, 2014 at 11:00.

Jeff Friedman’s sixth book, Pretenders, has just been published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.  The book combines poems and prose pieces.

In the spring of 2013 students in Graphic Design produced a journal, Mark My Words, featuring the fiction and nonfiction of English majors. Thirteen pieces from students studying writing with professors Kirsti Sandy, Kate Tirabassi and Brinda Charryappeared in the journal. The journal was a collaboration between assistant professor Melissa DiPalma in Graphic Design and professor Sandy. “What made the collaboration particularly exciting,” reports professor Sandy, “was that most of the writers and graphic designers had a chance to meet and discuss the work and the process. In one instance, a graphic design student used the writing student’s photographs as part of the finished piece. In other, an original watercolor painting by the graphic design student is used.” Interested in having a look? Follow the link to Mark My Words (Winter 2013)

Spring 2013

Dr. Jan Youga, professor of English, graduated this semester from Hartford Seminary, with an M.A. in Theology. Her thesis, “Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You: The Effectiveness of Teaching the Bible through Film,” was an exploration of students’ retention of biblical knowledge when their reading of the stories was supplemented by viewing a film version of the text. During her time at the seminary, Jan received the William Thompson Scholarship for Excellence in Biblical Research in 2008 and was invited to write a review of Psalms through the Centuries: Volume One by Susan Gillingham, which was published in Reviews in Religion and Theology in 2009. Jan teaches Bible as Literature, Bible in Film, and History of Spiritual Autobiography.

Dr. Anna Schur has published the book, Wages of Evil: Dostoevsky and Punishment (Northwestern University Press). Anna also has two forthcoming essays: “Punishment” will appear in the collection Dostoevsky in Context, eds. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova (Cambridge University Press) and “The Limits of Listening: Particularity and ‘Bookish Humaneness’” will be published in the Russian Review.  In addition, her review essay, “Flourishing or Perishing? Law and Literature Airbrushed” will appear in Law and Literature. Anna’s continuing scholarly work will be supported this summer with a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and a Whiting Foundation Grant.

2013 Academic Excellence Conference at Keene State College: The following student presentations are the result of individual and collaborative mentoring relationships with the English faculty:

Michael Sanborn, “How The Keene State College Gaming Guild Functions as a Social Network” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)

Samantha Lewis, “The Importance of a Good Character in Spandex” (Katherine Tirabassi)

Jessica Montenieri, , Danielle Ireland, and Samantha Turcotte, “The Relevance of Rhetoric” (Mentor: Kirsti Sandy)

Loren Madore, “An Ethnographic Look into the Lives of Keene Tattoo Artists” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)

Meredith Allen, Abbie L. Brown, Nicholas D. Jadaszewski, Jonathan D. Way, Christopher R. Wardlaw, Jay J. Sahasakmontri,  and Scott T. Cole, “Black Music / Blues Nation (Mentor: Michael Antonucci)

Julia Janson, “Creating a Magical Language” (Mentor: Anne-Marie Mallon)

Victoria K. Davis, Jessica Montenieri, and Dylan J. Freni, “Gender, Race and African American Writing” (Mentor: Michael Antonucci)

Hillary Bailey, “The Walking Girl: A Journey Through the History of Keene” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)

Brinda Charry has been appointed to the New Hampshire Humanities Council Board of Directors.

Zachary Paone (BA English 2012) published the essay “The Merits of the ‘Christianization’ of Early American Blacks” in the spring 2013 issue of Metamorphosis: A North American Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Jeff Friedman’s sixth book, Pretenders, will be published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in early 2014. The book contains poems and prose pieces. Friedman’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, Poetry International, New England Review and The New Republic. He has also recently completed a book of mini tales, fables, parables, comic sketches and other prose pieces.

Mark C. Long, professor and chair of English, has been elected President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).  Since 1992, ASLE has brought together teachers, writers, students, artists and environmentalists interested in the natural world and its meanings and representations in language and culture. ASLE is an interdisciplinary and international organization with over a thousand members and affiliated organizations in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Mark will serve as Vice President in 2013, President in 2014, and Immediate Past President in 2015. To learn more about ASLE, you can visit the organization’s web site at http://www.asle.org/.

Fall 2012

Associate professor Brinda Charry has been awarded a research fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The Folger awards this competitive grant each year to Renaissance studies scholars. Dr. Charry will spend three months in the Folger archives researching eunuch slaves in the Renaissance period and their representation in early modern English drama.

Associate professor Kirsti Sandy continues to publish her creative nonfiction. “Close Reading” appears in the July issue of Under the Gum Tree and “The Difference Between Comedy and Tragedy” is forthcoming in the fall issue of Prick of the Spindle: An Online Journal of the Literary Arts.

Spring 2012

Kirsti Sandy, associate professor of English, is on a tear. Her nonfiction essay “Containment Theory” is featured in the November 28 issue of Freshly Hatched, the online journal of Freerange Nonfiction, a New York City reading series and storytelling collective. The series is a New York Magazine “Critic’s Pick” and is praised by Electric Literature as “The best nonfiction reading series.” In addition, professor Sandy’s “Unnecessary Lessons” appeared in the online literary journal BioStories and “Voodoo Economics” appears in a recent issue of The Boiler Journal. Professor Sandy’s recent publications are a part of a book project called “My Life in Semesters: Life and Learning in the Last Days of the Twentieth Century,” a memoir about her experiences attending eight different schools between kindergarten and college.

Michael Antonucci, associate professor of English and American studies, has written an introduction to Frank J. Basloe’s I Grew Up With Basketball: Twenty Years of Barnstorming with Cage Greats of Yesterday. Staff Writer Mark Reynold’s  fuller description of  the publication, and professor Antonucci’s role getting the book back into print can be read at Keene State College’s Newsline.

Jeff Friedman, adjunct faculty in English, was awarded a grant from the Keene State Adjunct Professional Development fund to do three individualized cooking workshops with Chefs Caleb Barber and Deirdre Heekin in their kitchen at Pane & Salute. He is enrolling in these workshops to expand and enhance his ability to teach Cooking, Eating and Dreaming, a course in which students explore the rituals of cooking, eating and dreaming to trigger the creative imagination and to consider how these rituals relate to the act of writing.

Carol Bailey has published “Performance and the gendered Body in Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and Oonya Kempadoo’s Buxton Spice” in the most recent volume of Meridians (10.1).

Spring 2011

Taylor Quimby ( Individualized Major in Aesthetic Studies 2010) has had his seminar paper from professor Kate Tirabassi’s Spring 2010 course “Theories of Literacy” published in the undergraduate/graduate student rhetoric/composition journal Xchanges. His article was one of four selected for publication in the issue. The homepage for this issue (7.1) writes about Taylor, who is on the staff of New Hampshire Public Radio, as someone “interested in investigating readers’ relationships to comic form and content, especially in light of comics’ long-standing reputation, among critics, as a ‘sub-literate medium.’  Comics, Quimby argues, are essentially multimodal and thus require examiners of the form to be sensitive to the necessary “fluidity” of the medium and its multiple, simultaneous valences of ‘literacy.’” Taylor’s article, “Comic Books: An Evolving Multimodal Literacy,”  can be found online at Xchanges.

Michael Antonucci has published a review of Michael S. Harper’s Use Trouble inRaintaxi Review of Books and a review of Red Chicago: American Communism and its Roots 1928-35” in American Studies Journal. He has also published anInterview with Ed Pavlic in Harvard Review and an Interview with John Edgar Wideman in Valley Voices, and an “Afterword” to the book Perspectives on the Future of the Italian American Literature.

Brinda Charry has published “Turkish Futures-Prophecy and the Other” in Uses of the future In early modern England and “‘Beauteous Scarf’-Shakespeare and the ‘Veil Question’” in Shakespeare. And her co-edited collection (with Gitanjali Shahani) Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture-Mediation, Transmission, Traffic, 1500-1700 is now in print.

William Doreski’s essay “Wallace Stevens’ Odious Chords” has been published in the Wallace Stevens Journal

Mark C. Long’s recent publications include the book Teaching North American Environmental Literature (Co-edited with Laird Christensen and Fred Waage), the essay “Who We Are, Why We Care,” in the 10th Anniversary Issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching, Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, and “Centers and Peripheries,” his Editor’s Introduction to a special issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching, Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture devoted to the small college English department

Anna Schur has published “From Turgenev to Bitov: The Superfluous Men and Postmodern Selves” in Russian Literature, “The Poetics of ‘Pattern Penitence’: ‘Pet Prisoners’ and Plagiarized Selves” in Stones of Law-Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age and “Beyond Moral Evangelism: On the Rejection of Punishment in Late Tolstoy” in Tolstoy Studies

Kate Tirabassi’s recent writing includes “Teaching Writing for the Real World: Community and Workplace Writing,” (with Michelle Cox and Christina Ortmeier-Hooper) English Journal, “From Innocence to Experience to Organized Innocence: Graduate Student Administrators Negotiate Positions of Power,” with Cinthia Gannett and Amy Zenger, in Emerging Identities: Graduate Students in the Writing Center, “Playing with Revision” (with Michelle Cox), Embracing Writing: The First-Year Writing Program at Bridgewater State College, and”Journeying into the Archives: Pragmatics in Archival Research” in the book Working in the Archives

Fall 2010

Ali Lichtenstein, adjunct faculty in English and Women’s and Gender Studies, is spending the 2010-11 academic year as a Scholar in Residence at Beijing Normal University. She is working with Chinese colleagues and students on teaching second language writing, writing pedagogy in higher education in China, and women’s and gender issues.

What are the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in small college English departments? Mark C. Long explores this question in his recently published essay, “Centers and Peripheries,” in the spring 2010 issue of the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture. As the guest editor for the special issue, Mark brings together six essays that explore the small college English department to investigate the possibilities for teaching and learning in these institutional settings and to suggest how these local practices might inspire comparable intellectual work in other professional and intellectual contexts. In addition, the Reviews section of the special issue includes writing by Kate Tirabassi, assistant professor of English, and professor of English emerita, Robin Dizard.

Mark C. Long has received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant is designed to support the development of humanities courses organized around questions to which no discipline or field or profession can lay an exclusive claim-questions that predate the formation of the academic disciplines themselves. Mark’s proposed course, “What is Nature?” will trace the history of experiences and concepts of nature from the ancient world to the age of Darwin. Students will read a sequence of major texts from the Western tradition alongside supplemental treatises and excerpts from religious and scientific documents to understand the broad contours of thinking about the natural world in the Western cultures of Europe, the Eastern cultures of China and India, and the Arab-World and Africa.

Meriem Pages has received a major grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The grant will fund a professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers of social studies and English, “Teaching the Middle Ages.”

Jack Hitchner’s chapbook Not Far From Here has been published online by scars.tv publishing company. Not Far From Here is a collection of poems-mostly narrative-and flash fiction.

The January 2010 featured poet in the Showcase of poems by New Hampshire Poets is William Doreski. The feature is part of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts  collaborating with the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Walter Butts.

Mark C. Long appears in the new 10-minute video showcasing Keene State faculty, students, staff, and alumni, produced by Chris Conroy of Heartwood Media for the College’s Centennial.

Fall 2009

An article, including a conversation with Lavanya Sankaran on the occasion of the release of Brinda Charry’s collection of short stories, First Love, is available at the on-line site My Bangalore.

Anne-Marie Mallon has been named 2009 Distinguished Teacher by the Keene State College Alumni Association. Dr. Mallon began teaching in the English department at Keene State in 1985 and soon after became a founding member of the Women’s Studies Program. She guided the development of that curriculum and continues to mentor new faculty who join the Women’s Studies Council. She served on the council that helped to create the Keene State Honors Program, and in the spring of 2009 took a group of students to South Africa for an honors seminar. She served on the Integrative Studies Program Committee, and is director of the Travelli-Ayling Scholarship Program. She received a B.A. from Fordham University, a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarly interests include women writers, twentieth-century American literature, lesbian and gay literature, international narratives, and modern drama. She is completing research for a new publication on African women writers, with a special emphasis on lesbian writers.Dr. Mallon’s address to the class of 2013 is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ili0RGr0sCs.

Mark C. Long is the 2009 recipient of the Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship. This award recognizes contributions to research and scholarship at Keene State College. Dr. Long joined the faculty in 1998 after two years as a post-doctoral teaching associate at the University of Washington. He teaches American literature, with an emphasis in poetry and poetics; American studies, with a special interest in literature and the environment; and expository writing, with a focus on the teaching of first-year writers. He has also taught in Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and, for the past six years, has co-facilitated a faculty institute on the teaching of writing at Keene State College. Dr. Long’s scholarly work is concerned with 20th-century American poetry, environmental writing, and the teaching of reading and writing. He also writes about the profession of English studies, with a continuing interest in making visible faculty work in small college departments. Dr. Long’s most recent publications include an essay on bioregionalism in the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, a collection of essays, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, and a forthcoming special issue of the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture dedicated to teaching in the small college department. In addition to his scholarly writing, Dr. Long has delivered over one hundred presentations – from international and national conferences to book discussions at public libraries throughout New Hampshire. He serves as associate editor for the English studies journal, Pedagogy, and the coordinator of the Mentoring Program for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE-US). Professor Long’s address to the Spring 2009 Academic Excellence Conference is entitled the-trouble-with-scholarshipsp094

Fall 2007

An Interview with Brinda Charry appeared in the August 2007 online edition of Verve, India’s premier women’s international magazine.