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Oct 2000

Volume 19

Number 2

In This Issue

From The Chair

In Print

Panels &

Awards &


From the Editor

Luke Whisnant

Eric Rondeau

Written by
Eric Rondeau
Luke Whisnant

Gabrielle Brant
Reid Anderson
Jenn Karasow
Eric Rondeau

... The Common Reader

From the Chair

I'm pleased to announce that the department once more has its full complement of administrative support staff. Timothy Gaddie has taken the administrative position in the Tutorial Center for our First-Year Writing Program. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Tim will also eventually be assisting journal editors with maintaining subscription lists, will assist with maintaining the computer labs, and may also do some work on the department's website.

Farmer Pizarro Gaddie
Gaddie, Pizarro, Farmer   >

Joining us as secretary for the graduate program is Maura Pizarro. Maura received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, where she also completed course work in the graduate program in English. Filling the position of receptionist and secretary for the undergraduate program is Whitney Farmer. Whitney graduated this past spring from ECU, with a major in History.

Having survived the opening weeks of the semester while trying to do the work of five people, continuing staff members Angel Savage and Gwen Williams are probably happiest of all to welcome these newest members of the department. 

--Bruce Southard


In Print

Click on the links (in Halloween orange this issue) for more information on the items below; use your browser's "back" button to return to TCR.

<  P. Bizzaro

Patrick Bizzaro's new book of poems, Fear of the Coming Drought, has just been published by Mount Olive College Press. The book features a cover design by Collett Dilworth. Pat's poem "End of the Century, End of the World" appears in the new issue of the Southern Humanities Review.

C.W. Sullivan III is co-editor, with Polly Stewart (Salisbury State University), Steve Siporin (Utah State University), and Suzi Jones (Anchorage Museum of History and Art), of the new essay collection Worldviews and the American West: The Life of the Place Itself (Utah State University Press). The volume was published in honor of Professor J. Barre Toelken, who was dissertation advisor for the four editors. Sullivan's essay, "Jesse James: An American Outlaw," appears in the collection, and he was in Utah over the weekend of 8-10 September, where the book was presented to Toelken at a surprise party in his honor. 

Philip Rubens and Sherry Southard published "Using New Technologies for Communication and Learning" in Proceedings of 18th Annual Conference on Computer Documentation: Technology & Teamwork (ipcc/sigdoc, 2000). The paper was given as part of a session on Communication and Learning: A Corporate-Education Comparison, at the 18th Annual ipcc/sigdoc Conference, September 24-27, 2000, Cambridge, MA.

<  Griffin

First-year creative writing grad student Marie Griffin has published four poems recently: "The Boats," "Dear Abby," and "Making Love to the Bomb," in the Spring/Summer issue of Bluestone Review, and "A Postmodern Sunset" in the September issue of Anthology. Marie notes that she originally workshopped these poems in Julie Fay's poetry class at Converse College last year. 

"The Monsters are Talismans and Transgressions: Tolkien and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," an essay by Roger C. Schlobin, appears in the new volume J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle-Earth (Greenwood Publishing, 2000). 

Richard Quinn's "The Creak of Categories: Nathaniel Mackey's Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25" has just been published in the journal Callaloo (23.2). 

"The Ballad of Frankie Silver: Reflections on a Murder" is a special issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal, co-edited by Karen Baldwin and Daniel Patterson, published in July. Details about the contents are available by clicking on the link. 

The 2000 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review, featuring "Other Voices and Genres" and the 100th Birthday of Thomas Wolfe, has just been published. Single copies are $15 each; subscriptions are $20 for two years or $36 for four years--and can start with this issue, thus allowing you $5 off the cover price. To purchase a copy or a subscription, see Margaret Bauer or Corinee Guy (GCB 2111, ext. 1537) or mail a check to: NCLR c/o the department.

<  Hamer

"Melvin the Pelican," a children's musical with music by Mike Hamer, book by Sarah Froeber (Duke University), and lyrics by Froeber and Hamer, was published this summer by The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. "Melvin" was first produced by the Jelly Educational Theater in April 1997 in Carrboro, NC.

Recent publications by Julie Fay include the poems "Estuary" in Shenandoah (reprinted electronically on the Poetry Daily website); "Snapshots of Zoë" and "At Sunset," in The Women's Review of Books; a translation of Guy Goffette's "Crows" in Poetry; and four poems reprinted in the Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets. The journal Fire published four of Fay's poems ("Arles: World Cup Semi Finals," "The Pear Tree," "Winter Story" and "Genesis: North Carolina") along with a short story ("Genus: Gentian"). . .  


Panels & Presentations

<  Fay

. . . and continuing on with the Fay report: Julie Fay presented a paper, "Reconstructing History," at the Constructions of Memory in Contemporary American Literature International Conference organized by Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, at Centre Universitaire Vauban, Nîmes June 21-23, 2000. September 10th found Fay in Chapel Hill to give a poetry reading at UNC. And last April, she conducted four writing workshops with flood victims in Grifton and Belvoir communities for the NC Humanities Council. 

At the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2000 (University of Wisconsin, Sept 7-10) Agnes Bolonyai and Ludmila Dutkova-Cope presented "L1 Attrition in Verbal Morphology in Bilingual Children and Adults" as part of the panel "Language Attrition: Crosslinguistic Interplay and Sociolinguistic Perspectives."

Michele Sharp presented "'Strangeness and Awkwardness': Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads and Second Language Acquisition" at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, September 14-17, Tempe, AZ. 

<  Quinn

Richard Quinn gave his paper "Pursuing Blackness: Amiri Baraka, Albert Ayler, and John Coltrane" at the National Poetry Foundation Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s, Orono ME, July 2000. 

Karen Baldwin presented "'... all that is happening in this life now is going on from the "way back'"...': Considering Family, Ethnicity, and Region in Contemporary Legend and Belief" at the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research Conference held in July at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In May, at Delaware State University's Plants and People Conference, she presented an invited workshop on the herbal medicine of Mrs. Emma Dupree; the conference was held to celebrate the opening of the University's new herbarium. 


Awards & Appointments

At the general session of the four-day Thoreau Society convention in Concord, MA, this past July, Prof. Wesley T. Mott (founder of the Emerson society) read a tribute to Ronald Hoag's editorship of The Concord Saunterer, and presented Hoag with a plaque inscribed "The Thoreau Society Gratefully Acknowledges The Leadership Of Ronald Wesley Hoag, Editor Of The Concord Saunterer, 1993-1999." During Hoag's tenure as editor, TCS went from a little-known publication to a significant scholarly journal with an international reputation and a press run of nearly 2,500. Mott's tribute to Hoag will be published in the next issue of the quarterly Thoreau Society Bulletin.

<  Jakubowski

At the NC Associated Press News Council's Annual Meeting, September 29-30 in Winston-Salem, Daily Reflector reporter Glenda Jakubowski (B.A. 2000) accepted the First Annual Senator Sam Ervin Award, given for a series of investigative articles by Jakubowski and editorials by Mary Schulken exposing the secret retirement deal between the Pitt County School Board and former Superintendent Howard Sosne. Jakubowski's acceptance speech recaps the story. 

In addition to receiving a $3000 NC Arts Council grant for the Writers Reading Series, Pat Bizzaro spent part of his summer as visiting research scholar in rhetoric and technical communication at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, and as guest faculty at the Institute in Technical Communication, Hinds Community College, MS. Bizzaro also served as a reviewer of essays submitted to College English and of proposals submitted to the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

C.W. Sullivan III served as guest editor of The Lion and the Unicorn 24.2, April 2000, a special issue entitled "Folklore in/and Children's Literature."



Congratulations to Barri Piner and husband Will on the birth of their daughter McCartney Kate Piner, August 31, 2000, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. McCartney checked in at eight pounds and 20 inches. 

Start your engines!!! Roger Schlobin's 1977 Datsun 280Z recently took First in Class at the Triad-Z Club's Car Show in High Point, NC. 

Ever on the go, Pat Bizzaro lobbied with others from the School of Education against the sole reliance on the Praxis II exam to certify teachers, June 2000, at the State Government office and Department of Public Education in Raleigh. 

Ernie Marshall and Karen Baldwin wish to thank members of the English Department for their cards, calls, and good wishes--and the gift of the sheffelera--during Ernie's recuperation from open-heart surgery.


From The Editor

As you may have noticed, The Common Reader has a new look this issue. In keeping with our recent revision of the department's website, TCR now features more color, quicker-loading graphics, and a more modern body font. If you haven't seen our new and improved pages, I invite you to surf on over to the English Homepage and cruise around the site a bit--and let me know what you think. 

<  Finley

Also new on the website is a 30-second digital video produced by Todd Finley over the summer. The video features campus scenery, action sequences of English majors, and a couple of quick shots of professors (Doug McMillan and Rick Armstrong are two I've spotted; this is an MTV style production and it moves fast). It takes a minute or so to download (as an .mpg), but once you have the file on your hard drive, you can play it at your convenience, using QuickTime, MS Real Player, or any other multimedia viewer. Take a look, and please send Todd some feedback. You can download the video by going to our contents page, or by simply clicking here: English Dept Video Spot.

The next issue of TCR will be published in early December; we'll have a call for copy around Thanksgiving. Please hold all news and notes until then.

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