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Spring 2022: English Faculty achievements

Our UWEC English faculty continued to show their dedication to scholarship and excellence throughout the Spring 2022 semester. 

Dr. José Alvergue recently was named senior poetry editor for literary journal Tupelo Quarterly. An interview with Alvergue has been published in the latest issue, No. 267, of The Poetry Project’s nationally circulated newsletter.

Dr. Debra K. S. Barker had her book chapter, titled “The Aesthetics of Justice and Redress in The Plague of Doves,” published in “Louise Erdrich’s Justice Trilogy: Cultural and Critical Contexts,” edited by Connie A. Jacobs and Nancy J. Peterson, Michigan State University Press, 2021. The editors selected Barker’s article as the lead chapter in this critical collection.

Dr. Barker has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The council supports work in public humanities through its grants programs to bring scholarly knowledge into regional community conversations that span the range of the arts and humanities.

Dr. Barker had her co-edited critical essay collection, titled “Postindian Aesthetics: Affirming Indigenous Literary Sovereignty,” published by the University of Arizona Press in April. Barker, who co-edited the book with Dr. Connie Jacobs of San Juan College, wrote the preface and introduction, as well as the chapter “‘Not All Indians Dance’: Counterhistorical Aesthetics in the Work of Joseph M. Marshall III.”

Dr. Barker presented her research on literary representations of restorative justice April 8 during a roundtable discussion titled “The Unifying Vision of Louise Erdrich’s Justice Trilogy.” The roundtable was hosted by the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures’ annual conference.

Dr. Erica Benson presented “Hiding in Plain Sight: Standard Language Ideology and Linguistic Bias” April 19 at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center as part of the Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement speaker series.

Dr. Dorothy Chan had two of her poems, “You Might Change Your Mind about Kids” and “Triple Sonnet for Batman Villains and Whatever This Is,” published in the fall/winter 2021 edition of Colorado Review. The poems were reviewed in the Jan. 9 New Pages article “Delectable Poetry by Dorothy Chan.”

Dr. Chan presented “100 Ways to Edit a Poem” Jan. 21 for the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. On Jan. 24 and 25, she met one-on-one with University of Michigan MFA students and Zell fellows for manuscript consultations. Chan also has had a short essay on Las Vegas published in Hayden’s Ferry Review’s new blog column, “Solid Objects.”

Dr. Chan is this year’s judge for New Delta Review’s 11th Annual Chapbook Contest.

Dr. Chan had her new poem, “Ode to Heavy Appetizers and Many Big Loves,” published in the latest issue of Denver Quarterly.

Dr. Chan is pleased to share that the third issue of Honey Literary, a literary journal and 501(c)(3) literary arts organization run by all women and femmes of color, has been published. Chan co-founded the journal and organization.

Dr. Chan is the book review co-editor of Pleiades with Taneum Bambrick. They recently published three new reviews on their site.

Dr. Chan presented a poetry reading March 25 at Brickbat Books in Philadelphia as part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs #AWP22 Conference & Bookfair. Chan also interviewed Zoe Donald, her publisher/designer at Diode Editions, for the Palette Poetry feature “If These Covers Could Talk.”

Dr. Chan read on April 2 for Joan Kwon Glass’ “NIGHT SWIM” book launch with Diode Editions. Chan also read for the April 17 Sunday Reading Series at Hungry Brain Chicago and on April 21 for Felicia Zamora’s “QUOTIENT” (TinderBox Editions) book launch with Anthony Cody, Yesenia Montilla, Lynne Thompson and the author Felicia Zamora. In addition, Chan’s triple sonnet “Triple Sonnet for Batman Villains and Whatever This Is,” originally published in Colorado Review, is now published in Verse Daily.

Dr. Chan was one of the featured panelists during a virtual event titled “Online Literary Journals: Founding and Curating Inclusive Spaces,” hosted by Iowa City Poetry on April 14. The event will provide an inside look at the challenges and opportunities associated with managing online literary journals. 

Dr. Chan whose piece “Triple Sonnet for Dennis Rodman #91, on my Television Screen,” originally was published in AAWW’s The Margins, was featured in the Micro podcast, as well as on Literary Hub. Rosebud Ben-Oni read Chan’s poem “Hello Baby, Hello Sir” (from BABE, Diode Editions) for the Poets House Hard Hat Reading Series. In addition, Chan’s poem “Ode to Sitting Courtside at a Lakers Game” was published in the latest issue of Superstition Review.

Dr. Chan had her second book, “Revenge of the Asian Woman,” featured in Book Riot’s April 28 article “10 Poetry Books by LGBTQ Asian Authors to Read Right Now.” Chan’s third and newest book, “BABE,” was reviewed in the “NewPages” blog.

Dr. Chan had her prose poem “34D” published in the June 1 miCRo feature of The Cincinnati Review.

Dr. Chan has had two new prose poems — “Designer” and “A White Woman Claims I've Never Been Through Anything” — published in the debut issue of the literary journal Ki. In addition, Chan’s poem “34D,” which was published in The Cincinnati Review, was included in the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses’ June 2 “A Reading List for Pride Month.”

B.J. Hollars had his column “Farewell, Fort Wayne” published in the Jan. 11 Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette.

Professor Hollars had his essay “Perfect place to untangle the line” published in the Jan. 6 Leader-Telegram and the Jan. 9 issue of The Country Today.

Professor Hollars had his “Sawdust Stories” piece “Struggling students hold the answer” published in the June 2 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Professor Hollars had his story “Finding stillness in the storm: Family camping in the best and worst of times,” featured June 9 on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Life.”

Professor Hollars received a silver medal in the nonfiction autobiography/memoir category of the 32nd annual Midwest Book Awards for his book “Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail.”

Dr. Erna Kelly, professor emerita of English, had her poem, titled “Remainder,” published in Ariel Anthology 2021, edited by Jan Chronister and Lucy Tyrrell. 

Dr. Bob Nowlan had his opinion piece “It Seems to Me: CRT should be fully understood” published in the April 7 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Dr. Cathy Rex served as chair and respondent for a panel she organized, titled “Public Memory, Race, and Heritage Tourism of Early America,” at the Southeastern American Studies Association conference March 3-5 in Birmingham, Alabama. The panel highlighted four essays from Rex’s edited collection (co-edited with Dr. Shevaun Watson) by the same name. 

Dr. Jonathan Rylander completed the Growth Mindset for Leaders program and earned the Chancellor’s Certificate.

Dr. Asha Sen has had her article “Towards a Politics of Affect in Mohsin Hamid’s ‘East West’ (2017) and Kamila Shamsie’s ‘Home Fire’ (2017)” accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Global and Postcolonial Studies, 9.1, 2022, pages 47-60. Sen also presented her paper “Understanding the Role of the Ogbanje in Akwaeke Emezi’s ‘Freshwater’” Feb. 14 at the 31st annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference hosted by Georgia Southern University.

Dr. David Shih had his guest essay, titled “How I Became an Asian American,” published in the June 19 issue of The New York Times.

Dr. Kaia Simon gave a presentation at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication, held March 9-12. She was part of the panel “Combatting Linguistic Racism: Praxis for Equity and Justice for Multilingual Writers,” which was made up of editors and authors of the book “Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students,” published in 2021 by Multilingual Matters Press.

Mykola Haleta, assistant professor of art & design; CV Peterson, associate lecturer in the University Honors Program; and Dr. Stephanie Turner, professor of English, collaborated to present an evening of live electronic music, poetry and performance on February 10, 2022, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The event was presented by the art & design department and the Eau Claire Cybernetics Group.

Dr. Turner had her guest blog post, titled “From Rogue to Riches: Increasing My Value as a Wikipedia Educator,” published Feb. 2 by Wiki Education.

Dr. Quentin Vieregge, associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, had his piece, titled “It's the Jets and the Sharks but with verbiage; watch out!” published in the Ink Blog column of the Feb. 21 Rice Lake Chronotype.