English Academic News

Katie Carmichael, an assistant professor in the Department of English, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate the sociolinguistic impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The project focuses on the effects of displacement and migration on the language spoken in the city of New Orleans, which reflects linguistic elements of Creoles, African Americans, European Americans, and Latinos. Carmichael and undergraduate students, along with a team of faculty and students from Tulane University, will interview residents of the city to learn how individuals characterize their language.

The award, from the NSF Linguistics program in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, is for $131,756.

In addition, Carmichael published “‘Since When Does the Midwest Have an Accent?’: The Role of Regional Accent and Reported Speaker Origin in Speaker Evaluations,” English World-Wide 39.2 (2018): 127–56.

Two members of the college community were among the five Virginia Tech faculty and administrators selected to represent the university as part of the 2018–2019 ACC Academic Leaders Network: Bernice Hausman, Edward S. Diggs Professor in Humanities and chair of the Department of English, and Patty Raun, School of Performing Arts and director of the Center for Communicating Science.

Erika Meitner, an associate professor in the Department of English, published Holy Moly Carry Me (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2018).

Evan Lavender-Smith, an associate professor in the Department of English, published two short stories, “Real Talk (III),” Hotel Amerika 16 (2018): 127–31, and “Two Unknowns,” Egress (UK) 1 (2018): 98–106. 

Matthew Vollmer, an associate professor in the Department of English, published Permanent Exhibit, American Reader 31 (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2018).

Carmen Giménez Smith, a professor in the Department of English, published a poetry collection titled Cruel Futures (San Francisco, California: City Lights, 2018); and “Make America Mongrel Again” on the Harriet Blog of the Poetry Foundation.

In addition, she was featured in “The Love of Labor, The Labor of Love: An Interview with Carmen Giménez Smith” by Rigoberto González, Poets & Writers (May-June 2018): 18–22.

The Virginia Tech Center for Rhetoric in Society, directed by Katrina Powell, a professor in the Department of English, received a grant from Voice of Witness.

The grant provided support for training workshops in oral history methodology for Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students. Voice of Witness is a nonprofit that sponsors oral history projects examining human rights and social justice issues.

Four graduate students from the college had poster presentations on display at the official launch of the Center for Humanities, which took place on August 31: Brooke CovingtonRhetoric and Writing, “Public Memorials as Deliberative Process: Tracing the Rhetorical Ecology of Memory in Virginia Tech’s April 16 Memorial”; Rob Flahive, ASPECT, “Negotiating the Modernist Gaze: Politics of Preserving Colonial Urbanism”; Sarah Plummer, ASPECT, “Bread and Puppet: Rebirth and Rupture”; and Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Confronting Despondency: Ethics of Care and Dependency.”

Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Professor of English in the Department of English, published “Genealogical Memory: Constructing Female Rule in Seventeenth-Century Aceh,” Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World, ed. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 2018), pp. 135–58.

Erika Meitner, an associate professor in the Department of English, published the following poems: “I’ll Remember You As You Were, Not As What You’ll Become,” Misrepresented People, eds. Maria Isabel Alvarez and Dante Di Stefano (New York, New York: New York Quarterly Books, 2018), p. 141; “White Earth” and “The Replication Machine,” Southern Indiana Review25.1 (Spring 2018): 11–12 and 13–14; “The Clock of the Long Now,” Poetry Northwest 12.2 (Winter and Spring 2018): 4; “Jackhammering Limestone,” Gulf Coast30.1 (Winter/Spring 2018): 137–38; and “A Brief Ontological Investigation,” online to more than 350,000 subscribers as part of the Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day feature on July 19.

In addition, Meitner published the essay “HolyMolyLand,” The Fourth River 15 (Spring 2018): 33–37.

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