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Professor Kim Barnes was awarded the 2014 Governor’s Award in the Arts for Excellence in the Arts by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Governor Butch Otter. Every two years, Idaho recognizes excellence by artists, educators, administrators, and arts supporters. Since 1970, each sitting governor has decided this award and presented it to more than 200 of Idaho's most creative citizens and organizations.

MFA alum and current lecturer Sayantani Dasgupta’s essay “Oscillation” was the first runner-up for Phoebe Journal’s Creative Nonfiction contest judged by Cheryl Strayed. She placed two essays, “Armor” and “On Collecting Stories” in The Yellow Medicine Review and a piece of flash fiction titled “Gabriella” in Black Denim Lit. Earlier in July, Sayantani taught at the Centrum Port Townsend Writers Conference, where she also read an essay titled “My Grandfather’s Red Chair” at the Wheeler Theater. For the second year in a row, she is the nonfiction editor for Crab Creek Review. She is also leading a series of online workshops for the literary arts organization Kahini and will teach at Kahini’s New Delhi workshop in July 2016. 

Clinical Assistant Professor Jan Johnson was invited to the United Unitarian Church of the Palouse to give a talk about settler colonialism's effects on Indigenous women and how Native American women authors address the effects of colonialism for the church's observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, on October 5th.

Diane Kelly-Riley led the Council of Writing Program Administrators' annual Assessment Institute entitled "CWPA Assessment Institute and Resource Festival: Valid Assessment = Human Judgments  Made in Local Contexts,” and presented "Toward a model of 'Friendly neighbors with fenceless backyards':  Exploring the connections of creative writing and composition studies through the work of teaching assistants in a first-year writing program" with Jennifer Hawk at the CPWA meeting in Normal, IL in July 2014. Also, Diane published  “The WPA Outcomes Statement, Validation, and the Pursuit of Localism.” in Assessing Writing 21 (2014) with Norbert Elliot, and had  “Toward a Validational Framework Using Student Course Papers from Common Undergraduate Curricular Requirements as Viable Outcomes Evidence.” accepted for publication in Assessing Writing  and is forthcoming in 2015.

Associate Professor Jennifer Ladino received both an Idaho Humanities Council Grant and a UI Seed Grant to support her in-progress manuscript, Memorials Matter: Affect and Environment at American Memory Sites. She began research for this project by visiting several sites: the Manzanar National Historic Site, the Mount Rushmore National Monument, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Jenn’s first book, Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature (2012), was nominated for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s biennial Ecocriticism Book Award in 2013. Jenn’s article “‘Sovereignty of the Self’: Interspecies Ethics in Sherman Alexie’s Face” was published in the winter 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Studies in American Indian Literatures, as part of a special issue on animal studies and American Indian Studies. She also published two book reviews—one in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and another in the Journal of American StudiesJenn was an invited speaker at a University of Washington symposium, “The Future of the Environmental Humanities: Research, Pedagogies, Institutions, and Publics,” in the fall of 2013. Her talk was called “Memorials Matter: Affective Agency at American Memory Sites.” In honor of the 50thanniversary of the Wilderness Act, Jenn gave lectures and led two discussions on wilderness in Coeur d’Alene in May and June of 2014. The lectures are part of the Idaho Humanities Council’s “Wilderness Considered” series.

Annie Lampman (MFA, fiction ’09; UI Lecturer) was awarded a writing residency through the Bureau of Land Management’s Artist-in-Residence program in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness, September 2014. She will present a paper to the public, and has accepted essays forthcoming from the experience. Fall ’13 and Spring ’14 semesters she served as an environmental science senior research coordinator, helping to organize and facilitate the student senior project: Impacts of Scientific Language on Persuasion. She also served as student organization advisor for the Comedy Lab.She’s had the following work published/accepted in the last year:

  • That’s Women’s Work” (essays, anthology, print), Wild Horses: The Women on FireSeries, ELJ Publications, March 2015:
  • A Family in Motion”
  • Confessions of Uncharitable Thoughts Toward Others”
  • A Mother’s Guide to Birds and Boys”
  • The Place Where You Live: Headquarters, Idaho” (essay) Orion MagazinePrint: November/December 2014 Online: July 6, 2014.
  • Confessions of Uncharitable Thoughts Towards Others” (essay, print), Adanna Literary Journal, August 2014.
  • Find a Trade” (sestina, online), WORK Literary Magazine, August 2014.
  • Finding Eden” (short story, online), Wilderness House Literary Review, July 2014.
  • A Mother’s Guide to Birds and Boys” (essay, print), High Desert Journal, Spring 2014.
  • The Art of Containment” (essay, print), Dunes Review, Fall 2013.

Lecturer Bethany Maile’s essay “Anything Will Be Easy After This” is forthcoming in The Normal School.

McFarland Publishing (not related) will release Professor Ron McFarland’s book, Appropriating Hemingway, in the Fall 2014. It concerns fiction, plays, and poems in which Hemingway appears as a character. Gray’s Sporting Journal, which some regard as the “Cadillac” of outdoor sports magazines, published Ron’s essay, “Fishing with the Professor,” as its lead item in the July 2014 issue. Columbia Magazine, the organ of the Washington State Historical Society, will publish his essay, “Colonel Steptoe’s Indian Problems,” in its next issue. Ron has placed twenty poems in various magazines this year, including New Madrid, Xavier Review, Chariton Review, Concho River Review, Poem, and South Carolina Review.

Associate Professor Jodie Nicotra gave the keynote address, “The Uses of Compulsion: Addressing Burke’s Technological Psychosis,” at the Kenneth Burke Society Conference in St. Louis in July 2014. An essay, “Assemblage Rhetorics: Creating New Frameworks for Rhetorical Action,” will be published in the edited collection Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things (forthcoming, 2015).

In the Fall 2013 semester, Daniel Orozco was a Visiting Associate Professor of Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the most prestigious MFA program in American letters.

While teaching in Pau, France during spring semester, 2014, Dr. Kurt Queller visited Spain for the International Conference on Spoken English (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, May 4–6, 2014), presenting a paper entitled “’Dude, this weed is DANK!’ Spoken discourse as the locus of lexical semantic change.”  On April 1, he gave an invited talk to the English Department of the Université de Pau et des Pays d’Adour.  It focused on innovative constructional patterns currently emerging in screen-mediated discourse, and was entitled “’Because internet!’  How new technologies are changing the English language.” On June 17, he gave an invited talk (in French) to the Linguistics Colloquium at the Université de Pau et des Pays d’Adour.  The title of that presentation was “Voix moyenne indirecte en français et dans les dialectes américains régionaux et populaires” (“Indirect middle voice in French and in American regional and popular speech”).

Lecturer Aaron Schab's introductory literature textbook, Introduction to Literary Genres: A Concise Reader, was published in August by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Designed as an e-book for its first edition, Schab's text features tightly-focused overviews of basic literary concepts and an assortment of esteemed short stories, poems, and plays from a range of classic and contemporary writers.

Assistant Professor Brandon Schrand’s essay “Finding Emily & Elizabeth,” was published in the summer 2014 issue of The Georgia Review, and was recently the featured prose piece on He also gave a reading at Linfield College on October 9, 2014. Schrand also won a $3,000.00 Research Fellowship Grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.

Bret Shepard’s recent poems “Note to Self,” “Compassed,” and “Our Chemistry Is Desire” appear in the current issue of the Colorado Review. Another poem, “Weather,” can be read in the most recent issue of SHAMPOO. These poems are from his manuscript in progress, which was a recently named as a finalist for the FIELD poetry prize. In September he was an invited guest speaker by the Athens Academy in Athens, GA to discuss creative writing and, in particular, the advanced study of writing across creative genres. Bret’s chapbook press, Dikembe Press, just released a new chapbook by poet Christian Hawkey, titled Ships of Theseus.

Professor Scott Slovic, who recently became chair of the department, presented thirty-eight invited lectures, including a week-long intensive course at Tsinghua University, during a four-week, eight-city lecture tour in China over the summer. He also delivered several invited lectures in Malaysia in August, where he was conducting an external review for the English Department at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. His Afterword will appear this fall in a new edition of Richard Jefferies’s classic The Story of My Heart, which nature writers Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams have prepared for Torrey House Press. This fall Scott has completed three co-edited manuscripts—Numbers and Nerves: Information and Meaning in a World of Data (Oregon State University Press), Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy (Texas Tech University Press), and Ecocriticism of the Global South (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield)—and a collection of his own essays will be published (in Japanese translation) by the Society of Ecocriticism Studies in Japan (SES-Japan).

Assistant Professor Alexandra Teague’s poetry appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Willow Springs and The Florida Review, and the Summer 2014 issue of Cream City Review. “Winchester .351 Self-Loading Rifle” was recently featured on Redux,and additional poems are forthcoming in Cascadia Review, and (with the BASK Collective) in The Alaska Quarterly Review.She will spend December in New York City, researching for her third book of poetry, thanks to a University of Idaho Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship.

Professor Gary Williams published “What Did Margaret Think of George?” in Jana Argersinger and Phyllis Cole, eds., Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism (Athens, GA: U Georgia P, 2014).  This is a study of Margaret Fuller’s readings over time of several works by French novelist George Sand and an argument that one of Fuller’s Dial pieces, “The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain,” is an effort to write in Sand’s mode.

Professor Robert Wrigley will be one of four featured international poets, at the annual Writers’ Day Conference, in Schwalenberg, Germany, October 19-21.  With fellow US poet, Allison Funk, and Scottish poets John Burnside and Robin Robertson, Wrigley will read his poems at the Festival; German poet, Ron Winkler, will have translated a selection of Wrigley’s poems, and will read his translations as well. Writers’ Day is sponsored by the Literaturburo Ostwestfalen-Lippe, headquartered at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, in Detmold.


Second-year MFA and MA Candidate, Jordan Clapper’s piece of flash nonfiction, “Bawíze” was recently accepted for publication in the fall issue of Yellow Medicine Review. A condensation of a longer piece, this flash grapples with living in a place once populated with Native Americans, how a small family can be an ambassador, even when their own roots are so far away. Clapper attended the Northwestern National Women’s Studies Association conference in May 2014 and presented a workshop and lecture, “‘Honey, put that down!’: Gender Expectations in Children…or Gendering Expectations in Parents.” The interactive workshop dealt with the issue of gendering children based on their sex, from birth through childhood, and how that process is inherently sexist and power-based. He has also been facilitating the V-Men workshops on campus, a men-only group that discusses the issue of violence against women. This workshop provides a safe space for men to discuss the causes and effects of this issue, a forum not often given to men. The workshop was held twice Spring 2014; the upcoming session this semester is planned with no date yet in place. Clapper continues to work with the Women’s Center, LGBTQA Office, the Violence Prevention Offfice, and the recently reignited group, F.L.A.M.E. (Feminist Leadership and Movement to Empower), a feminist group with a goal of activism and support. He also plans to work with an upstart Slam Poetry group in the coming year. He received a fellowship through the Pride Foundation, based out of Seattle, this past summer to work in Spokane with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) on antimilitarism efforts, educating youth, and opposing the death penalty through nonviolent protests and activism. Working with Second-year MFA Candidate Misty Ellingberg, he is working to establish the first Native American-exclusive literary magazine, Four Winds Literary Magazine. Though in its early stages, this magazine is set to make great strides in the coming years. Clapper continues to read for Fugue and proofread for ISLE.

Second-year MFA Candidate, Jordan Durham’spoem, “To Covet” was recently accepted for publication in the fall 2014 issue of Phoebe. Her poems “Bride Road” and “How to Stay” are also forthcoming in the fall 2014 issue of Superstition Review.

Second Year MFA Candidate Misty Ellingburg (Fiction Genre) has had a busy year. Her work has been featured in 100 Word Story, “Chicken Dance,” flash fiction), Yellow Medicine Review (“Mary,” short story), Hello Horror (“Blankets From Fort Clatsop, short story), Ofi Press Mexico (“Indigenous Women: USA”, editorial), the Rain, Party, & Disaster Society (Oklahoma, Love Song for the Impossible Chicken Dancer, poetry, Medicine Man, flash fiction, Kalispel Tribe 39th Annual Powwow, flash non-fiction), Peeking Cat Poetry (“White Violet,” poem), and the Moon (“A Mixed Indian Woman Admires Indian Men”). Her editorial, "Reservation of the Mind: Curating the Indigenous Experience," which chronicles her experiences thus far in editing an upstart literary journal she and her uncle, Keven Shipman, launched in August (Four Winds Literary Magazine), was featured in Indian Country Today Media Network. Forthcoming publication due in 2014-2015 include Repel Industries' zine, based in California, Split Lip Magazine, First American Art Magazine, and Your Impossible Voice,all of which are publishing stories and articles pertaining to her experience living on a reservation in Western Washington. Additionally, her Flash Fiction Suite is currently a finalist in Defenestrationism's Flash Fiction Suite contest, the judging for which is in January. Misty is reading for Yellow Medicine Review at Book People on November 7th.

Second-year MFA candidate in Poetry, Nat Fisher’s persona poem, “HAL 9000, Upon His Mind ‘Going’” was recently published in Booth Journal, Issue 7. He also hosted the first reading of the year in the Occasional Reading Series at One World Café on October 22nd.

Maite Garcia, a second year MA TESL student, was awarded the WAESOL Professional Development Award. This grant will fund her trip to the TESOL Conference in Toronto, Canada in March 2015.

Third-year MFA Candidate Jennifer Hawk co-presented with Director of Writing Diane Kelly-Riley at the Council of Writing Program Administrators in Normal, Illinois, July 2014. Hawk’s presentation, “Using ELI Review as a Teaching Assistant:  A Window into Colleagues’ Practice” in their session titled “Toward a model of ‘Friendly Neighbors with Fenceless Backyards’:  Exploring the connections of Composition Studies and Creative Writing through the work of Teaching Assistants in a First-Year Writing Program,” explored tearing down the fence between composition and creative writing. Hawk also earned her MA in Literature from the UI, August 2014.  

Third-year MFA Candidate in poetry, Daniel Iacob’s nonfiction prose poem, “Lost in America” was selected as a Top Ten Finalist in a writing contest, judged by Sam Moulton, editor of Outside magazine, in Nowhere Magazine, and will be published in the fall issue of Nowhere Magazine. Iacob’s piece explores the sense of isolation that can occur when uprooted from a certain culture, or country, and how that isolation can incite awareness in a person but also provoke a sense of obliviousness.

First-year MFA Candidate, Canese Jarboe's poem "Lunar Sonnet" appeared in the October issue of Bennington College's plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2013. It was curated from issue 7 of The Adroit Journal. The poem was inspired by selenophobia; the fear of the moon.

Second-year MFA Candidate Courtney Kersten’s essay “The Path We Used to Walk” was recently published in issue 14.4 of DIAGRAM. Three of her flash nonfiction pieces, “Dobogókő, Hungary,” “My Father in Wisconsin,” and “David the Dishwasher” are forthcoming in Sweet. And her essay “A Language Translatable by No One” was selected by Lev Grossman as a finalist in The Masters Review’s annual contest and will be published in The Masters Review anthology available in print October 1st. Lastly, her essay "Method Acting" is forthcoming from River Teeth.

Jason Mastaler is a second-year MFA candidate. His short story “Meatheads” is forthcoming in Issue 16 of The Los Angeles Review. His short story “Forces of Nature” was a finalist for the Cincinnati Review’s 2014 Robert and Adele Schiff Award. His essay “Shadow Walk,” originally published in Issue 42 of Harvard Review, was chosen as a notable/distinguished essay by The Best American Essays 2013. He was also the recipient of a “Writing in the Wild” Fellowship, which will send him to the Taylor Wilderness Research Station for a week in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. He currently serves Fugue as this year’s managing editor.

Second-year MFA Candidate, Jessica McDermott has two publications coming out. Her first piece is “Knuckles,” a flash nonfiction piece, published in the Apeiron Review and her short nonfiction essay “A Voice Felt and Thread” will be published in Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Third year poetry candidate, Jeff Pearson recently had poems from his thesis manuscript published in Shampoo, Heavy Feather Review, Saltfront, and IDK. He is excited to have the poem, “Honda CR-X Fastback” accepted to Moon City Review from Assistant Professor Alexandra Teague and fellow MFA Candidate, Daniel Iacob’s alma mater, Missouri State University. In Spring 2014, he read at the twentieth year of the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival in Pocatello, Idaho.  Also, as a representative of Fugue, he read at Storyfort, a creative writing extension to the Treefort Music Festival at Boise, Idaho. Last year, as host of the Occasional Reading Series, he organized the Hemingway Festival’s graduate student reading and was later host of an additional, spectacular reading in May.

Second-year MFA Candidate, Zana Previti, won a fiction scholarship to attend the Tin House Writer’s Workshop in the summer of 2014, where she studied with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. She has also published her poems “Gojira,” (in Ninth Letter) and “Killing,” (in Blast Furnace), in spring/summer 2014 online issues. Her poem “My Nephew Takes a Bath” won a Banks Award at the University of Idaho, and her story “Instruments” was a featured “New Voices” piece in the 2014 The Master’s Review. Zana also co-presented a Teacher Talk for the UIdaho Composition Program, in the spring of 2014, on the instruction and implementation of multi-modal projects in introductory writing courses. She was a semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Press’ Black River Chapbook Competition, and a finalist for the 2014 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction sponsored by the Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review.

First-year MFA Fiction Candidate, Jason Sarna self-published his novel, Night Burger, this past June. The story centers on two friends and a war that’s going on at a grocery store. His work can be found at