September 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Professor Emeritus Dave Smit’s new book on Power and Class in Political Fiction: Elite Theory and the Post-War Washington Novel (Palgrave, 2019)

As promised in the post from last month, here’s our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter.

Karin Westman, Department Head


Jacque Boucher, “in praise.” Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Oct. 2019 <>.

Jacque Boucher and Ashely Adams, “Selected Lessons from the Gleyed and Anaerobic.” New South 12.2 (2019): 50-52.

Traci Brimhall, “Losing to the Invisible: An Ars Poetica” (essay). Bodies Built for Game. Eds. Natalie Diaz and Hannah Ensor. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019. 192-95.

Elizabeth Dodd, “Perfect Cirque” (poem). Deep Wild Journal 1 (2019): 70.

“Boson Particles, Light Snow” (poem). The Hopper IV (2019): 35.

Gregory Eiselein, Anna Goins, and Naomi J. Wood. Studying the Bible: The Tanakh and Early Christian Writings. Manhattan, KS: New Prairie P, 2019. <>.

David Smit, Power and Class in Political Fiction: Elite Theory and the Post-War Washington Novel. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.


Elizabeth Dodd, “El Cuartelejo: Stinking Little Fort” (nonfiction). Western Literature Association (WLA) Conference. Estes Park, CO 20 Sept. 2019.

Michele Janette, “Dao Strom’s Grass Roof Tin Roof as Map of Refuge/Refugee/Refugitude in the Hills of California.” Western Literature Association Conference. Estes Park, CO. 21 Sept. 2019.

Jim Machor, “Cold War Mark Twain.” Reception Study Society Conference. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. 28 Sept. 2019.

Wendy Matlock, “Logorrheic Authority: The Manciple’s Mother in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” 43rd Mid-America Medieval Association Conference. Kansas City, MO. 19 Sept. 2019.

Philip Nel, “Why Adults Refuse to Admit Racist Content in the Children’s Books They Love” (keynote). Asian Festival of Children’s Content. National Library Building, Singapore. 6 Sept. 2019. Also panelist on “Advocating for Diverse Books” (5 Sept.) and “Rebels in Children’s Literature” (7 Sept.).


Lynsey Akin (BA ’20) received an Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Travel Award to present research connected to Mary Kohn’s Kansas Speaks Project.

News from Alumni

Kenan Orhan Dannenberg (BA ’14) received an O. Henry Prize for his story “Soma,” which was originally published in Massachusetts Review, Spring 2018.

Alyssa Dawson (MA ’10) has been recognized as a 2019 Yale Educator by Yale University, the only educator in Kansas to receive the award. She was nominated by former Ellis High School student Lane Fischer, who is now a freshman at Yale.



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