March 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Elizabeth Dodd and co-editors Simmons Buntin and Derek Sheffield have published Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity University Press, 2020)

As we continue to teach remotely in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters, as well as posts from last September, October, November, December, January/February, and March.

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Karin Westman, Department Head


Traci Brimhall, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod. Copper Canyon Press, 2020.

Elizabeth DoddDear America: Letters of  Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy. Co-edited with Simmons Buntin and Derek Sheffield. Trinity UP, 2020.

Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors” (essay). Ascent, 6 Nov. 2019

Kara Northway, “‘I haue lost it’: Apologies, Appeals, and Justifications for Misplacing The Wild-Goose Chaseand Other Plays.” Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare’s Time, edited by Roslyn L. Knutson, David McInnis, and Matthew Steggle, Early Modern Literature in History Series, edited by Andrew Hadfield and Cedric C. Brown, Palgrave/Springer, 2020. 75-93.

Shirley Tung, “Edenic Equality and the Rejection of the Right Divine in Lucy Aikin’s Epistles on Women (1810).” European Romantic Review 31.2 (Mar. 2020): 177-97.

Winniebell Xinyu Zong, “In the End You All Get Caught” and “burrow” (poems). Columbia Journal. 29 Mar. 2020:


Traci Brimhall, reading from Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod. Further Notice Virtual Reading Series. 17 Mar 2020.

Elizabeth Dodd, “Dear America Reading” (moderator).  Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. San Antonio, TX. 7 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Editing the Last Wild Places” (moderator). Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. San Antonio, TX. 5 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Deborah Murray, Amy Levin (MA ’21), & Silvan Plattner, “Tutors Know Thyselves: What are your REAL Values as a Tutor? Developing a Six-Word Tutoring Philosophy.” Midwest Writing Centers Association: Creating Common Ground: Crosstalk and Community in the Writing Center. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 13 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Ania Payne, Anna Goins, and Theresa Merrick, “The New Topography of Feedback: Strategies in the Writing Classroom.” College English Association Conference. Hilton Head, SC. 28 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Shirley Tung, “Boswell’s Biographical Acts of Union.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO. 20 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

“From Tabula Rasa to Terra Incognita: Landscape and Identity in the Enlightenment.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO. 19 Mar. 2020. Panel Chair. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Han Yu, “Inclusive Approaches to Teaching and Researching STEM Writing.” Co-presentedwith Kylie Quave, Aliza Davner, Kate Maddalena, Jennifer Mallette, and Bobby Nadler. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. 28 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Hungry Heartland: A Multimedia Service-Learning Project.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Milwaukee, WI. 24 Mar. 2020. *Cancelled due to COVID-19.


Steffi Dippold has received a Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellowship from the John Carter Brow Library, Brown University; a short-term Winterthur Fellowship; and a long-term American Antiquarian Society-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Kasif Raman (MA ’20) received an Arts and Sciences Research Travel Award.

Winniebell Xinyu Zong (MA ’21) won in the Poetry Category for the 2020 Womxn’s History Month Special Issue of the Columbia Journal for her poems “In the End You All Get Caught” and “burrow.”


Karin Westman represented Kansas State and the College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. on March 7 for the 2020 Humanities Advocacy Day to lobby elected officials for funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Title VI/Fulbright-Hayes, and the National Archives (NARA).


Jerrod Bohn (MA ‘07) published two poems – “Little White Wine” and “The Afternoon of Heavy Snows” – in Rabid Oak 17 (Feb 2020):

Brian McCarty (MA ‘13) published the poem “Looking Through Vocabulary Flashcards with My Toddler Daughter” in Metonym Literary Journal 10 (Spring 2020):

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