November 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for African American Language: Language Development from Infancy to Adulthood (2020) by Mary Kohn et. al.


Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department’s recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards.

As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct substantial energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. Nonetheless, we have some faculty and student success in research, scholarship, and creative activity to celebrate!

Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well as related blog posts.

Have news to report? Email us at

Karin Westman, Department Head


Jacque Boucher, “The Erie County Bereavement Collective.” The Journal: A Literary Magazine, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 17-30.

Mary Kohn, Walt Wolfram, Charlie Farrington, Janneke Van Hofwegen, and Jenn Renn, African American Language: Development from Infancy to Adulthood. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds, eds., Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, Volume Four: 1948-1949. Foreword by Trina Robbins. Essays by Jared Gardner and Stephen Becker. Biographical Essay and Notes by Philip Nel. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 2020.

Winniebell Zong (MA ’21), “Imago” (poem), Barren Magazine, issue 17, Nov. 2020:


Jacque Boucher, Traci Brimhall, Luisa Muradyan, Mawi Sonna (MA ’21), and Winniebell Zong (MA ’21), “Is Anyone Out There: Fostering Community in Rural Spaces” (panelists), C.D. Wright Women Writer’s Conference. 7 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom.

Katie Cline, “‘I’m sick of being the afterthought, the joke’: Hilda Spellman’s Empowering Domesticity in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” YA Studies Association Conference. 4 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom.

Elizabeth Dodd, “I’ve Never Been a Foreigner ~ The Transformative Power of Study Abroad against Xenophobia and Racism” (panelist). Reimagining Internationalization at K-State: Faculty Perspectives. 17 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom.

Gregory Eiselein, “Celebrating Louisa May Alcott” (organized and chaired online research seminar), The Louisa May Alcott Society. 29 Nov. 2020: http://www.louisamay

With Tara Coleman, Mandi McKinley, Mariya Vaughan, and Brent Weaver, “What Matters to Me and Why: Squad Goals” (invited talk). What Matters to Me and Why. Kansas State University, 12 Nov. 2020:

With Kiley Moody and Rebeca Paz, “Engaging and Supporting First-Generation Students: A Multi-Modal Approach” (invited talk). The Teaching & Learning Center’s Professional Development Series. Kansas State University, 11 Nov. 2020:

Philip Nel, “Radical Children’s Literature” (panelist, with Julia Mickenberg, artist K-Fai Steele, and author Jacob Kramer). Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY. 15 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom: https://www. 4RY&list=PL72EE87562845CB6D&index=10

“Why Adults Refuse to Admit Racist Content in the Children’s Books They Love” (invited talk). The College of New Jersey. Ewing, NJ. 13 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom.

“The Creative Child and Inequalities of Identity” (Panel chair). American Studies Association Conference.     12-15 Nov. 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19.



Jacque Boucher’s “The Erie County Bereavement Collective” has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her “Self-Portrait as Final Girl, After” has been nominated for Best of the Net, and her “Toponym” has been nominated for Best New Poets 2020.

Shirley Tung has won the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) 2020-2021 Innovative Course Design Competition for ENGL 698: “The Cult of Celebrity: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day.”

Tung has also received a 2020 Gaches Undergraduate Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.


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