September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Image for Ania Payne’s “Unsocialized” at Complete Sentence Literature. (Art by Jeff Kallet.)


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 energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We’re also happy to recognize the recent successes in research, scholarship, and creative activity outlined below. 

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


Ania Payne, “Unsocialized.” Complete Sentence Literature, 22 May 2021. <>.


Traci Brimhall, “Words of a Feather” (panelist). Kansas Book Festival, Topeka, 18 Sept. 2021.

Lisa Tatonetti, “Indigenous Presence, Indigenous Futures: From The Marrow Thieves to Rutherford Falls.” K-State First Book, Kansas State University, 21 Sept. 2021. Online.

“Re-envisioning Native American Identities in Visual Art and Literature” (invited panelist and moderator). Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz Lecture Series: “SPEAK UP! Building Racial Justice through Art, Writing, and Pedagogy,” University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, 16 Sept. 2021. Online

“2021 Common Work of Art/First Book Welcome.” K-State First Book, Kansas State University, 2 Sept. 2021. Online.

Featured in Media

India Yarborough turns to Mary Kohn’s linguistics expertise in “Can you pronounce these 10 city names correctly? If so, there’s a good chance you’re from Kansas” for The Topeka Capitol-Journal (30 Sept. 2021).

Tom Sarmiento recorded “‘A “Second Wind” in America’: Bienvenido Santos’s Kansas Connection” for the Kansas Humanities Hotline (1 Oct. 2021).


Teri Jacques (BA ’24), Natalie Liptak (MA ’23), and Abigail Whitney (BA ’24) have been selected to serve as Library Ambassadors.


Mary Kohn and co-authors Walt Wolfram, Charlie Farrington, Janneke Van Hofwegen, and Jenn Renn received the 2022 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America for African American Language: Development from Infancy to Adulthood (Cambridge UP, 2020).



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