Winter 2021-2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Karma Animalia (Social Justice Anthologies, 2022) by Ania Payne

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

As we begin a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our 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


Traci Brimhall, “Pastoral Without Fairies in the Hawthorne” (poem). Kenyon Review, vol. 44, no. 1, Jan/Feb 2022, p. 111: <>

“I Would Do Anything for Love But I Won’t” and “I Want to Write an Epithalamium for Our Future” (poems). American Poetry Review, vol. 51, no. 1, Jan/Feb 2022, p. 16: <>

Katherine Karlin, “Meredith Willson’s Efforts to Be Inclusive” (letter to the editor). The New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022:<>.

Deborah Murray, “Hag Hair” (poem). Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, vol. 7, no. 4, Winter 2021.

Ania Payne, Karma Animalia (nonfiction chapbook). Social Justice Anthologies, 22 Jan. 2022.

Adrien Sdao (MA ’23), “Strings” (fiction). Defunkt Magazine, vol. 9, 2022, pp. 65–68:  <>.

Lisa Tatonetti, “Joyful Embodiment: Felt Theory and Indigenous Trans Perspectives in the Work of Max Wolf Valerio.” Transgender and Nonbinary Indigenous Literatures, special issue of Transmotion, vol. 7, no. 1, 2021, pp. 10–39.



Elizabeth Dodd, with Douglas Carlson and Robin Patten, “Voices from This Impermanent Earth.The Georgia Review. 15 Oct. 2021. Online: <>.

Philip Nel, “How to Break Up with Your Favorite Racist Children’s Books” (invited talk). National Humanities Center. Research Triangle Park, NC, 18 Jan. 2022. Online.

“Children’s Literature Pedagogies in an Age of Misinformation” (panel chair). Modern Language Association Conference. Washington, DC, 8 Jan. 2022. Online.

“Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts” (conversation with author Blake Scott Ball). Oxford University Press Book Club, 9 Dec. 2021. Online: <>.

Lisa Tatonetti, “A Conversation on Queer Indigenous Writers, Artists, and Activisms” (invited talk). Office of Intercultural Engagement, University of Puget Sound, 17 Nov. 2021.



Bailey Britton (BA ’22), Lori Ann Leiszler (BA ’22 English Education, minor in English), and Kinsley Searles (BA ’22) received a Live Ideas scholarship and completed the Live Ideas Institute.

Mary Cook (MA ’22) and Hannah Rollison (MA ’22) each received a College of Arts & Sciences Travel Scholarship to present their research at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Mary Kohn and Lisa Tatonetti received a Humanities Kansas Grant for “The Treaties that Shaped This Land: Concentration Treaties of the Kanza Peoples in Kansas, 1825, 1846, 1859.”

Ania Payne won the Social Justice Anthologies Prose Chapbook Competition for Karma Animalia: <>.



Yuko Taniguchi’s “Running Through” (nonfiction), published in Touchstone Literary Magazine (1 May 2021), K-State’s student-edited literary arts magazine, sponsored by the Department of English, was selected for inclusion in the 2022 Best of the Net Anthology: <>.


Featured in Media

AJ Dome summarizes the research of Mary Kohn, Lisa Tatonetti, and Chester Hubbard (BA ’22, Geography) on the treaties that reduced the Kaw Nation’s land during the mid-1800s and the preservation work of Katherine Karlin and Cameron Leader-Picone on Kansas artist Gordon Parks presented virtually at the annual College of Arts & Sciences Civil Rights Teach-In (part of the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week) in “Virtual Teach-In Showcases KSU Faculty Research on Kaw Nation, Gordon Parks” for The Manhattan Mercury (28 Jan. 2022): <>


Research and Creative Activity from Alumni

Darren DeFrain (MA ’92) received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support his work on the Vizling app, which is designed to assist those who are visually impaired to read materials with visual components, such as comic books and graphic novels: <>.

Daniel Hornsby (BA ’12) received a second book deal for Sucker with Anchor. Hornsby’s first novel, Via Negativa, also is being adapted into a film: <>.


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