September 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover image for The Material Culture of Writing, edited by Cydney Alexis and colleague Hannah J. Rule (Utah State UP, 2022)  

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

We’re 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.

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Karin Westman, Department Head


Cydney Alexis and Hannah J. Rule, eds., The Material Culture of Writing. Utah State UP, 2022.

Jim Machor and Amy Blair, “Editor’s Introduction,” Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History vol. 14, 2022, pp. 1-4.

Philip Nel, “‘Well Paid for a Woman’: Gloria Hardman’s 50-year Career in Computing.” IEEE: Annals of the History of Computing , vol. 44, no. 3, July-Sept. 2022, pp. 80-86.

Riley O’Mearns (MA ’23), “Polycystic” (poem). From the Waist Down: The Body in Healthcare. Papeachu Press, 2022, p. 21.

Thomas X. Sarmiento, “The Spectacle of the (Trans*)(Filipinx) Body: Extra-ness in Lysley Tenorio’s ‘The Brothers.’” ALON: Journal of Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2022, pp. 159–66.

D. Kimball Smith, “Structural Failure: Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch in Early Modern England.” ELH, vol. 89, 2022, pp. 575-601.


Traci Brimhall, “Window, Mirror, On the Wall: What Poems Speak to Us” (panelist), Kansas Book Festival, 24 Sept. 2022.

Elizabeth Dodd moderated the Reading Series featuring panelists John T. Price, Jennifer Case, Sean Enfield. Via Zoom. 26 Sept. 2022.

A. Abby Knoblauch, “Embodied Rhetoric: The Body On/In/As Text.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Baltimore, MD. 28 May 2022.

Mary Kohn, “The Lost Towns of Kansas and the Chapman Center’s Mission to Preserve the Stories and History of the Great Plains.” Meadowlark Hills Event Center, 2 Sept. 2022.

“Becoming your own archivist: Preserving family photos and documents at home.” Riley County Genealogical Society. Presented at Manhattan Public Library, 28 Aug. 2022.

“You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto: Evolution of Language in Kansas.” Abilene Public Library, sponsored by Humanities Kansas, 16 July 2022.

Phillip Marzluf, “Socialist Mongolian Travelers Writing about Asia.” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Lawrence, KS. 17 Sept. 2022.

Ania Payne, “Writing Home: Creating Mutually Beneficial, Community-Based Learning Partnerships.” Engagement Scholarship Consortium. University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 22 Sept. 2022.

Anne Phillips, “The Great American Novel: J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.” The Great American Novel Series, National Association of Scholars, 27 Sept. 2022.

Thomas X. Sarmiento, “DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging) Mindset and Methods” (invited speaker), Econ Ed from the Fed – “Cultural Competence: Discovering a New Lens” K–16 Educator Professional Development, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Online. 27 June 2022.

Research and Creative Activity from Alumni

Kase Johnstun’s (MA ’01) novel Let the Wild Grasses Grow (Torrey House Press, 2021) has been selected by the Women’s National book Association as a 2022 Great Group Reads:

Minadora Macheret’s (MA ’17) “Remembering the End of the World” (poem) received the Paul R. Vortman Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Winniebell Xinyu Zong (MA ’21) published “Let the Wild Things Grow” (poem) in Meridian, No. 45 (2022), “Ode to Singlehood” (poem) in Water~Stone Review, vol. 24 (2022), and “sundress: a burning haibun” (poem) in POETRY, vol. 110 (Oct 2022). She also has work forthcoming in Southern Review.


Desiree Schippers (BA ’19) has accepted a position as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for New Moms, a group that partners with young moms and their children who are experiencing poverty and homelessness in Chicago.

Dustin Vann (BA ‘16, MA ‘20) has accepted a new job at the University of Kansas. In mid-October, he will begin as a Communications Specialist for the Honors Program.

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