February 2023 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover image for Issue 108 of Quarterly West (2023), where Traci Brimhall’s poem “Will & Testament” appears

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.

Have news to report? Email us at english@ksu.edu.

Karin Westman, Department Head


Traci Brimhall, “Will & Testament” (poem) Quarterly West. 14 Feb. 2023. <https://www.quarterlywest.com/vanitas/brimhall>.

Phillip Marzluf, review of Simon Wickhamsmith’s Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921–1948)Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 82, no. 1, 2022, pp. 198-205.

Shirley F Tung, review of Donald J. Newman, ed, Boswell and the Press: Essays on the Ephemeral Writing of James Boswell. Journal of British Studies, vol. 62, no. 1, 2023, pp. 257–259. doi:10.1017/jbr.2022.183.



Cydney Alexis, Theresa Merrick Cassiday, Stacia Gray, Abby Knoblauch, Phillip Marzluf, and Camilla Roberts, “Let’s Chat about ChatGPT.” Lightning Talks. Hale Library, Kansas State University. 1 Mar 2023.

Traci Brimhall, “Tuning Your Tension: Craft Lab.” Brooklyn Poets (online). 19 Feb. 2023.

Reading from Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod. The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO. 17 Feb. 2023.

“Memory Feast.” Dickinson County Arts Council, Abilene, KS. 9 Feb. 2023.

Philip Nel, “Why Are People Afraid of Multicultural Children’s Books?” Black History 365. Hale Library, Kansas State University. 27 Feb. 2023.

Shirley F Tung, “Three Blind Men and a Different Quadruped.” Alumni Workshop: Sensory and Ekphrastic Writing. Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford. 28 Feb. 2023.

“My Childhood Home on Zillow.” Leah Marcus Life-Writing Workshop: Lives of Houses. Faculty of English, University of Oxford. 24 Feb. 2023.

“Eighteenth-Century British Women Travel Writers and the Problem of Representation.” OCLW Visting Scholar Session. Writing Women: A Colloquium. Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford. 31 Jan. 2023



Lisa Tatonetti has received the 2022 Beatrice Medicine Award for Best Published Monograph for her book Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities (U of Minnesota P, 2021). The award is sponsored by the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL). Read more at https://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement/?id=88035.



Three faculty have been granted sabbatical leave for next academic year: Dan Hoyt (Fall ’23), Phillip Marzluf (Fall ’23), and Kara Northway (Fall ’23 and Spring ’24).


Featured in Media

Katy Karlin was interviewed about singer Etta Moten in I’m So Glad, a documentary feature about the Kansas City roots of gospel music. I’m So Glad premiered in Leawood, KS, on March 27 before an audience of 900 people.

Philip Nel was interviewed about the rewritten Roald Dahl books on The Project (an Australian TV news program) on February 19 and was the featured guest on the New Books Network podcast on February 16.


Research and Creative Activity from Alumni

Brennan Bestwick (MA ’16) received the Glenna Luschei Poetry Award from Prairie Schooner for his poem, “Let us Pray.”

Winniebell Zong (MA ’21) published two poems in Southern Review (Winter 2023): “Ma, Let Me Tell You Your Story” and “What I Wish My Dog Understood.”


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