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Ryan Wilson's (Ph.D. candidate) first book, The Stranger World, has received the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Award and will be published in the first half of 2017. The award also includes a $1,500 prize and a featured reading at the West Chester Poetry Conference, June 7-10.

Ernest Suarez was appointed the David M. O'Connell Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and named President of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Wesley Rothman's (M.A. student) collection of poems, SUBWOOFER, will be published by New Issues Poetry and Prose (Western Michigan University) at the end of summer 2017.

Anna Tomlinson (B.A. ‘16) won the 2016 Emily Dickinson International Society Research Essay Award for the best undergraduate research essay submitted to the society’s competition.

Mallory Nygard (B.A. ‘16) was selected as the first Catholic Journalism Fellow with the Cardinal Newman Society. She began her one-year fellowship in August 2016.

The Contemporary Catholic Writers Group, chaired and organized by Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate) hosted a poetry reading in November 2016 featuring five of the poets of St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, edited by Mary Ann B. Miller (Ph.D. ‘00).

Ernest Suarez has edited and written the introduction for I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone by Jim Dickinson, University of Mississippi Press, 2017.


In November 2016, Rachel Moore (B.A. ‘17) and Rebecca McCarron (B.A. History ‘17), fellows in the Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor Program, presented original research they developed in ENG 328: “Writing Center Theory & Practice” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Tacoma, WA.

In Spring 2016 the first annual issue of Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal at The Catholic University of America was unveiled, featuring an essay by Laura Rothgeb (BA '15). The inaugural Student Editorial Board included two English majors: Mallory Nygard (B.A. ‘16, Editor-in-Chief) and Antoinette Cea (B.A. ‘17, Copyeditor), and founder Taryn Okuma serves as a Faculty Editor.

Wesley Rothman (M.A. student) has poems published or forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Crazyhorse, and the Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press); as well as reviews in Publishers Weekly, Callaloo, and Harvard Review.


Jed Stalker's (Ph.D. student) poem "Marital Bestiary: Turtles" will be published in the first issue of Presence Catholic poetry journal in March 2017.


Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. candidate) has poems published or forthcoming in Measure, Modern Age, Five Points, The New Criterion, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and The Yale Review. His short article on the poetry of Song of Songs is forthcoming from Dappled Things, and his longer critical essay on T.S. Eliot, “Eliot’s Magic,” is forthcoming from The Hopkins Review. Additionally, Ryan has translations of Baudelaire’s “Au Lecteur” and Horace’s 2nd and 5th epodes forthcoming in Unsplendid, and a version of Horace’s ode ii.3 forthcoming in Measure; additionally a batch of ten translations--including works by Dante, Charles Baudelaire, Catullus, Giovanni Pascoli, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Paul Verlaine--is forthcoming from Dappled Things.


Nancy Michael (Ph.D. candidate) was the recipient of a fellowship to a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Teaching Beowulf in the Old Norse-Icelandic Context" at the Medieval Institute in Kalamazoo, under the direction of Dr. Jana Schulman.


In Summer 2016, Ryan Wilson (Ph.D. candidate) took over as editor of Literary Matters, and transformed what had been a newsletter for the ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers) into an online literary journal. Issues from his first year as editor will include notable writers, such as MacArthur “Genius” Award-winners Brad Leithauser and A.E. Stallings, National Book Award-winner Jean Valentine, and many more, as well as translations of works never before rendered into English by contemporary international writers such as Sweden’s Håkan Sandell and Italy’s Eugenio Baroncelli.


Christopher Pipkin (PhD candidate) has been selected winner of the 2016 Fair Unknown Award for his essay, "Monster Relics: The Giant, the Archangel, and Mont-Saint-Michel in the Alliterative Morte Arthure." The award is given annually to the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, and is sponsored by the journal Arthuriana and the International Arthurian Society-North American Branch.

Kathleen Sullivan (PhD, 2016) has accepted a position on the English faculty at Oakcrest School (McLean, VA), beginning in Fall 2016.

Ryan Wilson (PhD candidate) has been awarded the 2015 Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction by Dappled Things for his essay "How To Think Like a Poet."

Brooks Lampe (PhD, 2014) has accepted a tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor of English and Writing Lab Director at George Fox University (Newburg, OR), beginning in Fall 2016.

The first issue of Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal at The Catholic University of America was unveiled, featuring an essay by Laura Rothgeb (BA, 2015). The Student Editorial Board includes two English majors: Mallory Nygard (Editor-in-Chief) and Antoinette Cea (Copyeditor), and founder Taryn Okuma serves as a Faculty Editor. 

Christopher Wheatley has published Drama in English from the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century: An Anthology of Plays with Old Spelling (The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors Lucas Matheson (Philosophy/Art History), Samantha Aurilia (History/Media Studies), and Michaela Shea (English) presented their research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Salt Lake City, UT (November 2015).

Rebecca Rainof Mas has published The Victorian Novel of Adulthood: Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity (Ohio University Press, 2015).

Steve Wright received the 2015 Prize for Best Theatre History Article from Early Theatre for his article "The Twelfth-Century Story of Daniel for Performance by Hilarius: An Introduction, Translation, and Commentary", Early Theatre 17.1 (2014).  

Kevin Rulo received the Fathman Award for his paper "Satire and the 'human engine' of The Waste Land," which he presented at the 2015 T. S. Eliot Society Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Joanna Gardner (BA, 2013), social ministries communicator for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, is a recipient of a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 2015 Egan Journalism Fellowship and will travel with CRS to the Philippines for one week in October 2015 to report on the aftermath of the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Ashley Kniss (PhD candidate) has accepted a full-time permanent position as Lecturer in English at Stevenson University, beginning in Fall 2015.

Jessica Schnepp (PhD candidate) presented a paper entitled “The Catholic Grotesque: Thematic and Narrative Distortion in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust” at the International Flannery O’Connor Conference in Dublin, Ireland (July 2014).

Christopher Wheatley gave a paper entitled "Thornton Wilder and the Humanist Tradition” at the Thornton Wilder Society Conference in Newport, RI (June 11-14).

Nelly Lambert (PhD, 2013) has accepted a tenure track position with Bard High School Early College Baltimore, beginning in Fall 2015. 

Rebecca Vaccaro (PhD, 2015) has accepted a position on the English Faculty at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA, beginning in Fall 2015.

Brian Chappell (PhD, 2015) has accepted a position on the English Faculty at Georgetown Preparatory School, beginning in Fall 2015.

PhD candidates Angela Geostis, Christopher Pipkin, and Nancy Michael will present their panel "Confronting the Devouring Other" at the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) in October 2015.

Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors Samantha Aurelia, Lucas Matheson, Michaela Shea, and Katherine Werthwine will present their research at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in Salt Lake City, UT in November 2015.

Emily Linz (MA, 2015) has accepted a teaching position with Great Hearts Academy in San Antonio, TX, beginning in Fall 2015.

Victoria Bonutti (MA, 2015) has accepted a teaching position with Seton School in Manassas, VA, beginning in Fall 2015. 

Sarah Wilson (PhD candidate) has accepted a position as a full-time Instructor in the new composition department at The University of Mississippi, beginning in Fall 2015.

Serena Sigillito (M.A., 2013) has been named a 2015 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. She is currently the Managing Editor of Public Discourse, an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute.

The English Department announced the winners of the 2015 Graduate Teaching Awards: Rebecca Vaccaro (PhD, 2015) received the Capstone Teaching Award and Ryan Wilson received the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

On February 14 Tobias Gregory took part in a symposium on "Literature and Theology in Early Modern England" at the University of Cambridge, UK.

On February 18 Tobias Gregory delivered the Marshall Grossman lecture at the University of Maryland, on "Milton's Anticlericalism."

Monica F. Jacobe (PhD, 2010) won the 2014 John Eugene and Barbara Hilton Cay Visiting Scholar Grant awarded by the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The grant, awarded in an annual competition, is the only one offered by SHC for a project examining the literary culture or traditions of the American South. It provides research travel funding and requires the recipient to make a presentation on the awarded scholarly project.

Writing Center undergraduate tutors and graduate students presented at the 2014 joint conference of the International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (Orlando, FL October 30-November 1, 2014). Undergraduate tutors Audra Nakas and Tyler Lomnitzer presented with Ph.D. student Erik Gravel  in a session entitled "Religious Mission in/and the Writing Center" (based on work originally developed for ENG 328) and Undergraduate tutor Alex Sniatkowski and doctoral candidate Brian Chappell presented in a session entitled "Thinking, Writing, and Tutoring Creatively: Applying Theory of Mind to Revision in the Writing Center."

Ryan Wilson's essay " 'Rich Refusals': Donald Justice and the New Critics" has been accepted for publication by the Sewanee Review. Ryan also has a number of other recent publications.

“An Orwellian Aubade” (re-print). Light , forthcoming.
“Pike County, 1980s, Evening.” The Raintown Review, forthcoming.
“Beatus Ille.” Measure, forthcoming.
“The View on Waking.” First Things 246 (October 2014): 50. Print.
“After the Sonogram.” Iron Horse Literary Review 16.2 (National Poetry Month 2014): 19. Print.
“Goths.” 32 Poems 11.2 (Fall/Winter 2013): 11. Print.
“Stopping by a Roadhouse in the Mountains.” Able Muse 15 (Summer 2013): 18-19. Print.
“Lucretius in Age, Among Flowers.” The Lyric 93.1 (Winter 2013): 19. Print.

Horace. “Ode i.25.” Measure (forthcoming). Print.
Baudelaire, Charles. “Exotic Perfume.” Able Muse 17 (Summer 2014): 156-157. Print.
De Vega, Lope. “Tomorrow.” Able Muse 17 (Summer 2014): 155. Print.

Book Reviews and Prose:
“The Quick, The Dead.” The “Marginalia” feature for 32 Poems (3.24.14). Web.
“Review of Matthew Buckley Smith’s Dirge for an Imaginary World.” The Journal 37.3 (Summer 2013): 140-146. Print.

The English Department announced the winners of the 2014 Graduate Teaching Awards: Brian Chappell received the Capstone Teaching Award and Colleen Weir received the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Brooks Lampe (PhD, 2014) has accepted the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Writing Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.

Doctoral Candidate Joseph Boyne has been named the Director of the Writing Center at Tulsa Community College-Southeast Campus.

Sean Lewis (PhD, 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland.

Celeste Barker Bright has been appointed to a salaried position as Managing Editor of the Newman Studies Journal at the National Institute for Newman Studies, located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Tobias Gregory has been awarded a Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year from the American Council of Learned Societies for his project Milton's Strenuous Liberty.

Doctoral candidate Brooks Lampe's article "'The gold snake / coiled in the sun': George Hitchcock and Kayak Magazine" has been accepted by the journal Dada/Surrealism (forthcoming 2014).

Undergraduate students Eva-Maria Ghelardi, Sullivan Maciag, and Alex Sniatkowski presented their research (originally developed for ENG 328) at the 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference (Salisbury University, MD, April 4-5, 2014).

Graduate student Benjamin Djain's proposal, “Haunted By Doubt: The English Reformation's Search for a New Theatrical Identity,” has been accepted for the 21st International Conference of Europeanists (Washington, D.C., March 14-16, 2014).

Graduate student Ed Wright's article, "Robert Penn Warren's Experiment in Identity: Tale of Time and Audubon: A Vision," has been accepted for publication in Mississippi Quarterly.

Rebecca Rainof Mas's book, Fictions of Maturity: Plot, Purgatory, and the Victorian Novel of Adulthood, has been accepted for publication by Ohio University Press.

Stephen Wright's book, The Erlau Playbook:  Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter, has been accepted for publication by Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (forthcoming 2013).

Doctoral candidate Katherine LeNotre's article "Flannery O'Connor's 'Parker's Back' and Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty and Tragedy" has been accepted by the journal Renascence for their special O'Connor issue.

Marcel Brown (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Humanities at St. Gregory's University.

Nelly Lambert (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Trinity Washington University.

Kevin Farrell (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Candice Hill (PhD, 2011) has accepted a position as Associate Profeessor at Anne Arundel Community College.

Monica Mische (PhD, 2011) has accepted a position as English Instructor at Montgomery College-Rockville.

Joan Romano Shifflett (PhD, 2013) has accepted a position as Instructor and Writing Specialist at The United State Naval Academy.

Ryan Wilson Award
Ryan Wilson, winner of 2013 Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle (center), with John Burt (left) and President Randy Hendricks (right)


Doctoral candidate Ryan Wilson has won the Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle for best essay by a junior scholar. His essay is titled, “‘This is the world’: Ritual and Redemption in Warren’s Promises” (April 2013).

Undergraduate student Wesley Cocozello (BA, 2014) presented his paper (originally written for ENG 345) "Living in the Land: A Comparative Inquiry into Geographic Metaphor in Dante's Inferno and Walcott's Omeros" at the University of St. Francis's 22nd Annual Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature on March 23, 2013.

Andrea Harbin (PhD, 2006) awarded the annual Excellence in Teaching Award (2013) at SUNY-Cortland (March 2013).

Tobias Gregory has been awarded a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library for summer 2013.

Doctoral candidate Joseph Boyne's article, “‘The Modifying Colours’of Robert Penn Warren’s Dreams” has been accepted by Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures.

Doctoral candidate Veronica Phair will present her paper, "'Those Translators': The Influence of the Sidney Psalter on John Donne’s Religious Poetry" at the Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation conference in London on July 16, 2013.

Doctoral candidate Joan Romano Shifflett's article, "'Reckoning' with America's Past: Robert Penn Warren's Later Poetry" has been published in rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies (2012).

Doctoral candidate Eleanor Lambert's article, "Emily Dickinson's Joke about Death" has been accepted for publication by Studies in American Humor (Spring 2013).

Kris Mecholsky (BA cum laude 2004) has successfully defended his PhD thesis at LSU. I, Kris published his first book, James M. Cain: Hard-boiled Mythmaker, co-authored with David Madden, which provides a broad critical survey of Cain's life and work. He has an article forthcoming in the collection Criminal Papers: Reading Crime in the French Nineteenth Century (2012), edited by Rosemary Peters, and an article on Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shutter Island contracted for the collection The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature (2013), edited by Judith Kerman and John Edgar Browning.

Graduate student Mary Schuhriemen's essay on Robert Penn Warren, "The Need to Re-evaluate: Identity in 'Or Else: Poem/Poems 1968-1974,'" has been accepted for publication by The Southern Literary Journal.

Graduate students Joseph Boyne and Noah Jampol tied as winners of the Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle for best paper by a junior scholar.

Doctoral candidate Joan Romano Shifflett named to the Board of the Robert Penn Warren Cirlce (April 2012).
Doctoral candidate Eleanor Lambert has been awarded a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

Alumnus Laura Burhenn and her band The Mynabirds are touring for their new album, Generals. In conjunction with the release of the new album, Laura has launched a portrait project about women called The New Revolutionists.

Steve Wright's essay, "Wrangling Livestock, Dragons, and Children: Practical Stagecraft and Its Thematic Consequences in the Augsburg St. George Play (ca. 1486)", published in Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama, has been awarded the 2009 Martin Stevens Award by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society for the year's best essay in early drama studies.

CUA alumna Sarah Campbell (PhD, 2005) received a Fulbright research grant to Wales to extend for publication her doctoral thesis "The 'Strong Man' and Its Contexts: An Edition, Translation, and Study of a Medieval Welsh Morality Play."

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