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).
Dr. Andrea Harbin (alumna 2006) awarded the annual Excellence in Teaching Award (2013) at SUNY-Cortland (March 2013).
Associate Professor Tobias Gregory 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.
Robert Penn Warren Circle President, Leverett Butts and Treasurer John Burt with Eleanor Clark award winners, Joseph Boyne and Noah Jampol.
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.
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.
Alumnus Kristopher Mecholsky (B.A. cum laude 2004) has co-authored the book James M. Cain: Hard-Boiled Mythmaker (Scarecrow Press, 2001). Kris is now in the PhD program in English at Louisiana State University, where he is writing a dissertation on the political uses of adaptations of crime narratives.
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."