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Author Aisha Sabatini Sloan to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Sept 11

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a creative non-fiction reading by Aisha Sabatini Sloan on Thursday, Sept 11, at 7pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan's essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was chosen as a finalist for the 1913 First Book Contest in 2011, and published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies of 2011, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern Review, and Guernica. Aisha earned an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Aisha is currently teaching courses in literature and creative writing at Carleton College and is a contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.

English Department Represented at 2014 Rush a Major, September 10

English Department faculty and students will be out to recruit new majors and minors at Coastal's 2014 "Rush a Major" event. The event takes place Wednesday, September 10th from 11a-1p in Blanton Park. The English Department will be represented by several faculty members illustrating the breath of English Studies offered in our department (Cara Adams-Fiction Writing, Dan Albergotti-Poetry Writing, Becky Childs-Linguistics, Daniel Hasty-Linguistics, Tripthi Pillai-Shakespeare and British Literature, and Dan Turner-American Literature and Southern Studies). Additional, many of our wonderful English Majors will be there to talk personally about their experiences and the reasons that they chose to major in English.

August 2014

English Department Welcomes New Faculty, August 18

Emma Howes joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts. Her dissertation examines literacy campaigns as they were incorporated into industrial welfare work in Carolina cotton mill villages around the turn of the 20th century. She has received fellowships and grants from the American Association of University Women, Duke University, and the University of Massachusetts, and she has presented her research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Alan Reid joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. He completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology at Old Dominion University in 2013. His work has appeared in Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education, and he has already been instrumental in designing the new digital badge initiative associated with the redesign of the first-year writing program at CCU.

Christian Smith joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. He completed his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina in May 2014 with a dissertation titled “From Capture to Care: Attention, Digital Media, and the Future of Composition.” He has presented his research regularly over the past few years at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Rhetoric Society of America Conference.

Keaghan Turner joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. She completed her Ph.D. in English literature at the University of South Carolina in 2006 with a dissertation on representations of nursing in four British women’s novels from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She has recently presented her scholarship at the Victorians Institute and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, and her work has appeared in South Writ Large: Stories, Arts, and Ideas from the Global South.

April 2014

Special English Faculty Highligh for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, April 8

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a special CCU English Department Faculty highligh reading, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by Jason Bordt, Colin Burch, Caroline Cahill, Jeremy Griffin, and Hastings Hensel on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 pm in the Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Jason Bordt lives in the Myrtle Beach area, where he teaches English and creative writing at Coastal Carolina University. He has work published in South Dakota Review, The Tooth, and Red Weather.

Colin Burch is a former section editor at The Sun News and holds writing awards from the N.C. Press Association and the S.C. Press Association. Burch has also published in The Charlotte Observer, Weekly Surge, Iodine: A Poetry Journal, New Mirage Journal, and Appraisal: The Journal of the British Personalist Forum. He holds an MFA from Queens University.

Caroline Cahill’s poetry has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review and Copper Nickel. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Tusk and American Bicyclist. She was the recipient of a partial fellowship/work exchange grant to the Vermont Studio Center in February 2013. Her poem “Dear Watson” was a finalist in Copper Nickel’s poetry contest in 2011. She is a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University.

Jeremy Griffin received his MFA in fiction from Virginia Tech University. His book A Last Resort for Desperate People was released from Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2012 and was nominated for a Library of Virginia Book Award. He has published in a number of journals such as The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, and Shenandoah.

Hastings Hensel is the author of a chapbook, Control Burn. His poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, 32 Poems, Cave Wall, Gray's Sporting Journal, and elsewhere. He is a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University.

Author Nikky Finney to speak as part of the 2014 Celebration of Inquiry, April 2

The Arts and Humanities track of the 2014 Celebration of Inquiry welcomes plenary speaker Nikky Finney  on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:00 pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public.

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea in Conway, SC. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co–founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

March 2014

Author Juliana Gray to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, March 27

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Juliana Gray  on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Juliana Gray’s second collection, Roleplay, won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was recently published by Dream Horse Press. A chapbook, Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve, won the 2013 Winged City Chapbook Press poetry chapbook contest and is forthcoming. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from PMS: poemmemoirstory, Measure, 32 Poems, River Styx, and elsewhere. An Alabama native, Gray lives in western New York and is an associate professor of English at Alfred University.

CCU English Department Hosts SECOL 81, March 27-29

Coastal Carolina University is excited to host the 81st meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL). SECOL 81 will be held March 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Resort in sunny North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. SECOL is the oldest regional linguistic association in the US, and is dedicated to the advancement of the study of language in all its aspects.  Contact Dr. Becky Childs and Dr. J. Daniel Hasty for more information.

February 2014

Call for submissions to 16th contest in The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, March 3

Call for submissions to the 16th contest in The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series.  The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series (named in honor and memory of Paul Rice, professor of English at CCU 1987-2004) is a poetry competition open to current Coastal Carolina undergraduate students.  Poems must be submitted through email to Cara Blue Adams, Coordinator of Creative Writing, by Monday, March 3.  The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named at a later time.  The winning poet will receive $100, and the poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies.

Author Kyle Minor to speak for The Words to Say it Visiting Writers Series, February 20

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Kyle Minor on Thursday, February 20, at 4:30pm in the Edwards Recital Hall. This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Kyle Minor is the author of Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory. His work appears in print in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, and Gulf Coast; online at Esquire, Tin House, and Salon; and in anthologies including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories, and Random House’s Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

Reviews of Minor’s work: “Reading a Kyle Minor story feels like watching a Coen Brothers’ Film: you have no idea where you’re being led, but you know it’s going to be good.”—Los Angeles Review of Books.

Scholars' Symposia, February 19

The English Department announces the first meeting of the semester for the Scholars’ Symposia.  On Wednesday, February 19th, we will have two presentations, one by Dr. Becky Childs and Dr. J. Daniel Hasty and another by Dr. David Kellogg.  We will meet in EHFA 164 at 12pm-1:30pm.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

January 2014

Recent Faculty Books

Three English faculty had important new books published in the fall of 2013.

Bachman, Maria K. (Chair and Professor), Tromp, Marlene, and Kaufman, Heidi, eds. Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia (The Ohio State University Press, 2013)

Childs, Becky (Associate Professor), Mallinson, Christine, and Van Herk, Gerard, eds. Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (Routledge, 2013)

Ennis, Daniel J. (Dean and Professor) and DeRochi, Jack E., eds. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Bucknell University Press, 2013)

December 2013

MAW students present Comp. 2.0 Symposium, December 9

CCU's Master of Arts in Writing Program (MAW) will host the Comp. 2.0 Symposium to discuss various topics connected to the field of computers and composition on Monday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Edwards 257. MAW students will be presenting results of research conducted in English 690: Special Topics in Composition. (See Comp 2.0 Schedule)

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to faculty and friends of CCU's Department of English. For questions contact Dr. Denise Paster.

Author Jason Ockert to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, November 13

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Jason Ockert on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm in the Johnson Auditorium of the Wall Building. This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Jason Ockert is the author of two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. He has received awards from The Atlantic Monthly, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and the Dzanc Short Story collection contest, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. His short fiction has appeared in New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, storySouth, Ecotone, The Iowa Review, One Story, McSweeney’s, and Post Road. Jason serves as fiction editor of Waccamaw and is an associate professor at Coastal Carolina University. His forthcoming novel is about parasitic, brain-eating wasps.

Reviews of Neighbors of Nothing: “Beautiful stories, searching and generous. Ockert never ceases to astound.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Pulitzer Prize winner

October 2013

Brooke Clark wins the 15th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest, October 28

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce “Brush” by Brooke Clark as the winner of the 15th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. This poem was selected by the final judge, poet Susan Laughter Meyers of Summerville, South Carolina. Brooke will receive a $100.00 prize and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 numbered copies.

Meyers also awarded honorable mention to Pat Siebel’s “Amongst Other Things, Pressure Washing” and Sharon Boyd’s “Walking the Streets by the Baltic Sea.”

The broadside of “Brush” will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside should contact Dan Albergotti in the Department of English (albergot@coastal.edu, 843-349-2420). The deadline for the 16th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2014.

Southern Studies Speaker, October 24

Dr. Daniel Cross Turner is pleased to host Dr. Taylor Hagood (Flordia Atlantic University) to speak on “The South and New Media” on Thursday October 24, from 11am-12pm in EHFA 244.‌‌This event is sponsored by the new Southern Studies Minor with support from Dr. Maggi Morehouse of this History department and the Burroughs Fund.  Please contact Dr. Daniel Cross Turner (dturner1@coastal.edu) with any questions.














August 2013

English Department Welcomes New Faculty, August 15

Cara Blue Adams joins the Department of English as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.  She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program where she also held a lectureship in fiction from 2007-2008.  Over the past five years, she has held various full-time editorial positions at the prestigious literary journal, The Southern Review, while also teaching seminars and workshops on fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary editing and publishing at Louisiana State University. 

Amanda Grefski joins the Department of English as a Lecturer in the first-year writing program.  She has an MA in English from Centenary College and is completing her PhD in composition and rhetoric at St. John’s University.  By virtue of her advanced academic training and more than seven years’ experience teaching writing at the university level, she brings to the program an exciting research agenda in composition studies and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical innovation, particularly in the area of digital literacies.

The English Department also welcomes four new Teaching Associates into the first-year writing program: Brian Druckenmiller, Cathy Forcazzo, Kristen Gallucci, Paul Plisiewicz.

May 2013

English Faculty honored at Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Awards, May 2

English Department faculty took home 3 awards from the 2013 Edwards College of Humnanties and Fine Arts (COHFA) awards ceremony.

Joe Oestreich won the COHFA Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

Ellen Arnold won the COHFA Award for Distinguished Service

Denise Paster won Professor of the Year Award (aka the Apple Award)

Dr. Albergotti wins Crab Orchard Series Poetry Competition, May 1

Dan Albergotti’s poetry collection Millennial Teeth won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry’s 2013 Open Competition. Millennial Teeth will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in August 2014.  Dan's is also the author of The Use of the World , to be released by Unicorn Press in June 2013.

April 2013

Masters of Arts in Writing and English Theses Big Read, April 30

On April 30 in Singleton 112 from 3-5, students from both the MAW and English will share their creative work and research on theses completed Fall 12 and Spring 13.  We hope you will find time to join and support our students.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Professor Jen Boyle, Coordinator, Master of Arts in Writing.

Visiting writer Casey Clabaugh, April 11

Appalachian creative writer and scholar Casey Clabaugh will give two appearances on April 11.  At 12:15 he will speak in Edwards 252, and at 4:30 he will speak in Edwards 104.   For more information, please contact Professor Daniel Cross Turner, faculty advisor for the Southern Studies minor.  

Sigma Tau Delta Induction, April 15

On April 15, twenty-two students were inducted into the 2013 Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, in the Johnson Auditorium, Wall College of Business.  The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Denise Paster.  

New Work by Dan Albergotti 

Associate Professor Dan Albergotti's new chapbook, The Use of the World, will soon be released by Unicorn Press.  Meanwhile, Professor Albergotti's poem "A Brief History of Poetry" appears in the latest issue of Rattle

Writing the River Maymester 2013

New ENGL 201-01 Introduction to Creative Writing class taught by Hastings Hensel. 

Description of course  

This is an experiential-learning course introducing students to creative writing while kayaking the Waccamaw River.

No Experience is necessary. Contact Hastings Hensel (whensel@coastal.edu) for more information.


MAW Students Speak at Conference

Professor Denise Paster and he Master of Arts in Writing Graduate Teaching Assistants present at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Kiawah Island.

Professor Denise Paster and the Master of Arts in Writing Graduate Teaching Assistants present at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Kiawah Island.

Left to right: Graduate students Angela Pilson, Hannah-Jordan Grippo, Candace Kelly, Brian Druckenmiller, and Megan Fahey; Dr. Denise Paster. 

The Master of Arts in Writing Graduate Teaching Assistants present at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Kiawah Island.


Daniel Cross Turner: Recent Publications and Prize Nomination

Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, Assistant Professor of English, has had a busy schedule of late.  He recently published a scholarly monograph, Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South (University of Tennessee Press, 2012).  

In addition: 

  • He recently published an article on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa's work (“Dying Objects/Living Things: The Thingness of Poetry in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods”) in the international interdisciplinary journal, Mosaic.
  • Another article, on  Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wright (“Dying Routes: Charles Wright’s Remembered Roadscapes of the U.S. South in Transit”), has been published in the most recent volume of The Mississippi Quarterly, a special issue on Southern Roots and Routes: Mobility and Migration, edited by Susan V. Donaldson, Suzanne W. Jones, and Eric Gary Anderson.
  • An invited book chapter, “City Workers, Country Workers: The Urban and Rural Working Class in Southern Film,” appeared in Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore, edited by M. Keith Booker (Praeger, 2012).
  • A creative nonfiction essay, “James Dickey and the Lifework of Fathering,” was published in the latest volume of the literary journal, The South Carolina Review. The essay has been nominated for the inaugural Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize for the best article on Southern literature.
  • Turner has been elected to the MLA Delegate Assembly (2013-2016) as well as to the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, the primary national organization for Southern literary studies (2012-2014).
  • Finally, along with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood, Turner is under contract with Louisiana State University Press to co-edit and contribute to a collection of essays, Undead Souths: Beyond the Gothic.

Dan Albergotti: New Poem

Associate Professor Dan Albergotti has published “Ghazal: The Sun Rising,” in the new issue of Sou’wester, the journal from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

James Borton Edits Medical Humanities Book

Teaching Associate James Borton has edited The Art of Medicine in Metaphors (Copernicus Healthcare), a compilation of stories, essays and poems resulting from a symposium he conducted on narrative medicine and the evolving new conversations between doctors and patients.  In Februrary he will address the American Medical Student Association Humanities Institute group on writing illness narratives.