Department News

Department News

Spring 2015

Pam Clements has had three poems accepted for forthcoming issues of literary journals: “July Afternoon,” in Blueline; “Reve,” and “Lobo” in Tulip Tree Review.  Eight of her poems will appear in the anthology New Crops from Old Fields:  8 Medievalist Poets, ed. Oz Hardwick (Stairwell Books, U.K. 2015).  Their titles are: “Wodewose,” “Foxgloves at Glendalough,” “Death, With a Discus,” “Silkie,” “Vivien and Merlin,” “Anhaga,” “White Owl Irruption,” and “Misericord."  She organized and participated in a poetry reading at the International Studies in Medievalism conference in October, 2014 at Georgia Tech, and she has been asked to read poetry at the next meeting of the Medieval Academy (Boston 2016).  She currently has two chapbooks making the rounds of poetry chapbook contests, Dancing in the City of No Illusions, and Things Damaged, Things Unfinished.  Next fall, she will be teaching a new honors seminar, Illness and Medicine in Literature.

This summer Jerry Dollar will present a paper entitled "Notes from the Anti-Fracking Underground" at the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (U. of Idaho, Moscow). Jerry will focus on the work of writer-activist Sandra Steingraber in fighting to preserve the ecological integrity of Seneca Lake. Later in the summer Jerry will resume work on environmental writers of the northern Rockies and the Far North.

Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt’s essay “Torching the Thatched Cottage: Claire Keegan's New Rural Irish Fiction,” was published recently in The Irish Short Story: Traditions and Trends, ed. Elke D’hoker and Stephanie Eggermont (Peter Lang); she has completed an essay, “Where All the Ladders Start: Mary Costello's The China Factory,” for a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies focusing on the Irish short story.

Margaret P. Hannay’s chapter “Sleuthing in the Archives: The Life of Lady Mary Wroth” was published in Re-Reading Mary Wroth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  The volume, edited by Katherine R. Larson and Naomi J. Miller, with Andrew Strycharski, is dedicated to her: “For Margaret Hannay, who has always shown the way."

Margaret and her long-time co-editors, Michael G. Brennan and Mary Ellen Lamb, are currently in press with the scheduled July publication of their two-volume Ashgate Research Companion to the Sidneys (1500-1700) (Ashgate, forthcoming 2015).  The volume will include thirty-nine international contributors.

Erich Hertz presented on "Adorno and Noise" at the Modernist Studies Association in November. His most recent essay, "Framing Experience: Filming Concerts and the Postmodern Sublime" has been accepted for publication in a volume on Arena Concerts. He has also submitted an essay on Rebecca West and Vorticism to Women's Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal. His edited collection entitled Write in Tune: Contemporary Music and Fiction was a published in June and has received some good reviews.  Available on

Karin Lin-Greenberg published a poem, “Career Development,” in issue 9 of Stone Canoe (Syracuse U.). “Perspective For Artists,” a short story, is forthcoming from Bellingham Review (Western Washington U.). The Friends of Albany Public Library invited her to give an author talk at the main branch of the Albany Public Library in February. In March, she was invited to be part of the SUNY Geneseo All-College Hour Speaker Series. She was presented with the TrustCo Bank Award for Excellence by Athletics at the Siena basketball game on December 28, 2014. This summer she will serve as one of the judges for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her story collection, Faulty Predictions, is a finalist for Foreword Review’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for 2014 in the Short Story category. Reviews of Faulty Predictions can be found here:

Dr. Lisa Nevárez' article on vampire children and their mothers, in which she discusses novels by Stephen King and John Avjide Lindqvist, has been accepted by the peer-reviewed Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Interview With the Vampire, Warner Bros. released a Blu-ray of the film on October 1. Accompanying the film is a documentary, "Lestat, Louis, and the Vampire Phenomenon." Dr. Nevárez is among the vampire scholars interviewed for and appearing in the documentary. Finally, her essay on Latina vampires in graphic novels will appear in a collection on vampires and race, Darker Than the Night, edited by Dr. U. Melissa Anyiwo; Sense Publishers expects a 2015 publication date. In April she will be presenting a paper on Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic vampires at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association. In September she is looking forward to attending the Open Graves, Open Minds conference in England, where she will speak about feral children in zombie apocalypse texts. Finally, check out this link to her edited collection of essays, The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead!

Rachel Stein is on sabbatical in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is taking fiction writing courses and working on a series of linked stories.  One story,  “Silent Treatment,” will be published in the Smoky Mountain Review in April,  2015.  She also has an article titled “Material Feminist Practices in a Body Politics Seminar” forthcoming in Feminist Teacher this spring.  She will present a paper called “‘The Place Promised that Has Never Been:’ Nature as Refuge from Heterosexism in Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Crime Against Nature” at the 2015 Queer Studies Conference at the University of North Carolina.

Keith Wilhite’s article “Face the House: Suburban Domesticity and Nation as Home in The Virgin Suicides” appears in the most recent issue of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies (Volume 61, number 1, Spring 2015).  His review of Karin Lin-Greenberg’s debut story collection, Faulty Predictions, is currently featured in the Spring 2015 issue of The Kenyon Review Online.  This summer, with the assistance of a Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, he will begin work on a chapter entitled “WASP Culture” for the forthcoming collection American Literature in Transition, 1950-1960 (Cambridge University Press).  In the fall, he looks forward to exploring “Suburbia in American Fiction and Film” with the students in his Honors seminar.

Department Chair

Erich Hertz

Erich Hertz

Associate Professor of English

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