The English Department is proud to announce the
Faculty News – Spring 2013
Tom Akstens will attend the NELGBT conference in April, where he will present a program on Ally initiatives for trans students. Tom has initiated a research project on the correspondence and friendship between Louise Bogan and Rufina Morris McCarthy. He has articles forthcoming in Adirondack Life and Adirondac, the magazine of the Adirondack Mountain Club. His solo album, Flow: Music, Water, Time is a work-in-progress. In the meantime, he and his musical partner, Neil Rossi, will celebrate 50 years of performing with a series of concerts. One of the stops on the tour will be at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 28th. He hopes to see some friendly Siena faces in the audience!
Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt's essay "The Child, the Famine, the Future: Claire Keegan's 'Foster'" has been published recently in Ireland by Four Courts Press as part of a collection entitled "The Country of the Young," edited by Kelly Matthews and John Countryman. An expanded version of "Torching the Thatched Cottage: Claire Keegan's New Rural Ireland," a conference paper she presented last fall in Belgium, has been accepted for a book of essays on the Irish short story. Mary is also happily serving as a reader for Lauren Eversley's fine Honors thesis on the role of media during the Freedom Rides of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
Naton Leslie. Nine of his poems are forthcoming in: Cyphers [Dublin, Ireland], Tar River Poetry 49.2 [East Carolina U., Greenville, NC], Poet Lore [Bethesda, MD], James Dickey Review [Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA]; Saranac Review[State U. of New York, Plattsburg] and Slant [U. of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. Three poems recently appeared: “You Have the Right to Good Reception” Poems and Plays [Middle Tennessee State U, Murfreesboro, TN], “In Niles, Ohio” and “On the Kayaderroseras” and Ship of Fools [U. of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH. Four essays appeared: “Talk” in Fourth Genre [Michigan State U, East Lansing, MI], “In Public” in Xavier Review, [Xavier U., New Orleans, LA] “The Culture of Guns” in Palo Alto Review and “All Around the World” in North Dakota Review [U of North Dakota, Grand Rapids]. An essay about the rhythm and blues artist Little Willie John, “All Around the World,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of that magazine. It is his ninth nomination for inclusion in the prize anthology.
Karin Lin-Greenberg will be a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review's Summer Writers Workshop this June.
Lisa Nevárez has been active with her vampire scholarship. She presented a paper, "Renesmee and Roses: The (R)omantic Child in Breaking Dawn," at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association in March. At that conference she also participated in a "Teaching the Vampire" roundtable. She is preparing the manuscript of her edited volume, "Out of the Coffin and Into the Classroom: Essays on Teaching the Vampire," for McFarland Press. The anticipated publication date is Spring 2014. Her essay on Maria Nugent's "India Journal," which appears in a collection edited by Susmita Roye and published by Cambria Press, will be published later this Spring. Dr. Nevárez is concluding her two-year term as Dept. Chair, and in the Fall will be teaching Literary Perspectives, Survey of English Literature II, and Latino/a Literature.
Dr. Trainor has recently had two articles accepted for publication and delivered a conference paper as well. The first article, "He Stoops to Conquer: Fielding and English Song," will appear later this year in the peer-reviewed journal Miscelanea, and the second, "Fielding and the Morality of Music," will be published in Neophilologus, a peer-reviewed journal that is included in the ProQuest and SpringerLink databases. In addition, in April he delivered a paper on "Fielding, Opera, and Oratorio: the Case of George Frideric Handel" at the annual conference of the College English Association in Savannah, GA. Both articles and the paper are part of his long-term study of the musical attitudes and practices of the eighteenth-century English author Henry Fielding.
In March, Dr. Keith Wilhite chaired a panel on “The City in Literature after 9/11” at the Northeast MLA Convention in Boston, MA. As part of that panel, he also presented a paper entitled “History against the grain: Teju Cole’s Open City.” The essay examines the connection between the wreckage of history and the persistence of memory in post-9/11 Manhattan. In June, Dr. Wilhite will attend the “Cultures of the Suburbs Symposium” at Hofstra University where he will present an essay entitled “Imagining a Community of Readers in the Era of Suburban Sprawl.”
Nancy Dos Santos is currently in the M.A. Program in English at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.
Michael Gioia ’12 spent the summer in Bangalore, India as part of the Siena College International Community Development Internship Program working with an NGO called APD (Association for People with Disabilities).
Ridge Harris ’12 completed two weeks of training with the Army National Guard where he serves as a Specialist at the 104th Military Police Battalion Headquarters Detachment. He was recently hired to work on the “Chris Gibson for Congress” campaign. Ridge is also taking on the challenge of researching, collecting, and documenting the history of a summer camp at Pyramid Lake where he has worked for the past seven summers.
Kyle Ketcham ’12 will be enrolled in a dual Special Education and Literacy Program at SUNY Albany starting Summer 2012.
Rachel McCabe ’12 will enter the M.A. program in English at the University at Buffalo this fall.
Lorin Milazzo ’12 has been offered the position of director of marketing at NAI Platform, a commercial real estate company.
Charles Pensabene ’12 will attend the University at Albany Law School beginning in fall 2012.
Hayley Samela ’12 moved to the UK in summer 2012 and is working as the deputy managing editor for an online magazine based in London called Your Coffee Break. Beginning in September, she will attend University of the Arts London: London College of Communication, working on an MA in Magazine Publishing.
Meghan Timmins ’12 will be working with the New York City Teaching Fellows program starting in June.
Elizabeth Towne ’12 spent summer 2012 interning as a Junior Copywriter at a Palio Pharmaceutical Advertising Agency in Saratoga Springs, NY.