Writing and Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities

Recent Student & Faculty News

Summer 2019

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student news:

  • Tatiana Joseph-Saunders, a junior from Austell, Ga. majoring in Writing and Linguistics, has been awarded a 2019 summer internship at Columbia University in New York City. She will participate in the Internship in Building Community program, developing collaboration and leadership skills while working for a dynamic, multicultural academic program serving high school students. The internship exposes participants to a broad range of experiences in diverse fields such as student affairs, communications, higher education administration, academic affairs, online media, event planning, and education.

and recent faculty news:

  • Christopher Garland, Ph.D., presented his paper, “Why This Monument Matters: Visual Rhetoric and the Performance of Black Revolution in the American South,” at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication.
  • Joanna Schreiber, Ph.D., has received a Scholarly Pursuit Award for her project titled “Examining Technical and Professional Communication Practices in Efficiency Management Models.”
  • Laura Valeri’s, M.F.A., short story “Harlequin Babies” was accepted by South 85 literary journal, and her prose translation of Francesca Diano’s Pascal’s Gelato was accepted by Cagibi, a literary journal.
  • Lisa Costello, Ph.D, won a University Award of Excellence in Service 2019.
  • Carol Jamison’s, Ph.D., book The Chivalry of Westeros received a positive review in the latest issue of Indiana University’s The Medieval Review. Reviewfix.com also published an interview of Dr. Jamison about this book.
  • Christy Mroczek, M.A., was named Georgia Southern’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor in March and was awarded the Certificate of Merit Award by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in May.
  • Amanda Hedrick, M.A., has been selected to participate in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows 2019-2020 Program. Amanda will travel to the University of Georgia six times over the academic year to work with colleagues from around the state on an instructional development project she will redeliver on the Georgia Southern campus.
  • Tony Morris, Ph.D., will participate in “The Great American Poetry Crawl,” sponsored by Sutra Press, and connecting independent literary communities up and down the East Coast. Brendan Walsh and Melanie Goldey will join Morris at E. Shaver Bookseller on July 6, 2019 from 1-3 pm. Join them for an immersive reading that explores the joy, contradiction, heartache and wonder of life. More information available at https://www.facebook.com/events/447748405960871/
  • Krista Petrosino, Ph.D., Writing and Linguistics, is a contributing author for the book, O! Relentless Death!: Celebrities, Loss, and a Year of Mourning, which was recently awarded the Independent Voice Award gold medal and recognized as one of the Outstanding Books of the Year (2018) by the 23rd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book was chosen “for being the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and/or experimental” (IPPY Awards). Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of styles and subjects. This year’s contest drew 4,500 entries.
  • Robert Terry, Ph.D., and Lisa Dusenberry’s, Ph.D., article, Serious Interactive Fiction: Constraints, Interfaces, and Creative Writing Pedagogy, was published in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.

Spring 2019

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent faculty news:

  • Lisa Costello, Ph.D., has been awarded the Award for Excellence in Service for 2019-2020.
  • Christy Mroczek has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Advising by NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising.
  • Joanna Schreiber has received a stipend from the university’s Faculty Research Committee to support her project, “Examining Technical and Professional Communication Practices in Efficiency Management Models.”
  • The Fledge journal of outstanding first-year writing (a.k.a. fledge) was released at the First Year Writing Awards ceremony. Thanks to Kat Fallon, Ben Drevlow, and Christopher Smith for overseeing the publication.
  • The Calliope journal of student art and writing, based at Armstrong but open to all campuses, will be released next week. Thanks to Rob Terry for overseeing the publication.
  • Janet Dale’s, M.F.A., poem “oxytocin | ˌɑksəˈtoʊs(ə)n” was published in Really System (issue 26), and her poem, “A Perfectly Inelastic Collision” is forthcoming from Minerva Rising (Spring 2019).
  • Laura Valeri’s, M.F.A., critical essay: “The Tale: What a Film’s Narrative Structure Can Teach Us About Writing Trues Stories” was accepted by the journal Drunk Monkeys.
  • Melissa Carrion, Ph.D., was interviewed for an NBC News article focused on how to effectively communicate with parents opposed to vaccines. Her research, drawn from interviews with non-vaccinating mothers, was featured.
  • Nicole Rivas’s, M.F.A., short story, “Death of an Ortolan,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2019. Her short story, “Crumbs,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Microfiction 2019, and her short story, “Hatched,” was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. She served as a panelist on “Queering Genre Boundaries: Speculative and Fantastic in LGBTQ+ Writing” at AWP 2019 in Portland, OR alongside Darcie Little Badger, Nino Cipri, Rose Lemberg, and Maria Romasco Moore.
  • Nan LoBue, M.A.L.S., of the Department of Writing and Linguistics, and Peggy Lindsey, Ph.D, now at the Agricultural Technical Institute of Ohio State, recently teamed with Tracy Linderholm, Ph.D., of the College of Education to produce three modules on avoiding plagiarism, using APA style, and writing a literature review. These modules will be resources for graduate students in the College of Education.
  • Katherine Fallon’s, M.F.A., poems “Rasputin” and “You Return” appeared in Pretty Owl Poetry. Her poem “Often, and Without Shame” appeared in Screen Door Review. Her full-length manuscript, Gold Star, has been shortlisted for the Christopher Smart Prize for Poetry through Eyewear Publishing LTD. She has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Poetry Chapbook Category for The Toothmakers’ Daughters.
  • Carol Jamison’s, Ph.D., article “Chivalry without Borders: A Classroom Collaboration between English and Spanish Medievalists,” co-written with Dr. Grant Gearhart, Ph.D., appeared in a special issue of the ADFL / ADE Bulletin: Globalization and Literary Studies.
  • Carol Jamison, Ph.D., recently reviewed English Vocabulary Today: Into the 21st Century by Barry J. Blake for Choice. In May, she will present “Patient Wives and Defiant Women: Toppling Toxic Masculinity in Chaucer’s Secular Saint’s Lives” at the 53rd Annual International Medieval Congress.
  • Kevin Psonak, Ph.D., presented “Teaching Language Change” in a webinar with Fulbright Scholar Olga Sciuchina and English as a Foreign Language faculty at the American Center – Tiraspol (Moldova) and Tirana University (Albania) on April 8.
  • Marti Lee, Ph.D, has successfully defended her dissertation “The Warped One: Nationalist Adaptations of the Cuchulain Myth” at the University of South Carolina.
  • Christina Olson’s, M.F.A., poetry manuscript The Last Mastodon won the 2019 Rattle Chapbook Prize. She has also been offered an artistic residency at Gullkistan, located in Laugarvatn, Iceland, for summer 2020.
  • Melissa Carrion’s, Ph.D., article “An Ounce of Prevention: Identifying Cues to Inaction for Maternal Vaccine Refusal” was cited in a recent opinion editorial that appeared in multiple sources including Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oregonian, and the website for the PBS News Hour.
  • Tony Morris’s, Ph.D., review of Neal Shepard’s How It Is: Selected Poems will be published in the upcoming Provincetown Arts annual magazine that publishes a uniquely balanced blend of interviews, essays, reviews, fiction, visual features, reportage, and poetry—demonstrating the vital importance of artists, functioning outside the urban centers. Morris also served as poetry judge for the 2019 Poetry Out Loud Contest, a national competition that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation, helping students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Finally, Morris was invited to present a poetry reading in Athens, GA for the Word of Mouth Reading Series.

Winter 2019

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student and faculty news:

Students & Alumni

    • Alum Caleigh Shaw has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program, with full funding, at Oklahoma State University, where she will study poetry writing. She was also accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Minnesota State University.
    • Alum Katrina Delghingaro has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program, with full funding, at Minnesota State University, where she will study fiction writing. She was also accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Emerson College.
    • Alum Devan Pride has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program, with full funding, at Portland State University, where she will study fiction writing.
    • Hannah Sincavage, a W&L student concentrating in Writing Studies had her multimodal project “Your Privilege Is Showing” accepted to the CURIO Symposium at Georgia Southern. Some of her work for her Honors Thesis on intersectionality, disability, and representation was accepted into the regional Honors Conference in March 2019. Her Honors Thesis co-mentors are Lisa Costello, Ph.D., and Christopher Garland, Ph.D.
    • Major Hannah Sincavage’s proposal “The Token: The Representation and Intersectionality of Disabled Female Bodies in Still-Image Advertising” was accepted to the Southern Regional Honors Conference, which will take place in Memphis, Tennessee from March 28-30
    • Alum Summer Kurtz accepted a position as Closed Captioning Specialist at LFP Broadcasting LLC
  • Major Blakeley Bartee had her poem “Phantom Habits” published in LossLit.

Faculty

    • Russell Willerton, Ph.D., shares in the 2019 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Original Collection of Essays from the National Council of Teachers of English, for the Special Issue on Plain Language published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication in late 2017. Willerton co-edited the special issue with Natalia Matveeva, Ph.D., and Michelle Moosally, Ph.D., from the University of Houston–Downtown.
    • Benjamin Drevlow, M.F.A., Jared Yates Sexton, M.F.A., Nicole Rivas, M.F.A., Katherine Fallon, M.F.A., Christina Olson, M.F.A., Sean Hill, M.F.A., and Theresa Welford, Ph.D., all attended the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference in Portland, Oregon.
      • Sean presented on two panels: “New Poetic Visions of the West” and “What Is Found In Nature: On Writing Wilderness and Other Ecologically-Minded Essays.”
    • Christina Olson, M.F.A., and Tony Morris, Ph.D., were judges for the Breaking the Cycle Poetry Contest for inmates held by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on March 8. They were joined by Chad Faries, Ph.D., from Savannah State University.
    • Renee L. Berry, M.A., and Lauren McMillan, M.L.S., gave a presentation at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy held in Savannah, Ga. in September 2018. Their interactive presentation was titled “How Do We Teach Authority in a Culture Where Everyone’s an Expert?”
    • Laura Valeri, M.F.A., presented at the Miami International Book Fair reading from her latest book, The Dead Still Here. She was also interviewed by Jitney for her book. Her story “What They Know” was nominated for a Best of Small Fictions Anthology inclusion.Her short story “Assembly Heart” came out in the Winter Issue of the Santa Fe Project Quarterly.
    • Joanna Schreiber, Ph.D. has accepted an invitation to join the WAC Clearinghouse Publications Review Board. Her article, “Advocating for Sustainability: A Report on and Critique of the Undergraduate Capstone Course” with Lisa Meloncon, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida, has been published in Technical Communication Quarterly.
    • Jared Yates Sexton, M.F.A., has signed a deal to publish his book, American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Lost Its People, with Dutton/Penguin-Random House in 2020.
    • Janet Dale, M.F.A., had a story titled “After Moon” published in The Boiler, a poem titled “Thirteen” published in 8 Poems, and an essay “Somewhere In Between Tennessee and Georgia” published in Foliate Oak.
    • William Belford, Ph.D., presented a chapter from his novel manuscript at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture at the University of Louisville in February 2019.
    • Margaret Brockland-Nease, M.A., coached an all-female team of students from Isle of Hope Middle School to their first-place win in multi-media lab presentation at the National Student Astronaut Challenge at Kennedy Space Center on February 4, 2019.
    • Lisa Dusenberry, Ph.D., gave an invited two hour workshop, “Collaboration and Team Communication,” for the faculty and staff of Georgia Southern’s Center for Teaching Excellence on February 8, 2019. She presented “Coding to Compose” with Joy Robinson, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama in Huntsville at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2019.
    • Katherine Fallon, M.F.A.; Amanda Hedrick, M.A.;  and Amanda Schumacher, M.F.A.; facilitated the Write It, Do It competition as part of the Science Olympiad for regional middle schoolers on February 23, 2019.
    • Nicole Rivas’s, M.F.A., book review, “Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay” was published in VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her short stories, “Demolished” and “Crumbs”, were published in The Cincinnati Review: MiCRo Series.
    • Laura Valeri, M.F.A., and Christina Olson, M.F.A, taught weekend workshops at the Ossabaw Writers’ Conference on March 2, 2019.
    • Members of the Department of Writing and Linguistics from all three campuses served as judges for the Regional Literary Competition at H.V. Jenkins High School in Savannah on March 2nd. Judges included Amanda Hedrick, M.A.; Marcus Mitchell, Ph.D.; Claire Nelson, M.F.A.; Sheila Nielsen, M.A.; and Nicole Rivas, M.F.A.
    • Katherine Fallon’s, M.F.A., poem “Hazing” was published in Meridian Issue 42. Her poems “Leaving Red Rocks” and “Letters From the Farm” appear in Colorado Review Vol. 45 Issue 3.
    • Kevin Psonak, Ph.D. and Jinrong Li, Ph.D., presented “The role of Turnitin in peer review: Comparing L1 and L2 students’ use of PeerMark and their perceptions” at the annual conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics in Atlanta, GA on March 11.
    • Robert Terry, Ph. D., presented “The Style of the Classic Man: Jidenna, Performance, and Composition” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh, Pa. on March 16, 2019. He read a new short story titled “Overflow” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 in Louisville, Ky. on February 22.
    • Jinrong Li, Ph.D., presented “Feedback and learning to use vocabulary in writing” at CCCC 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA on March 14, 2019.
    • Kathy Albertson, Ph.D; June Joyner, M.A.; Drew Keane, M.A.; and Marti Lee, M.A., presented “Performing for the Academy in First-Year Writing Courses” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh on March 16th, 2019.
    • Michael Pemberton, Ph.D., co-led a workshop on “Building and Running an Academic Journal: A Behind-the-Scenes Workshop in Independent Publishing” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 16. His chapter, “Rethinking the WAC/Writing Center/Graduate Student Connection,” was published in “Re/Writing the Center” (Utah State University Press).
    • Timothy D. Giles, Ph.D., presented “Role-Playing Scenarios for the Writing Classroom” to the College Composition and Communication Conference, Pittsburgh, March 14, 2019.
    • Marti D. Lee, M.A., presented “Remembering Home: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah and Elsewhere” at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies in Boston on March 21, 2019. Her presentation focused on the roots of Irish-American nostalgia (and, by extension, that of other diaspora), and how this led to the proliferation of ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day.
    • Margaret Brockland-Nease, M.A., was selected by the Faculty Service Committee to receive a Spring 2019 Service Award for her work in coaching the Isle of Hope K-8 School Astronaut Club to its first place finish in multi-media presentation at the 2019 National Student Astronaut Challenge at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    • Ten faculty from the Department of Writing and Linguistics have been nominated for the 2019 Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students award:
      • Christopher Cartwright, M.F.A.
      • June Joyner, M.A.
      • Amanda Medlock, M.A.
      • Leigh Ann Williams, M.A.
      • David C. Muller, Ph.D.
      • Nicole Rivas, M.F.A.
      • Katherine Fallon, M.F.A.
      • Janet Dale, M.F.A.
      • Renee Berry, M.A.
      • Aron Pease, Ph.D.
    • Christopher Garland, Ph.D., won a 2018-2019 Spring Travel Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence. His chapter “‘Once Upon a Time, in a Nearby Hell’: Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State and the Difficulty of Reading, Writing, and Teaching Haiti” will be included in the edited book collection Teaching, Theorizing, and Reading Caribbean Texts to be published by Lexington Books in Fall 2019.
    • Dr. Lisa A. Costello, Ph.D., presented “Imposter Syndrome” for the Women in STEM group on the Armstrong Campus on March 28th from 1:30 to 2:00 pm.
  • Marti D. Lee, M.A., will defend her dissertation “The Warped One: Nationalist Adaptations of the Cuchulain Myth” on April 5, 2019 at the University of South Carolina.

Fall 2018

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student and faculty news:

  • The following current GSU students were selected by an outside panel of judges as the nominees for the 2019 AWP Intro Journal Awards:
    • “Airwashed” by Paige Peterson (fiction)
    • “10/20” by Darren Winters (creative nonfiction)
    • “Underground Stories” by Kathryn Grafton (poetry)
    • “from demeter, with love” by Abby Fuller (poetry)
    • “Tulsa” by Conner J. Kirsch (poetry)
  • Janice R. Walker, Ph.D., and Jinrong Li, Ph.D., facilitated a workshop on coding screen-captured data for the LILAC (Learning Information Literacy Across the Curriculum) project at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy on September 29.
  • Lisa Dusenberry, Ph.D., presented “Implementing Psychological Safety Training to Address Workplace Trends in Collaboration” at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Conference, held in Minneapolis October 4-6.
  • Nicole Rivas‘s, M.F.A., short story, “Don’t Mention It,” was published in Newfound.
  • Christopher Garland, Ph.D., presented his paper, “The Blackest Art: André Eugène and the Atis Rezistans,” at the 10th Annual Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Conference held in New Orleans in October.
  • Amanda Hedrick, M.A., and Sheila Nielsen, M.A., facilitated a writing workshop for 23 students in Jontia Grace’s fifth grade class at Mill Creek Elementary School. The workshop was donated by the Georgia Southern Writing Project as the grand prize for the Ferst Foundation’s annual fundraiser. Read more about the GSWP and Ferst Foundation collaboration in the Statesboro Herald article, “Local children make ‘change’ for literacy.”
  • Amanda Hedrick, M.A. and co-director of Georgia Southern Writing Project, read to pre-schoolers at Statesboro High School as part of Dr. Alissa Sasser’s, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at SHS, initiative to bring together community leaders and young readers.
  • Amanda Hedrick, M.A., led an art journaling workshop at the Sexual Assault Survivors Conference on October 13th. This annual conference is hosted by The Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center.
  • Janet Dale, M.F.A., was named the Professor of the Week (Oct 12) by the Georgia Southern Football Team.
  • Christina Olson‘s, M.F.A., poem “Self-Portrait as Mastodon Remains” (originally published in Alaska Quarterly Review) was featured on the website Poetry Daily. She has been selected to serve as faculty for the 2019 Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, where she will teach workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction.
  • Russell Willerton, Ph.D., published “Out of the Abstract and Into Your Real Life” in Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication.
  • Katherine Fallon, M.F.A., placed three poems in the literary journal Oxidant Engine, which are available to read online, and published one poem in the literary journal Birds Piled Loosely, which is available to read online.
  • Laura Valeri, M.F.A., published “More Than Skin-Deep: Reading Past Whiteness in Hemingway’s ‘Hills Like White Elephants’” about Hemingway and racial bias in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.
  • Melissa Carrion‘s, Ph.D., article, “‘You need to do your research’: Vaccines, contestable science, and maternal epistemology” (published in the journal Public Understanding of Science) was the recipient of two national awards: the 2018 Article of the Year Award from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the 2018 Anita Taylor Outstanding Published Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
  • Lisa Dusenberry, Ph.D., presented “Problem Solving, Adaptation, and Collaboration: Professional and Technical Communication in Three Keywords” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, held in November in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Carol Jamison, Ph.D., published “To Be or Not To Be: Arya Stark, Theatre, and the Power of Performance” in  You Win or You Die: Performances of Gender, Death, and Power in Game of Thrones.
  • Melissa Carrion, Ph.D., and Joanna Schreiber‘s, Ph.D., paper titled “From Product to Process: Mapping the Use of Research in Public Controversies” was presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was designated a “top paper” by the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine.  Dr. Carrion also presented a paper titled “Risk Ecologies: A Theoretical and Methodological Framework” in the Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division.
  • Carol Jamison, Ph.D., presented “The Chronological Migration of the Seven Deadly Sins: From the Fourth Lateran Council to Internet Culture” at the Southeast Medieval Association, and she presented “Spanglish, Spanish, and the Continuing Evolution of English” at both the Liberty Center and Armstrong Campus as part of The Brown Bag Series.
  • Amanda Hedrick, M.A, and Katherine Fallon, M.F.A, presented with Georgia Southern colleagues Baker Rogers, Ph.D, and Peggy Shannon-Baker, Ph.D, at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Atlanta. The panel titled “Queering Southern: Insurgent Queer Practices in the Rural South” was partially sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program.
  • Dr. Lisa Costello was awarded the 2018 CLASS Award of Distinction in Teaching at the spring 2018 CLASS meeting.
  • Dr. Lori Amy is the subject of a recent Fulbright Alumni Feature and received a $2,000 grant for OTTOnomy from the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation.
  • Dr. Melissa Carrion‘s article in Public Understanding of Science was the recipient of the 2018 Anita S. Taylor Outstanding Published Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender
  • Drew Keane’s article “An Examination of the Book of Common Prayer as Technical Writing for an Oral-Aural Culture” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.
  • Dr. Melissa Carrion and Dr. Joanna Schreiber‘s paper, “From Product to Process: Mapping the Use of Scientific Research in Public Controversies” was designated a “Top Paper” by the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine for the upcoming meeting of the National Communication Association.
  • Professor Kat Fallon’s poetry chapbook, The Toothmaker’s Daughterswill be released by Finishing Line Press.
  • Professor Nicole Rivas’s flash fiction chapbook, A Bright and Pleading Dagger, is available from Rose Metal Press
  • Dr. Christopher Garland published a column, “Advice for changing positions as a junior faculty member,” with Inside Higher Ed.
  • Alumnus Anthony Setari (’09) was named to the 40 Under 40 List by the Georgia Southern University Alumni Association. He is a Data Fellow, Research and Evaluation Specialist with District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. He earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Education Sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Summer 2018

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent news:

  • The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine’s (ARSTM) Article of the Year Award committee has selected Dr. Melissa Carrion’s “‘You need to do your research’: Vaccines, contestable science, and maternal epistemology” article as a co-winner of the 2018 award.
  • Dr. Melissa Carrion and Dr. Joanna Schreiber, along with Dr. Jessica Lauer of Michigan Technical University, edited the most recent issue of Programmatic Perspectives on the topic of “Revisiting the Technical and Professional Communication Service Course: Histories, Pedagogies, Values, and Trajectories.”

Spring 2018

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent news:

  • Dr. Melissa Carrion is the recipient of a Faculty Pursuit Award from the Faculty Research Committee/Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs.  The award will support completion of a mixed-methods (qualitative and rhetorical) project titled “Toward a Vaccine Risk Ecology.”
  • The winners of the Brannen Creative Writing Award were announced; Tralen Rhone won in the poetry category for his work “The Nice Ol’ Floor” and Amir Alexander won in the fiction category for the piece “How to Survive a Year.” They, along with the year’s other award winners, will be honored at the first annual Department of Writing and Linguistics Spring Award Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018.
  • Major Kat Delghingaro‘s creative nonfiction piece, “After that Night,” was published in Two Cities Review.
  • Major Hannah Sincavage‘s work has been accepted for publication in Red Cedar Review.
  • Major Darianne Perez‘s work has been accepted for publication in Red Cedar Review.
  • Major Kasi Bitter has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Chatham University. Her proposal, “Frida Khalo in Unity and Decline,” was accepted at the 2018 CCCCs Digital Praxis Poster sessions, and she will present the work in Kansas City during the 2018 CCCC.
  • Major Kenneth Lee has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program, with full funding, at West Virginia University. He has also been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Emerson College.
  • Alumna Daja Hansel-Coates has been accepted into the Master in Bilingual and Multicultural Education program at Universidad Alcala.
  • Alumna Lauren Gagnon has been accepted into the MFA program in fiction at UCF.
  • Alumnus Michael Malmberg has been accepted into the MFA program in fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Alumna Kenley Alligood has been accepted into the MFA program in poetry at Northern Michigan University.
  • Alumna Kelsey Allman has been accepted into the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Florida Atlantic University.
  • Alumna Summer Kurtz‘s poetry chapbook, Anthropomorphic (which started as her honors thesis) has been accepted for publication.
  • Alumna Amanda Mazzillo has been accepted into the MFA program in Dramatic Writing at SCAD.

September 2017

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent faculty news:

  • Melissa Carrion’s article, “‘You need to do your research’: Vaccines, Contestable Science, and Maternal Epistemology” was published in Public Understanding of Science.
  • Laura Valeri just signed a contract with SFA University Press for The Dead Still Here, a short story collection.
  • Jinrong Li won a SoTL fellowship for 2017-2018. Her paper, “Preparing English language learners for academic writing: a functional linguistic approach,” was accepted for presentation at Georgia TESOL in October 2017.
  • Christina Olson has new creative nonfiction in Third Coast, which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also recently delivered a craft talk, “Weird Science + Poetry” at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, GA.
  • Members of the Department of Writing and Linguistics will serve as the Local Host Committee for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Conference, held in Savannah from October 5-7.
  • Melissa Carrion and Joanna Schreiber also presented their research at the conference in a session titled “Toward a user-centered, sustainable TPC service course.” Members of the local host committee were Joanna Schreiber (committee chair), Andrew Berger, Melissa Carrion, Tim Giles, Aron Pease, Amanda Schumacher, and Christopher Smith.
  • The Georgia Southern Writing Project has been working in Statesboro High and William James Middle School. At SHS, eight teachers participated in Assignments Matter workshop. At WJMS, more than 40 teachers in 6-8th grades have participated, along with Principal Julie Mizell.

August 2017

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent faculty news:

  •  Jared Yates Sexton released The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage (Counterpoint), “a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election…featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis.”
  • Writing & Linguistics faculty were nominated by students and colleagues as Outstanding Advocates for First-Year Students. Nominees include Cameron Clements; Janet Dale; Ben Drevlow; Amanda Ford; Lauren Fortenberry; Brandi Moody; and Sheila Nielsen. The award, presented each year by the First Year Experience program, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the academic and/or personal lives of first-year students.

And recent student news:


Spring 2017

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student news:

  • The annual Senior Reading was held on April 27, 2017. Click here to see the featured readers!
  • The first annual fledge First-Year Writing Awards were held on April 26, 2017. Click here to see the award winners and featured readers!
  • Major Brandi Hanna has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Louisiana State University, where she will concentrate in poetry writing.
  • Minor Ashanti Hardy has been accepted into City Year, an AmeriCorps program. She will spend next year working in a city school in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Major Asya Fields has been accepted as a Corps Leader with the organization CitiYear. She will spend July 2017 through May 2018 in Washington, D.C., working with urban youth.
  • Major Kenneth Lee has a creative nonfiction piece, “Orange Wings, Nylon Shorts, and Other Horrors,” in Entropy magazine.
  • Major Aleyna Rentz has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Johns Hopkins University, where she will concentrate in fiction writing.
  • Major Courtney Sylvester had her story “1 in 4” accepted by Feminist Wire and “Red Checkered Flannel” published in GNU Journal.
  • Alumna Selby Cody published “Man on the Moon” in GNU Journal.
  • After graduation in 2012, alumna Grace Simmons was deployed to Afghanistan, where her work consisted of technical writing. Currently, Grace is finishing up her thesis, which reviews how Luke Cage, a Netflix-Marvel web series, discusses political  and social issues like police brutality. She hopes to defend in April and walk the stage in May with her Master’s degree in Communications with a focus on Public Relations from Bowie State University in Maryland. She ultimately plans to pursue a career working for a non-profit where she can use the skills she has acquired to help find resources and connections with other companies.

And recent faculty news:


Fall 2016

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student news:

  • Major Aleyna Rentz‘s story, “Girls on Hands and Knees,” has been accepted for publication by Hobart.
  • Major Genevieve Dietz has new work appearing in Polychrome Ink.
  • The 2016 Honors @ Georgia Southern magazine features multiple Writing and Linguistics majors and alums, including Cassie Beasley and Kate Beasley, Aleyna Rentz, Devan Pride, Kristin Flippo, and Maggie DeLisle.

And faculty news:

  • Dr. Lori Amy is featured in a Faculty Spotlight.
  • Dr. Lisa A. Costello helped pilot a new digital resource housed at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), which goes live nationally December 2016. Georgia Southern is one of approximately 20 universities nationally that are participating in this pilot project and Dr. Costello was chosen competitively to be amongst the initial trial group of six teaching faculty from across the nation.
  • Professor Drew Keane analyzes the lyrics of “No Flocking” by Kodak Black in a feature from The George-Anne.

Spring 2016

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student news:

  • Major Michael Conner has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at American University.
  • Alum Conner White has been accepted into the MFA Creative Writing program at Iowa State University.

And faculty news:

Dr. Jinrong Li‘s article “Rethinking the Role of Automated Writing Evaluation (AWE) Feedback in ESL Writing Instruction,” which appeared in the Journal of Second Language Writing (Vol. 27), recently earned an honorable mention in the selection for the journal’s Best of 2015 Award.

  • Professors Julie Douberly, Alicia Spence, and Amanda Hedrick spoke to students at Statesboro’s William James Middle School on Career Day about their careers in teaching writing at Georgia Southern University.
  • Professors Christina Olson and Jared Yates Sexton attended the Voices of the Middle West Literary Festival at the University of Michigan, where Olson was a speaker on a panel titled “Unheard Voices in Publishing” and Sexton was a speaker on a panel titled “Storytelling as Community.”
  • Professor Leigh Ann Williams represented Georgia Southern at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Washington, D.C., an annual event to meet with members of Congress to garner support for the National Writing Project. While on Capitol Hill, she met with Georgia Representatives Rick Allen and Buddy Carter, among others.
  • Dr. Lisa Costello and Dr. Jinrong Li served as members on the Ask-a-Feminist interactive panel hosted by the Georgia Southern chapter of the National Organization for Women.
  • Professor Laura Valeri recently held a two-hour talk with Ezra Pound’s daughter, the poet/writer Mary De Rachewiltz, and completed a twenty-one day research residency with the CINI foundation in Italy.
  • Professor Andy Berger traveled to Bowling Green, KY, to present at the 2016 Kentucky Philological Association Conference. His presentation was called “Podcasting: A Multimodal Approach in the Composition Classroom.”
  • Professors Laura Valeri, Jared Yates Sexton, Christina Olson, and Benjamin Drevlow attended the 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles, CA.
The Department of Writing and Linguistics hosted its sixteenth Student Success in Writing Conference at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, GA. Led by co-chairs Dr. Peggy Lindsey and Professor Nan LoBue, the conference attracted 116 teachers from high schools and two-year and four-year institutions in 14 different states. Georgia Southern faculty from several different departments presented, including the following from the Department of Writing and Linguistics:

●  Professor Nan LoBue presented “Discourse Analysis: A Bridge between Grammar Instruction and Writing Practice.”
●  Professor Natalie James presented “Teaching with YouTube: Online Media as Model Texts.”
●  Dr. Melissa Carrion presented “Communication Theory in the Composition Classroom: Aligning Social Scientific and Rhetorical Approaches to Persuasion.”
●  Dr. Mimi Li presented “Three Heads are Better Than One: Dynamic Interactions in ESL Collaborative Wiki Writing.”
●  Dr. Janice Walker, Dr. Jinrong Li and Professor Leigh Ann Williams presented “The LILAC Project: Coding Student Information-Seeking Behaviors.”
●  Professor Monique Bos presented “Choose Your Own Rubric (Sort of).”
●  Dr. Ellen Hendrix presented “Bridging the Gap: Knowing What They Need to Know.”


Fall 2015

The Department of Writing & Linguistics is pleased to announce recent student and alumni news and publications:

Last updated: 5/28/2019

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