Making Their Mark!

  • Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) and Editor of the Southern Quarterly, has published, or had accepted for publication, more than 30 poems and interviews  this spring and summer in numerous journals including America, American Poetry Journal, Arkansas Review, Blue Collar Review,  Christian Century, Emmanuel,  Louisiana Literature, Negative Capability, Paterson Literary Review, Penwood Review, Portside.org, Sojourners, St. Austin Review, Xavier Review, and Willow Review.
  • Dr. Craig Carey, selected as the university’s nominee for the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year Award, 2017.
  • Jonathan Riccio, Ph.D. student, has two poems, "Fragmented Armageddon with Galena" and "The Lipoflavonoid Hour with Montel" appearing in the latest issue of Neologism Poetry Journal.
  • Bryana Fern, Ph.D. student, won The Kullman Award - First Prize in Creative Work at the 2017 Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference.
  • Dr. Craig Carey, whose article on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's paperwork was published in American Literary History 29.2 (Summer 2017).
  • Dr. Paige Gray, Ph.D. in Literature alumni, recently published "Join the Club: African American Children's Literature, Social Change, and the Chicago Defender Junior" in Children's Literature Association Quarterly.
  • David Love, English with Licensure alumni, was named teacher of the year for Copiah County Schools 2016-2017.
  • English Licensure program celebrates another semester of 100% placement rate for Spring 2017. 
  • Dr. Jameela Lares, named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor for 2017-2019.
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint, whose article on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was published in Victorian Literature and Culture 45.2 (June 2017). 
  • Richard Andrews, English major, whose Honors Thesis, "Metagames: Postmodern Narrative and Agency in the Video Games of Davey Wreden" won one of the 2017 Excellence in Research Awards, presented at this year's Honors Banquet.
  • Jamie Barnes, alumni, selected 2017 Teacher of the Year at West Harrison High School. 
  • Dr. Emily Stanback, 2018 Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship selectee.
  • Emma Reeves, 2017 MACTE winner, recipient of the Outstanding Student Teacher Award.
  • Hannah Dow, PhD graduate student and winner the 2017 Partners for the Arts Emerging Arts Award.
  • Emma Reeves, took first place in the Aesthetics and Cultural Criticism category at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Jessica Carrell, Gulf Park English major, took second place in the Aesthetics and Cultural Criticism category at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • English majors: Emma Reeves, Jessica Carrell, Deja Moore, Jana Ishee, and Bethany Carr - each presented exciting papers and research at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium. 
  • Kelli Sellers, winner of the 2016-2017 College of Arts & Letters Instructor of the Year Award.
  • Olivia Bushardt, PhD graduate student and winner of the Dr. Stanley Hauer Outstanding English Graduate Student Teaching Award.
  • Hunter Joplin, PhD graduate student and winner of the James Sims Award for Best Graduate Student Essay.
  • Jessica Ramer, PhD graduate student and winner of the Linwood Orange Award for work in early British Literature.
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint, winner of the University of Southern Mississippi's 2017 Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • Jessica Ramer, PhD student in creative writing, has recently had her article entitled "Billy Sunday as a Source for Carl Sandburg's "The Four Brothers" published by ANQ. Additionally, her poem "Bethelehem 2000" was recently accepted by Contemporary Haibun Online.
  • Winners of poetry awards - A Celebration of Black American Poetry: The Gwendolyn Brooks Award: Ranicia Taylor (For an original poem, $300),The Langston Hughes Award: Taraja Gibbs (For delivery of a published poem, $300), The Robert Hayden Award: Denzel Edwards (For an original poem, $200), & The Frances Harper Award: Rita Nassuna (For delivery of a published poem, $200)
  • Dr. Philip Kolin, (Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus) has just published his eighth collection of poems Benedict's Daughter. For more information here is the link to a story about the book. 
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint's article, “Accepting Adèle in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” has just been published in the respected Dickens Studies Annual, Vol 47, 2016, pgs 201-222.
  • Dr. Sreerupa Sengupta, Fall 2016 Ph.D. graduate. She is "Making Her Mark" with her dissertation: "Our Bodies, Ourselves?: Embodiment, Oppression, and Subjectivity in Turn-of-the-Century Women's Fiction and Film of the Indian Subcontinent."
  • Ashley Felder, English Licensure major, won the Honor's College Excellence Award for her honor's thesis on divorce in Victorian Literature. Congratulations to her mentor, Dr. Alexandra Valint, as well. 
  • Eugenie Brignac, English major, was selected to intern at the University Press of Mississippi.
  • Fall 2016 was another semester of 100% placement for English Licensure majors! Congratulations on your successful job searches: Megan Wilkinson, Kristan Ladner, Ashley Felder, Cody Ladner, Kristen Morel Adams, and Lori Swistak. 
  • Sigma Tau Delta members, Aaron Davenport, Maria Kattner, and Brian King, their proposals were accepted to the organization's international conference in Louisville.
  • USM's World Class Teaching Program, has been ranked #1 in the state and 13th in the nation. Congratulations to Robin Atwood, Darcie Conrad and everyone involved in making this program such a success!
  • Rachael Kunz, English major, has received the Eagle SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) award to support her research efforts in Spring 2017. 
  • Dr. Craig Carey, who has been awarded a grant to develop Open Educational Resources (OER), funded by the Hewlett Foundation, with additional support from the University of Mississippi.
  • Dr. Maureen Ryan. Congratulations on the publication of "Intraspecies Communication: Memory, Story-Telling, and Football in American Fiction of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars" in the journal War, Literature & the Arts
  • Jessica Guzman, PhD student in creative writing, was chosen out of 115 poets to be awarded the Tinhouse Winter Workshop Scholarship in her genre. 
  • Hiba Tahir, English major, her Student Printz article, "In a world of frat bros, Muslim student tries her luck on Tinder", has been republished in several national newspapers, including the Sun Herald. 
  • Jonathan Puckett, English major, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal on his exciting work and discoveries tracing his ancestry
  • Paige Gray, English Literature PhD alumni. Her article "Kids Don't Need to Understand 'Grit'" was recently published in Time Magazine.
  • Nathaniel Schumann, undergraduate English major, has been selected to intern at the University Press of Mississippi.
  • Dr. Emily Stanback, published her chapter "Disability, Sympathy, and Encounter in Wordsworth' Lyrical Ballads (1798)" in the collection Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind & Text by Palgrave/MacMilliam (2016).
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint, published her article "'Wheel me over there!' Disability and Colin's Wheelchair in The Secret Garden" by the Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Fall 2016.
  • Dr. Luis Iglesias, published his essay, "James Fenimore Cooper as Art Critic and Connoisseur," in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal, Spring/Summer 2016.
  • Dr. Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was the Featured Poet for the Spring 2016 issue of Third Wednesday which published nine of his new poems.
    Kolin also published reviews in the Summer 2016 issue of African American Review and in the June 20th-27th issue of America
  • Lauren Vierling, undergraduate English major on USMGC and Sigma Tau Delta member. Her short story "Surrogates" was selected for publication in Sigma Tau Delta's award winner journal Rectangle.
  • Dr. Jonathan Barron's, article titled, "How Billy Collins Breathes Light Into the Post-9/11 Darkness" was published online by Public Square
  • Dr. Eric Tribunella, introduced and edited Left to Themselves, the rediscovered and republished novel by Edward Prime-Stevenson.
  • Joe Holt, PhD student, won a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Award for his short story "Make It Yours".
  • Allison Campbell, PhD student, won a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Award in creative non-fiction for her essay "What Work Is".
  • Meredith McPhail, an honors college student and english major made us proud of her acceptance into a number of prestigious law schools.
  • Dr. Joyce Inman, was named the recipient of the 2015-2016 Arts & Letters Junior Faculty Member of the Year Award by the College Awards Committee.
  • Dr. Jonathan Barron, was named the recipient of the 2015-2016 Arts & Letters Researcher of the Year Award by the College Awards Committee.
  • Mary Beth Wolverton, won 1st place for her oral presentation at the USM graduate symposium.
  • Alli Tharp, selected the 2016 Graduate Assistant of the year by USM graduate school.
  • Allison Campbell, winner of the 2016 Graduate Teaching Award.
  • Mary Stephens, received the Children's Literature Association's Honor Essay Award in the doctoral student category for her essay "Judy Blume's Big Fat Problem: Bullying, Femininity, and Weight in Blubber."
  • Anastasia Stelse, a PhD student in creative writing, won the Kathanne W. Green Essay Award, given annually by the Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW). 
  • Dr. Alexandra Valint, was awarded the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence for the 2016-2017 academic year .
  • Caroline Bradley, sophomore English major, elected USM SGA president.
  • Allison Tharp, PhD student in literature, awarded 2nd place overall at the National 3 Minute Thesis Competition in Charlotte, NC. She was the highest place Humanities Winner at this competition and the Grand Champion winner at the USM 3 Minute Thesis competition. 
  • Destini Williams, winner of the English Department's Gwendolyn Brooks Award for an Original Poem at the "For My People" poetry event. 
  • Deja Moore, winner of the Frances Harper Award for the Delivery of a Historical Poem at the "For My People" poetry event. 
  • Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip Kolin has published a new book of 50 poems entitled Emmett Till in Different StatesThe book commemorates the 60th anniversary of Till's savage murder that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Dr. Rebecca Powellcoordinator of Live Oak Writing Project. This is a collaborative program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus and Mississippi coastal schools and its purpose is to help teachers improve as writers and effective teachers of writing. Read more about the project here.
  • Mary Ryan Karnes, mentored by Andrew Milward, won the 2015-2016 SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) Award.
  • Kristy Cleveland Burkhart, alumni, won Teacher of the Year for 2015/2016 at Theodore High School in  Mobile, Alabama.
  • Trey Price, alumni, won Teacher of the Year for 2015/2016 at Goshen High School in Troy, Alabama.