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Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, recently published his 10th book of poetry entitled World Without Finishing (Carnegie Mellon University Press). A poem from the book entitled "Pastoral" is featured in Poetry Northwest.

Zachary Lazar, Associate Professor of English, recently published his fifth novel titled Vengeance. The New Orleans Advocate highlighted this new work in a February 19 article, “With murder as a bond, author finds 'Vengeance' at Angola.”

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, organized and hosted a spring poetry reading “Just Listen to Yourself” at the State Library of Louisiana as part of his duties as Louisiana Poet Laureate. He gave a reading of his own poetry at the Great Writers Conference in London, England in June and participated in "One Book One New Orleans," a reading at The Cabildo, in July. His poems were recently published in issues of Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Commonweal, Christian Century, Bennington Review, Crab Orchard Review, and a haiku in the renga dedicated to Barack Obama. His poem from the Bennington Review“Poem for Early Morning Not an Aubade” was featured in the September edition of the internet magazine Poetry Daily.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by English Professor Jesmyn Ward has been selected as one of the The 10 Best Books of 2017 selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Michelle Kohler, Associate Professor of English, has an article forthcoming "Ancient Brooch and Loaded Gun: Dickinson's Lively Objects" in ESQ 63.2 (2017): 79-121. Kohler’s essay "Women, Transcendentalism, and The Dial: Poetry and Poetics" appeared in A Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2017), and her review essay "Dickinson and Whitman," co-written with Amanda Gailey, appeared in American Literary Scholarship 2015 (Duke UP, 2017).

Associate Professor of English Thomas Albrecht’s article “The Loveliness of Things and the Sorrow of the World: Art and Ethics in Pater and George Eliot” was published in September 2017 in Testing New Opinions and Courting New Impressions: New Perspectives on Walter Pater (Routledge), a collection of essays edited by French Pater scholars Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, Martine Lambert-Charbonnier, and Charlotte Ribeyrol.

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, has recently published articles about basketball, The Beatles, electric bikes, the closure of a daily newspaper in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Egg Creams in the 1980's Manhattan:

  • "The Egg Cream in Mid-Manhattan"  Harvard Design Magazine
  • "The Devastating Shutdown of the Cambodia Daily"  The New Yorker
  • "The Electric-Bike Conundrum"  The New Yorker
  • "Frank Ntilikina and French Math At The NBA Draft"  The New Yorker
  • "The Warrior's Torrential Victory" The New Yorker
  • "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds: Childhood" "In Their Lives"

Melissa Bailes, Assistant Professor of English, published her book, Questioning Nature: British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830 (University of Virginia Press, 2017).

Joel Dinerstein, Professor of English, published his book, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America, with the University of Chicago Press. 

Nathan Halverson, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the the Art and English Departments, was featured in the EPHEMERA OBSCURA exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center for his work in digital media arts. The exhibt goes through October 1, 2017. Information about the exhibit can be found at http://cacno.org/ephemera-obscura.

Michael Kuczynski, Professor and Chair of English, spent part of his summer delivering a public lecture on 18th c. antiquarianism at the Leeds Public Library in Yorkshire, England, where he also found time to conduct some of his own research on medieval and 18th c. antiquarian manuscripts and to tour the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, whose surviving medieval books he is studying. He then traveled to Durham, England, where he visited the shrine of one of his heroes, the Venerable Bede, and delivered a lecture in honor of the Japanese manuscripts collector, Toshiyuki Takamiya, who has just placed his medieval manuscripts on long-term deposit in the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Kuczynski will deliver an invited lecture on a manuscript in the Takamiya Deposit at Yale in October, in connection with a public exhibition of the collection at the Beinecke.

Creative Writer and Associate Professor of English, Jesmyn Ward, was profiled in TIME Magazine for her new novel, SING, UNBURIED, SING. TIME praises Ward as our new Faulkner, a compelling modern novelist of place. Ward was also interviewed by the New York Timesabout her love of reading, books she's read, and books that she recommends.

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, organized a poetry reading of twelve Louisiana Poets for a reading at the State Library in Baton Rouge in April. Additionally, Cooley’s poems were recently featured in Commonweal, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Christian Century and in the anthology Mending For Memory: Sewing In Louisiana Essays, Stories, And Poems.

Joel Dinerstein, Associate Professor of English, published a new book: The Origins of Cool in Postwar America with the University of Chicago Press. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Cool-Postwar-America-ebook/dp/B06WWJ34K5

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, was a participant in the Tennessee Williams Festival with a reading of his own poetry and his participation in a panel “ The Way of the Poet.” He also judged the poetry contest. Additionally, Cooley was one of 85 American poets participating in a poetry chain dedicated to Barack Obama and published in Harvard Review Online. He appears as well in Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poetry from the Creative Unconscious. He has a poem “Obits” in the current issue of The Christian Century. Last month he gave a poetry reading at Angola Prison and appeared on three panels at The Writers’ Festival in St. Francisville, LA.

Michael P. Kuczynski, Professor and Chair of the English Department, delivered an invited lecture on February 28, 2017 to the Oxford Research Center in the Humanities (TORCH) entitled, "The Psalms and the Mixed Life."  He has also recently published chapters in two books, Elizabeth Solopova's THE WYCLIFFITE BIBLE:  ORIGIN, HISTORY, AND INTERPRETATION (E. J. Brill) and Tamara Atkin and Francis Leneghan's THE PSALMS AND MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE (D. S. Brewer), and an essay on some overlooked glosses on the Psalms in a Wycliffite Bible at Longleat House, Wiltshire, in MEDIUM AEVUM, the Journal of the Oxford Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. He is delivering an invited lecture in July to the Leeds Public Library on a neglected Yorkshire antiquary, entitled "Thomas Wilson: The Pursuit." 

Felipe Smith, Associate Professor of English, contributed a piece to the Folger Shakespeare Library website discussing the Shakespearean character Othello and his racial identity. 

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, published several reviews on a new website called 4columns.org devoted to criticism, including one about the well known New Orleans Artist Dawn Dedeaux, which discusses her work in the context of the city. Additionally, Beller worked with Tulane Provost Robin Forman, Gabe Feldman of Tulane Law School, and Tulane Center for Sport to plan a series of Tulane panels staged in conjunction with the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Beller moderated one of the panels entitled,  "NBA Journalism: The Daring Young Men on The Flying Trapeze," featuring the writers Howard Beck, Jonathan Abrams, and Ben Golliver. 
Finally, Beller covered the All-Star Game for The New Yorker, and two of his pieces make mention of the Tulane panels. They can be found here: 
http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/a-new-orleans-n-b-a-all-star-game-diary
http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/a-new-orleans-n-b-a-all-star-weekend-diary-dunks-and-skills

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, recently published poems in The Golden Shovel Anthology, New OEMS Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and other poems in recent issues of Oxford American and The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.

Anne-Marie Womack, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English, published "Teaching Is Accommodation: Universally Designing Composition Classrooms and Syllabi" in the February 2017 issue of College Composition and Communication.

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana,
has poems in recent issues of Denver QuarterlyColorado Review, Notre Dame Review, Measure, and the anthology Contemporary Poetry,Volume 3. Cooley is also the featured reader in the Plume Magazine reading at the Associated Writers Convention in Washington, DC. Cooley will be one of the featured writers at the Writers and Readers Symposium and Writers Retreat in St. Francisville, LA and he gave a poetry reading and conducted a workshop at Angola State Prison on February 17.

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, published two essays on The New Yorker's Culture page blog this fall, "Don DeLillo and Move-In Day," which makes reference to Tulane, and "First Snow."  Beller is also participating in the planning for Tulane's role in the upcoming NBA All-Star game, for which New Orleans will play host for the second time in four years. Finally, Beller was interviewed by David Coggins this past December as part of The National Arts Club's Fashion Fridays series, in connection with Coggins' book, Men and Style, in which Beller is featured.