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Lisa Orr has written an article for the Disunion series of The New York Times, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It will run on July 14, 2013.


Gary Leising, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of EnglishAssociate Professor Gary Leising’s short
story “Dulcinea del Rio” is forthcoming in Vestal Review. His prose poem “A Hangover the Size of Andrew Hudgins” appeared in The Prose Poem Project (in both print and online issues), and his poem “Tempera” appeared in Waccamaw. Other poems are forthcoming: “Auction” in The Cincinnati Review and “Scientists Say Deep Space Gamma Ray Bursts Come from Alien Nuclear Wars” in River Styx. He gave poetry readings in early 2012 at the Other Side in Utica and the Downtown YMCA Writers’ Center in Syracuse. His creative non-fiction essay “The Birthplace” is forthcoming in SNReview (in print, as an eBook, and online), and a review of Among the Nightmare Fighters: American Poets of World War II will appear in the James Dickey Newsletter. He also presented a paper  titled “Little Cantos: The Influence of Ezra Pound on Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns” at the 24th Ezra Pound International Conference in London.


Jason Denman, Ph.D.
Chair of the English Department, and Associate Professor  Jason Denman presented "Skeptical Life and the Original Absurdity: Rethinking Dryden Rethinking Fletcher" at the Shakespeare Association of America's annual conference in April as part of a seminar, "Theater as Skeptical Laboratory," chaired by Joseph Loewenstein of Washington University, Saint Louis.  "Two Shakespeare Allusions in D'Urfey's A Common-Wealth of Women" appeared in Notes & Queries this spring. Two other new publications are forthcoming: "On the Rhyme Scheme of Herrick's 'To Daffodils' in The Explicator and the section on John Vanbrugh's plays in The Wiley Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789.



Professor Lisa Orr has been signed by the D4EO Literary Agency to represent her novel, The Adventuress. She has also been asked to become a founding member of a regional chapter of the international Historical Novel Society.



Professor Lisa Orr will read from her novel, The Adventuress, at the 2012 Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference in Boston in April.




Professor Lisa Orr's review of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel 1920-1960, by Gordon Hutner, is forthcoming in the South Atlantic Review.



Associate Professor Jason Denman has a piece forthcoming this fall in Notes and Queries: “The Influence of Shirley's The Coronation on Marriage A-La-Mode.”



Associate Professor Gary Leising has had the following poems published: "First Day of Class in British Literature" and "Pentimenti" appeared in Passages North (produced by Northern Michigan University), "What the Doctor Said" appeared in CutBank (from the U. of Montana), "About the Author" is in River and Sound Review, an independent online journal, and "William Carlos Williams at Paterson Falls" is in Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams, an anthology from the University of Iowa Press.

On April 11, 2011 Professor Leising was the featured reader at Maysville Community College, Kentucky for their annual "Poetry Showcase"; he also served as judge for the Kentucky Technical and Community College system's student poetry contest as part of that "showcase."


Professor Gary Leising will be reading at Salisbury University MD, on March 9, 2011, as part of their "Writers-on-the-Shore" series. 


Lisa Orr will present a paper, "Ghosts in the Age of Realism," at the 2011 Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas on April 20 – April 23, 2011.


 One of the poems from Gary Leising’s
recent poetry chapbook will be read on Oct. 26 by Garrison Keillor on his radio show "The Writer's Almanac." The show's broadcast on over 300 NPR stations nationwide. The reading will be available online (http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/). 


Gary Leising's poetry chapbook, Fastened to a Dying Animal, has just come out and is available from Pudding House Publications (www.puddinghouse.com).


Jason Denman spent June 2010 doing research for a book project at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. The Folger houses the largest collection of the printed works of Shakespeare in the world and a major collection of rare books and manuscripts for the early modern period. His research is supported by a short-term fellowship from the Folger and by a summer fellowship from Utica College




Gary Leising received the Harold T. Clark summer fellowship to support a creative project, a collection of poems tentatively titled LDN, free verse poems dealing with London and other places in the United Kingdom. These quasi-comic, meditative poems will deal with places, people, art, London’s past and present, always with one thought about the city in mind: to quote Peter Ackroyd, England’s capital is ripe with “anomalies and contradictions—London is so large and so wild that it contains no less than everything.”



John D. Cormican, Ph.D.John Cormican was awarded the college’s Virgil Crisafulli Distinguished Teaching Award at graduation in May 2010.