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English students and graduates, please let us know your recent publications and accomplishments. If you would like to be included here, email Ellen Harrington.


Justin Parmer won first place at an international student poster competition sponsored by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Parmer, a Junior English/Education double major at USA, created his poster "Attic vs. Asiatic as Explained through Apple Advertising" as a midterm project for English 402: Rhetoric, Ancient and Modern, taught by Dr. Nicole Amare during the Spring 2012 semester. Parmer's poster and abstract analyzed ads for Apple, Inc. that were published 30 years apart, noting that Apple, Inc.'s ads were more effective when they incorporated an Attic style of rhetoric--concise, clear, and clever--than when they used the more lofty and ornate Asiatic rhetorical style.  Parmer presented his poster during a conference session of the International Professional Communication Conference, October 8-10, 2012 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. In addition, his poster was recognized during a special awards ceremony at the conference on October 9. Parmer's poster beat out several dozen entries submitted by both undergraduate and graduate students from various universities.


Rachael A. Engel (M.A. in progress, USA) published a story, "Tears of a Clown" in Danse Macabre's spring "Fruhlingsstimmen" issue, and it will be featured in The Lakeview Review's Summer issue.  Her non-fiction story, "Little Orphan Nanny", was published in Danse Macabre's "Hauptfriedhof" issue.

Jessica Jones (M.A. in progress, USA) will publish her poem "Is Anybody Listening" in the upcoming edition of the Birmingham Arts Journal.

Mike Odom (M.A. in progress, USA) has received scholarships to attend the Writers in Paradise (2009) and Squaw Valley Community of Writers (2008) writers’ workshops in poetry and nonfiction. A grant in January 2009 from the Elizabeth George Foundation supported his attendance at the WIP conference, where he won an honorable mention in poetry that was cited in the 2009 edition of Sabal: A Review Featuring the Best Writing of the Writers in Paradise Conference at Eckerd College. While working for the Fairhope Courier during the past two years, Mike has also won First Place Awards from the Alabama Press Association in the Freedom of Information/First Amendment (2009) and Best Feature Story (2008) categories.

Nicole Schlaudecker (M.A. in progress, USA) self-published an illustrated collection of Arthurian stories and its sequel, the first installment of an illuminated novel entitled Beyond the Myst with Ashley Kuppersmith and Shari Prestwood at


Christopher M. Cowley (B.A., University of South Alabama, M.A., University of Florida) will begin his doctoral studies at SUNY-Buffalo this fall, where he has been been awarded the Presidential Fellowship.

Devon Fitzgerald (M.A., University of South Alabama, Ph.D., Illinois State University) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of  Professional Writing and Rhetoric at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Jeannie Holmes (M.A. in progress, USA) received a two-book contract with Random House this summer. The first book on the contract, Crimson Swan, will be out September 2009.

Mike Odom (M.A. in progress, USA) was accepted into both Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers Community this summer and just won a George Foundation Grant to attend the Writers in Paradise Poetry Workshop this January. He also was awarded a fellowship to attend Squaw Valley. Mike won First Prize for Best Feature Story, Division D, in the 2008 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, for story in Fairhope Courier last year, "Couple discover joy of becoming the Clauses." The award was given July 19 at Orange Beach convention of APA.

P. T. Paul (M.A. in progress, USA) published her poem "Overflight" in Oxford American Issue 61, the Third Annual Best of the South Edition.

Melissa Smith (M.A., University of South Alabama) published her article "Where the Boys Aren't: Regionalism, Feminism, and the Work of Sarah Orne Jewett" in the Sigma Tau Delta Review (Vol. 5, 2008) and her story "Raven Queen" in Periphery.Online.

Congratulations to...

Chris Brown (M.A., University of South Alabama, Ph.D. in progress, Indiana) on the publication of his article, "Becoming Origin(al): Deterritorialization and Postcolonial Theory from the Caribbean" in Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of the Arts.

Tom Franklin (M.A., University of South Alabama) on the publication of his novel Hell at the Breech and his second novel, Smonk. The titular novella from his first collection of short fiction, Poachers, won that year's Edgar award for best mystery.

Teresa Grettano (M.A., University of South Alabama, Ph.D. in progress, Illinois State) on her forthcoming article and reviews: "BREAKING NEWS: Armchair Activists Access their Power." Co-written with Shelley DeBlasis in Rhetorical Activists and Activist Rhetoricians: How Rhetoric Contributes to Democracy; "Review of Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks." Composition Studies 33.2 (2005) and "Review of The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing." inReview 1.1 (2003): on-line.

Nancy Lee (B.A., University of South Alabama) on her publications Voices of Light: Conversations On the New Spirituality (2003) and Awakening the Mystic: Adventures in Living from the Heart (2006), co-authored with Cecelia Keenan.

Gary Walker (B.A., University of South Alabama, M.A. in progress) published his story “Holy Roller High” in Emory University’s Lullwater Review. His short story "The Last Resort" was published in Aoife's Kiss this spring, and "Sins of the Father," placed in the top one hundred out of 18,000 entries in the Writer's Digest 74th Writing Competition in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category.  Gary will be entering the low-residency M.F.A. creative writing program at Spaulding University this fall.

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