Andrew McFeaters, Ph.D. 2010 - is currently a visiting instructor in the English Department here at Florida State and has earned publication in the current issue of Hypermedia Joyce Studies for the James Joyce section of his dissertation. His essay, "Museyrooms and Möbius Effects: A Ruim of History in Finnegans Wake, has also been published."
Flore Chevaillier, Ph. D. 2008 - Flore is an Assistant Professor of English at Central State University, where she teaches writing and literature courses with an emphasis on multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary questions. Her book, The Body of Writing: an Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction (forthcoming with the Ohio State UP), examines readers’ experience of sensuality in their engagement with the language of fiction. She is currently working on a collection of interviews with formally innovative American novelists. Her essays have appeared in Journal of Modern Literature, Critique, Literature Compass, and European Journal of American Studies.
Kara Taczak, Ph.D. 2011 - English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition - Taczak researches the relationship between reflection and transfer, specifically the ways in which students can enhance the transfer of knowledge and practice from first-year composition to other academic writing sites. She currently teaches at the University of Denver. Her most current research, a critical examination of the ways in which instructors can encourage successful transfer, is part of a book project scheduled for release in 2012. The book, Writing Across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Cultures of Writing, with Liane Robertson and Kathleen Blake Yancey, will be published in 2012 by Utah State UP. She also has upcoming publications in a special issue of Composition Forum focused on transfer.
Vida Volkert, B.A. 2006 - Staff writer at the Independent, a daily newspaper in Gallup, New Mexico. She was awarded First Place in Feature Writing by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors in recognition of outstanding newspaper work covering Native American issues in the Southwest during the year 2010-2011. Her news stories have appeared in the Miami Herald, the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Examiner, the Durango Herald, SantaFe NewMexican, and Albuquerque Journal.
Marsha (Caddell) Mathews, Ph.D., 1987, English, M.Div., 1996, Theology - is an author and an educator. An excerpt from her novel, "More than a Mess of Greens," appears in The Broad River Review. Her first book of poems, Northbound Single-Lane follows a single mother who leaves behind all she knows, except for her children, and heads north (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her second book, love poems, Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace, won the Red Berry Editions 2011 Chapbook Award, and was also published. Her third book of poems, Hallelujah Voices, set in Appalachia, highlights Marsha's experience as an Ordained Pastor in the 1990s (Aldrich Press, 2012). Marsha is an Associate Professor at Dalton State College and the advisor for the campus literary magazine.
Rebecca Hazelton, Ph.D. 2010 - Hazelton's first book, Fair Copy, won the Ohio State / The Journal prize and is forthcoming from Ohio State University Press. Her second book, Vow, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press. She was the 2011 winner of The Discover/Boston Review Prize, as well as a recipient of the Jay C. and Ruth Hall fellowship at the University Wisconsin-Madison in 2010-2011, and of a fellowship from Vermont Studio Centers. Hazelton's work has been published in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Boston Review, and others.
Kameelah L. Martin, Ph.D. 2006 - is a Visiting Scholar (2011-2013) at the Center for the Study of African American Culture at the University of Houston, where she is completing her manuscript Envisioning Voodoo: African Diasporic Religion in the Popular Imagination, 1985-2010, a critical evaluation of depictions of the black priestess, and the affect of the inscription of African ritual cosmologies on the identity, perception, and treatment of African women in contemporary film. She is specifically interested in how American popular culture projects a discourse of otherness onto African-centered Spirituality, which she attributes to early American attitudes toward Haiti and its national religion, Vodou. Her monograph, Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming January 2013), explores the lore cycle of the conjure woman, or black priestess, as an archetype in literature and visual texts, and addresses how African American authors have shifted, recycled, and reinvented the conjure woman figure primarily in twentieth century fiction. It is a revision of the dissertation, chaired by Darryl Dickson-Carr and Jerrilyn McGregory, that earned Martin the J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature or Folklore.
Boyd Creasman, Ph.D. 1990 - has held a faculty position at West Virginia Wesleyan College and has served as Chair of English, then as Director of Humanities and Fine Arts. He currently serves as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan College.
Scott Ortolano, Ph.D. 2013 - is Assistant Professor of English at Edison State College. He co-edited and co-wrote the introduction for Perspectives on the Short Story. With an eye towards the ever-changing needs of the 21st century classroom, Perspectives offers numerous innovative themes, conventions, and global variations of the short story. Like the short story itself, the anthology roams beyond formal binaries like "conventional" or "experimental," over the borders of geography, nation, ethnicity, race, class, region, and gender, and across the lines of urban, suburban, and rural life as well as political and social affiliations.
Scott Bailey, Ph.D. 2012 - Scott Bailey's first book of poems Thus Spake Gigolo is forthcoming this fall, published by NYQ Books (New York Quarterly Books). A recipient of The John Mackay Shaw, Academy of American Poetry Award and The May Alexander Ryburn Fellowship, his poems have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Cortland Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, Meridian, The Southeast Review, New York Quarterly, and Verse Daily, among others.
Laci Mattison, Ph.D. 2013 - Visiting Lecturer at Florida State University, and Paul Ardoin, Ph.D. 2014 - Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, along with Dr. S.E. Gontarski, are the general editors of Bloomsbury's "Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism" series, which reevaluates an aesthetic moment alongside the philosophy that shaped and was shaped by it. Mattison and Ardoin have also co-edited two volumes in this series: Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism (August 2014) and Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism (January 2013), the latter to which they contributed chapters, as well. As Gregg Lambert states of the most recent volume, "The immediate usefulness of this series is the editors' tripartite structure of close reading, contextualization, and key concepts from the philosophies of modernism. This volume on Deleuze collates an exceptional range of scholars on Deleuze and/or Modernism, maintaining a nice balance between well heeled names and brilliant new voices." Forthcoming volumes in the series are dedicated to thinkers such as William James, Wittgenstein, Foucault, and Merleau-Ponty.
Michael C. Broome, M.A. 1972 - Dr. Broome is chair of the Columbia College Department of English and where he is the Stackhouse Associate Professor of English. He began his faculty work at the College in 1973. He moved to administration as Associate Dean of the College in 1992 and later as Dean of the Graduate School and Academic Services in 1998. He returned to his faculty work in the Department of English in 2000 and was named department chair in 2004. Dr. Broome’s A.B. in American Literature is from the University of Chattanooga, his M.A. in American Literature is from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. in English Education is from the University of South Carolina. Outside of his love for his chairmanship duties and for teaching Southern literature, world literature, and business writing, Mike enjoys golf, Civil War history, baseball card collecting, and FSU football.
Adam Johnson, Ph.D. 2001 - His work has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's, and The Missouri Review, as well as Best New American Voices a record four years running. He is the author of a collection of stories, Emporium, and a novel, Parasites Like Us. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he currently teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
Matt Bondurant, Ph.D. 2003 - The short fiction of two-time Bread Loaf scholarship winner and Sewanee Fellow Matt Bondurant has appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, The New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. His novel The Third Translation was published by Hyperion in April 2005 and it has been translated into 14 languages worldwide. His second novel The Wettest County in the World will be released by Scribners in October 2008. Film rights were recently purchased by Columbia Pictures. He recently accepted a tenure-track Fiction Writer job at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Todd James Pierce, Ph.D. 2004 - Todd has just won the Drew Heinz Fiction Prize. He was chosen by none other than Joan Didion for his collection of stories, Newsworld. Newsworld will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press. He is the author of The Australia Stories, a novel and, with another FSU graduate Ryan Van Cleave, Behind the Short Story, which provides the “inside scoop” on how a successful story emerges from first to final draft.