Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Mark Yakich, Ph.D. 2006 - is the author of two, full-length poetry collections, Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin, 2004) and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin, 2008). He has also published two chapbooks, The Making of Collateral Beauty (Tupelo, 2006) and Green Zone New Orleans (Press Street, 2008). He lives in New Orleans and at markyakich.com.


Peter P. Reed, Ph.D. 2005 - Dr. Peter P. Reed is currently Assistant Professor of early American literature and culture at the University of Mississippi. His scholarship focuses on early American and Atlantic drama, theatre, and popular culture. His most recent book-in-process, entitled Dancing on the Volcano: The Haitian Revolution and American Performance Cultures, investigates the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the stage and entertainments of the Americas, exploring a range of cultural expressions relevant to theatre and dramatic representation. His previous book, Rogue Performances: Staging the Underclasses in Early American Theatre Culture (Palgrave, 2009), analyzes early American theatre and the roles of the young nationís disempowered classes. It was nominated for the American Society for Theatre Researchís 2009 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History and the Theatre Library Associationís 2009 George Freedley Memorial Book Award. He has also published articles on early American and transnational literature and drama in numerous scholarly journals and edited collections.


Tammy Clewell, Ph.D. 2000 - Dr. Tammy Clewell graduated from Florida State with a Ph.D. in literature and is currently associate professor of English at Kent State University. Her edited collection Modernism and Nostalgia: Bodies, Locations, Aesthetics was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013 (and includes a contribution by our own Dr. Barry J. Faulk); and her book Mourning, Modernism, Postmodernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) traces the emergence of a fundamentally new way of writing about individual and collective loss, demonstrating how a refusal of consolation succeeds in promoting a progressive politics crucial for reimagining gender, race, and sexuality. She has also published essays on modernism, psychoanalysis, and film in Modern Fiction Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly, Angelaki, College Literature, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Her essay on Freud and mourning received the 2001 CORST Prize awarded by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Professor Clewell is currently working on a book-length study of literary studies in the age of the neurosciences.


Trish Thomas Henley, Ph.D. 2007 - Dr Henley is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She is completing a book, Velvet Women Within: The Boy Actor and the Prostitute on the Early English Stage, which explores the intersection of early modern sexual ideology and queer desire on the all-male stage by analyzing the difference the body makes when performing the whore. She also recently co-edited (with our own Dr. Gary Taylor) The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (forthcoming April 2012 from Oxford University Press). The handbook is the largest collection of new Middleton criticism ever assembled, and it provides a comprehensive, cutting-edge reaction to Oxford's Collected Works of Thomas Middleton. Dr. Henley has also recently published "Automated Marlowe: Hero and Leander 31-36" (Exemplaria 20), an article co-written with Bruce Boehrer.


Mary Larkin, Ph.D. 2006 - is the 2011 recipient of the Southern Indiana Review Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award for Fiction. Larkin is a graduate of the Creative Writing program, where she studied with Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Stuckey-French among others.

Her fiction has appeared in many journals, including Shenandoah, The Chattahoochee Review, The Nebraska Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Inkwell, and The New Purlieu Review. She is a Pushcart Nominee, a Writing Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the recipient of Hollins University's Andrew James Purdy Award as well as their AWP Intro Journals Award nominee, and was recently invited for a writing residency at Yaddo.


Andrew McFeaters, Ph.D. 2010 - is Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. His recent publications include "Beckett's Three Novels and the Moment of Ontological Pastiche" in Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts (Edinburgh UP, 2014) and "Reassembling Ford: Time is Money in Brian O'Nolan's Brave New Ireland" in The Parish Review 3.1 (Fall 2014). His published essay, "Museyrooms and Möbius Effects: A Ruim of History in Finnegans Wake," is available to read online at hjs.ff.cuni.cz/archives/v12_1/main/essays.php?essay=mcfeaters.


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 readersí 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 now in print, 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.