Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Susan E. Colón, Ph.D. 2002 - Dr. Colón was an Associate Professor of Literature in the Honors Program and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University until her tragic death in 2012. Her research focused on Victorian literature, religion, and ethics, in particular the relationship between theology and literary form. Her last book, Victorian Parables (Continuum, 2012), explored how the synoptic parables are reinscribed in the fiction of Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, and Charlotte Yonge. Colón's first book, The Professional Ideal in Victorian Fiction (Palgrave 2007), considered how Victorian novels theorized, configured, and challenged professional ideals such as autonomy, mentorship, meritocracy, and the service ethic.


Erica Cameron, B.S. 2007 - Erica knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn't her best work, but it got her an A. After graduating from FSU, she used her degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology and to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality. She is the author of The Dream War Saga. Her short story "Whatever It Takes" was released within the anthology Doorways to Extra Time (Spencer Hill Press, 2013) and book one of The Dream War Saga, Sing Sweet Nightingale (Spencer Hill Press), was released March 2014.


Jack Wang, Ph.D. 2006 - Jack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in New York, where he teaches advanced fiction writing, personal essay, writing the short novel, and the history and theory of the novel. He recently attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference and is currently at work on a novel.


Susanna Childress, Ph. D. - Susanna Childress won the Brittingham Poetry Prize for her collection, Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), chosen by Billy Collins.


Denise Du Vernay, M.A. 2002 - Karma Waltonen, M.A. 2001 (Ph.D. UC Davis) - Denise and Karma have co-written a book called The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield (McFarland, 2010). The authors, both of whom have been teaching The Simpsons for over a decade, share exercises, prompts, and even syllabi that have proven successful in their own courses. Denise teaches humanities, speech, and writing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Karma is a lecturer at the University of California Davis.


Lucinda Vickers, Ph.D. 1997 - In 2007, Lu published both her novel, Breathing Underwater (Alyson Books) and a nonfiction book, Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Floridaís Oldest Roadside Attractions.(University Press of Florida). Another book, Cypress Gardens, Americaís Tropical Wonderland: How Dick Pope Invented Florida (UPF) is due out in the fall of 2010. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Salon, Apalachee Review, Saw Palm and various other journals. She has been awarded three Florida Individual Artistís Fellowships for fiction.


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.