Clown Talk Poster

ECU English Clown Experts in the Media!

Thanks to Andrea Kitta, Jim Kirkland, and Randall Martoccia for organizing and speaking at last night’s creepy clown forum. The event drew over 80 people, mostly students, who learned about clowns in popular culture and the origins of the 2016 clown panic. It was featured in The East Carolinian.

Andrea was also interviewed for a clown story on WNCT local news.

I hope that the department can in the future organize similar informal events related to stories in the news. If you have an idea for one, please let me know. Go English!

[Pictured: Book cover at left/top showing a rollercoaster and a blue sky; book cover at bottom/right showing a large skeleton leaning over smaller people.]

Caswell publishes *The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors*

Congratulations to Dr. Nikki Caswell, whose book The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors was just published by Utah State University Press!
The first book-length empirical investigation of writing center directors’ labor, The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors presents a longitudinal qualitative study of the individual professional lives of nine new directors. The authors adopt a case study approach to examine the labor these directors performed and the varied motivations for their labor, as well as the labor they ignored, deferred, or sidelined temporarily, whether or not they wanted to. The nine directors discuss more than just their labor; they address their motivations, their sense of self, and their own thoughts about the work they do, facets of writing center director labor that other types of research or scholarship have up to now left invisible. The book strikes a new path in scholarship on writing center administration.
Further, the publisher liked this book so much that they did a special print run with a limited edition cover! The standard cover is left/top in the photo, and the limited edition cover is bottom/right.

Creativity and Balance

Check out this new essay teaser “Creativity and Balance, or the Controlling Ideology of Control” by Associate Professor Helena Feder:…/

Is it too sweeping or just too obvious to say that from falling in love to creativity itself, we must be off-balance to become?

I find myself trying not to think about writing when I am writing (things themselves…but of course words fall into this category) and, then, thinking of it constantly when I am not. I have been told by smart, talented people that we all need to find a “balance” between writing and life. This dichotomy proliferates endlessly into the mythological “balance” between thinking and feeling, thinking or feeling and doing, creative and academic work, “research” and teaching, pedagogy and public intellectual life, etcetera, etc…

North Carolina Literary Review Celebrates 25 Years

Celebrating NCLR’s 25th issue at ECU Oct 22

Please join the NCLR staff, past and present, on Saturday, October 22, from 2-4 in the Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library to celebrate Twenty-Five Years of the North Carolina Literary Review. Among the writers coming to celebrate with us will be Philip Gerard and Michael Parker, who have been publishing in our pages since the earliest issues. The original Art Director, Eva Roberts, who created NCLR’s unique look will also be there, along with her former student, our current Art Director Dana Ezzell. An exhibit will show the evolution of this publication over the past quarter-century. There will be party favors and cake, music and photos, and a short program featuring the guest writers. Dowdy Student Stores will bring our featured guests’ books to sell, and of course, we will have issues for sale—all 25 of them. Don’t miss it!
Free and open to the public. 

Woodward visits ECU

Bob Woodward visited ECU Wednesday evening as the premier speaker of this year’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, directed by English professor Jeffrey Johnson. Woodward spoke on his career reporting presidential politics, including offering insights into the current campaign season. At left, Dr. Johnson speaks with Mr. Woodward during the event.

Digital Scholarship at ECU

English faculty members featured in Digital Humanities article

Jeffrey Johnson, who works on the Digital Donne project, is quoted in a recent ECU News Bureau article on Digital Humanities. The article also highlights Tom Herron’s “Centering Spenser” website and Margaret Bauer’s Wilmington Massacre project, which she works on with Karen Zipf from History. Go English!

The article may be found on DISSH at ECU here:
Don’t miss the links to digital scholarship at ECU within the article.

Console-ing Passions 2017

Call for Papers! Undergrads Encouraged to Apply for Console-ing Passions @ ECU 2017



International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

July 27-29 2017

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


This is an exciting opportunity for ECU undergrads to get the experience of an academic conference without having to travel! CP@ECU is hoping to have a few undergrad panels this year (and undergrads will read through those submissions).

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, and/or other intersected components of identity. We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity.

Submission Guidelines:


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The Submittable link will be available starting on October 1, 2016 (stay tuned).

Proposal Guidelines:


Proposers may submit:

  1. one paper or creative project, and one CP Forum.

Attendees may present:

  1. one paper or creative project, and may participate in one CP Forum.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting a paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole. Coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information for each panel participant. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.

CP Forums: Building upon the success of discussion-based roundtables at Flow and other conferences, we invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest. We are especially interested in roundtables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies, and professional rank or employment status. Proposals should be submitted by a convener, who will propose a question (<100 words) and solicit brief (<250 words) responses from 5-7 respondents. Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the convener and each participant. If the proposal is accepted, each participant will write a response to the question of no more than 600 words, which must be submitted to the conference organizers 2 weeks prior to the conference. Those papers will be circulated to all attendees and will form the basis of a public discussion during the CP Forum sessions. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to encourage substantive discussion with attendees.

Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits. Each proposal should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

Please direct any questions about the conference and/or the submission process to the conference organizers:

Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

Visit the conference website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more:

A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce the recently passed HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.

Conference Organizers:

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)

Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)

Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)

Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)

Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library

Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

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