Department of English News

Community Day – Write Time, Write Place

The Department of English is participating in the Community Day events at the Lucille Gorman Intergenerational Center this Saturday, September 19, from 10am-1pm. The Center is located in Greenville at 1100 Ward St. Faculty members from the English Department will provide free writing advice and instruction, as part of its “Write Time, Write Place” initiative, to teenagers and adults from the community who seek assistance with their individual writing projects. The English Department views this service as part of its commitment to regional transformation, so please inform anyone you know who might benefit from some writing advice.

Huang offers new translation, presentation, publication


Congratulations to Dr. Su-ching Huang, who recently released the Chinese translation of Erin Khue Ninh’s book Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature. The book is the winner of the 2013 Asian American Studies Association’s prize in Literary Studies. For more details, visit the publisher’s page on Ingratitude.

Dr. Huang also recently gave a presentation titled “Translator as Intercultural Mediator” on translating Ninh’s book in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, and she has recently published an article on the Sinophone US writer Shi-kuo Chang, “Home and Diasporic Imagination: Incorporating Immigrant Writer Chang Shi-Kuo in (Chinese) American Literary Studies” in Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature.

Alumnus Spotlight: Stacey Cochran

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 12.26.33 PM > Why did you choose ECU?

Well, the truth is both of my parents are ECU graduates and met on campus in the early 1960s, and so ECU has been a part of my family my entire life. It was one of my first choices, and I was honored to be accepted.

> What drew you to English as your Major?

I knew I wanted to be a writer, and the faculty were amazing. As a grad student, the TA opportunities were a draw, and I started to learn the craft of teaching writing with the help of some outstanding mentors in the English Department at ECU.

> What is the best part of the program?

I think the thing I loved the most was the encouragement and support that faculty in the English Department offered. I was very much finding my way when I was a student, and their guidance shaped who I am as a writer and teacher today.

> What course would you most recommend to other students, why, and who taught it?

Well, that’s forcing me to choose sides isn’t it! :-) I loved all the classes I took in the English Department at ECU, but at the end of the day my heart probably lies with the CW folks. Although the Lit folks, FYW folks, and the Rhet/Comp folks are pretty amazing, too. Not to mention some of the amazing NTT faculty, too!

> What published work (article, book, etc.) had the greatest influence in development of your research interests?

Getting to know Ron Rash in the past few years has had a tremendous impact on my writing. I thank Amy Rogers (formerly publisher of Novello Festival Press) for first introducing us a good decade or so ago. Ron has become my literary idol in many ways.

> When did you graduate?

I graduated in 2001.

> How has your major benefited you since graduation?

Well, I’m not sure I can put into words all of the ways it has helped me. I mean, it’s shaped my entire adult life. I met my wife as a result of my success in the program. We have two kids. I taught at NC State University from 2006-2015, and we’ve most recently taken positions at the University of Arizona to begin in the fall (2015).

> What are you engaged in now?

My novel Eddie & Sunny launched in March 2015. Ron Rash gave me a nice blurb, and the News & Observer wrote a pretty darn nice review of it. An excerpt of the novel was originally selected as a finalist for the James Hurst Prize for fiction, and the novel itself was selected for publication by Kindle Press as one of the first ten novels acquired via Kindle Scout. I also have a co-authored textbook coming out this fall with Bedford/St. Martin’s Press titled The Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing.

A couple of links:

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Come Participate in EGSO’s Haiku Death Match

Call for Haiku Judges:


The EGSO Haiku Death Match rises again. Last year we enjoyed an evening of laughter and competition, as English faculty members battled each other to write the best haiku poems. This semester our haiku death match will be held on Friday, November 13 (location to be announced). EGSO seeks faculty willing to judge the competition. Please email Brianne Holmes, EGSO Vice President, if you are interested in judging (


Remember the Date!!!

Greetings fellow English enthusiasts!


English Club will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 5:30 pm in the English Lounge on the second floor of Bate (room 2136). During this meeting, we will be holding a poetry reading. Bring in a work of poetry written by either yourself or someone else that you feel will tell us a little something about yourself. Given that this topic is a bit vague, you have a lot of room to be creative! As always, tasty snacks will be provided to all who attend the meeting!


Also, if you couldn’t make it to our last meeting, you can still join us for this one! We maintain a very casual environment at our English Club meetings and anyone is welcome to join, whether you are an English major or not!


We hope to see some new and not-so-new faces at this meeting!

Frost coedits special issue on rhetorics of health and medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Erin A. Frost, Assistant Professor, who co-edited a special issue of Communication Design Quarterly on the rhetorics of health and medicine with Lisa Meloncon from University of Cincinnati. Their lead article, “Charting an Emerging Field: The Rhetorics of Health and Medicine and Its Importance in Communication Design,” provides a comprehensive essay that surveys prior work as well as situates the special issue’s contributions to the field of medical and health rhetorics.

Wilson-Okamura wins MacCaffrey prize

Congratulations to Professor David Wilson-Okamura, who will be the recipient of the International Spenser Society’s Isabel MacCaffrey prize for the best book on Spenser published anywhere in the world in 2013 and 2014.  Dr. Wilson-Okamura’s award-winning book is Spenser’s International Style, published in 2013.  He will receive the award at the MLA convention in Austin, Texas, in January 2016.

Feder wins First Year Faculty Advocate award

Dr. Helena Feder, associate professor in the Department of English and director of the Great Books Interdisciplinary Program, has received the “First Year Faculty Advocate” award from the ECU Office of Student Transitions. Following their first year, students are asked to nominate an individual who most influenced their first year, and Dr. Feder was selected as this year’s winner. She was presented with the award at the new student Convocation on August 23.  Congratulations, Dr. Feder!