Department of English News

First Faculty Speaker Seriers today at Noon!

Please join us for Marianne Montgomery’s talk “Language and Seafaring in Middleton and Webster’s Any Thing for a Quiet Life” on Wednesday, 1/27, at noon in Bate 2019.

Description: I’ll be talking about multilingualism and seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s _Any Thing for a Quiet Life _(1621), a city comedy that never leaves London but is highly invested in foreign exchanges of languages, goods, and people. The play’s thematics of voyaging and shipping, I argue, are connected to its extensive representation of the French language. To describe the influence of voyaging in the play, I’ll discuss late Stuart maritime enterprise and culture, with particular attention to the transnationalism and multilingualism of seventeenth century shipboard life.

Hope to see you at for our first Faculty Speaker Series talk of the semester!

James Applewhite Poetry Invitational scheduled for next Friday


The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Sixth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. James Applewhite, a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Literary Review and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will read his poems at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the event. For more information and directions to City Art Gallery, go to

Treasured Pirate Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to three Treasured Pirate Award Winners in the Department of English: Lindsay Canting, Erin Frost, and Erin Herrmann. Harriot College recently made this announcement with the note, “We greatly appreciate all of the excellence and dedication provided by these deserving recipients!”

Alum McMaster wins 2016 Great American Fiction Contest

Celeste McMaster (née Pottier), a graduate of East Carolina’s MA in English, was recently announced as the winner of the Saturday Evening Post’s 2016 Great American Fiction Contest.

McMaster, who concentrated in literature at ECU and subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of South Carolina, took the prize with her story “Zelda, Burning.” Read it here. The prize won her publication in the Post and online, and a prize of $500.

The Post reports that the story developed over an eight-year period.

“My American literature professor suggested I write on Zelda Fitzgerald, so she planted the seed, but I didn’t follow her advice until I went to graduate school,” McMaster told the Post. “I started the story in a creative writing class imagining what Zelda must have felt in her last years.”

McMaster also has published in literary journals, including New Delta Review, Dos Passos Review, and Arkansas Review.

A Colony Lost

“A Colony Lost” was broadcast on UNC-TV’s Explorer channel Jan. 6. This documentary produced by ECU students about the Roanoke “Lost Colony” features the ECU English Department’s Tom Shields along with three other ECU faculty members (Charlie Ewen, Anthropology; and Chris Oakley, and Larry Tise, History) telling about what we don’t know about the 1587 “Lost Colony” and how we don’t know it.


Faculty Speaker Series dates

This semester’s Faculty Speaker Series talks will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Bate 2019. Save these dates and stay tuned for more details!

January 27: Marianne Montgomery
February 15: Donna Kain
March 28: Matt Cox
April 11: Jing Yang (visiting scholar)

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira to keynote at TALGS

Luciana_de OliveiraDr. Luciana C. de Oliveira will deliver the keynote presentation at the TALGS (TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Student) conference Feb. 13 in Bate Building.

In this keynote, entitled “A Language-Based Approach to Content Instruction (LACI): Six Cs of Support for Scaffolding,” Dr. de Oliveira describes the general principles of a language-based approach to content instruction (LACI). Participants learn six Cs of support for scaffolding that guide LACI for ESL students who are simultaneously learning language and content. Examples from two classrooms are used to illustrate the approach.

Dr. De Oliveira is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Her latest books include Focus on Grammar and Meaning (Oxford University Press, 2015; co-authored with M. Schleppegrell), Preparing Teachers to Work with English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms (TESOL Press and Information Age Publishing, 2015; co-edited with M. Yough), Preparing School Counselors for English Language Learners (TESOL Press, 2016; co-authored with C. Wachter-Morris), Second Language Writing in Elementary Classrooms: Instructional Issues, Content-Area Writing, and Teacher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, in press; co-edited with T. Silva), and L2 Writing in Secondary Classrooms: Academic Issues, Student Experiences, and Teacher Education (Routledge, 2013; co-edited with T. Silva). Dr. de Oliveira has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL and is an elected board member for the TESOL International Association (2013-2016).

Learn more at the TALGS website