Department of English News

Faculty Speaker Series Continues

The novel, "Sula," by  Toni Morrison (pictured) will be discussed at the Faculty Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. March 21.

The novel, “Sula,” by Toni Morrison (pictured) will be discussed at the Faculty Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. March 21.

English instructor Erika Galluppi will discuss the “silence prophet” aspects of Shadrack, a character in Toni Morrison’s novel, “Sula,” by “going around the world … tracing his origins from Cassandra in classic Greek mythology to Septimus in Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” and Pays in Ousmane Sembene’s African film, “Camp de Thiaroye.”

Galluppi’s talk, titled “Cassandra ‘Pays it Forward': Tracing Toni Morrison’s Shadrack as “silenced prophet” from Greek mythology to Virginia Woolf and Ousmane Sembene” is the second in the free series of Faculty Speaker events. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Bates Room 1001.

Good conversation is promised, accompanied by snacks and beverages.

Applewhite’s poetry inspires multimedia art show


City Art Gallery’s opening night exhibit of an art show based on the poetry of well-known North Carolina poet James Applewhite attracted attendees who viewed works created by artists with ties to East Carolina University.
Photo courtesy of The Arts Connection

Three poems penned by renowned North Carolina poet James Applewhite served as the muse for the creation of more than 20 artworks recently displayed at City Art Gallery in Greenville. The February event marked the third annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational Reception.

The poems, “Reading the Science News,” “Hemlock Hill,” and “Written Beside Bass Lake” inspired paintings, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media. At last  month’s opening reception, Applewhite read the poems aloud. The opening drew a good turnout, said Jaclyn Morgan of the gallery.  The event was hosted by the gallery and the North Carolina Literary Review, a publication of East Carolina University and the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. Applewhite is a frequent contributor to the literary review.

ECU faculty contributing works to the show included Mike Dorsey, Seo Eo, Hanna Jubran, and Jeff Kiefer. Work by graduate student Sally Sutton also was shown. Artists included alumni Richard Fennell, Jeff Kiefer, Michael Knoch, and Bob Rankin, as well as art from the estate of former faculty member Paul Hartley.






ECU’s Whichard Professor to Give Public Lecture

Image of Gary Stringer
Dr. Gary A. Stringer
, scholar of English Renaissance Literature and visiting professor at East Carolina University, will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 7, in room 1031 of the Bate Building. He will discuss “The Making of the 1633, ‘Poems, by J. D. with Elegies on the Author’s Death,’ An Illustrated Detective Story.” A reception will follow in the foyer of the Bate Building.


3rd Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational

James Applewhite ReadingThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are hosting the 3rd Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational Reception on February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The works will remain on display until March 3.

For this event, artists submit various multimedia works based on the poems of Dr. Applewhite, a frequent contributor to NCLR and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

10th Annual TESOL /Applied Linguistics Graduate Students (TALGS) Conference Information

The TALGS Conference will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Register on the TALGS website: 
Come to hear our keynote speaker, Dr. Charlene Polio, and attend a variety of paper, discussion and workshop presentations.
On-site registration will be available. Free lunch will be served. Continuing education credits will be offered.All info you may need, including the conference schedule, appears on our website :

Dr. Will Brooker (Dr. Batman) discusses the Dark Knight at public lecture

On Wednesday, October 24th, Dr. Will Brooker delivered his talk “Tales of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mosaic, Myth and Folk Hero” to a standing room audience of faculty, students, comic book fans, and other community members at the Greenville Art Museum.

Dr. Brooker discussed how Batman has become a kind of folk figure or cultural icon, rather than simply a commercial corporate character, and that many recent Batman stories self-consciously reflect on this idea that he’s an urban myth, taking different forms to different people at different times.

Dr. Brooker is Head of Film and TV research at Kingston University, London. He is the author/editor of 8 books and is the incoming editor of Cinema Journal, the top refereed journal in the field of film, television and media studies.

Fans line up to talk with Dr. Brooker. (photo by Amanda Klein)

Dr. Batman trades Gotham for Greenville

Department of English welcomes new faculty

The Department of English welcomes 7 new faculty members to the department for the 2012-2013 new school year:
Solveig Bosse (Linguistics)
Nicole Caswell (Rhetoric & Composition)
Matthew Cox (Technical & Professional Communication)
Amber Flora Thomas (Creative Writing)
Kristy Ulibarri (Multicultural and Transnational Literatures)
Peter Franks (Teaching Instructor)

Tracy Ann Morse (Rhetoric & Composition) joined our department in January 2012 and serves as Director of Composition/Writing Foundations.

North Carolina Literary Review explores literature and film

North Carolina Literary Review explores literature and film

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The North Carolina Literary Review is marking its second decade of publication with a special feature section on North Carolina literature into film.

The issue includes essays by “Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier, eastern North Carolina’s Jim Grimsley, and Timothy Tyson, author of the provocative “Blood Done Sign My Name.”

“But don’t expect to read of these writers’ frustration over filmmakers ‘ruining’ their work,” writes Editor Margaret Bauer in her introduction to the special feature section. “Rather, you will read of their appreciation of the hard work involved in creating this other medium for their stories.”

Also in the issue: an article by William Hart on James Patterson’s North Carolina-set Alex Cross novel and film “Kiss the Girls” and an interview with Lois Duncan, the author of popular young adult suspense novels including “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which was adapted into a film by ECU alumnus Kevin Williamson. Also interviewed is Ellyn Bache, who describes the experience of having her novel “Safe Passage” adapted into a feature film and of its resurgence on cable after 9/11.

A North Carolina-focused discussion of film adaptations would not be complete without a discussion of Thomas Dixon, a native of Shelby, whose novels were the inspiration for D.W. Griffith’s infamous but influential “Birth of a Nation.” Film historian Anthony Slide writes about Dixon’s subsequent efforts in developing his own film-directing career following the phenomenal success of “Birth of a Nation.”

Also explored is the screenwriting career of North Carolina’s preeminent playwright, Paul Green, in an essay by UNC Emeritus Professor Laurence Avery. And Larry Tise and Tom Whiteside write about a 1921 movie referred to by those who remember it as “the first Lost Colony film.” Tise notes that this early educational film probably led to commissioning Paul Green to write “The Lost Colony,” now in its 75th year of performances in Manteo.

Other content in the film section of the issue includes Terry Roberts’ essay on novels by John Ehle that have been adapted into film and the ones that should be. George Hovis argues for “Ten North Carolina Stories that Ought to Be Films,” and Duke University lecturer Elisabeth Benfey writes about a film production class in which her students adapted North Carolina stories, including Randall Kenan’s “The Foundations of the Earth,” into film.

N.C. Literary Hall of Fame poet James Applewhite’s work appears in both the film section and the “Flashbacks” section of the issue. The “North Carolina Miscellany” section includes the first winner of NCLR’s new James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, John Thomas York’s poem “Lamp,” along with several of the finalists in the competition.

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell writes about ECU’s new Stuart Wright Collection of books, letters, photographs, and other materials, which Chappell calls “the definitive collection of Southern literature from World War I to the mid-1980s.” From that collection’s content, NCLR 2012 includes a never-before-published poem by Robert Penn Warren, author of the novel “All the King’s Men” and the only person to receive the Pulitzer Prize in both poetry and fiction.

The issue also includes the winners of the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network: Thomas Wolf’s first place and Joseph Francis Cavano’s second place stories; an interview with former Piedmont Laureate Zelda Lockhart; an essay by Paul Crenshaw hearkening back to the 2011 issue’s environmental theme; and an essay by the 2005 North Carolina Award for Literature recipient Michael Parker about his latest novel, “The Watery Part of the World.”

Published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards in its 21 years of publication—most recently from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2010 for Best Journal Design.

The cover art for the 2012 issue is by Mary Shannon Johnstone and Dana Ezzell Gay, both on the faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh. Gay, NCLR’s Art Director, also designed the cover and much of the content. Other content designers include Pamela Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, N.C.; Pitt Community College instructor Stephanie Whitlock Dicken of Greenville; ECU alumnus Brandie Knox, founder of knox design strategy in New York; and Mary Thiesen, former NCLR Art Director, who now designs for PETA in Virginia.

NCLR 2012 is being distributed now to subscribers and will be available in independent bookstores across North Carolina. The official launch of the issue will take place Sept. 21-22 during the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, hosted by J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU. Keynote speaker Charles Frazier and several other writers featured in this issue will be in Greenville for this event.

For a complete table of contents for this issue, subscription and purchase information, and the complete program for the 2012 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, go to