Department of English News

TESOL & Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Conference 2015

On February 21, 2015, the English Department will host the 12th annual TESOL and Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Conference—or TALGS conference. The conference aims to provide a serious yet relaxed forum for professional discourse on a variety of topics relevant to the study of language, granting a comfortable environment for discussion between students, researchers, and teachers.

Conference will be held in the Rivers Building. Registration begins 8:00 AM

This year, we are very fortunate to have Dr. William Grabe and Dr. Fredricka L. StollerStoller photoBill—both from Northern Arizona University—as our keynote speakers. Their morning plenary  will address commonly held myths about second language (L2) reading and replace them with effective instructional practices. Their afternoon workshop will extend their discussion of effective L2 reading instruction practices through a demonstration of strategic-reader training.

Proposals are welcome from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Proposal submission guidelines can be found here:


For more information, please contact Mark D. Johnson at

5th Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational


The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the 5th Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational on Friday, January 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of 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 Literary Hall of Fame. 

This year, artists are also responding to NCLR‘S 2014 Applewhite Prize-winning poem by Elizabeth Jackson, a practicing psychologist and writer. She and Applewhite will read their poems at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the event. For directions and more information, go to:

Graduate Studies Program Announces Fall Open House-November 7th


The Department of English Graduate Studies Program invites you to attend the graduate Fall Open House, to be held on Friday, November 7th from 10am-1pm to learn more about the Master of Arts in English and the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication. During the day, there will be opportunities to learn about your academic area of interest; meet our faculty, staff, and current students; and learn about the many opportunities available outside of the classroom. The Open House will take place in the Bate Building at East Carolina University (2201 Bate Building, East Fifth Street, Greenville, NC 27858). For more information see the flyer here: ECU English Graduate Open House Flyer
The Open House program will include:

  • Official welcome to the ECU Department of English Graduate Program
  • Information on the MA in English concentrations and the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication
  • Sessions on admissions, advising, and assistantships
  • Faculty “Meet and Greet” with lunch provided


If interested, please register to attend by Monday, November 3rd. To register, email Catherine Anderson ( and include your name, email address, and program/area of interest. Check-In begins at 9:30am in Bate 2019A.


For more information on our programs, please visit

October 22nd: From Impersonation to Incarnation: Acting Nelson Mandela in the Movies from 1987 to 2014

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The English Department is proud to host guest speaker Okaka Dokotum. He will be giving a presentation of From Impersonation to Incarnation: Acting Nelson Mandela in the Movies from 1987 to 2014, on October 22nd in 1031 Bate at 5:30pm. Please join us for this event.

Okaka Dokotum is the head of the literature department at Kyambogo University in Uganda. He studied at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Ph.D. in Black Studies.

His research interest centers on the interchange between literature and film within historical context. Dokotum’s major research field is the representation of Africa in contemporary western novels and films, and alternative representation of Africa by African writers and filmmakers as counterpoints. He has also published plays, poems and short stories, and produced poems extensively in live public performances, on radio and television.

His other passion is helping local communities break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. He is part of the Avera Village Transformation project, a charity that seeks to transform a village that is on the borderline of existence in every way into a modern village. Their mission includes spiritual, economic, educational, sports empowerment and infrastructural development.  












North Carolina Literary Review Traces the Scars of War in 23rd Issue



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North Carolina Literary Review; 252-328-1537

North Carolina Literary Review Traces the Scars of War in 23rd Issue

GREENVILLE, NC – June 1, 2014

For its 2014 print issue, North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) devotes its special feature section to “War in North Carolina Literature.” This in-depth exploration includes an interview with author Robert Morgan, who points out, “It is one of the mysteries of human life, and human history that intelligent people, often ethical people, kill each other so often and on such a scale.”  Readers will also find David Cecelski’s fascinating analysis of recordings made by a young Arthur Miller (well before he became one of America’s greatest playwrights) during a visit to Wilmington in the fall of 1941, just weeks before the US – and Wilmington – were forever changed by the Second World War. There is also a discussion with Ron Rash and Terry Roberts about the World War I German internment camp that existed right here in North Carolina, and is central to novels by both authors; an essay about a post-apocalyptic civil war in William Forstchen’s novel One Second After; and an essay about little-known African American author James McGirt, who wrote about black soldiers in the Spanish American War. These join Claudette Cohen’s short story “The Mayor of Biscoe,” winner of the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, which details the struggle of life for a soldier after he has left the battlefield. Quoting Robert Morgan in her introduction to the section, NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer writes, “Cohen understands, as do these other insightful writers, that there is no ‘delight’ in war.”

The 2014 “Flashbacks” section, with essays and poetry by and about writers featured in past issues, includes an essay by Paul Baggett on author Charles Chesnutt’s Marrow of Tradition, which is based on the Wilmington coup d’etat of 1898, as well as Jordan Stone’s essay on Michael Malone’s 1983 novel Handling Sin. In addition, Allan Gurganus flips from author to subject in Zackary Vernon’s essay, which delves into the Halloween horror show, held each year at Gurganus’s home, and Shirley Stave takes a look at Lee Smith’s 2002 novel The Last Girls. These essays accompany poems by Susan Laughter Meyers, winner of the 2013 James Applewhite Poetry Prize, as well as poems by James Applewhite, for whom the competition is named, and Fred Chappell, who served as final judge for last year’s competition.

Great work also finds a home in NCLR in the “North Carolina Miscellany” section, which this year features paintings by the writer Clyde Edgerton together with the poetry from Hannah Bonner, another of the 2013 Applewhite competition finalists. And Annie Frazier, daughter of Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier, shows off her own literary talents in the short story “Sakura,” a finalist for the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. “You will see when you read her story that writing talent runs in the family,” writes Bauer.

Looking to the future, readers of NCLR will be pleased to note the announcement of a new NCLR creative nonfiction competition in 2015, with the winner published in the 2016 edition, to celebrate the 25th issue of NCLR. The Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize, named for the founding editor, will be open to any writer who fits the NCLR definition of a North Carolina writer: anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter.

The issue also announces next year’s theme: “Global North Carolina,” and invites writers to submit for this issue by August 31.

The cover art for NCLR 2014 was designed by Dana Ezzell Gay, an associate professor at Meredith College in Raleigh and NCLR Art Director since 2008. Other contributing designers include Gay’s student Karen Baltimore; Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, who teaches at Pitt Community College; and Dave Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, NC.

Published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards. NCLR 2014 will go out to subscribers in June and will be available in independent bookstores across the state. To subscribe to the print issue, go to

“Shakespeare in America” – March 27 Voyages Lecture

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Interim Dean John C. Sutherland invites you to attend the Thomas Harriot Lecture, the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Dr. James S. Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will discuss “Shakespeare in America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Wright Auditorium.


Shapiro, who is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City, will give his presentation as part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The lecture is co-sponsored by the THCAS Department of English, and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.


Tickets for this lecture are free to all attendees and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office located in Mendenhall Student Center, or by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.


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Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational, co-hosted by The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery

ApplewhiteThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational on March 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. 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 Literary Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will speak briefly and read his poems at 7:00 p.m.


Please join us for the event.

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