Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Trish Thomas Henley, Ph.D. 2007 - Dr Henley is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She is completing a book, Velvet Women Within: The Boy Actor and the Prostitute on the Early English Stage, which explores the intersection of early modern sexual ideology and queer desire on the all-male stage by analyzing the difference the body makes when performing the whore. She also recently co-edited (with our own Dr. Gary Taylor) The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (forthcoming April 2012 from Oxford University Press). The handbook is the largest collection of new Middleton criticism ever assembled, and it provides a comprehensive, cutting-edge reaction to Oxford's Collected Works of Thomas Middleton. Dr. Henley has also recently published "Automated Marlowe: Hero and Leander 31-36" (Exemplaria 20), an article co-written with Bruce Boehrer.


Mary Larkin, Ph.D. 2006 - is the 2011 recipient of the Southern Indiana Review Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award for Fiction. Larkin is a graduate of the Creative Writing program, where she studied with Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Stuckey-French among others.

Her fiction has appeared in many journals, including Shenandoah, The Chattahoochee Review, The Nebraska Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Inkwell, and The New Purlieu Review. She is a Pushcart Nominee, a Writing Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the recipient of Hollins University's Andrew James Purdy Award as well as their AWP Intro Journals Award nominee, and was recently invited for a writing residency at Yaddo.


Andrew McFeaters, Ph.D. 2010 - is Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. His recent publications include "Beckett's Three Novels and the Moment of Ontological Pastiche" in Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts (Edinburgh UP, 2014) and "Reassembling Ford: Time is Money in Brian O'Nolan's Brave New Ireland" in The Parish Review 3.1 (Fall 2014). His published essay, "Museyrooms and Möbius Effects: A Ruim of History in Finnegans Wake," is available to read online at hjs.ff.cuni.cz/archives/v12_1/main/essays.php?essay=mcfeaters.


Flore Chevaillier, Ph. D. 2008 - Flore is an Assistant Professor of English at Central State University, where she teaches writing and literature courses with an emphasis on multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary questions. Her book, The Body of Writing: an Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction (forthcoming with the Ohio State UP), examines readers’ experience of sensuality in their engagement with the language of fiction. She is currently working on a collection of interviews with formally innovative American novelists. Her essays have appeared in Journal of Modern Literature, Critique, Literature Compass, and European Journal of American Studies.


Kara Taczak, Ph.D. 2011 - English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition - Taczak researches the relationship between reflection and transfer, specifically the ways in which students can enhance the transfer of knowledge and practice from first-year composition to other academic writing sites. She currently teaches at the University of Denver. Her most current research, a critical examination of the ways in which instructors can encourage successful transfer, is part of a book project scheduled for release in 2012. The book, Writing Across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Cultures of Writing, with Liane Robertson and Kathleen Blake Yancey, will be published in 2012 by Utah State UP. She also has upcoming publications in a special issue of Composition Forum focused on transfer.


Vida Volkert, B.A. 2006 - Staff writer at the Independent, a daily newspaper in Gallup, New Mexico. She was awarded First Place in Feature Writing by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors in recognition of outstanding newspaper work covering Native American issues in the Southwest during the year 2010-2011. Her news stories have appeared in the Miami Herald, the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Examiner, the Durango Herald, SantaFe NewMexican, and Albuquerque Journal.


Marsha (Caddell) Mathews, Ph.D., 1987, English, M.Div., 1996, Theology - is an author and an educator. An excerpt from her novel, "More than a Mess of Greens," appears in The Broad River Review. Her first book of poems, Northbound Single-Lane follows a single mother who leaves behind all she knows, except for her children, and heads north (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her second book, love poems, Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace, won the Red Berry Editions 2011 Chapbook Award, and was also published. Her third book of poems, Hallelujah Voices, set in Appalachia, highlights Marsha's experience as an Ordained Pastor in the 1990s (Aldrich Press, 2012). Marsha is a Professor at Dalton State College and the advisor for the campus literary magazine.


Rebecca Hazelton, Ph.D. 2010 - Hazelton's first book, Fair Copy, won the Ohio State / The Journal prize and is forthcoming from Ohio State University Press. Her second book, Vow, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press. She was the 2011 winner of The Discover/Boston Review Prize, as well as a recipient of the Jay C. and Ruth Hall fellowship at the University Wisconsin-Madison in 2010-2011, and of a fellowship from Vermont Studio Centers. Hazelton's work has been published in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Boston Review, and others.


Kameelah L. Martin, Ph.D. 2006 - is a Visiting Scholar (2011-2013) at the Center for the Study of African American Culture at the University of Houston, where she is completing her manuscript Envisioning Voodoo: African Diasporic Religion in the Popular Imagination, 1985-2010, a critical evaluation of depictions of the black priestess, and the affect of the inscription of African ritual cosmologies on the identity, perception, and treatment of African women in contemporary film. She is specifically interested in how American popular culture projects a discourse of otherness onto African-centered Spirituality, which she attributes to early American attitudes toward Haiti and its national religion, Vodou. Her monograph, Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming January 2013), explores the lore cycle of the conjure woman, or black priestess, as an archetype in literature and visual texts, and addresses how African American authors have shifted, recycled, and reinvented the conjure woman figure primarily in twentieth century fiction. It is a revision of the dissertation, chaired by Darryl Dickson-Carr and Jerrilyn McGregory, that earned Martin the J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature or Folklore.


Boyd Creasman, Ph.D. 1990 - has held a faculty position at West Virginia Wesleyan College and has served as Chair of English, then as Director of Humanities and Fine Arts. He currently serves as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan College.


Scott Ortolano, Ph.D. 2013 - is Assistant Professor of English at Edison State College. He co-edited and co-wrote the introduction for Perspectives on the Short Story. With an eye towards the ever-changing needs of the 21st century classroom, Perspectives offers numerous innovative themes, conventions, and global variations of the short story. Like the short story itself, the anthology roams beyond formal binaries like "conventional" or "experimental," over the borders of geography, nation, ethnicity, race, class, region, and gender, and across the lines of urban, suburban, and rural life as well as political and social affiliations.


Scott Bailey, Ph.D. 2012 - Scott Bailey's first book of poems Thus Spake Gigolo is now in print, published by NYQ Books (New York Quarterly Books). A recipient of The John Mackay Shaw, Academy of American Poetry Award and The May Alexander Ryburn Fellowship, his poems have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Cortland Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, Meridian, The Southeast Review, New York Quarterly, and Verse Daily, among others.


Laci Mattison, Ph.D. 2013 - Visiting Lecturer at Florida State University, and Paul Ardoin, Ph.D. 2014 - Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, along with Dr. S.E. Gontarski, are the general editors of Bloomsbury's "Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism" series, which reevaluates an aesthetic moment alongside the philosophy that shaped and was shaped by it. Mattison and Ardoin have also co-edited two volumes in this series: Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism (August 2014) and Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism (January 2013), the latter to which they contributed chapters, as well. As Gregg Lambert states of the most recent volume, "The immediate usefulness of this series is the editors' tripartite structure of close reading, contextualization, and key concepts from the philosophies of modernism. This volume on Deleuze collates an exceptional range of scholars on Deleuze and/or Modernism, maintaining a nice balance between well heeled names and brilliant new voices." Forthcoming volumes in the series are dedicated to thinkers such as William James, Wittgenstein, Foucault, and Merleau-Ponty.


Gwyn Hyman Rubio, B.A. 1971 - Gwyn's third novel, Love & Ordinary Creatures, is now available through Ashland Creek Press. Gwyn's first novel, Icy Sparks (Viking/Penguin 1988), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and also an Oprah Book Club Selection. Her 2005 publication, The Woodsman's Daughter (Penguin), was a finalist that year for the Kentucky Literary Award for Excellence in Fiction. Her collection of short stories, Sharing Power, was nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award. Gwyn and her husband Angel have lived in Kentucky for more than 40 years, and in 2001 they moved to Versailles, Kentucky.


Michael Smith, Ph.D. 1995 - Michael is professor of English at Bluefield State College and an accomplished freshwater angler. His varied interests take him from the deepest corners of academia and theory to the wilderness of Virginia's Highlands. His book Reading Simulacra: Fatal Theories for Postmodernity (State Univ of New York Press, 2001) analyzes the extent to which our culture has immersed itself in the simulations and digital images of television, film, and video games. Outside his exploration of virtual reality, Smith is the author of five fishing books and a veteran fishing guide in New River Valley, Virginia. He recently updated The Virginia Fishing Guide (2012) by the late Bob Gooch, a legendary outdoorsman and fishing expert. Smith is accredited as a Virginia Master Angler and operates the New River Fly Fishing company in Virginia.