Tributaries deadline fast approaching

The deadline for submitting work for the Spring 2011 issue of Tributaries is Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11:59 p.m. Send up to five pieces (per person) of poetry, prose, photography, art, or music to iwutributaries@gmail.com with “submission” in the subject line.

The editors encourage those who submitted work last semester that didn’t make the final cut to revise and resubmit.

Faculty update

Professor Joanne Diaz had a busy sabbatical, spending time at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference on a work-study fellowship and earning a one-month residency at Can Serrat Artist Residency in El Bruc, Spain. She was the Featured Illinois Poet in the most recent issue of Spoon River Poetry Review, and her book of poems, The Lessons, which won the Gerald Cable Book Award, has been published this month by Silverfish Review Press.

Joanne recently presented papers at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers Conference in Princeton, New Jersey (“Renaissance Ultra-Talk”); the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Montreal, Canada (“’To pause a while upon my heavy plaint’: Complaint as Juridical Testimony in The Mirror for Magistrates”); and the Modern Language Association conference in Los Angeles, California (“The Digital Archive as a Tool for Close Reading in the Undergraduate Literature Course”). She has also been invited to present several pre-performance lectures on As You Like It at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater this January and February.

Professor Dan Terkla was a featured speaker at Freshman Convocation on August 17, 2010 and at Family Weekend, November 6, 2010, and Dan reports that his book, New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museum is “on bookstore shelves everywhere—well, maybe not everywhere.”

Professor Michael Theune is now at the Associated Writing Programs conference, where he’s moderating a small-group discussion as part of a poetry pedagogy forum and also presenting a paper on “The Filibuster Poem.” Last year at AWP Mike co-organized and co-moderated a panel on “Hybrid Aesthetics and Its Discontents.” Those panel presentations, including his own, “No Laughing Matter: The Humorless Hybrid,” have just been published in The Monkey & the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (University of Akron Press, 2011). Later this month, Mike will present a paper on “The Paradelle, Play, and the Work of Wit” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, and on Feb. 9 Mike and Joanne will participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ 2011 workshop on information fluency in literature, in New Orleans.

Bray’s book named a Lincoln Prize finalist

Professor Robert Bray‘s recently published Reading with Lincoln (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), has been named a finalist for the Lincoln Prize. According to the Gettysburg College website, the $50,000 prize is “awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, or the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to their era.”

One of the dust-jacket blurbs for Reading with Lincoln comes from Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life and last year’s winner of the Lincoln Prize:  “In this subtle, insightful study, Robert Bray offers the first scholarly account of Lincoln’s reading. A professor of English, Bray has a keen literary sensibility and broad culture that enable him to shed light on the development of Lincoln’s taste and on the ways in which the books he read influenced his thinking and writing.”