English Department  
Alumnus Success

Michael Harker, English ’99, published a book titled “The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate” on SUNY Press. Harker is an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University.

Oklahoma Writing Project

Oklahoma City University hosted the Oklahoma Writing Project’s Write-to-Win conference last month, coordinated by English professor Harbour Winn. Professor Terry Phelps directed a writing marathon during the event.

More than 100 high school and middle school students attended the conference. The Norman Transcript ran a feature story about the event.

Busy Semester for Dr. Floreani

Dr. Tracy Floreani (Chairwoman of English) joined Janelle Warlick (Director of Communications and Outreach for the Petree College of Arts and Sciences) out at OCCC to speak at a Humanities faculty meeting about the transfer opportunities for their students. The faculty there valued the information about our programs and scholarships.

Also, Dr. Floreani was on a panel for Law School Visit Day on November 4th. It was a successful event! Several prospective high school students came to listen to our faculty and the Dean of our Law School Admissions. We plan to have another event like it in the spring for high school sophomores and juniors.

Looking for The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society Page?

The Society's page has moved. Please visit the new site housed at Oral Roberts University.


English Professor Accomplishment

English professor Amrita Sen was named to the Faculty Excellence Initiative Research Leave program to work on her book project, "Trading India: Commerce, Spectacle and Domestic Transculturation in Early Modern India."

Sen will be conducting research in India, mostly at the Asiatic Society and National Archives, and at the British Library in the United Kingdom. She will also be accessing holdings at specific university libraries in Kolkata (India) and the UK.

Oklahoma Book Award Finalist


       English professor Beth Robinson's 2013 book "Poetry Unbound" is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award next month.

       The book is a record of a poetry workshop held at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility, a project conceived by fellow English professor Harbour Winn with visiting poet Jimmy Santiago Baca in 2008.

       Robinson met with a group of 15 to 40 women inmate writers every other Sunday for almost three years. She promised the writers that she would publish their work.

       The Oklahoma Book Award ceremony will be held April 12 at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. 

Professor Publishes Poems

               Several poems by Oklahoma City University English professor Abigail Keegan have been published recently.

          The literary journal Cybersoleil published "Work of Words," "The End of Summer," "Highway Hawk," "Summer of Tomatoes" and "In the Old World," and haikudoodle published "Are You?"

          Two of Keegan's poem will be published in March in Red Truck Review: A Journal of Southern Literature and Culture. They are titled "New Years" and "Family Plot."


Chair's Book Recently Released

English professor Tracy Floerani's book titled "Fifties Ethnicities" was recently released on SUNY Press. The book is about how literature and the mass media shaped the concepts of ethnicty in the 1950s. Floreani also earned a major grant from the Oklahoma Humanties Council for the "Ralph Ellison at 100" public symposium, which will bring several national renowned scholars on Ralph Ellison and African American cultural studies to Oklahoma City on March 8th. http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5723-fifties-ethnicities.aspx

Interview with Red Earth Faculty Member

Read this interesting interview with Amy Brill (part time faculty in our Red Earth MFA program: http://fictionwritersreview.com/interviews/keeping-the-faith-an-interview-with-amy-brill
Presentation at Elon University

 Dr. Clemens Fox presented a poster of her transfer research at Elon University’s “Critical Transitions and the Question of Transfer” conference and research seminar this past June 25th.

The research presentation was entitled, “Boundary-Crossing for Effective Learning: Engaging High School and College Students in Collaborative Community Outreach.” This was the culminating project of research begun in June, 2011 in the seminar of 40 writing scholars from around the nation and world. Dr. Clemens Fox had a specific area of study which was the critical transition from high school to college and she gathered and analyzed data from Harding Fine Arts Academy high school and our OCU college students.

This seminar was sponsored by Elon University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).