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Carrie Bramen was selected for the Anne LaBastille Writers Residency at the Adirondack Writing Center in October 2014 ( While in residence, she will be working on her book-in-progress, on American niceness. Bramen is one of six writers selected this year, and the only writer of academic prose.


Kristina Darling has received awards for her poetry from the Ucross Foundation and the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences. She was accepted as a Visiting Artist by the American Academy in Rome for the Fall, 2014.

The Negro and His Folklore in Nineteenth Century Periodicals

Bruce Jackson’s 1967 study,The Negro and his Folklore in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals (American Folklore Society and University of Texas Press, 1967), was republished this week by the University of Texas Press. The work is about how white Americans in the nineteenth century saw and wrote about African Americans. A copy can be found here:

The Negro and his Folklore is one of three major studies Jackson published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The other two, Wake Up Dead Man: Afro-American Worksongs from Texas Prisons (1972) and Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me: African American Poetry from the Oral Tradition (1974), were published by Harvard University Press. Wake up Dead Man was brought back into print by University of Georgia Press in 1999, and Get Your Ass in the Water was bought back by Routledge in 2004. All three works are considered classics in American Studies.


Congratulations to Margaret Konkol, who has been offered a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at New College in Sarasota, FLA!  She is now ending her second year of a 3-year Brittain fellowship at Georgia Tech.


David Hadbawnik was awarded a Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation “Language Strange: Speech and Poetic Authority from Chaucer to Spenser.”