English Matters, Fall 2004

Student Awards and Alumni News

Hearty congratulations to all our high-achieving students and alumni!

If you would like to share your success stories with the Department of English community, please contact Melissa Wensel at wensel@u.washington.edu.

STEPHEN ANKENBAUER (BA 2004) is a new Mary Gates Scholar in the Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. Stephen was also accepted into the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) at the University of Chicago.

HEATHER DORAN BARBIERI (BA 1985) received a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators work-in-progress grant for her novel Monster Girl; and an Artist Trust Fellowship for her novel Snow in July which will be published by Soho Press in November.

KATHLEEN BOARDMAN (MA 1970) became Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, in January 2004.

PHILLIP C. BOARDMAN (PhD 1973) was named Nevada Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching. Boardman’s twenty-five-year project (with Daniel P. Nastali), The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000, will be published this year in two volumes by Oxford University Press.

KEERTHIA ARANI (BA 2004) is beginning medical school in the UW School of Medicine.

DERIC CORLEW (BA 2004) starts work on a PhD in English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. GARY ETTARI (PhD 2003) has accepted a teaching position at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

ELIZABETH FEETHAM (MA 1967, PhD 1977) was appointed acting dean of the UW Graduate School following the untimely death of Marsha Landolt.

HILLARY FOGERTY (PhD 2004) will join the faculty at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Fogerty and several of her undergraduate students were “on stage” for Shakespeare’s Birthday Party, April 24, a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Club Event.

ADDIE GERLACH (BA 2004) finished her English B.A. in March and began graduate study in the UW College of Education’s Early Childhood Special Education program in the spring.

PAUL GREEN (MAT 1958) had his novel, The Life of Jack Gray: An Education in Living and Love published by Xlibris of Philadelphia.

KATIE HAMES (BA 2004) will begin graduate school in English at Cornell University this fall.

JULIE HANIFY (BA 2004) will be a member of the first graduating class of the new MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. Julie notes: “I won the undergraduate prize for poetry at the Campus for Peace and Justice competition for creative works that confront US domestic and foreign policy for a poem called Desert Dust.”

JASON HARRIS (PhD 2001) has accepted a one-year appointment at Michigan State University.

ALLEN HIBBARD’S (PhD 1989) most recent book, Paul Bowles, Magic & Morocco, was published by Cadmus Editions (San Francisco) June 1994. His essay, “Shift Coordinate Points: William S. Burroughs and Contemporary Theory,” appeared in Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization, ed. Philip Walsh and Davis Schneiderman (London: Pluto Press, 2004. Hibbard is currently a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.

GWENDOLYN JACKSON (BA 2004) was this year’s student speaker at the Bon Macy’s Diversity Scholarship Luncheon and was also chosen this year to receive the prestigious Vice President Achievement Award sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs. She has joined the UW English Department as an undergraduate advisor.

WENDY JOSEPH (MA 1985), an Able Seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine, recently returned from Crete, off a cargo ship carrying military personnel and supplies from the U.S. to Iraq. Her screenplay, Murmansk Run, won first prize in the 2002 Northwest Screenwriters Guild Contest.

BRET KEELING (PhD 2000) has accepted a position at Pacific Lutheran University.

CONNIE KIM (BA 1999), after serving as managing editor of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, is now working as a freelance book editor and layout editor for Executive Coach, a new professional leadership development publication.

ROBERT H. KONO (BA 1963) has recently published The Last Fox, a novel of the 100th/442nd RCT and The River of Time, a collection of short stories.

ANDREW KOTTWITZ (BA 2004) reports: “I don’t know if this counts, but I got published on the Metro Buses ‘Poetry on the Bus’ contest. Now my poem, “How to Win 41 Million Dollars,” is rolling all over Seattle.”

JEREMY MACKIE (BA 2000) was admitted to the Vancouver Film School in British Columbia for fall 2004.

JOANIE MACKOWSKI (MFA 1991, MA 1993) was awarded the 2003 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her book of poems, The Zoo (University of Pittsburgh Press 2002). This year she received her PhD in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and will join the faculty in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

ALISON MANDAVILLE (PhD 2002) will teach at Pacific Lutheran University this year.

MELISSA MARINI (BA 2004) will continue on in our department this fall as a new graduate student in English language and rhetoric.

JUSTINE MATTHIES (BA 1997), after working in publishing with Sasquatch Books, has moved on to a new career in bridal consulting with Vera Wang in New York City.

BRANDON MAUST (BA 2005) received travel grants from the Undergraduate Research Program to present at two conferences sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication and by IEEE Professional Communication Society in Minnesota and Maryland.

CATHERINE MCDONALD (PhD expected 2005) has accepted a three-year appointment at Western Washington University.

MATTHEW MCINTOSH (BA 1999) recently published his first novel, Well (Grove Press, NY) and has given author readings at Elliott Bay Books, Powell’s in Portland, and the Northwest Bookfest.

SHANNON MCRAE (PhD 1999) will begin a tenure-track position at State University of New York, Fredonia this fall.

KEVIN MOORE (BA 2003) will be attending the Masters/PhD program in English literature at the University of Arizona this fall with a fellowship.

HOANG NHAN (BA 2004), double major in English and Neurobiology, will be going to UC San Diego this fall with full funding for a PhD in Neurosciences. Hoang was also awarded the following honors this spring: 2004 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention, UC Berkeley Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (declined), Merage American Dream Fellowship.

TAMIKO NIMURA (PhD 2004) has joined the faculty at the University of Puget Sound.

NICHOLAS O’CONNELL (MFA 1985, PhD 1996) teaches several classes each year through The Writer’s Workshop. He also offers classes online at www.thewritersworkshop.net.

JOHANNA OGDON (BA 2004) is already deeply into her first year of law school at Seattle University through their early enrollment program.

SHANLEY PETERSON (BA 2002) completed NYU’s summer publishing institute the summer following graduation. Her first job in publishing was traveling and writing for a cousin’s yachting magazine. Shanley is now in a copy editing job with Business Wire and contemplating the big move to the Big Apple.

BAILEY RENNER (BA 2004) will begin graduate study in English with an assistant lectureship at the University of Southern California in L.A. this fall.

MAIA ROBISON (MFA 1999) graduated from Pennsylvania State Medical School and is now completing her medical residency at Duke University.

ANTHONY RUIZ (MA 1998, PhD expected soon) will begin a one-year appointment at the University of Colorado, Boulder this fall.

RITA SAFARIANTS (BA 2004) was accepted to graduate programs in Slavic Language and Literature at both Yale and Columbia. She will begin her work at Yale this fall on full fellowship.

ZACH SAVICH (BA 2004) has been accepted into the number one ranked MFA program in creative writing (poetry) at the University of Iowa.

LISA SIBBETT (BA 2004) will begin her career as a graduate student and teaching assistant in English at Portland State this fall.

JAMES SNYDAL (BA 1971), poet and benefactor of the English Department’s Vernon M. Spence Award for Poetry, died of cancer at the age of 54.

TABITHA SPARKS (MA 1997, PhD 2001) is an assistant professor at McGill University.

BROOK STAFFORD (PhD 2004) has accepted an assistant professor position at Creighton University.

ANDY STALLINGS (BA 2004) was admitted into the UW MFA program in creative writing. Andy reports: “I recently won the open competition for the James Wright Poetry Prize from the Mid-American Review. My poem, Elegy With the Striking of a Single Note on Piano, will be published in the upcoming edition of the MAR.”

JAMES SUTTER (BA 2004) received a second place award for the 2003 Charlotte Paul Reese Prize for Fiction. He has had three short stories and a poem published in various literary journals, including Hobart Pulp, Bricolage, and Penitalia. James helped to found Penitalia: Collegiate Erotica at the University of Washington, the UW’s new erotica journal, as Fiction Editor.

MANJUSHREE THAPA (MFA 1998) published her first novel, The Tutor of History (Penguin India). The book has been called “the first major novel in English to emerge from Nepal.”

JAY THOMPSON (BA 2004) reports that he helped to organize a group of UW alumni to put together a two-day private reading of Ulysses (on June 15th and 16th, Bloomsday) after the UW cancelled its official reading/celebration: “The reading was continuous; at its largest we had nearly thirty participants; we spent 37 hours reading the book, finishing at 7 a.m. on the 17th. The celebration of literature will never die!”

ALISON TRACY (PhD expected 2005) has joined the faculty at the University of Puget Sound.

LAURA TURNER (BA 2004) will be teaching secondary English in Baltimore, Maryland through the Teach for America program and earning her Master of Arts in Teaching at Johns Hopkins University.

CODY WALKER (PhD 2004) received the 2003 James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry.

AARON ZACKS '02 just finished his first year of graduate study in English at the University of Texas at Austin. He invites current majors to contact him through English Advising for information about the program!


THREE ENGLISH MAJORS were selected this year by the College of Education as Zesbaugh Scholars for 2004-05: April Krubally, Sarah Smith, and Allison Hong Tran.

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