English MATTERS — SPRING 2011

Alumni Notes

Leedia Bailey (B.A. ‘81) retired from 25 years in the real estate law industry and started her own business, The Cellar Wine Shoppe, in Ocean Shores, WA, which is now in its 5th year of existence

Brad Bigelo (B.A. ‘80) works on the Neglected Books Page a hobby when not working for NATO.

Jennifer Burd (M.F.A. ‘94) has published her first book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (2009), and her first book of poetry, Body and Echo (2010). She works as a writer and editor at HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Gloria Dawn Campbell (B.A. ‘75) is still using her English degree as an editor, writer, program advisor, and small press publisher.

Kevin Craft (M.F.A. ‘95) was recently appointed editor of Poetry Northwest, which is now published at Everett Community College. He has been chair of the English Department at Everett Community College since 2006.

Arthur Efron (B.A. ‘58, Ph.D. ‘64) is still engaged in research during his retirement from University at Buffalo. He defended his book on Hardy’s novel, Experiencing Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Deweyan Account, in “Reconsiderations” in The Hardy Review (2009). Efron also had an article on “Wayne Burns and the Invention of Panzaic Contextualism” in Journal of Literary Criticism (2009).

Tammy Greenwood’s (M.F.A. ‘96) fifth novel, The Hungry Season, was published by Kensington Books in January 2010. Her next novel, This Glittering World, came out in January 2011. Her family has recently returned to San Diego, CA, after five years in the Washington, DC, area; she is currently teaching at UCSD’s Extension Program and for San Diego Writers, Ink.

Alison Tracy Hale (Ph.D. ‘05) has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, at the University of Puget Sound.

Jim Harmon (B.A. ‘62) is now retired after 37 years in college and international academic publishing. He writes and edits a monthly newsletter for The Marine Corps League in York, ME.

Jason Harris (M.A. ‘91, Ph.D. ‘01) teaches at the Florida Institute of Technology in the Humanities and Communications Department. His Folklore and the Fantastic in 19th-Century British Fiction (Ashgate P, 2008) was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies 2009. Most recently, he contributed a chapter, “Scottish 19th-Century Folklore and Collectors,” for Scottish Traditional Literatures (Edinburgh UP, Companions to Scottish Literature series, 2013).

Janis Johnson (B.A. ‘90) is an assistant professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Idaho (Tulane Ph.D. ‘99).

Kenneth Scott Ligda (B.A. ‘99) is currently completing his Ph.D. in English at Stanford.

Mark C. Long (Ph.D. ‘96) is professor of English, American and Environmental Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. In 2009, he received the College’s Award for Distinction in Research and Scholarship. His most recent publications include a coedited collection, Teaching North American Environmental Literature (MLA 2008), and a special issue of Pedagogy he guest edited on teaching in the small college English department (Spring 2010). His ongoing work in the environmental arts and humanities is currently focused around a two-year grant he received from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Priscilla Long (M.F.A. ‘90) published The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life in July 2010. Her abecedarium, “My Brain on My Mind,” appeared in The American Scholar in winter 2010. She also has recent work in Under the Sun and Margie.

Sheryl Clough Anne McGeary (B.A. ‘90) and her husband Bill McGeary are members of the Founders Circle of the literary journal Soundings Review on Whidbey Island, WA.

Sally McWilliams (Ph.D. ‘92) is Professor and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University.

Matthew Moore (B.A. ‘08) is currently working for ArenaNet, performing game testing and text editing for Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, and the ArenaNet websites.

Peter Mountford (M.F.A. ‘06) has published his debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011). He will be on a national tour in support of the book, including appearances at Elliott Bay Book Company and Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Mountford won Yaddo’s 2010 Wallace Residency for a Distinguished Writer, and is in his third year as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures.

Matthew Nienow (M.F.A. ‘10) has received an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. Selected through an anonymous review process, the fellowship encourages the production of new works of literature by allowing writers the time and the means to write. For 2010, the NEA received 1,063 eligible applications; the 42 poets recommended will each receive a fellowship of $25,000.

Tom Nissley (Ph.D. ‘94) won eight consecutive episodes of Jeopardy in December 2010. On the fifth night, he bet it big on the final question, when the category was “20th Century Novelists.” Not a bad bet for Nissley, who works at Amazon.com and edits the Omnivoracious blog. Tom has returned to the UW campus several times as an alumni speaker at career events.

Deniz Perin’s (B.A. ‘99) translation from the Turkish of Ece Temelkuran’s Book of the Edge was published by BOA Editions in July 2010 as part of the Lannan Translations Selection Series.

2009-2010 Ph.D.s

Hidy Basta (Sandra Silberstein, director)

Yu-jung Chang (Yasuko Kanno and Anis Bawarshi, co-directors)

Jonathan Crimmins (Marshall Brown, director)

Rahul Krishna Gairola (Katherine Cummings, director)

Amanda P. Golden (Brian Reed, director)

Emily Margaret James (Jessica Burstein, director)

Paul A. Jaussen (Herbert Blau, director)

Jason A. Jones (Anis Bawarshi, director)

Fang Li (Kathleen Blake, director)

Roderick Bruce Overaa (Leroy Searle, director)

Darlene Rompogren (Gail Stygall, director)

Angela Rounsaville (Anis Bawarshi and Juan Guerra, co-directors )

Travis J. Sands (Katherine Cummings, director)

Matthew James Vechinski (Brian Reed, director)

Mary Kelly Person (Ph.D. ‘95) completed law school at Columbia in 2007. After a few years at a big law firm, she now works as a criminal defense attorney and will clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the 2011—2012 term.

John Hastings Robert (B.A. ‘93), since his retirement from a management job in telecommunications in 2000, has been creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition art books. They can be found in the special collections of twenty college and university libraries across the U.S., including the University of Washington.

Kelli (Gail) Agodon Russel’s (B.A. ‘92) second full-length collection of poems, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, won the White Pine Press Poetry Book Prize judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Dennis and will be published in October 2010.

Jeff Shelley (B.A. ‘79) just published the four-color book, Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s SoDo, by author Dan Raley. This is the eighth book he’s written or published over the past 20 years. Since 2000, he’s been the editorial director for cybergolf.com.

Megan Snyder-Camp's (M.F.A. ‘04) first poetry collection, The Forest of Sure Things, was published in August 2010 by Tupelo Press. The collection is a deconstructed domestic narrative set in a small village on the Northwest coast.

Marilyn Stablein (B.A. ‘81) published her tenth book, her first collection of poetry, Splitting Hard Ground (La Alameda Press 2010).

Joseph Tate (Ph.D. ‘05) is working as an interface designer and developer for Network Systems in UW-IT. He published an essay on Radiohead and Karl Marx in Radiohead and Philosophy in 2009.

Richard Tracey (B.A. ‘72, Ph.D. ‘89) is director of curriculum & assessment for Evans Newton Incorporated of Scottsdale, AZ, where he publishes K-12 student and teacher resources for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Diane Uyeda (MAT(ESOL) ‘96) is associate professor of ESL at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.

Richard Wakefield’s (B.A. ‘78, M.A. ‘81, Ph.D. ‘83) poem “Petrarch” won this year’s Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and his collection of poetry, East of Early Winters (U Evansville P), won the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award.

Tommy Yacoe and Scott Blake's (B.A. 2010) co-directed film has been selected as part of the Court Metrage, the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. Scott wrote the screenplay and Tommy did the cinematography and editing. Along with several other young participants of the festival, Tommy has been selected to shoot/edit a short documentary at the festival, which will be screened during the closing weekend. The trailer for their film: vimeo.com/18161432.


Laurel Amtower (Ph.D. ‘93) died after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. After earning her Ph.D., she went on to teach at California State University, San Marcos and then at San Diego State University, where she earned the rank of full professor. She published numerous articles and books, including Engaging Words: The Culture of Reading in the Later Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000). Laurel was a popular and beloved teacher, a caring and conscientious colleague, a gifted and passionate scholar of the Middle Ages.

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