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Aug 7, 2018
David Morris (English) is the author of The Evil Hours, which director Debra Granik said was an inspiration for her critically-acclaimed feature film, Leave No Trace. She said, "I gave (actor) Ben (Foster) a huge file of articles. A beautiful book he and I found was also very meaningful. It was called The Evil Hours by David J. Morris, and it’s one of the most complete and exquisite accounts of a Marine who was able to chronicle his post traumatic stress...A book like that gives a director and an actor so much rich content."

Jun 20, 2018
Jarret Keene (English) wrote a short comics story, "Six Weeks," for the graphic-novel anthology Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, published this month by Image Comics. Based on an interview with an eyewitness, "Six Weeks" chronicles a young woman's efforts to rebuild her life in the tragedy's immediate aftermath. The books includes stories by Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Brian Michael Bendis (Jessica Jones), and Mike Mignola (Hellboy). All proceeds go to funds for survivors.

Jun 19, 2018
Kate Shapiro (English) and Joe Milan Jr. (English and Black Mountain Institute), along with alumni Olufunke Ogundimu, '18 MFA Creative Writing, and Ernie Wang, '16 MFA Creative Writing, recently have won prestigious national and international awards for their fiction. Shapiro, a master's student in the English department's creative writing international program, won first place in the very competitive Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) prize contest for her story "The Language of A Perfect Woman." The prize includes free tuition this summer at any of the SLS seminars, plus airfare, and publication of the story in Fence magazine in the fall. She is traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the SLS seminar and complete research for her book.  Milan, a doctoral student and Black Mountain Institute Fellow in fiction, won the F(r)iction Prize for best innovative story, selected by Celeste Ng, for his story "Once A Little Blue Frog Told His Mother No." The prize carries a cash award, national recognition, and featured publication in F(r)iction magazine. Ogundimu has won a Pushcart Prize for her story "The Armed Letter Writers" (originally published in New Orleans Review), which includes publication in next year's Pushcart Prize anthology of best writing from the small and literary presses. She also has just been short-listed for the Caine Prize for Best Writing from Africa and will be flown to London for the celebration and announcement of the winning writer on July 2. Wang won a P.E.N. America Best Debut Short Stories Award for his story "Stay Brave, My Hercules" (originally published in McSweeney's). The prize carries a cash award and publication this fall in the well-known P.E.N. Best Debut Short Stories anthology. He traveled to New York in February to attend the P.E.N. award ceremony and celebrations.     

Jun 14, 2018
David Morris (English) is the author of The Evil Hours, a book that recently was quoted in The New York Times Magazine in an article on PTSD among drone operators.

Mar 27, 2018
John M. Bowers (English) delivered the keynote lecture "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Pardoner's Tale" earlier this moth for the 6th Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. 

Mar 1, 2018
Professor Jarret Keene (English) gave a luncheon presentation, "Galactic Rangers and Domesticated Dinosaurs: A Reconsideration of the Latent Characters of Comics Auteur Jack Kirby," at last week's 30th Annual Far West Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference held at Palace Station. Also during the FWPCA/ACA conference, professor Heather Lusty (Honors) chaired and presented in a "Mythology and Music" panel that included papers by Keene, professor Philip Rusche (English), and professor Amy Green (English).

Jan 19, 2018
Denise Tillery (English) associate dean of students in the College of Liberal Arts, published the book, Commonplaces of Scientific Evidence in Environmental Discourses (Routledge, 2017). The book examines the uses of scientific evidence within three types of environmental writing and media contexts. Tillery traces writers' patterns, or commonplaces, and argues for a more expanded view of what constitutes scientific evidence and how it’s used in discussions about the environment.

Dec 12, 2017
John M. Bowers (English) has been appointed as a member of the Senior Citizens' Advisory Board for the city of Las Vegas with a term running until June 2021. 

Dec 6, 2017
John M. Bowers (English) delivered two invited lectures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this month:  "Tolkien as a Chaucerian: The Reeve's Tale" and "Tolkien's Lectures on The Pardoner's Tale."  The lectures were sponsored by the university's Honors College with support from the Walton Trust. 

Nov 14, 2017
David Morris (English) is the author of the book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,  which this month was recognized by The New York Times as "What to read in the face of trauma." According to the Times, "Morris, a former Marine who suffered from PTSD on his return from Iraq, traces the historical understanding of the disorder, of which, 'like many mental health disorders, there is a broad disagreement about what exactly PTSD is, who gets it and how best to treat it...Our reviewer wrote that reading The Evil Hours will “make you a better and more humane citizen.”