Accomplishments: Department of English

August 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...
June 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.
June 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."...
June 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.
March 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. 
March 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 (...
January 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.
December 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. 
December 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. 
November 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...
November 14, 2017
Jarret Keene (English) presented at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. His paper, "Keep Your Swords Above the Mire!: A Reconsideration of the 1975 DC Comics series Beowulf: Dragon Slayer," argues that this obscure sword-and-sorcery comic book, written by then-college professor Michael Uslan (today the producer of the Batman films), extends and enriches the saga of the protagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf by situating the character within a...
October 26, 2017
John Hay (English) authored a scholarly article titled "The American Mad Max: The Road Warrior versus the Postman," which appeared in the academic journal Science Fiction Film and Television in October. Beginning with the incredible success of The Road Warrior, the Mad Max franchise became a foundational U.S. post-apocalyptic fantasy. That film’s rusted wasteland aesthetics and heroic lone-wolf ethos proved enormously influential, affecting the very possibilities for imagining such future...