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Dr. Rima Abunasser's chapter, “Grieving Mothers and Vengeful Gods: Djamila Sahraoui’s Yema and the Rebuilding of Modern Algeria,” has been published by Routledge Press in Women and Resistance in the Maghreb: Remembering Kahina as part of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series.

You can learn more about the publication and Dr. Abunasser’s chapter here.

Congratulations, Dr. Abunasser!

Dr. Sarah Robbins has recently written a fantastic new blog post about Netflix’s series “The Chair.”

You can check out the post, “Why Are Academics So Busily Writing About ‘The Chair’?” here !

Dr. Carmen Kynard has recently published a new article titled, "'Troubling the Boundaries' of Anti-Racism: The Clarity of Black Radical Visions Amid Racial Erasure" in the Summer 2021 special issue, "Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Projects in Writing Program Administration."

You can read Dr. Kynard’s article and more in the special edition here .

Congratulations, Dr. Kynard!

Dr. Carmen Kynard is an inaugural co-editor of the journal, RPC , which has published its first issue! Along with Bryan McCann of Louisiana State University, the journal, Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture , published its first issue during Summer 2021 with an introduction to the journal's vision by Kynard and McCann.

You can check out the journal’s first issue with the introduction by Kynard and McCann here .

Congratulations, Dr. Kynard and Dr. McCann!

This July, Dr. Carmen Kynard delivered a public lecture online for the “30 Americans” Exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art called "Black Visual Rhetoric and the Movement for Black Lives."

The “30 Americans” exhibit is a collection of works from thirty African American artists, both emerging and established. The powerful exhibit also includes a live-streamed lecture series that can be streamed through the Arlington Museum of Art Facebook page, @ArlingtonArt.

You can check out the "30 Americans" exhibit from now until September 5. To learn more about the exhibit, find the lineup of lecturers, or stream the speaker series, click here.

Congratulations, Dr. Kynard!

Dr. Joddy Murray has recently published two poems in The Fourth River (A Journal of Nature and Place-Based Writing): "Exhale"& "Somber Shade."

You can read both of those poems here!

TCU has recently reached an agreement with the Fort Worth Public Library to transfer ownership of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame to the university.

The Texas Literary Hall of Fame was started in 2004 by the FWPL, and since then has inducted many well-known writers with a connection to Texas. Their biennial awards banquet has also become a prestigious event in Texas Literary culture that has honored inductees, including writers with TCU connections. This award banquet will now be held with the biennial Mary Couts Burnett Library’s Texas Book Award Banquet.

Along with the transfer of ownership of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, the Fort Worth Friends of the Public Library provided TCU with an endowment to support the program.

You can see various materials owned by the FWFPL on display at the downtown public library, and this collection of materials will continue to be housed in the downtown library to maintain a collaborative connection with the city and the library.

This project was initiated by Dan Williams of TCU Press in collaboration with Dean Tracy Hull, Dean Sonja Watson, and Adam Braggs. The Center for Texas Studies and the English Department also collaborated on this project, and Alex Lemon will represent the English Department on the inaugural committee to manage the award and banquet.

We are excited to share the news of a donation made to support our students! The Fort Worth Women’s Wednesday Club has recently made a generous $20,000 donation to the TCU Department of English. The club has a legacy of supporting lifelong education, and they have been a generous donor in funding several of the Creative Writing Awards in the department throughout the years, as well as the Women’s Wednesday Club Merit Award. These awards are given to outstanding English or Writing majors each year, and this donation will support the awards going forward.

We greatly thank them for their generosity! You can read more about the Club’s history at:

Congrats to the TCU English department students who are completing PhD or MA degrees this spring! They participated with their faculty mentors in the AddRan Hooding Ceremony on April 29. We are in awe of their achievement during a pandemic year. Best wishes in the future!


Congratulations to all of our English department award recipients this semester!



The TCU English Department would like to extend a huge congratulations to Katie Kelton, who is TCU's first Fulbright recipient of 2021. Katie will br graduating in May 2021 with a B.A. in English, a minor in Spanish, and as an Honors Laureate. Katie will be working as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain. Congratulations again, Katie!

Dr. Theresa Gaul was recently featured in a program on Cherokee History for OsiyoTV! Check out her work on the project here.

The Dutch House: January Book Club

Writing major Huy Nguyen has selected a “book club” text for any and all friends of the department to read over break: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. We’ll assemble all those who love to “talk books” to discuss this Pulitzer Prize finalist on Sunday, January 31, at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars!

TCU magazine highlighted English alum Jeramey Kraatz ’08 for publishing multiple works of children's literature. Read the full story here!

We want to share with you the exciting news of three new gifts to the Department of English that enhance undergraduate and graduate education. These gifts illustrate the continuous support of our programs in the college, the importance of teaching and scholarship and most importantly, our graduate students. The Dr. Geraldine F. Dominiak English Department Endowed Writing Fund was generously provided by her estate to support the writing program. The Gary Tate Graduate Student Endowed Fund and Gary Tate Annually Expendable Graduate Student Fund are funded by the generosity of Dr. Nancy Myers, a 1997 graduate of the English doctoral program and honors the legacy of Dr. Gary L. Tate (1930-2012), former TCU Addie Levy Professor of Literature and leading figure establishing the field of rhetoric and composition.


Dr. Geraldine F. Dominiak English Department Endowed Writing Fund

The Dr. Geraldine F. Dominiak English Department Endowed Writing Fund was established in October of 2020 through a bequest from Dr. Geraldine Dominiak. A professor of accounting at Texas University for nearly 30 years, Dr. Dominiak also served as chair of the department from 1974 to 1983 and co-authored a managerial accounting textbook that became a standard in college accounting classes and went through numerous editions. She passed away at the age of 83 in 2017 and left the bequest in her will to “enhance the Writing Component of the English department.”


Gary Tate Graduate Student Endowed Fund

The Gary Tate Graduate Student Fund, provided by the generosity of Dr. Nancy Myers, will enable the TCU English Department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts to support learning and professional development of graduate students through conference participation and research. It is the donor’s intention to create a permanent endowment of monies through lifetime and/or testamentary gifts. The earnings of this endowment will go toward supporting English graduate students in any area of study to attend conferences or conduct archival research, whether in person or virtually. Earnings will become available for use in the 2021-2022 academic year. Other donors may contribute to this endowment at any time.


Gary Tate Annually Expendable Graduate Student Fund

The Gary Tate Expendable Graduate Student Fund, provided by the generosity of Dr. Nancy Myers, will enable the TCU English Department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts to support learning and professional development of graduate students through conference participation and research. Other donors may contribute to this immediately expendable fund at any time.


We heartily thank these generous donors!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Norrell Edwards will be joining us the TCU English Department as our Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in spring 2021.



Dr. Norrell Edwards


Norrell Edwards completed her doctorate in English literature from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in 20th and 21st century Black Diaspora Literature. She has written extensively on Haitian literature and memory for various peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. This includes the recent publication of a chapter in the collection Paris and the Marginalized Author with Lexington Books as well as an article in a special issue of Africa Today titled “Port-au-Prince Shades of Port-au-Prince: A Noir City.” Dr. Edwards has participated in prestigious research seminars and workshops funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council.


Dr. Edwards joins TCU from Georgetown University where she served as Assistant Director of Education of the Prison and Justice Initiative. In her role there, Norrell provided curricular and administrative support for Georgetown’s prison education programs. Norrell's previous employment experience and research interests place her work at the nexus of global Black identity, cultural memory, and social justice. Alongside her extensive knowledge of the Black diaspora’s culture and history, Norrell’s understanding of the intersection of drug policy, criminalization and incarceration has shaped her as an invaluable advocate for marginalized students and communities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Joe Darda, who is receiving honorable mention for the Constance M. Rourke Prize at the American Studies Association Conference this week for his article, "Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” The Constance M. Rourke Prize is awarded annually to the best article published in American Quarterly that was written by a current member of the American Studies Association.

Dr. Carmen Kynard and her colleague, April Baker-Bell, from Michigan State University, launched the #BlackLanguageSyllabus at in September 2020. The site ( features the Black Language Magazine, which Dr. Kynard and Dr. Baker-Bell edit bi-monthly.

  • Danny Rodriguez's article "Countering Racial Enthymemes: What We Can Learn About Race from Donald J. Trump" was published in Issue 3 of Constellations.

  • Cody Jackson co-authored a CCC essay in College Composition and Communication's September 2020 issue. The essay is co-authored with Dr. Christina V. Cedillo and is titled "We Are Here to Crip That Shit: Embodying Accountability Beyond the 'Word.'" The work is part of a Symposium on Accessibility and Conferencing edited by Adam Hubrig and Ruth Osorio.

  • Angela Mack’s article titled, “Afrosurrealism, Aristotle, and Racial Presence in Netflix’s Luke Cage,” has been published in the current issue of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (Volume 7, Issue 2).

  • Saffyre Falkenberg’s essay "Wherever the Flame Was Brightest?: Identity and Assimilation in Rick Riordan's Greek Mythological Adaptations for Young Adults" appeared in the edited collection, Adaptation in Young Adult Novels: Critically Engaging Past and Present. The volume was edited by Dana Lawrence and Amy Montz and published by Bloomsbury.

  • Sarah-Marie Horning published the essay “Does anyone want waiting on?’ Love, Labor, Liquor and the Utopian Function of Reproductive Work in Ballad of the Sad Café, an Ecofeminist Reading” in Carson McCullers: A Centenary Collection.

Creative Writing Awards 2020A TCU English Department tradition since 1936… the Creative Writing Contests 2016 are now open for entries. Each contest carries a cash prize. In all, over $3,000 will be awarded to winners.

Entries must be submitted online at between December 20, 2019 and February 17, 2020.

Contests include categories for many types of writing genres, both creative and scholarly, and are open to all currently enrolled TCU students (both undergraduate and graduate) and alumni.

Mark your calendars for the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:00pm in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. All are welcome to attend.

Contact the Department of English by email or phone at (817)257-7240 if you have any questions or need further information.

eleven40seveneleven40seven held a Release Party celebrating both their journal and chapbook publications. eleven40seven is a student-run, undergraduate journal of the arts that promotes the artistic and creative endeavors of our students and TCU community. The journal features TCU students’ poetry, prose, and art, and students read excerpts from their work. This year, we also worked with The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, collected stories from staff members, and compiled these in a series of monologues honoring their 40th anniversary in conjunction with WGST’s 25th anniversary. Students selected and performed pieces that had a significant impact on them from this year's chapbook.

TCU magOur very own English faculty and students were recently featured in the newest edition of TCU Magazine "Nurturing the Liberal Arts." In it, Dr. Stacie McCormick speaks about her published book and the intersection of black performance and literature; Dr. Jason Helms challenges traditional curriculum with the introduction of comics into the classroom; 2009 alum Molly Mahan tells new stories as a comic editor at DC Comics; and Jennifer Klein explains how her English studies influenced her to become a data-driven advocate for children and education.

Want to learn more about their amazing work? Check out the articles here:

Laska Anderson This past November, TCU equestrian, English, and History double major Laska Anderson was named as a Rhodes Scholar finalist, a candidate for one of the most prestigious scholarships offered in the nation.

Anderson currently holds a 4.0 overall GPA and numerous equestrian titles including, NCEA Horsemanship Rider of the Year, Elite Equestrian and Ariat First Team All-American.

Anderson’s academic achievements and her powerful horsemanship exemplify all the core principles of the Rhodes Scholar award: literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one's talents to the full; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and moral force of character and instincts to lead, to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Over the summer, Anderson studied in Italy and Paris, researching on how women ran businesses discretely, acting as their husband, from 1450 – 1600. She found 10 women who actively ran businesses after their husbands passed away. Upon graduation from TCU, Anderson will continue this study in her graduate school coursework.


Many thanks to Dr. Ariane Balizet, Associate Chair, for her successful planning for Dr. Ayanna Thompson's Green Chair visit to the English Department last week. Dr. Thompson shared a wealth of knowledge and wisdom while she was here on topics ranging from gaps in what we know about audience reception of performances of Shakespeare, to what "enlightened leadership" looks like at a university today, to how to best support faculty and students in the liberal arts to attain the next level in their trajectories of achievement.

While she was on campus she met with 77 students in 5 classes, had a conversation on centering the liberal arts at TCU with Provost Dahlberg and Associate Provost Wormley, had small group discussions with English faculty, English graduate students, and TCU faculty women of color on topics of concern to them, and lectured to a crowd of over 100 attendees.

Thanks to all of you who helped to plan her visit or attended events while she was here! This was an exciting moment in the intellectual life of our department!

Alyssa CavazosDr. Alyssa G. Cavazos (PhD Rhetoric and Composition '12) was recently awarded tenure at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she is Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition & Literacy Studies.

She completed her PhD dissertation, "Latina/os in Rhetoric and Composition: Learning from Their Experiences with Language Diversity", at TCU under the guidance of Carrie S. Leverenz (chair), David Colón, Francyne Huckaby, and Melanie Kill (U. Maryland).

Stacie McCormick and Joe Darda

Assistant Professors Stacie McCormick and Joe Darda have both published their first books.

Staging Black Fugitivity by Professor Stacie McCormick (The Ohio State University Press) asks how drama constitutes an important site for ongoing conversations about slavery's resonance and its legacies. To answer this question, McCormick charts the historical turn toward slavery in Black drama that began in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War by Professor Joe Darda (University of Chicago Press) is an extensive and multilayered critique of the past seventy years of American military engagement. Joseph Darda exposes how the post–World War II formation of the Department of Defense and the subsequent Korean War set a course for decades of permanent conflict.

April PatrickApril Patrick, who completed her Ph.D. at TCU in 2011, has been elected to a two-year term as Recording Secretary for the International Research Society of Victorian Periodicals. The Society, which meets annually, has a membership drawn from North America, the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Patrick is currently the Honors Program Director at Farleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus.

Airways MagSophomore Business major and Honors student Payton Williams, who took Chris Manno's ENGL-10803 course last fall, wrote one assignment, a research essay that centered on air travel security.

That essay was published worldwide this month both online and in print by Airways Magazine:

Payton engaged in a year's worth of rewriting and additional research under Chris's and the editors' mentoring, The end result is that the lead story in the September issue worldwide is Payton's very well-written and hard-hitting article.

CKDr. Carmen Kynard is the new Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition.

Before TCU, she worked in English and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as English, Urban Education, and Critical Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She interrogates race, Black feminisms, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling with an emphasis on composition and literacies studies. She has taught high school with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools, served as a writing program administrator, and worked as a teacher educator.

She has led numerous professional development projects on language, literacy, and learning and has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy and Composition Studies and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies won the 2015 James Britton Award and makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement.

Her current projects focus on young Black women in college, Black Feminist/Afrofuturist digital vernaculars, and AfroDigital Humanities learning. Dr. Kynard traces her research and teaching at her website, "Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions" ( Next semester, Dr. Kynard will be teaching an undergraduate course titled, "Word is Bond: An Introduction to African American Rhetoric."