Dr. Susan Finch, Assistant Professor of English, recently had two creative nonfiction pieces accepted for publication. The first, “Tell Yourself to Split,” will be published in the Spring issue of Zone 3. In addition, Finch’s “At Least I’m Not the Mermaid” is currently in press in the forthcoming Spring issue of Pembroke Magazine. Dr. Finch specializes in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has also appeared in Carve, The Louisville Review, PANK Magazine, and The Portland Review.
English Professor Douglas Murray served as a guest clinician at OrgelFest, a East Tennessee gathering for young organists, sponsored by the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Murray discussed Renaissance and Baroque traditions and techniques of improvisation and coached three students in a masterclass on improvisation. He closed the three hour session with three improvisations, each in a different style, on a given hymn tune. Murray was the runner-up in the National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held last June in Boston, Massachusetts.
On January 15, Dr. Marcia McDonald and Dr. Jayme Yeo helped inaugurate the Belmont University CLASS Seminars, a series of lectures hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Under the direction of CLASS Associate Dean and Professor of English David Curtis, the college has chosen 26 student participants from local high schools to participate over the course of two years, starting the spring of their sophomore year. This first event propelled students into the imaginative world of Shakespeare’s Tweflth Night, helped them decode the play, and with the assistance of Denice Hicks, director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night, pushed them to think about theatrical choices connected to stage production. Jenifer Abercrombie, a current English major at Belmont, offers up an excellent account of the event at the CLASS Seminars blog.
Dr. Robbie Pinter, Professor of English, was featured last year in a New York Times article titled “When the Caregivers Need Healing.” The piece explore the mental and emotional requirements associated with raising a child with special needs. More recently, Dr. Pinter published a reflective narrative with similar themes in Guideposts. In her article, titled “Where Love Is,” Pinter unpacks in greater detail the experiences she has shared with her husband, Mike, in raising their son, Nicholas, now age 21.
Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jayme Yeo recently delivered her paper, “‘Dere dame, to-day demay you neuer’: Gendering Fear in the Emotional Community of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Languages Association in early January. The paper, slated to be published in Exemplaria in 2016, explores the relationship between gender and fear in the medieval poem’s imaginative community. Dr. Yeo researches Renaissance devotional poetry, nationalism, and civil unrest, and also works in gender studies and early travel narratives. Her work has also appeared in Intersections: Yearbook for Early Modern Studies and Literature and Theology.
Andrea Stover and John Paine, professors in the English department, attended the Japan Studies Association Annual Conference, held January 7-10 in San Diego, California. Dr. Stover is a board member of JSA and was a co-organizer of this conference. Dr. Paine edits JSA’s professional journal, The Japan Studies Association Journal. He presented and directed a plenary discussion of Kenko, Essays in Idleness, a medieval classic of Japanese aesthetics.