Graduate Student Accolades and Events


from Dr. Jayme Yeo, Director of Graduate Studies in English

  • Belmont BA and MA Alum, Gabriel Briggs (Ph.D., University of Kentucky), recently published his book, The New Negro in the Old South (Rutgers, 2015). His work “redefine[s] our understanding of the idea of the New Negro” by relocating the locus of the development of the New Negro identity in post-Reconstruction Nashville. Briggs is Senior Lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University, where he has worked since 2009.
  • Belmont MA student Alan Tucker was interviewed for Writistry, a podcast series for writers (he’s also won the honor of being called their “new favorite Tennessean!”). Tucker caught the attention of Writistry through his micropoetry, which he posts on Twitter under the handle Micro Tommy (@micro_tommy). You can also catch his regular feed @alandrue, or his blog, Excitable Mind ( Check out the podcast here:
  • John Heacock’s short story, “December Sand” has been named a finalist in the Iowa’s Review’s 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. His submission was chosen from among 459 other entries for consideration. We have our fingers crossed for you, John!
  • MA Student Sally Anderson wil lbe the featured poet reading at East Side Storytellin’ at 7pm on Tuesday, September 20th. The event is hosted by local bookstore East Side Story, takes place at The Post East (1701 Fatherland Street) and is afterward turned into an hour long podcast. See more:

English Faculty Talk Digital Humanities

bookIn conjunction with the upcoming Belmont University Humanities Symposium on connections between humanity and technology, four English faculty will present as part of a colloquium series on Digital Humanities. The guiding structure for the talks will come from Amy E. Earhart’s online monograph, Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary StudiesEach faculty member will tackle a different chapter of the work as s/he highlights some of the main issues connected to DH.  All four presentations will take place at 10 a.m. in JAAC 3058.

  • August 26 – Dr. David Curtis will present “Early DH: Textual Studies Goes High Tech”
  • September 2 – Dr. Joel Overall will present “Ernest Hemingway is Kanye West: Redefining Authors Through Archives”
  • September 9 – Professor Sue Trout will present “How the 90s ALMOST Changed the Literary Canon: Revolution vs Clickbait”
  • September 16 – Dr. Jason Lovvorn will present “Seeing is Believing: Textual Analysis, Digital Tools, Visual Rhetoric”