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McNeese Art Briefs

McNeese Art Briefs

photo of artThe city of Lake Charles is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of art at McNeese State University, through Jan. 4, 2014, at the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center.
    
The exhibition is titled "Some Thoughts About Perfection" and her paintings are about the brevity and fragility of life, which challenge the viewer to ponder what is of lasting importance.

Dr. Molly Martin, associate professor of English at McNeese, presented a paper on "Domestic and Domesticating Space in Malory's Castles" at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association in New Orleans.
    
A number of faculty members and students in the Department of English and Foreign Languages recently attended and made presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts in Greensboro, N.C. The conference topic was "Past Tense, Future Tensions."
    
Dr. Jacob Blevins, professor of English, presented a paper titled "Gazing on God: The Atom, the Infinite, and the Scientific Sublime in Thomas Traherne."
    
Dr. Rita Costello, assistant professor of English and director of freshman writing, presented a paper titled "Time (and Time Again): Creating Credibility Through Visual Manipulations of Time and Memory in Graphic Memoir."
    
Dr. Baerbel Czennia, assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled "Bridging the Gap Between Past and Future: Eighteenth-Century Celebrities as Time Travelers."
    
Graduate student Sarah Heying presented a paper titled "The Reader Saves! In Chris Ware's "Building Stories."
    
Amanda Ogea, English major, presented a paper titled "Language and Identity in Checov's "The Sherry Orchard."
    
Graduate student Jacob Semmes presented a paper titled "Experiencing Literature Beyond the Page."
    
Dr. Wendy Whelan Stewart, assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled "Eudora Welty's 'Circe' and Her Epic Fixedness."
    
Dr. Dafydd Gwilym Wood, assistant professor of English and comparative literature, presented a paper titled "Two Gross of Broken Statues: Modernist Fragmentation, Juxtaposition, Collage."
    
A story by English instructor Chris Lowe, titled "Uncle Frank," won the "Beecher's Magazine" Fiction Contest and will be in the next issue. The manuscript for this story was also a finalist for the "RopeWalk Press" Editor's Fiction Chapbook Prize. Lowe will also be featured at this year's Mississippi Reading Association Conference in December.  
    
John Griswold, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the McNeese Master of Fine Arts Fiction Program, has a collection of creative non-fiction essays titled "Pirates You Don't Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life" coming out in February 2014 with the University of Georgia Press.
    
Jenn Alandy, an MFA graduate student, interviewed Dan Gutstein about his book, "non/fiction," for Delphi Quarterly, an online journal of interviews with writers of prose and poetry. The interview will appear in the fall 2013 issue.
    
Brandi Nicole Martin, an MFA graduate student, has had poems accepted for publication in Crab Orchard Review and Salt Hill. Her poem, "First Elegy for His Child I'll Never Have," will appear in the Crab Orchard Review while her poem, "Sex Speaks as Replacement Therapy," will appear in Salt Hill.
    
Todd Gray, MFA graduate student, had a short story picked up by the Southwestern American Literature journal titled "Little Combatants."
    
Lori Mosley, MFA graduate student, has a book review for Kim Young's poetry collection, "Night Radio," online in the next issue of Boxcar Poetry Review.