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McNeese Art Briefs

McNeese Art Briefs

(May 7, 2014) Four McNeese State University performing arts students took awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing statewide student auditions held in Lafayette recently.
           
Soprano Singer, Carolyn HastySoprano Carolyn Gilbert Hasty (pictured left), a vocal performance major from Lake Charles, received first place in the Student Adult category, while soprano April Henry Stone, a vocal music education major from Sulphur, received second place in the same category.
           
Mezzo-soprano Kelly Rowland, a vocal performance major from Jennings, placed second in the Senior Women division, while soprano Danielle Heffer, a vocal music education major from Lake Charles, received third place in the same division.Collage artwork
        
Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of art at McNeese, will have one of her works - a collage titled "Portrait" (pictured right) - featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the James Joyce Quarterly, published by the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.
        
This work was recently displayed in a solo exhibition titled, "Studies After 'Finnegan's Wake': The Midden Heap," which was comprised of paintings, collages and artists' books upon Kelley's study of James Joyce's last work. The display was in the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery at Lone Star College, Montgomery, in The Woodlands, Texas.      

Dr. Wendy Whelan-Stewart, McNeese assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled, "The Intimacy of Moodle Blogging" at the Louisiana Association for College Composition. Dr. Rita Costello, McNeese assistant professor of English and director of freshman writing, also chaired a workshop at this conference with visiting lecturer Allie Mariano and Master of Fine Arts students Sarah Heying and Rachel Rinehart were presenters.
           
Dr. Baerbel Czennia, McNeese assistant professor English, chaired a panel and presented a paper titled, "Imbibing the East: Punch Lines in Eighteenth-Century Literature" at the annual meeting of the South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Galveston, Texas. Czennia also recently published a book titled "Celebrity: The Idiom of a Modern Era," an interdisciplinary and international essay collection on the beginnings of modern celebrity cult in 18th-century Europe.
           
Dr. Molly Martin, McNeese associate professor English, gave a reading in the Margaret Syers Lecture Series at Schriener University in Kerrville, Texas. The title of her presentation was "Sir Thomas Malory's Castles and the Literary Imagination."
           
John Griswold, McNeese assistant professor of English and coordinator of the McNeese MFA Fiction program, turned in a solicited essay to the Review of Contemporary Fiction, published by Dalkey Archive Press. He has also written a solicited two-book review of Scott McClanahan's "Crapalachia," a memoir, and of "Hill William," a novel, for American Book Review.
           
McNeese English instructor Chris Lowe had his fiction chapbook, "When You're Down By the River: Stories" accepted by BatCat Press. It will be published in the summer of 2014 and includes stories previously published in Beecher's Magazine, Pembroke Magazine and Fiction Southeast.
           
McNeese English instructor Hillary Joubert has had two poems accepted for publication in Madhat Lit Review. The poems are: "Leaving, With Hummingbirds" and "Coral Castle."
           
McNeese MFA student Nayelly Barrios' poem, "Donde Estas Cuando Prenden Ias Luces; Beatriz Guzman; Oil on Masonite, 2009" has been published in Codex Journal. Barrios' response to Orlando Ricardo Menes' poem, "Village of the Water People," has been included as part of an online book review/response project with the Letras Latinas Institute this spring.
           
McNeese MFA student Brandi Nicole Martin had two poems, "Second Elegy for His Child I'll Never Have" and "Elegy Reviving His Child I'll Never Have," selected for publication in Denver Quarterly.