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Lecturers and GTAs

Amy Ash, GTA
Doctoral student (University of Kansas); MFA in creative writing/poetry (New Mexico State University); B.A. in English and Spanish with a creative writing minor (New Mexico State University). Areas of interest: Modern and contemporary American poetry and poetics, creative writing pedagogy. Publications: Work has been published in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Lake Effect, Inkwell, Red Clay Review, Rio Grande Review, Harpur Palate, and Mid-American Review.

Chip Badley, GTA
M.A. student. B.A. in English, Black Studies, and Comparative Literature (UC Santa Barbara). Research interests include early twentieth-century American literature and culture; psychoanalysis; Modernism; the Great Depression; visual arts and aesthetics; Faulkner and Woolf. Has published on Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Jean Toomer, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison. Other interests include running, yoga, and cooking.

Alyse Bensel, GTA
PhD candidate in creative writing-poetry (University of Kansas); MFA in creative writing-poetry (Pennsylvania State University); BA in English and environmental studies (Washington College). Areas of interest: Modernist and contemporary poetry; prosody; formal poetry; environmental literature and ecocriticism. Alyse is the Book Review Editor at the Los Angeles Review. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Shift (Plan B Press, 2012), and her poetry has appeared in MAYDAY MagazineCold Mountain ReviewCider Press Review, and Word Riot, among others. Additional prose has appeared in Prairie SchoonerCALYX, and the Colorado Review.

Rachel Bloom, GTA
Rachel is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition who earned her B.A. in English and Spanish at Creighton University. Her research & teaching interests include translingual literacy, Caribbean studies, science writing, and health care communication.

Creighton Nicholas Brown, GTA
Doctoral student (University of Kansas); M.A. in English literature (University of North Dakota); B.A. in English literature and Spanish and Hispanic Studies (Concordia College in Moorhead, MN). Research interests include contemporary HIspanic Caribbean and Haitian narratives; postcolonialism and ecocriticis; diasporic identities. He has published articles on Dracula, postcolonialism, cannibalism, and Victorian Australia.

Callista Buchen, GTA
Callista earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. Currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at KU, she is the recipient of the 2012 Langston Hughes creative writing award in fiction and the winner of DIAGRAM's 2012 essay contest, and has been nominated for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize. Her poetry and prose have appeared and are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pear Noir!, Bellevue Review, Blue Mesa Review, and many other journals, while her reviews have been published in Mid-American Review, The Literary Review, The Collagist, Prick of the Spindle, and Cerise Press. For more, see callistabuchen.wordpress.com.

Joshua Canipe, GTA
Joshua earned an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from McNeese State University.  Currently a third-year student in the Creative Writing PhD program, his fiction has been included in the 2013 Best of the Net anthology and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.   His recent fiction has appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Trigger, Fiction Weekly, and River Styx, where he won the 2012 Schlafly Microfiction Prize.  Areas of interest include:  creative writing pedagogy, the history of the short story, and the use of historical research in fiction.

Benjamin Cartwright, Lecturer
Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas. He writes poetry, prose poetry, short fiction and SF. His poems and prose poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in Organization and Environment, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics and The Stinging Fly. Ben periodically interviews poets and writers in the Lawrence, KS area for his Kansas Blotter interview series, and submits recordings of visiting writers to the PennSound archive. His scholarly interests include 19th century American criminal autobiography, critical theory, and poetics.

Alexis Catanzarite, GTA
Alexis Catanzarite is a MA student in Composition and Rhetoric. She received a dual BA in English Literature and Political Science from High Point University in 2012. Her interests include feminist theory and pedagogy, political rhetoric, and writing center studies. Alexis has presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts; the proposal for her presentation "Analyzing Female Role Models in YA Literature featuring Vampires" was published in the "Example of a Conference Proposal" section of the latest The Wadsworth Guide to Research. 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2013. 58-59. Winner of Sigma Tau Delta's 2013 Frederick Fadner Award, Alexis' article "The Failed Subversion of the Patriarchy in Salman Rushdie's Shame" was published in the Sigma Tau Delta Review. 10 (2013): 6-14.

Jennifer Colatosti, GTA
Jennifer is a third year doctoral student in Creative Writing. At KU, she has taught ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 351, and ENG 209. She holds an MA from Ohio University, where she taught first-year composition as well as special topics courses in women's literature. Her creative work has been featured in The MacGufin and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Daryl Lynn Dance, Lecturer
B.A. Hampton University, M.A. Virginian Commonwealth University. Areas of interest: Composition Studies, African American Literature, Linguistics .

Clare Echterling, GTA
M.A. student in Literature & Literary Theory. B.A. from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Areas of interest: Gender Studies, Ecocriticism, and post-colonial studies, specifically issues in contemporary poetry, young adult literature, and the work of JhumpaLahiri. Other interests: equestrian sports, hiking, yoga, and cooking.

Kendra Fullwood, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate.  Dissertation title: "The Extracurriculum of Two Black Preachers: A Descriptive Study of Culturally Learned Practices."  Areas of interest: rhetoric and composition theory and pedagogy; rhetorical invention; African-American rhetoric.  Publication: “Pro Christo et Humanitate: Making Lives Through Literacy and Community Partnerships at Shaw University.” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 10 (2011): 136-51.

Phillip Garland, GTA
MFA candidate at University of Kansas. B.A. in English at University of Tennessee. Areas of Interest: Creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, lyric essay), alterity, memory, history, and geography.

Blayze Hembree, GTA
MA Student.BA University of Oklahoma. Areas of Interest: mid-twentieth-century American literature, literary theory.

Margaret Rayburn Kramar, Lecturer
Margaret Kramar is a lecturer who recently completed the Ph.D. in the areas of modernism, autobiography and disability studies. Her creative dissertation, My Son the Actor, is a memoir about a disabled child who died. A chapter from the memoir, "The Soap opera," captured the first place award in the Kansas Authors Club District Contest. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Reading Lips and Other Ways to Overcome a Disability, Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages, and various magazines.

She and her family live at Hidden Hollow Farm where they produce organically-grown fruits, vegetables and free-range eggs.

Louise Krug, GTA
Louise Krug is a PhD candidate in creative writing. She is the author of a memoir, Louise: Amended which came out in April 2012 by Black Balloon Publishing. The memoir, about her dealing with life-altering brain surgeries at the age of 22, was named one of Publisher's Weekly Top 20 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year. She is interested in creative nonfiction, contemporary literature and creative writing pedagogy.

Sara Leavens
MFA candidate in fiction; M.A. in English Lit, Creative Writing emphasis (University of Northern Iowa); BA in English Lit, minor in Technical Communications (Iowa State University). Areas of interest: fiction writing; ecopoetics; postmodern American literature; working-class studies; critical pedagogy. Sara's work has appeared in the North American Review and Blood Lotus.

Kristin Lockridge, GTA
PhD English-Creative Writing student at the University of Kansas. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago's Story Workshop Method with a BA in Fiction Writing, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Kristin's fiction and poetry have appeared in the SN Review, You Must Be This Tall to Ride and Psychic Meatloaf literary journals. Her current work includes themes of miscegenation, displaced identity, otherness, migration and diasporas. Scholarly areas of interest include: 20th century ethnic-American literature, narrative theory and historical fiction.

Aaron Long, GTA
Ph.D. student in English (Literature track) at the University of Kansas. M.A. in Literature from American University (DC). M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary (CO). B.A. in Communication from Wheaton College (IL). Research interests include technological epistemologies and the posthuman, transportation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ecocriticism, the Romantics, and the medieval period. Has presented articles at the 45th and 46th International Congresses on Medieval Studies, the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference, the 2012 Medieval Association of the Midwest conference, and the 2013 conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Ann Martinez, Lecturer
Doctoral candidate (University of Kansas), M.A. in English (San Diego State University), B.A. in Literature and Composition (San Diego State University). Research areas: Medieval British Literature, specifically Arthurian literature, and Chaucer. Other areas of interest: Ecocriticism, Shakespeare, Tolkien, and the evolution of heroes/heroism. Her current scholarship examines representations of the environment in pre-modern British literature, arguing that medieval attitudes constitute a crucially important pre-history to modern views regarding the use, exploitation, and sustainability of the environment.

Chelsea Murdock, GTA
Doctoral Student in Rhetoric and Composition; B.A. in English (Kennesaw State University) emphasis in professional writing. Areas of interest: rhetoric, Native American rhetoric, fandom studies, adaptation studies, cultural studies, multimodality, and contact linguistics.

Sarah Ngoh, GTA
Doctoral student in English literature (University of Kansas), M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (University of Louisville), M.A. in Pan-African Studies (University of Louisville), B.A. in English literature (Ottawa University). Areas of interest: African literature, African masculinities, post-colonial women's writing, gender and sexualities theory, feminisms, American protest literature, contemporary Native American literature and criticism,African American literature and criticism and writing pedagogy. Sarah also specializes in awesomeness!

Jennifer Nish, GTA
Doctoral Student (University of Kansas), B.A. in English & Psychology (University of Nebraska). Areas of Interest: Rhetoric and Composition, with particular focus on transnational feminist theory and digital communication.

David Ohle, Lecturer
David Ohle received his M.A. at KU. He teaches screenwriting and fiction. He has also taught at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Missouri, Columbia. His first novel, Motorman, was published by Knopf in 1972 and reprinted by 3rd Bed in 2004 with an Introduction by Ben Marcus. Its sequel, The Age of Sinatra, was published by Soft Skull in 2004. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He edited the non-fiction book, Cows are Freaky When they Look at You: An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers (Watermark Press, 1991) and the forthcoming memoir, Cursed From Birth: The Short, Unhappy Life of William Burroughs Jr. (from Soft Skull Press, September, 06) A third novel, The Pisstown Chaos, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in 2007. His novels have been reviewed online in Bookforum, Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, Texas Observer, and elsewhere. He is a native of New Orleans.

Ashley Ortiz, GTA

Doctoral student (University of Kansas), M.A. in English with emphasis in Cultural Studies, Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies (Kansas State University), B.A. in English (Creighton University). Areas of interest: Contemporary Latina/o literature, Environmental Criticism, British and American Modernism, 20th Century American literature.

Jennifer Pacioianu, GTA
MFA candidate - University of Kansas. Areas of interest: Creative Writing (non-fiction, fiction).

Jonathan Patterson, GTA
Ph.D. student in English (University of Kansas). M.A. in English (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale). Areas of interest: contemporary British poetry, T.S. Eliot studies, trauma and memory studies, psychogeography, WWI poetry, and contemporary Irish, Scottish, and Australian drama. I am particularly interested in “alternative British poetry” that emerged in the 1960s and 70s throughout regions of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. In am interested in analyzing how the geographical changes in landscape from the pastoral, to the urban, to subsequent wastelands and ruins, and now how nonspaces have altered the way individuals relate to their surrounding environment and, as consequent, present themselves as actants that promote social and political change. I have presented at conferences with essays on Zbigniew Herbert, Roy Fisher, James Joyce, Iain F. MacLeod, and, most recently, Martin McDonagh as part of the American Conference for Irish Studies. I have also published a number of poems that have appeared in online journals.

Julie Perino, GTA
Doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition. She earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from Grinnell College and a M.A. with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her research interests include Genre theory; Composition pedagogy; English Language and Linguistics studies; popular culture; women, gender, and sexuality studies; digital rhetoric; new media studies; and multimodal pedagogies (she’s a generalist). She has presented at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English conference and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, and served as a mediator for a graduate student panel at Kalamazoo’s Medieval Studies Conference. In the 2012-2013 Academic Year, she served as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Amy Devitt. As of Fall 2013, she is a GTA in the English department at the University of Kansas.

Caroline Porter, GTA
M.A. student in Literature and Literary Theory. B.A. In English (University of South Carolina). Areas of Interest: nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture, African American literature, space and place, and gender studies/theory.

Kenton Rambsy, GTA
Kenton is a PhD student in Literature and serves as the Project Digital Initiative Coordinator for the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW) at KU. Kenton is a 2010, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He is a recipient of a 2008 UNCF/Mellon-Mays Fellowship and a 2009 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Fellowship. His primary interest rest in African American literature—specifically, autobiographies and short stories.

Simone Savannah, GTA
Doctoral student in Creative Writing. B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Ohio University; MEd in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her areas of interests include Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction), 19th and 20th Century African American and Black Feminist/Womanist Literature, Sexuality Studies, and autobiography/memoir. She is a contributing writer for the Project on the History of Black Writing's African American Literary Blog. She also serves as the Assistant Poetry Editor for Beecher's Literary Magazine.

Amanda Sladek, GTA
Amanda Sladek is a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Amanda earned a dual B.A. in English and Psychology from Midland University in Fremont, NE. Her research interests include composition theory and pedagogy, digital rhetoric, English language studies, and evangelical religious rhetoric.

Lisa Stockton, Lecturer
A student in Rhetoric and Composition working toward certification in Women's, Gender and Sexuality. She also teaches English 102 in the First-Year Composition Program. Lisa graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a B.A. in English and a Missouri lifetime teaching certificate, 7-12. Lisa's latest presentation was at the 2010 CCC Convention entitled "Enacting Berthoff: The Prophetic Spirit in Critical Pedagogy." Her interests lie in print culture and the history of the book. In her free time, Lisa co-owns The Raven Book Store, an independent bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas. Lisa's favors contemporary fiction from the United Kingdom and the United States.

Charlene Summers, GTA
Fourth-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Writing with a minor in Biology from Grand View University in her home state of Iowa, and she earned her M.A. with a Rhetoric and Composition Studies emphasis from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her research interests include Genre theory; Composition pedagogy; popular culture; citizenship and democracy; public rhetoric; transfer; and language studies. She has presented at the Illinois Philological Association Conference, the International Writing Center Conference, theQueertopia! Conference(s), and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, and has work-shopped a paper in progress at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.She passed her comprehensive exam in May of 2013 and is currently working on her dissertation research into students' ability to transfer writing-related knowledge.  She is a GTA with the department of English, served as the FSE Administrative Intern during the 2012-2013 academic year, and works with undergraduates and graduate students in KU's Writing Center.

Susan Thomas, Lecturer
Susan K. Thomas, Lecturer. Ph.D. in English (University of Kansas), M.A. in English (North Dakota State University), B.A. in English (Minnesota State University Moorhead). Her dissertation, "Queering the Narrative: The Archive as Life Writing in the Bruce McKinney Collection" explores how the gay and lesbian archive acts as a space of resistance against the hegemonic society. In turn, the Bruce McKinney Collection, a communally collected archive of lesbian and gay people housed at the University of Kansas, is an autobiographical text that explores the lives of lesbian and gay Kansans from the 1960s through 2008. Research interests include 20th Century Queer Multicultural literature and culture, the archive as life writing, gay masculinity, and African American literature and culture. Dr. Thomas currently teaches courses in Freshman/Sophomore composition and literature, including a 200-level course concentrating on LGBT authors from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Jana Tigchelaar, GTA
Doctoral candidate, University of Kansas; M.A. (English), Ohio University; B.A. (English and art), Trinity Christian College. Areas of interest: 19th and early 20th century American literature; economics and literature; gift theory; public sphere; American realism, regionalism, and naturalism.


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