In the News
The 2021 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival welcomes local writer Tom Harpole as the Keynote Speaker. Tom’s recent collection of essays Regarding Willingness: Chronicles of a Fraught Life has been awarded the 2020 Montana Book Award: Honor Award. He will present on campus in Trinity Hall Lounge on November 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.
For recent literary festivals, the English Department has welcomed, as Keynote Speakers, poets John Hennessy and Corrie Williamson (2019), Australian short-story writer and novelist Fiona MacFarland (2018), Melville scholar John L Bryant (2017), novelist Virginia Reeves (2016), short-story writer and novelist Ann Pancake (2015), writer Michael Garriga (2014) and short-story writer and novelist John Reimringer (2013).
In May (2021), Professor Kevin Stewart’s short story, “The Brothers,” appeared in Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, Issue 6.2: Asquint (starts on page 9). His story “Silenced” and essay “A View from Montana” appeared in Writers by the River: Reflections on 40+ Years of the Highland Summer Conference (McFarland), also in May. During his 2020-21 sabbatical, last September, Professor Stewart enjoyed a residency at Orchard Keeper Writers Residency in East Tennessee, where he worked on the completion of his manuscript, a story collection entitled Tales from North Gates (And Beyond).
Rachel Wall (‘19), a recent English writing grad, presented an essay in Las Vegas at the 2019 Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society's International Conference, which confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Wall also published a poem "Missing My Misses” and artwork (page 33) and an essay "English as a First Language" (page 69) in Montana Mouthful. In addition, her essay "The Carcass Container" appeared in the Little Patuxent Review.
Professor Dr. Debra Bernardi’s article, “‘You're not going to let some silly old rule stand in your way!’: Alternative Visions of the Modern in Mid-century American-Women-in-Italy Films,” was published in the Italian online journal iperstoria, Issue #14 (2019).
Carroll College alumnus Virginia Reeves (2010) released her second novel The Behavior of Love (Scribner) in May, 2019. Her first novel Work Like Any Other appeared on Simon and Schuster (March 2016) and was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Her story "Bloodlines" appeared in the anthology Pie & Whiskey in 2017. Virginia is also an alumnus the prestigious James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.
Retired instructor Melissa Kwasny served as one of the two Montana’s poet laureates (with Mandy Smoker Broaddus) for 2019-2021. In 2019, she also published a poetry collection Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear.
Professor Emeritus , Ron Stottlemyer, won a 2019 Pushcart Prize for his poem “Falling,” which originally appeared, along with “Second Chance,” in Twyckenham Notes, Issue 5 (2018). Stottlemyer reflected on the award: “When my editor at nominated it for a Pushcart, I thought that was a great thing to happen, but I never thought the poem would survive in the competition with thousands of other poems vying for the prize. So now, I’m just quietly amazed that it won. Now that it’s wearing laurels, I’m starting to like it a lot. Still, I can’t explain its success.” He has since published two additional poems in Twyckenham Notes, Issue 9 (2019).
English majors presenting at 2019 SURF:
Chas Douglas presented "The Harem: A Contested Space"
Anna Wurzer (an English writing minor), presented "The Impact of the Views of Native Americans on Edward Abbey's Stance toward Ecosabotage"
Mariah Swenson gave a paper for the Spanish department on "Perceptions or Reality: US Portrayals of Mexican Immigrants vs Mexican Immigrant Literature"
Bret Charlton gave a paper for Spanish on "Cultural Literacy in the Montana
The 2018 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities took place at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. Carroll College student, John Cooney, presented "Ultimate Unity, Ultimate Mystery: Neoplatonic Mysteries in St. Augustine’s Theology of the Trinity," and Rachel Wall (2019) presented "Crushing Stereotypes Through Literature." Pictured with them is Theology Professor Dr. John Ries.
In Fall 2017, alumnus Maddison Gail (’19) created a visual "map" for T.S. Elliot's “Wasteland.”
Prof Kevin Stewart's story "Her" appeared in the 2017 anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia on Vandalia Press, WVU Press's literary imprint. His story "An Ark of Mimes" appeared in FictionSoutheast.
The 2016 Montana Book Festival in Missoula (September 21-25, 2016) featured Carroll faculty and Loren Graham and Kevin Stewart and alumnus Virginia Reeves in the “Helena Showcase,” along with Corrie Williamson, Ben Nichol and Aaron Perritt.
Prof. Loren Graham's third collection of poems, Places I Was Dreaming, published on CavanKerry Press, won the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. Professor Graham is the current Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature.
Alumnus Jay Bouchard ('15) is a freelance writer and editor in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Debra Bernardi presented a paper at the international conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Philadelphia, November 4-8, 2016. The paper was titled, "'Bichromatism Was Prevalent throughout Tuscany': Resisting Boundaries in Mary McCarthy's "The Stones of Florence" and is part of a book project on Italy and the American female imagination.
Prof. Kevin Stewart's short story "Katherine with a K" appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of the American Literary Review. The Common published his poem "Two Flat Tires" online and in print (Issue 9, 2015) and "Magicicada, Spring 2012" appeared its July 2014 Poetry Feature. He also served as a 2015 writing fellow at the Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA.