In the News

  • Rachel Wall, a senior English writing major, is presenting an essay in Las Vegas at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society's International Conference. Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities, foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing, promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members, exhibit high standards of academic excellence, and serve society by fostering literacy. 

    Wall also published a poem titled "Missing My Misses" with a piece of artwork in an in-state literary magazine called Montana Mouthful, on page 33. In the same issue, she also published an essay about her Carroll College Internship teaching English as a Second Language titled "English as a First Language" which is on page 69. Check it out on this edition of Montana Mouthful. On top of these accomplishments, she also published a creative non-fiction story titled "The Carcass Container" in the Little Patuxent Review, a literary magazine in Maryland. Check it out on this edition of Little Patuxent Review.

    Congratulations to Rachel Wall for becoming published as an undergrad!

  • Debra Bernardi, the current Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature and an English professor at Carroll, recently had an article published in the Italian on-line journal iperstoria, called "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. Iperstoria is a multilingual, international, blind peer-reviewed biannual journal with a focus on English and American Studies. The journal welcomes contributions on a broad range of topics: from literature to culture and other media, from linguistics to language teaching. Check out the article for your reading list! Also check out the most recent copy of the journal.

  • The North West Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities hosted The North West Undergraduate Conference in the Humanitiesits 4th annual conference this year at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. This conference is one of the few places undergraduate students can present their work in a public and professional academic setting.  Topics presented at the conference include but are not limited to language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, ethnic studies, and religious studies, all while encompassing concerns in the humanities.  Carroll College student, John Cooney, presented his piece titled, "Ultimate Unity, Ultimate Mystery: Neoplatonic Mysteries in St. Augustine’s Theology of the Trinity," and Rachel Wall presented her piece titled, "Crushing Stereotypes Through Literature."  Finally, Dr. Ries, a theology professor at Carroll College served as a monitor at the conference and supported the Carroll College participants of this year.

  • Carroll College Alumni and beloved local author, Virginia ReevesVirginia Reeves, was yet again popular in the local news! She released another novel called: "The Behavior of Love." The book was launched Monday May 13th, 2019 at the Hawthorne in Helena. For more information visit

  • Melissa Kwasny, a part-time English professor at Carroll College and a widely published author, has been selected as one of the two of Montana’s poet laureates for 2019-2021. A poet laureate is a poet appointed every two years by the governor of Montana as a consultant and typically involves the promotion of poetry. Melissa Kwasny and Mandy Smoker Broaddus are the first to share the position. Read More

  • Past English Professor, Ron Stottlemyer, won the Pushcart Prize for his poem “Falling.” This was a National Award for authors around the world, and Mr. Stottlemyer will be published in the 2020 edition. In an interview, when asked what the inspiration behind “Falling” was, he said: “the poem came mysteriously, as all the best ones do, from cascading memories that you have to write down as fast as possible and then spend many drafts turning them into a poem. Do poems sort of dictate themselves? I believe the best of them do.” He was in fact shocked to hear “Falling” was the poem chosen for the award because he: “thought the poem was okay, but there were other poems of [his] that [he] liked better.” Stottlemyer continued explaining his reactions to his poem winning the Pushcart prize: “When my editor at Twyckenham Notes 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.” It was quite the accomplishment to get published in the Pushcart for any writer because thousands of people would submit their writings to the publication. Congratulations to Ron Stottlemyer!

  • One of our part-time teachers, Melissa Kwasny was doing a reading and speaking about her new book Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear (Trinity University Press) on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2 p.m. at the Montana Book Company.
  • English majors presenting at 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 2017 Carroll College Literary Festival welcomed novelist and short story writer Fiona McFarland, all the way from Australia! The festival included an off-campus community reading, student panels and readings, a flash-fiction workshop, and a poetry slam, it culminated in a keynote reading by Fiona. November 8, 2019 at Hub Coffee. November 9, 2019 on campus.
  • In Fall 2017, student Maddison Gail created a visual "map" for T.S. Elliot's Wasteland - check out this interesting piece of work.
  • Prof Kevin Stewart's story "Her" appeared in the 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 alums Loren Graham, Aaron Parrett, Virginia Reeves, Kevin Stewart and Corrie WIliamson. 
  • Prof. Loren Graham's third collection of poems, Places I Was Dreaming, won the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. The book was published by CavanKerry Press in 2015.
  • ARC Director Kevin Hadduck's book of poetry, Hymnody of the Blue Heron, appeared on WordTech Communications, Cherry Grove Imprint. 
  • Alum Virginia Reeves ('00) has recently published her novel Work Like Any Other on Simon and Schuster (March 2016). The novel was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Also an alum of the prestigious James A. Michner Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival. Past speakers have included Ann Pancake, Michael Garriga, and John Reimringer.
  • Alum Jay Bouchard ('15) is an editorial fellow at Outside Magazine. He recently worked the beat for Medill News Services in the presidential primaries. Here are recent articles from Iowa and New Hampshire. He also published this blog on U.S. Catholic Faith in Real Life. All of Jay's writings can be found here.
  • Instructor Dr. Aaron Parrett's Montana Americana Music appeared in July 2016, on Charleston, SC's History Press Books, which also published his 2015 title Literary Butte. 
  • 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. His poems "Two Flat Tires" and  "Magicicada, Spring 2012" appeared in recent a recent issue of The Common and online. He also served as a 2015 writing fellow at the Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA.