The University of Minnesota's new Imagine Fund Annual Awards were inaugurated in 2009 to support a range of faculty projects and enhance the presence of arts, design and humanities at the University. The 217 recipients were granted a total of $651,000. Department of English awardees included: Timothy Brennan, Tony C. Brown, Michael Dennis Brown, Evelyn Ch'ien, Siobhan Craig , Lois Cucullu, Maria Damon, Genevieve Escure, Ray Gonzalez, Michael Hancher, Qadri Ismail, Ellen Messer-Davidow, Paula Rabinowitz, Katherine Scheil, Charles Sugnet, and Omise'eke Tinsley.
Charles Baxter published the story "Royal Blue" in the spring 2008 American Scholar, which was nominated in 2009 for a National Magazine Award. His novel The Soul Thief was a 2009 Minnesota Book Award finalist.
Timothy Brennan published Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso).
Tony C. Brown publishes "The Time of Globalization: Rethinking Primitive Accumulation in Rethinking Marxism (fall 2009), as well as "Reciprocating, response, etc.," a review of Donna J. Haraway's When Species Meet in Cultural Anthropology (fall 2009). He presented "The New World in Enlightenment Aesthetic Theory" at the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies International Seminar for Junior Eighteenth-Century Scholars, Lisbon, Portugal in September, 2009.
Michael Dennis Browne published What the Poem Wants: Prose on Poetry (Carnegie Mellon University Press). His oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, music by Stephen Paulus, was recorded by Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra and released on BIS Records. The oratorio was performed at Iowa Wesleyan University and Drake University in the winter and spring of 2009. He recorded "Seven Last Words," a poem sequence, for Minnesota Public Radio (available at Performance Today on the American Public Media website). He also gave the lecture "A Different Kind of Belonging: Hearing the Voices of Interfaith" at St John's University, College of Saint Thomas, and Drake University, in Spring 2009. Finally, he taught workshops at St John's University and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Tom Clayton publishes "Soundings in A Midsummer Night's Dream" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, edited by Regina Buccola (Continuum Renaissance Drama Series).
Lois Cucullu delivered the paper "From Sonambulism to Insomnia: Fiction, Fashion, and the Modern Woman's Sexual Turn" for the conference entitled "The Wilde Archive," convened at UCLA's Clark Memorial Library in May 2009. An essay "Downsizing 'the Great Divide': A Reflexive Approach to Modernism, Disciplinarity, and Class" is forthcoming this winter in a collection entitled Disciplining Modernism, edited by Pamela Caughie. Another essay "Sleep Deprived and Ultra Modern: How Novels Turned Dream Girls into Insomniacs" is forthcoming this fall in Novel, A Forum on Fiction. Finally, for the 11th Annual Modernist Studies Conference in November 2009, she has organized and will be a participant on the roundtable entitled "Fashions' Vernaculars."
Maria Damon co-edited, with Ira Livingston, Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2009). She published two visual poems "Open Up and Bleed: for James Osterberg" and "EM: for Emma Bernstein and Her Family" in mid)rib 3. With mIEKAL aND, she published "Ficus Sutra" 1 and 2 in Kaurab Online: A Bengali Poetry Webzine (Summer 2009). Her essay "Two Modernist Precursors in Cultural Studies and Poetics: (How) Can They Help Us Now?" appears in the Spring 2009 Paideuma: Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry 35:3 and her essay "Text, Textile, Exile: Meditations on Poetics, Metaphor, Net-work" in the spring 2009 Electronic Book Review. Drunken Boat 10 reprinted "On a Pure Jag, Unmarked Grave," a homophonous translation of Carmen Condé, "Jaguar Puro y Marchito," with Camille Bacos (video) and mIEKAL aND (audio); it was originally done for the Cartagena ES: Archives and Libraries of Cartagena, November 2006 (for Condé's centenary). In addition she published two book reviews: on Correspondence with Nobody, by Anne Blonstein, in Jacket Magazine 38 (October 2009); and on Hannah Weiner's Open House, edited by Patrick Durgin in Kaurab Online: A Bengali Poetry Webzine (Spring 2009). And she gave a poetry reading at the Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland, in June, 2009.
Andrew Elfenbein published Romanticism and the Rise of English (Stanford University Press, 2009).
Ray Gonzalez published the poetry collection Faith Run in September 2009 with the University of Arizona Press. The collection of prose poems Cool Auditor will appear in November 2009 from BOA Editions. He has recently completed co-editing, along with Robert Shapard and James Thomas, the anthology Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories from the U.S. and Latin America, the first book to feature U. S. Latino writers alongside Latin Americans. The book is the latest in W.W. Norton's Sudden Fiction series and will be published in the spring of 2010. His prose poem "Canto" won the Editor's Prize from Fifth Wednesday, where it appeared in 2008. His nonfiction collection Renaming the Earth was a 2009 Minnesota Book Award finalist. Professor Gonzalez will direct the Creative Writing Program from fall 2009 to spring 2011.
Patricia Hampl co-edited, with Elaine Tyler May, Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing A Life (Borealis Books). Her essay "The Dark Art of Description" was chosen for Best American Essays 2009.
Josephine Lee publishes "Bridging the Big Twelve--The Committee on Institutional Cooperation Asian American Studies Consortium" in the Journal of Asian American Studies (October 2009). In spring 2009 she received an Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award, one of eight recipients across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Nabil Matar published Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (Columbia University Press).
Dan Philippon is serving as President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in 2009, in which role he organized ASLE's Eighth Biennial Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, on the theme "Island Time: The Fate of Place in a Wired, Warming World." The conference, held from June 3-6, 2009, attracted 650 participants from 25 countries. He also edited Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places, a collection of 57 personal essays from the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, published by the University of Minnesota Press in September 2009.
Paula Rabinowitz contributed two essays to A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors (Harvard University Press).
Katherine Scheil co-edited (with Graham Holderness) a special issue of the journal Critical Survey on "Shakespeare and Biography," for release in December 2009. Contributors were from around the world (Japan, Germany, Canada, UK, the Netherlands); the issue will include two essays by biographers Stanley Wells and Park Honan. She is also co-editing (with Randall Martin) a collection on Shakespeare and Modern Drama in honor of Jill Levenson, under contract with University of Toronto Press, to be published in 2011.
Julie Schumacher received the first College of Continuing Education Distinguished Educator Award in fall 2008. CCE Dean Mary L. Nichols cited Schumacher as a "firm champion of CCE programs in other parts of the University" and noted her "extraordinary history" of participation with CCE programs Compleat Scholar, U Reads, College in the Schools, and the Split Rock Arts Program. Schumacher's latest novel Black Box was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. It was also a 2009 Minnesota Book Award finalist.
Madelon Sprengnether won the 2008 West Town Press poetry chapbook award for her manuscript Near Solstice: Mourning; her manuscript will be published at the end of 2009. Her poems "Necrophilia" and "The Franklin Avenue Bridge" are included in The House of Your Dream: An International Collection of Prose Poetry. She will serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for a three-year term.
Omise-eke Natasha Tinsley was chosen to be an Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for spring 2010 for her project "Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific."
David Treuer published the story "Hard Body" in the spring 2009 issue of TriQuarterly. He also wrote the essay "Holding Out for an Anti-Hero" for the LA Times and a five-part travel essay on Indian casinos for slate.com. Finally he acted as an editor and contributed two essays to A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors (Harvard University Press).
John Watkins co-authored, with Carole Levin, Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age (Cornell University Press, 2009). He also co-edited, with Curtis Perry, Shakespeare and the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2009), with his essay "Losing France and Becoming England: Shakespeare's King John and the Emergence of State-Based Diplomacy." He presented the lecture "Shakespeare et le déclin de la république vénitienne" at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) in May, 2009, and the conference keynote "The 1559 Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis: Print, Marriages of State, and the Expansion of Diplomatic Literacy" at the "Handle with Care: Diplomacy and Authority from Dante to Spenser" conference at Liverpool Hope University, UK, in July, 2009.