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Spring 2018

Current Students

George Fenton, '18 was published in the recent issue of Philadelphia Stories.

George Frattara, '20 was awarded a St. Andrew’s Scholarship to attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for 2018-2019.

Victoria Tralies, '18 presented a portion of her summer scholars project at the Drew University 6th annual Dean Hopper Conference on April 21, 2018. Her paper was entitled  “A Crazed Tiger: Irish Literature in a Post-Celtic Tiger Era."

The following English majors have been elected to the SJU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: Kasie Bourque '18, David Dorsey '18, David Garton, '18, Rebecca Hartman '18 , Daniel Hughes '18, Jacob Norberg '18, and Franki Rudnesky '18.


Tom Coyne, M.F.A., associate professor of English, spoke at the SJU Live event: “Chasing Golf Balls and Good Stories” on February 11, 2018, in Naples, Florida. Coyne, along with golf writer, Michael Bamberger, reflected on favorite stories and their love of golf.

Tenaya Darlington, M.F.A., associate professor of English, spoke at the SJU Live Event: “Cocktails Go to the Movies: The Story of Hollywood Cinema in Three Drinks” in Boston, MA on May 9, 2018. The event provided cocktail and entertaining tips along with insight into Hollywood films.

Dr. Owen Gilman, Ph.D., professor of English, published The Hell of War Comes Home: Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq with the University Press of Mississippi. He was also awarded The Raymond A. Horn Scholar-Practitioner Award for 2018. The award, presented by IDEPEL, recognizes individuals who have established themselves as exemplary scholars, practitioners, and educational leaders.

Dr. Paul Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recorded an episode of “Good to Know: The Saint Joseph’s University Experts Podcast.” During the episode, Dr. Patterson discussed Geoffrey Chaucer and the medieval roots of Valentine’s Day.

Dr. David Sorensen, D.Phil., professor of English, delivered a lecture entitled "Enigma Variations: Carlyle and the Riddle of the Sea-Green Incorruptible" to the University of Edinburgh Carlyle Society on March 10, 2018.

Fall 2017

Current Students

Dominique Joe, '19, was selected to read her poem “The Black Body” on Sunday, October 29, 2017 during the Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks Event held at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. The poem will also be published in the chapbook, We Real Cool: Philadelphia Celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks.


Ann Green, Ph.D., professor of English, was named Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education in Higher Education by the National Society of Experiential Education for her work in service-learning based pedagogy.

Dr. Peter Norberg, Ph.D., professor of English, is teaching a reading course on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia for the general public that runs from Sept 2017-Feb 2018.

Kersti Powell, D.Phil., assistant professor of English, presented a paper entitled; “Like a species of inspirational cheese”: Objects and Observatories in John Banville’s Doctor Copernicus" at the American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic regional meeting in November 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Dr. David Sorensen D.Phil., professor of English, gave a lecture on December 2, 2017 at Courtauld Institute of Art, London, entitled "A Conflux of Two Eternities: Carlyle, Ruskin, and the Prophetic Revelation of Art and Architecture." The talk was part of a two-day conference sponsored by the Courtauld on "New Approaches to Ruskin on Art and Architecture."


Summer 2017

Current Students

Emma Seely, '18, is writing poetry this summer with people she meets on the streets of Philadelphia, as part of her Summer Scholars project under the mentorship of Tom Coyne, M.F.A., associate professor of English. Read more about Emma here.


Katherine Grygo, '16, will enter the M.A. program in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University in fall 2017. She is currently the program coordinator at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, D.C.

Kayla Lane, '17, was hired as a project coordinator for Envision Pharma Group, a medical communications group specializing in strategic consulting, market access and global publication planning.

Erin Raftery, '15, will begin a master's program in international affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in the fall of 2017. Erin is currently an associate editor at Inside Health Exchanges at Inside Washington Publishers.

Darby Rourick, '16, is interning this summer at the the United States Attorney’s Office in the Cyber Division. Darby just finished her first year of law school at The George Washington University Law School.


Tom Coyne, M.F.A., associate professor of English, hosted The Coyne Cup in Machrihanish, Scotland. This tour include sixty readers of his golf and travel books. His article "The Push and the Pull" was published in The Golfer's Journal, Volume One, 2017.

Ann Green, Ph.D., professor of English, presented at the HERS Summer Institute in Bryn Mawr in June and the Jesuit Social Justice conference in Seattle in August.

Melissa Goldthwaite, Ph.D., professor of English, had her collection, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics published by SIUP Press. Her book chapter, "Pushing Generic Boundaries in Rhetoric & Composition: Three Sites, One Reader's Response," was published in Rhetoric and Writing Studies in the New Century:  Historiography, Pedagogy, and Politics, which was edited by Cheryl Glenn and Roxanne Mountford.

Peter Norberg, Ph.D., professor of English, was a fellow in the NEH Summer Institute "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller," doing archival research and visiting historic sites.

Dr. Kersti Powell, D.Phil., assistant professor of English, was awarded a Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research for the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, two of her articles were recently published: “This place.. so vividly, so violently, so murderously alive”: Emigration in John Banville’s Benjamin Black Novels.” Éire–Ireland, special issue "Ireland and the Contemporary." Vol.52, No.1& 2 (Spring/Summer 2017): 144-168, and "A Wholly Other World of Things, Hidden": Benjamin Black's and Tana French's Criminal Worlds." CluesA Journal of Detection. Vol.35, No.2 (2017): 40-47.

Patrick Samway, S.J., Professor Emeritus, was given the Gerard Manley Hopkins award on July 23, 2017, during the 30th Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival held at Newbridge College, County Kildare, Ireland.  The award was presented to Father Samway for the scholarly books and articles he has written over the years.

David  Sorensen, D.Phil., professor of English, delivered a lecture entitled “'Do-Nothingism'” or Darkness: Victorian Fiction, the Law, and the Challenge of the Governor Eyre Prosecution of 1866," at a conference devoted to the theme of the "Dark Side of the Law" held at the Sorbonne, Paris, June 15-17, 2017. He also hosted a reception held at the Carlyle House, Chelsea on May 27, 2017 to celebrate Thomas Carlyle's role in founding the London Library in St James Square, 150 years ago.

Jenny Spinner, Ph.D., associate professor of English, received a Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Spinner is doing research on the Florence Crittenton Anchorage, a home for unwed mothers that operated in Chicago from 1949 to 1983.


Spring 2017

Current Students

Brenna Ritzert, '17,  was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Slovakia.  In the fall of 2017, she will head to the town of Trebišov to teach English to high school students. Read more about Brenna here.