I never thought I’d write a poem about the sea much less write one and get it published but Holy Frogfish! my poem, ‘Watching a Clown Frogfish Feed’ has been chosen for publication in the ALONG THE SHORE ANTHOLOGY by Lost Tower Publications, forthcoming in April 2017!
Holy Leaves! My poem “Children at Play in Beaumont Park, 1934” will be part of The Poetry Leaves Project Exhibition May 2-31, 2017 and will also be published in the Poetry Leaves bound volume. If you happen to be in Michigan nearby Waterford Township this May, check it out—and take some photos for me.
What a terrific gift to receive on New Year’s Day 2017! Two of my poems were published in The Found Poetry Review, Issue 10. It’s an outstanding issue!
I’m so honored to have one of my poems included in the inaugural issue of WOUNWAPI, A Journal of Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota as an Okhólaya (friend) of the community. Thank you Céline Demol (and William Wordsworth!) for providing the inspiration for this poem
Good afternoon Sunday! I just thought this was the coolest thing! Watch the video and see if you agree.
Special Topic: Christianity and the Literature of the Vikings (Spring 2017)
DEADLINE: October 15, 2016
Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)
Intégrité is a scholarly journal published biannually by the Faith and Learning Committee and the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. Published both online (www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Spring 2017) on “Christianity and the Literature of the Vikings.” Essays may explore the intersection of the Christian faith and Old Norse literature. As a faith and learning journal, Intégrité also invites pedagogical essays that address teaching Old Norse literature at faith-based institutions of higher learning.
Some possible topics include:
CF• The consequences and quality of Iceland’s national conversion to Christianity in 1000 A.C.E. and its treatment in the Icelandic Family Sagas (Íslendingasögur)
• Christianity and the supernatural in any saga genre
• The influence of Christianity on the writings of Icelandic historian and poet Snorri Sturluson
• The relationship between Christianity and Old Norse paganism
• Christianity and the medieval Icelandic legal system
• Medieval Icelandic devotional texts
• The value of Old Norse for literary study in faith-based institutions of higher learning
For this issue the journal also welcomes reviews of scholarly books published since 2010 that explore topics related to Christianity, literature, and pedagogy.
Essays should be 10-25 pages in length, and book reviews should be 5-8 pages. For citation style, refer to the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Articles should include in-text citations in parentheses, a list of endnotes (if applicable), and an alphabetical listing of works cited at the end. Proposals and abstracts may be submitted until October 15, 2016. Essays are due no later than March 1, 2017. Please send submissions as Word attachments.
Matthew Bardowell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO 63141
Hunting for the Animal Subject in Anglo-Saxon England: a Roundtable (Kalamazoo 2017):
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies – Kalamazoo, MI – May 11-14, 2017
A recent trend in medieval studies and the humanities at large has been a “turn” to the animal. While medievalists have long been interested in bestiaries, beast epics, and other texts populated with nonhumans, the research that is produced is inevitably concerned with what those works say about human culture rather than what they can reveal about perceptions of animals as animals. The field of animal studies (alternatively known as critical animal theory), in contrast, focuses on how humans have sought to differentiate themselves from nonhuman animals and how this perceived seperation has determined the human treatment of and responses to nonhumans. Animal studies seeks to critique the past and present mistreatment of nonhumans but also to envision an affirmative and ethical form of response to the animal, to move beyond the hierarchical, Cartesian (and Augustinian) dualism that to date has largely defined the human-animal relationship.
While Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Susan Crane, and Karl Steel have recently brought such concerns to bear on medieval literature in invaluable studies, the focus of their work is usually on the later Middle Ages. This roundtable discussion will thus take as its focus human-animal interactions in the literary and material culture of Anglo-Saxon England. Presenters will be invited to discuss, in a 10-minute talk, an animal-related question in their own research and to reflect on their methods for understanding how animals were perceived by the Anglo-Saxons. Given the limited corpus of written texts that survive from Anglo-Saxon England, the question of the animal in this period is by necessity a multidisciplinary one, and specialists in fields as varied as philology, literary criticism, philosophy, art history, and archaeology are welcome.
Please submit an abstract (preferably 300 words or less) as well as a completed Participant Information Form (found here: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Matt Spears (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than September 15, 2016.