Krista Beucler ’20 Wins Flash Fiction Award

Krista Beucler ’20 recently won the 2020 Julia Peterkin Award for flash fiction from South 85 Journal, run by Converse College’s MFA program. Her story will appear in their fall/winter 2020 issue. Details are available on their blog and Facebook page. Krista completed her degree this spring with a major in English: Creative Writing and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies. While at UMW, Krista was the recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich ’79 and Henry E. Reich Jr. Scholarship and was a finalist for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship. … [Read more...]

Alum, Professor Emeritus Publish Book Reviews

Sunday's Free Lance-Star featured book reviews by Ashley Riggleson, UMW '18 with a major in English, and Dan Dervin, Professor Emeritus of English. Riggleson's review of Finna by Nate Marshall is available online. Dervin's review of Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is also available online. … [Read more...]

Joey LoMonaco ’13 Wins Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year

Joey LoMonaco '13 has been named 2019 Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Press Association for his work at the Free Lance-Star. Joey was an English: Creative Writing major at UMW and graduated cum laude in 2013. The press release for LoMonaco's award reads:      In nominating LoMonaco for Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year, his editor said “Joey has a knack for finding and telling stories that appeal to all readers, regardless of their interest in the sport itself … Joey’s storytelling skill shines.”     LoMonaco has been a sports reporter at The Free Lance-Star since 2016, and has worked at several other news outlets since graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2013.      Articles in LoMonaco’s portfolio covered brothers who were born in a refugee camp and who became soccer standouts at their high school, a swimmer who refused to let being born with essentially one leg stop him from … [Read more...]

Casey Pherson ’08 Alum Graduates with Doctor of Physical Therapy

Casey Pherson, a class of 2008 UMW graduate with a BA in English, earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory & Henry in August 2020. After UMW, Casey earned an MA in Applied Linguistics: Sociolinguistics from Old Dominion University in 2010 and worked for several years as a physical therapy technician. The Department of English & Linguistics congratulates Casey on her achievements and wishes her well. … [Read more...]

Creative Writing Graduate Alexandria Riker Publishes First Short Story

Alexandria Riker just published her first short story "Coming  Home" in the online magazine The Literary Garden, Issue 4 and can be read online. A December 2018 magna cum laude graduate, Alexandria was an English: Creative Major who worked with Professor Warren Rochelle and was part of the study abroad program that he led in the summer of 2018 at Bangor University in Wales, UK. … [Read more...]

2020 Graduate Krista Beucler Publishes First Short Story

Krista Beucler '20 recently published her first short story, a piece that originated in her first creative writing class at the University of Mary Washington with Professor Warren Rochelle. Krista completed her degree this spring with a major in English: Creative Writing and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies. While at UMW, Krista was the recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich '79 and Henry E. Reich Jr. Scholarship and was a finalist for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship. Krista was the Editor-in-Chief for Issue 7.2 of the Rappahannock Review, the literary journal published by the University of Mary Washington. Working with Professor Rochelle as her advisor, Beucler's graduated in Spring 2020 with departmental Honors by completing the Honors project "Introduction to the Publishing Industry." Krista's story "Rooks Mate for Life" is available online in From Whispers to Roars: An Arts & Literary Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1. … [Read more...]

Schultz Accepted into MFA Program

Jordan Schultz, a May 2017 graduate with a major in English: Creative Writing, has been accepted into the M.F.A. program at the University of South Florida, starting in the fall of 2020 with full funding. … [Read more...]

LaMonica ’09 Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Cle LaMonica, class of '09, successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Stockholm. Entitled "A Combined Perceptual and Acoustical Account of US Dialect Distance," the dissertation abstract and download link is available online. LaMonica was a linguistics special major and one of the students who took Professor Paul Fallon's seminar on Accents of English.   … [Read more...]

English Alumna Publishes New Book

Congratulations to former English major Maura Way (UMW '94) whose poetry collection entitled _Another Bungalow_ was recently released by Press 53. … [Read more...]

Alum Wins Award

UMW alumna Gwynne Mapes ('08) won third place for best student abstract at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, for her paper "'Oh, and it’s got to be cut into four triangles, never in half': the role of negation in Bon Appétit’s 'Editor’s Letter.'" Gwynne is pursuing a PhD in linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Congratulations! … [Read more...]