Alum Kate Leboff ’14 Announces Poetry Chapbook

Alum Kate Leboff, a 2014 English:Creative Writing graduate and Production Coordinator at Cornell University Press, has announced the publication of her first book with Finishing Line Press. It is a poetry chapbook she plans to entitle “Kintsugi” (the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum), based almost entirely of her own life experiences. Among those she thanks in her announcement are her “Creative Writing & Lit professors at University of Mary Washington.”       … [Read more...]

Alum Chelsea Krieg ’10 Appointed Asst Director at NCSU

Alum Chelsea Krieg (2010) has been appointed Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program at North Carolina State University, where she earned her MFA in 2016. In addition to her work advising and working with Creative Writing as a faculty member in the NCSU Department of English, Krieg has also worked with the NCSU library on integrating Citizen Science into the First-Year Writing classroom (ENG101). … [Read more...]

Sayth ’09 Working as PA & Researcher for New CW Series Walker: Independence!

Alumna Natalie Sayth ('09 English / Music) is a writer’s assistant and researcher for the new CW series Walker: Independence! For more information, including episodes available for streaming, check The CW website. … [Read more...]

Mary Cheney, ENLI ’21, Wins Fulbright Award

Mary Cheney, English B.A. with a minor in linguistics ’21, M.Ed. ’22, who will head to South Korea on prestigious Fulbright Award! Linguistics Associate Professor Janie Lee supported Cheney's Korean teaching interests.   … [Read more...]

’18 Alum Alexandria Riker Publishes Story

Congratulations to alumna Alexandria Riker ’18! Alexandria’s dystopian horror short story “Weighing In” was just published in The Yard: Crime Blog online magazine. Alexandria is a December 2018 magna cum laude graduate who majored in English: Creative Writing and studied under Dr. Warren Rochelle and participated in his study abroad program in 2018 at Bangor University in Wales, UK. … [Read more...]

’08 Alum Gwynne E Mapes Publishes

Congratulations to alumna Gwynne E. Mapes,’08! Mapes’s book Elite Authenticity: Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse was published in June 2021 by Oxford University Press in their distinguished Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics series. Oxford University Press describes the book: "In Elite Authenticity, Gwynne Mapes integrates theories of mediatization, materiality, and authenticity in order to explore the discursive production of elite status and class inequality in food discourse. Relying on a range of methodological approaches, Mapes examines restaurant reviews and articles published in the New York Times food section; a collection of Instagram posts from @nytfood; ethnographically-informed fieldwork in four renowned Brooklyn, NY, restaurants; and a recorded dinner conversation with six food-enthusiasts. Across these varied genres of data, she demonstrates how a discourse of 'elite authenticity' represents a particular surfacing of rhetorical maneuvers in which distinction … [Read more...]

Graduates and Alumni Pursue Graduate School

The Department of English and Linguistics congratulates several graduates and alumni, who have shared graduate school acceptances and plans:  Congratulations to Elizabeth “Beth” Kelly! A May 2021 graduate with a special major in Psycholinguistics, she has been accepted into the University of Colorado Boulder's Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite Program (SLPP). This one-year program offers eight different courses that will allow her to finish all of the requirements for her anticipated SLP graduate program. Starting this June and running through the summer, she will be taking a phonetics class and a speech science class. She also received acceptances from programs including NYU and Northwestern. Congratulations to Mackenzie King! A December 2020 graduate with a special major in Linguistics and a minor in English Literature as well as a member of the Honors Program, she will be attending the Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood … [Read more...]

McClure ’96 Featured in CAS Newsletter

Mark McClure of Brooklyn, NY, a '96 English major, was recently featured in the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter: Mark spends every day using what he learned at Mary Washington trying to make the internet a more humane and productive place (especially for soccer fans). He is currently the Director of Content and User Experience for Major League Soccer. Prior to joining MLS, he was a digital media consultant for news companies like The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, and Sacramento Bee and for places like the National Education Association and U.S. Dept of State. Before all of the digital media work, he was an Assistant Dean of Admissions at Mary Washington from 1990 to 2002 and an Admissions Counselor from 1996 to 1997. But his very first job at MWC was as a student manager of food services at Seacobeck Hall (#indigestion). … [Read more...]

Datner ’20 Selected as Assistant in the Meddeas program

Chloe Datner, a December 2020 grad with a major in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Linguistics, has been selected as a Language and Culture Assistant in the Meddeas program. As such, she will be teaching English language and grammar and the basics of US culture to elementary school children in Spain for the next year while completing her TEFL certificate. … [Read more...]

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...]