With the semester now in full swing, it’s time to celebrate the good news that #bsuenglish has to share! 



Dr. Emily Ruth Rutter has lots of good news! In May, the first of two special issues on “Women and Archives” she co-edited for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature was published; this issue was recently nominated for the 2021 Council of Editors of Learned Journals Best Special Issue Award. In July, Dr. Rutter delivered the keynote address at the twenty-fifth annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture. Finally, her forthcoming book, Black Celebrity: Contemporary Representations of Postbellum Black Athletes and Artists, is now available for pre-order from Rutgers University Press.  

Dr. Adam R. Beach published an essay titled “Trauma, Psychological Coercion, and Slaves Who Love Their Masters: The Case of William Okeley” in the volume Early Modern Trauma: Europe and the Atlantic World.  He also gave a presentation, “Equiano on the Wharf: ‘Kind Treatment’ and the Urban Slave in the English Caribbean,” at American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in April 2021. 

Rani Deighe Crowe

  • Professor Crowe’s short film, Quiet on Set has been busy on the festival circuit. It has been selected for Findecoin International Short Film Festival in Venezuela, Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL, Vierte Welle Feminist Film Festival in Germany, Boden International Film Festival in Sweden, Nevada Women’s Film Festival, Cinema Sisters Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, Sacramento International Film Festival in CA, Interrobang Film Festival in Iowa, Deep in the Heart Film Festival in Waco, TX, MKE Short Film Festival in Milwaukee, WI, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA, Sioux City Film Festival in Sioux City, IA, and the Detroit Shetown Film Festival in MI. It won the award for Artistic Achievement at the MKE Short Film Festival and was selected to screen at the University Film and Video Conference.



  • Rani’s short film, Beautiful Eyes, was invited to screen as part of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival’s international curated programming on Cathode TV on August 4. Beautiful Eyes was also selected for the SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Media Festival. 


  • Rani’s short film, Heather Has Four Moms, was invited to screen and speak with the curated women’s online guest series, Women on the Net in May. It was also invited to screen with Portland Film Festival’s Indie Film Series for Pride month in June 2021. It has also been invited to screen with LesFlicks Fall Film Festival online in 2021. It was also selected to screen at SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Media Festival.


  • Professor Crowe participated in the Ball State Faculty Externship program, and spent a week at Mursix Corporation learning about component design and manufacturing.


  • Professor Crowe has joined the Board of Open Circle Theater Company in Washington DC,  a company that produces high-quality, inventive theatre productions that provide opportunities for professional theatre artists with and without disabilities. Open Circle is currently in residence at the Kennedy Center’s new Reach Space. http://opencircletheatre.org

Patrick Collier’s book, Teaching Literature in the Real World: A Practical Guide, was published by Bloomsbury Academic on Aug. 21.

Dr. Garcia’s book, Data Visualization and Analysis in Second Language Research, was published by Routledge on May 31st (more info here). In June, he had a journal article published in Glossa (joint work with Dr. Natália B. Guzzo): Gradience in prosodic representation: vowel reduction and neoclassical elements in Brazilian Portuguese. In August, he had a journal article published in Abralin (joint work with Dr. Ronaldo Lima Jr.): Diferentes análises estatísticas podem levar a conclusões categoricamente distintas. Over the summer, Dr. Garcia also gave talks (joint work with Dr. Natália B. Guzzo) on corpus linguistics at the 51st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL) and at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). The materials for the presentation are available on an OSF repository and can be accessed here. Both presentations are connected to one of his current research projects (further developed over the summer) to create an open access written corpus of Brazilian Veneto, an understudied language in southern Brazil. The corpus can be accessed here.

Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones

Dr. Jones had several publications this summer and earned an award.

  • The 4th edition of her education book, Painless Reading Comprehension, published by Barron’s Educational Publishing, a Division of Kaplan, was released on June 1, 2021 and has sold 3,000 units since June 1.


  • The 10th anniversary volume of I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about their Lives, a series edited by Lyn with INwords Publications was released on July 22, 2021


  • Dr. Jones was part of the Belt Publishing Indy Anthology edited by Norman Minnick.  Her literary essay “In Indy, #blackyouthmatter” was featured as part of the Kennedy-King neighborhood in Indianapolis.  Lyn was invited to read her essay at a Belt event held at the Tube Factory.


  • Dr. Jones was awarded the Indiana LEAP Covid Character Honors Award by the LEAP Indiana Innovation and Strategies Committee on July 10, 2021 for her Immersive project Sitting at the Feet of our Muncie Elders: Stories of Resistance and Resiliency.

Dr. Megumi Hamada’s first book, “Learning Words from Reading: A Cognitive Model of Word-Meaning Inference,” was published by Bloomsbury Academic in August 2021. 

Victoria Barrett’s flash short story “Emancipation” was published 9/3 at MonkeyBicycle: http://monkeybicycle.net/emancipation/.

Dr. Joyce Huff co-presented the keynote speech at the Composing Disability conference in April 2021. She and Martha Stoddard-Holmes, her co-editor for A Cultural History of Disability in the Long Nineteenth Century, spoke about what the study of nineteenth-century disability can teach people living through a global pandemic today.

Five poems from Katy Didden’s forthcoming manuscript, Ore Choir: the Lava on Iceland, appeared in the latest issue of Ós Pressan, a journal of multi-lingual writing in Iceland. In July, her short essay on the Poem “Noche de Lluvia, San Salvador” by Aracelis Girmay appeared in The Sewanee Review’s online forum Stanzas. Katy joined the roster for the Unearthed Speakers Bureau Program through Indiana Humanities, and will be leading the next Trek and Talk for the Next Indiana Campfires Series. 

Jill Christman


Molly Ferguson presented virtually at two international conferences this summer. At the American Conference of Irish Studies held in Northern Ireland, she contributed to a roundtable on Gothic Irish studies: “Claire Kilroy’s Neoliberal Gothic: Alcoholism and Austerity”; in a panel she delivered a paper titled, “The Hag-into-Hare folk tale in stories by Clare Keegan and Dierdre Sullivan”. At the IASIL conference in Poland, she presented “The Changeling Legend and Queer Kinship in Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells”. She was formally elected the Women’s and Gender Studies Representative on the executive board of the ACIS. 

In August 2021, Ben Bascom was a research fellow at the John Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY. He received a financial stipend through the institution and examined their papers and manuscripts related to his book project, “Feeling Singular: Queer Masculinities in the Early United States.” 


Current Students

Lincoln Reed was awarded a 2021 summer residency by the Ragdale Foundation where he completed a draft of a new novel. In August, he signed book contracts for his baseball novel Gunslinger and short story collection These Hollow Bones. Both are forthcoming from Springer Mountain Press. Eleven of his short stories were published this summer in print anthologies and online publications. During August, his story “Green Limbo” was named a winner in Havok Publishing’s season five contest and will be included in the season anthology Prismatic set for publication this fall. Lincoln has two short stories releasing on September 30th—“Dust to Dust” featured in Havok Publishing’s Thriller Thursday and “Ex Libris” featured in Extinct Worlds, a science fiction anthology by Dragon Soul Press. Lincoln’s short film screenplay “Tritanopia” finished filming in August and is currently in the post-production process. 

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