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Flexible, Free, and Flipped: COVE in the Classroom 

When Albert Pionke and Dan Novak first used COVE (Collective Organization for Virtual Education) for their courses, each immediately saw the vast possibilities, both pedagogical and scholarly, the system offered. For Novak, that meant providing his EN 349 students with a “custom-made and free anthology” during the height of the pandemic, and for Pionke it allowed his EN 537 […]

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Preparing for a Pandemic: Safety in Flexible Approaches

It was one of my students who notified me halfway through my last course of the day. It was March 12th, 2020, and the course was World Literature. Students and faculty had been on pins and needles throughout the week as news from Italy, Seattle, and New York grew increasingly dire. When my student raised […]

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Brian Phillip Whalen’s Semiotic Love [Stories] 

UA English Instructor Brian Whalen’s collection Semiotic Love [Stories] was published in 2020 by Awst Press and was chosen as one of the Best Indie Books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews. Before coming to UA, Whalen earned a PhD from the State University of New York at Albany and an MFA from Iowa State University. He […]

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Lauren Cardon’s Fashioning Character: Reading Between the Seams 

By Pete Beatty Tuscaloosa briefly became a global fashion center in the summer of 2021 – at least on TikTok. Viral videos of aspiring sorority members grabbed millions of views as they explained the rush process, their house visits, and perhaps most importantly, their Outfits of The Day. While #BamaRush was not strictly an academic […]

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Brian Oliu Drops An Elbow Into The Heart of the Lyric Essay

Originally from New Jersey, Brian Oliu received his MFA from UA. He has gone on to author three chapbooks, several works of nonfiction, and is currently Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Van Newell recently interviewed him about his latest work of nonfiction Body Drop: Notes on Fandom and Pain in Professional Wrestling.   […]

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What Art Can Do: Robin Behn’s Requiem for the Innocent

Robin Behn’s latest book, Requiem for the Innocent: El Paso and Beyond (2020, George F. Thompson Publishing), is a poignant and elegant commemoration of the victims of the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The poems—jarring and provocative—are accompanied in the book by the photography of John Willis, all images of flowers of remembrance […]

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Heather White’s Books Promiscuously Read

UA English professor Heather White’s Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life, was published in July 2021 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Professor White has edited several volumes of Marianne Moore’s poetry, including the New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017), which won the 2019 Modern Language Association Prize […]

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Seth Stewart’s Yours Presently: Opening a New Chapter in History

Many English faculty will already know Seth Stewart, a six-year veteran of the department. His approachable personality and continual faculty support—holding frequent teaching workshops and guidance sessions for his fellow teachers—make him a prominent and invaluable colleague. But along with his passionate commitment to teaching and faculty service, he is also an accomplished scholar with […]

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Jessica Kidd’s Bad Jamie: Ties that Bind

Professor Jessica Fordham Kidd’s debut book, Bad Jamie, is a magical realist poetry collection that tells the story of the tragic everyman of its title character, who embodies family tension and connection to nature.   Jamie has complicated relationships with every character in the collection. Despite strong family ties, there are social and economic blocks […]

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Amber Buck’s Netflix at the Nexus

Amber Buck is an assistant professor of composition and rhetoric in the University of Alabama’s Department of English. She received her Ph.D. in English and Writing Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Buck specializes in digital literacies, multimodal composition, and social media. She recently co-edited a collection of essays on the multiple facets […]

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