MA Alumni Update

July 13, 2018

Angelica Bega, Nick Brown and April Prentiss presented at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition & Communication.

Garland Beasley was recently named the Professional Writing Consultant at the UNLV Writing Center. He also presented at the Far West Popular Culture Association and the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conferences – and had an article accepted for publication in Gothic Nature.

Liz Grissom landed the role of Media Director at The Frontier Project, an organizational transformation company based in Richmond. She is helping companies share stories across their organizations and train their employees based on the latest brain science research on how we as humans learn. The content my team creates is in video, podcast, and written format.

Heather Fox accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English position at Eastern Kentucky University, to begin this fall. Other accolades for the past academic year include receiving the Leland Hawes Research Award at the University of South Florida. She co-organized, co-chaired, and presented on a panel: “Repurposing the Sentimental: Teaching Archives to Illumine the Use of a Literary Tradition to Engender Social Reform” at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists as well as co-organizing/chairing a roundtable: “Emerging Monographs: A Roundtable of Book Editors at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference.

Maria Hunley recently promoted to Federated Author within Capital One.

Kelley Libby is producing a podcast for With Good Reason in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier. As part of the public media program she started called UnMonumental, Kelley is working with the University of Richmond Race and Racism Project this summer to train five undergraduate fellows in radio/podcast production as they record oral histories of Black Alumni. Lastly, she just graduated from Leadership Quest 2018 (Leadership Metro Richmond).

Brian McTague chaired and hosted the 2018 Southeastern Writing Center Association conference, which saw 300 writing center professionals come to VCU Feb. 21-24. He also had his book with Joe Essid, Writing Centers at the Center of Change, accepted for publication by Routledge. Finally, Brian was asked to serve as a member of an external review committee for the William and Mary Writing Resource Center, for which he submitted a report making recommendations on how the WRC can grow in the future.

Emily Olsen moved to Saratoga Springs, NY after graduation and recently obtained a job as a Product Assistant at Cengage Learning, a textbook and educational content company.

Howard Owen continues to write and publish. His 16th novel, Annie's Bones (The Permanent Press), was published in April. The Associated Press reviewer called it a "stylishly written, sobering tale of suspicion, vengeance, injustice and a man's last, desperate chance for redemption."

Sheila Shedd’s book, Heart of Jet, was published this year and is available on Amazon. She also serves the editor and admin for WolfGang Anthologies, a new publishing house creating for charity collections. This proceed for year's anthology, Night of the Living Cure, will go to benefit the British nonprofit: CLIC Sargent, Cancer Charity for Children and Young People. The volume has 25 stories, including several Bram Stoker Award-winning authors and one New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry.

Courtney Sviatko was at UT Austin working for the Sanger Learning Center, but will be returning to VCU this August as a full time Instructor with the Department of Focused Inquiry.