New Books by GW English Alumni

This week saw news about three new (or forthcoming) books by alumni of the GW English department. 

Witchita (Europa Editions), the debut novel by GW alumnus Thad Ziolkowski, a professor and Writing Center coordinator at the Pratt Institute, received a warm review in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. “Whereas you might begin the book drawn in by its sense of humor,” writes reviewer Natalie Bakopoulos, “its ending will unhinge you.” Add this to your summer reading list!

Teaching Law and Literature, co-edited by GW Ph.D. Cathrine O. Frank, was the featured title for April 2012 of the Modern Language Association, which published the book in its “Options for Teaching” series. The book is “a resource of teachers” interested in the field of law and literature, including teachers in law schools as well as liberal arts. 

Poet Angela Jackson is one of the artists at the center of Carmen Phelps’ new work.

 Finally, we look forward to the publication, in January 2013, of GW Ph.D. Carmen Phelps’s study Visionary Women Writers of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (University Press of Mississippi). An outgrowth of her dissertation, Phelps’s book examines the work of several women artists active in the Black Arts Movement in Chicago. Dr. Phelps is associate professor of African American literature and director of graduate studies in English at the University of Toledo.  

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