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Faculty Publications



  • Produced and annotated the Smithsonian Folkways compact disc, “Classic Sounds of New Orleans”, which was released on 07/27/2010, and gave a lecture on the project at the Satchmo Summerfest, commemorating Louis Armstrong’s birthday in New Orleans.
  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 05/06/2010: "Frederick Douglass: A Voice Ringing Over the Gale!"
  • 02/11/2010 – 02/15/2010: Baton Rouge, LA; presented a paper at the National Association of African-American Studies Conference


2010-11 Faculty Research & Development Grants

  • "Canons of Victimization in Nuruddin Farah's Blood of the Sun Triology."


  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 09/23/2010: "Okonkwo's Ezinma, Beauty to Behold"
  • 03/10/2010 – 03/14/2010: presented a paper at the African Literature Association Conference



  • 03/31/2010 – 04/05/2010: presented a paper entitled, “Aurality and Literacy: Poetry, Writing, and Voice in the Age of Technological Reproduction”, and participated in seminar discussions at the American Comparative Literature Associations 2010 Convention in New Orleans, LA.
  • Has 2 scholarly reviews accepted for publication:
    • “To Hear More Brightly the Contriving Chords: Sound of Poetry/Poetry of Sound”, edited by Craig Dworkin and Majorie Perloff and “Singular Examples” by Tyrus Miller in Contemporary Literature from University of Wisconsin Press
    • “(Re)Sounding Silence: There’s No Such Thing as Silence: John Cages’ 4’33” “ by Kyle Gann, Yale Review in Modernism/Modernity from Johns Hopkins University Press


2011 Publications:

  • “The Fifth Way of Wearing Vermillion” in SmokeLong Quarterly
  • “Heat” and “Once, in a Yellow Wood” in Poemeleon, vol. 5, issue 2
  • “sorrow is as joy disguised” in Chiron Review, issue #96, Autumn
  • “She Who Invites” in Ginosko Literary Journal, #10
  • "Frequencies Below Those of Visible Light" in Slipstream 31
  • “Empty Hand” in postcard, Lantern Review
  • “Abducted from the Keats” in The Broome Review, No. 4
  • “You’re Nothing If I Don’t Believe” in Gargoyle Magazine, #57
  • “The Approximate Wall” and “Self-Portrait, 1965” in phati'tude Literary Magazine
  • the haiku “see how the petals” in Pirene’s Fountain, vol. 4, issue 9
  • “She Who Listens to Puccini”
  • “The Great Katana”
  • “Moon on the Water” in Prime Number, 7.3 “bonsai”
  • “Sin-Eaters” in The Evansville Review, vol. XXI
  • “Translation.2” (forthcoming) in Platte Valley Review, Vol. 31, No. 1
  • “The Approximate Wall” and “Self-Portrair, 1965” in phati'tude Literary Magazine
  • “You’re Nothing If I Don’t Believe” in Gargoyle Magazine
  • “The Homecoming” in Poetry Northwest
  • “Abducted from the Keats” in The Broome Review “bonsai”
  • "The iron's heat involves me" and "Sleep of Stones" (forthcoming) in Cave Wall
  • “Che Guevara’s Fingers” in Mayday
  • “Sandy Point,” in The Gunpowder Review
  • “Dear Dust” in Swink
  • “Diamond Life” in Harpur Palate
  • “The Knowledge of Roses” in Now Culture
  • "Against Metal";
  • "As Myself";
  • "Building Fires";
  • Section introduction in the Maryland Writers' Association Anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire
  • “The Persistence of Memory” in Lake Effect, vol. 15 Spring
  • “The Love Artist” in Lantern Review
  • "Why I weep for six white handkerchiefs" in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, vol. 12:1, Winter

2010 Publications to date:

  • “Oh, Cisco” in The Dos Passos Review, vol. 7, no. 1
  • “Double, Double” in Natural Bridge, No. 23, Spring
  • “Building Fires” in Anderbo.com
  • “Earthquake, Thunder, Fire, Father” and “Original Child” in Two Review
  • “Teenage Ninja Geisha” in Cimarron Review
  • “Hide the daughters, hide the rice” in Witness, Vol. XXIII
  • "Aubade,” "Incident At Myth's End,” "The Great Tortoise of Ray’s Sports Tavern,” and "Matters and Mask" in Superstition Review, January
  • “Fame” in Prune Juice, Issue 3, Winter
  • “Sandy Point” in the Gunpowder Review
  • “Dear Dust” in Swink, October 2010 issue
  • “Diamond Life” in Harpur Palate, Vol. 10, Issue I
  • “The Knowledge of Roses” in Now Culture
  • “Oh Cisco” in The Dos Passos Review, Vol. 7, No. 1
  • In the Baltimore Review, published interview with Maryland poet Laureate Stanley Plumly and “The Witnessing ‘i’ “, an essay on Lucille Clifton
  • “The Girl Who Loved Mothra”, Finishing Line Press


  • Finalist 2011 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry
  • Poem - "A Congress of Monsters" was selected to be included in the current exhibition of work from the Mid Atlantic Artist Registry, an online exhibition of poetry entitled On Both Sides of Our Front Door. Don Share, Senior Editor of Poetry Magazine, created this exhibition. The video can be found at: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/maar/exhibitions_poetry.html
  • Spotlight Author: Featured interview in Write From Wrong Literary Magazine July 14, 2010 Link: http://writefromwrong.com/


  • Free Fall, Oct. 15,
    Minas Gallery, Hampden, MD
  • Workshop on the Persona in Poetry with editors of The Baltimore Review
  • Panelist: Baltimore Book Festival, Sat., Sept. 24, 12:30-1:30
    At 12:30 PM, Little Patuxent Review is sponsoring a panel discussion: Poets for Social Justice. Dr. Kathleen Hellen is on the panel, along with Dr. Tony Medina and an editor from Tidal Basin Review, and others
    Both events are part of 100,000 Poets for Change -- a grass-roots poetry happening that will be going on worldwide on 9/24.
  • August 17, 2011 Editors' Panel,
    Maryland Writers' Association, Annapolis, MD
  • August 13, 2011
    Minas Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • July 13, 2011 Poets in Preston reading
    Preston Gardens, downtown Baltimore, MD
  • May 26, 2011 MWA-anthology-related reading in the 2011 OneTree Poetry Events series
    Carroll Country Art Center in Westminster, MD
  • May 26, 6:30 PM Reading
    Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster
  • April 16 Panelist at Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing
    Writing Ethnicity Panel discussion: Susan Muaddi-Darraj, Lalita Noronha, Shiori (Kathleen Hellen), Eugenia Kim, and Marita Golden

    JHU ( at the Washington DC campus)
  • Feb. 27 Reading
    Bethesda Writers Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Book launch at the Pratt Central, Poe Room, 01/05/2011, 6:30 p.m.
  • Hamilton Arts Gallery, 12/18/2010, 7:30 p.m.
    5502 Harford Rd.
  • Baltimore Ethical Society, 12/12/2010
    306 W. Franklin, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Baltimore Book Festival with “Making Our Voices Heard”, 09/26/2010, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Baltimore Book Festival with poets from the Beltway Quarterly, 09/24/2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Second Wednesdays at the Village Learning Place
    Salad and Smoothie Social. August 11, 2010
    2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD
    at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Hamilton Arts Gallery, July 17, 2010
    5502 Harford Rd.



  • presented “The Things That Never Leave Me: Trauma, Narrative, and Community in Garth Ennis’ Battlefields: Dear Billy” at the annual conference of the Mid Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association in Alexandria, VA (November 2010). Chaired panels at the same conference on Comics, Graphic Novels, and War; Trauma and the Body in Tim O’Brien and Maxine Hong Kingston; and Iraq War movies and Alternate History.
  • Presented a paper, 09/18/2010 – 09/19/2010, at the 2010 War, Literature, and the Arts Conference at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The paper was entitled, “24, Tom Clancy, and the Language of Autocracy.”
  • 04/07/2010 – 04/11/2010: participated as an invited roundtable member on “Theorizing the Contemporary in American Literature” at the 2010 Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association, Montreal, Quebec



  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 03/25/2010: “Aristotle and the Presocratics”



  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 11/18/2010: “ "Bound" for Freedom: The Journey of Three Souls: Faust/Gretchen, Raskolnikov, Bigger Thomas”
  • June 2010 – participated as an AP-ENGL LIT (Advanced Placement English Literature) test scorer for ETS in Louisville, KY. Has done so for a number of years.


2010-11 Faculty Research & Development Grants

  • “Dear My English Instructor: How Can You Help Me Learn How to Write Effectively without Doing away with My Addiction to Text Messaging and Twittering?” Digitizing Phrases and Functional Linguistic Features for Freshman English Composition Online Teaching.”


  • Nominated for this year's FITC Mini-Grant to research the Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning


2010-11 Faculty Research & Development Grants

  • “Performance as Literary Criticism: Excerpts from an Innovative Research “Product”.


  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 12/09/2010: “CRIB: The Birth and Growth of a Metaphor for Translation”
  • 10/05/2010 – 10/12/2010: planned Study Abroad courses, Morocco



  • 11/03/2010 – 11/07/2010: 49th Annual International Conference of the Society for Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy, Montreal, Canada; moderated an international panel on the work of Gilbert Simondon



  • Invited participant and panel chair, “Think Not that I am the Thing I Was: Reviewing the Status of the Anti-Oxfordian Discourse,” 13th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Concordia University, Sept. 6-9.
  • “God’s Arithmeticke: Francis Meres and the Shakespearean Question” (reading from chapter 26 of book project, “By Every Word”: A Spiritual Biography of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford), 13th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Concordia University, Sept. 6-9.
  • “Revisiting the Edward de Vere Geneva Bible,” Annual Joint Conference of the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society, October 13-16, 2011, Washington DC.
  • Invited participant, Globe Theatre screening of Last Will and Testament, with Mark Rylance, Sir Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave, William Leahy, Diana Price, and Charles Beauclerk. Sunday, November 27, 2011. Sponsored by the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and Brunel University.
  • Delivered a paper, “What is the Correct Composition Order of the texts (Q1, Q2, and F) of Hamlet?” Ashland Shakespeare Authorship Conference, September 16-21, 2010.
  • 04/15/2010 – 04/20/2010: attended and participated n the 14th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Portland, OR
  • “Where in the World?” Geography and Irony in Shakespeare’s Tempest, 13th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, Concordia University, April 17-19, 2009.
  • “Triangular Numbers in Henry Peacham’s Minerva Britanna: A Study in Concealed Literary Form,” Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, April 2-4, 2009.


  • Shifting the centre of gravity of the Falstaffiad: The advantage of an early date for The Merry Wives of Windsor, » forthcoming, Cahiers Élisabéthains, Fall 2011.
  • “O Brave New World: The Tempest and Peter Martyr’s De Orbe Novo” (with Lynne Kositsky), Critical Survey 21:2 (fall 2009), 7-42.
  • “The Tortured Signifier: Satire, Censorship, and the Textual History of Troilus and Cressida,” Critical Survey 21:2 (fall 2009), 60-82.
  • "Who was William Shakespeare? We propose he was Edward de Vere" The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 32: 2 (2009)?, 132-142.
  • “Shakespeare’s Ecclesiasticus 28.2-5: A Biblical Source for Ariel’s Doctrine of Mercy,” Notes and Queries, 56:1 (March 2009), 67-70.
  • “A Moveable Feast: The Liturgical Symbolism and Design of The Tempest” (with Lynne Kositsky), 2010, The Shakespeare Yearbook.
  • “Spenser’s ‘Perfect Pattern of a Poet’ and the 17th Earl of Oxford,” Cahiers Élisabéthains 77 (Spring 2010) 1-14.
  • “Comparison of Historical Documents for Writership,” Proceedings Document Recognition and Retrieval XVII. Edited by Likforman-Sulem, Laurence; Agam, Gady. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 7534, pp. 75340P-75340P-9 (2010). With Gregory R. Ball, Danjun Pu, and Sargur N. Srihari.
  • Edited Volume II, Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies (published October 2010), http://www.briefchronicles.com for which he serves as General Editor.



  • March 19-20, 2011. Ralph Stevens organized, and participated in, a poetry writing workshop taught by Rick Benjamin of Brown University and Goddard College, and author of Passing Love.
  • July 2010 – helped organize, and participated in, a poetry writing workshop led by poet Rick Benjamin
  • Completed the Peer Reviewer Certification course offered by Quality Matters, and is now registered with Quality Matters as a certified reviewer for online courses
  • Education as Becoming: A Philosophy of Teaching.” In Philosophy of Teaching Statements: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement. A Faculty Focus Special Report. Magna Publications, May, 2009.


  • “All Hallows Eve.” The Lyric, Volume 90 Number 4, Fall 2010
  • “Rubrics.” The Christian Century 20 Apr. 2010: 28



  • 10/11/2010 – 10/14/2010: The American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education, West VA Regional Leadership Forum
  • May 2010: Conflict Mediation in Higher Education Conference, West VA University


2010-11 Faculty Research & Development Grants

  • "Framing Blackness: The Construction of Literacy and Cultural Identity Using Film."
    Development of International Programs’ Grant: Kokavah Zauditu-Selassie: Senegal


  • Awarded the NEH Summer Institute to Study at Johns Hopkins University this summer in a 5-week Institute titled, "Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760 - 1888 Baltimore, MD: June 27 – July 29 led by Ben Vinson III, Johns Hopkins University, Stewart King, Mt. Angel Seminary, and Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester. The project examines the use of African traditional religions in armed resistance, uprisings, and rebellions.
  • Submitted a chapter titled, “Sittin’ on Grandma’s Lap: Storying and Spiritual Subjectivity in the Novels of Toni Morrison”, for a new collection of literary essays on Toni Morrison titled, “Texts and Contexts” to be published by Penguin
  • 11/01/2010 – 11/08/2010: Toni Morrison Society Biennial Conference, Paris, France; presented a paper entitled, “Tilling the Pan African Landscape: An Examination of Negritude Contours in Morrison’s Black Art” awarded the Toni Morrison Society's 2010 Book Prize for Best Authored Book for her recent publication, African Spiritual Tradition in the Novels of Toni Morrison, University Press of Florida, 2009.
  • Charles Pryor Lecture Series, 10/28/2010: “Tilling the Pan African Landscape: An Examination of Negritude Contours in Morrison’s Black Art”



  • 10/28/2010 – 10/30/2010: Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference; chaired two panel discussions, (1) “The Mysterious, Persistent Presence of Religion within Nations and Cultures”, (2) “The Alarming Yet Alluring Images of Apocalypse”; also presented a paper entitled, “Comics and the Weaponized Human”