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Spring 2001

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Matt Hokom was recently hired for a tenure track position at Fairmont State college in Fairmont, West Virginia. Although he was hired as a 19th century Americanist, Matt will be teaching a variety of courses from freshman composition to upper division literature, including Cather. He is a featured speaker at the upcoming Cather Spring Festival in Red Cloud.

Amy Ahearn is an associate professor in the English Department at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, where she teaches composition and literature. She currently is working with the Honors Program, teaching the Honors Humanities sequence for two years. In addition, Amy is responsible for creating the campus's new literary magazine, a 128-page publication of student writing that will appear at the beginning of May. Her article "Full-Blooded Writing and Journalistic Fictions: Naturalism, the Female Artist and Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark" appears in the Winter 2001 issue of American Literary Realism.

Chelsea Schlievert will graduate summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this May after completing work on her senior honors thesis, "Willa Cather: The Story of a Student of the Humanities." In it, she argued that Cather's experiences as a student at the University of Nebraska were for her an awakening that aided her in discovering herself as a writer and voice of the humanities for the plains. Chelsea presented her research at a number of scholarly forums across the Midwest, including the WCPM Spring Festival, and most recently before the Board of Regents in April. An excerpt was published in the interdisciplinary journal, Plains Song Review. This fall she will enter the Ph.D. program of American Studies at the University of Kansas where she has been awarded a Graduate Honors Fellowship and stipend to further her academic career.

Teaching Cather

The Department of English at Northwest Missouri State University is pleased to announce the publication of Teaching Cather, a biannual publication designed to encourage and assist those who teach the works of Willa Cather. Teaching Cather will present articles and information for teachers and those interested in teaching at all grade levels. Editors:
Steven Shively, Assistant Professor of English
Virgil Albertini, Emeritus Professor of English

Teaching Cather will be published twice each academic year, in the fall and the spring. The editors invite the submission of articles, notes, reviews, news items, and teaching ideas relevant to teaching the works of Willa Cather in middle schools, high school, college, or university classes.

Direct subscriptions, submissions and queries to: Steven Shively
Department of English
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO 64468
(660) 562-1566