Publications

My academic publications include: a book, one referred journal article and a second currently under review, three book chapters, four book reviews, and a number of short articles and blog posts at a variety of venues. 

In September 2014, I completed Miracle and Mystery: A Guide to the Wade Hall Collection, a commissioned book-length guide to the Wade Hall Collection in the Division of Special Collections at the University of Alabama. The guide will include an intellectual biography of Wade Hall as well as a chapter each on his holdings in southern literature, books, music, manuscripts, photographs, and quilts. I look forward to this guide's forthcoming publication by New South Books in Spring 2015. Note: I have been informed as of May 2015 that this book will now be released in late 2016.

I have two referred journal articles. The first, forthcoming in 2016 through Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, is "Possessing an 'Inner History': Curators, Donors, and Affective Stewardship." The second is titled“The Perils of Literary Celebrity: The Archival Stories of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath,” and it was published in the second volume of the Ted Hughes Society Journal. I also contributed to a collaborative article on Lauren Cardon's exhibition project for her composition courses during Fall 2014 at the University of Alabama. In this piece, currently under evaluation, I represented the perspective of Special Collections. Emma Wilson and Muzel Chen discussed the contribution of the Alabama Digital Humanities Center. 

I have written three book chapters to date. I was the lead author on "The Changing and Expanding Library," a book chapter for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)'s tenth anniversary publication. I've also contributed to an article on outreach for K-12 audiences for Special Collections in Libraries: New Directions, previously titled The 21st Century Special Collections Reader, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Beth Whittaker, which is to be published Fall 2015. Additional authors on this piece included Lisa Crane, Melanie Meyers, Charlotte Priddle, and Abby Saunders. Finally, I co-wrote an article with Brooke Champagne titled "'A Certain Kind of Seduction': Integrating Archival Research into a First-Year Writing Curriculum." This article was published in Kate Theimer's Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections: Educational Programs through Rowman and Littlefield in April 2015. 

My book reviews include: Paper Knowledge in SHARP News; Trends in Rare Books and Documents Special Collections Management, 2013 Edition in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage; The Tower, The Traveler, and The Worm in Textual Cultures; and The Art and Life of Clarence Major in Callaloo

As I work within academic libraries, rather than in a traditional English department, my flexibility allows me to seek out public scholarship opportunities. I've written about the Kate Ragsdale Memorial Miniature Book Collection and the W.S. Hoole instruction program for The University of Alabama's Library Horizons: A Newsletter for the University Community. I discussed The Orgy for Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive. Additionally, I contributed "'More than a Common Occurrence': Lucille Clifton's Literary Collection on Display" and "Shadows of the Sun: Harry and Caresse Crosby's Black Sun Press," to  MARBL Magazine.

I also see maintaining academic blogs as an essential component of public scholarship. At UA, I served as the editor of Cool @ Hoole. At Emory, I contributed to the Robert W. Woodruff Library Blog, with posts including: “She Sang So Sweet: Lucille Clifton’s Children’s Literature,” “What Watches Me?: A Preview of the Upcoming Lucille Clifton Exhibit,” and “Writers: Yusef Komunyakaa.”

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