University of Mississippi

Melissa Ginsburg


Melissa Ginsburg is a poet and novelist. She teaches creative writing workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as courses in American literature and poetry as literature. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Kenyon Review. She has worked in editorial positions for several literary magazines including Gulf Coast and Yalobusha Review.



MFA in Poetry, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa, 2005.

BA in English, University of Houston, 2002.


Teaching Interests

Experimental Lyric Poetry

Feminist Noir

Contemporary Poetry

American Literature since the Civil War


Selected Publications

Sunset City, Ecco Books, 2016. Novel.

Dear Weather Ghost, Four Way Books, 2013. Poetry collection.

Double Blind, Dancing Girl Press, December 2015. Poetry chapbook.

Arbor, New Michigan Press, 2007. Poetry chapbook.


Honors and Awards

Ucross Artists Residency, 2014.

Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, 2012.

Iowa Arts Fellowship, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2003-2005.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Brevity, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and the Best American Poetry anthology. Her honors include the Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For fifteen years, she taught at State University of New York at Fredonia. She was the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program and has twice served as a faculty member for Kundiman, the Asian American writers’ retreat. She serves as poetry editor for Orion Magazine.
•   M.F.A., English, The Ohio State University (poetry & creative non-fiction), 2000.
•   B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1996
Teaching and Research Interests:
•   poetry writing
•   creative non-fiction writing
•   environmental literature
•   nature writing
•   Asian American literature
•   contemporary poetry
•   World of Wonder [essays] (Milkweed Editions, 2018)
•   Oceanic [poems] (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
•   Lace & Pyrite [poetry chapbook w/ Ross Gay] (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
•   Lucky Fish [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2011)
•   At the Drive-in Volcano [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2007)
•   Miracle Fruit [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2003)


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Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in representations of cultural belonging, nationalism, and injustice in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian literature. Her book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930, examines how turn-of-the-century Indian writers including Bankim Chattopadhyay, Kali Kumar Sinha, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, and Rabindranath Tagore negotiated the emerging understanding of India as the mythic Hindu space Bharat and how their particular deployments of the novel perpetuated or contested this cultural imagining. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British philosophies of empire and imperial literatures, theory of the novel, trauma studies, critical race theory, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature, and global literatures of protest and resistance.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English, 2016
  • M.A., University of Michigan, English Language and Literature, 2009
  • M.A., University of Michigan, South Asian Studies, 2009
  • B.A., Emory University, English and Political Science, summa cum laude, 2004

 Teaching and Research Interests

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures
  • The Colonial and Postcolonial Indian Novel
  • British Political Philosophy and Philosophies on Empire
  • Theory of the Novel (particularly the historical novel)
  • South Asian Diasporic Literature
  • Global Literatures of Protest and Resistance

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Postcolonial Studies (Spring 2018)
  • Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature (Spring 2018)
  • Writing Empire (Fall 2017)
  • World Literature Since 1650 (Fall 2017)
  • Narrative Across Cultures (Spring 2017)
  • The Novel and Postcolonialism (Spring 2017)
  • World Literature Since 1650 (Fall 2016)

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Fall 2017 Office Hours: T/Th 11-12pm

Matthew Brown, Associate Professor of English and the University of Iowa Center for the Book, will be giving the keynote for the “Early American Materialities” symposium on Thursday, May 5 in Bondurant Auditorium

The symposium, sponsored by the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and the Department of English, culminates the hard work of my graduate students this semester. They will be giving conference length versions of their final projects (critical and creative) from noon to 4:30 in the Hannah-Ford Room of Bondurant Hall.  While anyone is welcome to attend their papers, the keynote, Brown’s talk, will begin at 5 pm in the Bondurant auditorium. Below is poster for Brown’s talk, “A Phenomenology of the Reading Room: Data, Post-Criticism, and the British American Printshop.”


English Education major, Heather Williams, elected Associated Student Representative for the southern region of Sigma Tau Delta

HWilliamsThis March Heather Williams, a senior English Education major at the University of Mississippi, attended the  national conference of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, where she was elected  Associated Student Representative for the Southern Region.  Heather currently serves as the Vice President of her chapter, Eta Nu, and will become President in May 2016. She is a transfer student from Bevill State Community College in Jasper, AL, where she was involved in Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), The English Honor Society Two-Year Colleges. She also is published in SKD’s 2014 literary journal, The Hedera helix. Besides Sigma Tau Delta, Heather also is involved in other leadership roles including the Transfer Leadership Organization and 1+1 Transfer Student Program, both of which help make the transition into university life easier for transfer students. When not reading or writing, Heather enjoys playing the guitar and loves putting music to her poetry. Her favorite literature genre is Southern literature, and her favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Winners of 2016 Creative Writing Awards Announced!

Evans Harrington Scholarship:  Victoria Collins
Ella Somerville Award for Poetry:  Devin Kerr Pitts
Ella Somerville Award for Fiction:  Charles McCrory
Bondurant Prize for Poetry:  Shertock Lama
Bondurant Prize for Fiction:  David Tran
Congratulations to our winners!

The Forty-Fourth James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance: “Demonic Possession and the Theater in Early Modern England” by Brian Levack. April 12th at 6p.m. Bondurant Auditorium

Levack photoBrian Levack grew up in a family of teachers in the New York metropolitan area. From his father, a professor of French history, he acquired a love for studying the past, and he knew from an early age that he too would become a historian. He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1970. In graduate school he became fascinated by the history of the law and the interaction between law and politics, interests that he has maintained throughout his career. In 1969 he joined the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, where he is now the John E. Green Regents Professor in History. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. For eight years he served as the chair of his department. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641:A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (1987); The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (4th edition, 2016), which has been translated into eight languages; Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion  (2008); and The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West (2013). He has also edited twenty books, including The Jacobean Union: Six Tracts of 1604 (1985); The Witchcraft Sourcebook (2004; 2nd edition 2015); and The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (2013).

The lecture will take place on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. April 11, 2016 Ford Center for the Performing Arts 6:30 p.m. Opening Remarks 7:00 p.m. The History of Shakespeare’s Text

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Workers Discover Smokestack and Railwork Where William Faulkner Composed *As I Lay Dying*

On Tuesday, March 22, workers at the University of Mississippi excavated the brick foundation for the smokestack structure originally located just to the west of the 1908 power plant building where William Faulkner composed As I Lay Dying in the fall of 1929.  The brickwork was discovered upon removal of a concrete pad that had in recent years supported a large HVAC unit serving the building.  Other excavation work linked to the demolition of the power plant building has uncovered fifteen feet of the iron railwork originally laid for the railroad cars that once transported coal to the plant’s steam-powered electrical generator.

Graduate Student Fellowships, Funding, and Financial Aid

The standard Ph.D. funding package in the English Department includes tuition remission, subsidized health insurance, and a teaching fellowship of $11,500/yr in exchange for work as a teaching assistant or instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

In addition, the department and the Graduate School offer several supplementary fellowships. All multiyear awards assume student remains in good academic standing.

The Colby Kullman Fellowships offers an additional $3,750/yr for a term of 5 years to particularly strong Ph.D. applicants.

The Harold J. Kendis, Ph.D. Fellowship offers an additional $4,250/yr for a term of 5 years. One Kendis Fellowship is reserved for a Ph.D. applicant who wishes to specialize in Medieval Studies.

Honors Fellowships supported by the Graduate School provide additional funding to select students ranging from $2,000/yr to $4,000/yr, typically for a term of 4 years.

Diversity Fellowships are supported in part by funding from the Graduate School and provide up to $7,000/yr to students who are members of minority groups (African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American) historically underrepresented in graduate programs.

Nonteaching Dissertation Fellowships are designed to exempt graduate students from normal teaching duties in order to speed the completion and defense of their dissertations. A one-year fellowship of $11,000 is offered by the English department to a student in his/her final year of funding. The Graduate School also provides one-semester nonteaching dissertation fellowships of $6,000. More information on the Graduate School Dissertation fellowship and financial aid in general can be found here.

Travel Grants provided by the graduate school provide up to $300 to enable graduate students to present original research at professional conferences. The English Department also keeps a limited budget to support graduate student travel to conferences and research collections. In recent years graduate students have attended national conferences and pursued individual research as far afield as Wales and Vietnam. For more information see For information on securing a matching grant from the English Department, contact Anne Freeman.

Summer Teaching provides an source of supplemental income. Requests for summer teaching are available here.