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English Program Part Time Faculty

Talvikki Ansel [talvi3@yahoo.com] received her M.F.A in creative writing from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1993. She is the author of two books: Jetty & Other Poems (Zoo Press, 2003) and My Shining Archipelago (Yale University Press, 1997). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Crazyhorse, ZYZZYVA, and The Missouri Review, and her work appears in several anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000), The New Young American Poetry (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) and The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (Yale University Press, 1998). Ansel's work has been honored with the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Fellowship, and the prestigious Pushcart Prize. At the University of Rhode Island Ansel teaches Literatures of the World, Creative Writing: Poetry, The Short Story, and Introduction to Literary Genres: The Poem.

Elisabeth Ly Bell [Elisabeth_Bell@brown.edu]: is a German-born Visiting Scholar at Brown University's Literary Arts Program, with an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (A Voice of Disturbance - Robert Coover und Mythos). Her scholarship on Coover has been published in Delta and Critique; she has also reviewed Coover's works for American Book Reviewand The Brown Community Bulletin. The essay "Robert Coover and the Neverending Story of Pinocchio" in The Review of Contemporary Fiction (Spring 2012) was called "standout" by one reviewer. Other interests include American popular culture; the recent literature of Germany, France and Italy; film studies; contemporary theatre; postmodern architecture; the 1920s' arts and literature (Bauhaus and Dada). Bell has taught courses at URI, Rhode Island College, Curry College, Brown University's Summer School and Continuing Education programs: The Bible as Literature, the Short Story, Fiction into Film, Women in Film, Writing About Sports, The American Novel, Antebellum Literature & Culture, Literatures of the World, Introduction to Literature, and U.S. Literature I + II, Classic Fairy Tales Before the Grimms, Writing Workshop I, Contemporary Persian Storytelling, and Creation Myths. She also teaches Advanced German in URI's Languages Program and at the Wheeler School in Providence. In the Spring 2013 web issue 15 of FlashPoint, three of her essays have been republished as well as a new work, "Stepmother: Robert Coover's Metaphorical Toy Box: Aleatory – No, Relentlessly Ludic – Yes."

Darcie Dennigan [darciedennigan@gmail.com] is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse and Madame X. Her poems have won awards from Discovery/The Nation, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry at URI and at UConn.

Marilyn Perkins Donahue [marilyndonahue@cox.net] received her Ph.D from University of Rhode Island in 1993 with a dissertation titled "Housework Redone: The Representation of Domestic Work and Homemakers in American Literature and Film." She has presented on this subject at academic conferences in Southern Connecticut State College. At University of Rhode Island she teaches courses in American and British Literature and specific courses on American authors (Mark Twain, Flannery O'Conner, Kurt Vonnegut and Toni Morrison) and British authors (George Eliot and Thomas Hardy); she also teaches Postmodern and Contemporary Fiction, Modernism, Modern Drama, Modern Novel, Nonfiction: Autobiography, and The Poem. Donahue also teaches Composition and Literature at New English Institute of Technology.

Joseph R. Fargnoli [jfargnoli@mail.uri.edu] received his Ph.D. in English from University of Rhode Island and his M.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His poetry has been recognized with a Jule and Avery Hopwood Award for Creative Writing (1968) and has been published in The Newport Review, Kicking and Screaming, Readings from the Midwest Poetry Festival, and Northeast Journal. He has published scholarly articles and book reviews on Edmund Wilson as well as essays on the works of Herman Melville, Henry James and Sir Philip Sidney; he is also on the editorial board of American Transcendental Quarterly. Fargnoli has taught at Michigan State University, Providence College, and University of Alaska Southeast, and now teaches at Salve Regina University in addition to University of Rhode Island.

Benjamin Hagen [benjamin_hagen@my.uri.edu] received his Ph.D. in English from URI in 2012, following the defense of his dissertation, "Encounters with an Otherwise: On the Lookout with Woolf, Lawrence, Stevens, and Deleuze." He currently serves as the Coordinator of the English Program at URI Providence where he advises English majors and minors and also teaches courses in twentieth-century literature and critical theory. His work on Virginia Woolf has appeared in the journals Virginia Woolf Miscellany and Modernism/Modernity, and he has an article on the winter lyrics of Wallace Stevens forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature.

Robert Leuci [robertleuci@aol.com] retired from the New York City Police Department after twenty years of service to devote himself to creative writing and teaching. Leuci studied writing at the New School for Social Research, at Fordham, and at New York University. He has published six novels (four of which have been translated and published in Croatia, Italy, Spain, Germany, and France), as well as a number of short stories, magazine pieces, book reviews for the Providence Journal, a TV script and a radio play. His memoir All The Centurions was published by Harper Collins in 2004. Leuci is the recipient of a literary reward from the Rhode Island Center for the Arts. He has lectured on police ethics and undercover work at colleges, universities, and law schools, as well as for municipal and state police departments across the country, and the FBI's academy at Quantico, Virginia. He has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and at the University of Western Connecticut.

Kevin McLellan [kevinmc66@earthlink.net] is the author of the chapbooks Shoes on a wire (Split Oak, forthcoming) runner-up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in books and journals including: 2014 Poet's Market, American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Horse Less Review, Kenyon Review Online, Sixth Finch, Western Humanities Review, Witness and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA.

Christopher Mensel [cmensel@mail.uri.edu] studied English and Political Science at Williams College before graduating to Los Angeles and the film industry in 1987. He spent a number of years working as an assistant director, production coordinator, and producer on feature films, music videos, commercials, and industrials before deciding to put fingers to keyboard. He is currently a professional, published and produced screenwriter, and a former finalist for A.M.P.A.S. Nicholl Fellowship.

Kate Schapira [kjshapira@hotmail.com] received her MFA in Literary Arts/Poetry from Brown University in 2006. She has published numerous poems, two of which have been recognized by the Grolier Poetry Prize (2003); her story "Atwater" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her book Phoenix Memory was a finalist for the Action Books December Prize, and was published by horse less press in 2007; sections from another manuscript, The Another Notes, have appeared in Shampoo, Kulture Vulture, Word for / Word, No Tell Motel, and Combo. Schapira has taught English and creative writing at adult correctional institutions, Astor Home for Children, and Summerbridge San Francisco as well as at Brown University and Rhode Island College. At University of Rhode Island, she offers courses on Introduction to Literature, Literatures of the World, The Short Story, and the Poem as well as Beginning and Advanced Poetry Workshops.

Piotr Skuza [azoox@mail.uri.edu] is a Ph.D graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He has an M.A. in Linguistics from Lodz University, Poland (1994) and an MBA equivalent from Lyon University, France and Lodz University (1995). His essay "La Guerre d'Albanie n'a pas eu lieu: Media and Simulated American Presidency in Wag the Dog" was published in American Politics, Media, and Elections: International Perspectives (2005). Skuza has worked and taught in Poland and France as well as in Rhode Island. At the University of Rhode Island, he teaches survey courses in British and American Literature as well as courses on Latin Literature, The Short Story, and Film.

Scott Wade [skotwade@yahoo.com] is a Ph.D candidate at University of Rhode Island. He received his M.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002. Wade has served on the editorial board of Re:AL and The Myriad, and presented scholarly papers at URI's Graduate Student Conference and at Southern Conneticut State University. Intellectual interests include: American Literature, Latin American Literature, African American Literature, and Writing. Wade teaches in the Writing program and in the English program at University of Rhode Island.

Andrea L. Yates [ayates@mail.uri.edu] received her Ph.D in English Literature from University of Rhode Island with a dissertation titled "Riding the Hyphen: Derrida – Woolf." She has an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, VT (1999). Her essay "Disordered Identity: Woolf, Derrida, and the Problem of the 'I'" will be included in an edited collection titled Empire Building Yesterday and Today (2008); another essay, "Deviancy as a Way of Life: The Years as Critique" appeared in Virginia Woolf Miscellany in 2006; "Abandoning the Empirical: Repetition and Homosociality in Waiting for Godot" was published in Samuel Beckett Today/Samuel Beckett Aujord'hui No. 14 (2004). A recipient of The Alumni Association Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Douglas Ramos Research Fellowship, both from URI, Yates has presented papers on modern and postmodern literature and critical theory at national conferences and abroad. At University of Rhode Island, she offers courses 19th and 20th century British Literature, British, American and European modernism, trauma studies, and critical theory.