Writers Block

April 7, 2011 — Campus Highlights

Recently published books authored or edited by CLU faculty and alumni:

Pastels by Patricia Dickson (Patricia Swenson ’75, M.A.’79, M.S. ’84) is a compilation of haiku poems selected from four decades of the poet’s writings. In her foreword, Dickson writes, “As pastels are to the full spectrum of color, haiku can be to the myriad of poetry forms: a finite portion chosen to illuminate the infinite.” (Finishing Line Press, 2010)

Walking with Elihu: poems on Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith by Taylor Graham (Judith Taylor ’66 Graham) includes a short biography and 94 poems dealing with the life of a man who studied 50 languages while working the forge, struggled to promote peace in a time of Civil War, and served as Consular Agent at Birmingham, England, under President Lincoln. (Hot Pepper Press, 2010)

Artificial Neural Networks in Biological and Environmental Analysis by Grady Hanrahan (Chemistry) provides an in-depth and timely perspec-tive on the fundamental, technological and applied aspects of artificial neural networks. Presenting the basic principles of neural networks together with applications in the field, the book stimulates communication and partnership among scientists in fields as diverse as biology, chemistry, mathematics, medicine and environmental science. (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis LLC, 2011)

Tid Bits by Gina LaMonica (Adult Degree Evening Program) is an easy-to-read picture book of 26 healthy snacks for children. Parents can prepare these snacks in less than five minutes. With the childhood obesity epidemic on the rise, this is a must-read for all parents. (Summerland Publishing, 2010)

Underlying Premises by J.T. Ledbetter (English, emeritus) is set among the farms and small towns of the American Midwest. The poems describe, through the eyes of a child and the lens of memory, the complexities of sex, death and rural family life. (Lewis Clark Publishers, 2010)

Obie and the Open Door and Monkey in a Cage by Catherine Antolino Mervyn (M.A. ’76) consists of two thought-provoking short stories that highlight the importance of good friends. One story centers around a bird called Obie and his human friend Nellie. The other is about a monkey named Chucky who manages to escape from a cage built for him by a soldier who went to war and never came home. (RoseDog Books, 2010)

An Agreement with Hell by Dru Pagliassotti (Communication) is a paranormal horror story set on the grounds of a California college campus. In the divine struggle between good and evil, humans are hardly noticeable to the mal’akhim. But when an ancient seal is broken, beings from dimensions beyond the balance of holy and unholy erupt from the earth. Amidst the earthquakes and interdimensional intruders, the students and staff of California Hills University step across the boundaries of their knowledge and faith, revealing their true natures as the night erupts in earth and blood. (Apex Book Co., 2011)

Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre is edited by Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry and Dru Pagliassotti (Communication). “Boys’ love,” a male-male homoerotic genre written primarily by women for women, enjoys global popularity and is one of the most rapidly growing publishing niches in the United States. It is found in manga, anime, novels, movies, electronic games, and fan-created fiction, artwork and video. This collection of 14 essays addresses boys’ love as it has been received and modified by fans outside Japan as commodity, controversy and culture. (McFarland, 2010)

The American School Superintendent: 2010 Decennial Study by Theodore J. Kowalski,
Robert S. McCord, George J. Petersen (School of Education), I. Phillip Young and Noelle M. Ellerson offers a definitive look at the state of school leadership in the United States and provides a detailed picture of the men and women leading the nation’s schools, based on a
representative sample of school leaders nationwide. (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010)

Dutiful Daughters by Linda Lee Wheeler (T.C. ’86) tells the story of Noorah, a young woman in Saudi Arabia who is content with her life as a student surrounded by a loving family. But marriage awaits her beyond the walls of academia. And Noorah feels far from ready to leave home and start a family of her own. (Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc., 2010)

If We Dance edited by Joan Wines (English) is a collection of poems by seven women who were members of a poetry group formed and mentored by the late Jan Bowman (English, emerita). Following her death, the poets collected their work to have the book published in Bowman’s memory. The title, from a Shang Dynasty oracle bone inscription, expresses the poets’ invitation to dance with them in the magical world of words and images. In addition to Wines and Bowman, the book includes poems by Maggie Westland, Susan Corey (English, emerita), Kathryn Swanson (T.C. ’79, M.A. ’82), Marsha Markman (English, emerita) and Eileen McGrath. (Lutheran University Press, 2010)