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Happy ‘pub’ days: Early and Saidy, Morgan, Nilsen and Nilsen


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Five Department of English faculty members are launching three new books: a discussion of girls and science writing, a collection of sensual poetry, and an introductory text for humor studies.


Creating Literacy Communities as Pathways to Student Success: Equity and Access for Latina Students in STEM (Routledge, 2018)

Jessica Singer Early and Christina Saidy present findings from their Girls Writing Science project. From the publisher:

Creating Literacy Communities as Pathways to Student Success offers a model for using literacy as a pathway for secondary students to explore fields from which they are often systematically excluded. In particular, this volume demonstrates how access for young Latina students to STEM related fields can be bolstered through engagement with mentors in writing and reading programs. Written for pre- and in-service teachers, as well as scholars across disciplines, this book aims to re-conceptualize the ways in which writing can best serve ethnically and linguistically diverse students, especially girls.

Early is associate professor in the Department of English at ASU, where she directs the English Education Program. She is a scholar of secondary literacy and directs the Central Arizona Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project.

Saidy is associate professor in the Department of English (English education) at ASU. Her research focuses on writing and writing transitions with secondary students, teachers in professional development groups, and students entering college.


Feeling upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018)

Saretta Morgan’s sensual poetry collection plays with metaphysics. From the publisher:

Inspired by the potential of space to order experiences of time and desire, the language of the poetry in "Feeling Upon Arrival" turns between orienting device and sensual index. Characters emerge and disperse as gestures across a queered and somatic geography in pursuit of the bodies that present landscapes deny.

Morgan is a faculty associate in the Department of English at ASU, where she teaches poetry.


The Language of Humor: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Humor studies pioneers Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L.F. Nilsen explore “funny” through a broad array of disciplines. From the publisher:

Much of today's communication is carried out through various kinds of humor, and we therefore need to be able to understand its many aspects. Here, two of the world's leading pioneers in humor studies, Alleen and Don Nilsen, explore how humor can be explained across the numerous sub-disciplines of linguistics. Drawing on examples from language play and jokes in a range of real-life contexts, such as art, business, marketing, comedy, creative writing, science, journalism and politics, the authors use their own theory of 'Features, functions and subjects of Humor' to analyze humor across all disciplines. Each highly accessible chapter uses a rich array of examples to stimulate discussion and interaction even in large classes. Supplemental PowerPoints to accompany each of the 25 chapters are available online, taking many of the insights from the chapters for further interactional discussions with students.

Alleen Nilsen is professor emeritus in the Department of English at ASU, where she was formerly the director of its English Education Program, supervising student teachers and conducting classes dealing with young adult literature.

Don Nilsen is professor emeritus in the Department of English (linguistics) at ASU. His areas of specialization are semantics, pragmatics, and discourse theory. With Alleen Nilsen, he co-founded the International Society for Humor Studies.