Representatives from the William Carey University Department of Language and Literature attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association from January 23-24 at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Allison Chestnut, professor of language and literature, presented her essay titled “Looking for the Lost Boys: Changes in the World Literature Canon” and shared her creative poetry. Dr. Lorie Watkins, associate professor of language and literature, read an essay, “Around the State in Thirty Days: In Defense of the Scholarly Literary Pilgrimage,” chronicling her and Dr. Chestnut’s experiences teaching courses containing components of literary tourism.
Joining the professors in presentations were three Carey alumni. Susan Hammond, an instructor at Hinds Community College, read “David Wilson: Puddn’head” and “Doing the Right Thing Can Get a Man Killed, Threatened or Ten Years in Prison.” Deanna Roberts, an instructor at Meridian Community College, presented “Bringing Spoken Word Poetry into the Classroom,” and Ahrend Torrey, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Wilkes University, read original poetry from his recent chapbook, “On This Side of Things.”
Joseph Goss, a junior English major from Picayune, also presented an essay at the meeting titled “Reconciling Africa through White and Black Heritage.”
In addition to presenting at the meeting, Dr. Watkins also edits the philological association’s academic journal, POMPA. The journal publishes select conference papers each year.