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Faculty and Instructors

Elisabeth Ly Bell [Elisabeth_Bell@brown.edu] is a Visiting Scholar at Brown University's Literary Arts Program, working on her PhD for the Free University Berlin, Germany.  Her thesis is on the use of myth in the writings of Robert Coover. She has studied at University of Würzburg, Germany, the Free University of Berlin, and the University of Texas at Austin where she received an M.A. in American Studies in 1980. Her scholarship on Coover has been published in Delta and Critique; she has also reviewed Coover's works for American Book Review and The Brown Community Bulletin. 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). At the University of Rhode Island Bell teaches courses on The Bible as Literature, the Short Story, Fiction into Film, World Literature, Introduction to Literature, and U.S. Literature I + II. She also teaches German in URI's Languages Program and at the Wheeler School in Providence.

David Ben-Merre [d_ben_merre@hotmail.com] is a Ph.D candidate at Brown University. His dissertation is titled "Metalepsis and Modernist Poetics." He has an M.A. in English from Brown University (2004) and another from the Department of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University (2001). His essay "Reading Hebrew Melodies: Lord Byron, Isaac Nathan, and Jewish Orientalism" appeared in Shofar. Ben-Merre has presented his work on Joyce at University College Dublin; he has offered courses on The Modern Tradition, James Joyce, and Contemporary Literature and Culture at Brown University. He teaches British Literature at University of Rhode Island.

Tamara E. Bolotow [tamarabol@mail.uri.edu] received her M.A. in English Literature at Simmons College, Boston in 1981. She teaches courses on Introduction to Literature, The Short Story, Principles of Literary Study, Critical Methods in Literary Study as well as Introductory and Advanced Writing courses. She also co-ordinates the Academic Skills Center at URI/CCE, providing tutorial services in a range of disciplines including writing, math, foreign languages, and computers. The Academic Skills Center also provides services for students with learning, physical, and psychological disabilities and for students for whom English is a second language.

Rosendo Evora Brito [evrad1@yahoo.com] received his Ph.D from University of Rhode Island, specializing in 19th Century British Literature, and his M.A. from Brown University where he specialized in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He has published a novel (The Wild Rain) and two books of poetry (The Hesperides and I; Flight of Swallows); his poetry has also appeared in The Providence Sunday Journal, The Boston Globe, The Portuguese Times, The Cape Verdean Times, The Portuguese American, The Archipelago, as well as in two anthologies: Across the Atlantic: Anthology of African Writers (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) and The Olney Street Anthology (a local group of Rhode Island poets and fiction writers). He has worked with UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde to devise a program for the implementation for Higher Education in Cape Verde, and has been active in the promotion of democracy in Cape Verde and elsewhere.  At University of Rhode Island, Brito teaches courses on Greek and Roman Drama and The Epic.

Walter Cane received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1966, and his M.A., also from Vanderbilt, in 1963. He specializes in Shakespeare studies – namely the second tetralogy’s dependence on the moral play tradition in history and in the popular theater. After retiring from the position of Associate Professor at University of Rhode Island, he continues to teach as emeritus faculty at Feinstein Campus. His teaching interests include Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, as well as the Medieval and Renaissance Periods and Romantic poetry; he also teaches survey courses in British Literature and courses on Greek and Roman Drama.

Vickie A. Carr [vickie_carr@mail.uri.edu] received her M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 1982. She has worked as an editor and a reporter for numerous publications in New England. Her work at The Chronicle received a New England Press Award for Transportation/Commuter Reporting in 2000, and her work as a freelance writer for National Public Radio has also been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award (2005). Carr’s fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, South Dakota Review, Whiskey Island, and Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, and she is currently working on a Young Adult novel. She teaches courses in Creative Writing, The Short Story, and Introduction to Literature at University of Rhode Island.

Milton Coykendall [MiltonJava@cox.net] has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University. His film, Borderline, was selected to appear at the in the 2006 Los Angeles Short Film Festival; his play Hunger received a 1997 Outer Critics' Circle Award. Coykendall has directed plays in New York City, Chicago and New England. In addition to teaching acting in low income neighborhoods in Chicago and teaching playwriting to mentally ill adults in Cambridge (in which he was supported by a Chicago Neighborhood Arts Grant and a grant from Cambridge, MA), he has taught at Emerson College in Boston, the Playwrights' Center of Chicago, and the Gene Frankel Theatre in NYC. He teaches creative writing and screenwriting at University of Rhode Island.

Jerry DeSchepper [shep@uri.edu] received his Ph.D in Comparative Arts from Ohio University in 1974, and his M.A. in Art History from University of Iowa in 1966. He directed the Film Media Program at URI for six years, during which time he co-directed Visualizations, the Student Film Festival of URI's College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as Associate Dean of URI's Providence Campus and as Director of Academic Planning at URI College of Continuing Education. DeSchepper has presented academic papers on film and on continuing education. His teaching interests include courses in Film Media, Art History and English. 

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.

Angel Green [agre3040@postoffice.uri.edu] received her Ph.D in English from University of Rhode Island in 2001, and her M.A. from University of Rhode Island in 1997. She has published short stories in URI Review, Potomac Review, and African American Review. While at URI, she received multiple awards, including URI English Department's Creative Nonfiction Award (1999), the Nancy Potter Short Story Award (2000), and a URI Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2000). Her teaching was recognized with a Women's Center Students' Choice/Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. Green teaches in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the Providence Campus as well as in the English Program; she is also active in URI's Talent Development Program, preparing prospective freshmen students for college-level performance.

Keri Holt [Kerin_Holt@brown.edu] is a Ph.D candidate at Brown University. She specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, literatures of encounter and exploration, postcolonial theory, and narrative theory. She has presented on these topics at the Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference in 2005 and 2007, and has taught courses on "1701-2001, A Space Odyssey" and "Close Encounters of the American Kind" at Brown University. At University of Rhode Island, Holt offers courses in American Literature. She also teaches at Providence College.

Joanna Howard [Joanna_Howard@brown.edu] received her Ph.D from University of Denver in 2004 with a dissertation titled "Some Steps," and her MFA from Bowling Green State University (1999). She has published numerous stories and prose poems, some of which were reprinted in anthologies (Prose Poem/Flash Fiction: An Anthology, New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills). Her chapbook, In the Colorless Round, is forthcoming from Noemi Press. Her scholarly publications include a co-authored essay on Ann Quin in Review of Contemporary Fiction, and book reviews in Review of Contemporary Fiction and elsewhere. Howard teaches fiction workshops at Brown University in addition to University of Rhode Island.

Kenneth Jolicoeur [ken@etal.uri.edu] received his M.A. in English from Rhode Island College in 1982 with a thesis titled "The Relationship Between Imagery and Characterization in Selected Conrad Novels."  At University of Rhode Island, he teaches Introduction to Literature, College Writing, and Business Writing, and he serves as an advisor at Feinstein Campus, providing information about courses and programs of study to URI/CCE students and potential students. His dedication to the success of his students and advisees was recognized in 2005 with a Dr. Gilbert Mongeau Award and in 2002 with an Award of Appreciation (from the Student Government Board at URI/CCE). Jolicoeur also teaches at Rhode Island College.

Kathryn Kulpa [kathrynka@yahoo.com] received her M.A. in English Literature from Brown University, and her M.L.I.S (Master of Library and Information Studies) from University of Rhode Island. She is the author of Pleasant Drugs, a collection of short stories published by Mid-List Press (2005), which was awarded the First Series Award in Short Fiction; other published fiction has been recognized with Flashquake's Editor's Choice Award in Flash Fiction, The Bridport Arts Centre Supplementary Award, the Florida Review Editor's Award, and repeated nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Kulpa is the editor-in-chief of the Newport Review, a Rhode Island-based electronic journal of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and she has taught adult fiction writing workshops and creative writing workshops for middle and high school students throughout New England. At the University of Rhode Island, she teaches undergraduate courses in literature and creative writing, from introductory core courses to upper-division electives. She is also reference department head at Fall River Public Library.

Alexia Kosmider [akosmo@etal.uri.edu] received her Ph.D in English from University of Rhode Island in 1994. She also holds an M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University (1994) and in American Studies from University of New Mexico (1983). She is the author of Tricky Tribal Discourse: The Poetry, Short Stories, and Fus Fixico Letters of Creek Writer Alex Posy (University of Idaho Press, 1998) and is currently working on another book on the short stories of Cherokee Writer Ora Eddleman Reed. Her scholarship has been published in American Transcendentalist Quarterly, MELUS, Literature and Psychology, and in an edited collection on Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century Multicultural U.S. Literature (1994). Her scholarship and fieldwork have been awarded funding from the Fulbright Program, the Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research, and Brown University. At University of Rhode Island, Kosmider teaches a range of courses in American Literature as well as specific courses on Native American Literature, African American Literature, Women Writers, Novels of the Americas, and Literary Criticism. She also teaches at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).

Scott Levine [scottlevine@cox.net] received his M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked as a publicist for several feature films, including Underdog (2006), which is set in Providence. His professional experience includes directing publicity efforts for Hollywood studios Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox as well as for programs at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago. Levine has published essays on contemporary and classic American and international movie stars as well as numerous film reviews and an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. He teaches courses in film history and criticism at University of Rhode Island.

Amy Eller Lewis [amylewis@mail.uri.edu] received her MFA in Fiction from Naropa University in 1996. She is the recipient of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts' Fellowship, and her fiction has been published in First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing, Gargoyle Magazine, and 24-7 Magazine. She is an active member of the Rhode Island theatre community: her play "The Cage: A Tragedy in One Act" was performed at AS220, she has published numerous reviews for dramatic productions at Perishable Theatre, and she has worked as consultant, collaborator and performer for a range of dramatic productions in and around Providence. Lewis teaches English and Writing at Rhode Island College as well as at University of Rhode Island.

Greta Methot [gmethot@risd.edu] received her Ph.D from University of Rhode Island in 2006 and her M.A. from Simmons College in 1999. Her dissertation, "The Horror of Looking: Lynching and the Empathetic Eye," was recognized with an URI's Outstanding Dissertation Award, a Gradate Student Fellowship, and a Center for Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship. Her essay "Death and Parties in Mrs. Dalloway" was published in Simmons College Essays and Studies, and she has presented her work at national conferences and abroad. Since 2003, Methot has served as research assistant and webmaster for the documentary film project, American Lynching. Her areas of interest include: American Literature and Culture from the 19th century to the present; African American Literature; American travel writing; literature of the African Diaspora; theories of race; literature and race; literature and violence; visual culture and violence; and film studies. At University of Rhode Island, she teaches courses on U.S. Literature and Culture, African American Literature, and The Short Story. She also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

Alexander Neill Moffett [amoffett@netway.com] received his Ph.D from Northeastern University in 2006 with a dissertation titled "The Insistence of Memory, Mnemonic Transformations in the Works of Thomas Hardy, Henry Adams, Willa Cather and Virginia Woolf," and his M.A. in English from Virginia Tech in 1996. His essay "Memory and the Crisis of Self-Begetting in Hardy's Jude the Obscure" was published in Pacific Coast Philology, and another essay, "'We Will Remember Them': The Poetic Rewritings of Lutyens' Cenotaph" is forthcoming in War Literature and the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Moffett's teaching and research interests include Modern American Literature, Modern British Literature, Victorian Literature, Contemporary American Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Feminist Theory, and Narrative Theory. He has taught at West Point Military Academy and Northeastern University. He teaches a survey course in British Literature and The Short Story at University of Rhode Island.

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.

Barbara A. Silliman [silliman@etal.uri.edu] received her Ph.D in English from University of Rhode Island in 1996. She serves on the planning committee for the annual memorial for Holocaust victims [Yom Ha'Shoah] at Temple Emmanu-El in Providence, and she is Associate Chair of the Jewish Studies Area for the Popular Culture Association. She is also a founding member of The Jungian Society for Scholarly Study (TJSSS), which focuses on the psychoanalytic theories of Carl Gustav Jung and the applications of his theories in literary criticism. Some of her work on Jungian behavioral theories will appear in a book she is co-editing on the re-imagined television series Battlestar Galactica. Silliman's teaching interests include African and African American literature, Holocaust Literature, Literature and Medicine, and Science Fiction. She also teaches at Providence College and Rhode Island College.

Piotr Skuza [azoox@mail.uri.edu] is a Ph.D candidate at 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.

Joseph B. Szpila [jszpila@etal.uri.edu] studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and English Literature at Rhode Island College and at University of Rhode Island. His dissertation is titled "Textured Materiality: Wallace Stevens and the New York Armory Show, 1913." His poetry has been recognized by the Rhode Island Writers' Circle and by the Academy of American Poets' Annual National Competition where he placed first for three consecutive years; he is also a prize-winning painter. At University of Rhode Island, Szpila teaches courses in American Literature from its beginnings to the present, and courses on The Short Story and Poetry, and is an instructor in URI's Talent Development Program, preparing prospective freshmen students for college-level performance. He also teaches at Rhode Island College and Providence College.

Keith B. Wagner [kbw27@cam.ac.uk] or [k.b.wagner.06@cantab.net] received his M.Phil in Screen Media and Cultures from University of Cambridge, England in 2007. His dissertation is titled "World Cinema and Cosmopolitanism: Resistance and Permeation in Sixth Generation Chinese Cinema and Nigerian Video Film.” He also holds an M.A. in the Photographic Image and Visual Culture from
University of Durham, England (2006). His research interests include the integration of non-formalist practices in the analysis of contemporary film (IR theory, Postcolonial Studies and Historical Materialism); the political economy of world cinemas from China, Nigeria, Senegal, the Balkans and South Africa; British and American film and photography; neoliberalism; cosmopolitan theory; and the work of Gramsci.  He has organized symposiums on these topics at Durham and Cambridge and worked as an Adjunct Instructor of art history at Albertus Magnus College. Wagner teaches film 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.