Literature

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Contact Susan Lawson:

Name & Title:
Susan Olson Lawson. M.F.A. Visiting English Lecturer/Academic Advisor Creative Writing - Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

Topic(s):  
visual rhetoric, electronic literacy, digital media , facilitating  a writing group of cancer survivors and loved ones

Bio:
With a passion for working with students and writing, Susan Olson Lawson has taught courses in composition, argument, poetry and technical writing and enjoys advising students in the Academic Center for Excellence. She has completed a collection of short stories and has turned her attention to writing nonfiction. She enjoys hiking, biking and being in the mountains, but has yet to master the art of chopping wood.


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Contact Matthew DeForrest:

Name & Title: 
Matt DeForrest, Associate Professor of English & Interim Chair of English

Topic(s): 
literature, ie: Irish literature, Victorian literature, Yeats, Tolkien, mythology

Bio:
Dr. Matthew M. DeForrest is an associate professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in Irish literature and mythology from the University Professors Program at Boston University (He was awarded best dissertation for 1995-96.); an M.A. in Anglo-Irish literature and drama with First Honours from University College, Dublin, Ireland; and a B.A. in English and American literature from Boston University. He has also taken supplemental coursework at UNC Charlotte and the Yeats Summer School in Sligo, Ireland.

Dr. DeForrests scholarship has primarily been in the area of Irish studies and includes a book, Yeats and the Stylistic Arrangements of Experience (1999), and articles on William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney. He has presented papers nationally and internationally, including presentations at the Sixth International Conference of the Princess Grace Library of Monaco, at the national meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics in San Francisco and, most recently, at the International Yeats Anniversary Conference: Voice and Mask: Performing Identities at Georgia State University, in association with Universit Charles de Gaulle Lille III and Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He has also been published on the intersection of politics and education in Inside Higher Ed.

In addition to his work in Irish studies, Dr. DeForrest has worked as an educational consultant and game designer. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Monroe Historic Commission Board.

He currently lives in Monroe, N.C., with his wife, Dr. Taura S. Napier, professor of English at Wingate University, his daughter Edain and a varying number of guinea pigs.