JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University's Department of Literature and Language announces the appointment of Kara M. Russell as editor of the 2018 edition of The Mockingbird, the student arts and literary magazine of ETSU.
Russell, a graduate student in English who is also pursuing a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, has academic interests that include literary criticism and transformative pedagogies. While new to creative writing, she served as managing editor of Earlham College's campus newspaper, The Earlham Word. Her undergraduate critical essays earned such awards as the Gettman Essay Prize, Kendall-Reagan Prize in English and Anna Eaves Award.
At ETSU, Russell is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and received the 2017 Graduate Feminist Activist Award from the university's Women's Studies Program. She has given research presentations at the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference at Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Philological Association and Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature. She will present at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference this fall in Atlanta.
The Mockingbird invites ETSU student submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction prose and drama for consideration for its 2018 issue. For more information, visit The Mockingbird's website, www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/mockingbird. The deadline for entries is Oct. 27.