volume 23, issue 1

Knowledge is a treasure,
but practice is the key to it.

—Lao Tzu

public humanities: sharing, practicing, translating knowledge

A note from the editors: Making it public
Larry Ellis

alumni feature

Celebrating 50 years of TESOL at ASU
Kira Assad

A librarian and a folklorist walk into a bar: Two alumni dish on local gastronomy, friendship, bygone movie sets, and inevitable change
Larry Ellis

research and engagement

'When we speak, we speak to everyone:' Hayden's Ferry Review coming soon to a device near you
Sheila Luna

Closer to home: A personal account of writer Louis Owens
Joe Lockard 

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing. 

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

student stories

WRL vignette I: Rhetorical inquiry as an anchor—Alyssa Orozco finds structure in research 
Meghan Apao

WRL vignette II: Keep adapting and carry on—What Kaylee Welch learned about forward motion
Meghan Apao

Orange in the new Blackboard Jungle: Lessons from the prison classroom
Bootsie Martinez

word lovers' corner

Hot stuff (A crossword): Flame emoji in contemporary literature and popular culture
Alberto Ríos

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

—Audre Lorde

humanities in the news: public scholars

The worst is not, so long as we can say 'this is the worst' (The Lancet)
Jonathan Bate discusses pandemics in literature

The poems that poets turn to in a time of strife (The New York Times)
Natalie Diaz highlights a must-read for these times

Jane Austen behind bars (Corrections Today)
Joe Lockard, Devoney Looser, and Cornelia Wells quoted on prison teaching

How Scooby-Doo's origins are related to the RFK assassination (Smithsonian Magazine)
Kevin Sandler examines violence in children's television

All that glisters is not gold (NPR)
Ayanna Thompson on racism in Shakespeare

Language evolves, and that's okay (O.K.?) (The Washington Post)
Elly van Gelderen explores a simple word's complex past

comings and goings

Sir Jonathan Bate, Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities (Literature)
Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Michael Begay, Coordinator (Main Office)
Kira Assad

Emily Cooney, Lecturer (Writing Programs)
Yenan Lyu

Andrea Dickens, Lecturer (Writing Programs)
Avrajit Dey

Kathleen Hicks, Director (Online Programs)
Sheila Luna

Kyle Jensen, Professor and Director (Writing Programs)
Marlene Tovar

Kara Von Holten, Academic Success Specialist (Undergraduate Advising)
Sheila Luna


Small gestures, big hearts: English marshals grassroots giving to aid struggling students
Kristen LaRue-Sandler

in memoriam

Marvin Fisher (1927-2020)
Kristen LaRue-Sandler

William 'Wonderful' Jenkins (1948-2019)
Larry Ellis

new books & media

Faculty, staff, student, & alumni publications

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

editorial staff

Accents on English 2.0 is produced by the Department of English at Arizona State University.

Executive Editors: Meghan Apao, Larry EllisKristen LaRue-Sandler  |  Web EditorKristen LaRue-Sandler

Copy EditorsSheila LunaKira AssadT.M. McNally

Newsletter Committee: Meghan Apao (Co-Chair) Larry Ellis (Co-Chair), Kira AssadSarah FloriniKristen LaRue-SandlerSheila LunaT. M. McNally

about the masthead image

Andrea Dickens. Copper Glaze Plate. Courtesy photo.

A view from close-up suggests a petri dish or maybe an artist's vision of planet earth. However, the image at the top of this newsletter is of a ceramic creation by Lecturer Andrea Dickens. For more about Dickens and her work, read Avrajit Dey's profile of her in this newsletter.