Roy Neil Graves
4. Academic Presentations and Professional Service:
Papers, presentations, and readings:
- “‘How like a winter’: The Seasons in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 12 February 2010.
- “Julian Bond as Poet.” The Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, 20 February 2009.
- Chair of the session “Authors Reading Poetry and Fiction.” The Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, 20 February 2009.
- “Hearing with Hungry Eyes: Synesthesia in Shakespeare's Sonnets.” The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 13 February 2009.
- “Anne Spencer as Protest Poet: A ‘New Negro’ Voice from Virginia.” The Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, 22 February 2008.
- Chair of the session “Space and Region in American Global Poetics.” The Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, 22 February 2008.
- “Who's in Charge Here? Acrostic Bawdry and Its Import in Raleigh’s ‘The Nimphs reply to the Sheepheard’.” The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 16 February 2008.
- Chair, “Baseball in Language, History, and Cinema.” Session, Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture. Murfreesboro (MTSU), 30 March 2007.
- “ A Coherent Little World’: Donald Hall and Baseball.” Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture. Murfreesboro (MTSU), 30 March 2007.
- Chair, “Poetry and the American South.” Conference session, Tennessee Philological Association, UT Chattanooga, 23 Feb. 2007.
- “Donald Hall and Yvor Winters: The Formalist Connection.” Tennessee Philological Association, UT Chattanooga, 23 Feb. 2007.
- A program of original poems, Dyersburg State Community College, 21
- Living on Loss: Poverty and Wealth in Shakespeares Sonnets.
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 18 February 2006.
- Punning Allusions to Robert Greene in Shakespeares Sonnets.
Tennessee Philological Association, Nashville (Lipscomb University), 26 Feb.
- Shakespeare as Radical Punster: Wills Complaint about
Anne in Sonnet 66. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies (ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 18 Feb. 2005.
- Abraham took Ilium: Emily Dickinson as Punster.
Tennessee Philological Association, Columbia (Columbia State Community College),
27 Feb. 2004.
- Toward Cracking the Acrostic Code in Blakes London.
Tennessee Philological Association, Nashville (Trevecca Nazarene Univ.), 22
- Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die:
Shakespeares Sonnets, Thomas Thorpe, and the Unpublished Play Sir
Thomas More. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(ACMRS) conference, Arizona State University, 14 February 2003.
- Presenter (with others), Literary Reading, in
conjunction with the annual Soybean Festival, 7 September 2002 (Martin Public
Library) and 8 September 2001 (The Book Exchange).
- Reader at Poetry Celebration Day at Kennesaw State University and
recognition as top award recipient in the annual Southern Poets Over 50 competition,
sponsored by the KSU Center for Active Retirement Education, Kennesaw, Georgia,
25 April 2002.
- You yourself here live: A First
Reading of Shakespeares Rune 2, Another Authorized Lost Sonnet
in the 1609 Quarto. Tennessee Philological Association, Johnson
City, 23 February 2001.
- Reader of original poems and panelist (with poet Rick Lott, Arkansas
State University), Dyersburg State Community College Book Fest, 2 March 2000.
- My outcast state: A First
Reading of Shakespeares Rune 30, One of the 154 Lost Coterie Authorizations
in the 1609 Sonnets Quarto. Tennessee Philological Association, Cookeville,
25 February 2000.
- Taped interview on Thirty Minutes, with
host Dave Chaffin, WCMT radio, Martin, TN, 10 Aug. 1997, discussing poetry
and the Aug. 1997 essay in Runner’s
- “Shakespeare’s Lost Sonnets.” Plenary
lecture, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities, Martin, TN, 3 July
- “The ‘Higher Math’ of Poetry.” Jackson State
Community College Colloquium Series, 7 March 1997.
- “Shakespeare’s Rune 69: A First Reading
of the ‘Will-I-am’ Subtext in the 1609 Sonnets Quarto.” Tennessee Philological
Association, Chattanooga, 21 February 1997.
- “Shakespeare’s Rune 55: A First Reading
of the ‘Call It Winter’ Subtext in the 1609 Sonnets Quarto.” Arizona
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) conference, 14 February 1997.
- Participant in booksigning of Homeworks:
A Book of Tennessee Writers,Southern Festival of Books, Nashville,
11 October 1996.
- Reader (with three others) of original pieces
from Homeworks, UTM, 18 September 1996.
- Participant in group reading at Davis-Kidd Bookstore,
Memphis, 31 August 1996, with other West Tennessee contributors to Homeworks.
- “New Answers to the Old English Riddles:
Runic Embeddings and Acrostic Codelines in The Exeter Book.” Arizona
Center for Medieval/Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) Conference, 17
- “Subtextual Wit in Alden Nowlan’s Poem ‘The
Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’.” Tennessee Philological Association,
Nashville, TN, 23 February 1996.
- “The Pearl Rune, a Lost Example of Suppressed
Design in a Medieval Manuscript.” Arizona Center for Medieval/Renaissance
Studies (ACMRS) Conference titled “Reinventing the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,”
18 Feb. 1995.
- “Two Newly Formatted Poems by Emily Dickinson:
Verses Embedded in Letters 263 and 273.” Tennessee Philological Association,
UTM, 25 Feb. 1995.
- “George Herbert’s ‘Double Pleasures’:
Suppressed Design and Rhyme-Scheme Wit in ‘The Collar’.” South Central Conference on Christianity
and Literature, Shreveport, LA, 4 Feb. 1994.
- “Suppressed Design in Shakespeare’s Sonnets:
Toward Envisioning the Lost ‘First Folio’.” Tennessee Philological Association,
Jefferson City, 25 Feb. 1993.
- Reader of original poems, Conference
on Twentieth Century Literature, Louisville, 22 Feb. 1991.
- “Shakespeare’s Lost Sonnets.” Annual Muriel
Tomlinson lecture, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi, UTM, 9 Jan. 1991. (See
Medina Native to Lecture on Shakespeare's Sonnets. The
Mirror-Exchange [Milan, TN], 6 Feb. 1991. See also Author
Played Rhyme Games. Weakley County Press, 14 January 1991.)
- Speaker, 5th annual Haywood H.S. Invitational
Writing Competition, Brownsville, TN, 31 Jan. 1991.
- Reading of original poems (with Jeff
Daniel Marion), Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities, UTM, 21
- Reading of original poems, District I Tennessee
Extension Homemakers Conference, UTM, 1 Aug. 1988.
- Reading of original poems and discussion with
Dresden, TN, Readers Group, Weakley Co. Library, 2 March 1988.
- Reading of original poems from Somewhere
on the Interstate,UTM, 12 May 1987, in conjunction with the publication
of the chapbook (Ion Press, Memphis).
- Thirty-minute videotaped interview (as interviewer)
with fiction writer Bobbie
Ann Mason, Martin, TN, 7 April 1987, aired WLJT-TV Martin/Lexington (PBS),
26 April 1987. [Available at UTM Paul Meek Library, Media Services, Video
- Ten-minute phone interview, The John Gilbert
Show, CKO News and Information Network (Canada), Jan. 1986, discussing the
Shakespeare Runes project.
- Poetry reading and workshop, Paris, TN, Creative
Writers’ Group, 18 Oct. 1986.
- Taped interview on Thirty Minutes,
with host Vic Durall, WCMT radio, Martin, TN, 17 Aug. 1986, discussing poetry
and the poems in Homewords.
- Original poems (as guest writer), Tennessee
Governors School for the Humanities, 4 July 1986.
- Speaker on genealogy to Martin Junior High CLUE
group, fall 1986.
- “Shakespeares Lost Sonnets: Round
One’.” Tennessee Governors School for the Humanities, July 1985.
- “Shakespeares Lost Sonnets.”
Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA, 5 Aug. 1984.
- “Shakespeares Lost Sonnets: ‘Round One.’”
Mississippi Philological Association, 20 Jan. 1984.
- “Thirteen [original] Poems on Women.”
Arkansas Philological Association, Conway, Nov. 1983.
- College Gothic Architecture in the United
States. Southeastern American
Studies Association, Charleston, April 1983.
- Speaker, Weakley County Genealogical Society,
- Original poems. Arkansas Philological Association,
Jonesboro, Nov. 1982.
- “‘But Who Is This?’: Miltons Dalila in
Perspective.” Tennessee Philological Association, Murfreesboro, Feb.
- The Six-Armed Figure in Huckleberry
Finn and Isaiahs Six-Winged Angel. Arkansas Philological
Association, Nov. 1981.
- Genealogy and Chronology in D. H. Lawrences
The Rainbow. Tennessee Philological Association, Martin, Feb. 1981.
- Explicit Biblical Analogues in Robinson
Crusoe. Conference on Christianity and Literature, Atlanta,
- Chair, creative writing session, Conference
on Twentieth-Century Literature, Louisville, Feb. 1980.
- Guest writer, Friends of the Jackson-Madison
County Library and the Jackson, TN, Writers' Group, 4 Nov. 1979.
- Group discussion leader and panelist, Northwest
Tennessee Joint Humanities Project, 11 Nov. 1978.
- A program of original poems. Noon Book Club,
Oxford, MS, spring 1977.
- Participant, group poetry reading, Sigma Tau
Delta, The University of Mississippi, spring 1977.
- A program of original poems. Poetry Society
of Tennessee, Memphis, Jan. 1977.
- Speaker. Hall-Moody alumni reunion, UT-Martin, Aug. 1975.
Service as consultant:
- Textbook reviewer for Bedford/St. Martin's (The Bedford Reader, 10th ed., 2009).
- Credited in Preface (“Acknowledgments, xxx) of the Concise Anthology of American Literature, ed. George McMichael et al., 7th ed. (Longman, 2011).
- Consultant, cited in Jo Marchant’s cover feature in the 29 March 2007 issue of Nature: The International Weekly Journal of Science (London) as “an expert in hidden meanings in literary texts.”
- Textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill (New ed. of Stanford's Responding to Literature, 2007).
- Outside reader for three senior theses by Samford Univ. undergraduates (2006).
- Consultant as language expert, Trotter Law Firm, Huntingdon, Tennessee (2005-2006).
- Textbook reviewer for Houghton Mifflin (Miller and Nashs Only Human, 2005).
- Member, two outside promotion committees, one search, two outside Cumulative Performance Reviews (1998-2005).
- Reader for the College Board Advanced Placement English Language and
Composition Examination (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ), AP Language
and Comp Exam (Daytona Beach, FL, June 10-16, 2003, and June 12-18, 2005).
- Peer reader for Milton Studies (2004).
- Judge for Voices of West Tennessee essay contest, sponsored by DSCC/Humanities Tennessee (2003-04).
- On-site member of six-person committee engaged by Educational
Testing Service (Princeton, NJ) to revise and update the ETS major field
test in Literature in English (2002).
- Textbook reviewer for Houghton Mifflin (Goldsteins English Grammar: How It Works and How to Use It) at two stages of development
of the text (2001).
- Textbook reviewer for Pearson (Mercury Reader, 2001).
- Textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill (A Reader for Developing Writers,
4th ed., 2000).
- Textbook reviewer for Houghton Mifflin (The Dolphin Handbook and Richard Pirozzi's developmental reader, 1999).
- Textbook reviewer for St. Martins Press (Paul Escholz and Alfred
Rosa's Outlooks and Insights: A Reader for College Writers, 4th
- Off-site consultant for Educational
Testing Service (Princeton, NJ) on the English Committee, a content review
board updating the major field test in Literature in English (1995-96).
- One-juror panel, judge of annual competition
among college literary and news/general interest magazines at schools that
belong to the Indiana
Collegiate Press Association (1993-96).
- Judge, Tennessee High School Speech and Drama
League contests (1970-75).
Service at UTM (1969-present)…
…and at colleges in Lynchburg, VA (1965-69):
- Member, UTM Faculty (and Academic) Senate (1973-76, 1984-87, 1990-93, 1999-2006, 2009-10) with various committee roles and active promotion of academic integrity and of diversity and inclusiveness.
- Member, UTM Publications Committee (1969-84, 2006-10).
- Member, various University and Senate committees including
personnel policies (2008-10), instruction (through 2005), assessment and learning (2004), faculty relations (2004), graduate council (1999-2001), degrees (1975-76), faculty
development (1980-82), financial aid (1984-85), museum/archives (1982-90), Who’s Who selection (1983-88), student retention and development (1986), and
the 60th Anniversary Committee (1987).
- Chair, department search committee for rhetoric/composition position (2005).
- Member, UTM Equity and Diversity Advisory Council (2003-04).
- Co-advisor (with Beth Rushing) of ALLIES,
the gay/straight alliance (1996-97, its first year).
- Teacher, Tennessee Governors School for
the Humanities (summers 1985-96, from the program's first year onward),
instructor in writing, Shakespeare. Member, GSH advisory council (1990ff.)
and screening committees (1989ff.); sponsor, Pro Musica (1985-87); coordinator
for Creative Writing (1987), routine plenary presenter. Advisory editor, student
literary anthologies (1986-96).
- Coordinator and supervising author of original
test instruments, regional Excellence-in-English examination for high school
students, sponsored jointly by UTM English Department and Bradford High School
- Instructor in off-campus evening school classes,
Paris (1991-92; 1987-89); Camden/Huntingdon (1985-86); Huntingdon (1986-87,
1984-85); Camden (1983-84); Milan (1981-83); and Brownsville (1979-81).
- Part-time teacher of English as a second language
(fall 1987). Teacher, Nihon University program (summers 1981-84). Lead teacher
for a faculty of five, first ESL summer program at UTM (1975).
- Host participant, annual English
Teachers' Workshop, in various roles, often as presenter (1992-93, late
1970s and 1980s).
- Member, chair, various departmental committees;
academic advisor (1969-present).
- Advisor, The Spirit,the yearbook (1969-84;
on leave 1976-77); sponsor, West TN yearbook forum (1975). Author,
75th anniversary year tip-in booklet treating UTM’s early history (1975).
- Freshman Studies counselor (1970-74, 1984-85).
- Coordinator, division of humanities and social
sciences (1968-69); acting chair and chair of English, Central Virginia Community
College (1967-69, its founding years). Divisional representative, deans
advisory council (1968-69); faculty advisor, CVCC yearbook (1968-69); member,
library committee (1967-69); chair, transcript evaluation committee (1968-69). CVCC representative, statewide committee on academic freedom and tenure (1968-69).
- Press release coordinator, The Lynchburg Center
of The University of Virginia (1965-67).
- Tennessee Philological Association, 2007, 2003-05, 1999-2001, 1995-96,
- Phi Kappa Phi (academic honorary), 1974- (inactive).
- Conference on Christianity and Literature, 1994.
- American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1988.
- Mississippi Philological Association 1983-84.
- Arkansas Philological Association, 1981-84.
- Southeastern American Studies Association, 1982-83.
- Appalachian Writers Association, 1981-82.
- Southern Appalachian Writers
- Tennessee Literary Arts Association, early 1980’s.
- Early English Text Society, 1978-82.
- Poetry Society of Tennessee, 1974-82.
- Pi Sigma Phi (UTM academic honorary), elected 1969 (inactive).
- Alpha Psi Omega (dramatics honorary), elected 1959 (inactive).
|A session in February 2009 at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, with fellow presenters (l. to r.) Amish Trevidi (whose wife took this photo), Cynthia Arrieu-King, and Afaa Michael Weaver, session chair.
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