From the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
On the Bookshelf

Faculty Books Published From January to August 2013

Shanan Ballam, Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability Press, 2013)

Brock Dethier, Twenty-One Genres and How to Write Them (Utah State University Press, 2013)

Patricia Gantt (co-editor), Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region (Ohio University Press, 2013)

Joshua Thoms (co-editor), Hybrid language teaching and learning: Exploring theoretical, pedagogical, and curricular issues (Boston: Heinle Cengage, 2013)

*CORRECTION: The author of Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation (Lexington Books, 2012) was misidentified in the January 2013 issue of Liberalis. Christa Jones is the author of the book.


Praise for Pretty Marrow

Readers should approach Shanon Ballam’s debut poetry collection with caution. Inside, imaginary rats scratch inside the walls and wolves are everyday people. The voices speak in uncertain tones, and the poems grab you and make your blood whoosh. Lance Larsen, the former poet laureate of Utah, calls the debut poetry collection “a book of brave, unflinching witness, tempered by the promise of transformation.” Ballam,’98, MA ’01, teaches creative writing in the Department of English.


Finding Home with The Days Are Gods

Liz Stephens’ memoir begins in 110 degree heat in Southern California on the set of a Taco Bell commercial where she is part of the production crew. She is in charge of snacks. And she is nearly invisible. The Days Are Gods chronicles Stephens’ move to Cache County to attend graduate school at Utah State and her struggle to fit in to her new community. Stephens is a past winner of the Western Literature Association’s Frederick Manfred Award and a finalist for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award.