English Professor Publishes Journal Articles

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Jerome Stueart, visiting professor in English at Wayland Baptist University, has published articles in journals recently and presented at conferences. Stueart’s article “Whitman and Teddy Roosevelt: An Unpublished Whitman Manuscript at Sagamore Hill” was published in the summer/fall 2005 edition of Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

“While working as a park ranger at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY this last summer, I found a fragment of Whitman's writing framed on a wall in Roosevelt's house,” explained Stueart, who is a 1992 graduate of Wayland. “I contacted Sherry Ceniza, a leading expert on Whitman, to look at the fragment. She discovered that no one had ever seen the fragment before, nor did she remember those sentences ever making it into a published piece by Whitman.”

While Ceniza authored the piece with Ed Folsom, she credited Stueart with the discovery of the rare piece.

Stueart’s short story, “Lemmings in the Third Year” was printed in an October release of Tesseracts 9, a Canadian science fiction anthology. A longtime writer of short fiction, Stueart explains that the story involves a group of biologists stranded in the Arctic, where the animals they once studied can now talk back to them. The main character teaches lemmings the scientific method to pass the time and learns that she must continue to study even when her findings cannot be published or impress others. Stueart said he took the story from a comic strip about polar bears that he created.

In November, Stueart delivered a paper titled “Evolution, with Occasional Gun: 'Uplifted' Animals, Violence and Moral Responsibility in Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music” at the 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Chicago.

Stueart also assembled a panel for the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Austin titled “Where Genre and Non-Genre Meet: Texas Writers on Texas Writing.” In addition to Stueart, the panel included Stephen Graham Jones, Joe Lansdale, Mark Finn and Craig Clevenger, all Texas writers.

“We discussed the space between writing literary fiction and writing other genres—like science fiction, horror, fantasy—and how authors can go back and forth between them,” Stueart added.

Stueart joined the Wayland faculty in fall 2005 to teach English.