January 2018

It’s 2018!  And Something Complete and Great: The Centennial Study of My Antonia is out from Rowan & Littlefield.


Holly Blackford edited this fine collection of interdisciplinary assessments of Cather’s best novel (or at least my favorite, possbily not the same thing.   Possibly…)  I’m honored to be included among the many fine writers here with the chapter, “Boyhood and the Frontier: Nostalgia and Play in My Ántonia.

November 2017

The Golden West beckons: I am heading out to San Diego for the Western History Association’s 57th annual conference, running from November 1-4.  I will be saddling up with the good folks from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West again, who are sponsoring the “Buffalo Bill and his Publics” panel on Saturday, November 4th, at 10:15.  The panel features a run of fine scholars, namely Jason Heppler, Jennifer R. Henneman, Shannon Murray, Pablo Rangel, Brent Rogers, Rebecca Wingo, Laura Arata, Douglas Seefeldt and myself.  You can find the full conference program here.

Upon return, I’ll be gearing up for a poetry reading on November 10th.  Larry Robin at Moonstone Poetry put this event together, and it should be a good one, featuring Joshua Weiner, Barbara Siegel Carlson, and Polish poet Tadeusz Dabrowski, making a rare U.S. appearance.  These are fine poets and translators, and I am honored to be sharing a bill with them.  You can read more below:

Friday November 10

September 2017:

Coming soon (!!)


August 2017:

I just got back from a wonderful event in Cody, Wyoming, held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  The Buffalo Bill Centennial symposium brought together an impressive group of interdisciplinary scholars from around to world to explore Cody’s legacy.  I was especially impressed by a host of excellent papers devoted to Buffalo Bill’s transnational impact, including everything from Congolese youth culture to German cowboy literature.  It probably would have been more helpful to post this before I headed out to Cody, but, hey, nobody’s perfect.  What’s more, a signfigicant portion of the three day event was recorded for C-Span, and my talk goes live on September 5th.  Meanwhile, the Center was generously posted a story I wrote for Points West, the magazine they publish, a couple of years go.  I’m posting that link here now.

Update: Here’s a link to the C-Span program.  Julia Bricklin speaks first, then Monica Rico, and, finally, yours truly.

June 2017:

Two conferences in one week?  Some day it couldn’t be done–or maybe just that it shouldn’t be done: regardless, I’m doing it.  I present June 21st, 3 sharp, at the Ninth Biennial SHCY Conference, held this year at Rutgers-University Camden, on a panel about scouting.  Ben Jordan and Mischa Honeck are on board, and I hope to learn a lot more about the BSA before it’s all said and done.  I’ll be talking about Buffalo Bill and his contributions to early scouting movements in America.  Actually, the whole SHCY line-up looks stellar this year, and I’ll be sorry to miss the action on Friday, June 23, when I fly off to Tampa for the ChLA’s annual conference.  At 2:00, I’ll be part of a panel entitled “Lions, and Horses, and Dogs, Oh My!:”Animals in Children’s Literature.”  I think we lost the paper on lions but picked up one on fleas.  I’ll be handling horses.

February 2017:

Volume 10.1, Winter 2017, of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth is out now, and I’m honored to be in it.   This is a great journal, and I’m lucky enough to have my article, “Wild West Children: Performing the Forntier,” featured alongside some truly wondeful work from top-notch scholars.  Check it out here.

I will be taking part in an intriguing symposium investigating the relationship between language and cultural identity at the Romanian Orthodox Church here in Philadelphia on February 19th.  Father Nicolai Buga put together the event, “Language: The Key to Preserving the Culture and Identity of a People.”  I’d put a question mark after that title, but, hey, that’s what the symposium is for, right?  Carrie Hooper, from Elmira College and Father Theodor Damian, from the Metropolitan College of New York will be joining me at the event, which will be held at 1:30 PM and is open to public.  The address is 714 N. American St., Philadelphia PA, 19123, in the Festivity Hall of the Church.

December 2016:

This should be the last event of the year–but certainly not the least.  I’ll be performing at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn on 12/16 with the indomitable MARGENTO.  The occasion: the stateside release of  Moods & Women & Men & Once Again Moods, an eclectic collection of Romanian Erotic Poetry, edited by Ruxandra Cesearanu.  Hope to see you there.

November 2016:

I’m elated that the new issue of Boyhood Studies is out and very excited to have my article, “The Nineteenth-Century Dime Western and Empowered Adolescence,” included in such fine company.  It’s a really strong issue–and I’m not referring my own contribution; check it out for yourself.

October 2016:

I’ll be doing a couple of Philly readings this fall, and the first one will be October 14th, 7 (not so) sharp, at Kayuh–a wonderful bike store and coffee shop on Girard Avenue.  Izzy has worked hard to make this place a real part of the community, and he’s actually got a pretty intriguing speaker series lined up.  For more on that, and the reading, click here.

September 2016:

I’ve got a review out in the latest issue of the Alberta Journal of Educational Research.  It’s a strong issue–and a good journal.  I reviewed John Spencer’s biography of educator Marcus Foster, a book that’s well worth your time if you’re interested in public school reform and urban education.  You can find the review here.

May 2016:

What a busy month!  Or maybe, with the semester over, I can dedicate a bit more time and energy to this space.  At any rate, I’m pleased to announce that I have another episode up for the Society of the History of Children and Youth’s podcast series, Childhood: history & critique.  It’s a roundtable discussion with Marah Gubar and Shauna Vey about child performers on the 19th century stage.  Check it out here.

May 2016:

More from the good folks at Plume, or more directly from my estimable colleague and partner-in crime MARGENTO.  Chris and I included a translation of Gellu Naum’s “Natura Urmana” in our Naum collection, and now he has revisited the poem and our interpretation of it.  Revisiting the poem, Chris describes our translation/mistranslation of the work, in which Naum imagines Miles Davis roaming the streets of Bucharest.  Read all of Chris’s notes here.

March 2016:

Is it really March already?  Good gracious.  At any rate I’m delighted to see Simona Popescu’s “Ephebe With Cypripidedium” published in Plume.  I didn’t translate this poem; even better, MARGENTO did.  However, the poem does appear in Ruxandra Cesereanu’s wonderful anthology of Erotic Romanany poetry, and I worked on a number of poems in this impressive collection.  The book is out now from Romanian publisher Tractus Arte and will be distributed in the U.S. by Calypso Editions this fall.

Novemberish, 2015:

I recently interviewed Robin Bernstein about her research on childhood and race in America for the Society of the History of Children and Youth’s podcast, Childhood: history & critique.  Go here to listen to the interview and/or read the accompanying commentary. CHC is a multi-media series of interviews, essays, and reports on happenings relevant to the historical study of childhood; it’s hosted by a team of scholars and edited by Dr. Patrick J. Ryan.  The series is published and circulated online by the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Friday, October 9th, 2015:

Woodside to read poetry at rock and roll dive bar par excellence.

Pete’s Candy Store is the place, and the time will be 6:30. Along with Tadzio Koelb and Claudia Serea, I’ll be opening a full bill of poetry, fiction, and rock and roll. Gillian Welch once wrote a song about “a five band bill a two dollar show.”  Soon I’ll be in that song, proving some dreams do come true. This is from the official press release:

“Calypso Editions invites you to celebrate the release of Morasses, André Gide’s brilliant satirical novel, long overlooked and now lovingly translated into English by Tadzio Koelb.  “Urbane, paradoxical, perverse,” Edmund White writes of Morasses, “André Gide “pioneered the post-modern novel a century before anyone else,” while Koelb’s material makes “this difficult, amusing example of the “literature of exhaustion” delightfully available.”

Tadzio will be joined by two fine writer/translators, Claudia Serea and Martin Woodside.  Claudia is a Romanian-born poet, translator, and editor whose third book of poetry, To Part is to Die a Little recently came out from Červená Barva Press.  Martin is a writer and translator who’s published two books of Romanian poetry in translation and who’s full-length collection, This River Goes Two Ways recently came out from Word Poetry.”