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Mary Leen

Title: Associate Professor of English
Office Location: Bowden Hall 244
Campus Phone: 6514
E-Mail Address: leenm@silver.wmnu.edu

Degrees: Associate Degree, Horticulture, Danville Community College, Danville, IL, 1977; Bachelor's Degree, English, llinois State University, Normal, IL,1988; Master's Degree, Creative Writing, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1991; Doctoral Degree, Literature, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, May 1995.
Date began at WNMU: 1996

Research & Academic Interests: Women's Studies; Feminist Criticism; Native American Poets

Publications:
  • "An Art of Saying: Joy Harjo's Poetry and the Survival of Storytelling." American Indian Quarterly 19.1 (1995): 1-16.
  • "Any Given Friday, Downtown Cincinnati," Zone 3 5.1 (1990): 34.
  • "Blue Smoke." Rhino (Forthcoming)
  • "The Boy Almost Sleeps." KanKakee Daily Journal 12 November 1988: 17.
  • "The Cello Will Not Be Moved." Amelia 8.2 (1997): 118.
  • "The Center of an Angel's Universe." West of Boston (Forthcoming)
  • "A Dream of Sleeping." Santa Clara Review 80.1 (1992): 21.
  • "From Maria's Notebook of Thieves." The American Poetry Review 23.2 (1994): 56.
  • "Maria, My Sister." Analecta XIX. Eds. R. Chris Carr and Katherine Shriver. Austin: U of Texas, 1993. 120.
  • "Morning Worship." The Creative Woman 12.3 (1992-93): 35.
  • "My Hand Across Her Lap." Chants 6 (Fall 1993): 51.
  • "Open Rhythm." Analecta XIX. Eds. R. Chris Carr and Katherine Shriver. Austin: U of Texas, 1993. 120.
  • Rev. of Only the Good Times, by Bruce-Novoa. WGLT Small Press Reviews. NPR. WGLT, Normal. 7 Feb. 1996.
  • Rev. of Otherwise, by Jane Kenyon. WGLT Small Press Reviews. NPR. WGLT, Normal. (Forthcoming)
  • Rev. of Through All the Displacements, by Edgar Gabriel Silex. WGLT Small Press Reviews. NPR. WGLT, Normal. 10 April 1996.
  • "The One Transfixed." Amelia. 8.2 (1997): 119-120.
  • "The Things We Do for Love." Bellowing Ark 7.1 (1991): 1.
  • "Weekend Care and Maintenance of a Working Woman." Amelia 8.2 (1997): 118-119.
  • "Women Are Born Twice." Bellowing Ark 7.1 (1991): 1.
  • "Women in the Kitchen." The Illinois Review :Prictions for the 21st Century [Special "Prose Poem" Issue] 3.1 & 2 (1995-96): 64.
Teaching Experience at Western New Mexico University

  • Language and Composition I and II.
  • Introduction to Literature.
  • Women as Writers.
  • Creative Writing.
  • Life and Literature of New Mexico.
  • Native American Literature.
  • Heroic Myth and Legend.
  • The Novel.
  • Poetry.
  • World Literature.
  • Critical Approaches to Literature.

Favorite Quote:

Your music is a crystal wall with a thousand mouths, kin to trains and
sounds that haven't yet been invented,
and you walk back and forth
through it to know it won't betray you.
-Joy Harjo, "Healing Animal"

 

 

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