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Salem State University: Faculty Publications 2020

Al DeCiccio

DeCiccio, A., Abate, M., Noone, H., Pereira, H., Coyle, B., & Kirby, A. (2021, February 17). Tutoring high school writers in early access university writing coursesPeerCentered 



Tom Deans and Jason Courtmanche have described how a college or university writing center can help change “incoming student attitudes toward writing” (58). This brief piece presents tutor and tutee evidence for their assertion. Tutors from the Salem State University Writing Center have reflected on their experiences tutoring early access Salem High School students enrolled in the University’s first-year writing course and a first-year history course. The high school students have also reflected on the tutoring they received.


DeCiccio, A. (2020, August 3). Tutoring during the pandemicConnecting Writing Centers Across Borders: A Blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship



Tutoring remotely is still collaborative learning. We have found that Frost’s speaker in “The Tuft of Flowers” was right: the collaborative relationship that writing center tutors seek to nurture can exist in the virtual environment as well as in the more familiar f2f environment. People “work together . . .  / Whether they work together or apart” (Frost “The Tuft of Flowers,” ll. 41-42).


Alexandria Peary

Peary, A. (2020, Fall). Bird saver. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2), 79.

Peary, A. (2020). Counterfeit Clarice Last Lispector. Conjunctions

Peary, A. (Ed.) (2020). COVID Spring: Granite State pandemic poemsHobblebush Books. 


Book Description

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New Hampshire in March, it became clear that April—National Poetry Month—would not be celebrated with live poetry readings and writers’ workshops as in past years. In an effort to provide a channel for creatively navigating our common experiences, New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary set out to host two virtual poetry writing groups each week in April. At the end of the month, New Hampshire residents were invited to submit their work for consideration in an anthology of poems addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100 writers submitted their work—each with a unique voice and a fresh perspective on the pandemic’s impact in New Hampshire.









Peary, A. (2020, Fall). The entrance of spring. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2), 78.


Peary, A. (2020, Fall). Found writing studio. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2), 81-82.


Peary, A. (2020, Fall). The gallery. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2), 80.


Peary, A. (2020). Hello to all that. Southern Humanities Review. 53(3), 103-114.


Peary, A. (2020). I HEART my cat still life. New American Writing (38), 4-5.


Peary, A. (2020, Fall). Introduction: Special Edition Celebrating New Hampshire's Poets Laureate. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2): ii-iii.


Peary, A. (2020, Sept. 20). If Rick Steves visited N.H.: How would the famed travel guide compare Granite State to Europe? Concord Monitor. 

Peary, A. (2020). Mattress on the Floor. Arcturus/Chicago Review of Books

Peary, A. (2020, Spring). Ode to the Civic. Barrow Street. 


Peary, A. (2020, Summer). Oysters and fruit. North American Review,19.


Peary, A. (2020, Spring). Poem held aloft by clouds, one in each corner. Barrow Street. 


Peary, A. (2020). poem with fruit flies and narrative bees. New American Writing(38), 6.


Peary, A. (2020). Portrait surrounded by fictional elementsConjunctions.

Peary, A. (2020). Rhetorical invention at the polls. Conjunctions.


Peary, A. (2020). Scissors of the air. Green Mountains Review. 



Peary, A. (2020, Winter). Sonnet branches. Shearsman (125/126), 87.


Peary, A. (2020, Winter). Social media enso. Shearsman (125/126), 88.

Peary, A. (2020, Summer). Still Life-Writing Room, 2011-2019. Diode. Nominated for Best of the Net 2020. 14 (1).





"Tack holes and nail holes, shiny strips of tape, dents, scuff marks, small stains, black smudge at the edge of a wall where cats rub their scent glands, cob webs in little drifts, water stain on ceiling above the pink wall, unidentifiable stains in dingy carpet below the pink. I’ve stared into this pink for thousands of practice hours."





Peary, A. (2020, November). Why Look for Animals? Hobart.


"In this dappled language, like a woods painted by Neil Welliver, in and out of our attention, animals wander in the camouflage. They are highlighted by our attention: each stands in a yellow bar of notice. A porcupine overhead in a birch tree like a painful chandelier. A skunk ushering her kittens through an unfriendly neighbor’s open garage door. Three male turkeys that look exactly like crepe paper birds, plumage on full display, in a row on the roof of a Federalist-style house in November, practically a pun. You might be rewarded by the sight of an albino squirrel, moving as a patch of white-out above this sentence. Then come the packs, colonies, swarms, flocks, congress, troop, gang, congregation, mob, cast, brood, nest, school, company, bevy, horde and covey of creatures that are contained inside this paragraph without further detail. I am tempted to capitalize the nouns like Emily Dickinson or the German language. Skunk. Turkey. Porcupine. Bull Moose. It’s a game I play. Instead of a word count, an animal count."

Peary, A. (2020, Fall). The Word. The Poets' Touchstone.62(2), 76-77.

 Peary, A. (2020, Nov. 25). Words of gratitude from New HampshireNew York Times. 

J.D. Scrimgeour


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). CV. Albatross, 29, 24—25. 


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). DP. Albatross, 29, 24—25.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). EH. Albatross, 29, 24—25.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). JDD. Albatross, 29, 24—25.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). Festival. Incessant Pipe Press.


 Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020). “Bayonet,” Tar River Poetry, Vol. 60.1, Fall 2020. 43-44.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020, Winter). Spring. Nixes Mate Review, 14.


Scrimgeour, J.D. “The End of the War” (2020). Solstice, 2020 Print Edition, 15-25.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020, Spring). No Crying. Solstice.


Scrimgeour, J.D. (2020.) Say ‘Hi’ to Your Dad. Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, March 11, 2020.

Jeannette Lindholm

Lindholm, J. (2020). “Before the waters nourished earth.” In All creation sings (#1049). Augsburg Fortress.


Lindholm, J. (2020). “Before the waters nourished earth.” In Voices together (p. 652). MennoMedia.


Lindholm, J. (2020). “Unexpected and mysterious.” In Voices together (p. 229). MennoMedia.


Lindholm, J. (2020). “With Mary sing magnificat.” In Voices together (p. 208). MennoMedia.

Keja Valens

Valens, K. (2020). Caribbean Ecopoetics: The categorial imperative and indifference in the Caribbean environment. In R. Cummings & A. Donnell (Eds.), Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020 (pp. 371-385). Cambridge University Press.


Book Description

The period from the 1970s to the present day has produced an extraordinarily rich and diverse body of Caribbean writing that has been widely acclaimed. Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020 traces the region's contemporary writings across the established genres of prose, poetry, fiction and drama into emerging areas of creative non-fiction, memoir and speculative fiction with a particular attention on challenging the narrow canon of Anglophone male writers. It maps shifts and continuities between late twentieth century and early twenty-first century Caribbean literature in terms of innovations in literary form and style, the changing role and place of the writer, and shifts in our understandings of what constitutes the political terrain of the literary and its sites of struggle. Whilst reaching across language divides and multiple diasporas, it shows how contemporary Caribbean Literature has focused its attentions on social complexity and ongoing marginalizations in its continued preoccupations with identity, belonging and freedoms.



Rodríguez, M. (2020). Around the world: In search of freedom (K.Valens, Trans.). Bi Women Quarterly 31 (3), 3-5.

Kevin Carey

Carey, K. (2020) Set in Stone. CavanKerry Press


 Book Description

In Set in Stone, Kevin Carey’s poems tell stories as dreams, as memories, as rituals, or ceremonies. Carey writes poetry for the everyperson, poetry that deals with memory, loss, and nostalgia in an accessible and honest way. These poems tell stories about growing up and growing older, about loss and victory, giving praise to the moments that pass through our lives and the imprint they leave behind. Carey embraces the mystery of nostalgia, the haunted memories, worn and cemented by time, that string a life together. These are poems of places and of people, both real and imagined. These are poems about summer ponds and barroom nights, basketball and superheroes—poems that remind us of our humanness. These are poems, set in stone, to be chipped away at carefully, revealing the truths hidden underneath.









Carey, K. (2020) Murder in the Marsh. Darkstroke Books


Book Description

Revere Beach, Massachusetts

Detective Eddie Devlin is about to be relieved of his duty by the Revere Police Department.

A year ago, he shot the killer of a woman in the marsh, but the man’s body disappeared from the crime scene. Eddie soon became a suspect, then a person of interest, and finally a casualty of the ongoing investigation.

Shortly after he is let go, two bodies are found in the same place, and suspicions about Eddie’s guilt resurface. Determined to clear his name, the new civilian Devlin conducts his own investigation with the help of his bartender friend, Dana, and his almost girlfriend, Gwen.

The sordid beachfront, the murky marsh, and the rain-soaked season all help to set the stage for this gritty and unsettling mystery, where Devlin battles his relentless demons on the way to uncovering a deeper conspiracy.

Carey, K. (2020) Learning to Talk. Paterson Literary Review, 48.


Carey, K. (2020). The Kid. Paterson Literary Review, 48.


Carey, K. (2020). Orphan. Paterson Literary Review, 48.


Carey, K. (2020). Sundays. Paterson Literary Review, 48.


Carey, K. (2020) Somewhere. The Petigru Review, 15.


Carey, K. (2020) Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard. On The Verge: Poets Of The Palisades III. The Poet’s Press.


Carey, K. (2020). A Dream in Newark. On The Verge: Poets Of The Palisades III. The Poet’s Press.