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Linda Rader Overman

EDUCATION


PhD in Creative Writing, Lancaster University, England. 2013.
Thesis: Pictures On the Wall of My Life: Photographs to Life Writing to Fiction, An Ekphrastic Journey
Supervisory Team: Carolyn Richardson, and John Darwell, University of Cumbria-Carlisle, Lead Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Mood, University of Cumbria-Lancaster.

MFA in Creative Writing. MFA Consortium in Creative Writing, California State University, Chico. Emphasis in Creative Nonfiction. Spring 2003.
Project: "Developing Portraits," (memoir).
Committee: Paula Huston, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Carole Oles, CSUCHICO, Director: Steve Gutierrez, CSU East Bay.

MA in English, Creative Writing. California State University, Northridge. Emphasis in Creative Nonfiction. Spring 2001.
Thesis: "Weaving the Fabric of Myself," (memoir)
Committee: Sandra Stanley, Jack Lopez, Director: Kate Haake.

BA in English, Honors. California State University Northridge. Emphasis in Literature. December 1996.
Thesis: "Mestiza Consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena Maria Viramontes."
Committee: Mark Rocha, Director: Sandra Stanley.

Graduate Students and the Writer's Conference, English 681B, Fiction workshop with Nahid Rachlin, Southampton College, Long Island University, Summer 1998.

PUBLICATIONS


"Mestiza consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes." The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the the American West . Ed. Steven Frye. New York: Cambridge Univ Press (2016). 170-183.

"Adiós Margarita Cansino, Hello Rita Hayworth." Starbodies and the Erotics of Suffering. Eds. Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Colleen Glenn. Detroit: Wayne State Press (2015). 149-166.

"Linda Rader Overman achieves her PhD from ‘merry ole England." Connect: University of Cumbria. (Spring 2015): 12-13.

"Ekphrastic Narrative:a genre focalizing image and text." International Journal of Arts & Sciences.  ISSN: 1944-6934 :: Volume 05 :: Number 06 (2012) Copyright © 2012 by UniversityPublications.net

Pictures on the Wall of My Life: "As in Photography, So in Prose, or So The Ekphrasis Goes." (Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, 9th Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 9-12, 2011). Conference Proceedings.

"War Remembrances with Layers of Time." The Norton Mix: A new customizable printer reader database. W. W Norton & Co. Spring 2010.

"Goodbye Rita Hayworth, Hello Margarita Cansino."Reflect, Inform, Persuade: College Writing in the 21st Century. Ed. Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler. New York: Longman (2009).

"Adiós Rita Hayworth, Hello Margarita Cansino." Honorable Mention Award in nonfiction in New Millennium Writings 26 Summer 2008 competition.

Letters Between Us. Texas: Plain View Press (2008). A first (epistolary) novel about a troubled writer's search to understand a friend's mysterious death at a mental institution leading to her own self-discovery and transformation. Finalist National Best Books 2008 Awards: Fiction & Lit: Chick Lit/Women's Lit category sponsored by USA Book News.
Finalist in the Novella & Best Cover Design Fiction categories of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! www.IndieBookAwards.com

Chronicles of an Ordinary Woman. Read author's weblog. 2006-current.

"Family Pictures Shape Memory." Chican@s in the Conversations. Eds. Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler and Anne Perrin. New York: Longman (2007). ISBN-13: 9780321394170.

"Conversations with Memory." Talking River. 19 (2005): 62-80.

"Project Chiapas." Hands across Borders: A Multicultural Reader.Ed. Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler. New York: Longman. 2002. 245-249. ISBN: 0-321-09573-1.

"Radio Days." When We Speak Of War: Narratives of World War II. Ed. Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler. Jackie Kogan, Mary Marca, Linda Rader Overman. Eds. Assoc. Northridge: California State University Northridge, English Department. 2001. 83-87. Available at Library of Congress, Veteran's History Project, Oviatt Library at CSUN, & at National D Day Museum.

"Air Transport Command." When We Speak Of War: Narratives of World War II. Ed. Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler. Jackie Kogan, Mary Marca, Linda Rader Overman Eds. Assoc. Northridge: California State University Northridge, English Department. 2001. 11-13. Available at Library of Congress, Veteran's History Project, Oviatt Library at CSUN, & at National D Day Museum.

"Weaving a Cuento in Travel and Journal Writing in Chiapas." Pacific Coast Philology. (2001):102-116.

"Telling un Cuento in Travel and Journal Writing-Project Chiapas." Willa: Journal of the Women in Literature and Life Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English 7 (1998): 20-22.

"An Afternoon With Dr. Noreen." Verbatim. California State University, Northridge Graduate Newsletter. Fall 1998.

"Mestiza Consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena Maria Viramontes." Bringing the World Together . Ed. Lemuel Berry Jr. NAAAS . Conference Proceedings. Research Abstracts International: 1996. Order # LD03520.

"Chinese Goddess of Mercy." ESC! 3.1:(Summer/Fall 1994), 35-39.

"Golden Boy." onTarget 6 (Summer 1994).

"A Garden of Bars." Spillway. 1.2:(Fall 1993).

"Women of Courage." Voices 3 (1992): 86-94.

"I don't want to go on living." onthebus 8 & 9 (1991).

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS


Panelist, Author Program: Go Set A Watchman Panel Discussion" 10/24/15 @ 1pm West Valley Branch LA Public Library

"Ekphrastic Narrative:a genre focalizing image and text." (Genre 2012 - Rethinking Genre 20 years later, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 26 - 29, 2012).

"Ekphrastic Narrative:a genre focalizing image and text." (International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 14, 2012).

Pictures on the Wall of My Life: "As in Photography, So in Prose, or So The Ekphrasis Goes." (Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, 9th Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 9, 2011).

Pictures on the Wall of My Life: "As in Photography, So in Prose." (Doctoral Colloquium, University Of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, UK, July 14, 2010). .

"Developing Portraits with Layers of Time." ( The Photograph: An International Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, March 11-13, 2004).

"Stages in the Process of the Move from BI to an Integrated Information Literacy Program." Incorporating IL into Teaching & Evaluation. (CARL-SCIL Spring Program 2003. California State University, Long Beach, CA, May 16, 2003).

"Weaving a Cuento: Travel and Journal Writing in Chiapas." (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Autobiography, UCLA, CA, November 10, 2000).

Presenter, PC Duo & the English Department Lab, "Collaborative Efforts in Technology Mediated Teaching and Learning," SALT Conference (Southwest Association for Language Learning Technology, California State University, Northridge, CA, November 5, 1999).

"Telling un Cuento in Travel and Journal Writing--Project Chiapas." (Twenty-Third Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film. "Representing Identities: Biography and Autobiography." West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVA, October 15-17, 1998.)

"Mestiza Consciousness in the Works of Helena M. Viramontes." (XVII Simposio Internacional, La Mujer en La Literatura Del Mundo Hispanico, California State University, Northridge, CA, October 9-10, 1998).

"Project Chiapas: Buscando La Palabra." (Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).

"Mestiza Consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena Maria Viramontes." (National Conferences for the National Association of African-American Studies and the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Houston, TX, February 13-17, 1996).

OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND PROGRAMS


Featured Speaker, "If It's Written in First Person, It Must be True, Well Guess What . . . It Isn't!" SAGE Society Forum Luncheon, (Knollwood Country Club, June 5, 2009).

Speaker, "Annual Words, Wit, and Wisdom Authors & Book Luncheon." (Brandeis National Committee San Fernando Valley Chapter, Skirball Cultural Center, April 29, 2009).

Presenter. "Writer/Teacher" Brown Bag Series presents Linda Overman, Elyce Wakerman, Stephanie Satie, and Leilani Hall. California State Univsersity, Northridge. 6, Nov 2006.

Moderator, "Panel 1: Multi-Genre: Approaches to Gay Studies." (Associated Graduate Students in English Conference, California State University, Northridge. 9 March, 2002).

Moderator, "Panel 3: Creative Writing 1, Voices on the Edge: Creators and Critics," (Associated Graduate Students in English Conference, California State University, Northridge. 4 March, 2000).

Presenter. "Telling Un Cuento in Travel and Journal Writing-Project Chiapas." Brown Bag Lunch Discussion featuring Jack Lopez, Tim Lehnert, Linda Overman. California State Univsersity, Northridge. 30, Nov 1999.

Conducted seminars on test-taking strategies, notetaking strategies, study skills, writing essay exams, writing research papers, grammar and proofreading for California State University, Northridge, Writing Center, 1998-2001.

Conducted workshops on HyperNews Forums and IRC for use in the classroom for California State University, Northridge, Internet Technology Resources, Learning Resource Center, Fall 1998-current.

Conducted computer lab workshops for the English Department Faculty Training, California State University Northridge, Fall 1998.

Conducted computer lab seminars on teaching English 155, Freshman Composition for the Humanities Department, California State University, Northridge, Spring 1998-Summer 1999.

Zarate, Luis. "Extranjeros hacen donativo a mujeres de San Pedro." Cuarto Poder. 29 April 1997. ("Foreigners make a donation to the women of San Pedro." This article was published in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico, after my human rights work in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. I participated in this trip as part of English 487, Literature of the Maya, with Dr. Jan Ramjerdi. We visited 360 villagers (mostly women and children) in a makeshift refugee camp shortly after a violent Zapatista confrontation between the Maya, and the state police caused these indigenous people to be forcibly ejected from their village, some were killed, and others falsely imprisoned. We documented our visit for The Human Rights Center, San Bartolome de las Casas via video tape and written testimony. The newspaper article highlighted the fact that this was the first time any foreigner or visiting university student (me), for that matter, insisted that a large monetary donation to an indigenous people be given exclusively to the women of a Mayan village.)

AWARD AND HONORS


Excellence in Teaching Award, for English 429 (Adolescent Literature) by AGSE and STDIC. Student nomination for great efforts as a teacher and mentor. May 20, 2017.

Letters Between Us. Texas: Plain View Press (2008). A first (epistolary) novel about a troubled writer's search to understand a friend's mysterious death at a mental institution leading to her own self-discovery and transformation. Finalist National Best Books 2008 Awards: Fiction & Lit: Chick Lit/Women's Lit category sponsored by USA Book News. In addition selected as a Finalist in Novella & Finalist in Best Cover Design Fiction categories of 2009 Indie Book Awards

Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2008-current.

Listed, Marquis Who's Who in America 2009-current.

Associate Member. Pen USA West. 2003-current.

Faculty Web Course Project Grant to develop a course webpage for English 155 Freshman Composition course, California State University, Northridge, Fall 1997.

Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1995-present.

Member, Sigma Tau Delta, 1995-present.

Dean's List, Spring 1995 and Spring 1996.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


"Writing the Self in Photographs." Taught Creative Writing Workshops to graduate students and faculty at College of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China. June 5-6, 2007.

Reviewer. Acknowledgment of Special Thanks. Atwan, Robert. Convergences: Message, Method, Medium. 2nd Edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martins. 2005.

Lecturer, California State University, Northridge, Department of English: Literature, Eng. 275, 355, 364, 428, Composition, Eng. 305, 155, 113/097, 098. Fall 2001-current.

Lecturer, California State University, Northridge, Department of Undergraduate Studies: University 100. Fall 2002-2003.

Lecturer, California State University, Northridge, Department of Chicano Studies: Composition, CHS 155. Fall 2001-Spring 2002.

Teaching Associate Internship, MFA Consortium. Pregnant Minor Program, Division of Alternative Education, Northwest AEC, New Directions for Youth, Van Nuys, CA. Spring 2001.

Technical Officer, Associated Graduate Students of English, California State University, Northridge, Spring 2000-2001.

Teaching Associate/Personal Assistant for Dr. Irene Clark, Director of Composition, California State University, Northridge, Department of English, Fall 2000.

Teaching Associate, California State University, Northridge, Department of English, English 155, 1997-2000.

Writing Consultant, California State University, Northridge, Writing Center, Fall 1998-2001. Tutor students and other members of the university community in all aspects of writing and conduct a variety writing seminars.

Facilitator, English Department Computer Lab, between the Humanities Department technology supervisor and English Department faculty by publishing and consistently updating an online computer lab procedures manual. This enables faculty, who teach in a computer enhanced classroom, to keep up-to-date with the technological advances utilized in the lab, as they occur, for classroom implementation. California State University, Northridge, Fall 1997-current academic years.

Reader, Wings: Student Essays from the Freshman Composition Program at California State University, Northridge. Fall 1999.

Production Staff, Wings: Student Essays from the Freshman Composition Program at California State University, Northridge. Fall 1997.

Notetaker, for deaf students. National Center on Deafness, California State University, Northridge, 1992-1997.

REFERENCES
Stephen Gutierrez, MFA
Associate Professor
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542-3095
510-885-3400
Sandra Stanley,Ph.D
Professor, Department of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
818-677-3431

Carole Oles, MA
MFA Coordinator, ret.
California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0830
530-898-4450
Elizabeth Mood, PhD ret.
Creative Writing
University of Cumbria-Lancaster
Bowerham Road
Lancaster, Lancashire, U.K.
LA1 3JD


Nahid Rachlin, MFA
Professor, Creative Writing
New School for Social Research
66 West 12th St.
New York City, NY 10011
212-229-5600
Irene Clark, PhD.
Director of Composition,
Department of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
818-677-3414

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