Teaching associate and Department of English Literature and Criticism doctoral candidate Edward Carvalho is currently guest-editing Dr. David Downing’s Works and Days journal on “Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 University.” The nearly 550-page volume, slated for a January 2009 release, features Carvalho’s interviews with Cornel West and Noam Chomsky as well as new scholarship from twenty-six other contributors, including Henry Giroux, embattled professor Ward Churchill, and Cary Nelson.
Carvalho’s interview with 2007 Pulitzer poetry finalist Martín Espada, “A Branch on the Tree of Whitman: Martin Espada on the 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass,” currently appears as a reprint in the Summer 2008 print edition of Ed Folsom’s (U of Iowa) Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. In addition to his “The Day After Canticles” poem featured in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's print literary journal New Growth Arts Review no. 28, he has had the following accepted for publication: “In the grain of an oak, a horse” and “The lost chance for epiphany at a gas station in Connecticut,” which will appear in Billy Finnegan's . . . like this (2008-09); and “A bachelor takes his pound of pasta seriously,” “(Finding an Internet Video of) The 1971 ‘Crying Indian’ PSA Commercial,” and “Roach interlude in Leonard Hall (Indiana University of Pennsylvania English Department)” will appear in Viviparous Blenny (January 2009).
Earlier this year, Carvalho received a $1,200 honorarium for a poetry reading and lecture to promote his current book Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short (Fine Tooth Press, 2007) at SUNY’s North Country Community College. In June, he was selected as one of seventeen international students to participate in the Walt Whitman seminar Dortmund, where he also delivered a paper during the conference symposium. His forthcoming collection of poetry, “If the radiance of a thousand suns”: Songs of the American Hiroshima, is currently under contract with Six Bad Apples Press (forthcoming 2008–09), the release of which will be preceded by an audiobook collection, Chants from the Seven Cities. He is the curator of the local poetry reading series “I speak the password primeval” and founding editor of the newly announced creative and critical journal The Acknowledged Legislator.