Dr. Rita D. Costello, Assistant Professor of English
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University; M.F.A., Wichita State University; Ph.D.,
University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Kaufman Hall, 145J

rcostello@mcneese.edu
(337) 475-5193

SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• Director, Freshman and Sophomore English

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
• Drama (especially, but not limited to, Absurdist Drama, and Interdisciplinary and Collaborative
Theatre)
• Politics and Literature (especially the effects of HUAC on the arts)
• World Literature
Interdisciplinary Humanities
• Poetry


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
• Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
• Member, Conference on College Compostition and Communication (CCCC)
• Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
• Member, Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
• Member, American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association (ACA/PCA)
• Member, National Association for Humanities Education (NAHE)
• Member, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
• Regular Participant, Deep South Writers Conference


SELECTED WORKS
Creative Writing
Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in journals such as: Glimmer Train, ACM, Feminist Studies, Hawai'i Review, Illuminations, Louisiana Literature, The Baltimore Review, and Green Mountains Review; her poetry has been included in anthologies such as: Red, White & Blues: Poetic Vistas on the Promise of America, Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies, and Only Connect.

Scholarly Publications
Scholarly work by Dr. Costello has appeared in publications such as the textbook Western Literary Studies: Traditions, Trends, and Topics and in the journal Interdisciplinary Humanities.