Post Briefs, November 2021

Laroussi Contributes Essay to Book

Dr. Sabrina Laroussi, associate professor of modern languages and cultures (Spanish), has had a chapter on Spanish art and cinema published in an anthology, Crear entre mundos: nuevas tendencias en la metaficción española (Creating Between Two Worlds: New Trends in Spanish Metafiction). The 15 essays together offer a new look at Spanish metafiction, not just in literature, but also in television, film, theatre, photography, and art. Laroussi was awarded funds from the Jackson-Hope Funds Faculty Development  last year to cover the production costs of the book. This book represents a collaboration between faculty of  all three local universities.  Co-edited by faculty from Virginia Military Institute and Southern Virginia University, the book also features two articles from faculty at Washington and Lee University.


Brodie Cartoons to Benefit Medical Research

Col. John Brodie is often known for his musical talents, directing the VMI Glee Club, as well as the Regimental and Pipe Bands. But it’s his drawing and humor that are on display in a book of cartoons called “Mowing the Grass on the Lawn of Life.” He’s selling copies of the 72-page book with the help of his wife to benefit the Paul A. Levine M.D. Research Grant at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. “We printed 300, but we may have to print more,” said Brodie, who sings the praises of Dr. Levine, among other remarkable doctors, who saved his life seven years ago when he faced his own cancer battle. “They were fantastic! I’m grateful to be alive, and this is something I can do to give back.” To learn more, contact Brodie at


Brown’s Book of Poems to be Published

A prize-winning book of poems written by Lt. Col. Julie Brown, associate professor of English and fine arts, called “The Adjacent Possible,” will be published this fall. Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia Luisa A. Igloria praises Brown’s "poems of lyric beauty and intelligence," and Alice Fulton, a MacArthur fellow, describes the book as a "beautifully sinuous collection” of poems that, "like Emily Dickinson’s, ‘dwell in possibility,’ considering the interweaving of one and many, tracing ecosystems, seasons, and ‘lovers’ synchronicities.’” Most recently Brown was the recipient of a Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University, where she has a reading of her poems.


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