Alumni Spotlight: Kase Johnstun

Kase Johnstun (MA '01) with Mary Van Leeuwen (M.A. 2002) during their time at K-State Kase Johnstun's recent novel, Let the Wild Grasses Grow (Torrey House Press, 2022), has already received a number of accolades: The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has selected it for its 2022 Great Group Reads, it's a finalist for the … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Kase Johnstun

Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

The Staten Islanders vie to win the rights to Lucas Cook’s story, “Waiting,” with a presentation of mis-en-scene ideas, including costume designs. In the course of studying cinematic adaptations of literary works, students in ENGL 220 "Fiction into Film" (Section H) are preparing their own film adaptations. They’ve organized themselves into production teams, read short … Continue reading Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

Grad Student Spotlight: Fereshteh Majdi

A photo from Twitter shows a woman setting fire to her headscarf during a protest in Tehran on Monday, Sept 19, 2022. Source: BBC From the very first day of school, we have been told that police are a constituted body of persons empowered by a country to ensure citizens' safety, health, and possessions. Now … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Fereshteh Majdi

Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Banned Books Week 2022 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) “People tried to ban The House on Mango Street!?” Yes, as ridiculous as it may sound. It was challenged due to themes of racism, sexuality, and poverty. My friend recently read the long and daunting list of challenged books. He was more than surprised … Continue reading Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Poetic Postal Routes in ENGL 763

Letters to sections of the day's reading in ENGL 763 This semester I am teaching ENGL 763 "Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry," our graduate poetry workshop in which we read collections of contemporary poetry to study craft elements we can emulate. We often use the space outside our classroom and have different craft stations so we … Continue reading Poetic Postal Routes in ENGL 763

From the Archive: Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender  Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published 300+ posts.  While some of you may have been with us from the start (thank you, loyal readers!), others may have joined us more recently. As a new feature, we're highlighting some of the posts that have garnered a … Continue reading From the Archive: Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice (Utah State UP, 2022), co-edited by Abby Knoblauch and Marie E. Moeller. Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September showcases a greater range of research, scholarship, and creative … Continue reading Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The Only Woman

Cover image for The Only Woman by Immy Humes (Phaidon, 2022) Immy Humes’ new book The Only Woman (Phaidon, 2022) presents 100 photos, each of which shows one woman among many men. When I read her introduction, I thought, “Yes. Exactly!” She writes, “Each photo offers forensic evidence of patriarchy on parade, along with all the other … Continue reading The Only Woman

From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

From left to right, Walt Wolfram, the executive producer of Talking Black in America, then-Assistant Professor Tosha Sampson-Choma, graduate student Chelsea Osademe (MA ’19), and KU Ph.D. student Charlesia McKinney (BA ’13) discuss the film after a showing at Kansas State University on February 26, 2018  Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published … Continue reading From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The Terrain.org Reading Series Returns

You might be surprised that something published solely in the virtual world, with editors and board members residing all across the U.S. and beyond (including Ireland, Greece, and Canada) is the world’s first place-based online journal, but yep, that is Terrain.org, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The journal’s mission is to explore … Continue reading Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The Terrain.org Reading Series Returns