Welcome back! Sorry about the weather!

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Okay, okay, we know it’s called the spring semester and all, but here we are trekking back to class today when the high in Manhattan, Kansas, is supposed to be 13 degrees and the low is supposed to be -1.

Maybe it’s best if we think about this through a Mark Twain quote: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Let’s consider today’s weather the live frog, and remember the semester’s going to keep getting better and better — and, we hope, warmer, too.

To help, let’s preview some of the English Department’s hottest (and coolest) events this semester:

~ This Thursday (January 18), join us for a celebration of authors from Haiti and the countries of Africa (7 p.m., Arrow Coffee). Contribute by sharing a five-minute reading or just attend to enjoy some great literature.

~ On Thursday, February 2, Fred Moten, theorist and poet, will present his work as part of the 27th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium (4 p.m., Leadership Studies Town Hall).

~ On Wednesday, February 14, members of the department will present a series of short talks called “Love Letters to Mary Shelley” (3:30 p.m., Union 227).

~ On Friday, March 30, poet Debra Marquart will read from her work (3:30pm, location TBA) on the same day that we welcome potential graduate students to campus to learn all about our program.

~ On Friday, April 13, experimental prose writer Lily Hoang will read from her work (3:30 p.m, location TBA).

~ On Saturday, April 21, Jacqueline Woodson, poet and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will speak about her work as part of ChALC’s biennial conference on children’s literature. In March, we’ll share details on how to complete your free registration for this event.

Visit our department’s calendar at https://www.k-state.edu/english/calendar/ to stay posted about upcoming events connected to English —  and, in the meantime, stay warm.

The Editors (Dan Hoyt, Associate Professor; Anuja Madan, Assistant Professor; and Karin Westman, Department Head)

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