2019-2020 Annual Awards

This evening -- Friday, May 1, 2020 -- should have found us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, due to this year's outbreak of Covid-19 and the university's restrictions on events, we are not able to hold … Continue reading 2019-2020 Annual Awards

Poetry Reading: Good Bones

  For the last day of National Poetry Month, we offer a collaborative reading of Maggie Smith's "Good Bones" from her collection Good Bones, published by Tupelo Press. Be sure to watch until the end -- and thanks to Dan Hoyt for orchestrating the reading and the appearance by our special guest. Enjoy! — Karin … Continue reading Poetry Reading: Good Bones

Alumni Spotlight: Jarrod McCartney

If someone would have told me when I graduated from Red Cloud High School in Red Cloud, NE (pop. 1020) in 1998 that the 40 year-old version of me would be working in my hometown, I would have been dismayed. “What catastrophe could possibly have happened to put me in such a situation?” is what … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jarrod McCartney

Grad Student Spotlight: Rachael Cox

  While many of our graduate students serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants and complete the M.A. degree full-time, others continue to pursue their current jobs while also taking graduate courses. Rachael Cox (M.A. '21) is one of several high school teachers who pursue the M.A. in English in order to enrich their personal and professional … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Rachael Cox

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Molly James

  “I dreamt of water again last night.” When I first wrote that sentence in Dan Hoyt’s English 771 novel writing class, I wasn’t expecting it to sprout into a project that would lead to an independent study. In fact, when I first started The River Within Us, the novel’s current working title, I only … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Alumni Spotlight: Sea Sharp

  Like so many in my graduating class, when I graduated from Kansas State University in 2010, the very first thing I decided to do with my life was “get the heck outta Dodge." Unlike the majority of my college peers though, I moved to Manhattan, Kansas when I was twelve years old, so naturally … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Sea Sharp

March 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As we continue to teach remotely in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters, as well as posts from … Continue reading March 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Noelle Braaten and Dustin Vann

  Our M.A. program here at K-State offers a rare opportunity: the ability to combine the Tracks in Children’s Literature and in Creative Writing to develop creative writing skills specifically geared towards children’s and young adult literature. Two English M.A. students graduating this spring, Noelle Braaten (MA '20) and Dustin Vann ('20), recount their experience … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Noelle Braaten and Dustin Vann

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month: 2020 Pandemic Edition

  In 2018, Traci Brimhall offered 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Below, she offers an updated version for 2020.   National Poetry Month began in 1996 through the Academy of American Poets. In their own words, “it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets … Continue reading How to Celebrate National Poetry Month: 2020 Pandemic Edition