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

From Studying Abroad to Flattening the Curve

  Hi guys! My name is Drew Elizabeth Davis and I’m a junior at Kansas State University. I spent the past few months studying in Alicante, Spain, but unfortunately my time abroad had to be cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The past few weeks have been extremely difficult, but I’m very thankful to … Continue reading From Studying Abroad to Flattening the Curve

On Teaching During a Pandemic: Exploring Creativity

  Like teachers around the world, English Department faculty at Kansas State find ourselves having to rethink our approach to our classes in order to provide meaningful instruction. I am missing the main thing that brings me joy in teaching: the real life presence of my students. I wanted to allay their anxiety and motivate … Continue reading On Teaching During a Pandemic: Exploring Creativity

February 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

In the weeks ahead, we'll be sharing ideas for living through our current cultural moment of social distancing, self-isolation, and mediated communications. For now, though, as we prepare 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. … Continue reading February 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

Monday was the 116th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.  That morning, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) emailed to ask if I would be willing to talk about Seuss live that afternoon on their Here and Now program. I said I would be glad to, and we had a pre-interview telephone chat. About 40 … Continue reading To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

  Who is a better moral guide: Caroline Ingalls or Marmee March? Who is a better scientist: Victor Frankenstein or Lemuel Gulliver? You decide! This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a four-conference paperback book "tournament." Our conference categories are American, British, Global, and Young Adult/Children's literature. We hope … Continue reading Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness