Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell

Should we care about the Oscars? The awards industry has grown like the world’s population in the last hundred years. Every field has its awards—advertising, aerospace, automobiles. Living also has its own: the Stinky Shoe Award, the Stella award, and of course the Guinness Book of World Records. Even dying has its own award in … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell

Alumni Spotlight: Kylie Kinley

I have two English degrees – a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in creative writing and a Master’s degree in creative writing and children’s literature from Kansas State. I was attracted to English programs because you can’t major in “storytelling.” Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. We use stories to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Kylie Kinley

What Can You Do with an M.A. in English?: The 2017 Graduate Alumni Survey

Every ten years, the Department of English surveys its alumni. We pride ourselves on maintaining close relationships with our alums and have a strong interest in what they — or you, if you’re an alum — did after leaving the hallowed halls of the English Counseling Services Building or Denison Hall (if you graduated before … Continue reading What Can You Do with an M.A. in English?: The 2017 Graduate Alumni Survey

Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

  “I grew up in rural Kansas, and as a teen reader, I was always disappointed that books were rarely set in a place that was recognizable to me”: This week, we feature an online interview with Miranda Asebedo (BA ’07, MA ’09), who has just published her first novel, The Deepest Roots, with HarperTeen. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson

There’s this troubling question I’ve been getting since my second book came out. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but my first book, which is stories and not a novel, came out with a small press and didn’t get the fanfare. There were no interviews or Q&As at reading events. So I was caught … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson

Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

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 activity that our faculty and students have shared beyond Kansas State, given that it covers the summer months of May, June, July, and … Continue reading Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

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

Fall Preview

The Fall 2022 semester is underway — and we’re cautiously optimistic, as we welcome more students and faculty back to campus during this current phase of the pandemic. This fall, our events will be fully online or hyflex (in-person with a concurrent streaming option), so we can accommodate colleagues and students who may not be … Continue reading Fall Preview

2021-2022 Annual Awards

Lilacs in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, April 2022 This first weekend in May would usually find 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, as it did the past two years, the continuing presence of … Continue reading 2021-2022 Annual Awards

April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department’s recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As we enter a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We’re also happy to recognize the recent successes in research, scholarship, … Continue reading April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity