April 2023 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Several English Department faculty, graduate students, and alumni presented at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, 5-8 April 2023. Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. We're happy to recognize the recent successes in research, scholarship, and creative activity … Continue reading April 2023 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

From Gendered Blood to Magical Silver: Student Symposium on Asian American Lit

Michele Janette's ENGL 680 "Asian American Literature" class (May 2023) You know how it is: you have these great conversations, read these fabulous books, discover these new ideas, and write this great paper, and only your professor sees it before it vanishes into last year's folder on your laptop, or into the inaccessible corners of … Continue reading From Gendered Blood to Magical Silver: Student Symposium on Asian American Lit

2022-2023 Annual Awards

Irises in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, April 2023 Our annual awards celebration was back in person for the first time since 2019, now that the height of the COVID pandemic has passed and we could gather with greater safety. Rather than the sit-down banquet from the pre-COVID days, we opted for a … Continue reading 2022-2023 Annual Awards

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Justin Dickinson

Justin Dickinson (BA '23) Over spring break, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with Tanya Gonzalez and Rebecca Paz for our Latin(x) Literature course, ENGL 389. The trip was service-work oriented and was geared toward first-generation students and first-time travelers abroad. I had never left the country before the trip, but … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Justin Dickinson

Found Object: Sidewalk Chalk

Location: The sidewalk to the ECS BuildingObject: Sidewalk chalkingObservations: 1) Early evening on Wednesday (April 5), members of Sigma Tau Delta, our student honorary society, prepared a welcome surprise for us on Thursday morning: literary messages of encouragement, celebration, and spring. 2) Ranging across centuries, nations, and genres, the selected quotes remind us to use … Continue reading Found Object: Sidewalk Chalk

Open House 2023

Teri Jacques (BA '23) celebrates writing the last poem at the 2022 Open House K-State's Open House is happening on Saturday April 1 — and K-State English is ready! As the preview page for Open House explains: Love to read or write? Explore your next chapter with English — one of K-State’s most versatile degrees. … Continue reading Open House 2023

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Cassidy Hartig

Cassidy Hartig (BA '24) I have a game running with myself when I tell someone my major. I’ve practically rigged it— a 90% win rate. The rules are simple: 1) tell someone I’m studying English, 2) see how many words off I am from the usual “You’re planning to teach?” Honestly, it’s an honor— teachers … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Cassidy Hartig

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Riley Dandurand

Program cover for the 2023 Midwest Writing Center Association Conference This year’s Midwest Writing Center Association conference theme was “Gateways Reimagined: Transforming Perspectives in the Writing Center.” With such a broad topic it was interesting to see the different ways that people “reimagined” the writing center as a gateway. For instance, some presenters imagined the … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Riley Dandurand

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Zach Zoeller

M.M. Carrigan reads at the 10th Annual Rock and Roll Reading at AWP in Seattle, WA (8 March 2023) I was almost late to the 10th Annual Rock and Roll Reading, which, if you know anything about rock and roll readings, would’ve been about the most punk thing I could’ve pulled. I’d been on a … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Zach Zoeller

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Leah Hennes

Leah Hennes (BA '23) at the Capitol in Topeka, KS What goes into a Wikipedia article? A lot more than you’d think! One of the longest lasting lessons from my very first high school English class was to not use Wikipedia as a source because, as my teacher said, “just anyone can edit it.” That … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Leah Hennes