Alumni Spotlight: Dene Dryden

Why I Stuck with English When Journalism Became My Calling When I started my K-State experience in 2016, I was excited to see what career path I would eventually end up on while earning my English degree. I made the decision to study English well before I applied to attend K-State, and I had to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Dene Dryden

October 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover image for B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature (U of Florida Press, 2022), where Anuja Madan has published “A is for Anglophone.”  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 … Continue reading October 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

September 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover image for The Material Culture of Writing, edited by Cydney Alexis and colleague Hannah J. Rule (Utah State UP, 2022)   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 outlined … Continue reading September 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Alumni Spotlight: Kase Johnstun

Kase Johnstun (MA '01) with Mary Van Leeuwen (M.A. 2002) during their time at K-State Kase Johnstun's recent novel, Let the Wild Grasses Grow (Torrey House Press, 2022), has already received a number of accolades: The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has selected it for its 2022 Great Group Reads, it's a finalist for the … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Kase Johnstun

From the Archive: Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender  Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published 300+ posts.  While some of you may have been with us from the start (thank you, loyal readers!), others may have joined us more recently. As a new feature, we're highlighting some of the posts that have garnered a … Continue reading From the Archive: Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

From left to right, Walt Wolfram, the executive producer of Talking Black in America, then-Assistant Professor Tosha Sampson-Choma, graduate student Chelsea Osademe (MA ’19), and KU Ph.D. student Charlesia McKinney (BA ’13) discuss the film after a showing at Kansas State University on February 26, 2018  Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published … Continue reading From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

Alumni Spotlight: Alana McGough

Alana McGough (MA '06) Long before I entered the English M.A. program at K-State, I carried around many thoughts about meaning and purpose. Having grown up in a small town with a large farming family and a deeply rooted church, I couldn’t imagine going through life thinking that most things didn’t matter. I was also … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Alana McGough

Our Thanks to Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie

  During the past weeks, we celebrated the contributions of Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie, two of our faculty members who are retiring this May and this August, respectively, after more than 30 years of service to Kansas State. Our first celebration took place during our final department faculty meeting of the year and on … Continue reading Our Thanks to Alison Wheatley and Marcella Reekie

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Hensley

Julie Hensley (MA '99) When I drove west from the Shenandoah Valley to Manhattan, Kansas for the first time, I remember stopping to pump gas on the West Virginia Turnpike at the base of a mountain that felt so much larger and more dramatic than the misty blue ones I had left behind. Just across … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Julie Hensley