Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Royster

Francesca Royster (BA '88) For the past six years, I’ve been working on a book on Black Country Music performers and fans. I stumbled on the topic chatting with my father about his time as a session musician in Nashville in the 1970’s. (Dad — Philip Royster — taught in English and Ethnic Studies at … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Francesca Royster

Manhattan Setting for HBO’s Somebody Somewhere

Kristin Brighton (BA '97, MA '99) Those who called Manhattan, Kansas, home while they attended Kansas State University might be interested in checking out the new HBO dramedy Somebody Somewhere, starring and executive produced by Bridget Everett, the notoriously over-the-top cabaret singer and comedian who grew up here.  As both a K-State English grad and … Continue reading Manhattan Setting for HBO’s Somebody Somewhere

Alumni Spotlight: Anita Mihelic

Anita Mihelic (MA '07, right) with Edgar Mihelic (MA '21, left), December 2021 in the English Department Main Office. If you would have told me in 2005 that 15+ years later I would be working at a construction data and software company, I probably would have backed away slowly and found the nearest exit. And … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Anita Mihelic

Found Object: 2nd Annual Rock and Roll Reading Poster, 2015

Location: English Department Twitter feed, 6 April 2015. Object: Poster for the 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Reading at #AWP15. Observations: 1) Since 2014, the English Department -- at the suggestion of Professor Dan Hoyt -- has been hosting an off-site reading in conjunction with the annual AWP Conference. 2) In the months leading up … Continue reading Found Object: 2nd Annual Rock and Roll Reading Poster, 2015

Alumni Spotlight: Jill Clingan

Jill Clingan (MA '03) “Stories matter. Teaching Language Arts is important because we make sense of our world through story—both by reading the stories of others and narrating our own.” I said these words to a group of enthusiastic teachers in Brazil in 2018 where I was helping lead an educational conference with my Mizzou … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jill Clingan

Winter 2021-2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Karma Animalia (Social Justice Anthologies, 2022) by Ania Payne   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As we begin a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during the … Continue reading Winter 2021-2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Found Object: Expository Writing Materials, c. 1999

Location: English Department Alumni Facebook Group, posted by Aimee Teslaw (MA '00). Object: Textbook supplements for university required writing courses ENGL 100 and ENGL 200, c. 1999. Observations: 1) Aimee: "Went through some drawers. Found some relics of the late ‘90s."  2) We love seeing traces of earlier K-State English experiences! 3) These spiral-bound supplements … Continue reading Found Object: Expository Writing Materials, c. 1999

Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Borders

Maggie Borders (MA '12, front row, second from the right) appears with K-State participants for the MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference (September 24-26, 2021, Kansas City, MO). Also included in the photo: Cheryl Rauh (MA '11) and English majors Bailey Britton (BA '22) and Thai Lopez (BA '22). "Better done than perfect." I don’t remember … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Borders

Alumni Connections, 2016 and 2021

Our panelists for the 2016 Alumni Connections career panel, left to right: Kent Glasscock (BA '76), Lisa Sisley (BA '92), Melia Fritch (MA '04), Ashley Brown (BA '09, MA '12), and Cheryl Rauh (MA '11) Since 2005, the English Department has hosted an alumni career panel to connect our current students with the expertise and … Continue reading Alumni Connections, 2016 and 2021

From Writing Center Visitor to Writing Center Developer

Title slide for the presentation by Shana Schmidt (MA '19) to the Writing Center staff (8 Oct 2021) On Friday, October 8, our Writing Center Staff, including tutors and administrators, enjoyed a visit from our tutor alum, Shana Schmidt (MA '19). As Stacia Gray, serving as Writing Center Director, puts it, "Shana's presentation sparked good … Continue reading From Writing Center Visitor to Writing Center Developer