Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Molly James (B.A. '20, M.A. '22) My love for the fantastic drove me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, but I've always struggled to find myself in the urban fantastic. These stories take place in large cities or in locales that I never had the opportunity to visit growing up; in response, many of … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) When thinking of acts of rebellion, reading usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It can be hard to think of people like my brother who can hardly wait to give people books or those who restock community Little Libraries as literary … Continue reading Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Lisa Tatonetti's Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities (U of Minnesota P, 2021).  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 … Continue reading Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Meet the New Grad Students

Our new graduate students come to Kansas State University from California and Wisconsin and Florida and all parts of Kansas. They've been spending their pandemic free time learning to crochet and cooking and wandering the great outdoors and Snopesing out faulty family stories. They love their pets. We already love their pets, too! As is … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Fall Preview

From "Kansas Fall Color Parade" (Photo: Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014) The Fall 2021 semester is underway, partly online but mostly in person -- a big change from this time last year, thanks to plentiful vaccines, K-State's temporary mask requirement, and everyone's efforts to keep each other safe. This fall, our events will be mostly online, … Continue reading Fall Preview

Alumni Spotlight: Corinne Matthews

Corinne Matthews (MA '17) “How about we start a podcast?” In the summer of 2020, Ayanni Cooper, a member of my Ph.D. cohort at the University of Florida, asked me this question. Like many other people, the early days of the pandemic left us feeling lonely and adrift. And, since research in the field of … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Corinne Matthews

ChLA Conference 2021

14 of the 17 faculty, graduate students, and alumni who presented at the 2021 Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference, 9-13 June 2021. The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference looked a bit different for 2021, as Covid-19 continued to exercise its influence over professional events -- and so did our annual group photo of faculty, students, … Continue reading ChLA Conference 2021

Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

Location: Social media.Object: Project Titles,  graduating M.A. students.Observations: 1) Each spring, for many years, we have displayed the Writing Project and Thesis titles of our graduating M.A. students at our annual spring Awards Banquet.  2) This year, like last year,  K-State's limited operations in response to COVID prompted us to develop an alternative: with the … Continue reading Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion (Minnesota Historical Society, 2021), where Thomas X. Sarmiento's work appears.   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As the second spring semester during COVID-19 comes to a close, we celebrate recent faculty … Continue reading April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

2020-2021 Annual Awards

Irises in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, 1 May 2021 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, like last year, the continuing presence of Covid-19 and the … Continue reading 2020-2021 Annual Awards