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

Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

The Staten Islanders vie to win the rights to Lucas Cook’s story, “Waiting,” with a presentation of mis-en-scene ideas, including costume designs. In the course of studying cinematic adaptations of literary works, students in ENGL 220 "Fiction into Film" (Section H) are preparing their own film adaptations. They’ve organized themselves into production teams, read short … Continue reading Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Banned Books Week 2022 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) “People tried to ban The House on Mango Street!?” Yes, as ridiculous as it may sound. It was challenged due to themes of racism, sexuality, and poverty. My friend recently read the long and daunting list of challenged books. He was more than surprised … Continue reading Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Poetic Postal Routes in ENGL 763

Letters to sections of the day's reading in ENGL 763 This semester I am teaching ENGL 763 "Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry," our graduate poetry workshop in which we read collections of contemporary poetry to study craft elements we can emulate. We often use the space outside our classroom and have different craft stations so we … Continue reading Poetic Postal Routes in ENGL 763

Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice (Utah State UP, 2022), co-edited by Abby Knoblauch and Marie E. Moeller. 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 … Continue reading Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The 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, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The journal’s mission is to explore … Continue reading Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The Reading Series Returns

Fall Preview

From "Kansas Fall Color Parade" (Collected by Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014) 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), … Continue reading Fall Preview

Found Object: 2022 M.A. Projects

Location: Social media.Object: Project Titles,  graduating M.A. students.Observations: 1) Each spring, for many years, we have displayed the M.A. Project and Thesis titles of our graduating M.A. students at our annual spring Awards Banquet.  2) This year, as in 2020 and 2021, COVID prompted us to develop an alternative: with the help of our 2022 … Continue reading Found Object: 2022 M.A. Projects

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