2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Last Saturday, May 5, we celebrated student and faculty success at our 2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet. We'll have photos soon from Autumn Shoemaker (BS '10, Journalism Mass Comm), but for now, here are our award recipients.  (Information about the student awards below is available from our department's web site.) Brink Memorial Essay Award: Jackson Wright … Continue reading 2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Creation Nation: A Week in the Advanced Poetry Classroom

In the ENGL 663 "Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry" class this semester, we have focused on developing a reading practice, a writing practice, and a strong sense of community. We’ve written fan letters to the poets we’ve read; students have taught great books to each other through a variety of exercises; and we have written and … Continue reading Creation Nation: A Week in the Advanced Poetry Classroom

Touchstone Literary Magazine Offers New Issue, Digital Archives

Touchstone enjoyed a rebirth this year. Almost a year ago, I decided that I’d put my extra semester of graduate school to use and thrust the magazine into the lit-mag world with new gusto. In the ever-digitizing world of literature, our first two goals were to establish an online presence at touchstonekstate.org and to archive digital … Continue reading Touchstone Literary Magazine Offers New Issue, Digital Archives

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month began in 1996 through the Academy of American Poets. In their own words, “it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.” Here are 30 ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month here in Manhattan, KS, starting … Continue reading How to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Complicated Conversations

On Wednesday, March 14, more than 50 people gathered in Union 227 to share perspectives on recent news stories concerning the author Sherman Alexie, such as the one published with NPR on social media, such as the one by Deborah Miranda. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students from across Kansas State University, as well as local … Continue reading Complicated Conversations

Office Space: Dan Hoyt

All right, y'all, we're taking our shelfie game up a notch. In this new, somewhat regular feature called Office Space (yes, that's reference to the cult movie famous for "pieces of flair"), we'll take you into the the native habitat of the English professor, the somewhat cluttered office, and give you a tour of objects … Continue reading Office Space: Dan Hoyt

Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson

There’s this troubling question I’ve been getting since my second book came out. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but my first book, which is stories and not a novel, came out with a small press and didn’t get the fanfare. There were no interviews or Q&As at reading events. So I was caught … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: R. Dean Johnson