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

From the Archive: Some Advice on Applying to MFA Programs

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. So, we're highlighting periodically some of the posts that have garnered a lot of views or that address topics of continuing … Continue reading From the Archive: Some Advice on Applying to MFA Programs

Release Party for Aaron Burch’s Year of the Buffalo

On Tuesday night, we held a Zoom release party for Aaron Burch and his debut novel, Year of the Buffalo, the first book from American Buffalo Books, a brand-new independent press affiliated with Kansas State's English Department. We did all the usual book-release things: we heard Aaron read (excellently) from his new book (also excellent), … Continue reading Release Party for Aaron Burch’s Year of the Buffalo

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

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