Alumni Spotlight: David Murphy

Sometimes our alumni stay in Kansas to forge their professional path; sometimes they travel the world. David Murphy (MA '08) has traveled the world -- thanks, in part, to his M.A. in English from Kansas State, as he explains below. David's employment history illustrates the various and complementary careers that our graduates pursue, some of … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: David Murphy

Dispatches from #AWP19

K-State English was well-represented at the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference last weekend in Portland, Oregon. Below are some dispatches from AWP#19 to join the ones we posted last year from AWP#18.   Of all the amazing panels and readings — and there were many this year in Portland, Oregon — … Continue reading Dispatches from #AWP19

Text Questing in Advanced Poetry

We have rad libraries and librarians. In my ENGL 663 “Advanced Poetry” class this semester, all the books we are reading interact with another text in some way. One features epigraphs from original versions of fairy tales, one uses historical medical records, and one uses the New York Times science column to create poems. Students … Continue reading Text Questing in Advanced Poetry

Grad Student Spotlight: Kat Goetting

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had pets. That’s probably because my mom got our first dog, Dixie, about a year before I was born. She was my best friend for 13 years. We slept together, ate together, played together—and while we may not have cried together, she was always there to lend … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Kat Goetting

Spring Preview

Though today's ice and snow remind us that winter is still at hand, the start of the semester promises springtime ahead! Here are some of the events that we're looking forward to in the coming months: ~ Associate Professor Abby Knoblauch launches our Spring Colloquia Series on Wednesday, February 13. Abby is back from her … Continue reading Spring Preview

Grad Student Spotlight: Krista Danielson

Moin! That’s how people in northern Germany say “hello.” Doesn’t matter if you’re clubbing on the Reeperbahn, banking downtown, or jogging around the Alster on a Sunday afternoon — in Hamburg, you greet each other with moin. I’m spending this fall semester studying abroad at the University of Hamburg. Some of my classes are in English and … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Krista Danielson

Undergrad Spotlight: Sean and Zach Lawless

English majors in creative writing Sean Lawless (BA '19) and Zach Lawless (BA '19) spent a month last summer using their creative writing skills at VeracityColab, a video agency in Orange County, California. They wrote video copy on tight deadlines and contributed to the creative teams producing videos for a range of organizations. Among their … Continue reading Undergrad Spotlight: Sean and Zach Lawless

Grad Student Spotlight: Maddie Pospisil

I’m leading a bit of a double life these days. I am, of course, reading literature—poetry, fiction, and, this semester, a ton of theory (thanks Dr. González). But I’m also working on a collection of poems for my master's project, which has lately meant learning as much as I can about particle physics. I just … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Maddie Pospisil

Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

  "I grew up in rural Kansas, and as a teen reader, I was always disappointed that books were rarely set in a place that was recognizable to me": This week, we feature an online interview with Miranda Asebedo (BA '07, MA '09), who has just published her first novel, The Deepest Roots, with HarperTeen. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

The National Book Award’s Fiction Longlist

Two writers who recently visited Kansas State made the 10-writer longlist for the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction. Hell yeah, I cheered. Rebecca Makkai visited Kansas State in March of 2012. At that point, I considered her one of the modern masters of the short story (I'm not alone in that assessment: her stories once … Continue reading The National Book Award’s Fiction Longlist