Undergraduate Research in English Literature: Vital Practice

Students in ENGL 310 "Introduction to Literary Studies" share their research at the public symposium, “Who Painted the Lion? Talking Back in/as Literature,” held at the Manhattan Public Library on 2 December 2022. Every semester the English Department offers multiple sections of English 310, “Introduction to Literary Studies,” a course that welcomes English majors and … Continue reading Undergraduate Research in English Literature: Vital Practice

“Ad Astra” by Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall reads her poem "Ad Astra" on the south steps of the Statehouse in Topeka during the inauguration of Governor Laura Kelly (9 January 2022) In her new role as the Poet Laureate of Kansas (2023-2026), Traci Brimhall attended the inauguration of Governor Laura Kelly on January 9, 2023, and read a poem written … Continue reading “Ad Astra” by Traci Brimhall

2022 Mock Caldecott

Some of the 2022 picture books under consideration for this year's Mock Caldecott Now in its 15th year, the Mock Caldecott is a joint endeavor between the English Department and the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC), one of our department-sponsored student organizations, with support from the Manhattan Public Library (MPL). In the pre-COVID times, … Continue reading 2022 Mock Caldecott

Open House 2022

K-State's Open House is back on campus for 2022 — and K-State English is ready! As the preview page for Open House explains: Love to read or write? Explore your next chapter with English — one of K-State’s most versatile degrees. Order up a poem from the Poet-in-a-Box. Take a literary quiz to win a … Continue reading Open House 2022

#Shakespeare After Shakespeare

On Friday, February 18th, the Literature Track hosted a pre-show event in conjunction with the Manhattan Arts Center’s production of The Book of Will. First staged in 2018 and written by Laurie Gunderson, The Book of Will shows how friendship, not scholarship, motivated Shakespeare’s actor-friends to gather all his plays into a single collection seven … Continue reading #Shakespeare After Shakespeare

2021 Mock Caldecott

Some of the 2021 picture books under consideration for this year's Mock Caldecott Now in its 14th year, the Mock Caldecott is a joint endeavor between the English Department and the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC), one of our department student organizations, with support from the Manhattan Public Library (MPL). Pre-COVID, faculty, students, and … Continue reading 2021 Mock Caldecott

Game On!

K-State's Virtual Open House is on! You'll find our "Poetry in Motion" contribution, in honor of National Poetry Month, filed under the "Activities and Events" to "Enjoy all weekend" -- or, just go directly to our virtual Poet-in-the-Box (launching Friday at 9:00am through 8:00pm) and our lightning talks on favorite poems (available on demand). Enjoy! … Continue reading Game On!

Found Object: Shakespeare in the Little Apple

Location: Digital files.Object: Postcard announcing the month-long visit of Shakespeare's First Folio to Kansas State and Manhattan, February 2016.Observations: 1) Five years ago, in March 2016, we were recovering from a whirlwind month of activities following the arrival of a First Folio, on loan for the month of February from the Folger Shakespeare Library in … Continue reading Found Object: Shakespeare in the Little Apple

Virtual Open House 2021

After cancellation due to COVID-19 last spring, K-State's annual Open House is back for 2021 -- and K-State English is ready! Our theme is "Poetry in Motion" in honor of National Poetry Month and the virtual space for this year's Open House: What makes the heart of a poem tick? Why do its rhymes resonate? … Continue reading Virtual Open House 2021

Humanities Hotline with Mary Kohn

"The toll-free Humanities Hotline delivers interesting short stories anytime, day or night. It’s simple: Dial 1-888-416-2018 and choose from a menu of humanities highlights" (Humanities Kansas web site) So much programming over the last year has focused on creating online events. These events have held communities together and even widened our networks in some cases. … Continue reading Humanities Hotline with Mary Kohn