Great Expectations

A blog of the Department of English at BGSU:A place for faculty, students and alumni to connect.

The National Book Award Longlist

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 18, 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Doerr, BGSU graduate in Creative Writing, for having his book selected for the National Book Award Longlist.  f_doerr_allthelight

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A new position in Rhetoric and Writing

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 12, 2014

The department is very pleased to be adding a new professor in Rhetoric and Writing beginning next fall.  An ad for the position can be found on our website:

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Black Swamp Children’s Poetry Project

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 5, 2014

BSAF_POSTER2BGSU’s chapter of the national English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, Prairie Margins, and the editors and staff of Mid-American Review are collaborating to host the first ever Black Swamp Children’s Poetry Project this Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, from 11-4:00pm. This event takes place as part of Bowling Green’s annual (and well-regarded) Black Swamp Arts Festival.

Children ages 2-12 will be encouraged to explore poetry and the imagination through haiku. If you are at the Black Swamp Arts Festival you can find the Poetry Project’s tent near the Children’s Art Village by the Wood County Library.

For further information, please contact Dr. Erin Labbie, Ph.D. (, or Mid-Am editor Abby Cloud (

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Matt Bell’s first novel wins 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 2, 2014

Congratulations to Matt Bell, whose first novel, “In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods” just won the 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award, given by Word Riot.51QqJJzKMyL._AA160_

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Sharona Muir’s “Invisible Beasts”

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 29, 2014

41Ft4Xq54RL._AA160_Sharona Muir’s new book Invisible Beasts has been getting some great early notice, including a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and a selection by O:  The Oprah Magazine as one of the ten books you must pick up this August.

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Creative Writing alumna shares good news

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 22, 2014

Qiana TFormer BGSU MFA Qiana Towns, now an Assistant Professor in English and Communications at Michigan’s Davenport University, recently shared her good news:

[H]er poem “Social Regard”  [was] selected for the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. The prize was established by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet of the same name and is presented to an individual in recognition of excellent writing. Towns’s poem was presented at the 2014  Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature conference, and she will receive her award at the May 2015 conference. She will be honored along with Philip Levine who is a Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Her poem will also appear in the 2014 issue of MidAmerica, a peer-reviewed annual journal.

You can read another of Qiana’s poems, “Big Blank Page for Marine Life” here. Congratulations Qiana, from everyone here in Bowling Green!

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The First Four

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 17, 2013

Here’s a post from Simon Morgan-Russell, Professor in English and newly appointed Dean of the Honors College:

[T]his short film is perhaps a little tangential to English at BGSU, but it’s about the first four female faculty hired at Lehigh University and the obstacles they faced as female academics in the 1970s – interesting perspectives, certainly. Of the four, three of them (Barbara, Rosemary, and Betsy) all taught both myself and Stephannie (Gearhart).  Barbara was the chair of both our dissertations) and touched our lives in significant ways . . . as well as the lives of other BGSU students who went to Lehigh for graduate study, such as Nate Eastman, Liz Vogstberger, and Emily Shreve

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US Poet Laureate to speak in Bluffton

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 2, 2013

US Poet Laureate to speak in Bluffton

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Carolyn Forché wins Academy of American Poets Fellowship

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 25, 2013

cforche“For her steady gaze into the abyss and for her crafted house of awakened human heavens where she calls us to live, we celebrate and recognize Carolyn Forché and her heroic career: gathering word-by-word embers … to face and save lives. Before they are disappeared.”

With these words, Juan Felipe Herrera, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, announced the award of the Academy’s prestigious Fellowship to notable BGSU Creative Writing alum Carolyn Forché (MFA ’75). You can read more at the link.

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21st Century Englishes

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 24, 2013

Mark your calendars! On Saturday October 19, the Midwest graduate student conference 21st Century Englishes, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English, will kick off on campus.  Conference organizers, all graduate students at BGSU, bill the event as an opportunity for  “graduate students . . . to explore Englishes through themes of diversity, difference, transition, resistance, and redefinition by exploring the new discourses and new realities of English, as well as how these are resituated in the traditional idea of ‘English.'”

Keynote speaker for the conference will be  Jason Palmeri, Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Interactive Media Studies at Miami University, who will discuss “Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies.”

The conference is free to attend.

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