Great Expectations

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

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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Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Reading tonight at 6 PM

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 23, 2013

Undergrads, do you know about Sigma Tau Delta– The International English Honors Society? They accept English and Creative Writing Majors with a 3.0 or above, and like you are into all things wordy!

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Tonight, they greet the Autumn temperatures with an outdoor poetry reading on the University Lawn at 6 PM. Come to listen, or bring poems to share. Original work is welcomed. Or perhaps, since it is “Banned Book Week,” you could contribute some Ginsberg or the like!

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BFA alum Monica McFawn wins the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 6, 2013

Flannery30_Logo2013 is shaping up to be quite the banner year for the Creative Writing program. First it was Tessa Mellas, a 2005 alumna of  our MFA program, winning the prestigious Iowa Short Fiction Award. Now Monica McFawn (BFA, ’01) has  been announced as one of two recipients of the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction!

These two literary awards are among the most coveted in the country—and, for two writers with BGSU Creative Writing degrees to win them in the same year is a notable achievement, and one of which we are justifiably proud. Well done Tessa and Monica!

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MFA alumna Jade Ramsey makes fifty best list.

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 3, 2013

Congratulations to Jade Ramsey (MFA ’11) for her inclusion in the Best New Poets list of the fifty best new poets of 2013Best New Poets is “an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an Open Internet Competition.”

Congrats again, Jade!

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Why teach or study English?

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 29, 2013

The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik posts an interesting round-up of recent online debates of this question in The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Atlantic, among others. His conclusion?

Even if we read books and talk about them for four years, and then do something else more obviously remunerative, it won’t be time wasted. We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.

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