Great Expectations

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

Rhetoric & Writing Students Host Successful Conference

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 24, 2014


Earlier this month Rhetoric & Writing doctoral program members Tina Arduini, Pauline Baird, April Conway, Ken Hayes, Amy Wrobel Jamison, Craig Olsen, and Aimee Taylor, Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing Program, hosted the 2nd annual 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference.  21st Century Englishes included presentations by students from around the country, including presenters from University of New Hampshire, Sam Houston State University in Texas, and California State University. There were also a number of Skype presentations, including one from a student presenting from Japan.

The conference program included a variety of approaches to answering the call about topics considering “21st Century Englishes.” Presentation topics ranged from critical explorations of Zadie Smith and E.M. Forster, to using social media in the composition classroom, to preparing ESL students for academic writing, to a presentation on rhetorical dialog between TV weather personalities and their viewers. The over forty attendees of the conference were also able to see Dr. Melanie Yergeau, assistant professor from University of Michigan, deliver her engaging keynote presentation on the topic of “Shiny Rhetorics”. Dr. Sue Carter Wood, Rhetoric & Writing program director, delivered closing remarks.

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Anthony Doerr a finalist for National Book Award!

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 16, 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Doerr, who received his MFA from BGSU, for having his book named a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction!


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Wendell Mayo reading at Grounds for Thought

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 3, 2014

Communists, Arachnids, and Caffeine

Wendell Mayo will be reading from his new award-winning story collection The Cucumber King of Kèdainiai, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th, at Grounds for Thought.

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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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