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MFA Graduate wins 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 16, 2015

4VziND7Dustin Hoffman, MFA ’09, has won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, given out by Prairie Schooner, a literary journal published at the University of Nebraska. The book, entitled “One Hundred-Knuckled Fist,” was chosen from among 1200 entries. It will be published in September of 2016.
http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/news/congratulations-2015-book-prize-winners

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Doctoral candidate Pauline Baird gives keynote address

Posted by bgsuenglish on June 18, 2015

Pauline Baird, a doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric and Writing program, gave the keynote address for the Buxton-Friendship Heritage Fund meeting in Manhattan earlier this year.  Her talk was entitled “Storymaking Practices of Buxton Women:  Our Legacy, Our Pride, Our Responsibility,” and drew upon some of the work that will form her dissertation.  If you’d like to read her keynote address, it’s available in the newsletter on page four.

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Rhetoric & Writing Doctoral Students and Faculty Guest Teach at Local Elementary School

Posted by bgsuenglish on June 15, 2015

Several members of the Department’s Rhetoric & Writing doctoral program recently facilitated writing workshops for students at St. Aloysius Elementary and Junior High School’s Write-To-Read Week.

St.Als7thGradeTina Arduini, April Conway, Ken Hayes, and Aimee Taylor, Brian Gattozzi (General Studies Writing), and Dr. Lee Nickoson led workshops on a variety of topics for grades 4-8, including Mrs. Brennan’s seventh grade class, who posed for a photo at the conclusion of a poetry workshop.

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English Department Newsletter

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 19, 2015

The 2015 English Department Newsletter is now online.  We hope you enjoy it.

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Anthony Doerr Wins the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 20, 2015

Anthony Doerr, who received his MFA degree from Bowling Green State University, has received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/04/20/us/ap-us-pulitzers-fiction.html

The citation from the Pulitzer Prize Committee reads:

All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.

Congratulations, Tony!

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Miami University Press Novella Contest

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 24, 2015

A novella by Lawrence Coates, “Camp Olvido,” has won the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Contest.

http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/

The novella will be available late this year.

CAMP OLVIDO

by Lawrence Coates

In the California heartland in 1932, at a migrant labor camp whose very name means forgotten, a child’s sudden illness leads to tensions between workers wishing to break camp and the land barons enforcing their contracts. Into this dispute Esteban Alas—contrabandista and self-styled businessman—is reluctantly drawn as a mediator, until an act of violence forces him into a more tragic role.

Camp Olvido was chosen by the contest’s judge Joseph Bates from among 84 manuscripts submitted this year.

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Swan Lovers

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 10, 2015

I hope you enjoy the following post on the New York Times Opinionator blog by BGSU English professor Sharona Muir.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/swan-lovers/?_r=0

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Saturday Evening Post Christmas Story

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 12, 2014

Wendell Mayo, Professor of Creative Writing, has a Christmas story up in the Saturday Evening Post.

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/12/12/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/marleys-ghost.html

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The Ten Best Books of 2014

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 4, 2014

Anthony Doerr’s novel “All the Light We Cannot See” is named one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/books/review/the-10-best-books-of-2014.html?hpw&rref=books&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

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The president and BGSU Creative Writing

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 1, 2014

When President Barack Obama went shopping on Saturday, he picked up a book by BGSU MFA alum Anthony Doerr!

“Among the books in the president’s shopping bags for mature readers were “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” by New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon Atul Gawande and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.”

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-shops-support-small-business-buys-books-181939073–finance.html

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