Great Expectations

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

Lynn Campbell named Emerita

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 19, 2016

Congratulations to Lynn Campbell on being named Senior Lecturer Emerita after her retirement this spring.

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Coates receives Olscamp Award

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 19, 2016

Lawrence Coates, Chair of English, received the 2016 Olscamp Research Award.  Given annually by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research to a faculty member for outstanding scholarly or creative accomplishments during the previous three years, the award includes a $2,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for a year.

The last three years have been especially prolific for him. He has published two novels and a novella and a number of short stories in literary journals.

In 2013, his novel “The Garden of the World” won the Nancy Dasher Award in Creative Writing from the College English Association of Ohio. His novella “Camp Olvido” won the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was chosen as one of the top three novellas of the year. And his short story “Bats,” a departure from his California-based work, won the prestigious 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, given by Gulf Coast literary journal.

His latest novel, also published in 2015, is “The Goodbye House,” published by University of Nevada Press, chronicling the displacement and dismay of a San José family set adrift when their prosperous life is shattered by the dot-com bust and 9/11.

“Camp Olvido” concerns people for whom prosperity has never come. As migrant farmworkers in a Central Valley workers’ camp, they are at the mercy of their employers when a child becomes deathly ill.

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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 13, 2016

We’re very proud of BGSU alumna Misha Rai (MFA 2012) receive a prestigious Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship from Princeton University.  Misha is also the first creative writer to ever receive a Wilson Fellowship.  She’ll use the fellowship to continue work on her novel in progress.

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Amy Gustine and the New York Times

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 4, 2016

Amy Gustine’s debut collection of short fiction, You Should Pity Us Insteadwas reviewed this SGustinecover.jpegunday in The New York Times.

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Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 7, 2016

Charles Crow has kept busy since retiring from BGSU’s English Department.  He co-edited the Handbook of the Southern Gothic, forthcoming from Palgrave this fall, with a very spooky and fitting cover.  Unknown

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Alice James Award Winner in Poetry

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 1, 2016

Anna Rose Welch, MFA in Poetry, has won the 2016 Alice James Award in Poetry.  Her manuscript, Noah’s Woods,  will be published by Alice James Press in April, 2018.

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Santa Fe Writers Project Award

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 27, 2016

Alison Balaskovits, MFA 2011, has won the Santa Fe Writers Project prize for her manuscript Magic for Unlucky Girls.  We’ll look forward to seeing the book in print next year.

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ArtsX this Saturday

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 3, 2015

BGSU’s annual celebration of the Arts, ArtsX, is happening this Saturday.  From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Wolfe Center for the Performing Arts and the Fine Arts Center, there will be musical performances, dance, theater, art exhibits, a ceramics sale, and a special appearance of Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium, a circus extravaganza presented by BGSU alum Logan [Jacot] Marvel.  English will be participating, with Creative Writing, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Margins all having booths and activities.


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Rhetoric & Writing Student Presents NSF Lecture

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 23, 2015


Rhetoric & Writing PhD candidate Tina Arduini treated audience members Thursday, November 19th to  emerging findings from her dissertation project, “Tools of Play: Developing a Pedagogical Framework for gaming Literacy in the Multimodal Composition Classroom” as part of her Non-Service Fellowship (NSF) lecture.

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Rhetoric & Writing Graduate Lecture

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 18, 2015


The Rhetoric & Writing program celebrated Jeffrey S. Moore’s successful graduate lecture Wednesday, November 17th. Jeffrey previewed his timely study, “Digital Literacy and Composing Practices of Second Language Students: A Student Perspective on Writing, Technology, and Privilege” to an engaged audience.

Congratulations to Jeffrey: ABD!

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