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Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 24, 2009

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Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 13, 2009

Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing began last night and continues today through Sunday. For those who have never attended Winter Wheat before, each day has a different flavor. Friday and Saturday of the festival are filled with more craft-oriented sessions.This year’s sessions cover a wealth of writing-related topics with titles such as “You Don’t Have to Travel to Rome to Write a Good Story: Finding Material in the Everyday” or “Compelling Alliances: Text From Image. ”

Friday’s sessions begin in the afternoon and are followed by a reading by one of our featured readers. This is followed by the annual roundtable discussion. Saturday is the big day. There is a book fair, filled with literary journals, as well as a table for presenters to sell their books. The sessions (four time slots) run all day. Click here to view the session listings for Winter Wheat 2009. There is a reading in the afternoon by one of the featured readers, followed by the gala dinner, dessert reception, the last of the featured readers reading, and then the annual Open Mic, which is always a lot of fun.

If you’re interested in attending and want to know about fees, group rates, and scholarships, contact festival coordinator Karen Craigo at (419) 372-2725, or at karenka@bgsu.edu . Everyone is invited to be a part of the fun, no matter what level of experience a writer you are. Click here to register for Winter Wheat 2009

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Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen teaches braille

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 5, 2009

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, who is on sabbatical this year but is teaching a class on braille to sighted students at Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, was the subject of an article in yesterday’s Toledo Blade. To read the article, click on the link.

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BGSU-UIUC exchange reading tonight

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 5, 2009

Tonight (Thursday, November 5) at Prout Chapel, as part of the ongoing Creative Writing Reading Series, students in the M.F.A. program here at BGSU will take part in an exchange reading with their compatriots from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UIUC will return the favor on December 3 when guest readers from Bowling Green will join Illinois M.F.A. students Aaron Burch (fiction) and Sara Gelston (poetry) in their program’s final VOICE Graduate Reading Series event of the semester.

As always, Prout Chapel readings begin at 7.30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Culture Club Presents “Fully Awake: The Black Mountain College Experience” (2007)

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 3, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tonight (Tuesday November 3, 2009) with a screening of Cathryn Davis and Neeley House’s 2007 documentary Fully Awake: The Black Mountain College Experience.

Black Mountain College was an experimental college based in North Carolina from 1933-1957 and was the location for such events as Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, John Cage’s first multimedia happening, and the publication of early Beat poets in the Black Mountain Review. This documentary looks at the unique educational style and long-term significance of Black Mountain College through interviews with students, teachers, historians, and current artists, which serve to illuminate this school’s emphasis on balancing academics, art, work programs, and community living.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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