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Archive for March, 2011

Prairie Margins hosts a Readathon for Japan disaster relief (Updated!!)

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 22, 2011


Karen Craigo, faculty advisor for Prairie Margins writes to tell us:

I’m proud to say that the Prairie Margins staff collected $620 during yesterday’s readathon for Japanese tsunami relief. It occurred to me that those of you who didn’t get a chance to walk by our readers may feel like donating as well, so I’m accepting donations through Wednesday. Funds will go to ISOH/Impact in Waterville, and if you prefer to donate with a check, you may make it out to “ISOH/Impact.” I think it would be very awesome if we could donate a cool thousand. You may place a check in my box or find me in 426 with money. ISOH/Impact is also collecting blankets and other supplies for tsunami victims. If you’d like to donate a blanket for the cause, I’d be happy to deliver those with our donation next week. I’m placing a box in the mailroom for that purpose — again, through Wednesday. We’re approaching that busy time of year — student papers popping up like tulips — but something about showing our compassion for others makes it all a lot nicer.


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“Beyond the Classroom: Distance Learning Projects and Adolescent Literature”

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 20, 2011

Rona Klein, Senior Lecturer in Literature, will give a talk tomorrow (Monday, March 21) entitled “Beyond the Classroom: Distance Learning Projects and Adolescent Literature” as part of the Department of English Spring 2011 Colloquia series. The talk will run from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in East Hall 206.

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Sigma Tau Delta hosts poetry reading tonight

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 18, 2011

The English Department’s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society sends an email:

We would like to invite any interested staff or faculty from the English Department to our Poetry Reading at Books-A-Million in Levis Commons in Perrysburg. The event is Friday March 18th, and goes from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm. Anyone is welcome to read and there will be a set for original poetry reading as well. Our Vice President, Kristen Grillot, has invited the members of the Maumee River Valley Romance Writers as well. We have high hopes for the evening and hope to see lots of people there!

Best, Matthew O’Brien (President); Kristen Grillot (Vice President); Walter Merryman (Secretary); Katherine Stoots (Treasurer); Danielle Howell (Historian)

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Laura Van Den Berg reads at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 17, 2011

Novelist Laura van den Berg will read excerpts from her work tonight (Thursday, March 17) at Prout Chapel, as part of the ongoing Creative Writing reading series.

She is the author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, winner of the 2009 Dzanc Prize and a pick in the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Program. Her work has appeared in One Story, Boston Review, Epoch, American Short Fiction, StoryQuarterly, Conjunctions, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV: Best of the Small Presses, among others. She is currently a fiction editor at West Branch and the assistant editor of Memorious, an online journal of new verse and fiction. She currently lives in Baltimore, where she is at work on new stories and a novel. The reading, begins at  7:30 p.m.

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Theresa Williams to give “Last Lecture”

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 15, 2011

Each spring, the Fayetta Paulsen Chapter of Mortar Board at BGSU presents a University instructor with the opportunity to give their own version of the “Last Lecture,” the widely acclaimed 2007 lecture given by Carnegie Mellon University professor and cancer survivor Randy Pausch. This year, the English Department’s own Theresa Williams, novelist, poet and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature has been invited to give the Last Lecture. She will be speaking about forging a relationship with and the many ways we can make our life meaningful.

The event takes place tonight, Tuesday March 15 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Olscamp Hall 115 and is open to all. Admission is free and light refresments will be available.

BGSU Mortar Board is a Senior National Honor Society which recognizes students for excellence in Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.

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Jenny Boully reads at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 2, 2011

Jenny Boully will be reading selections from her work at Prout Chapel, this Thursday evening (March 4) at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Creative Writing program’s continuing Thursday night.

She is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books, 2007), The Body: An Essay (Slope Editions, 2002 and Essay Press, 2007), and [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as Boston Review, Conjunctions, Seneca Review, and Tarpaulin Sky and has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. She was born in Korat, Thailand and grew up in in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

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