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Archive for August, 2013

Why teach or study English?

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 29, 2013

The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik posts an interesting round-up of recent online debates of this question in The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Atlantic, among others. His conclusion?

Even if we read books and talk about them for four years, and then do something else more obviously remunerative, it won’t be time wasted. We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.


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Authors! Authors!

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 26, 2013

This fall and the coming spring, be sure to check out the Authors! Authors! reading series, sponsored by the Toledo Blade and the Toledo Public Library. The series includes:

  • Sherman Alexie, author of Ten Little Indians, Reservation Blues, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, War Dance, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and The Toughest Indian in the World (Sept. 11 at the Stranahan Theater).
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of the memoir A Place to Stand (Oct. 2 at the main library in downtown Toledo).
  • Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth, On Beauty, and the recent NW (March 5, 2014 at the Stranahan Theater).
  • Henry Winkler (May 14, 2014 at the Stranahan Theater).

And there are more. The full list of authors with descriptions can be found here.

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MFA alum starts Seattle-based literary journal

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 20, 2013


Randy DeVita (MFA ’07) has started a new literary journal, Isthmus, a “print journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published biannually in Seattle, Washington.” The first issue is scheduled for Spring 2014 and will be on display at the 2014 AWP Conference, held in Seattle appropriately enough!

Click on the link to check it out.

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Writer alum showcased in local reading series

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 19, 2013

Carl Dietrich (MFA ’98), is the guest reader for Launch Pad Cooperative‘s Featured Lines reading series on August 20, 2013. According to Launch Pad, the “aim of this reading series is to shine the spotlight on a single writer; providing them with the platform to present a body of work and the necessary time to engage and connect with the audience.”

Carl writes both poetry and fiction and is at present working on a novel set on a crumbling space station, a story inspired by William Shakespeare, Ingmar Bergman, and Hugh Howey.

Featured Lines is free and open to the public and is located at 911 Jefferson Avenue in downtown Toledo. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and readings begin at 8:00 p.m.

Launch Pad Cooperative is an artist-run gallery whose goal is to facilitate a network for emerging visual artists and creative writers of high quality who wish to enrich the community of Toledo and beyond.

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