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Archive for September, 2013

Carolyn Forché wins Academy of American Poets Fellowship

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 25, 2013

cforche“For her steady gaze into the abyss and for her crafted house of awakened human heavens where she calls us to live, we celebrate and recognize Carolyn Forché and her heroic career: gathering word-by-word embers … to face and save lives. Before they are disappeared.”

With these words, Juan Felipe Herrera, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, announced the award of the Academy’s prestigious Fellowship to notable BGSU Creative Writing alum Carolyn Forché (MFA ’75). You can read more at the link.

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21st Century Englishes

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 24, 2013

Mark your calendars! On Saturday October 19, the Midwest graduate student conference 21st Century Englishes, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English, will kick off on campus.  Conference organizers, all graduate students at BGSU, bill the event as an opportunity for  “graduate students . . . to explore Englishes through themes of diversity, difference, transition, resistance, and redefinition by exploring the new discourses and new realities of English, as well as how these are resituated in the traditional idea of ‘English.'”

Keynote speaker for the conference will be  Jason Palmeri, Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Interactive Media Studies at Miami University, who will discuss “Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies.”

The conference is free to attend.

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Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Reading tonight at 6 PM

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 23, 2013

Undergrads, do you know about Sigma Tau Delta– The International English Honors Society? They accept English and Creative Writing Majors with a 3.0 or above, and like you are into all things wordy!

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Tonight, they greet the Autumn temperatures with an outdoor poetry reading on the University Lawn at 6 PM. Come to listen, or bring poems to share. Original work is welcomed. Or perhaps, since it is “Banned Book Week,” you could contribute some Ginsberg or the like!

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BFA alum Monica McFawn wins the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 6, 2013

Flannery30_Logo2013 is shaping up to be quite the banner year for the Creative Writing program. First it was Tessa Mellas, a 2005 alumna of  our MFA program, winning the prestigious Iowa Short Fiction Award. Now Monica McFawn (BFA, ’01) has  been announced as one of two recipients of the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction!

These two literary awards are among the most coveted in the country—and, for two writers with BGSU Creative Writing degrees to win them in the same year is a notable achievement, and one of which we are justifiably proud. Well done Tessa and Monica!

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MFA alumna Jade Ramsey makes fifty best list.

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 3, 2013

Congratulations to Jade Ramsey (MFA ’11) for her inclusion in the Best New Poets list of the fifty best new poets of 2013Best New Poets is “an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an Open Internet Competition.”

Congrats again, Jade!

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