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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!


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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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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Prairie Margins and Sigma Tau Delta present Music Melee

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 18, 2013

Undergraduate Literary magazine Prairie Margins and English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta are hosting a “Music Melee”on Saturday January 26 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Five local bands will perform: Will the Spacekid, The Bandulu Territory, Kitty Glitter, and Skaptamistic.
Advance tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the BTSU on Januar 23-24th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on the 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets at the door for $5. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.
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Submit to Prairie Margins!

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 16, 2012

We want YOU to submit to Prairie Margins, Bowling Green State University’s National Undergraduate Literary Magazine. Prairie Margins features work from undergraduates across the country!

Submit at

Contact Suzy Anderson at with questions.

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Alumni and friends of the English Department

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 7, 2011

Please visit the following link to download a copy in .pdf format of the latest issue of English Matters, our departmental newsletter. We hope you will enjoy reading about the creative and scholarly accomplishments of both our faculty and our students and that you will send along your own updates that we can feature in a future edition of the newsletter. We really want to hear from you! English Matters 2011

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Sigma Tau Delta hosts poetry reading

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 18, 2011

Sigma Tau Delta, the Department’s chapter of the English Honor Society, will be hosting a poetry reading Friday, October 21st from 6-9 p.m. at Books-A-Million at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

Everyone is invited to share poetry–either their own or the work of favorite poet.

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Congratulations Ashley Graffeo!

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 25, 2011

Congratuations go out to senior Ashley Graffeo, double major in Literature and Philosophy who has been accepted by the University of Chicago Law School and wait-listed for Harvard Law School. Ashley is also a member of the University Honors Program, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, a Peer Facilitator and International Student Volunteer.

Congratulations Ashley, and good luck!

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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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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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