Monthly Archives: March 2012

Flash Mobs: Eng 104 as a Mini-Immersive Learning Class

Many of Ball State’s unique educational opportunities are based in immersive learning. Unfortunately, many classes are not given this exciting and innovative learning atmosphere for a variety of reasons. English 104 has largely been among these classes until recently when English Professor Adrienne Bliss stumbled upon a radio broadcast which was the inspiration for a whole new immersive learning opportunity. Continue reading see Dr. Bliss’s personal account on this mini-immersive Eng 104 class.

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In Print Interview: Bonnie J. Rough, Nonfiction Writer

Our third and final interview from The Broken Plate’s In Print Festival interviews is with nonfiction writer, Bonnie J. Rough. Rough is the author of the memoir, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA, a story of family history, moral dilemmas, and life as a carrier, not expresser, of a genetic disorder. Her writing has appeared in multiple anthologies, such as Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion (Three Rivers Press), The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 1 (W.W. Norton), and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin). Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Sun, Huffington Post, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, and Brevity. Bonnie has traveled extensively and calls three cities home: Minneapolis, Amsterdam, and Seattle, where she currently resides. Her blog, “The Blue Suitcase,” follows the life and adventures of an airline family.

The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2012 student faculty member John Carter.

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In Print VII Interview: Glenn Shaheen, Poet

Our next In Print Festival interview is with poet, Glenn Shaheen. Shaheen was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In high school he was set on fire, which is the only time he has ever punched someone in anger. He is a former nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast and presently edits the journal NANO Fiction. His work has appeared in many publications, including Subtropics and Barrelhouse. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Radius of Arab-American Writers, Inc.

The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2012 student faculty member Aaron Haughton.

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In Print Festival VII Interview: Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction Writer

The annual In Print Festival of First Books at Ball State University includes readings, discussions, and classroom visits with authors who have recently published their first books. The two-day event typically includes three emerging authors and an editor or publisher. This year, the authors are Caitlin Horrocks (fiction), Bonnie J. Rough (nonfiction), and Glenn Shaheen (poetry). Fulfilling this year’s editor/publisher portion is Christopher Newgent of Vouched Books based in Indianapolis.

In Print also marks the release of The Broken Plate. This year, the editors of The Broken Plate asked the visiting authors to contribute an interview to the issue. TBP’s editors would like to note that they are grateful to Caitlin Horrocks, Bonnie J. Rough, and Glenn Shaheen for the opportunity to share their ideas about writing with the readers of TBP. In the weeks leading up to In Print, we will be excerpting these author interviews here on the BSU English Department blog.

Caitlin Horrocks lives in Michigan with fellow writer W. Todd Kaneko, where she is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University and a fiction editor at West Branch. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories 2011, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, among others. Her debut collection of stories, This Is Not Your City, was published by Sarabande Books in July 2011. She loves strange maps, has hugged a koala, and is terrible at baseball. She is not terrible, however, at Finnish baseball—as long as she remembers to run the bases backwards.

The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2012 student faculty member Catherine Roberts.

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Surprising Opportunities: How the English Major Led Shane Thomson to an Unexpected Country and Career Path

Someone once told me you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an ABD in English. Well, what of it? I could never have anticipated that hard work, flexibility, a little charm (very little charm), and the skills I learned in the English program would connect me to people and resources that have since combined into a life-changing opportunity.

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