Monthly Archives: September 2012

Interns Tyler Fields and Nakkia Patrick Interview Andrew Scott About His New Book, Naked Summer

Last year, editor, author, and BSU English professor Andrew Scott released a brand new book, Naked Summer: Stories. In honor of this wonderful achievement, interns Tyler Fields and Nakkia Patrick interview him to discuss various aspects of his new book as well as his publishing process, future plans, and his writing inspirations. See the interview and Andrew’s short bio below.

*Photo provided by Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is the author of Naked Summer, a story collection, and the editor of a forthcoming anthology, 24 Bar Blues: Two Dozen Tales of Bars, Booze, and the Blues. He holds writing degrees from Purdue University and New Mexico State University, where he was twice awarded a Frank Waters Fiction Fellowship. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Glimmer Train Stories, The Writer’s Chronicle, and other publications. With his wife, writer Victoria Barrett, he edits Freight Stories, an online fiction journal. He teaches at Ball State University and lives in Indianapolis.

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Graduate Student Stephanie Hedge On Being Published on the Chronicle of Higher Ed Website

Stephanie Hedge is a Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition, with a focus on digital literacies. She is working on her dissertation titled “Investigating Student Identity Practices Across Material Spaces and Social Software—from the Classroom to Digital Environments.” She is also currently the Assistant Director of the Writing Center. When it came to our attention that Stephanie’s writing had just been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education website, we sent out graduate student Craig Schmidt to interview Stephanie and find out more about her writing in online publications.

*Photo provided by Stephanie Hedge

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First Friday Series: Bridget Gelms

This year’s First Friday Series will kick off with September’s installment featuring Bridget Gelms. Bridget is a 2012 Writing Program Research Fellow and will speak on the subject of multimodal projects and how instructors can encourage more innovative work from their students. Be sure to join us at 9 AM on September 21 in The Writing Center,  RB 291, for this exciting and informative event.

Preserving Indigenous Languages in Mexico: Carolyn Mackay and Frank Trechsel

According to National Geographic Society’s Enduring Voices Project, the endangered languages of our planet are disappearing at a rate of about one every 14 days.  Two of Ball State English Department’s faculty, Drs. Carolyn MacKay and Frank Trechsel, are among those who are working towards preserving endangered and disappearing languages. Follow the link provided below to read a recent profile from Ball State’s website that describes Professors MacKay and Trechsel’s preservation efforts and that chronicles some of their recent research.

Día de San Juan celebration in Ozelonacaxtla, Puebla, Mexico

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Kurt Vonnegut Remembered: Dr. Rai Peterson and Andrew Neylon Interview Vonnegut’s Closest Friends and Family

This past July, Dr. Rai Peterson and her student from the KVML immersive learning project, sophomore Andrew Neylon, took a trip to New York City in order to gain an in-depth perspective about Kurt Vonnegut’s life according to his closest family and friends. Be sure to continue below to see photos taken by Dr. Peterson and Andrew Neylon during their research trip in NYC where they interviewed comedian Lewis Black, who has largely been inspired by Vonnegut, as well as Vonnegut’s family, friends, and fans. They shot photographs of his New York habitat, and images from this trip are incorporated into the Film Archive and the manuscript archive that have been donated to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library as of July 19, 2012 after seven months of work.

The KVML project has also garnered local and national attention. Check out three features below from the Indianapolis Star, the Ball State Alumnus Magazine, and the Ball State Marketing and Communications website.

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Ball State University, Alumnus Magazine (page 22):

-WFYI camera operator Andrew Warren, Dr. Rai Peterson, Comedian Lewis Black, student interviewer Andrew Neylon, KVML Board President Kip Tew
*Photo provided by Rai Peterson

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