Monthly Archives: February 2013

First Friday Series: Stephanie Hedge

On Friday, March 1, Ball State’s Writing Program will present the next installment of the First Friday Series featuring English graduate student Stephanie Hedge. Stephanie will discuss ways to incorporate emerging technologies into teaching practices, focusing on mobile devices, social media, and collaborative technologies. Be sure to join us at 9:00 AM in Robert Bell 361 for this free and informative event.


In Print Interview: Eugene Cross, 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, which takes place on March 19 and 20, typically includes three emerging authors and an editor or publisher. This year, the authors are Eugene Cross (fiction), Elena Passarello (nonfiction), and Marcus Wicker (poetry). Fulfilling this year’s editor/publisher slot is Sarah M. Wells, editor of Riverteeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.

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 Eugene Cross, Elena Passarello, and Marcus Wicker 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. Continue below to read Eugene Cross‘s interview.

*Photo provided by Eugene Cross

*Photo provided by Eugene Cross

Eugene Cross is the author of Fires of Our Choosing, published by Dzanc Books in 2012. His stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine (which named him one of “20 Best New Writers”), American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, and TriQuarterly, among other publications. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches in the Fiction Department at Columbia College, Chicago.

The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2013 student faculty member Chaylee Brock.

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Esther Wolfe Recommends “So Long Been Dreaming” Edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan

In the latest installment of our “Recommended Reads” series, junior Esther Wolfe, a Literature and Philosophy major, recommends So Long Been Dreaming, an anthology of post-colonial science fiction edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan.

Everyone from intimate friends to bewildered strangers knows that I am a massive fan of science fiction. However, being in love with the genre is complicated for an undergraduate who is also interested in specializing in postcolonial studies. The rise of colonial and imperial systems and technologies played a deeply correlative role in the emergence of science, speculative, and fantastic fictions, and this trajectory shows up in the conceptual and thematic landscape of many classic texts. Within postcolonial study, this relationship has produced critical analyses of existing science fiction (both canonical and marginal), as well as postcolonial rewriting within the genre.

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Ball State Writing Program Contest Winners For Fall 2012

The Writing Program at Ball State is always interested in promoting our student writers and the great work they are doing in their Writing Program courses.  To that end, we hold a writing contest each semester in an effort to find and promote the best student writing and to reward great student writers for their hard work.  Any project composed for a Writing Program course (ENG 101/102, ENG 103, ENG 104, or ENG 114) is eligible for the contest. We are happy to receive submissions that are written in a variety of genres and composed in a variety of media. Winning submissions not only receive monetary prizes but also are published in a future edition of BallPoint, Ball State’s writing handbook.

We are pleased to announce the winners from our Fall 2012 contest (instructors listed in parentheses):

1st place- $150: “Blurring the Line: Ethics in Scientific Experimentation,” by Evan Neace (Geri Strecker)

2nd place- $75: “A Blade By Any Other Name,” by Bradford Barclay (Beth Dalton)

3rd place- $50: “Revisions: Why Do We Do It,” by Naomi Rockenbaugh (Nichole Pena)

Multimodal prize- $100: “Visuals Can Connect the World,” by Lauren Sherwood (Jennifer Grouling)

In addition to our winners, three students received honorable mentions:

“Why Should You Be an Organ Donor,” by Alyssa Cowan (Bridget Gelms)

“Living Unhappily Ever After: Marriage and the Stream of Consciousness in Alice Walker’s ‘Roselily’,” by Chelsea Police (Geri Strecker)

“Speech Language Pathologists and Strokes,” by Brittni Beerman (Geri Strecker)

Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions! Our Spring 2013 contest is accepting submissions now through May 10, 2013. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to share their work, to possibly win a little money, and to be published in the process! We look forward to reviewing a new batch of submissions! For detailed information on how to submit, please visit For questions about the contest, contact Bridget Gelms at You can follow The Writing Program on Twitter @BallState_WP.


Dr. Amit Baishya Recommends “Incendies,” a Denis Villeneuve Film

In the latest installment of our “Recommended Reads” series, English Professor Amit Baishya recommends Incendies, a Denis Villeneuve film.

Based on Wajdi Mouawad’s play Scorched, the Canadian production Incendies (2010, directed by Dennis Villeneuve) is one of the best films I have seen in the last five years. The plot of Incendies moves back and forth between present-day Canada and Lebanon and the period of the civil war in Lebanon (while Canada is mentioned in the film, we don’t find a direct reference to Lebanon. However, we can infer the location from the textual details). With Oedipus the King and Antigone as its obvious subtexts, Incendies hauntingly explores how traumatic events endured during periods of war transmit themselves across generations. Incendies is, to use Marianne Hirsch’s term, a powerful exploration of “post-memory.” Like Oedipus, Incendies opens with a mystery that impels one of its primary protagonists to return to Lebanon and retrace the effaced signs of an unknown past. After the death of Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal) in Canada, her children, the twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), learn of her “strange” last request. Nawal wants her body to be buried face down until her children deliver two letters—one to the father of the children and the other to their brother. Both Jeanne and Simon are shocked by these disclosures as they hadn’t heard of their father or their brother before.

Spoiler Alert: The rest of the post contains many plot-sensitive details.

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Intern Tyler Fields Interviews Mai Kuha About her Work as a Linguist

In our latest post, English intern Tyler Fields interviews Assistant Professor Mai Kuha about her work as a linguist, her participation in Ball State’s Council on the Environment, and her future plans and publications. Additionally, Mai discusses her recent work in the fields of socio- and ecolinguistics. Continue reading below to see Mai’s interview.

*Photo provided by Mai Kuha

*Photo provided by Mai Kuha

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Internship Opportunity: New York Arts Program

Ball State University has recently become a participating college in the New York Arts Program, which grants students a 16 credit hour internship opportunity. Students who are admitted to the program spend a semester in New York City interning with a company, institution, or individual creative practitioner based on the student’s interests and career goals. For more information regarding internships and the New York Arts Program, see the flyer below or feel free to contact Ball State’s liaison Cathy Day at


Nakkia Patrick Recommends “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë

In the latest installment of our “Recommended Reads” series, junior Nakkia Patrick, a Secondary English Education Major, recommends Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

I was required to read Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë for my British Literature course last semester. As a secondary English Education major, I have been required to read a great deal of classic fiction. Being an English major, I have truly appreciated what I have read as an undergrad. But Jane Eyre especially spurred my love for British literature and for pieces from the Victorian Era.  Brontë’s novel depicts a woman who transcends time, and she entices her readers with Jane’s quest for freedom. Whether you enjoy a love story, a strong female character, or a novel full of adventure, Jane Eyre is a book worth reading.

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The Visiting Writers Series Presents Danielle Cadena Deulen

On Wednesday, February 13, The Visiting Writers Series will present a reading by writer Danielle Cadena Deulen. The Riots, her book of personal essays, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. Her collection of poems, Lovely Asunder, won the Miller Willams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Be sure to join us on Wednesday in Letterman 125 at 7:30 PM for this free event!


Alumni Guest Post: Samantha Edwards Discusses Working for the Indiana State Government and Teaching English in Bangkok

Two years ago, Ball State English alumna Samantha Edwards contributed a guest blog post in which she discussed her internship in the Indiana Statehouse and how her English Degree helped her excel (read Samantha’s first post here). Samantha concluded her post by advising readers “to be swept away by the [English] major.  You won’t regret it.” Now, two years later, Samantha returns with another guest post in which she discusses working for the State of Indiana and then traveling across Europe and teaching English as a second language in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue below to read about Samantha’s life since her Legislative Internship as well as how her English degree continues to support her.

*Photo provided by Sam Edwards

*Photo provided by Sam Edwards

*Note: (Addendum to last blog post) I did not end up interning at Sarabande Books, Inc. as I was later offered and accepted a full-time position with Indiana’s Health Care Reform Team through the Indiana Department of Insurance.

Both my English degree and a persistent thirst for new experiences continue to carry me through a winding path post-graduation.  It has been 3 years since I received a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from BSU, and I’ve gone more places—both in occupations and geography—than I had imagined possible for somebody at the age of 24.

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