Monthly Archives: April 2013

Eva Snider Recommends “She’s Not There” by Jennifer Finney Boylan

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series, Assistant Professor Eva Snider recommends She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan.

If there’s one book you read about what it means to struggle with gender identity—or really, with any identity—make it Jennifer Finney Boylan’s She’s Not There. She’s Not There is, at turns, joyful, hilarious, terrifying, poignant, and heartbreaking. It is, in a word, deeply human. Read this book if you are a fan of laughing, of wincing, of crying, of feeling. Continue reading

Alumna Jessica Husek on Her Career in Advertising and an Internship Opportunity at Her Firm!

In our latest post, Ball State alumna Jessica Husek discusses how her interest in writing led her to a career as a copywriter at Miller Brooks, an Indianapolis advertising firm. She notes that, in addition to particular advertising skills, copywriters need to have strong creative and critical writing abilities. Continue below to read about Jessica’s experience at Miller Brooks as well as the firm’s exciting internship program.

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Carrie Duke Recommends “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor” by Rob Nixon

Carrie Duke has taken the scenic route to graduate school.  She has spent the past 13 years teaching part-time and traveling to every continent in the world except Antarctica (which is on her bucket list). In her previous life, she also worked as a horticulturist, and now she brings her love of nature into her study of literature by concentrating on ecocriticism. Today, Carrie’s back in graduate school at Ball State as a third year Ph.D. student studying 19th century American literature. Read below as Carrie recommends Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon. Continue reading

Creative Writing in the Community: A Ball State Student’s Experience

English 409, Creative Writing in the Community, is an immersive service learning class here at Ball State. In the class, Ball State students work collaboratively with community partners from various facilities to create poems and stories. The class culminates in a printed anthology and a public reading of the imaginative works. On Thursday, April 18, Creative Writing in the Community will hold a public reading of the collaborative poems and stories at 6:30 PM in Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The public is welcome for the free event!

The following is one student’s recent experience in the class. This post is written by BSU student, Liz Janoson.

*Cover of the 2013 Issue of the Creative Writing in the Community Anthology

*Cover of the 2013 Issue of the Creative Writing in the Community Anthology

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Michael Meyerhofer Recommends “Plum(b)” by Kim Triedman

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series, assistant professor Michael Meyerhofer recommends Plum(b) by Kim Triedman.

There are certain things I tend to repeat so often, my students probably want to take those Little Debbie snack cakes I sometimes toss around the room and throw them back at my head.  One of those phrases (“Art should be entertaining, regardless of subject matter”) is pretty obvious, but I think that phrase can very easily get us into trouble unless it’s matched with another one: “Entertainment alone probably isn’t adequate justification.”  Put another way, it seems to me (hear that? Yeah, that’s me scrabbling up on my soapbox again) that the best art is the stuff that uses humor, creative leaps, or even shock value for some purpose beyond simply getting the reader to raise her/his eyebrow.  In other words, getting (and keeping) your audience’s attention is critical, but what’s the point of getting an audience’s attention if you don’t have anything to say?

By these admittedly vague and totally subjective standards, though, Kim Triedman is definitely on my Cool List.

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Andrew Neylon on his Trip to New York City for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Last summer, English professor Dr. Rai Peterson headed an immersive learning internship with several Ball State undergraduate students. The seminar, which spanned two semesters, focused on building a 5-year marketing plan for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis. The students worked on a number of areas for the Library including archival research, film, and design. This past fall semester, Dr. Peterson and seminar-student 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. Continue reading below where Andrew chronicles his New York trip and discusses the opportunities he was afforded by the internship.


-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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Tricia Johnson Recommends “Superman: Red Son” by Mark Millar, art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunket

In the latest installment of our “Recommended Reads” series, undergraduate student Tricia Johnson, a senior majoring in English Literature, recommends Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunket.

As a new reader of comic books, I’ve already been confronted by some of the stigmas that accompany the genre. I’m a frequent bus rider and often read to pass the time, but I’ve noticed different reactions when I pull out a novel versus a comic book. When I read a novel, I most often get asked if I’m doing homework. When I read a comic book, I most often get asked “You like [insert comic series here]?” with a note of surprise or even of judgment.

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New Faculty Profile: Jason Gladstone

Last semester, the Ball State English Department began a short series to celebrate and profile our newest faculty members. This week, the department continues the series of new faculty profiles by featuring Dr. Jason Gladstone. Continue reading below to see Dr. Gladstone’s interview conducted by English graduate student Craig Schmidt and don’t forget to see past profiles featuring Dr. Susanaa Benko,  Dr. Miranda NeslerDr. Maria Windell, Prof. Liz Whiteacre, Prof. John King, and Dr. Andrea Wolfe.

*Photo provided by Jason Gladstone

*Photo provided by Jason Gladstone

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First Friday Series: Mike Palmquist

The Writing Program’s final First Friday event of the semester is this week. And it’s an exciting one! Renowned Rhetoric & Composition scholar and author Mike Palmquist will visit to give two talks: a lecture on book publishing and a workshop on research writing as a rhetorical act. The event will take place this Friday, April 5, at the Schwartz Digital Complex (in Bracken Library) with the following schedule:

Part I:
10:00 am – Talk 1: “The Book, the Future of Scholarly Publishing, and the Publishing Collaborative”
Open event

Part II:
11:00 am – Lunch (RSVP needed)
12:00 pm – Talk 2: “Research Writing as a Rhetorical Act”