Monthly Archives: November 2013

New Faculty Profile: Brian Morrison

This week, the department continues our new faculty profile series by featuring Brian Morrison, who joined our department this fall. Brian earned his M.F.A. at The University of Alabama in 2010. He has published 19 poems in various literary journals, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has also won the Academy of American Poets Prize.  Brian also has served as assistant poetry editor at Black Warrior Review. Continue reading below to see Brian’s interview, which was conducted by English Department intern Nakkia Patrick.

*Photo provided by Brian Morrison

*Photo provided by Brian Morrison

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Jeremy Carnes Recommends “Supergods” by Grant Morrison

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series, Graduate Assistant and M.A. student Jeremy Carnes recommends Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison.

“It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No it’s…” Grant Morrison. Acclaimed comic book author and creator behind such feats as All Star Superman, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and his own personal creation, The Invisibles, Grant Morrison is a tour de force in the comic community. Having worked for both of the big two (Marvel and DC), we can trust Morrison to have a view and knowledge of the comic book world that few others possess. Pair this superior knowledge with Morrison’s superhuman ability to spin a great tale, and we are left with Supergods.

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New Faculty Profile: Jeff Frawley

In the fall of 2012, 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 Jeff Frawley, who joined our department this year. Jeff earned his M.F.A. at New Mexico State University in 2009 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary in 2011.  Continue reading below to see Jeff Frawley’s interview conducted by English department intern Liz Palmer.

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The Visiting Writers Series Presents Kathleen Rooney on Nov. 20

The English Department’s Visiting Writers Series invites you to an evening with editor, poet, and author Kathleen Rooney on November 20th at 7:30 PM in Bracken Library 104. For more information on Kathleen Rooney and her career, read the post below.

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Introducing the New Minor in Film and Screenwriting

Just in time for Spring 2014 registration, we have exciting information to share about a new interdisciplinary minor offered jointly by the Department of English and the Department of Telecommunications—an 18-hour minor in Film and Screenwriting.  This semester, you will be able to add the minor by filling out the appropriate form in our advising office in RB 116 and registering for the courses that you’ll need.

Here are the requirements:

285 Introduction to Creative Writing
310 Screenwriting
410 Advanced Screenwriting or 425 Film Studies

360 World Film History 1
363 Film Genres
361 World Film History 2 or 465 Seminar in Film Theory or 365 Documentary Film History

The departments of English and Telecommunications have a long history of interdisciplinary collaboration, most prominently in the Cinema Entertainment Immersion program in which students write, direct, and produce short films.  We are excited to jointly offer this program and to give Ball State students an exciting opportunity to develop their skills in screenwriting and their knowledge of film.

Professor Liz Whiteacre Invites You to the Book Launch for “Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs”

Professor Liz Whiteacre and Dr. Lyn Jones invite you to the release party for the book they have co-edited, Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs. In the post below, Prof. Whiteacre discusses the details of the book and its significance for all mothers. Join the release event Saturday November 9th in the Ruth Lilly Library at the Indianapolis Arts Center from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

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Dr. Debbie Mix Interviews Comic Book Author Christina Blanch

Comic book author, graduate student, teacher, and business owner Christina Blanch will be speaking on Monday, November 4, at 7:30 in LB 125 as part of the Department of English’s Marilyn K. Cory Speakers Series.  In advance of her talk, she agreed to answer a few questions from English Department faculty member Debbie Mix about comic books, creative writing, and scholarship.

Debbie: How did you get interested in reading and writing about comics?  Is it challenging to think and write about something you love from an academic perspective?

Christina: I picked up a copy of Prince Valiant when I was young that my parents had. I thought it was so cool that this was a book for adults that had pictures and words. It just fascinated me. I drifted away from comics in the late teen years but found them again when I had my first child and was teaching him to read. I never really thought about using comics until I was reading a series called Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I was writing a lecture at the time on culture change, and in the book, all of the males on the planet die suddenly. Talk about culture change! I had always used popular culture in my teaching so using comic books wasn’t a stretch. And it got the students’ attention, which is something that is so important in teaching.

Yes, it is challenging to look at comics, which I do love, from an academic perspective. Sometimes it makes me sad because I realize a book I love really sends a wrong message, but there is always something to learn—good or bad. On the flip side though, analyzing comics really shows how incredibly complex the medium is and usually I end reading the books with a totally new perspective so it’s like reading a completely new book. That is awesome. Continue reading