Monthly Archives: December 2014

Holiday Reads: Craig O’Hara Recommends David Eagleman

Welcome to Holiday Reads!

In this segment, Ball State English brings you a selection of recommended reads just in time for the Winter Break.

In this post, Assistant Professor Craig O’Hara recommends Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman.

Why should we read this, Craig?

Brevity can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish in a work of art. How much can a writer really say about our troubling and beautiful human existence in less than ten pages? In less than five? One of the reasons I never fail to recommend the flash fiction pieces in David Eagleman’s Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives to students, colleagues, and pretty much anyone else who will listen is that Eagleman does so much to illuminate and complicate our view of existence in just two or three pages. As if that weren’t enough, those few pages present his artistic vision in a way that always seems to surprise, astonish, and entertain. A combination like that–well, now you have fiction truly worth reading. Continue reading

Holiday Reads: Rachel Crawley Recommends “Stuck Between Stations”

Welcome to Holiday Reads!

StuckIn honor of the holidays, Ball State English brings you Holiday Reads, a series of recommended books (or in this case–films!) from #bsuenglish students and faculty.

For our first installment, senior literature major Rachel Crawley recommends the film Stuck Between Stations, directed by Brady Kiernan.

Tell us about this film, Rachel.

I spent this past summer re-reading the Harry Potter series and moving every single thing out of the house my family has lived in for twenty-one years. (I also drank as much iced coffee as possible, but that’s a given for any summer.) While I definitely recommend that everyone revisit Hogwarts every now and then and also that you think very long and hard before buying anything new because one day you will have to put it in a box and carry it to a new location, I mostly recommend watching films that feel like summer nights. Summer nights are inherently perfect, and corresponding films are appropriate year-round.

Stuck Between Stations (2011, dir. Brady Kiernan) follows two former-high-school acquaintances as they make their way around Minneapolis one night. It’s a walk-and-talk—ninety minutes of character development with not a lot of action. Rebecca (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Casper (Sam Rosen) visit a few different locations (a couple of bars, an awkward party, an all-night grocery store), but nothing really happens. Despite this, the film doesn’t drag. Continue reading

Telling Our Story: Meet the PR Interns for Fall 2014

by Cathy Day

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(l to r) Taylor Wicker, Becca Austin, Lauren Lutz, Daniel Brount

Did you notice a difference this year in the English Department?

If so, it’s because of this group of students.

These are the #bsuenglish PR Interns. Supervised by me, the Assistant Chair of Operations, they coordinated the internal and external communication needs of the department.

Let me explain to you their specific duties as members of the team and what they accomplished in a relatively short amount of time.

Note: They worked 10 hours a week. Their first responsibility was to complete office tasks. Then they were ALL MINE. (evil laugh)

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Good News, November 2014

Tuesday = Good News

In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students up through the month of November.

That’s right. We have so much good news that we’re sharing it once a month rather than once a semester. Interested in past Good News posts? Check them out here.

photo provided by Mark Neely

photo provided by Mark Neely

Mark Neely has won a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship in Creative Writing/Poetry. This is a $25,000 award, a national award of great distinction. You can see the full list of winners here.

Jackie Grutsch McKinney

  • She won the International Writing Center Association Scholarship Award for Best Book for Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers.
  • Here’s an interview in which she talks about the book.

Frank Felsenstein has been invited to give a lecture on Inkle & Yarico in Barbados in January, in conjunction with a public unveiling of a monument to Yarico. The event is backed by the office of the Prime Minister of Barbados. He was invited by John Kidd, co-producer of Yarico: The Musical. Frank himself has published multiple books on the subject of Inkle and Yarico, and is in talks to give a parallel lecture in London coinciding with the launch of the musical.

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Johna Picco: “Don’t go to graduate school without funding,” and other sound advice

Time to tune in, English majors, for another round of excellent advice from Johna Picco. Below, she gives us four amazing tips on graduate school, internships, and Life After The English Major.

Photo provided by Johna Picco.

Photo provided by Johna Picco.

So, what’s up, Johna?

It’s been nearly four years (how?!) since my initial blog post and not only have the years flown by but they’ve also brought about a great deal of change.

Since we last spoke, I’ve left my job at the American Medical Association, applied to and attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, interned at various archives and secured full-time employment (as of October 29th!) as an assistant curator of special collections at The Filson Historical Society.

Yikes. When I write it all out like that, not only does it sound hectic but also ridiculously pretentious. Well, I assure you that it wasn’t all that hectic and that my aim for this post is definitely not to boast about myself but rather share my latest experiences on where an English degree can lead.

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