Monthly Archives: March 2015

4 Takes on the Human Body: Come to Take 4 on 4/3

April 3, 2015 (4:30 – 6:30 PM)

You can listen to Adam Beach, Debbie Mix, Joyce Huff, and Liz Whiteacre share their research and writing in Robert Bell 361!

Each presentation will be about the human body, and there are a lot of ways to do that. Some bodies are accepted as “beautiful,” while others aren’t. Some injuries can change a person’s life. Some industries see the body as a commodity.

Following their presentations, you’ll have time to ask questions, learn about other upcoming events, and mingle. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see lots of people there: undergraduates, graduate students, and all faculty!


A little bit about the speakers


Dr. Adam Beach Adam Beach


Deborah Mix Debbie Mix


Joyce Huff

Joyce Huff

  • She earned her Ph.D. in English at George Washington University, and she specializes in Victorian literature. Her research explores the representation of stigmatized human bodies.
  • Her poem, “The Hymn of a Fat Woman” was selected for the Library of Congress’ Poetry 180 Project.
  • She’ll be running Ball State’s academic journal next year: Digital Literature Review. The theme will be “Freak Shows and Human Zoos,” and you can e-mail (jlhuff@bsu.edu) her if you’re curious about joining the immersive learning project.

Liz Whiteacre Liz Whiteacre


We hope to see you there!

How to Live a Writing Life: An Interview with Matt Gonzales

Okay, here’s the back story

Matt Gonzales graduated from Ball State in 1997 with a B.A. in English, and then returned to Ball State in 2003 to earn a graduate degree in Digital Storytelling. He also launched his own webzine and kept busy writing music criticism for Popmatters.com.

In 2005, the Indianapolis Star hired Matt to write for INtake Weekly, where he became a columnist and a blog editor. He was soon recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for his long-form writing.

In 2008, Matt left the Star because he realized “the newspaper business was dying a slow, grisly death,” and jumped to the advertising business.

After spending some time working as a freelancer, Matt finally began work at Well Done Marketing, a full-service ad agency in Indianapolis.

Recently, we talked to Matt Gonzales about his journey through the job market. Here’s what he had to say! Continue reading

Women's Week: "Celebrating Variety" through Sister Cis-ter

In case you didn’t already know, March is National Women’s History Month.

And during the last week of the month, Ball State’s Women’s and Gender Studies program celebrates the achievements and experiences of women through lectures, critical discussions, theatrical performances, and more!

Since this year’s theme is “Celebrating Variety,” those involved in Women’s Week hope to support all women across all intersections by addressing the inequalities suffered due to race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and ethnicity.


Speakers from the English Department


 

Cathy Day: Women in PublishingCathy Day

  • Thursday, March 26th
  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Student Center 301
  • Are you an aspiring writer, editor, or publisher? Prof. Cathy Day (Assistant Chair of English) can tell you what to expect about the publishing world, while also offering some tips for being a good literary citizen.
  • Cathy (@daycathy) runs a blog on literary citizenship, a blog on teaching, and a blog on novel-writing. She’s also the author of two books; one of which has been adapted into a musical.

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Creative Types: "The Broken Plate," Ball State's national literary magazine, needs you!

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  • The Broken Plate needs passionate, detail-oriented students to promote quality literature this fall. If you’re interested, you must e-mail Professor Silas Hansen (schansen@bsu.edu) before adding the class to your schedule.

  • Taking ENG 489 means getting a chance to work with your fellow classmates on a poetry, short story, or flash fiction team.

  • Over the course of the semester, you can review/edit submissions, organize the magazine, and even pick a photo for the cover.

  • By creating an issue of The Broken Plate, you’ll gain design, editing, and social media skills you can use in other immersive learning courses and which will strengthen your resumé.

  • You can get more information, and a free copy of this year’s issue, at In-Print X (2015) on March 17th and 18th!

5 Things You Should Know about In-Print Author Tyler Gobble

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1. He graduated from Ball State in 2011.

2. In the words of Lisa Olstein, his debut book, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, contains “poems compelled by crosscurrents of hope and fear, sadness and joy, confusion and clarity.”

3. He’s the editor-in-chief of NOÖ Journalchapbook editor at Magic Helicopter Press, and host of the Everything is Bigger Reading Series.

4. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys playing disc golf and wearing tank tops.

5. You can check out his website here and read more of his work before he triumphantly returns to campus this week.

5 Things You Should Know About In Print Author Kerry Howley

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1. Thrown, her book-length essay, is an account of three years spent in the company of mixed martial artists. It is narrated from the perspective of an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit.

2. Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

3. Jennifer Latson of the Boston Globe has called Thrown “a fresh, funny, and highly cerebral treatise on the philosophical merits of cage fighting, which challenges not only the stigma surrounding the sport but the conventions of literary nonfiction itself.”

4. Thrown is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of 2014, an NPR best book of 2014, a Slate Book Review best book of 2014, and Time magazine’s #2 best book of nonfiction for 2014.

5. You can explore her website here to read more of her work before she comes to campus on March 17 and 18.

5 Things You Should Know About In-Print Author Celeste Ng

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1. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told Youwas a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, and Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014.

2. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan

3. Huffington Post has called her novel, “a powerhouse of a debut…a literary mystery crafted out of shimmering prose and precise, painful observation about racial barriers, the burden of familial expectations, and the basic human thirst for belonging.”

4. Her stories and essays have appeared in One Story, Five Chapters, and elsewhere.

5. You can visit her website here and read some of her work before she comes to campus on March 17 and 18.