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Author Ira Sukrungruang to Visit Ball State

Author Ira Sukrungruang will be visiting Ball State University on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., Arts and Journalism Building (AJ) 225, and it is free and open to the public.

Ira will be making two classroom visits to discuss his work in creative nonfiction and poetry. These visits are also free and open to the public.

  • Wednesday, 11/15: Ira visits ENG 613 (Graduate Poetry Workshop), 2:45-4:00, 305 Pittinger
  • Thursday, 11/16: Ira visits ENG 406 (Advanced Creative Nonfiction), 2:00-2:45, 306 Pittenger

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season,and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: http://www.buddhistboy.com/.

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Winners announced at revamped PCM / UES conferences

The Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM) and Undergraduate English Studies (UES) Conferences, October 13, were attended by over 85 students, faculty, and guests. The graduate students have run PCM in the past, but this year, we added the undergraduate student conference to it, and also opened up the conference to participants outside BSU English. We welcomed students from Ivy Tech, Anderson University, and IPFW. Many undergraduate students told us how exciting this experience was, and some told me that they want to present their work next year.

The best presentation awardees were Kathryn Powell (UES), who presented her creative work, “The Listening Horizon,”

Kathryn Powell

and Abdullah Albalawi (PCM), who presented his research, “Gender Differences in The Speech Act of Thanking in Saudi Arabic.”

Abdullah Albalawi

Hannah Bovino, Doggerel contest winner, presented her poem, “I’m sorry iPhone.”

The keynote speakers featured 4 alumni (Leslie Erlenbaugh, Emily Groch, Ashley Mack-Jackson, Aaron Nicely), who shared their experience finding careers with English degrees. The conference ended with the doggerel contest. This year’s winner was Hannah Bovino, who presented her poem, “I’m sorry iPhone.” The conference overall was a fun and educational experience where students, faculty, and alumni could meet and interact. This year’s conference chair was Angela Tomasello (MA Linguistics Student), who led the graduate student volunteers. Prof. Silas Hansen (Conference Faculty Advisor) and Dr. Megumi Hamada (Assistant Chair of Programs) helped organize the conference.

Graham Brown: “Start a business. Change the world.”

The next speaker for the “Stars to Steer By Series” is Graham Brown, owner of United State of Indiana, clothing that helps Hoosiers express a love of Indiana, including the t-shirt that inspired the logo for the “Stars to Steer By Series” itself!

When and where?

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 PM in WB (Business Building) 141.

What’s the topic?

“Your Job is to Have Fun: The New Era of Entrepreneurship.”

Entrepreneurship? That’s a business word, not an English word. 

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Author and Artist Kelcey Parker Ervick to Visit Ball State

Author and artist Kelcey Parker Ervick will be visiting Ball State University on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM in the Arts and Journalism Building (AJ) 225, and it is free and open to the public.

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal Press), a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, which won silver awards for the Independent Publishers, Foreward, and Eric Hoffer Books awards. Her story collection, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction.

She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her stories, essays, and collages have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals including Colorado Review, Passages North, Ilanot Review, Quarterly West, Booth, Notre Dame Review, The Common, Western Humanities Review, and Image. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and teaches creative writing and literary collage at Indiana University South Bend. And she blogs, now and again.

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Spoken-Word Poet Mahogany L. Browne to Visit Ball State

Poet, activist, and visionary Mahogany L. Browne will visit Ball State for a performance and reading in the Student Center Ballroom on September 27 at 8:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Browne is a Cave Canem fellow, founder of Penmanship Books, and Poetry Program Director of Nuyorican Poets Café. She is the author of several collections, including the NAACP Outstanding Literary Works-nominated book Redbone and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-Line. She is also an Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices), founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room (housed on Pratt Institute), and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Check out selections of her work at https://mobrowne.com/

This event is a part of the Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series and is sponsored by the Departments of English, African American Studies, and Sociology; the Multicultural Center; and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in the event, please contact Professor Emily Rutter (errutter@bsu.edu).

We’ll help you answer the question: “What are you going to do with that major?”

The “Stars to Steer By” career series is back! 

The purpose of this series is to help liberal arts students at Ball State find what professional pathways are available to them and learn how to translate their skills to potential employers.

Basically, this series is for everyone who gets the question: What are you going to do with that major? 

We’ll help you find your answer!

This year, the series will be coordinated by Eilis Wasserman, career coach for humanities and social science majors. All students (both graduate and undergraduate) are welcome, but especially students from the humanities (English, history, philosophy, religious studies and modern languages) and the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, women and gender studies, psychology, criminal justice, and political science).

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"The View from Middletown": The Importance of Gary Younge’s Research

BSU English would like to invite you to a talk given by Gary Younge. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm in 104 Bracken. Copies of Mr. Younge’s book will be available for purchase, and he will be holding a book signing at the event. 

youngeGary Younge is a British journalist and an editor-at-large for The Guardian. He is covering the U.S. election from Muncie in a series of articles called “The View from Middletown.”  Mr. Younge has also made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the tea party to hip hop culture.

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Levi Todd Reacts to the Get Loud Poetry Slam

#bsuenglish student and Reacting Out Loud found Levi Todd shares his impression of the Get Loud Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series, that occurred on October 16th at Two Cats Cafe.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a junior English Studies major at Ball State. I enjoy rock climbing, biking, and am waiting for the day I can adopt a pug named Gus.

What is your connection to Reacting Out Loud?

I am the Founder and Executive Director of ROL. Reacting Out Loud is an independent organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. We intentionally deliver our programming to Muncie as a whole and are not campus-affiliated, though we did do a one-time collaboration with #bsuenglish at this last event. We firmly believe that poetry is the most accessible form of self-expression that people have, and that it has the potential to build powerful connections within communities.

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If You're an English Major, You Can Find a Career in L.A.!

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Photo provided by Andrew Kmiec.

Andrew Kmiec was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Ball State in 2009 with a degree in creative writing. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles, determined to fulfill his childhood dreams of storytelling and filmmaking.

Since moving to L.A., Andrew has worked with some of the industry’s most influential storytellers in both commercials and feature films. In 2014, Andrew quit his day job so he could put his stories to paper. He has another job in marketing now, but he had to live off ramen and cheap coffee before writing several screenplays that caught Hollywood’s attention.

We recently got to talk with Andrew about his journey to L.A. We hope English majors draw inspiration from reading about his experiences, and will attend his presentation in Bracken 104 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (4:30 PM).

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing stories for television or film, you should go. We hope to see lots of English and TCOM majors there.


How did your degree in English lead to your job? What skills did you learn that helped you in a professional setting?

I knew very early on that I wanted to be a storyteller in film. This gave me a little bit of a leg-up on the kids who were moving to California to “figure it all out.”

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Release your inner academic at the 2015 DLR Launch Gala!

What is it?

The Digital Literature Review is Ball State’s academic journal.

full gala posterEvery year, those involved in the journal share their hard work at the DLR launch gala. We want you to be there for the release of the DLR‘s second issue: Slavery Now.

Why should I attend?

If you attend, you not only get the opportunity to learn about different forms of modern slavery, but you can also learn about next year’s session of the project and get a free copy of the journal.

During the gala, students will also present their research in individual question-and-answer sessions.

Where is it?

You can find presentations and refreshments in Schwartz Digital Complex, which is located in Bracken Library.

Okay, but when is it?

The event takes place on April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Is there anything else I should know?

  • If you’re interested in contributing to next year’s issue of the journal (Freak Shows and Human Zoos), you can e-mail Joyce Huff (jlhuff@bsu.edu) about becoming a staff member.
  • You can also submit your writing for the 2016 issue of DLR here. And don’t forget about the Digital Literature Review’s blog, which is Freak shows and human zoosaccepting submissions year-round.
  • Last but not least, if you want to be an even better literary citizen, make sure you follow DLR on Twitter and Facebook.