By teaming up with The Facing Project (founded by Kelsey Timmerman and #bsuenglish alum J.R. Jamison), Adam and his students hope to provide a platform for the voices of depression sufferers, while also considering the stories of psychologists, mentally healthy family members, and others who interact with depression in indirect ways.
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets brought National Poetry Month into prominence, making April a time for literary celebration.
To help make your literary celebration one to remember, we found some of the best ways you can send out poetic vibes, improve your writing, and practice literary citizenship.
Start the month with two events!
Dark Garden by Brian Andreas
First Pulitzer-prize nominee Brian Andreas TONIGHT from 5:00 to 6:15 in the Cave Theatre. This will be an informal question and answer session. Andreas is the creator of the Storypeople universe, made up of books and artworks populated by multicolored people who speak in brief, wise, simple, sometimes poignant, often funny, always engaging storypoems on how to live the good life. (For more see Storypeople.com). This event is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Mitchell L.H. Douglas, associate professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Douglas is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Poetry Editor for PLUCK!: the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. His second poetry collection, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, is available from Persea Books.
Shari Wagner, author of two books of poetry: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Evening Chore (Cascadia, 2005). She was co-winner of Shenandoah’s The Carter Prize for the Essay (2009) and the recipient of two Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowships, as well as grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. Allison Nusbaum, a *junior at Ball State University* majoring in creative writing with a minor in screenwriting. While she still hopes to become a Hollywood screenwriter, she has also recently discovered her love of poetry.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by carrying around your favorite poem and sharing it with friends. If you want to make your friends uncomfortable, share the poem in a crowded place. Through a megaphone.
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 Publishing
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.
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.
1. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, was 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.
Eliot Schrefer is the featured speaker of the Marilyn Cory Speaker Series for Spring 2015. He will speak on Tuesday, March 10 from 7-8 PM in Art and Journalism 175.
He is the author of Threatened and Endangered, which was a National Book Finalist (2012), one of NPR’s “Best of 2012” and an editor’s choice in the New York Times. He has also written other young adult novels, such as Glamorous Disasters, The School for Dangerous Girls (selected as “Best of the Teen Age” by New York Public Library), and The Deadly Sister (earning a starred review from Library Journal).
The title of his talk is “Getting Others Into View: Crossing the Lines Between Teen and Adult, and Human and Animal, in Young Adult Literature.” Eliot’s talk will center on boundary crossings and navigating borderlines, especially in the realm of young adult literature. He will focus on discourse by and about adult and teen readers and writers, and how such discourse parallels the ways we discuss Africa and animal conservation.
Dr. Susanna Benko has been teaching Schrefer’s work in her ENG 414 Young Adult Literature course for a number of years, and the author has been visiting Ball State via Skype. Here’s a blog post by Blake Mellencamp about one of those virtual visits.
Born in the Jim Crow South, Maya Angelou used her passion as an activist and a writer to inspire discussions surrounding civil rights. As a way to celebrate Angelou’s written works and devotion to social, political, and economic equality, organizers at the Office of Institutional Diversity and BSU English hope to nurture a diverse university community.
Sunday, February 15th
Charlene Alexander, Director of Institutional Diversity
Prof. Day is organizing a trip to UIndy to hear Coyle read from her work. If you’re interested in going, email her at cday ((at)) bsu dot. edu and she will organize a caravan. Please let her know if you’re able to drive a vehicle.