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Good News Oct. 2018: Collaboration Galore!

Faculty News

Prof. Susanna Benko and her colleagues Dr. Emily Hodge and Dr. Serena Salloum completed a project for New America and the International Society for Technology in Education. Along with other researchers, their team contributed to the paper titled “Creating Systems of Sustainability: Four Focus Areas for the Future of PK-12 Open Educational Resources.” Specifically, Benko, Hodge and Salloum’s contribution focused on district and state policies that support the use of OER. You can read the report here!

Drs. Benko, Hodge, and Salloum also recently published a commentary in Teachers College Review titled “Instructional Resources and Teacher Professionalism: The Changing Landscape of Curricular Material Providers in the Digital Age.”  

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August Good News

We were really busy over the summer, writing and researching and submitting and job hunting. So we’ve got a lot of good news to share this month!

Faculty News

Prof. Michael Begnal  

  • His article “‘Bullets for Hands’: Witter Bynner, Arthur Davison Ficke, and the Spectra Poems of World War I” was published in Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 64, no. 2 (June 2018).
  • His article “Modernist Mythologies: The Turquoise Trail Anthology and the Poets of Santa Fe” was published in Western American Literature, vol. 53, no. 2 (Summer 2018).
  • He had five poems (homages to Archie Shepp, Bill Evans, Peggy Pond Church, Leroy Carr, and Richard Realf) published in Penumbra  and another in Smithereens Literary Magazine (Ireland).
  • Additionally, he gave a presentation of poetry at the Sport Literature Association Conference on June 20, 2018, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, titled “Baseball Poems/Baseball Images,” and was interviewed on Bangor, Maine’s AM620 WZON radio on August 8, 2018, and read some poems on the air

Prof. Brent M. Blackwell attended three conferences this year (The Benjamin v. Cohen Peace Conference at Ball State and the Mid-East Honors Association at Central Michigan), the third of which will be the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in November, where he will chair a roundtable discussion on incorporating STEM issues in honors humanities courses.  

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Do you like free money? Just apply!

Last year, the department awarded over $11,000 to outstanding students.

This year, we want more applicants than ever before! Apply by Monday, March 9, 2015, and show us why you deserve to receive scholarship money and recognition. 

Undergraduate scholarships

Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship

  • If you like to write poetry, this is the scholarship for you!
    • Previous winners:
      • 2014: Brent Holden
      • 2013: Scott Bugher
      • 2012: Anne Haben

Elizabeth Martin Scholarship

  • We give this scholarship to students who demonstrate their scholarship and character by taking on leadership roles.
    • 2014 winners:
      Daniel Brount

      Daniel Brount, Editor in Chief at The Ball State Daily News.

      • Daniel Brount
      • Rachel Johnson
      • Brittany Means

Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language

  • If you want to sign up for this scholarship, you have to be a teaching major in English/Language Arts. You also have to be enrolled in an English as a Second Language licensure program.
  • If the selection committee recommends it, the award may go to you and several other students.
    • 2014 winners:
      • Seula Han
      • Isaac Muhando

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English Undergrad Brittany Means: “My First Publication Made Me Feel Like Brad Pitt”

Last year I took Pete Davis’ poetry class, and for my final packet I decided to experiment a little bit. While I was at work, I wrote something that was kind of flow-of-consciousness, played around with the format a little bit, and titled it “Books About.” After I turned it in, I abandoned it in the poetry folder on my laptop and forgot about it.

Over the summer, I attended the Midwest Writers Workshop. There were contests being held for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Since I had already sent in a fiction piece for something else, I rummaged through my laptop and found “Books About” for the Manny Contest. Knowing that the number of attendees would be in the hundreds, I wasn’t sure about my chances for winning anything, but I went ahead and submitted it. During all of the different events and classes, it sort of slipped my mind that there even was a contest. When they called my name during the award ceremony, I almost had a heart attack. I went up and collected my award and then sat down, feeling pretty darn satisfied with myself. When they called my name again for the overall best manuscript, or R. Karl Largent Writing Award, I was so shocked that it took me a few moments before I could get out of my chair to go get the second award. It was really a shock to me that I could win amidst all of the other wonderful writers attending. There’s a picture of this moment on Cathy Day’s blog, and it looks like I just heard a great joke.

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Interview with Recent Alum Tyler Gobble on Living the Writer’s Life and Winning a Book Award


Tyler Gobble graduated from Ball State University in May 2011. He is a multi-hat wearer for Magic Helicopter Press and host of the Everything Is Bigger reading series at Malvern Books in Austin, TX. He has plopped out four chapbooks, with two others called Other People’s Poems (Radioactive Moat) and Collected Feelings with Layne Ransom (Forklift INK) forthcoming, and his first full-length will be out from Coconut Books in the fall of 2014. He likes disc golf, tank tops, and bacon, and yes, in that order. Feel free to mosey a message over to gobble.tyler@gmail.com for whatever reasons.

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Good News, Fall 2013

In the latest installment of our “Good News” series, The Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of the department’s graduate students and faculty during the Fall 2013 semester:

Amit Baishya wrote an article titled “The Act of Watching with One’s One Eyes: ‘Strange Recognitions’ in Siddhartha Deb’s An Outline of the Republic,” which is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal for Postcolonial Studies. Another article by Baishya titled “The ‘secret killings’ of Assam in literature” was published in November in Himal Southasian. He also has an article named “Close Encounters of the Real Kind: the Avatars of Terror in Two Contemporary Assamese Short Stories” that has been accepted for publication in a collected edition of essays titled Frames of Culture. Routledge will publish the collection in November 2014.

Baishya was also invited to deliver a presentation titled “Countryless Countries: the Poetics of No-Man’s Zones in Contemporary Militant Fictions” at the Materialism and the Colony colloquium at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on May 23, 2013. In addition, he is co-organizing a seminar titled “Differential Capital” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at New York University in March 2014.

Doctoral student Nicki Litherland Baker’s article “’Get It off My Stack’: Teachers’ Tools for Grading Papers” is in press, to be published in Assessing Writing. The paper was first presented at the national College English Association Conference in Savannah, Georgia last April. Litherland Baker also presented her paper “Students’ Own Engagement with Technology as Their Research Focus” at the Indiana Teachers of Writing conference held in Noblesville, Indiana in September. In addition, at the Indiana College English Association Conference in Evansville, which took place in October, she presented “College Composition and the Five-Paragraph Essay: An Example of Academic Othering.”

Adam R. Beach co-edited (with Srividhya Swaminathan) Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination, and the book was published by Ashgate in July 2013.  Beach’s essay “The Good-Treatment Debate, Comparative Slave Studies, and the ‘Adventures’ of T.S.,” is included in the volume. Beach also published “African Slaves, English Slave Narratives, and Early Modern Morocco” in Eighteenth Century Studies.

Peter Davis’s third book, TINA, came out from Bloof Books in 2013. It has received good reviews in Fanzine and H_ngm_n. A poem from TINA was featured at Versedaily. He has done a fair amount of readings this semester for TINA, most notably at the KGB reading series, The New School, Manchester University, and Illinois State University. He is doing a workshop and reading at Columbia College in Chicago in February. Davis is also featured in a new anthology, The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which was edited by Daniel Nester.

Cathy Day published a short story, “Mr. Jenny Perdido” in Volume 9 of Pank Magazine in 2013. She also received a grant called “Publishing + BSU Students” that provided funds for 20 students to participate in the 40th annual Midwest Writers Workshop from July 25-27 last summer. It is a Discovery Award Grant given by the Discovery Group of Muncie, Indiana in 2013 for $15,398. Click here to read the department’s blog post about her involvement in the event.

Day also wrote a guest post for the Indiana University Press blog called “The Book Behind the Old Washington Street Festival” on August 30, 2013. She wrote it in an effort to publicize her neighborhood’s annual historical festival and the work of Muncie author Emily Kimbrough.

Frank Felsenstein is the joint author (with John Straw, Katharine Leigh, and James Connolly) of “Reading Library Records: Constructing and Using the What Middletown Read Database,” which has appeared as a chapter in Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2013. The chapter is based on a team presentation at the 2010 conference, “Libraries in the History of Print Culture,” which is sponsored every five years by the American Library Association. Given the rarity of their survival, the editors of the volume describe the discovery of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century circulation records of the Muncie Public Library as “an extraordinary find.” Information about the project and digitized records can be accessed through Ball State’s website. The freely accessible database is now being regularly employed both by researchers and by teachers and students across the United States and abroad.

Robert D. Habich published the chapter “Biography” in Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context with Cambridge University Press, as well as the online research guide “Ralph Waldo Emerson” in Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature with Oxford University Press. His review of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 10, appeared in the New England Quarterly in September, and his review of “Not Altogether Human”: Pantheism and the Dark Nature of the American Renaissance by Richard Hardack was published in the Journal of American History in June. Habich is completing a two-year term as president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.

Darolyn Jones was awarded the Outstanding Proposal Submission at the Diversity and Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium at Indiana University Southeast on October 13. She was also awarded the university-wide Excellence in Teaching (EXIT) award for her project “Rethinking Children’s Literature: Reading for Change” at Ball State University in 2013.

Jones’s work with the Indiana Writers Center has been featured on the Ball State University website since October. Also, she was featured in an article titled “TTK: Fight for your Writers” in an online publication for the Arts in Indiana called Sky Blue Window on October 12. A memoir collection she edited along with English department faculty member Liz Whiteacre called Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs was released in November.

Sean Lovelace released a flash fiction collection published by Bateau Press titled The Frogs are Incredibly Loud Here. It was the winner of the 2013 Keel Prize for short fiction. Two more of Lovelace’s flash fiction pieces titled “I Roll into a Ball and they Throw me at Derek Jeter” and “Separation” were published in Fall 2013 in Quarter After Eight literary magazine. During the summer of 2013, his flash fiction piece titled “Saturday” was published in Juked magazine.

Craig O’Hara’s short story “The Corner,” which recently appeared in the North Dakota Quarterly, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Emily Scalzo had three poems, “The End of Childhood,” “The Process of Grief,” and “Comfort Food,” featured in the online literary magazine Dead Snakes. Also, her short memoir piece, “Degradation,” was published in the online literary magazine Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie.  Scalzo’s poem, “To Adam,” is forthcoming in February at Deep Water Literary Journal, and two poems, “My Reason for College, 2003,” and “Homeless Man, Purdue University,” are forthcoming in April at Eunoia Review.

Trey Strecker reviewed Evan Dara’s Flee for the TLS: Times Literary Supplement (22 Nov. 2013) and Joseph McElroy’s Cannonball for the Quarterly Conversation 34 (Winter 2014).

Mary Lou Vercellotti’s article “Use and Accuracy of Verb Complement in English L2 Speech” was published in October in the Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics. Also, she had an article published in TESOL Quarterly titled “Examining the Impact of Self-Correction Notes on Grammatical Accuracy in Speaking” in June. In addition, she wrote a chapter called “Language Acquisition and Language Assessment” in the book The Companion to Language Assessment.

Vercellotti also presented twice at the Second Language Research Forum in Utah this November. Her presentations were titled “Not All Clauses are Created Equal: Classifying Grammatical Complexity in ESL Speech” and “Profiles of Noticing in L2 English Learners: Examining Online and Post-production Noticing Moves.”

Maria Windell’s article titled “Moor, Mulata, Mulatta: Sentimentalism, Racialization, and Benevolent Imperialism in Mary Peabody Mann’s Juanita” has been accepted for publication in J19:The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, the journal of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.

Andrea Wolfe completed her Virginia Ball Center seminar entitled “Down to Earth: Small Farm Issues in a Big Farm World” this semester. Take a look at the documentary and other related materials.

Good News: Spring 2013

In the latest installment of our “Good News” series, The Ball State English Department highlights the accomplishments of the department’s graduate students and faculty during the Spring 2013 semester:

Graduate Student Adi Angel presented “’She Had Learned to Know Her Body Playing Ball:’ Exploring Representations of the Jewish Mother Through Baseball Fiction” at the PCA/ACA National Conference in Washington D.C.

Angel also presented “’She Remembered the Playground Games and the Dawn of her Awareness of Being a Woman’: Exploring Female Masculinity in Silvia Tennenbaum’s Rachel, the Rabbi’s Wife” at the NINE: Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball in Tempe, AZ.
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Good News: Fall 2012

In the latest installment of our “Good News” series, The Ball State English Department  highlights the accomplishments of the department’s graduate students and faculty during the Fall 2012 semester:

Graduate student Nicki Literland Baker was a co-author on a recent publication: Stewart, J. L., Baker, N. L., Chaney, S. E., Hashimov, E., Imafuji, E. L., McNely, B., Romano, L. (2012). A qualitative metasynthesis of activity theory in SIGDOC Proceedings 2001-2011. Proceedings from SIGDOC ‘12: Proceedings of the 30th annual conference on design of communication. New York: ACM.

In October, Baker presented  “Multitasking in composition classes: Why and how to calm the thumbs and increase the presence” at Indiana College English Association Conference in Valparaiso, IN and received the Best Graduate Paper Award.

Dr. Amit Baishya delivered a talk titled “The Unwatchability of One’s Own Death: Encounters with the Living Dead in ‘Heart of Darkness'” at Butler University on April 10. He also organized a panel titled “Visions of Coexistence: Thinking Beyond Violence in Northeast India” and was a co-organizer of a round table discussion titled “A History of Violence: Assam’s Cruel Summer and its Repercussions” at the 42nd Annual Conference on South Asia held at Madison from Oct. 17-20. Baishya also presented a paper titled “The Politics of Friendship in Makam” and “Violence and its Representation in the Media” at the panel and the round table.

Baishya’s paper ““Counter me, Rape us”: Bare Life and the Mimicry of the Sovereign” was published in an anthology titled Subaltern Vision: Essays in the Postcolonial Indian Text (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) in April.  His paper “Returns to the Past: Violence, Memory and Ethics in Two Contemporary Assamese Novels” is forthcoming in the December issue of Seminar (New Delhi).  Seminar is a well-known intellectual forum in India.  Baishya also co-authored “News Pornography and Mediated Cultures of Violence,” an essay which was published on August 30, 2012 in Kafila–a well-known public intellectual website for South Asia.

Dr. Adam R. Beach is co-editing (with Dr. Srividhya Swaminathan) a collection of essays titled  Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth Century British Imagination: Literature, Politics, Culture.  The collection was recently accepted for publication by Ashgate Press and will appear in 2013.  Beach’s essay “The Good-Treatment Debate, Comparative Slave Studies, and the ‘Adventures’ of T.S” will appear in the collection.

Dr. Sussana Benko’s article, “Scaffolding: An ongoing process to support student writers,” was published in the December/January edition of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Benko’s paper, “Teaching to the Task:  Preservice teachers’ instruction for cognitively demanding writing tasks,” has been accepted for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  This paper will be presented as part of a paper session titled “Perspectives on Writing Instruction.”

Dr. Adrienne Bliss presented a paper on November 10th at the Midwest Modern Language Association‘s 54th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio entitled “The Forever Indebted Body: Creating Identity in Prisoners Sentenced to Life Without Parole.”

On Friday, Nov. 9th, Prof. Beth Dalton presented her creative nonfiction piece, “Magna Mater” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA) in Durham, NC. “Magna Mater” was published this summer in Goddard College’s Clockhouse Review.

Dr. Michael Donnelly co-edited Critical Conversations About Plagiarism with Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, Joanna Castner Post, and Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler. The book was published by Parlor Press in their Lenses on Composition Studies Series.

Graduate student Tess Evans’ article “Constructions of Realty: The Rhetoric of the American Dream” was presented at Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2012.

Dr. Robert D. Habich presented “Emerson as Tourist: Italy, 1833” at Conversazioni in Italia, a transatlantic literary conference held in Florence, Italy from June 8-10, 2012.

Graduate student Elmar Hashimov published two papers in the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design of Communication 2012 (SIGDOC 2012) Conference Proceedings.

Hashimov co-authored (as first author) one of the papers with Dr. Brian McNely, and the other with a group of Ball State rhetoric and composition graduate students, with Jenn Stewart as first author. SIGDOC focuses on the design of communication as it is taught, practiced, researched, and conceptualized in a broad variety of fields.

Hashimov published a first-author publication titled “Left to Their Own Devices: Ad Hoc Genres and the Design of Transmedia Narratives,” which reports on a year-long qualitative study on an immersive-learning class in SIGDOC.

Hashimov participated in a group publication of  “A Qualitative Metasynthesis of Activity Theory in SIGDOC Proceedings 2001–2011,” along with Nicki Baker (see above).

Dr. Darolyn JonesCityWrite project was very successful. They had 341 people writing in Indianapolis at 25 different sites all over the city on National Writing Day.  The mayor even made a proclamation that it was Indianapolis Writing Day.  They now have a Facebook page as well.  Jones had several of her current or former BSU students who volunteered alongside Butler, IUPUI, and Marian students.

Dr. Mai Kuha and Dr. Elizabeth M. Riddle presented “Rude Apologies for a Political Event” at LIAR III: Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, August 2012.

Prof. Sean Lovelace published a flash fiction piece titled “The Second Time I Met Ellie’s Dad” in the fall 2012 issue of WORD RIOT, and another titled “To-Do List” in the fall 2012 issue of Dogzplot Magazine.  He also had flash fiction pieces accepted in PANK Magazine, Green Mountains Review, and Gihon River Review for upcoming issues.

Dr. Jackie Grustch McKinney’s book, Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers, has been accepted for publication by Utah State University Press. It is scheduled to be published by March 2013.

Prof. Mark Neely’s poems have recently been accepted by Third Coast, FIELD, American Poetry Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, and New Ohio Review. Most of these will appear in the coming months.

In addition, Neely has been busy promoting his new book, Beasts of the Hill (Oberlin College Press, 2012). He has done readings at IUPUI, Purdue University, University of Alabama—Birmingham, Ashland University, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Visible Voice Books in Cleveland, Ohio, and Bozarts Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi.

Dr. Miranda Nesler was a fellowship participant last spring in the Newberry Library-University of Warwick Project on Early Modern Paratexts and was also an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow.  She also spent this past summer as a scholar in residence at the Huntington Library’s Intensive Paleography Institute.

Nesler’s co-edited work, A Semi-Diplomatic Edition of the Letters of Anthony Bagot (1558-1622)  (with Kristen Deiter, Rebecca Fall, Meghan Davis Mercer, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Susan Stafinbil, and J. Case Tompkins) has been released through The Folger Shakespeare Library.  Her article “Performative Education and Educational Disruption: Gender in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tam’d was published last summer at This Rough Magic.

Nesler’s blog “Performing Humanity” (www.performinghumanity.wordpress.com) has gained 5000 viewers.

Dr. Martha J. Payne reviewed the book, Exploring Greek Myth by Matthew Clark. The review was published in CJ-Online on the 25th of November. CJOnline is an electronic forum for book reviews for the Classical Journal, a publication of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

On September 28, Payne presented “Channeling Hades” at the Film and History Conference: Film and Myth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The talk focused on representations of the Greek god, Hades, in ancient art and literature and his manifestations in the films Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and Clash of the Titans.

Dr. Rai Peterson’s KVML project was selected as the Miller College of Business outstanding immersive project of 2012.

Prof. Pat Ryan was recognized in the Muncie Star Press for 19 years of teaching in Indiana correctional institutions, including 11 years of teaching English composition in prison settings.

Rhiannon Racy Interviews Michael Meyerhofer About Awards, Publishing, and Life in Academia

As we begin our new semester, we will reinvigorate our blog presence. In the coming weeks, look for a new design to our blog as well as more events within the department, and, of course, continued posts keeping you up to date and informed. To begin 2012 and a new semester, check out an interview by intern Rhiannon Racy with assistant professor Michael Meyerhofer about his recent publications and awards. The two also investigate Meyerhofer’s ever-evolving sense of himself as a poet and educator.

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Department of English Awards Ceremony Winners

Last month the English Department honored undergraduate and graduate students at the annual Awards Ceremony with over $13,000 in scholarships/awards.  See the list of recipients below.

Leslie & Patrick Ballard Scholarship

Kaitlyn Thompson

Elizabeth Martin Scholarship

Jeremy Carnes            Collette Herald

Meredith Sims            Michele Weldy

Dr. Janet Ross English Studies Scholarship

Tiffany Ellis

Frances Mayhew Rippy Graduate Scholarship

Nathan Myers            Monica Robison

Voss English Research Award

Tara Dickerson          Stephen Jones

Carol Chalk Memorial Scholarship

Emma Baumann

Writing Center Tutor of the Year

Tyler Gobble

Matt Jones Creative Writing Scholarship

Elysia Smith

Barry Wright English Scholarship

Kelly Stacy

Department Honors in English and Academic Honors in Writing

Megan Byard            Phillip Call

Tyler Gobble             JD Mitchell

Madeline Witek

Outstanding Graduating Senior

Phillip Call

Congratulations to all our winners!