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September Good News: Kayla Peterson turns her classroom into Hogwarts (and more!)

In The News

Kayla Peterson (BA in English Ed, 2016) is an English teacher at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. She was recently featured on WNDU News for transforming her classroom into Hogwarts.


Check out the other awesome things #bsuenglish students and faculty have been up to! 

Faculty News

Kathryn S. Gardiner is a “Second Rounder” in the Austin Film Festival’s annual script competition for 2017. Second Round scripts represent the top 20% of all submissions. In addition, Kathryn submitted two feature-length screenplays to the contest—“The Art of Yielding” and “The Regiment”—and both scripts advanced to the second round. Second Rounders receive access to a variety of exclusive panels and roundtables with industry professionals at the Austin, Texas conference in October. “The Art of Yielding” is also a quarter-finalist in the 2017 Slamdance Screenplay Competition.

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Good News, January 2015

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 January.

All the Good News that’s fit to print!

Mary Lou Vercellotti received a grant to work with Wollo University in Ethiopia. Full details are available in the following press release. She will advise in their English language program, and Ruby Cain from Teacher’s College will advise on higher education administration. Dr. Vercellotti will visit Ethiopia during spring break.

EnglertKelsey Englert, a Ball State English alum, had her story, “Goodbye to the Karls,” published in Bartleby Snopes. This online magazine asks its readers to vote on their favorite story, which is then published in an online edition, and Kelsey’s story was the one selected. She is currently a graduate student in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

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Emily Scalzo published her haikus, “Dutch Alcoholics” and “A Polar Vortex,” in Cattails and Halcyon this winter. Continue reading

Cultivating Creative Identities with Brian Morrison

Brian MorrisonBrian Morrison

Ball State English Professor.

Published writer.

Part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series.

On Wednesday the 28th…

Brian Morrison will read with Silas Hansen as part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series.

The Faculty Reading Series hopes to bring English professors into the spotlight, showcasing their talents and interests outside of class.

Brian is still a relatively new addition to Ball State, taken on as an assistant English professor in 2013. He was also assistant editor of Black Warrior Review while he received his MFA at The University of Alabama. You can find his poetry in Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, Story Magazine, and other literary journals.

Before his reading on Wednesday, we got to talk to Brian about his role as a teacher and a writer.

How did you become interested in writing?

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“What do you write about?”: Brian Morrison on the origin of Take 3

The faculty in the English Department belong to one of five subareas:

  1. Literature
  2. Creative Writing
  3. Rhetoric and Composition
  4. Linguistics
  5. English Education

What’s the difference between all those areas? Do you sometimes wonder what your professors are working on when they aren’t teaching?

If so, you might be interested in the Take 3 Faculty Lecture Series, a brand new lecture series directed by Brian Morrison, Assistant Professor of English.

Below, Brian answers the question, “Where did the idea for Take 3 come from?”

The Inspiration

My first day at Ball State, I must have been asked fifty times, “What do you write about?”

The fact that I felt awkward answering the question was (and is) always surprising. Primarily because it’s not a simple answer. It rarely is. Within each of the subareas of the English department, we’re forced to wonder about what others are doing. We have no access–both because we do our research primarily in private and because we lack the training to understand each other’s discipline.

As long as I’ve been employed as a teacher who writes, my work and my personal interests have been kept separate, though, of course, they’re intrinsically linked. One isn’t possible—practically—without the other. Holding academic positions requires publication. But at work–and I’m speaking to the routine of earning a paycheck–the intellectual interests of the individual are often forced to the private realm.

A gap in the intellectual process develops. I write at home. I teach (happily) at work.

Bridging The Gap

I’m trying to bridge the gap by allowing the personal to intersect with the professional. Teaching is rewarding, but so is the research and writing we do.

I’m trying to develop a means by which faculty can bring their research and writing to the forefront of their life at work.

I want conversations about our writing and research to come up as naturally as about our teaching practices.

I’m interested in what others are researching and writing. I’m curious. And that’s the thrust. That’s why I created this lecture series, which will bring together three faculty members from different areas of the department to talk about their research and writing.

I think all faculty can benefit from a public venue to share our otherwise private work, a way to have an easier answer when someone asks what we write about.

We benefit from interdisciplinary events that bring faculty from varying subareas together.

The Event

The first installment of the Take 3 Faculty Lecture Series will take place September 19th, 2014, in Robert Bell 361, from 4:30-6:00 PM.

Our faculty lecturers are:

  1. Adrienne Bliss
  2. Mary Lou Vercellotti
  3. Emily Jo Scalzo

Both faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

We hope to see you there!


New Faculty Profile: Brian Morrison

This week, the department continues our new faculty profile series by featuring Brian Morrison, who joined our department this fall. Brian earned his M.F.A. at The University of Alabama in 2010. He has published 19 poems in various literary journals, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has also won the Academy of American Poets Prize.  Brian also has served as assistant poetry editor at Black Warrior Review. Continue reading below to see Brian’s interview, which was conducted by English Department intern Nakkia Patrick.

*Photo provided by Brian Morrison

*Photo provided by Brian Morrison

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