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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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Want to make the most of National Poetry Month 2015? Here's how!

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

    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.

  • Then, go the the Midwest Writers Workshop Poetry Reading at Vera Mae’s Bistro, 209 S. Walnut Street, downtown Muncie…tonight! Who’s reading?
    • MWWveraMitchell 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.

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The Visiting Writers Series presents Joyelle McSweeney on Sept. 24

The English Department’s Visiting Writers Series invites you to an evening with poet, playwright, and publisher Joyelle McSweeney on September 24th at 7:30 PM in Bracken Library 104.

Who is Joyelle McSweeney?

Poet, novelist, publisher, and critic Joyelle McSweeney explores the way that writing is impacted by and transcends genre, language, and medium.

What does she write?

While McSweeney may be best known for her award winning poetry, her books span the range of literary genres, including the novel Flet, a work of speculative fiction, which has been compared to iconic novels like 1984 and Brave New World.

McSweeney is also co-founder of Action Yes Online Quarterly, an online journal that includes diverse forms of creative writing and visual art, and Action Books, a press focused on publishing poetry and prose translations.

She is the author of seven books of poetry and prose including, most recently, Salamandrine, 8 Gothics (stories and a play), and Percussion Grenade (poems and a play).

Where does she live and teach?

McSweeney is associate professor of English and the director of creative writing at University of Notre Dame.

Meet Joyelle September 24th at 7:30 PM in Bracken Library 104. All students and faculty are encouraged to attend. 

If you plan to attend, please add the event to your calendar and tell your friends on social media.

Professor Peter Davis Publishes His Third Poetry Book: ‘TINA’

Assistant professor of English Peter Davis recently published “TINA,” his third complete poetry book, in April 2013. In 2010, he published “Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!”, and in 2006, he published “Hitler’s Mustache.” For an inside look on “TINA,” read the interview below conducted by English department intern Daniel Brount. 

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In Print Interview: Marcus Wicker, Poet

Marcus Wicker is this year’s poet for the In Print Festival of First Books, which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! His debut collection of poems, Maybe the Saddest Thingwas selected for the National Poetry Series and published last year by Harper Perennial. Below, Wicker discusses his book, inspirations, and writing experiences among other topics in an interview conducted by Makayla Sickbert. Also, be sure to check out interviews with In Print Festival’s fiction author Eugene Cross and nonfiction author Elena Passarello, and don’t forget to join us on March 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM in the Student Center Ballroom for the 8th annual In Print Festival of First Books!

*Photo provided by Marcus Wicker

*Photo provided by Marcus Wicker

Marcus Wicker’s first book Maybe the Saddest Thing was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by Harper Perennial in 2012. He has received fellowships from The Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University. Wicker’s work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit, Third Coast, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. He is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2013 student faculty member Makayla Sickbert.

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The Visiting Writers Series Presents Danielle Cadena Deulen

On Wednesday, February 13, The Visiting Writers Series will present a reading by writer Danielle Cadena Deulen. The Riots, her book of personal essays, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. Her collection of poems, Lovely Asunder, won the Miller Willams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Be sure to join us on Wednesday in Letterman 125 at 7:30 PM for this free event!

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Poetry reading: Peter Davis, Michael Meyerhofer, Jared Sexton, and Todd McKinney

Tonight there will be a poetry reading starring BSU faculty Peter Davis, Michael Meyerhofer, Jared Sexton, and Todd McKinney. The reading will take place at Motini’s in Muncie’s village area, which is a 21+ venue. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and looks to be a great time. It’s always fun to hear your BSU professors’ own work, so come on out!