Ball State English Department Presents Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM)

Practical Criticism Midwest

The Ball State English department is proud to present Practical Criticism Midwest. The PCM Conference provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between education and experience at a half-day conference. Submissions are open to all students who will be enrolled during the Fall 2018 semester in a college-level institution.

Conference Date & Time: Friday, October 12, 2018, 1-5:30 pm

Location: Student Center, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

A full schedule can be found here: PCM Schedule Fall 2018

PCM 2018 Awardee Marissa Lockhart

The Best Presentation Awardee for 2018 was Marissa Lockhart (English-Creative Writing, Spanish Minor). Her presentation was entitled, “Read, White and Blues.”

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a proposal to present their scholarly work, including creative pieces, research studies, and teaching recommendations. The presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a 10-minute question-answer session. The proposal requires a title and an abstract of the reading/presentation (200-word max). Group presentations are welcome; in which case the group needs to choose a lead presenter.

Proposals are accepted in any of the following areas. When you submit your proposal, we ask you to specify the strand.

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Rhetoric & Composition
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • English Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

PCM 2018 Presenters


Click here to submit your proposal.

View our Call For Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

For Graduate Students – May 30, 2018

For Undergraduate Students – September 10, 2018


Who wrote the best Doggerel in the English language? Well, they happen to also be some of the most significant writers of poetry, including William Shakespeare, W. H Auden, Lewis Carroll, T. S. Eliot, and Mark Twain.

Practical Criticism Midwest invites you to compose and perform an original poem that challenges the conventions of good poetry: irregularity in rhythm or rhyme, overly comic and sentimental expressions, or puns and clichés that leave us at wit’s end.

To sign up for Doggerel, send your humorous and/or “bad” poem to: by July 30. We will also have a limited number of spots for people to sign up on the day of.

PCM Doggerel 2018


Assistant Chair of Programs   

Dr. Megumi Hamada at

PCM Chair

Sakina Alkhalifa at

PCM Advisors

Dr. Molly Ferguson at and Prof. Silas Hansen at

English Department Graduate Student Advisory Board President

Shelley Spilman at

English Department, Robert Bell Building, Room 297, Muncie, IN 47306, Phone: 765-285-8580

Practical Criticism Midwest 2018 Audience