PW English Student, Allison Gregory Authors Web Comic: 20/40

Allison Gregory writes and does the web design for the collaborative web comic, 20/40.

Allison Gregory writes and designs the website for the collaborative web comic, 20/40.
Photo courtesy of Allison Gregory

Allison Gregory is passionate about comics, to say the least. So much so, that she’s created a collaborative web comic with a group of friends titled 20/40. As stated on the official 20/40 website, each of the five people involved “bring a different flavor to the comic, keeping it alive and vital.” Allison’s role is to write for and manage the site, and pretty much anything else that needs doing.

I spoke with Allison about her love for comics, the origins of 20/40, and the benefits of being a professional writing English major in this genre. Read what she had to say in our interview below! Continue reading

Dr. Otto Helps Revolutionize Teacher Ed with the CEPT Program for PCAL and the School of Teacher Education

Read more about Dr. Otto's involvement in the CEPT Program.Our own Dr. Peggy Otto was featured in the Spring 2014 WKU Arts & Letters Magazine for helping to innovate a new and unique program for secondary teacher education called Clinical Experiences in the Practice of Teaching (CEPT). Learn more about the partnership between Potter College of Arts and Letters and the School of Teacher Education to form the CEPT program by reading the article in Arts & Letters (pages 10-13). Be sure to watch the video on page 10 to learn even more!

English Alumna Mary Boothe Named PCAL Inductee Into Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe, 2014 English alumna and newest PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe, 2014 English alumna and newest PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates

Mary Boothe has had an impressive undergraduate career here at WKU. Her commitment to sustainability, her research, her service, and her international experience combined to make her a deserving recipient of her most recent honor—becoming a PCAL inductee into the Society of Distinguished Graduates.

Mary is heading to law school at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in a few months, where she plans to concentrate on copyright and intellectual property right, so I took the opportunity to interview her before she hits the road to start the next chapter in her life.

But first, see what Drs. Hale and Jones had to say about Mary’s achievements: Continue reading

Deadline for Submissions to THE ASHEN EGG Has Been Extended to June 30th

Are you rushing to get your submission for The Ashen Egg to Dr. Langdon by Saturday? Take a deep breath; there’s more time.The deadline for submissions to the Ashen Egg has been exended to June 30th.

That’s right, the deadline has been extended to June 30th–that’s a whole extra month to polish your submission!

Click here for the updated editable version of the cover sheet, and here to view the call for submissions (ignore the May 31st deadline on this one though).

Best of luck to you all!

California Dreaming? Register for Dr. Alex Olson’s Winter Study Away Course Today!

Learn about this study away course in sunny California (held during the 2015 winter term) please read Dr. Alex Olson’s statement below the flyer. What a perfect way to escape Kentucky winter weather!

Register today for Dr. Alex Olson's "Dreaming of California" winter term course!

Register today for Dr. Alex Olson’s “Dreaming of California” winter term course!

From Dr. Olson:

Applications are now open for my January 2015 Study Away course, “Dreaming of California: History and Literature.” This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about California and visit San Francisco, Yosemite, Hollywood, Monterey, and Big Sur. This study away class will be co-taught with Dr. Leila Watkins, a new professor in the Honors College. Details and application can be found here.

The enrollment is capped at 11 students, and you can register for either English 399, History 490, or Honors 300. There are no prerequisites. The $3,299 cost includes 3 credit hours of tuition, flight, fourteen-nights of lodging (including a hotel in Yosemite and cabins on the beach), transportation, entrance fees, and some meals.

This should be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience!

To apply, all you need to do is file an application and pay the deposit. Financial aid opportunities are available. The priority application deadline is October 1st.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Dr. Alex Olson

Mashup Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Restless Digital Natives


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Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation | MindShift  Is this the summer to finally do justice to Melville’s opus mundi, Moby Dick?  I think I will have another go at it, but this time I am going to … Continue reading

Idleness: The Mother of Possibility

cloudsWhat would summer be without idleness.  Sven Berkirts’ peripatetic essay in praise of idleness, “The Mother of Possibility”, is a reminder of the need for what Walt Whitman called ‘loafing’ not as an instrumental act, a recharge of the batteries, but as a state of being on par with industry as a human value.  For the practitioner of the liberal art of reading, it is sweet piece of writing.

If you like it, you might also give a glance to Tom Hodgkinson’s online magazine, The Idler.  Others who might want a more local view on the idler ethic might talk to Walker Rutledge about The Cloudspotter’s Guide.



23 Creative Bookmarks To Make Sure You Pick Up Where You Left Off

I am a sucker for all manner of stationery shop goodies.  Here are some bookmarks to stick in  your summer reading.  Take that Kindle!




Student Success: Joshua Johnston Represents WKU English for World Book Night Celebration

Joshua Johnston is a recent graduate from WKU's English department.

Joshua is a recent WKU English graduate with a creative writing degree. He will be attending Indiana University starting this fall to pursue his MFA. –Photo Provided by Joshua Johnston

Every year on April 23–Shakespeare’s birthday–folks nationwide donate books to people in their communities for the World Book Night (WBN) celebration, and this year in Bowling Green, one of the WKU English department’s own undergraduate students took center stage for the event.

Joshua Johnston, a brand new WKU English alumni joined Kristie Lowry, Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries, at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center (WRJDC) for the World Book Night Celebration. Ms. Lowry thought “just taking the books to the center and dropping them off with a few kind words didn’t seem like enough. With a loose idea for a poetry workshop in mind, I reached out to the English Department at [WKU], and [Dr. Molly McCaffrey] recommended [Joshua Johnston].”

Ms. Lowry gave each student a copy of 100 Best-Loved Poems, then Joshua led the poetry workshop, where many of the students surprised and humbled them with their ability to relate to the poems. Many of them even had a knack for creating their own poetry! Ms. Lowry had this to say about Joshua after WBN had come to a close:

“That young man—barely older than the kids he was teaching—spent [two hours] sharing poetry and the written word in a way that left me aching to be able to write well enough to do his work justice.

He did an amazing job! Actually, ‘amazing’ doesn’t begin to describe it. He was phenomenal. I hope to do more work with the kids at the center, and I’d love to partner with students or faculty in the English Department for that whenever possible.”

Joshua had this to say about his experience at WRJDC:

“I initially worried that there wouldn’t be adequate time to establish an atmosphere in which students felt comfortable enough to engage in the type of dialogue that is so crucial to successful writing workshops, but I quickly discovered that my fears were unfounded. By the end of each class, most of the students were not only intently crafting poems, but enthusiastically sharing their works-in-progress with the class and drawing further inspiration from the positive feedback that ensued. Their talent and courage was a true joy to witness, as well as a vivid reminder of why I have so much faith in the field of creative writing.”

Joshua obviously left a lasting impression on the students at the WRJDC, Ms. Lowry, and our community–not by simply handing these students books–he provided a great experience they will remember forever because he opened their minds to poetry and creative writing. We’re glad to share Joshua’s successes as a WKU English undergrad, and look forward to hearing more about his future achievements in the Indiana University MFA program this fall!

Check out the World Book Night website to learn more about how you can make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to love reading, just as Joshua did for the students at WRJDC.

Alumni Alert: Fill Out a Questionnaire for a Chance at $25 Gift Card (Hint: Odds Way Better than Lottery!)

May 19, 2014

Dear WKU English department alumni,

My name is Rob Hale, and I am the new Head of English at WKU.  I arrived in Bowling Green last July, and I finally have a chance to catch my breath and introduce myself to you. You may have received a hard copy of this letter in the US Mail, but I wanted to follow up with an email just in case we have your home address wrong. I also thought it might be easier for you to complete our alumni survey if we provided a direct link in this post.

Dr. Robert Hale, English Department Head

Dr. Robert Hale, English Department Head

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