Congratulations to the Three Students Who Received Outstanding English Awards from PCAL

Congratulations to Anthony Gross, Jr., Bliss Powers, and Cameron Calvert-Carr, who are joined by English Department Head, Dr. Rob Hale and Dean David Lee of PCAL

From left to right: Dr. Rob Hale, Anthony Gross Jr., Bliss Powers, Cameron Calvert-Carr, and Dean David Lee

Dean David Lee of Potter College of Arts and Letters and Dr. Rob Hale, English Department Head, congratulated our three Outstanding English Majors at the PCAL Awards Ceremony recently. Be sure to congratulate them , too, when you see them!

Outstanding English Major: Anthony Gross Jr.

Outstanding Graduate Student in English: Bliss Powers

Outstanding EST Student: Cameron Calvert-Carr

Open Mic Reading at Half Price Books Outlet

image001On April 17th, the English Club will be hosting an open mic reading night at Half Price Books Outlet on Campbell Lane. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. If you have been yearning to read your original poetry or short stories in front of an audience, now is your chance! Keep in mind that the works you read must be PG given that the store will still be open during the time of this event. Whether you are presenting or just being a spectator, I encourage everyone to attend this open mic reading.

Don’t Forget–Jane Olmsted!

Jane Olmsted 2Dr. Jane Olmsted, head of the WKU Diversity & Community Studies department, will read her prize-winning creative non-fiction for the Creative Writing Reading Series. The event begins at 7:00 pm tonight in Cherry Hall 125.

Want to hear a fantastic piece of non-fiction? Need to fulfill a class requirement? Could you possibly get extra credit out of this? Come hear Dr. Olmsted speak for all those reasons and more! Also, check out her classy-looking website. She has a lot of great things to say.

Terry Bisson: On Writing, Reading, and Realism

Terry Bisson Reading

The room was jammed full about five minutes after this picture was taken

On Wednesday, March 26th, Terry Bisson visited Western Kentucky University for the Creative Writing Reading Series. By 7 p.m. Cherry Hall 125 was packed full of students, professors, readers, writers, and friends of Terry Bisson to hear him read some of his award-winning science fiction.

I have to admit, it was probably the best Reading Series event I’d been to, which admittedly isn’t a lot because I’ve only been here two years. Nonetheless, the reading was excellent. Although I am partial to science fiction and fantasy, Bisson’s stories were witty, powerful, and realistic. There was something about the frankness of each tale that made me feel like I was inside of it, watching from atop the school building or inside the Whole Foods market (and if you were there, you know what I’m talking about).Terry Bisson Reading 2


He also visited the Fantasy Writing and Speculative Fiction courses to speak with the students about writing. Here are a list of things we all learned from Terry Bisson on how to be a science fiction/fantasy writer in Kentucky: Continue reading

WKU Studio Series to present “Elephant’s Graveyard” and “God”



Happy Friday all!

The Studio Series of WKU’s Theatre & Dance Department will be performing “Elephant’s Graveyard” by George Brant and “God” by Woody Allen on March 31st and April 1st. The plays will be performed at Gordon Wilson Hall on WKU’s campus and will start at 8 pm both Monday and Tuesday. Students were encouraged to try different approaches to theatre and that is how this double feature came to be.

“Elephant’s Graveyard” is based on a true story that took place in 1916 in Erwin, Tennessee. “Elephant’s Graveyard” is described as a magical and chilling tale of intertwining monologues.

“God” is described as a hilarious look at reality as seen through the glasses of Woody Allen.

Tickets will be $5 for both shows, but I believe it is a small price to pay for the unique experience that the WKU Theatre & Dance Department intends to deliver. If you are unable to attend though, check back here next week to read about what you missed out on! Have a good weekend everybody!

Graduate School in English Roundtable Discussion Rescheduled

grad_school_logoThe roundtable discussion and Q and A session, “So You Think You Want to Go to Graduate School in English?” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Cherry Hall 120. Mark your calendars now!

For more information about the session, see Kayleigh Brasher’s previous post from March 21st titled “So, You Think You Want to Go to Graduate School in English?

How Beautiful the Feet: An Original Poetry Citation

On March 28th, 2014 in Helm 100 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. there will be an original poetry citation and display featuring Western Kentucky’s very own, Jessica Brumley.

Jessica Brumley, a junior studying English Literature and Secondary Education here at 11111WKU, is also a student in the Chinese Flagship Program. She combined her interests of writing and the Chinese language into a multi-lingual presentation that provides viewers with a honest look at the ancient Chinese tradition of foot-binding and the cemented gender roles still prevalent today. Jessica’s experiences in China gave her writing a unique first-person perspective on the Chinese culture, while looking through the eyes of a foreigner.

So, You Think You Want to Go to Graduate School in English?

If you are like me, the thought of graduation is looming over you and you are not sure about your next route in life. Happily enough, there ARE multiple opportunities for English majors. Next Tuesday, a few faculty members are hosting a discussion on the topic of graduate school in English.

Topics will include: why you should go to grad school (and why you shouldn’t), what to consider when choosing a program, the different types of degree programs, and what you can do now to have a strong application.

The following professors will be available to discuss degree programs and answer any questions that you may have regarding grad school:

  • Dr. Wes Berry (Graduate Advisor)
  • Dr. Jane Fife (Rhetoric and Composition)
  • Dr. Tom Hunley (Creative Writing)
  • Dr. Alison Langdon (Literature)
  • Dr. Alex Poole (Linguistics)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rice (Professional Writing)

This roundtable discussion and Q&A session will take place Tuesday, March 25th at 4:00 PM in Cherry 120. This is yet another great resource the English Department is offering English majors, so I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.

English Club Book Sale!

It is time to scrounge up all that change you found while spring cleaning over break–the English Club is hosting its annual book sale!


When: March 18th-19th from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Where: Robert Penn Warren room in Cherry Hall 101


  • Hardcover books: $1.00
  • Paperback books: .50

The book sale has a variety of genres available for purchase and even promotes novels from WKU professors at a discounted price. To make things even better, there is an auction that students can enter! You should definitely stop by whether it is in between classes or you are making a special trip to Cherry Hall for this event. Keep checking the blog to be informed of more book sale opportunities happening in the Bowling Green area!


Near Sweep by WKU English Majors at Sigma Tau Delta International Awards Banquet

Rebecca & Rachel
The English Major community can all crow along with Professor Walker Rutledge’s triumphal email announcement:
I’m delighted to report that at this evening’s International English Honor Society Awards Banquet (Sigma Tau Delta), our honor students carried away two of the most prestigious awards–from a field of 209 colleges and universities and over 900 participantsRebecca Thieman won 2nd place (and $300) for creative non-fiction and Rachel Sudbeck won third place for creative non-fiction (and $150).  Kudos likewise must go to Dale’s creative non-fiction class!  I have attached the joyful (and surprised) students’ photo, taken a few moments ago.
It has been a wonderful convention. This has been quite an opportunity for our students.  And I must say, even if I do have a bias,  our other presenters clearly had the outstanding papers in their respective sessions.


 One of the benefits of being an English major, Professor Rutledge relates,

 Another good experience we have had has been to slip away for a couple of hours and go through Flannery O’Connor’s birthplace home.  The guide, who lives in the attic and is obsessively devoted to his subject, gave one of the best literary tours I have ever experienced.  I can offer more details later.

As will we.  Look for interviews, more pictures, and more stories about our Sigma Tau Delta colleagues as well as Flannery O’Connor in the coming week.

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