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Sigma Tau Delta held its October meeting (pictured above)

Sigma Tau Delta is an international collegiate honor society for students of English at four-year colleges and universities who are within the top 30% of their class and have a 3.5 GPA. It presently has over 850 chapters in the United States and abroad. English Majors and interested students are welcome! The next meeting will be November 3rd, 11 AM in Lindquist 500.

Conferences

  • Submissions are now open for the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.  The final date to submit is October 30th.  Submission requirements and information can be found at http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/submissions-overview/
  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • Dr. Francis Connor will be presenting as part of the October 13 Wichita Art Chatter at the Wichita Art Museum.  Part open-mic, part thought cocktail, part happy hour on a Friday night, several local creative types are asked to give their thoughts on different topics.
  • Student Activities Council is hosting Geek Week October 9th-12th:
    • Power Up! Wednesday, October 11th, 12 PM- 3 PM, Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
    • Anime- Is It a Cartoon? Thursday, October 12th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Anime Movie: The Wind Rises, 7 PM & 9:30 PM, Hubbard Hall 208

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night: Poetry, Vocals, and Storytelling, Thursday, October 19th at 7 PM in Hubbard 231. Everyone is welcome!

Richard Davies has an upcoming Final Friday art exhibition at Reuben Sanders on October 27. Final Friday is a free local art crawl which spans the downtown area.

Halloween Comicfest is Saturday, October 28th, 1-4 PM in Ablah Library’s 1st floor C-Space. There will be a costume contest, roundtable discussions on various fandom topics, a greenscreen photo booth, film screening of Nosferatu at 2:00 PM, kids craft table, and free comic books! For more information on events and the schedule, go to : http://libresources.wichita.edu/comicfest

The Graduate School is hosting two upcoming professional development events:

  • Mastering Literature Reviews, October 26th, 5-6:30 PM
  • Job Search Skills, November 15th, 12-1:30 PM

RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.

Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

The Weekly Digest will be taking a short hiatus due to Fall Break. Our weekly posts will return Wednesday, October 25th. 

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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The furriest squirrel

which lurks in Lindquist, floor six

is named in Earnest.

Thank you to everyone who participated in naming our newest inhabitant of the sixth floor. We tallied up the votes today, and we are happy to present Earnest, newly named and fully welcomed into the sixth floor community!

Recent Events

On October 28, the English Department hosted Wichita author, illustrator, and orthodontist Grant Snider.  Snider’s presentation, titled “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas”, took a look at the creative process and the effort to separate good ideas from bad ideas and practices.  Afterwards, Snider autographed his new novel The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity.

Dr. Mythili Menon guest lectured in English 700. She spent over an hour with our English 700 students, providing them with an extensive overview of the field of Linguistics. She titled her lecture “A (crash) Crash Course in Linguistics.” The students loved having her and were appreciative of the breakdown of the field!

Conferences

  • This week Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold is traveling to Tulsa to attend the South Central MLA Annual Convention. She organized the panel “Social Transformations in the Marvel Universe” that she is presenting on. The title of her paper is “A Marvel Soundscape: Jessica Jones and the Violence of Sound.” This paper was also awarded the SCMLA Prize for the “Best Paper in Historical, Literary, and/Or Cultural Studies” by the conference executive committee.
  • Submissions are now open for the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.  The final date to submit is October 30th.  Submission requirements and information can be found at http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/submissions-overview/
  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • Writing Now, Reading Now is hosting Kristina Darling on Thursday, October 5, with a reception at 5:30 PM followed by a reading at 6 PM in the Ulrich Museum. Darling is the author of twenty-seven books and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, and contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.
  • The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be on Friday, October 6 at 11 AM in Lindquist 503.
  • Linguistics Club is presenting a Practice Talk by Jamillah Sleiman Friday, October 6 at 12 PM in Lindquist 500. Sleiman, a senior undergraduate student, will be presenting “The Changing of Arabic Terminology in Times of War and Displacement.”
  • The next English Graduate Student Association meeting will be on Friday, October 6 at 3 PM in Lindquist 500.
  • Student Activities Council is hosting Geek Week October 9th-12th:
    • Reader’s Circle: Monday, October 9th, 10 AM-2 PM, 1st floor Ablah Library
    • Marvel V. D.C. Craft, Tuesday, October 10th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Power Up! Wednesday, October 11th, 12 PM- 3 PM, Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
    • Anime- Is It a Cartoon? Thursday, October 12th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Anime Movie: The Wind Rises, 7 PM & 9:30 PM, Hubbard Hall 208

Upcoming Events

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on The Graduate School is hosting two upcoming professional development events:

  • Mastering Literature Reviews, October 26th, 5-6:30 PM
  • Job Search Skills, November 15th, 12-1:30 PM

RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.

Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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What’s in a name? The

name of a squirrel? You tell me.

Vote and name the beast.

Sixth Floor Squirrel Nominations

Possible names for the new mascot in the Writing Center are as follows:

  • Ernest
  • Pierre
  • Prudence

Votes can be cast for our newest, and certainly most taxidermied, friend in the Writing Center. A bucket will be placed by our squirrel friend and you may cast your vote by writing one of the names on a slip of paper and leaving it in the bucket.

Submissions open for Mikrokosmos and Mojo

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Conferences

Several Wichita State students will be presenting at the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference at Fort Hays:

  • C.E. Whitaker will be presenting three poems, entitled “Heartburn”, “The Pulse”, and “These Americans and a Strange God”.
  • Sally Spina will be presenting a critical paper titled “Double Exposure: Applying Postcolonial Theory and Ecocriticism to Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist“.
  • Jose Suarez will present a critical paper titled “The Satire in Dryden’s ‘Mac Flecknoe’, the Savagery of Tupac’s ‘Hit ‘Em Up’: Art and Male Confrontation”.
  • Zachary Parker will be presenting a creative work titled “This is Not a Story”.

 

Events this Week

Kelsey Harper from Texas A&M University will be speaking at the second Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series event today, Sept. 27th. Her talk: “Minority dialects in contract: Peruvian Spanish in the U.S.”

Grant Snider will be presenting at Wichita State for the English Speakers series on Sept. 28th at 3:00 pm, RSC 261. The title of his talk: “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas: Exploring the Joys and Frustrations of Creativity in Words and Pictures.”

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Wichita State’s Theatre Department is putting on States of Happiness this week, Sept. 27th- Oct. 1st. This play is the winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition.The central character seeks meaning but doesn’t know where to look. She learns of a service that will allow her to do something extraordinary. But through this, she tumbles into an experiment that may have drastic repercussions. Will this actually help her or will it send her further into hopelessness? The show is free for students with an ID. Check out the play and get your tickets at the box office prior to the show! (Also, for those playwrights out there–keep an eye out for the competition next year and consider submitting your own piece.)

Upcoming Events

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be on October 6, 2017 in the Writing Center.


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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Now Accepting Nominations for Sixth Floor Squirrel

Joining our Writing Center is another animal mascot (pictured above) who is, as of yet, unnamed. Please email us at wichitaenglish@gmail.com in order to nominate a name for our furry friend. Stay tuned next week for your chance to vote and help select the winning name, and as always, feel free to come visit Leroy.

New Student Leadership in the English Department

As the new school year starts, changes in leadership have already begun on the sixth floor.  The following organizations have all selected new student leaders:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Chapter:
    • President- Victoria Stewart
    • Vice President- Sally Spina
    • Secretary- Kelsey Abendroth
    • Treasurer- Zach Parker
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

 

  • English Graduate Student Association:
    • President- Victoria Hendricks
    • Vice President- Cole Ethington
    • Treasurer- Aaron Bristow
    • Secretary- Dan Arndt
    • Faculty Liaison- Nicole Byrne
    • Student Relations- Sydney Martin
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

 

  • Wichita English Department Blog
    • Sydney Martin
    • John Darr
    • Zach Parker
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Mythili Menon

 

Dr. Dale Koike Kicks Off Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series for the Year

On Thursday, Sept. 14th, Dr. Dale Koike from The University of Texas at Austin presented her talk entitled “Teaching for Intercultural Awareness” in order to kick off the Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series for the year.

First-year MA candidate Drew Colcher attended the event and highlighted some takeaways from Dr. Koike’s presentation. In her talk, Dr. Koike explained the importance of encouraging students to develop strategies that help them understand the culture of a second language they are studying. This is important not only for gaining a deeper appreciation of the culture, but also for avoiding stereotyping. Dr. Koike has distributed questionnaires asking for explanations of how students would react in different situations to classes in a variety of cultures. Responses from students provide descriptions of how cultures actually function. When we learn about a second language and the culture it exists in, we are taught pragmatically what to say and how to act. But many times, this is completely different from what people in that culture actually do. Dr. Koike and her questionnaires make us remember that there is also a social side to language, and it is important to study the social as well the pragmatic if we are to truly understand a second language and its culture.

Dr. Koike’s talk was just the first of many events this semester for the Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series. Your Wichita English Blog will keep you updated on events to come!

Events this Week

Kelsey Harper from Texas A&M University will be speaking at the second Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series event on Sept. 27th. Her talk: “Minority dialects in contract: Peruvian Spanish in the U.S.”

Upcoming Events

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Grant Snider will be presenting at Wichita State for the English Speakers series on Sept. 28th at 3:00 pm, RSC 261. The title of his talk: “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas: Exploring the Joys and Frustrations of Creativity in Words and Pictures.”

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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Let’s look together.

Sigma Tau Delta Participates in Student Involvement Fair

Sigma Tau Delta kicked the school year off by participating in the Student Involvement Fair. Some photos  of the table and the folks manning the table are below (pictured: Victoria Hendricks, Matt Hopper, and Jose Intriago Suarez.)

 

Conference News

The submission deadline for Fort Hays State University’s Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference is on Friday, September 15.  Both creative and critical works are accepted, and submissions may come from any graduate or undergraduate student or Sigma Tau Delta alumni.

Mythili Menon’s paper ‘Decomposing Color Terms in Potawatomi’ was accepted for an oral presentation at the 92nd Linguistics Society of America’s Annual Meeting from January 4-7, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also invited to give a Linguistics Colloquium talk at the University of Minnesota in Spring 2018.

The English Department’s MA students were active in seeking out conference opportunities over the summer months. The following students had their paper proposals accepted over the summer to be presented at upcoming fall conferences:
  • Cole Miller, “‘It’s Our Time Down Here’: Marxism in The Goonies” at South Central MLA and “Mapping the ‘mysterious gulf’: A Forma-Dialogical Understanding of The Hermaphrodite” at Midwest MLA
  • Cole Ethington, “Using Brainshark to Develop Online Grammar Mastery Tutorials” at South Central MLA.
  • Drew Colcher, “Discrimination against the Spanish Language in Kansas” at South Central MLA
  • Victoria Stewart, “Deriving Power from the Unseen: Pseudo-Science, Appearances, and Spirituality in Catherine Maria Sedgwick’sHope Leslie” at Midwest MLA
  • Victoria Hendricks, “Scared of the Dark: The Perception of the African-American in Horror Films and Get Out” at Midwest MLA

Events this week

Dr. Dale Koike will be presenting as part of the Language and Linguistics Colloquium series on Sept. 14th at 3:00 pm, Lindquist Hall 100. Dr. Koike’s talk: “Teaching for Intercultural Awareness.” 

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Dr. Koike has researched activities that can be used to explain the target culture when teaching second languages- conducting surveys of native speakers that in turn help learners more fully understand cultural perspectives and practices while they are learning a second language. Four different activities Dr. Koike presents can be used in order to develop an “emic” or “insider’s perspective” on cultural views, practices, and values of the culture being taught.

Upcoming Events

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Grant Snider will be presenting at Wichita State for the English Speakers series on Sept. 28th at 3:00 pm, RSC 261. The title of his talk: “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas: Exploring the Joys and Frustrations of Creativity in Words and Pictures.”

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

Summer Digest 2017

Though during the summer the offices in the department might not buzz with the usual excitement, our faculty and students flew through the season in a flurry of exciting activity. Here are just a few things that the English Department was up to over the short summer months:

– Drew Colcher spent three months in Garden City, KS collecting interviews and questionnaires from Spanish speakers with Mexican heritage, researching for a presentation entitled “Language ideologies and a changing societal context in Kansas.” This talk will be presented at the LASSO (Linguistics Association of the Southwest) conference in October with Colcher’s co-presenter Dr. Rachel Showstack. The research focuses on language maintenance, ideologies, and discrimination against Spanish in Kansas.

-Fran Connor spent the summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, a wonderful, strong, progressive, unified community. When not working on his tenure file, reading the poetry of Sir John Suckling with far more attention than it deserves or warrants, being ignored by his children, or playing Pokemon Go with his wife, he spent a lot of time walking in the mountains and photographing deer. This one moved in down the street:

-Lael Ewy had a productive summer, including publishing, presenting, training, and hosting a webinar:

  • A new issue of Ewy and Jennifer Heinicke’s EastWesterly Review, an online satirical journal, was published.
  • In June, Ewy gave the following workshops at the Kansas Recovery Conference in June: “Cultural Competency as Organizational Change,” and  “Beyond ‘Acceptance’: Envisioning a World On the Other Side of Stigma and Discrimination.”
  • Ewy and William Welch presented “Making the Connection: The Power of ‘Peer’ in Serving Others” at the Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium in June.
  • Ewy hosted a webinar on the Family Acceptance Project for LGBT+ youth contracted under our statewide System of Care Grant.
  • In August, Ewy gave a training with Dr. Joyce McEwen Crane on trauma-informed care as well as a training on cultural competency and the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards to the staff of Compass Behavioral Health and their community partners in Garden City, KS.

-A few weeks before school started Toni Loeffler found out that her poem “The Promenade” was accepted for publication in an anthology of women’s poetry that’s forthcoming from A Room of Her Own Foundation. The working title of the book is Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Inspired by Virginia Woolf, and featuring Maxine Hong KingstonMore info about the anthology and A Room of Her Own Foundation can be found here.  Besides Mikro, this will be her first publication.

Toni also spent a couple weeks traveling this summer. She took a road trip through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Below are some photos of her and her dog Ernie Bubbles in Colorado. 

-Mythili Menon spent her summer trotting the country. She traveled to Los Angeles (for a wedding and a visit to her alma mater), Chicago, Denver, and presented a poster (with Krystal Iseminger) at the ‘Annual Meeting of the Society of Music Perception and Cognition’ in San Diego. While she wasn’t trotting, she was seen hovering about the 6th floor catching up on research, preparing for her new class this Fall, the language of food, and making fieldwork trips to Mayetta for her URCA grant.

-Victoria Stewart spent most of her time in Wichita recovering from the Spring semester and refueling for the Fall semester.  She briefly went to Colorado for some hiking and a concert at the Red Rocks, which she recommends to anyone who has not done so already. Along with recuperating, Stewart was also awarded the Ollie A. & J. O. Heskett Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. This fellowship recognizes Victoria’s strong record of scholarly work and extracurricular activity in our professional community at the department and university level.

– Rebecca Yenser’s collection of poetry, titled “Too High and Too Blue in New Mexico” was picked up by Dancing Girl Press. A tentative publication date is set for March of 2018. Yenser also had short stories published in CHEAP POP. Swimmers Club, and Fanzine.

– Madison White and Katelin Loo, two recently graduated undergrad students, had their poetry accepted in The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, an annual journal that publishes literary non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. The issue featuring their work will be published next year.

A Welcome to New M.A. and M.F.A. Graduate Teaching Assistants

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The Wichita State English Department is excited to accept and present the newest M.A. and M.F.A. students who will be working as GTAs for the department.

Students in the M.A. program, and a bit of their background in their own words, include:

Kelsey Abendroth is a native Kansan. She received her B.A. in creative writing with a minor in Sociology from Wichita State in May 2017. During her undergraduate experience, she spent time volunteering at the Wichita Children’s Home and tutoring. She is working towards obtaining a Master’s degree in English Literature after which, she intends to pursue a M.F.A. in Fiction. Her aspirations ultimately entail having her works published and becoming a creative writing professor with a focus in young adult novels and classical theory.

Zachary Parker, received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Wichita State in May of 2017.  While working towards a Master’s degree in English Literature, he continues a focus in queer literary criticism, reclamation of works, and multi-modal storytelling.

Sally Spina received Bachelor’s degrees in English, Secondary Education, and Sociology from Fort Hays State University before coming to Wichita to teach middle school language arts.  She greatly enjoyed teaching, but realized that she would rather teach adults, so she came to Wichita State to get her M.A.  In the future, she hopes to have the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. as well as teach English as a second language and composition at universities in other countries.  Her academic interests include: ecofeminist criticism, international literature, and studying how language helps shape culture.

Also admitted into the M.A. program: Drew Colcher.

Students in the M.F.A. program, and a bit of their background in their own words, include:

John Darr has long dreamed of trading his poems, like Pokemon cards, for food and shelter. His poetry is said to “all but guarantee his future fame and fortune” by critics nationwide including his mother and at least one of the editors of this blog, of which he is an editor. He enjoys avant-garde electronic music as well as alt-rock tunes written by angsty middle-aged men. He can usually be found in Riverside Park reading a book that he does not understand and wearing perfume that he cannot afford. He was once mistaken to be twelve. A source close to the subject, however, believes this remark was not meant to be a guess of Mr. Darr’s age, but rather an objective rating of Mr. Darr on a ten-point scale.

Sydney Martin received her Bachelor’s degrees in English Writing and Strategic Communication, along with a minor in French, from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Nebraska, she is proud to have grown up frequenting the true “happiest place on Earth”- Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. If you ever want to hear about the Disney World of pumpkin patches, she’s your woman. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. with a concentration in fiction, and is excited for the opportunity to focus on her writing as well as explore future opportunities in publishing, teaching, or whatever else might come her way.

Carolyn Whitaker (In her published poems, C. E. Whitaker.) She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where the filled swamps and ocean cities never reach beyond the high 90s during summer and never have temperatures below the 30s during the short winters. She attended Florida International University and earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing. She is a GTA working toward her M.F.A in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry. She loves the poetry of Laura Kasischke and is fascinated by the poetry of Albert Goldbarth. Her favorite novelists are Joyce Carol Oates and Laura Kasischke. In addition to poetry and reading her favorite novelists, she loves Dobermans, growing orchids and gardening.

Rebecca Yenser, born in Iowa, raised in Oregon, recently spent an impressionable few months in New Mexico. Her fiction, poetry, and photographs have appeared in Hobart, Swimmers Club, 1001 Editors, Metazen, The Nervous Breakdown, Paper Darts, Filter Literary Journal, CHEAP POP, Entropy, decomP, and others. A first-year M.F.A. student in the fiction program, she hopes to put together a collection of short stories. She’s excited to join the Mikrokosmos staff, and was astonished to hear that her father was editor in 1965, and her mother in 1966. Future plans include publishing and writing.

Daniel Arndt, a born and bred Hoosier from Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from I.U. with a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. He used to want to be a lawyer and now writes about space. His creative work tends to be sci-fi, fantasy,or horror. He is really hoping to continue work on utopian and sci-fi literature as genres, especially from an interdisciplinary standpoint. His favorite book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, and his goal in life is to meet 200 dogs.

Once more, welcome to all of our new M.A. and M.F.A. GTAs. We are excited to see what great things you accomplish while here at Wichita State!

 

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Swaim at GRASP

Chance Swaim presented his research on Shakespeare titled ‘Big Data, Short Works: Establishing a Stylometric Baseline for Micro-attributions of Shakespeare’s Apocrypha with ‘On a day, alack the day’ at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium (GRASP) on April 28. He was one of 20 graduate students selected for an oral presentation of their research. Congrats, Chance!

 

MFA Reading 

Congratulations to the MFA graduating class of 2017- Abe Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Hojem, Johnna Crawford, Kayla Haas, and Jeremy Richard. Here are some photos from the reading at Ulrich last Sunday.

Upcoming events

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m in LH 500, please join us for a chance to say goodbye to Professor Danielle Koupf, before she heads off to Wake Forest University.

Also, tomorrow, Thursday, May 4 from 4:00-6:00 p.m in RSC 262, please join us for the retirement party of Professor Christopher Brooks.

Blog retiring for summer 

Wichita English blog will be taking a break this summer and will resume activities in August, once the Fall session begins. We wish all of you a fun-filled and relaxed summer holidays!

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Scharnhorst to Cincinnati 

Congratulations to Rhiannon Scharnhorst who was offered and has accepted a fully funded PhD program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of Cincinnati. We wish you the best in all the adventures yet to come!

Conference News

Mythili Menon and Krystal Iseminger’s paper titled ‘Music Primes Relative Clause Completions in English’ was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2017 Society for Music Perception and Cognition Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA from July 30-August 3. The paper reports results from the ‘Language and Music’ experiment that ran in the Menon Lab in Fall 2016 at Wichita State. Congrats, Mythili and Krystal!

Survey on phrases of measurement in U.S Spanish 

In a new interdisciplinary project between English and MCLL departments (Wichita State IRB # 3914), Mythili Menon and Rachel Showstack are looking for participants in a survey. Here is the recruitment announcement:

Professor Mythili Menon and Professor Rachel Showstack are looking for Spanish-speaking students to participate in a research study about the use of phrases used to describe measurements in Spanish. If you choose to participate, you will be given an online survey that will take 15 minutes to complete.

We are currently looking for participants who:

-Are 18 years of age or older
-Speak Spanish at an intermediate or advanced level
-Have learned Spanish either as a second language or as a home language

If you are interested in participating, please contact Prof. Menon or Prof. Showstack via e-mail at mythili.menon@wichita.edu/ rachel.showstack@wichita.edu. Thank you for your consideration!

Sigma Tau Delta Graduating Members 

Congratulations to Sigma Tau Delta’s graduating members Katelin Loo, Krystal Iseminger, Rhiannon Scharnhorst, and Madison White. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors!

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Events this week

Tomorrow, at 12.30 p.m, the FoodLang Reading Group will have its last meeting for this semester at LH 503. The members will be bringing food to share. All are welcome!

Tomorrow, at 3 p.m (LH 112) Fran Connor will give a talk titled ‘Post-Punk, Hip-Hop, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. There will be an ice cream sundae bar, starting 2.30 p.m. Be there, or be square!

The Creative Writing Program invites you to join us at the Ulrich this Sunday at 2pm to celebrate our graduating students. Benjamin Hojem, Kayla Haas, Abraham Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Richard, and Johnna Crawford will all read from their final projects.

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Upcoming Events

Please join us for a chance to say goodbye to Professor Danielle Koupf, Thursday, May 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m in the Writing Center before she heads off to Wake Forest University.

Please join us for the retirement party of Professor Christopher Brooks, Thursday, May 4 from 4:00-6:00 p.m in RSC 262.

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Events this week 

Today, at 3 p.m in HH 231, Dr. Mark Schneegurt will give a talk in the ‘Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series’ titled ‘CryptoJewish Poetry from the Mexican Inquisition Trials of the Carvajal Family‘. We hope to see many of you there!

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Tomorrow, at 3 p.m in LH 112, the English Department Speaker Series will feature a graduate scholarship in magical realism. Rhiannon Scharnhorst will present a talk titled, ‘Blending Cultures: Food as a Hybrid Symbol of Communication in The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse and Green Grass, Running Water‘. Abe Fitzpatrick will present a talk titled, “Providing a Blank Page: How Díaz’s ‘Hip Hop Novel’ Creates a Space for the Marginalized’.

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Tomorrow, at 6 p.m, Sam Taylor will do a poetry reading and meet with students of the undergraduate literary magazine YAWP! at Bethel College.

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Tomorrow, from 7-9 p.m at Barleycorn’s, join Joey Lemon (MFA alumni) for a music performance with Matt Hamer.

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Sigma Tau Delta is having its final meeting of the semester this Friday, April 21 at 1pm in Lindquist Room 503. They will be answering questions about submission to the creative and critical journals as well as discussing plans for officer elections in the fall semester. They will also be saying goodbye to 4 graduating members and 3 officers by presenting their honor stoles and having a feast. Now more than ever, they encourage anyone interested to attend as exciting leadership opportunities will be opening up. Faculty attendance is also welcome, and there will be plenty of food for everyone.

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Upcoming Events 

The FoodLang Reading Group invites all of you for a Feast on April 27 at 12.30 p.m. This will coincide with the last meeting of the group for the Spring semester. Members of the reading group will bring a dish of personal significance and briefly talk about what the dish means to them. We invite all of you to join us!

EGSA presents a talk by Fran Connor titled, “Post-punk, Hip-hop, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream” on April 27 in LH 112 at 3 p.m. There will be an ice cream sundae bar starting at 2.30 p.m. We hope to see all of you there!


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog.