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How to survive publishing your work

Writer’s block, a term used when writers are having a difficult time moving forward in their work, is something that many writers have experienced. Authors of anything from short essays to dissertations to novels understand the frustration that comes from the writing process and the anxiety that follows the simple mention of publishing. Dr. Lanya […]

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Springfield native comes back to Ozarks for book tour

the teeth of soulsAuthor and Springfield native Steve Yates will be reading passages and talking about his Moon City Press book “The Teeth of Souls” next week. He’ll be at the Springfield-Greene County Library Center on March 26 and Barnes & Noble bookstore on March 28.

About ‘Teeth of Souls’

The 480-page novel is a sequel to Yates’ 2013 book, “Morkan’s Quarry.” Based in post-Civil War Springfield, Missouri, the story follows Leighton Shea Morkan, the son of Irish immigrants. Morkan is torn between a marriage of convenience and wealth and his childhood love — the house hand and former slave, Judith. According to Moon City Press, the book is “grounded in broad historical research and spanning Missouri’s reconstruction, vigilantism, and fall from grace.”


Fellow Ozarks author Daniel Woodrell, who wrote “Winter’s Bone,” said: “Steve Yates searches out the hidden stories from our regional history. Those events that were murky in the shadows, forgotten, or simply not spoken about, are in his hands turned into powerful and fresh fiction. Yates has scope to his ambitions, and talent to match. An exciting new voice.”

In a recent 417 Magazine review, Ettie Berneking said, “The narrative is verbose and not always easy to follow, but colorful scene setting and doomed characters hook your interest immediately. … The Teeth of the Souls is a tale of love, lust, hatred, tension, change and desire all set in the rugged landscape of the Ozarks.”

About Yates

Yates won the Juniper Prize for his “Some Kinds of Love: Stories.” He is the assistant director/marketing director at the University Press of Mississippi.

Event Details

Library Center
Date: March 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Meeting Room B
Admission: Free and open to adult audiences

Barnes & Noble
Date: March 28
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 3055 South Glenstone Ave.
Admission: Free and open to public

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Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing to be held March 20

The English department is co-sponsoring this week’s Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing with the student chapter of Society for Technical Communication and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). The event will be March 20 in Plaster Student Union, room 315. It is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP by email. A continental breakfast and networking luncheon will be provided.


8:30-9 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9-9:45 a.m.
Developing Report and Correspondence Cases for Technical Communication Courses

Elizabeth Tebeaux, Professor of English, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

9:50-10:35 a.m.
Teaching Project Management Skills

Sandi Harner, Senior Professor of Technical Communication, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

10:35-10:50 a.m.

10:50-11:35 a.m.
Visual Design in Global Contexts: Strategies for Visual Communication Across Cultures

Kirk St. Amant, Professor of Technical and Professional Communication and of International Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

11:40-12:40 p.m.
Lunch in PSU 400

12:40-1:25 p.m.
Behavior Change and the Professional Writer

Jamie Conklin, Associate Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Using the Introductory Tech Comm Class to Help Students Explore Writing Careers
Nick Carrington, Instructor of Professional Writing & Information Design, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

2:15-2:30 p.m.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Aligning Forward Pedagogy Through Backward Course Design

Zach Carnagey, Online Instructional Designer, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

3:20-3:50 p.m.
Where Do We Go from Here?—Trends in the Profession

Round (Rectangular)-Table Discussio

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Students give advice on finding literature, creative writing internships

How to Find an Internship: A Panel Discussion for Students in Literature and Creative Writing

Literature and creative writing students will host a panel discussion today to explain how they found internships in publishing and other English-related fields. Students who attend will be eligible to win a free copy of the book “All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience.”

Event Details

Date: March 17
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Siceluff Hall, Room 226
Contact: Assistant professor Lanya Lamouria by email or at 417-836-3175


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Spring reading series continues with award-winning author

Award-winning author Dr. Trudy Lewis will be on campus to read excerpts of her work on March 6. Lewis’ novel “The Empire Rolls” was the first in Moon City Press’ Missouri Authors Series.

Lewis is the director of creative writing at the University of Missouri. Her other book titles include “Private Correspondences (Tri/Quarterly/Northwestern University Press) and the short story collection “The Bones of Garbo” (The Ohio State University Press). Her short stories have appeared in publications such as “Atlantic Monthly,” “Best American Short Stories,” and  “New England Review.”

Lewis is the recipient of the William Goyen Prize, the Sandstone Prize for Short Fiction and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner.

Event details

Date: March 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

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English professor wins prize for poetry collection

For Missouri State University English professor Dr. Jane Hoogestraat, home is not just where the heart is. It’s also the motivation behind her award-winning book of poetry. In December, Hoogestraat released “Border States,” a 72-page poetry collection that was inspired by her experiences growing up in rural South Dakota. The book was published as a […]

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Spring 2015 Readings Announced

Spring 2015 reading schedule

January 23: Jane HoogestraatJane H Book

7 p.m., Plaster Student Union Theater

Born in South Dakota, Jane Hoogestraat was educated at Baylor  and at the University of Chicago.  Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Southern Review, DoubleTake, Image, Midwestern Gothic, and Crab Orchard Review. She is a professor of English at Missouri State University, where she specializes in 20th century poetry and literary theory, with a particular interest in ethics and aesthetics. Her latest book, Border States, won the 2014 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry.



Trudy L bookMarch 6: Trudy Lewis

7 p.m., Plaster Student Union Theater

Trudy Lewis is the author of the novels The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press), the initial book in our Missouri Authors Series, along with the novel Private Correspondences (Tri/Quarterly/Northwestern University Press), and the short story collection The Bones of Garbo (The Ohio State University Press). Her short stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain ReviewMeridian, New England Review, New Stories from the South, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Witness, and other venues. Trudy is the recipient of the William Goyen Prize, the Sandstone Prize for Short Fiction, and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner. She is currently Director of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri.



March 17: Ed Madden

7 p.m., Plaster Student Union Theater Ed M book

Ed Madden is an associate professor of English and interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of two books of poetry: Signals, which won the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, and Prodigal: Variations (2011), and most recently, Nest (2014). In addition to his creative output, Madden has published numerous scholarly works, including Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, and Voice 1888-2001. He co-edited Irish Studies: Geographies and Genders with Marti Lee. His academic areas of specialization include late 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish poetry, Irish culture and literature, gender and sexuality, gay and lesbian literature, and creative writing. Madden received his B.A. from Harding University and earned his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas.


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