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Friday 3/6 Reading Cancelled; Next Reading will be March 17th

This Friday’s reading by author Trudy Lewis has been cancelled.

Please join us for the conclusion of our Spring Reading Series on Friday, March 17th with critically acclaimed poet Ed Madden, who will read from his newest book Nest. The reading will take place at 7:00 PM in the Plaster Student Union Theater.

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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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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Undergraduate Literary Conference Offers the Chance to Present Your Work Like a Pro

Have you written a literature paper that you would like to share with your peers?

We invite you to apply to the MSU Undergraduate Literary Conference. Students who are selected will read their papers out loud and receive feedback from their peers, as well as English Department graduate students and faculty.

When?

April 17-18

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, March 20th.

Why apply?

Delivering a conference paper will help you develop as a writer, researcher, and public speaker. It is also excellent preparation for professional careers or graduate school.                    

Who can apply?

The conference is open to undergraduates who have written papers that interpret literary texts: novels, stories, poems, or plays from any historical period. We also welcome submissions from students who have written papers that interpret non-literary texts, including film, television, and videogames. You do not need to be an English major to submit!

How can I apply?

To apply, fill out and turn in the submission form. Completed forms should be handed in to the English Department Office (Siceluff 215) by 5pm on Friday, March 20.

Need more info? Contact Dr. Lanya Lamouria (llamouria@missouristate.edu).

OR Attend one of the two information session about the conference:

ULC Info Session #2 will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 3:30-4:30 in Siceluff 226.

ULC Info Session #1 will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30-4:30 in Siceluff 218.

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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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English professor publishes award-winning poetry collection

English honors professor Dr. Jane S. Hoogestraat enjoyed the December release of her book, “Border States.” As winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Hoogestraat’s earned a $1,000 award and publication of “Border States,” by BkMk Press, a University of Missouri-Kansas City press. It can be purchased on their website or on Amazon.

About ‘Border States’

According to the 72-page poetry collection’s Amazon description, “Hoogestraat’s meditations on rural life analyze the topography, history, folk music, religion, and vernacular of the heartland, offering crisp and gentle portraits of Americana.”

Luis J. Rodriguez, who selected “Border States” for the John Ciardi Prize, said of its content, “the people, the soil, the tumultuous skies are unforgettable, as are these poems, and that’s the most important aspect of language in verse—the way it makes you feel and think.”

About Hoogestraat

Hoogestraat specializes in 20th and 21st Century poetry and literary theory and has had work appear in publications such as The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Mars Hill Review. She has published two chapbooks and coedited “Time, Memory and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the Thought of Walter Ong.”

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