Author Archive

Finding Joy at a Reading with Isabel Quintero

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By Tanya Nimz Admittedly, I was nervous when I stepped into Taylor Banquet Hall for the reading by Isabel Quintero only 15 minutes before it was scheduled to start. After originally standing awkwardly… Continue reading

How I learned to Read Comics with My Childhood Self

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Guest writer Shannon Norris When I first walked into the English Graduate Organization conference I had no idea what I was doing or what the event was about honestly.  I was just covering… Continue reading

Home is Not a Place – Third Place Winner in the Midwestern Region Blog Contest

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By Haley Helgesen Throughout my childhood, the word “home” was an unattainable, abstract concept. Teachers and mentors often described home as a permanent place inhabited by family and friends, an environment lovingly developed… Continue reading

Adventures in Creative Nonfiction: The Stranger Than Fiction Reading Series

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By: Dyren Blalock So… an English major, Marketing major and a couple Creative Writing minors walked into a bar one afternoon— well, actually it was a library, but the words spoken could have… Continue reading

An Interview with Erika T. Wurth

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By: Dakota Carlson Following the release of her first novel in September of 2014, Erika T. Wurth has experienced firsthand the fast-paced lifestyle that comes from balancing the duties of author and creative… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair

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’Poetry is Sound’ or, Sound in Simpkins Hall by Mark Mossman The great Basil Bunting often gave advice to other poets. A former conscientious objector, spy, political prisoner, journalist, music critic, and Quaker,… Continue reading

Turning a Passion into a Career: Kristyne Bradford

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Every person dreams of finding a way to be paid to do what we love. Kristyne Bradford is one such lucky person. Bradford is a former WIU English Graduate student who excelled at… Continue reading

Chris Ivy: Master of Transitions

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Chris Ivy has plenty of experience with transition. He began his higher education journey as a biology major with a pre-health emphasis and an English minor. English isn’t so minor in his life… Continue reading

Reading Art: Boiler Room Reading Series

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By: Jocelyn James A silence took over the room, every eye staring at the podium. The audience, attentive and engrossed by each speaker, sat quietly listening. Short stories and poetry enchanted the air.… Continue reading

How it Began: The Foundations of Western Literary Society

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  by: Dakota Carlson It was during the Fall semester of 2013 when I was first approached by friend, neighbor, and WIU alumni Benjamin Scott about starting a creative writing organization on campus.… Continue reading