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Interview with Barbara Ashwood

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By Meghan Haupers I interviewed English professor Barbara Ashwood and learned a lot about her time as a student and as a professor. She also shared a bit about her personal life and referenced students… Continue reading

Dinner and Globalization

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By Molly Cameron April eighth saw another of Sigma Tau Delta’s Dinner and Conversation events. The featured speaker of the evening was Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, a film professor here at Western, presenting… Continue reading

Remembering Professor Forrest Robinson

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A Remembrance by Professor Barbara Harroun In the Fall of 1994, I took ENG 200: Introduction to Poetry with Professor Forrest Robinson. He wore tweed coats with patches on the elbows, dress shirts… Continue reading

The Difficulties of English Education

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By Meghan Haupers As a senior English Education major at Western Illinois University I have developed a unique perspective on the English language and language in general. My English courses range from practice of… Continue reading

Books that Helped Us Through Tough Times

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By Rachel Troyer This was a tough question for me because I used books in general to escape during my childhood and teenage years. However, the series that impacted my life and my… Continue reading

The Boiler Room: A Welcome Break From Reality

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By: Haley Helgesen In a quiet, white room punctuated by evocative artworks and photographs, a continuous conversation is occurring. A conversation about a communal and overwhelming passion for words, verse, story, prose, narration… Continue reading

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