Author Archive

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

Creative Writers Fire Up the Boiler Room

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2013-2014 was an extremely productive academic year for the creative writing minor. The Boiler Room Reading Series kicked off, featuring faculty and student readers sharing original poetry, fiction and nonfiction at the University… Continue reading

Dr. Robert Jacobs, former chair of the department, dies at 86

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Dr. Robert Jacobs, former chair of the department, died March 31, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College, his B.D. from University of Chicago, and his… Continue reading

A Letter From the Chair–Reading Lives

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This past year I read a lot. I roamed through a whole set of authors and topics: works by David Foster Wallace, James Ellroy, Daniel Woodrell, Frank Bill, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jaimy Gordon,… Continue reading

The English Minor: How It Has Enhanced My Experience as a Liberal Arts and Sciences Major

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Upon commencement of my first semester at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (WIU-QC), I found myself unprepared—the areas of study that would consume much of my time, money, and focus for the following two… Continue reading