Alumn Spotlight: Kristi Relaz

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WIU Alumni Kristi Relaz is the Coordinator for the Career & College Readiness Program at Howard Area Community Center in Rogers Park, Chicago. Their mission is “to assist high school youth in navigating… Continue reading

2014-2015 Awards & Announcements

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 Award Winning Students Each spring, the English & Journalism Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English… 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

Simpkins: Haunted or Full of Fiction?

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For decades, ghost stories have flown from the lips of students that roam what is now Simpkins Hall. From 1939 to 1969, this building housed the WIU Lab School, where Judi Hardin, now a… Continue reading

What the English Faculty Is Reading

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As this academic year winds down, The Mirror and the Lamp asked the faculty about what books made the biggest impact this year, and what they are looking forward to reading this summer.… 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

Alumn Spotlight: Daniel Connelly

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Dan Connelly is a man just like you or me. He enjoys motivational kitten posters, gives firm handshakes, and has a lovable yet rambunctious black lab. This same Dan Connelly was also recently… 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

Actress, Author, Director: Tuesdai Perry

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By: Luke Taylor Tuesdai Perry is currently a senior at Western Illinois University. From her purple hair, to her infectious laugh and enthusiastic smile, there is not a single aspect of Tuesdai’s personality… 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