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

An interview with Marjorie Allison

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By: Kimberly Ackers Every English Major’s journey is different, and Dr. Marjorie Allison was no exception. I was excited to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Allison for this publication and learn exactly… Continue reading

Encouraging a Deeper Education and Experience: 2015 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention

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It all started with encouragement. Encouragement to go to college, then, once in college, encouragement and support to put out our best work, get our voices out there, hear other voices, represent other… 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

Then & Now: Teaching English 180

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On the first day of the Spring 2015 semester, I was nervous. I sat in my office in Simpkins Hall with fluttering butterflies running amok in my stomach, dreading the moment I would… Continue reading

The Importance of Instructor Evaluations

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Near the end of each semester, we are subjected to the same ritual of instructor evaluations. What may seem to be an inconvenience to some is actually a critical component of a student’s… Continue reading