The Book That Changed My Life

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By Jared R. Worley You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of knowledge. That’s the signpost… Continue reading

Poet Bruce Lack Visits WIU

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On Wednesday, September 23, veteran and poet Bruce Lack made a visit up at the Quad Cities campus of WIU to read excerpts from his new book, Service. That night he made his way… Continue reading

Never Mind the Bollocks: A Legacy beyond the Music

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By: Dakota T. Carlson Many cite the Sex Pistols as the greatest punk rock band of all time. With the release of their first and only studio success “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s… 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

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