‘I Prefer Not To’: The Myth of Comfortable Protest

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At the last EGO Conference “English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature,” a line of questioning came up during my panel concerning the nature of protesting and crisis in America. Some… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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Klaira Strickland is a first year graduate student in the English department. Klaira was nominated by Max Keil to be featured in this reoccurring article. Let’s dive into “The Book That Changed My… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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In his own words, Max Keil is a “writer, runner, and lifelong lover of music and motion-pictures. I like hearing good stories, playing games with my friends, and making short movies or comics.… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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Barbara Harroun is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University. Her most recent work is forthcoming or appearing in Rappahannock Review, TypeWrite, Fiction Southeast, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Long Leaf Pine.… Continue reading

A Night with Monica Berlin

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It was a full house on Thursday, November 19th, when Monica Berlin came to Western Illinois University’s Art Gallery to read poetry from her co-authored book, No Shape Bends the River So Long.… 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

A Glossy New Surface: Looking Back on What’s Changed in High School English Class

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In the fall of 2005 I was a young high school sophomore and an active athlete competing in football, wrestling, and track and field. I was never the avid reader I am today,… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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Some of you have taken classes with him, know him through the University Writing Center, or see him from time to time in the hallowed halls of Simpkins. I am sure by the… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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Dr. Di Carmine was born and raised in Pescara, Italy where she received her Bachelor’s degree. After moving to the United States, she received her Master’s degree from West Virginia University and her Ph.D… Continue reading