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

Proust Questionnaire: Chris Ivy, 2nd Year English Graduate Student

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The Proust Questionnaire is a popular form of interview, developed by French writer, Marcel Proust, that is focused on the interviewees personality. It is popularly used by Vanity Fair. A reoccurring segment on The Mirror… Continue reading

Proust Questionnaire- Dr. Magdelyn Helwig

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The Proust Questionnaire is a popular form of interview, developed by French writer, Marcel Proust, that is focused on the interviewees personality. It is popularly used by Vanity Fair. A reoccurring segment on The Mirror… Continue reading

How I learned to Read Comics with My Childhood Self

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Guest writer Shannon Norris When I first walked into the English Graduate Organization conference I had no idea what I was doing or what the event was about honestly.  I was just covering… Continue reading