Tag Archive: WIU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Screening “Inside Buffalo”: A Commentary on the Ironic and Contradictory

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There were about 50 other people sitting in the red chairs of the theater. The majority were spaced out, with only a few clumps of whispering students, heads bowed before cell phones; the… Continue reading

Nicole Hagstorm Schmidt’s Path Through the English Grad Program

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  Nicole Hagstorm Schmidt is currently a graduate student at Western Illinois University as well as an English 180 teacher for undergraduate students. She is well known among the students in the graduate program and… Continue reading