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Making Literature 2015 Lineup Announced!

lineup 2015
(left to right: Jessie van Eerden, Angela Shannon, Scott Russell Sanders, Miho Nonaka)

The Taylor University Department of English is proud to announce the lineup for our biennial Making Literature conference, to be held at Taylor on February 26-28, 2015. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us!



BA, West Virginia University
MFA, University of Iowa

Jessie van Eerden is the author of Glorybound, her debut novel from WordFarm (2012). She lives in West Virginia where she directs the low-residency MFA writing program of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Her work has appeared in publications such as The Oxford American, River Teeth, Image, Bellingham Review, and others. Her essays have been selected for inclusion in Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers, Seventh Edition (Longman, 2010); Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); and Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical (Cascade Books of Wipf and Stock, 2009). She was selected as the 2007-2008 Milton Fellow with Image and Seattle Pacific University.

David James Duncan said of Glorybound, “Jessie van Eerden has written the world a masterpiece.”


singing book

BA, Florida State University
MFA., Warren Wilson College

Angela Shannon is the author of the collection Singing the Bones Together, a 2004 Minnesota Book Awards finalist. She teaches English at Bethel University.

Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Where One Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century, and the textbook A Multicultural Reader, Collection One: Many Voices Literature Series.

Her choreopoem Root Woman premiered at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater in Evanston, Ill.


earth works

BA, Brown University
PhD, Cambridge University

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past thirty years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press.

Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Divine Animal, a novel, published in 2014.

He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.


new voices

BA (English), Wellesley College
MA (East Asian Studies), Harvard University
MFA (Creative Writing), Columbia University
PhD (English/Creative Writing), University of Houston

Miho Nonaka teaches English at Wheaton College. Her creative and scholarly work has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, American Letters & Commentary, Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and in several books such as Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master, American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans: the Vilcek Foundation’s Anthology of Prominent Young Immigrant Writers, and The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets Vol. 9, edited by Mark Doty.

Her literary research includes Japanese Modernism and the Avant-Garde. A recent article is about a postwar Japanese poet, Tamura Ryūichi, and his involvement with the literary magazine and group called Arechi (The Wasteland) under the influence of T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden. She also researches works by Japanese Catholic authors, such as Endo Shusaku and Miura Ayako.

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