• Department News,  Opportunities for English Majors

    Empathetic Imagination: Hospitality & Dramatic Monologue

    Our last guest post of the 2014-15 academic year comes to us from Brent Newsom, author of the wonderful new poetry collection Love’s Labors (CavanKerry Press). I asked Brent if he’d be willing to contribute something about his book or writing process, knowing that writing about one’s own work can be awkward and challenging. Brent responded with this substantial and timely discussion of persona poetry and its relationship to empathy and hospitality, for which I’m deeply grateful. I hope you will be, too. ———————————- In her 1999 book Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, Christine D. Pohl draws attention to a practice with a long history in the…

  • Department News,  Faculty News,  Opportunities for English Majors

    Around the Midwest: Upcoming Literary Conferences

    (Making Literature 2015 book fair. Photo by Aaron Housholder.) ————————————————- In the busyness of classes, reading, and papers, we know it’s tough for English majors to commit to very many off-campus activities. Yet every year, a number of great literary conferences offer us the chance to connect with peers, be inspired by writers, and engage our discipline at a professional level. We’re thankful to host our own conference, Making Literature, every other year, and we’re already doing some vision-casting for Making Lit 2017. Until then, though, check out a few more opportunities around the Midwest in the coming year. Indiana Faith and Writing Conference | Anderson University | October 30-31,…