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Author Allegra Goodman Presents Bender Lecture:
Writing Fiction: What I’ve Learned So Far

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22
in the Addicot and Joshi Performance Hall
Located in Northside Hall on the campus of IU South Bend
Students are invited to attend a Q&A at 3:00 p.m. in 3001 Wiekamp Hall
Allegra Goodman

Novelist Allegra Goodman will give the second annual Bender Scholar-in-Residence lecture at Indiana University South Bend. She is the author of many popular novels and short stories, including Intuition, Paradise Park, Kaaterskill Falls, The Family Markowitz, and Total Immersion. Her latest novel is The Cookbook Collector. Her lecture, “Writing Fiction: What I’ve Learned So Far,” will be held October 22 at 6 p.m. in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall in Northside Hall on campus. It is free and open to the public.

In her books, Goodman explores themes of family, religion, community, assimilation and immigration. Female scientists, rabbis, mothers, yentas, tree-huggers, professors, and CEOs people her fictive worlds.  Her writing captures our modern, technologically driven society, while never forgetting the past and our indebtedness to it. Raised in Honolulu, Goodman studied English and Philosophy at Harvard University and received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford University. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Salon Award for Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe institute for Advance Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she is writing a new novel.

The Bender Scholar-in-Residence Lecture was established in the memory of Eileen and Harvey Bender. Dr. Eileen Bender, a professor of English at IU South Bend for 33 years, co-founded the statewide Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University and served as its first director. She received many awards for her work at IU South Bend as a teacher and campus leader. Dr. Harvey Bender, professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame for 52 years, was the founding director of the Regional Genetics Center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Eileen and Harvey Bender were married in 1956.  They had three children whose generous gift has made the Bender Scholar-in-Residence Lecture possible. The topic of the lecture alternates between the sciences and humanities. The Nobel Laureate Eric Wieschaus, who was Harvey’s student, delivered the inaugural lecture in 2013.

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ANALECTA is IU South Bend’s award-winning literary journal. It is published once a year under the guidance of a student editor who selects the best poetry, fiction, drama, and artwork from IUSB students. The editor for the 2015 issue is Chad Forbregd. The advisor is Clayton Michaels. Here, Chad answers a few questions about his new position…

  • Why did you apply to be editor of Analecta?

Being the editor of Analecta is a rare experience and a valuable opportunity. Analecta is a school tradition. But it is more than that; it’s a powerful tool. It showcases the best student work, but it also represents the quality of our faculty, the university, and the great city of South Bend. It is a permanent record of where we are as a department, university, and community of artists. It is an honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to serve my peers in this position.

As the editor of the 2015 issue of Analecta my job is to select the best poetry, fiction, drama, and artwork from Indiana University South Bend students. That’s not something I am going to do frantically on a last minute coffee fueled bender, but something I am going to immerse myself in and labor over until everyone is holding a copy in their hands. Preferably with some semblance of a semi-satisfied expression stretched across their face on the night of the release party. I think we are going to go big this year. I am thinking about springing for a laser light show with the promise of fireworks, but I am open to suggestions.

  • What are you most excited about when you think of editing Analecta this year?

I am extremely conscious of those who have severed in this position before me. I am following a long line of recent student-editors that I respect and admire. I have been reading Analecta since 2006 and I look forward to snagging a copy (or two) each year. I am looking forward to piecing together an issue that they would enjoy reading, and that honors, or at least pays tribute to Analecta’s rich history and reputation for quality. I want past, present, and future students to look back on this issue and see that we’ve got a pretty good thing going on at IUSB.  We have a community of artists that are uniquely talented and worth being seen.

Selfishly, the thing that excites me the most when I think about editing Analecta is getting the opportunity to read and see all the phenomenal work by my peers. I am also looking forward to working with Clayton Michaels, my faculty advisor. He’s a bit of a beer snob, but I have a great deal of respect for him as a poet and professor.

 

  • What kind of background experience do you have with writing, editing, and/or Analecta?

In addition to being the 2015 editor of Analecta, I am also one of two assistant editors at 42 Miles Press. For those of you who are not familiar with 42 Miles Press, I suggest you check us out, or at least make a mental note to do so later. 42 Miles Press is based out of IUSB and we publish books of poetry, including the winner of the annual 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize. I consider it a real privilege to serve under the guidance of editor-in-chief, David Dodd Lee.

But I don’t consider myself new to the world of writing and editing. I worked as a freelance copywriter, mostly proofing ad copy and generating musician bios for two years before getting a job at a startup company in Indianapolis as a copywriter. In the three years I spent there I wrote everything from business proposals and executive summaries to Amazon product descriptions and directions to our warehouse.

As a creative writer, poems have appeared in several small publications including Analecta. One of the first poems I ever penned appeared in the 2007 issue and two poems appeared in the 2008 issue of Analecta. So, it’s a personal victory for me to be back at IUSB 7 years later working for the same school publication that gave me my first publication.  But please… don’t try and find those issues.

  • What ideas do you have in mind for the 2015 issue?

To borrow a cliché, the wheels have been turning. This will be the 45th issue of the student publication and I think that calls for celebration. I think this is an appropriate time to take a look back at where we have been and where we would like to see Analecta go in the future. I want this issue to be something special, and thematic. I’d like it to attempt to tackle something larger than itself. But more importantly, I want the work to shape the issue. I want my peers to show me where and how far to take this issue. I may be the editor, but the purpose of Analecta is to showcase the best student work, so that is exactly what you can expect out of the 45th issue of Analecta.

If this were a wedding anniversary this would Analecta’s sapphire anniversary. Sapphire has a history that dates back to biblical times and has been used to symbolize wisdom, holiness, sincerity, and good fortune. I am not sure how that bit of information will influence this issue but it was fun to spend a few minutes looking up. To be truthful, I haven’t actually slowed down and started the process of organizing my thoughts. I have sort of just jumped right in and tried to learn as much as I can about this whole process. I think it was Richard Hugo that wrote, “Start, as some smarty once said, in the middle of things.” And that’s exactly what I’ve done.

One of my passion projects as editor is to give the Analecta blog a facelift. The editors before me have done some amazing things over the years and I would like to pay tribute to that, and maybe share tidbits of Analecta’s historic past with IUSB’s creative future. By the end of the summer I hope that the blog is a place where students can find submission guidelines, general FAQ, but also as a space to share student work (past and present) and offer a narrative to Analecta’s creative past which dates back as far as 1965.

To celebrate my “inauguration” interview, here is your first piece of Analecta trivia: Analecta first appeared as Realm and has been published under four different titles since 1965.

For those students who are anxious to get their work read, we will be seeking submissions from October 2014 to January 2015. I will be making my rounds preaching the good word of Analecta and encouraging early submissions sometime in the month of October. The trend has always been that Analecta gets flooded with submissions close to the deadline. I would like to see if I can change that this year. I think deadlines are important, and for tasks like writing, I think a hard deadline is crucial. So I won’t be pushing the deadline back or accepting late submissions.

If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail me at iusbanalecta@gmail.com (I assume I will be taking this over).

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Fall Literary Events at IUSB

Here’s a schedule of this fall’s literary events – with more info to come about each:

Wed. Oct 1 Poetry Reading with Betsy Andrews, 7:30 Wiekamp 3rd floor Bridge
Her poetry collection, The Bottom, was the winner of IUSB’s 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize and has just been released. She is also an editor at Saveur magazine and will be interviewed on the Today Show for her upcoming cookbook.


Wed. Oct 22 Bender Scholar in Residence Lecture featuring Allegra Goodman
Writing Fiction: What I Have Learned So Far
Reception at 5:00, Lecture at 6:00 in the Louise E. Addicot and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall/Northside

Allegra Goodman is the author of The Cookbook Collector, Intuition, Paradise Park, Kaaterskill Falls, The Family Markowitz, and Total Immersion. The Other Side of the Island is her first book for younger readers. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary, and Ploughshares, Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar. Raised in Honolulu, Goodman studied English and philosophy at Harvard and received a PhD in English literature from Stanford. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Salon Award for Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Mass, where she is writing a new novel.

Thurs. Nov 20 Fiction Reading with Margaret Chapman, 7:00 Wiekamp 3rd floor Bridge
A recent IUSB teacher of creative and academic writing now relocated to Durham, NC, Margaret has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will read from her new novella, Bell and Bargain.

We are very excited to announce that Tracey Knapp, of San Francisco, California, has won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award for her manuscript, Mouth. The award includes a $1,000 prize in addition to the publication of her book by 42 Miles Press in September 2015. Tracey will give a reading at Indiana University South Bend upon publication. Congratulations, Tracey!

Tracey studied art, English and poetry at Syracuse University, Ohio University and Boston University. She grew up in upstate New York, but presently lives in San Francisco, where she works as a graphic designer. Her poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010, and have appeared in Five Points, New Ohio Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Minnesota Review and elsewhere. Tracey has received scholarships from The Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Mouth is her first full-length collection of poems.

A Poem from Mouth:

DIFFICULTIES

I fell asleep in the grocery line while
waiting to buy you a ham. I was waiting
for the right moment to tell you.
I told you about my first time in
Cincinnati, the man on the bus
who smelled of formaldehyde.
I can still feel his wool jacket
scratching against my bare arm.
I can barely feel my fingers.
It’s so cold that the whiskers
on my dog look like icicles. We
are walking towards the sun’s last
attempt. The snow is stacked so high
but my dog begins digging like there’s
an enormous flank of steak beneath,
and what does he pull up but his old
squeaky whale! We hadn’t seen it since
summer. It’s been a difficult winter.
It’s been difficult to smoke pot
with my accountant. He tells me
it’s not the sixties, and it’s not the first
time I’ve heard that. The first time I heard
about your sick cat, I tried to call but
I heard you were turning yourself
into a grain of sand. I have turned
you into a grain of sand.
This is the first time I can honestly
say that. The first glass of wine
was followed by the next and now
it’s the first Monday at this new
desk, the first Monday I haven’t spent
the evening loathing my thighs
over a glass of wine. Where there’s
self-loathing, there’s yourself,
and then the one bright thing
underneath that makes life
worth digging for.

* first published in Best New Poets, 2008

 

2014 Finalists and Semi-Finalists list:

Admussen, Nick – “Fly or Flight”
Aliperti, Pia – “Solitude Must Share My Solitude”
*Berlin, Monica – “Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live”
*Bursk, Christopher – “Enough for Any Mortal”
Chambers, Ashley – “The People I Make”
*Coutley, Lisa Fay – “tether”
Deming, Lynn – “In the Honeycomb Of Bone”
Finnell, Dennis – “Bright Containers”
Garcia, Kim – “The Brighter House”
Gottesman, Les – “The Humiliations”
Gutstein, Dan – “Cent / R.I.P. / et al.”
Kanke, Jennifer Schomburg – “Crash Course in the Philosophy of Passion”
*Kaplan, Dan – “instant killer wig”
Keniston, Ann – “Lament / Praise”
*Kuperman, Jaimee – “A Day at the Gene Pool”
Lavers, Michael – “The Theory of Everything”
*Lawless, Gregory – “I’ve Seen Thee Far Away”
Malboeuf, Jennie – “Heavy Animals”
Matthews, Clay – “Four-Way Lug Wrench”
McDowell, Gary L. – “Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None”
*Moran, Patrick – “There Are Things We Live Among”
*Myers, Gabrielle – “The Hive”
*Nelson, Dustin Luke – “Activity, Group”
*Pugh, Megan – “Whipsaw”
Rathkamp, Josh – “In Response”
Rees, Elizabeth – “What to Pack, What to Carry”
Ruzkowski, Andrew – “Don’t Be Scared the Light is Perfect”
Schlaifer, Stephanie Ellis – “Clarkston Street Polaroids”
Sereno, Prartho – “my work with elephants”
*Staley, Tim – “Lost on My Own Street”

* denotes finalist

These Surrealist Self-Portraits were made in Kelcey Parker’s A399 Narrative Collage class and displayed in DW 3001 from 1-2:30 on April 29.

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These Surrealist Self-Portraits were made in Kelcey Parker’s A399 Narrative Collage class and displayed in DW 3001 from 1-2:30 on April 29.

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