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, 7:00 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:


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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Many of IUSB’s English majors and grad students go on to MA, MFA, and PhD programs. Join us at this workshop to learn more about your options.

A Master’s Degree in English.
Then What?

(A Workshop)

Tues. April 22nd from 4:30-5:20
DW 1175

Dear Students (of all levels) and Faculty:

Professors Balthaser, Kahan, Lee, Mattox, and Parker are pleased to announce a workshop for anyone interested in graduate school in English and/or Creative Writing, plus the possibility of teaching at the university level.

Please join us as we discuss:
·     How to choose an MFA or Ph.D. Program and to craft effective application materials.
·     What academic jobs are available to terminal M.A.s. and how to find them.
·     Your questions!

Pizza and drinks will be served.

Lots of exciting news and happenings in the English Department at IU South Bend this month!

This week, the 2014 Analecta and Graduate Research Journal were debuted at the Undergraduate Research Conference.


Graduate Research Journal editor, Steph Foreman, and Analecta editor, Angie Rice

Last week we hosted the poet Martín Espada to celebrate the Student Writing Awards in Honor of Lester Wolfson.

2014 258

Prof Benjamin Balthaser, Grad Student Ashley Petersen, Poet Martín Espada

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English Major and fiction award winner Courtney Sniadecki, Poet Martín Espada

Congratulations to our student winners selected by our judge, Joseph Bates:

Grad award: 
(74) Building Homes upon Remains
Cody Miller                                        

1st place: (95) I never meant to cause you any pain
Lucas Burkett            
Runner-up: (70) Hera’s Husband
Courtney Sniadecki                           

1st place: (101) Homegrown
Samantha Hunsberger                        

Runner-up: (108) On the Pancake
Brian Miller                                        

1st place: (233) Scandalizing the Librarians
Joe Eggleston 
Runner-up: (186) Untitled #58
Nick Wort      


Attention IUSB Students:

Now Hiring Editors for 2014-15 Student Publications:

Analecta, New Views on Gender, Undergraduate Research Journal, History Journal and Graduate Research Journal

The Publications Board is now accepting applications for the position of Editor for each of our student journals. Duties include: advertising for submissions, reading and selecting submitted work for publication, finding and working with an artist on the cover and design, submitting the final file to the publisher, working with the publisher to make sure the journal is available in April, etc. This is a paid position. For more information on the journals, please go to https://www.iusb.edu/studentlife/studentpublications.php

Deadline to apply: Wednesday April 9, 2014

To apply, please submit a resume and a formal letter of application that describes your interest and experience. Email both documents to the journal’s faculty advisor:

For Analecta, please contact Prof. Kelcey Parker at: parkerk@iusb.edu

For New Views on Gender, please contact Prof. Christina Gerken at: cgerken@iusb.edu

For the Undergraduate Research Journal, please contact Prof. Peter Bushnell at: pbushnel@iusb.edu

For the History Journal, please contact Prof. Lisa Zwicker at: zwicker@iusb.edu

For the Graduate Research Journal, please contact Prof. Kyoko Takanashi at ktakanas@iusb.edu


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