The IUSB English Department’s annual Student Writing Awards are Friday the 13th featuring horror writer Mike Arnzen. Free and open to the public.

Prior to the main event, there are two other opportunities for IUSB students to talk to Mike Arnzen:

  • Mike is the keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Research Conference this Friday, April 13, from 12:15-1:15 in SAC 221-225.
  • And Mike will hold a session on Creative Writing from 1:30-2:30 in DW 1135.

The 2018 ANALECTA edited by Austin Veldman will be released at the awards event. And there will be a limited supply of FREE BROADSIDES designed by IUSB art student Teaosha Cunningham and featuring one Michael Arnzen’s stories. Here’s a preview:


p.s. Did you see the latest English Newsletter? Chapter Two can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/26d55c262262/iusb-english-newsletter-chapter-2



Congratulations to the English Department’s
2018 Student Writing Award Winners


Undergraduate Poetry

First Prize:                       Elisa Vanett, “Jackal Dance”

Second Prize:                  Taylor Jump, “Was it Love?”

Honorable Mentions:      Adam Schelle, “Prayer for the Dying”

Frankie Spring, “Odium Terrae”

Kennedy Ward, “Alias”


Undergraduate Prose

First Prize:                       Bri Carmichael, “And So We Shall Fall”

Second Prize:                  Tim Hernly, “Lee Catches a Fish”

Honorable Mention:        Adam Walz, “My Father Said to Me”


Graduate Poetry

First Prize:                        John Leonard, “L’appel Du Vide”

Second Prize:                   John Leonard, “Headstand”


Graduate Prose

First Prize:                       Michael Kouroubetes, “The Tool Box”



First Prize:                       Dylan Lucas, Deadline

Second Prize:                   Pedro Rubio, The Light Circus

Honorable Mention:        Shannon Keyworth, Siren’s Calling

Please mark your calendars for this exciting and informative Publishing Panel on the Tuesday after we return from break.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4:00-5:30 (technically: pizza at 4; panel will begin at 4:15 and go for an hour or so)
EA 1011
Prof. Kelcey Ervick will be joined by special guests, Bryan Furuness, author and anthology editor, and Robert Russell, author and editor of Midwestern Gothic, MG Books, and Cheap Pop (and current adjunct professor in our English Department!). They will show their publications and share the collaborative process of selected, editing, designing, and publishing in print and online.


Submit to Analecta by Feb. 1

Attention IUSB students:

The deadline to submit your creative writing, visual art, comics, or collage to Analecta, IUSB’s award-winning literary journal is coming up!  All submissions are automatically considered for publication in Analecta as well as for recognition in the English Department’s Annual Student Writing Awards. This year’s judge is Michael Arnzen, an award-winning author of horror and dark suspense fiction, a poet, and an English professor. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. 

How and when to submit:

Submission deadline is February 1, 2018.

1. Manuscript preparation:  

A. Put your name, student ID number, genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc), and e-mail address on the first page of the manuscript. Do not include your name elsewhere because we want to read your manuscript “blind” (without knowing the author).

B. Submit your manuscript as an attachment; do not paste it into the body of the email. Prose should be double-spaced, but poetry can be single-spaced. Comics may be scans or photos merged into a Word doc or PDF.

2. Email submissions to iusbanalecta@gmail.com or to the English Dept secretary Rachel Weber (racweber@iusb.edu) Please use your IUSB email address to make your submission.

3. Please use Analecta Submission [insert genre], as the e-mail subject/title header.

Genre Rules

  • Poetry: 1 to 3 poems, maximum of 6 pages
  • Short Fiction: 1 story, or up to 3 flash stories; maximum of 3,000 words.*
  • Drama: 1 one-act or excerpt of full-length play or screenplay (no musicals); maximum of 20 pages*
  • Non-fiction Prose: 1 work of creative non-fiction, maximum of 3,000 words*
  • Visual Art: 3-7 images
  • Comics: 3-7 standalone comics, or 1 complete strip/story*

*Works accepted may be excerpted

Broadsides of Akbar/Henn poems

IUSB’s Pub Hub will be selling limited-edition broadsides of poems by Steve Henn and Kaveh Akbar. These broadsides were designed by IUSB Fine Arts student, King Wong, to commemorate the Henn/Akbar poetry reading at IUSB this Thursday (see below). Broadsides will be available for purchase for $3 each or two for $5.

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Poetry Reading by Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books and broadsides available for sale
Poets Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books available for sale
bio-2016Steve Henn is the author of And God Said: Let There Be Evolution! (NYQBooks, 2012) and Unacknowledged Legislations (NYQBooks, 2011). Bloomington microlabel Auris Apothecary released a lathe cut recording and booklet of several poems called Cancel the Apocalypse (2015). His chapbooks include Subvert the Dominant Paradigm! (Boneworld Publishing/Musclehead Press 2009) and The 30th Anniversary Warsaw Community Commemorative Book Burning (Pudding House, 2007). He’s a full-time dad, a full-time high school English teacher, a frequent reader of O.P.P. (other people’s poetry) and an occasional drummer in ersatz basement bands, including The Lawnballs, Rocket Surgeons, Invisible Robots, An Elaborate Hoax, and Objects in Motion. He wrote most of the lyrics for the Robots album available online called Sunday Beer. He’s been a featured reader at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Indianapolis Poetry Slam, and in the Indiana University South Bend Fall Writers Series. He’s organized many a poetry event in his hometown at the Oak and Alley / Three Crowns Coffee site in Warsaw, including such colorful show titles as “Stupider than Cupider,” “Funny Ha Ha or Funny Strange?,” and “Jolly Melancholy.” He’s probably got another 20 years of teaching to go before he can even consider writing and reading poems all the day long, all the year round. Hopefully they’ve got the high speed rail between Warsaw and Chicago built by then.

akbarKaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry.


Thanks to all those who came to the Pub Hub open house last week. What a crowd!

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