Jeanette Winterson ON ART:

Art can make a difference because it pulls people up short. It says, don’t accept things for their face value; you don’t have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself. It gives you a kind of self-reliance. We all feel powerless and we can’t really manage to do anything because there’s just so much. I want to try and cut through those feelings of apathy and powerlessness and be a kind of rallying point, offer a rallying cry, to people who would otherwise feel dispossessed.

Jeanette Winterson ON LANGUAGE:

For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody else. That is an enormously liberating experience, and it worries me that more and more people are learning not to use language; they’re giving in to the banalities of the television media and shrinking their vocabulary, shrinking their own way of using this fabulous tool that human beings have refined over so many centuries into this extremely sensitive instrument. I don’t want to make it crude, I don’t want to make it into shopping-list language, I don’t want to make it into simply an exchange of information: I want to make it into the subtle, emotional, intellectual, freeing thing that it is and that it can be.

Read the rest of this awesome interview at: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/21/jeanette-winterson-elinor-wachtel-interview/


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Today at 5pm in DW 3001

MN craft talk

Please join us for a double-header celebration of writing and publishing next Thursday and Friday . We will have a publishing panel at 5pm Thursday and our Student Writing Awards on Friday at 7:00. The 2016 issue of Analecta will debut on Friday!

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Calling all IUSB English Graduate Students:

Submit your creative writing to the Graduate Creative Writing Awards!

Deadline: THIS Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm
Submit: Poetry (up to 5 poems) or Prose (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction up to 5000 words)
Email your submission to department secretary, McKenzie Tozan: mltozan@iusb.edu

Please include your name and genre in your email. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously and finalists will be judged by Michael Griffith, novelist and editor of the Cincinnati Review, who is our guest author for this year’s Student Writing Awards on Friday April 22.

We are holding this separate contest because Analecta is not publishing graduate student writing this year, and because our English Dept Student Writing Awards event draws on Analecta submissions – and because we want to celebrate the great work of our graduate students!

[This award is for current IUSB graduate students only.]

David Dodd Lee’s poetry reading has been rescheduled for Thurs March 10!

Please join us for a poetry reading by David Dodd Lee:

Poetry Reading by David Dodd Lee
7:30 pm Thursday
new date: March 10, 2016

3rd Floor Bridge of Wiekamp Hall
Free and open to the public. Reception and book sales to follow.

Update 2/25/16: Due to the weather, this reading will be rescheduled. More info TBA.

Mark you calendars for next week’s poetry reading by our own David Dodd Lee!

Poetry Reading by David Dodd Lee
7:30 pm Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
3rd Floor Bridge of Wiekamp Hall
Free and open to the public. Reception and book sales to follow.

“The relations with animality are reversed; the beast is set free.”
– Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization


“I’ll Be Right with You,” from Animalities:

I flipped a coin into
a soda bottle and
wanted to believe in

something I had yet to 
discover. Like when one
of my pills rolls across

the kitchen floor. You'd think 
there was a great order
underlying all things.


David Dodd Lee is the author of nine books of poems, including Animalities (Four Way Books), The Coldest Winter on Earth (Marick Press, 2012). His fourth book, Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere, the Ashbery Erasure Poems (BlazeVox, 2010), taught him how to write the poems in his next books: The Nervous Filaments (Four Way Books, 2010) and Orphan, Indiana (University of Akron Press, 2010). He is the editor of two poetry / fiction anthologies: Shade 2004 & 2006 (Four Way Books) and The Other Life: the Selected Poems of Herbert Scott (Carnegie Mellon, 2010). His poems have appeared in Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Field, Jacket, The Nation, Nerve, and in many other places. He is also a visual artist, writes and publishes fiction, publishes chapbooks and full-length titles as editor-in-chief of 42 Miles Press, and teaches classes in poetry, publishing, art history, and the art of collage at Indiana University South Bend, where he is assistant professor of English. He lives in Osceola, east of South Bend, where he kayaks and fishes on Baugo Bay.

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