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IUSB’s Creative Writing Club is meeting next Monday, Sept 11th, from 6:00-7:00 in Wiekamp Hall room 3001. The club will be holding a workshop, so if anyone has a piece they would like to workshop, they should bring copies to the meeting.

The club will meet every other week this semester. All are welcome!

 

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Welcome Week POEM

“Poem Starts Here” – This is a collaborative, community poem typed by visitors to the English Department’s Welcome Week table, August 21-22, 2017. One line per person. Solar eclipse on the mind. (Most frequent question: “Where’s the return key?” Answer: “See that big silver handle/razor-looking thing? Pull it all the way to the left.”)

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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 2018 issue is Austin Veldman. Here, Austin answers a few questions about his new position…
Why did you apply to be editor of Analecta?
When I think about some of the decisions I have made over the last few years, I count moving from IU Bloomington to IUSB among one of the best. I have a lot of love for the English program here. While I have always been a writer, my majors while in Bloomington did not reflect this: from Recording Arts in the Jacobs School of Music to Telecommunications: Design and Production. My move back to South Bend coincided with a decision to study exactly what I loved: writing. I had a deep desire to get what I really wanted out of college and to become a better writer. With this major change and conviction to improve I began taking creative writing courses at IUSB. This elevated my hobby of writing into a focal point of my life. Analecta was a part of this perfect storm. My first publication of any kind, special for any writer, was in vol. 45 of Analecta. As a graduate student, I felt I had the skills necessary to take on the challenge of editing this special journal. It presented itself as an opportunity to be a part of the great energy that IUSB’s English Department and the students of IUSB have cultivated.  

What are you most excited about when you think of editing Analecta this year?
The first thing that I want to say is that I am really excited to design an Analecta that looks good. I want this thing to just look beautiful, to make you want to pick it up just by its cover. I want readers to not be distracted by the formatting when reading the art within; the format should contribute to the flow. I get a kick out of really well designed books in which, through their sharp cleanness and solid formatting, put on an air of professionalism. The design and formatting becomes art on its own. Besides this, I am of course excited to read new work for the first time. To have the opportunity to discover some great writing and to be part of a process that places it before a broader audience is a responsibility I feel honored to undertake. 

What kind of background experience​ do you have with writing, editing, and Analecta?
My personal journal with writing began in songwriting. I have been playing guitar and writing songs since I was thirteen. Also around this time in my life I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time. It was this work, arguably the greatest work of creative fiction of all time, that made me realize that I wanted to be a writer. The sheer magnitude of the world that J. R. R. Tolkien created, along with his truly beautiful and poetic prose, sparked my desire and imagination. I wrote a lot of fantasy themed scenes throughout high school: great battles, journeys, and councils. I had a desire to write a novel, but a solid plot-line did not begin to emerge until my freshman year of high school. For five years I plotted and built my own world, beginning the writing of the first draft around the same time I began classes at South Bend. This first draft is now nearly finished, a long epic that is now 140k words (637 MS pages) and will probably cap out around 160k. This is perhaps too long, but that is what editing is for, right?

Perhaps most definitively, I took a poetry class with David Dodd Lee. For years I had been writing a form of poetry in songwriting, yet with poetry the ‘rules’ that came with writing a song were made to hit the road, so to speak. I learned to express with a freedom that sparked a love for writing poetry. I now have several publications outside of Analecta and am actively submitting my work to literary journals. I will be a life-long poet.

As far as editing experience goes, I have been helping 42 Miles Press by being a first-reader on incoming manuscripts. It was through this that I am discovering a love for the behind the scenes work that is involved with presses and is invaluable experience. Also, I have recently started an online journal: Twyckenham Notes (twyckenhamnotes.com). TN’s aesthetic statement was inspired specifically by the tangible energy and experience of living in South Bend. 

What ideas do you have in mind for the 2018 issue?
What is important beyond all else for me is producing a journal that emits professionalism in its design and quality of the art within. I want to help make something that we can be proud of. Beyond this, I have a desire to incorporate alternative media into the 2018 Analecta experience. One option is to have the winners of Student Writing Awards record high-quality audio recordings of their winning poetry, stories, or non-fiction. Pushing this further, we could have a video recording of said readings. I think that this could be a very cool and engaging way to bring the art to more students in a way that perhaps has not been done before. Overall, I am excited and honored to be editor of Analecta and I look forward to reading everyone’s wonderful work. We have something really great going on here at IUSB. If you are a student reading this and have some art, stories, poems, or non-fiction, please consider submitting to the coming issue of Analecta.

 

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Check out this interview with Steve Henn, whose new book of poems, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year, was published by Wolfson Press. He will give a reading at IUSB in fall 2017!

From the introduction to the interview:

Sometimes the most interesting minds are hiding in plain sight. Maybe it’s some guy at work in the break room quietly reading A Confederacy Of Dunces while FOX News blasts in the background. Maybe that guy at the local Starbucks making you a peppermint mocha has a Masters in Psychology and has written nine unpublished novels but fell on hard times. Or possibly that woman in your kitchen that wakes you up in the mornings to go to school who’s currently making your dinner. Maybe she used to travel the world and was passionate about the dada movement and had dreams of being an artist and living in a mud hut off the grid before you showed up. Or maybe that teacher of yours. The one you have for 5th period that quotes Vonnegut and you see reading George Saunders short stories at his desk before class. Maybe he’s a gifted poet that writes about life’s ironies and tragedies in a humanistic way.

Well that last one might just be Mr. Steve Henn. Henn’s a Midwestern poet who teaches high school English by day, raises four smart kids, and when time allows writes poems about life (yours and his, and everyone else’s that’s ever felt both the swelling sting and innate beauty of living.) Henn has been published in the past (check out his works at therealstevehenn.com) and he recently released his newest collection called Indiana Noble Sad Man Of The Year through Wolfson Press.

 

 

 

 

Join us THIS FRIDAY (4/14) at 7pm to celebrate the successes of our English literature and writing students, a reading and performance by poet James Armstrong, and the release of this year’s ANALECTA. There will be food and drink, and books for sale and signing. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Student Writing Awards featuring the poet, James Armstrong
ANALECTA debut!
Friday, April 14, 2017
7:00 pm in EA 1011
IU South Bend campus

 

2017 Excellence Award Winners

Writing: Niall Garvin

Literature: Sadie Sukich

2017 Writing Award Winners

Undergraduate Poetry

First Prize:  Adam Schelle, “Witness No. 1”

Second Prize:  Lucas Burkett, “The Massacre of Bowling Green”

Honorable Mention: Diane Passero, “Dear Em”

 

Undergraduate Prose

First Prize: Sarah E. Bull “A Study of Ambition”

Second Prize: Melanie Garcia, “Letters of Sensucht”

 

Graduate Poetry

First Prize: Austin Veldman, “Clandestine”

Second Prize: Michael Kouroubetes, “With the Ardor of a Fly in a Cell”

Graduate Prose

First Prize: Austin Veldman, “The Orange Boys”

Second Prize: Helen Wright, “The Recovering Vampire: A Journey to Vegetarianism”

And congratulations to English Majors who were recognized for their work at the 2017 IU South Bend Undergraduate Research Conference:

–Nargiza Amirova, best Social Sciences presentation, for “Exploitation of Immigrants by Immigrant Owned Restaurants”
–Melanie Garcia, best Creative Arts presentation, “Opulent Dreams”
–Savannah Welnetz, honorable mention for Humanities presentation, for “Sherlock Holmes-Paranormal Investigator: Reading the Hound of the Baskervilles as a Work of the Supernatural”

Join us THIS FRIDAY (4/14) at 7pm to celebrate the successes of our English literature and writing students, a reading and performance by poet James Armstrong, and the release of this year’s ANALECTA. There will be food and drink, and books for sale and signing. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Student Writing Awards featuring the poet, James Armstrong
ANALECTA debut!
Friday, April 14, 2017
7:00 pm in EA 1011
IU South Bend campus

James Armstrong is a Midwestern native: he grew up on the sand plains of southern Michigan and went to Northwestern University as an undergraduate. He has an M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Boston University. Armstrong’s scholarly essay on John James Audubon appeared in Animal Acts: Configuring the Human in Western History (Routledge 1997). Armstrong has taught creative writing and American literature at Northwestern University and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Writing Program.

He has published poems and essays in TriQuarterly, RHINO, Porcupine, Gulf Coast, Orion, Poetry East and other journals. Armstrong received the PEN-New England Discovery Prize for poetry in 1996, and he has been awarded both an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in poetry. He was an artist in residence at Isle Royale in 1994 and on Grand Island National Recreation Area in 2004. His first book of poems, Monument in a Summer Hat, was published in the fall of 1999 (New Issues Press). His latest book, Blue Lash, came out in April, 2006, from Milkweed Editions.

His poem, “The Wreck,” was anthologized in Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins, a collection of Minnesota poetry published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press (2007). In October of 2007, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Winona. Armstrong lives in downtown Winona with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters, Dot and Pippa.

Now Hiring Editors for 2017-18 Student Publications

* Analecta * New Views on Gender * Undergraduate Research Journal * Undergraduate Research Journal of History * Graduate Journal *

Deadline to apply: Monday April 17, 2017
The Student Publications Committee 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 with a team of readers, 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 ($1,200 for the academic year).
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 Ervick 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 Undergraduate Research Journal of History, please contact Prof. Tom Murphy at: murphyjt@iusb.edu

For the Graduate Journal, please contact Craig Finlay at scfinlay@iusb.edu

 

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