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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



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Congratulations to IUSB Faculty Member, Nancy Botkin, whose poetry was recognized in both categories of this year’s Indiana Poetry Award contest!

Indiana’s current Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, announced the winners.

Nancy’s poems “Studebaker Wives” and “Missing” are published on the winner’s page: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2015/08/23/julyaugust2015feature/


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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

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Calling Michiana Writers: 
IUSB is launching the first-of-its-kind male monologues project this spring at IU South Bend.  We’re soliciting short stories about men’s lives for a readers’ theater production that is set for April 18, 2013, in Wiekamp 1001 at 7 pm.  The purpose of the production is to provide a forum for men to tell the truth about what it’s like to grow up — or live — as a male in Michiana, and for all of us to listen and learn.  We’re betting that your experiences are more complicated, richer, contradictory, tender, outrageous, resistant (add your own adjective!) than anything popular culture tells us about “masculinity.”  Think about your experiences as a child, a teenager, a lover, a fighter, a student, a partner, an athlete, a brother or son or father or grandfather … the list is long!
 Stories can be submitted anonymously to our website, where you’ll also find writing tips for capturing powerful experiences in two pages or fewer.   
We’ll be accepting stories until mid-March, and then we’ll have a call for performers later in march for the readers’ theater-style production in April. 
Information about the submission process and the production is on our website, or “like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/themanologues?fref=ts

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Benjamin Balthaser reads on September 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the campus Hammes Bookstore.

Benjamin Balthaser’s scholarship, teaching, and creative work investigates the relationships among social movements, racial identity, and cultural production. His current manuscript entitled Modernism and Anti-Imperialism: Global Movements and Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War explores the connections between cross-border, anti-imperialist movements and the making of modernist culture at mid-century. Balthaser’s critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as American Quarterly, The Oxford History of Literary Criticism,Reconstruction, Minnesota Review and elsewhere. He also recently published a collection of poems about Jewish victims of the blacklist entitled Dedication, that appeared from Partisan Press in the fall of 2011.

The courses Balthaser currently teaches range in topics from labor and literature, surveys of U.S. multi-ethnic literature, cultures of U.S. modernism and post-modernism, creative writing, the U.S. West in literature, and freshman composition. He currently enjoys living in South Bend, and participates when he can in the St. Joseph Valley Project and helps maintain a bi-weekly reading group on issues of labor, social movements and culture.

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Here’s the schedule for this weekend. All events are free and open to the public, and all Saturday events are in Wiekamp Hall on the campus of IU South Bend.
Please note the Q&A session scheduled at 4:00 – this is an opportunity to meet with Jim Daniels in a smaller group format and to ask questions. And there’s free pizza sponsored by the English Department afterward!
Saturday 4/21

4:00-5:00 Q&A with Jim Daniels room DW 2170

5:00-7:00 Free pizza in DW 3001

7:00-8:30 English Writing Awards featuring Jim Daniels in DW 1001

8:30-9:30 Book signing, reception, Analecta debut in DW 3001

Sunday 4/22

2:30-4:00 Analecta Reading at Fiddler’s Hearth (free appetizers compliments of Student Publications)

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The English department is pleased to announce this year’s student writing award winners.  Congratulations to the following students!
1st: “Forked Road” –  Rachel Barrett

2nd: “November Baptism” – Kristen LaFollette

Honorable Mention: “On an Education” – Ryan L. Gruenewald
Honorable Mention: “Spring Prophesy” – Jessica Deckard


1st: “Waiting for Bats” – Ryan L. Gruenewald

2nd: “Eating Balloons” – Hannah Cross

Honorable Mention: “Tough Sales”  – Michelle Hanshew

Honorable Mention: “from
The Color of Sleep” – Josh Bisig


1st: “’Clang, Clang, Clang’ Went the Trolley” – Joy Bye

2nd: “Absurdity (re) Incarnated” – JA “Joe” Eggleston

Honorable Mention: “The state of a homeless mind” – Jean E. Johnson
The entries were screened by English department faculty members and the finalists were chosen by this year’s guest writer, poet Jim Daniels.
The winning works and authors will appear in the upcoming issue of Analecta, the IU South Bend literary-arts magazine, which will be hot off the presses in time for the English department’s Literary Awards evening.  The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21 in Wiekamp, room 1001. We’ll present awards to the winning students, and then Jim Daniels will read.
Jim Daniels’ poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” and on the roof of a race car.  A Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh, PA, his most recent books include a collection of poetry, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, and a collection of short stories, Trigger Man
After the reading, there will be a reception, with refreshments.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.  We hope you can all attend! 

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