April 10, 2014
Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs “cut-up” approach to poetry.
This convocation will focus on artists working with other artists, integrating the arts and humanities in performance.
April 02, 2014
Please join Yahya Frederickson for a poetry reading and the book launch of his first full-length poetry collection, “The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali,” on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m, in the CMU 101. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
March 24, 2014
Professor Kevin Zepper, English, will be at Southwest Minnesota State University Visiting Writers Series on Monday, March 24 for a poetry reading. Kevin Zepper, author of “Sugartown” and three other chapbooks, will read from Noon – 1 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library and from 7-8 p.m. at SMSU, Charter Hall 201.
Zepper teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Read the rest of this entry →
March 19, 2014
Robert “Bob” Louis Pender, 78, (01/26/1936 – 02/27/2014) son of Louis and Louise (Burns) Pender of Chicago, IL, passed away February 27, 2014 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo.
Bob was born and raised in Chicago, IL, spending summers with family in Shawnee, OK. After high school, he served in the US Navy. He graduated with his bachelors and masters degrees from Memphis State University and with a PhD in English from Indiana University. Bob was a consummate learner: he learned to figure skate as an adult in his thirties and taught himself Japanese. In 1973, he married his wife, Chieko, in Osaka, Japan. Since then, he traveled extensively to Japan with his family and taught English at the Osaka YMCA and Minnesota State University campus in Akita, Japan. He was a fixture at MSUM, teaching English there for 33 years. Read the rest of this entry →
March 18, 2014
“Bird Flew Hard,” a song from the Fargo-based roots trio Amanda Standalone and the Pastry Shop Girls is featured in the opening credits of the documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” which aired Monday, March 17 on HBO.
“It’s just validating that my song is interesting enough to attract some kind of attention from a film producer and maybe more people,” said Amanda Nygard, a 2013 Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate who wrote the song and included it in the band’s 2010 album “Millions of Blackbirds.”
A producer found “Bird Flew Hard” by entering stream-of-consciousness words related to the documentary’s themes into a search engine. Last fall, a music licensor contacted Nygard through the Amanda Standalone and the Pastry Shop Girls Facebook page. Read the rest of this entry →
March 11, 2014
By Mary Ann Grossmann
Mark Vinz, fiction writer, poet and retired professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, is winner of the Minnesota Book Awards 2014 Kay Sexton Award for outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity. Sponsored by Common Good Books, the award honors Kay Sexton, who was an influential book buyer at B. Dalton Booksellers and the first recipient.
“Mni Sota Makoce, The Land of the Dakota,” by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White, will receive the 2014 Hognander Minnesota History Award. This biennial award, supported by the Hognander Family Foundation, recognizes and celebrates the most outstanding scholarly work published in 2012 or 2013 on a topic of Minnesota history. Read the rest of this entry →
February 21, 2014
Ryan C. Christiansen, MFA, an adjunct professor in the Department of English, will present at the 2014 Minnesota Writing and English Conference, which will be held April 3-4 at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. Christiansen’s presentation is titled “Fun and Games and Reasons to Write: Spurring technical writing literacy through role-play and game development,” and he will share how he is using board games, card games, and role-playing games, as well as a fictional game development company, as the reason for students to write technical documentation, including mission and vision statements, job advertisements, resumes, letters of application, instructions, proposals, feasibility reports, and web sites. Read the rest of this entry →
February 19, 2014
Kevin Zepper, MFA, will present his prose poetry at the 35th Annual Southwest Popular and America Culture Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on February 21. His presentation is titled “Finding Violins in “God”: A Cultivation of Poetry through Pop Music.”
Zepper is an Associate Professor in the English Department.
February 13, 2014
Red Weather, the annual literary journal edited and designed by students at Minnesota State University Moorhead, wants your most polished poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, one-act plays, and visual art (photographs, illustrations, graphics, drawings, paintings, or other media) for inclusion in our thirty-third issue, Red Weather 2014.
Submission period ends February 22, 2014.
January 13, 2014
Yahya Frederickson, English, won Finishing Line Press’s Open Chapbook Competition. His manuscript, “The Birds of Al-Merjeh Square: Poems from Syria” was selected by poet Christopher Bursk as the winner. In addition to publication, Frederickson received a $1,000 cash award.
November 22, 2013
By: Meghan Feir
For a writer, few things are more thrilling than having your work, your art published. English professors are not beyond this excitement, so when Dr. Yahya Frederickson’s poetry collection, The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali, was chosen as the first-place winner of Lost Horse Press’ Idaho Prize for Poetry 2013 contest, it was the proverbial icing on an already sweet 2013.
Frederickson’s winning collection was based on the years he lived in Yemen, a country you may not hear spoken of very often. Located on the Gulf of Aden off the Arabian Sea, Yemen was his destination when he joined the Peace Corps in 1989, immediately after earning his MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Read the rest of this entry →
November 14, 2013
Red Weather is looking for submissions for their 34th issue that will come out in Spring 2014. They publish only literary and artistic works by MSUM students, faculty, employees, visiting artists and alumni.
The submission period opens this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, and runs through Feb. 15, 2014. Like them on Facebook, and submit your best creative work for a chance to be published.
November 14, 2013
The Writers Inspired Narrative Group will meet Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., in Weld Hall Study Library, Weld 201. This is a safe, non-judgmental environment for students to write about “Who am I?” resolving personal issues or concerns, and self-exploration. All students are welcome.
Facilitators for this student group are:
Dr. Lora Bertelsen: Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center
Dr. Rachel Daigle: Independent Mental Health Clinician
Kevin Zepper, MFA: English Professor, MSUM Read the rest of this entry →
November 06, 2013
The Tom McGrath Writers Series convenes today at 4:30 p.m. in CMU101. Two New Rivers Press authors, professors Bradford Tice and David Haynes, will read from their newest publications, discuss how their books came to be, and field questions from the audience.
Dr. Tice teaches literature and writing at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was New Rivers Press’ Many Voices Project prizewinner last year for his collection of poetry, Rare Earth. Rare Earth is his first book, but not his first publication or prizewinning work. Award-winning poet Jay Parini has this to say about Rare Earth: Read the rest of this entry →
October 31, 2013
Professors’ Ryan C. Christiansen, MFA, and Kevin Zepper, MFA, will present at the John R. Milton Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 31–Nov. 2.
Christiansen is the Publisher & CEO for Knuckledown Press LLC, which publishes literary fiction and creative nonfiction titles in English for worldwide distribution in electronic formats. Christiansen teaches English part-time at Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State College of Science, and North Dakota State University, and he is the Associate Editor for the Electronic Book Series at New Rivers Press. He is an experienced journalist and technical writer. Read the rest of this entry →
October 14, 2013
Wolftree Magazine is joyously partnering with writer Randi Kay Olsen to debut its first Wolftree Workshop. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, Randi and the Wolftree Magazine creators will welcome you into the Wolftree Studio to learn, eat and build friendships. They will personally teach you basic elements of writing and take you through an effective process of creating a short piece of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction inspired by a favorite photograph or work of art that you will bring. Read the rest of this entry →
October 03, 2013
Wolftree Magazine is joyously partnering with writer Randi Kay Olsen to debut its first Wolftree Workshop. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, Olsen and the Wolftree Magazine creators will welcome you into the Wolftree Studio to learn, eat and build friendships. They will personally teach you basic elements of writing and take you through an effective process of creating a short piece of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction inspired by a favorite photograph or work of art that you will bring. Read the rest of this entry →
September 24, 2013
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Comstock Memorial Union 101
The McGrath Visiting Writers Series kicks off with Alan DeNiro, author of the short story collection Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, and the novel Total Oblivion, More or Less. DeNiro, a writer of speculative fiction, has also published an interactive “game novella” online, entitled We are the Firewall. His third book is due out later this fall, a second collection of short stories from Small Beer Press in Easthampton, Mass. Read the rest of this entry →
September 18, 2013
The winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2013—selected by final judge, Sam Hamill—is THE GOLD SHOP OF BA-‘ALI by Yahya Frederickson, professor of English at MSU Moorhead. He will receive $1,000 plus publication by Lost Horse Press. The annual prize is given for a poetry collection.
September 17, 2013
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the Music Department faculty in the first Faculty Recital of the 2013-2014 season. The recital is on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.