October 31, 2014
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Celebrates November American Indian Heritage Month
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
10:30 AM Opening Pipe Ceremony (Library Lobby)
Laidman (JR) Fox, Jr., Spiritual Advisor from Spirit Lake Nation, will conduct a traditional pipe ceremony to welcome in American Indian Heritage Month on the MSUM campus. Read the rest of this entry →
October 30, 2014
Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and 15 of MSUM’s Communication Arts/Literature Education pre-service teachers, student teachers, and first-year teachers attended the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Workshop in Minneapolis on Monday, October 27. The workshop, “It’s Rigor, Not Rigor Mortis,” focused on the implementation of teaching strategies designed to improve reading comprehension for all middle school and high school students—and especially for struggling readers. Read the rest of this entry →
October 07, 2014
Short Fiction Award Winner for “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons”
Heather A. Slomski, the winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7 in Comstock Memorial Union 205 on the MSUM campus. The reading is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.
Slomski, the winner of a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant and a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Read the rest of this entry →
October 01, 2014
Allen Sheets, Graphic Design, received an American Graphic Design Award for The Spirit Room catalog titled: In the Spirit of Crow: A Gathering of Art Poetry from the Great Winter Crow Shots, 2004-2012. Certificates of Excellence were awarded to 15% of 8,000 entries. The competition was sponsored by Graphic Design USA. The catalog was edited by Thom Tammaro, English.
September 26, 2014
The Mu Gamma Chapter of SIGMA TAU DELTA International English Honor Society invites English majors and minors to an informational meeting.
Come learn about the thousands of dollars available in scholarships and internships, the annual convention (with BIG-name authors), publishing opportunities, local chapter events, and other benefits of membership. Sigma-Tau-Delta
September 23, 2014
Lin Enger, English, has published his second novel, “The High Divide,” and will be having a reading and book signing at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, tonight at 7 p.m. “The High Divide” follows the Pope family of Minnesota on their journey toward finding their father, Ulysses Pope, after he leaves to supposedly find work in St. Paul.
Enger also appeared on C-SPAN earlier this year in a panel discussion on creating books. Read the rest of this entry →
September 23, 2014
By Kris Kerzman on Sep 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.
MOORHEAD – Lin Enger had just gotten off the phone with a reviewer of his new book, “The High Divide.”
It wasn’t the kind of reviewer you might expect. Instead, it was an acquaintance who lent him some ladders and helped him with the daunting task of painting the exterior of his Moorhead home. While they were working, he noticed a box of advance-review copies of the book and got curious, so Enger gave him a copy.
As they arranged a time for the ladders to be picked up, Enger asked his opinion. The verdict? Read the rest of this entry →
June 23, 2014
Red Weather, the now-biannual literary journal edited and designed by students at MSUM, is seeking poetry, prose, and/or visual art (photos, drawings, illustrations, paintings, prints, and any creative work that can be presented in an image file) for inclusion in the first issue of its thirty-fourth volume.
This year, we are releasing two issues instead of the traditional one. For the fall issue, we are seeking speculative fiction, poetry, and visual arts. Speculative fiction traditionally includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird, post-apocalyptic, paranormal, dystopian, alternate history, steampunk, and other similar genres. We are also accepting submissions from writers, poets, and artists outside of the MSUM community for this issue. Submissions are open to anyone and everyone who cares to submit. Please, submit your work (in any genre) to Red Weather for consideration.
The deadline for submission is September 15. For complete details, visit MSUM Red Weather on Facebook or go to redweather.submittable.com/submit.
May 13, 2014
By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
MOORHEAD – It’s been a banner year for Yahya Frederickson’s poetry.
The Minnesota State University Moorhead English professor was awarded a $5,000 Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship literary/performance grant, his collection of poetry “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali” won the 2013 Idaho Prize for Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press, and an animator friend set two of his poems to video.
But the Moorhead poet, husband and father of a twin son and daughter in college isn’t new to literary success. Read the rest of this entry →
May 06, 2014
Dr. John D. Early, Professor of English, will retire after 34 years of teaching — 27 years at MSUM. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Dakota. Among his service to the university and to the department, John chaired the Freshman English Committee for 12 years and was a member of the MFA faculty. During his tenure, John published two novels — Flesh and Metal and The Little Lame Balloonmen —as well as poetry and short fiction in various journals.
April 29, 2014
By: John Lamb, INFORUM
Seven years after Mark Vinz retired from MSUM, the popular teacher is still making an impact on the regional literary scene. Earlier this month he was honored at the Minnesota Book Awards for his writing achievements. David Samson / The Forum
MOORHEAD – Seven years after retiring from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Mark Vinz has two book projects in the works. That’s enough to make the 71-year-old seem pretty busy – to everyone but himself.
“I see people like David Ferreira, and I don’t think I’m doing anything,” Vinz says with a laugh, referring to his friend and fellow retiree, an active piano player around the area.
Vinz displays a fair amount of Midwestern modesty with his statement, especially since he was honored earlier this month at the Minnesota Book Awards. The Moorhead writer was given the Kay Sexton Award, an annual honor for a person or organization’s lifetime work promoting literature around the state.
Calling him, “one of the finest, most respected figures in the state’s literary history,” the program praised Vinz for his work not only as a writer and teacher of 40 years, but also as a publisher.
“Being a writer is very solitary. You don’t get much feedback except when publishing,” Vinz says. “To get that recognition by your peers is quite wonderful.” Read the rest of this entry →
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.