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Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno performing music and poetry tonight at 7 p.m.

Posted on December 03, 2014

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno will be performing tonight at 7 p.m. inside Stoker’s in the Hotel Donaldson. This event is free.

Lines&Notes is a collaborative exhibition with pianist Terrie Manno and poet Kevin Zepper. In some selections, poems become movements based on a theme. Other works are the realization of random words and musical phrases based on author William S. Burroughs cut-up method. Some of their work is specific to each audience: newspaper clippings from local and school papers and “lines” from the audience arranged into poetry. Each piece is the result of an interdisciplinary exploration. Read the rest of this entry →

Poetry reading at Red Raven Nov. 12

Posted on November 11, 2014

Carol Kapaun, (Counseling Center, Inc.), and Kevin Zepper, (MSUM), will read selections of their work at Red Raven on Wednesday November 12th at 7 pm. A half hour open mic begins the event with Kapaun and Zepper reading at 7:30 pm. Kapaun is the author of the Knuckledown Press LLC ebook, Mamababy. It is available as a download through Zepper’s Sugartown, Finishing Line Press, is available through the website, Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Celebrates November American Indian Heritage Month

Posted on October 31, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead
Celebrates November American Indian Heritage Month

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 →

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and 15 of MSUM’s Communication Arts/Literature Education students and alums attended Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Workshop

Posted on 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 →

Author Heather A. Slomski to read at MSUM Oct. 7

Posted on 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 →

Sheets receives design award

Posted on 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.

English majors/minors invited to Mu Gamma Chapter of SIGMA TAU DELTA International English Honor Society’s informational meeting

Posted on September 26, 2014

The Mu Gamma Chapter of SIGMA TAU DELTA International English Honor Society invites English majors and minors to an informational meeting.

October 7th
3:30 PM
Weld Library

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

Reading and book signing at Zandbroz Variety tonight for Lin Enger’s second novel, “The High Divide”

Posted on 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 →

“Author, professor uses ‘draft horse’ mentality when writing books”

Posted on 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 →

Red Weather seeking poetry, prose, and visual art for inclusion in first issue

Posted on 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

Making a Scene: The power of poetry

Posted on 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 →

John D. Early retiring after 34 years of teaching

Posted on 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.

Turning the page: Honored with recent Minnesota Book Award, Vinz moves ahead on new projects

Posted on 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 →

Interdisciplinary partnership brings music and poetry together

Posted on 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.

Poetry reading and book Launch of “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali”

Posted on 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.

Zepper to read poetry today at Southwest Minnesota State University

Posted on 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 →

Robert Pender memorial service is March 29

Posted on 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 →

HBO documentary includes song from MSUM graduate, Amanda Nygard

Posted on 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 →

Mark Vinz wins Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award

Posted on 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 →

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