May 09, 2013
Please join the staff and contributors of MSUM’s annual journal of creative writing and visual art as they celebrate the print release of the 2013 issue of Red Weather.
A reading will be held Thursday, May 9 in room 203 of the Comstock Memorial Union from 7-9 p.m.
Copies will be available for purchase.
The reading is free and open to the public.
May 07, 2013
The campus community is invited to help celebrate Sandy Pearce’s 25 years of service to MSUM. The reception will be at Mezzaluna, 309 Roberts Street North in Fargo, Wednesday, May 8 from 4:30-7 p.m. Come wish Sandy well!
May 07, 2013
English professor, Richard Zinober, had his play, Heretics, a winner of the 2013 Theatre du Mississippi playwriting competition, presented in staged readings at a theater in Winona this past Saturday and Sunday.
A drama about an abduction in a prairie town, Heretics was developed with the support of grants from Lake Region Arts Council and the MSUM Peer Review Committee.
May 06, 2013
Kevin Zepper, associate professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, shared his thoughts on writing poetry and all things creative with Moorhead High School creative writing students during presentations May 3.
Zepper, a Moorhead High graduate, told students that he became interested in writing in second grade.
“My parents read to me all the time, and the library became going to the toy store,” Zepper said. Read the rest of this entry →
May 06, 2013
The university community is cordially invited to hear spring semester 2013 MFA graduates Allegra Barlow (Creative Nonfiction), Jamee Larson (Creative Nonfiction), Kathryn Taylor (Scriptwriting), John Powers (Poetry), and Whitney Walters (Creative Nonfiction) read from their work Thursday, May 16 from 7-9 p.m., at The Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, in Fargo. Joining our spring 2013 graduates will be winter 2012 MFA graduate Nathan Fulsebakke (Scriptwriting). A reception will follow the readings. The event is free and open to the public.
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May 03, 2013
The campus community is invited to help celebrate Sandy Pearce’s 25 years of service to MSUM. The reception will be at Mezzaluna, 309 Roberts Street North in Fargo, on Wednesday, May 8 from 4:30-7 p.m. Come wish Sandy well!
April 25, 2013
Kim Ehrlich, graduating this May with a double major in B.S. Communication Arts and Literature and B.A. English with Writing Emphasis, has just been awarded a Student Fulbright to Taiwan for 2013-14. Excited and happy to be awarded such an honor, Ehrlich is enthusiastic about her “wonderful experiences in the MSUM English department faculty” both in her English Education classes and her Writing Emphasis classes. She felt she has “learned so much” and become “a better person” after having “learned to teach and write from some of the most hard-working, serious, intelligent yet funny and inspiring teachers on campus.” Read the rest of this entry →
April 23, 2013
Kevin Zepper, MFA in the English Department, presented at the 17th Pecha Kucha (pronounced Pa-cha ku-cha) event April 18 in Bemidji. Zepper’s presentation followed the strict rules of Pecha Kucha: a 6:40 time limit, which is 20 seconds of “script” along with images projected every 20 seconds. The title of his distilled lecture was, “The Prose Poem: My Intuitive Journey.” There were nine presenters sharing their passion through topics ranging from kayaking, wrens, Cuba, and living with Multiple Sclerosis. Read the rest of this entry →
April 18, 2013
Sandy Pearce, English, returned from the international meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) in Chicago, April 9-12. ACIS is an interdisciplinary organization presenting research on Irish literature, history, art, film, and music. Pearce chaired two sessions: one on Irish literature with NDSU colleagues, Miriam and Andrew Mara, and one on art history.
April 17, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, Associate Professor of English, along with Katie Hansen, Abby Swegarden, and David Vinje, all three students majoring in Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Education, presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference Friday, April 12, in Bloomington, Minn.
Their panel presentation, “From Theory to Practice: Luring and Leading Reluctant Readers,” focused on pre-reading and during-reading lesson plans for junior high and high school students. Read the rest of this entry →
April 09, 2013
Kevin Zepper, MFA in the English Department, presented at the Minnesota Writing and English Conference at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota April 5. The theme for this year’s conference was “Writing Cultures.”
Zepper’s presentation topic was “Prose Poems as Teaching Resources.” His program encouraged instructors to incorporate their own creative writing examples to generate assignments and prompts for English composition courses. Read the rest of this entry →
April 05, 2013
Poems by five contemporary Saudi Arabian poets, translated into English by Yahya Frederickson, English, and Saudi counterpart Dr. Muhamed Shawkany, have been published in “New Voices of Arabia: The Poetry,” an anthology of contemporary Saudi Arabian poetry published by I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
April 04, 2013
English students presented at Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) International Convention in Portland, Ore.
March 22, 2013
The MFA Department will host a series of readings this spring at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. The purpose is to showcase the student writers of the MFA in Creative Writing program. Didn’t know MSUM had a MFA program? Now you do! Perhaps you’re a writer and want to learn about the program. Check. Maybe you just want to listen to some awesome fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We got you covered there, too. The event is open to all and we hope to see you there! Read the rest of this entry →
February 28, 2013
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for technical writing is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. In order to prepare MSUM graduates, as well as professional and business people in the area, MSUM is offering a Certificate in Professional Writing.
Students must complete 16 credits. The coursework includes the following: Read the rest of this entry →
February 26, 2013
First impressions can be deceiving, and MSUM senior Elizabeth Fink will talk about her research that supports that assertion at the 15th annual Student Academic Conference (SAC) on April 16. “Assumptions Based on Accent,” shows we also base suppositions on tonal inflections, word pronunciation and speed of tongue. Read more.
SAC deadline is Feb. 28.
February 14, 2013
Sigma Tau Delta will be sponsoring a literary reading and silent auction on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m in the CMU. In addition to having the opportunity to listen to amazing creative works from some of the department’s professors, attendees will be able to bid on a variety of donated items from within the Fargo/Moorhead community. A detailed listing of items will be available next week. Read the rest of this entry →
February 04, 2013
Red Weather, the annual 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 its thirty-second issue, Red Weather 2013.
This year marks fifty years since MSUM’s first lit journal. In honor of this milestone, we want to make it the best edition yet. To do this, we need your creative fire. So, if you are a current or former Dragon (student, alumni, faculty, or staff), please submit your work (in any genre) to Red Weather for consideration. Read the rest of this entry →
January 25, 2013
Sigma Tau Delta is selling F-M Finest Preferred Savings coupon books to raise funds to attend the National Convention in Portland next March. The books contain over 300 pages of coupons for only $20, of which Sigma Tau Delta receives $8. The books are available with any Sigma Tau Delta and can also be purchased in the main English Dept. office.
Thank you for your continued support.
December 26, 2012
Leni Ramberg’s latest book, A Clown Dog’s Christmas, is now available for Kindle, and will soon be available on Nook readers. The paperback is available through Amazon, says Ramberg (1973, Speech-Theatre and English). A book-signing event took place in Los Angeles, where Ramberg lives, last Sunday. The writer’s work was edited by another MSUM alum, Pamela Troumbly (1971, Elementary Education). The two women have worked together on several writing projects, including Ramberg’s first book for young people, Girlfriend Detectives.