Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nate Powell, Eisner Award Winner, Gives Talk at WMU on October 4, 2012

Powell with his Eisner Award

The WMU English Department, The Friends of the WMU Libraries, the Frostic School of Art and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center welcome graphic novelist Nate Powell for a series of events. Powell’s graphic novel Swallow Me Whole (2008) was an Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Ignatz Award winner. Other works by Powell include Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and the forthcoming March, a graphic novel autobiography of civil rights legend and sitting Congressman John Lewis, to be published by Top Shelf in 2014. For more information visit:  The exhibition and lectures are free and open to the public.


"Cross Sections: The Graphic Novels of Nate Powell" 
Nate Powell
Western Michigan University
Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Room 2008

Thursday, October 4, 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the lobby.
Free and open to the public.


"Cross Sections: The Graphic Novels of Nate Powell"
October 5–26
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Opening reception October 5 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

With this exhibition Nate Powell presents drawings from more than a dozen different projects over 14 years.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Park Trades Center, Suite 103A, 326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  For more information or to enroll in the workshop visit or call 269-373-4938


The Art of Graphic Novels
Instructor: Nate Powell / Fee $65 *
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nate Powell will facilitate a round-table style workshop for individuals who are interested in focused, hands-on technical insight into the comics process, information about approaching publishers and editors with creator-owned projects, and feedback and discussion regarding participants' current work. Participants are highly encouraged to bring works-in-progress or previous work.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Park Trades Center, Suite 103A, 326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

* For more information or to enroll in the workshop visit or call 269-373-4938

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gazette and MLive Feature Philip Levine Visit

The Kalamazoo Gazette published a feature on the upcoming visit by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine -- sponsored by the English Department's New Issues Press -- Friday, September 28, 8:00-10:00PM in Schneider Hall.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Eagleton lecture at Notre Dame (9/28)

Terry Eagleton will be giving a lecture on “Ulster Altruism: Francis Hutcheson and William Hazlitt” on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2pm in the Lower Level Dining Room in McKenna Hall. A reception will follow.

Terry Eagleton is Excellence in English Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is a British literary theorist widely regarded as Britain’s most influential living literary critic. Author of over 40 books primarily in literary criticism and theory, he resides at Notre Dame three weeks each semester through Spring 2014. This is his seventh public lecture at Notre Dame as Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall 2012 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

The WMU Creative Writing Program would like to invite you to the Fall 2012 Gwen Frostic Reading Series. This semester, we’re honored to present four readings featuring six authors. The Series begins this coming Friday with a reading by the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate Philip Levine. All of the readings are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there. Philip Levine Friday, September 28th, 8:00 PM, Schneider Hall, Auditorium 2000. Julie Jensen Thursday, November 8th, 8:00 PM, WMU Bernhard Center, Room 209-210. Alumni Reading: Adam Clay, Peter Geye, K. Frithjof Peterson Thursday, November 15th, WMU Bernhard Center, Room 209-210. Emma Straub Thursday, December 6th, 8:00 PM, WMU Bernhard Center, Room 157-159.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Grad Student Journal Opportunity

Call for Graduate Student Peer-Review Readers

Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature is seeking GRADUATE STUDENTS in any discipline, including but not limited to Comparative Literature, World Literature, English, Film Studies, or Cultural Studies to volunteer as peer-review readers.

If you are interested, email a brief cover letter (word doc, max 200 words), including your name, email address, academic affiliation, department, areas of expertise, and languages to with "reader" as the subject.

Inquire is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal of Comparative Literature by graduate students in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Alberta that serves the intellectual and professional interests of an international community of students, teachers and scholars.

Deadline: September 25, 2012
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Brandon Jennings to read at University of Alabama in January.

Bankhead Visiting Writers Series The Bankhead Visiting Writers Series brings emerging as well as internationally renowned writers to the University of Alabama campus to read from their work. Past visiting writers include Charles Simic, Alice McDermott, Kevin Young, Andre Dubus, Robert Pinsky, Alice Walker, Bei Dao, Neil Gaiman, and George Saunders, among others. All readings are made possible by an endowment from the Bankhead Foundation, The Program in Creative Writing, The Department of English, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Books, as well as keepsake broadsides of the authors' work made by UA's Book Arts program, will be available at the readings. Admission is free to all. Audio podcasts of past Bankhead readings can be found on iTunesU. Partial Schedule of Readers includes WMU's very own Brandon Jennings on January 31, 2013. See the Bankhead website:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Visiting Writer T. Geronimo Johnson on WWNO

Susan Larson , working for NPR in New Orleans, interviews our very own Nimo Johnson. You can hear the interview at You may also read a review of Nimo's book by visiting:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall Keynote Talk Features Perryman-Clark

The WMU English Department’s Scholarly Speakers Series

proudly presents our

Fall Keynote Lecture

Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark

"Rethinking Appropriateness and Inclusion:
Toward a Writing Programmatic Policy on Linguistic Diversity"

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Brown 3025

Free and open to the public

Dr. Perryman-Clark is Assistant Professor and Director of First-Year Writing, with specialties in
 English and Rhetoric and Writing Studies as well as 
African American Language and Pedagogy. Her forthcoming book (under contract with Peter Lang Publishing), Afrocentric Teacher-Research: Rethinking Appropriateness and Inclusion, is a qualitative empirically-based teacher-research study that examines the ways in which African American students and all students perform expository writing tasks using an Ebonics-based Rhetoric and Composition focused first-year writing curriculum. As such, her work focuses on creating culturally-relevant pedagogies and curricular designs to support all students' expository writing practices.

Newberry Graduate Student Conference

Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
2013 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers

Submission deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012
Conference dates: January 24-26, 2013

We invite abstracts for fifteen-minute papers from master’s or PhD students, on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe or the Mediterranean or Atlantic worlds. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies.

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium, who may be eligible to apply for reimbursement for travel expenses to attend.

Submissions are accepted online only:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NCTE Student Affiliate to Host "Meet, Eat, and Greet"

The NCTE Student Affiliate Invites You to Attend Our First “Meet, Eat, and Greet for the Fall 2012 Semester

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
3025 Brown (Humanities Room)
Stop in between 6:00 – 8:00 pm!

       The National Council of Teachers of English Student Affiliate at WMU is happy to begin a new semester and eager to welcome everyone back for the 2012-2013 school year.  This is our fourth year here on campus, and we are extending an invitation to all English education majors, minors, and ELA minors to join our affiliate. Being a part of the NCTE Student Affiliate Leadership Team is a great way to network with peers and professionals in your area of study, as well as an opportunity to add worthwhile leadership experience to your resume. Please consider this professional development opportunity.
Co-Presidents Amanda Hovey and Rachel Bouma at Bronco Bash 2012

If you would be interested in joining our team please e-mail a brief note of interest to one of our Co-Presidents:
Amanda Hovey , or
Rachel Bouma
We look forward to seeing everyone at the “Meet, Eat, and Greet”

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tisha Pankop Named WMU English Department 2012-2013 Distinguished Alum

The Western Michigan University Department of English has named Ms. Tisha Pankop as the department’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Alumna.

Ms. Pankop is in her 18th year of teaching at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo. She holds a B.A. and a M.A from the Western Michigan University Department of English. Under her supervision, the Loy Norrix “Knight Life”, the student newspaper has won many prestigious awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, including the top rating for Michigan High School newspapers, The Spartan Award in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.  Among her many honors are Golden Pen award winner—top journalism teacher in Michigan for the 2005-2006 school year, MEA Human Rights 2008 Elizabeth Siddall Award, Excellence In Education, Significant Educator Award (5 times), and National Board Certification, 2006.

Her students have engaged in multiple local, national, and international partnerships and projects that have enhanced cross-cultural understanding and community tolerance. From 2000-2005, Ms. Pankop’s students worked collaboratively with WMU School of Communication faculty member Sue Ellen Christian to publish a special edition of the newspaper each year addressing the topic of teaching tolerance in Kalamazoo County. One special edition was inserted in the local newspaper and had a circulation of 70,000 readers. Likewise, in the 2006-2007 school year, her Loy Norrix High School student newspaper published a special edition through a pen pal experience with students from St. Kizitio School in Kampala, Uganda. After exchanging letters, the Loy Norrix reporters printed the special edition newspaper focusing on schooling, culture, and human-interest articles.

“Tisha Pankop is an excellent representative of our department and all our graduates who go onto outstanding teaching careers in English language arts,” states Dr. Jonathan Bush, Chair of the WMU Department of English. “We are excited to honor her excellence in teaching, commitment to her profession, and dedication to social justice in Kalamazoo and beyond.”

Ms. Pankop will represent the WMU English Department at distinguished alumni events during WMU’s Homecoming, October 5-6, 2012. She will also be a featured speaker at the department’s 2012-2013 Award Ceremony, Friday, March 22. 

Poet Laureate Visit Highlighted on MyWMU

The Friday, September 28, 2012 visit to WMU by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine is highlighted on the MyWMU alumni website.