October was filled with spooktacular achievements. Keep reading for some scary good news!

Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney‘s new book, The Working Lives of of New Writing Center Directors, is officially out.

Professor Patrick Collier had his book Modern Print Artefacts: Textual Materiality and Literary Value, 1890-1930s, published by Edinburgh University Press. A big congrats to you both!

In other news…

G Patterson was awarded a $2,000 ASPIRE New Faculty Start Up grant that will allow them to update Bracken’s collection of resources in queer and gender studies. G Patterson is one of the three active scholars who researches transgender rhetorics in the field of Rhetoric and Composition. Having access to these funds will allow them to build a scholarly library and collaborate with other scholars on this area of study.

Rani Crowe was also awarded a $2,500 ASPIRE Start Up Grant to make the short film “Finding Grace” by screenwriting faculty, Kathryn Gardiner.

Professor Akira Negishi completed his Japanese translation of Professor Frank Felsenstein‘s adaption of Tobias Smollett’s Travels through France and Italy. The translation took nearly ten years to complete and includes a further piece that Frank wrote to commemorate the two hundred and fiftieth year since the original publication of the Travels in 1766.

Professor Robert D. Habich published the annual review essay “Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Transcendentalism” in American Literary Scholarship 2014 (Duke University Press, 2016), pp. 3-20.

Professor Emily Rutter just received the Jerome Stern Award for the Best Essay in Studies in American Culture. Also, she has been selected as a Ball State Diversity Associate for Research for 2016-2017.

Professor Emily Jo Scalzo had two poems accepted to be included in Disarm: A Gun Sense Anthology through Black Heart Magazine. The two poems they’ve accepted are “After Charleston,” a senryu, and “Gun Control.”

Professor Craig O’Hara had his short story, “Smile Buddy,” published in the latest edition of Bull Magazine. His short story collection One Thirty Five South was named a finalist for the Stillhouse Press’s Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Contest. His other short story, “Man with the Rubber Head: Variations on a Theme by Melies,” was also named a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction.

Dr. Darolyn Jones won the Best Presentation at the Diversity Symposium 2016. She was invited to present on “Writing About Your Life” at the annual Indy Author’s Fair. She also coauthored Memory Workshop with novelist Barbara Shoup, and that book came out this month.

Professor Adrienne Bliss was accepted into the Diversity Associates Program 2016-2017 to conduct a study at Indiana Women’s Prison titled, “Reading in a Women’s Prison: Education, Entertainment, and Reentry.” She also gave a presentation titled, “Women in the Big House: The Media and Reality,” at the October Midwest Popular Culture conference.

Jennifer Grouling, Leo Huisman, and Maria Staton attended the Indianapolis Assessment Institute where they learned a lot about national assessment trends, as well as programmatic assessment, classroom assessment, and faculty development.

Graduate teaching assistants Sara Strasser, Abigail Barker, and Alyssa McGrath presented at the Watson Conference in Louisville.

Alumni Good News!

Robbie Maakestad, MA in Creative Writing from 2014, is currently finishing his MFA at George Mason University. His essay “A Historic/Linguistic Lithostratigraphic Exploration of How David Conquered Jerusalem” is forthcoming in The Rumpus. The essay comes from his creative nonfiction thesis on the City of David Archaeological Park in Jerusalem.

Ball State alum Alysia Sawchyn recently won Cutbank’s 2016 Flash Prose Contest. Her poem, “Desire as Architecture,” was published in the Fall issue of Disquieting Muses Quarterly Review. And, be sure to check our her monthly column at Barrelhouse titled “Baking is Cheaper Than Therapy”.