• Creative Types: “The Broken Plate,” Ball State’s national literary magazine, needs you!

    The Broken Plate needs passionate, detail-oriented students to promote quality literature this fall. If you’re interested, you must e-mail Professor Silas Hansen (schansen@bsu.edu) before adding the class to your schedule. Taking ENG 489 means getting a chance to work with your fellow classmates on a poetry, short story, or flash fiction team. Over the course of the semester, you […]

  • 5 Things You Should Know about In-Print Author Tyler Gobble

    1. He graduated from Ball State in 2011. 2. In the words of Lisa Olstein, his debut book, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, contains “poems compelled by crosscurrents of hope and fear, sadness and joy, confusion and clarity.” 3. He’s the editor-in-chief of NOÖ Journal, chapbook editor at Magic Helicopter Press, and host of the Everything is Bigger Reading Series. […]

  • 5 Things You Should Know About In Print Author Kerry Howley

    1. Thrown, her book-length essay, is an account of three years spent in the company of mixed martial artists. It is narrated from the perspective of an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit. 2. Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. 3. Jennifer Latson of the Boston Globe has called Thrown “a fresh, funny, […]

  • 5 Things You Should Know About In-Print Author Celeste Ng

      1. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, and Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014. 2. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan 3. Huffington Post has called her novel, “a powerhouse of a debut…a literary mystery crafted out […]

  • Good News, February 2015

    In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, BSU English highlights the accomplishments of faculty and students through the month of February. The Writing Center hosted a two-day fundraiser, “Poets for Hire,” to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Muncie. On February 12 and 13, Ball State students and faculty wrote approximately 75 […]

  • Do you like free money? Just apply!

    Last year, the department awarded over $11,000 to outstanding students. This year, we want more applicants than ever before! Apply by Monday, March 9, 2015, and show us why you deserve to receive scholarship money and recognition.  Undergraduate scholarships Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship If you like to write poetry, this is the scholarship for you! Previous winners: 2014: […]

  • Want to spend a semester in New York City?

    Brandon Buechley is a Creative Writing major at Ball State University. He recently took part in the New York Arts Program, where he worked with DAW Books, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House. He also worked with the Manhattan-based Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. We had the opportunity to talk to Brandon about his internship experience in New York […]

  • Celebrate the Legacy of Maya Angelou

    Born in the Jim Crow South, Maya Angelou used her passion as an activist and a writer to inspire discussions surrounding civil rights. As a way to celebrate Angelou’s written works and devotion to social, political, and economic equality, organizers at the Office of Institutional Diversity and BSU English hope to nurture a diverse university community.   Sunday, February 15th I Read…I […]

  • Cultivating Creative Identities with Brian Morrison

    Brian Morrison Ball State English Professor. Published writer. Part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series. On Wednesday the 28th… Brian Morrison will read with Silas Hansen as part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series. The Faculty Reading Series hopes to bring English professors into the spotlight, showcasing their talents and interests outside of class. Brian is still […]