Ball State English Department Presents Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM)

The Ball State English Department is proud to present Practical Criticism Midwest. For the first time, the PCM Conference will be presented as a hybrid event in order to foster the inclusion and accessibility of our presenters and attendees and to practice the health and safety measures consistent with Ball State’s Cardinals Care Pledge.

The Spring 2022 theme is The Anatomy of Narrative: A Body of Work. With this theme, we invite students to consider how narrative is constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed to create rhetoric that includes topics such as, literary embodiment, human/biological impermanence, body image, corporeal spaces, etc. Though this is an English Department event, we encourage all majors to share the work being done in their disciplines as it relates to this theme.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a proposal to present their scholarly work, including creative pieces, research studies, and teaching materials. Students may participate in a panel reading or poster presentation and may submit panel proposals as an individual or group (more instruction about how to submit as a group on the submission form).  Each presentation is 15 minutes, and panels are followed by a question-answer session moderated by a faculty member.

Conference Date & Time: Friday, March 18, 2022

Location: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Submission Deadline: December 17, 2021

How to Submit

Proposals can be submitted here by December 17, 2021 and require an abstract (with a title) (200 word max) and a brief bio (100 words max).  Submissions are open to all students who will be enrolled during the Spring 2022 semester in a college-level institution.


Who wrote the best Doggerel in the English language? Well, they happen to also be some of the most significant writers of poetry, including William Shakespeare, W. H Auden, Lewis Carroll, T. S. Eliot, and Mark Twain.

Practical Criticism Midwest invites you to compose and perform an original poem that challenges the conventions of good poetry: irregularity in rhythm or rhyme, overly comic and sentimental expressions, or puns and clichés that leave us at wit’s end.

To sign up for Doggerel, send your humorous and/or “bad” poem to: The PCM Committee at

We will also have a limited number of spots for people to sign up on the day of.


Assistant Chair of Programs
Dr. Deborah M. Mix

Secretary to the Graduate Programs Director
Rachel Lauve

PCM Faculty Advisor
Dr. Kat Greene

PCM Student Chair
Mary Gilmore

English Department Academic Programs Office
Robert Bell Building
Room 2115, Muncie, IN 47306
Phone (765) 285-8415