The Ball State English department is proud to present Practical Criticism Midwest. The PCM Conference provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between education and experience at a half-day conference. Submissions are open to all students who will be enrolled during the Fall 2019 semester in a college-level institution.

Conference Date & Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 1-5:30 pm

Location: Student Center, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

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Award winners at Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM)

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a proposal to present their scholarly work, including creative pieces, research studies, and teaching recommendations. The presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a 10-minute question-answer session. The proposal requires a title and an abstract of the reading/presentation (200-word max). Group presentations are welcome; in which case the group needs to choose a lead presenter.

This year we are also accepting submissions for roundtable and poster presentations.

Proposals are accepted in any of the following areas. When you submit your proposal, we ask you to specify the strand.

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Rhetoric & Composition
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • English Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Presenter at Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM)


Click here to submit your proposal.

View our PCM 2019 Call for Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadlines:

For All Students – August 30, 2019 @ 11:59PM


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: Emilie Schiess (see below)

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


Assistant Chair of Programs   

Dr. Megumi Hamada at

PCM Chair

Emilie Schiess at

PCM Advisors

Dr. Ben Bascom at

English Department Graduate Student Advisory Board President

Ben Bishop at

English Department, Robert Bell Building, Room 297, Muncie, IN 47306, Phone: 765-285-8580

Panel discussion at Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM)