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Dr. Celia Patterson

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Shannon Spear

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Phone: 620-235-4689
Fax: 620-235-4686

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English Program
434 Grubbs Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

English Program Events and News

Distinguished Visiting Writer Pam Houston

Pam Houston will be giving a reading in Grubbs Hall room 109 on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. A reception will follow the reading, the event is sponsored by the Distinguised Visiting Writers Series and the Student Fee Council. (Press release)

Visit Pam Houston's website here.

Distinguished Visiting Writer Francine Prose

Writer Francine Prose will be reading from her own work at 8 pm, ON Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Miller Theater in PSU’S Bicknell Center. The event is free, and is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, the Student Fee Council, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. A reception will follow. Press release: PDF | PSU News

Distinguished Visiting Writer Dennis Etzel, Jr.

Poet Dennis Etzel, Jr. will be reading from his own work at 8 p.m, Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the Dotty and Bill Miller Theater in the Bicknell Center. The event is free, and is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers series and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow. Press release: PDF | PSU News

Distinguished Visiting Writer Chase Dearinger

Fiction writer and Pittsburg State University Assistant Professor of English Chase Dearinger will read from his own work at 8 p.m., Thursday, on November 10, 2016 in Miller Theater at PSU’s Bicknell Center for the Arts. The event is free and is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers’ series and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow. Press release: PDF | PSU News

Distinguished Visiting Writer Stephen Meats

Poet Stephen Meats will be reading from his own work at 8 pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center. The event is free, and is sponsored by The Midwest Quarterly, the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow. Press release: PDF | PSU News

Distinguished Visiting Writer Amy Parker

Fiction writer Amy Parker will be reading from her own work at 8 p.m, Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Governors Room at the Overman Student Center. The event is free, and is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers series and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow. Press release: PDF | PSU News

New Interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies

Clint Eastwood and Gregory PeckThe new interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to develop visual literacy through a focus on the history and criticism of film and media. Students take courses in multiple disciplines, making the minor complementary to many majors. 

You can add the Minor through GUS. For more information, please contact Co-Directors Jamie McDaniel or Casie Hermansson in the English Program or the English Program Office at 235-4689. You can find information on required classes and electives at the minor's webpage.

2016 Emmett Lecture Announced

Swart-LevineThe English Department and The Midwestern Quarterly at Pittsburg State University are happy to announce that Jennifer A Swartz-Levine, Associate Professor of English at Lake Erie College, will deliver the Twenty-Third Annual Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 8 p.m., in the Special Collections Room of the Leonard H. Axe Library on the Pittsburg State University campus. In her lecture, Professor Swartz-Levine will discuss "The Golden Lasso of Truthiness: A Complicated History of Women in/and Comics." The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby of Axe Library. 

Professor Swartz-Levine was invited to deliver the Emmett Memorial Lecture as the winner of the Victory J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Award which is given each year to the author of the best essay on a literary topic published in The Midwest Quarterly. Swartz-Levine’s essay, “Staking Salvation: The Reclamation of the Monstrous Female in Dracula,” appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The Midwest Quarterly.

Professor Swartz-Levine is the Interim Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, an Associate Professor of English, and the Director of the Writing Center at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Swartz-Levine's recent publications, in addition to her winning essay in The Midwestern Quarterly, include "She-Hulk Crash!: The Evolution of Jen Walters, or How Marvel Comics Learned to Stop Worrying about Feminism and Love the Gamma Bomb," in The Ages of the Incredible Hulk (2015), and "The Doctor's Wife: Criminal/Justice" in The Victorian (2.3, 2014). She is the faculty leader for Lake Erie College's Arts, Culture and Humanities Learning Community, which focuses on the cultural implications of Superman. She also serves as an Executive Board member of the College English Association of Ohio.

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