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Dr. Celia Patterson
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The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series presents Wyatt Townley reading from her fiction on Thursday, April 3, at 8:00 p.m. in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus.Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her work has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize, read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his "American Life in Poetry" column, and appeared in hundreds of venues ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. She won a Master Artist Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt’s life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over thirty years and is the founder of Yoganetics, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. HarperCollins published her book on the method, deemed an “Editor’s Choice” by Yoga Journal.
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Undergraduate students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English have an array of degree program options. In addition to a Traditional Emphasis in Literature, we offer undergraduate emphases in Creative Writing in Poetry or Fiction as well as a Technical/Professional Writing Emphasis.
Students interested in a teaching career can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Undergraduate students who are minoring in English have similar options. We offer minors in the Traditional Emphasis in Literature, Creative Writing, Technical/Professional Writing, and teaching.
Graduate students pursuing the Master of Arts in English also have several degree program options. In addition to the traditional Literature Emphasis, we offer a Creative Writing Emphasis, a Technical / Professional Writing emphasis, and an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric.
Those who already have a master's degree can pursue a Specialist in Education degree with English as the major teaching field.
The facilities in our department enhance students' reading and writing abilities. The Department has a Computer Lab and supports The Writing Center @ PSU. In addition to staffed, physical facilities, the English Department helps coordinates a university-wide program called Writing to Learn. All PSU students enroll in a series of Writing to Learn courses that emphasize intensive writing skills across the disciplines.
Faculty and students in the PSU English Department participate in a range of departmental activities outside the classroom. The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brings prominent writers to our campus for readings, class discussions, and conversation. Each year the winner of the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize is invited to campus to receive the prize and present a scholarly lecture. Our students write, edit, and produce Cow Creek Review, the student literary journal that showcases our students' fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The department also sponsors Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.
Faculty and students also work with a number of community organizations, including the Veterans Writing Group led by Professors Skip Morris and Mick White, Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, and Pittsburg Public Library.