Words Work Blog

Posted on October 25th, 2021 by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

Imagine you walk into a parlor where a conversation is already taking place, and has been for some time. After listening, you join in, but at a certain point you must leave and the discussion continues on without you. This is how Kenneth Burke, philosopher and rhetorician, characterized the writing process. In his story the parlor is …

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Posted on October 25th, 2021 by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI returns to in-person readings Thursday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the IUPUI University Library Lilly Auditorium with a reading featuring poet Mary Biddinger. Ms. Biddinger’s newest poetry collection, Department of Elegy, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in early 2022. Her poems and flash fiction have …

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Posted on September 3rd, 2021 in Blog by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

Check Out Our Podcast!  Now streaming: The English Department is proud to announce the debut of its first podcast, “About Story,” hosted by Senior Associate Faculty member Mark Eckel. Tune in to hear some of your favorite English faculty members share stories about their lives, their work, and how the study of English can benefit our …

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Posted on July 19th, 2021 by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

This fall, the Literature Program at IUPUI will wage an epic battle between two literary icons: Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. In two competing sections of English L115 Literature for Today, we introduce students to fiction, poetry, drama, film, graphic novels, and fanfiction through an intensive study of these groundbreaking literary …

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Mitchell Douglas photo
Posted on May 26th, 2021 in Blog by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

Though his demeanor is famously reserved, IUPUI creative writing professor Mitchell Douglas has never shied away from putting his work in the public eye. A stroll around the IUPUI campus will lead you to the beautiful Healing Waters fountain in the Commonground Plaza surrounding Eskenazi Hospital, where a poem of Mitchell’s is inscribed in the …

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Sarah Bahr photo
Posted on May 26th, 2021 in Blog by Carrie Lynn Sickmann

Sarah Bahr’s illustrious undergraduate career at IUPUI culminated in BA degrees in English, Journalism, and Spanish, and the 2018 School of Liberal Arts Chancellor’s Award, among many other accolades. She followed up on this tour de force to complete her MA in English here in 2020. Her degrees only tell a part of her story, …

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