Department of English at Illinois State University

Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Below you will see a collection of this department's student and alumni accomplishments. 
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Beyazit Akman (PhD) has just had his six hundred-page epic about Christian- Muslim relations in Medieval times published by Epsilon, one the three biggest publishers in Turkey.   He has been working on this first of a five part series for the last five years, and it is directly based on his doctorate research (the representation of Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures in the Western discourse). It is now on several bestseller fiction lists in Turkey landing at no. 2 among the historical novels and no. 6 in the overall fiction.

Beyazit Akman (PhD) has been awarded a fellowship to study at the Smithosonian network of research libraries.

Joseph Campbell's (PhD alum) Stealing Ganymede, has been nominated for a Lambda Award in the category of "Best Debut Fiction."

stealing ganymede

Jane Carman (PhD) placed third in the 2010 Iron Pen Fiction Contest.

Dr. Ewa Chrusciel (Creative Writing PhD alumn) has won the Emergency Press 2009 international book contest for her book, Strata. She will receive a prize of $1,000 and her book will be released in December, 2010 by Emergency Press.

Kari Husby (MA) was named a College of Arts and Sciences winner in the competition for the James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award.

Dr. Nick Mansito (PhD alumn). 3rd & 7th. Buffalo NY: BlazeVOX. 2009. (book)

3rd and 7th

Chris Mays (PhD) won the Best Graduate Paper Award at the 2010 Federation Rhetoric Symposium, “Continuity and Change from the Oral Tradition to the Digital Age,” held at the Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, February 12, 2010.

Jonathan Myers, Department of English MA student, has been accepted as a HASTAC scholar.  Among other responsibilities, he will publicize the department's work with digital media on the HASTAC website which has international readership.

Kate Norcross, English Department graduating senior, has been chosen as this spring's College of Arts and Sciences Commencement speaker.

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Dr. Catherine Ross-Stroud (PhD alum). The Original Project Girl. ScarecrowP, 2009. (book)

janet mcdonald

Ben Slotky (MA alumn). Red Hot Dogs, White Gravy. Chiasmus P. 2009.

red hot dogs

Robbie Telfer, MA alum, has just published his first full-length book of poetry, Spiking the Sucker Punch (Write Bloody Press). Here's a ten minute interview with him on Chicago Public Radio:

Robb is a great example of the kind of writer and teacher ISU has been fortunate enough to be acquainted with. He works as Director of Performing Arts at the nonprofit Young Chicago Authors out of Wicker Park. YCA teaches poetry in hundreds of schools in Chicago and around the country. He's a superb performer, writer, and educsucker punchator. We should all be proud of this super alum. The YCA mission statement: "Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy through creative writing, performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. Our process emphasizes artistic development, mentorship, and creating safe spaces where a young person's life matters. We believe that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers to transform their lives and society."

Spring Ulmer (MA alum). The Age of Virtual Reproduction. Essay P. (2009).

age of reproduction

Spring Ulmer (MA alum). Benjamin's Spectacles. Kore P. (2007). (Chosen for the Kore Press First Book Award 2007. )

benjamin's spectacles