Last semester, the Ball State English Department began a short series to celebrate and profile our newest faculty members. This week, the department continues the series of new faculty profiles by featuring Dr. Jason Gladstone. Continue reading below to see Dr. Gladstone’s interview conducted by English graduate student Craig Schmidt and don’t forget to see past profiles featuring Dr. Susanaa Benko, Dr. Miranda Nesler, Dr. Maria Windell, Prof. Liz Whiteacre, Prof. John King, and Dr. Andrea Wolfe.
The Writing Program’s final First Friday event of the semester is this week. And it’s an exciting one! Renowned Rhetoric & Composition scholar and author Mike Palmquist will visit to give two talks: a lecture on book publishing and a workshop on research writing as a rhetorical act. The event will take place this Friday, April 5, at the Schwartz Digital Complex (in Bracken Library) with the following schedule:
10:00 am – Talk 1: “The Book, the Future of Scholarly Publishing, and the Publishing Collaborative”
11:00 am – Lunch (RSVP needed)
12:00 pm – Talk 2: “Research Writing as a Rhetorical Act”
Marcus Wicker is this year’s poet for the In Print Festival of First Books, which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! His debut collection of poems, Maybe the Saddest Thing, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published last year by Harper Perennial. Below, Wicker discusses his book, inspirations, and writing experiences among other topics in an interview conducted by Makayla Sickbert. Also, be sure to check out interviews with In Print Festival’s fiction author Eugene Cross and nonfiction author Elena Passarello, and don’t forget to join us on March 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM in the Student Center Ballroom for the 8th annual In Print Festival of First Books!
Marcus Wicker’s first book Maybe the Saddest Thing was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by Harper Perennial in 2012. He has received fellowships from The Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University. Wicker’s work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit, Third Coast, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. He is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
The following interview was conducted by Broken Plate 2013 student faculty member Makayla Sickbert.