LGBT journalist to speak at Homecoming event

Kerry Eleveld, who, as Washington Correspondent for The Advocate regularly attends White House press briefings, will speak on “LGBT Equality and Obama” on October 9, 2010. The 1 p.m. event, to be held in the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center Auditorium, is part of the 2010 slate of Homecoming events.

Eleveld, who has covered LGBT issues since 2006, was the only reporter from an LGBT outlet to get a sit-down interview with President Obama. Eleveld has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the 2010 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association. Eleveld regularly offers insights about political developments to such news outlets as MSNBC, CNN, the Associated Press, POTUS radio, and the Michelangelo Signorile Show.

Eleveld’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring political science professor Jim Simeone and journalism professor Jim Plath. The event is co-sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Pride Alumni Community, IWU Pride Alliance, and the IWU political science department.

New online journal looking for work on the theme of “settings”

Mason’s Road, sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing, is an online literary journal with a “teaching twist.” Run by graduate students, it’s dedicated to various elements of the writing craft so that hopefully readers learn while they read and enjoy.

The theme for their second issue is “settings—pieces that evoke a particular place or time.”

They will award a $500 prize for the best piece of creative writing published in the first two issues, including shorter essays on craft or writing exercises.

If you’re curious, you have a look at Mason’s Road.

Farileigh Dickinson’s online student journal needs submissions

Sphere, an international online journal of student writing edited by students at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is looking for unpublished works by undergraduate students “or equivalent” in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for their fifth and sixth issues, to be published this winter and next summer.

Sphere aims to publish students from all over the world. Deadline for the winter issue is December 1, 2010; for the summer issue it’s May 2, 2011. They have an online submission form.

IWU’s online litmag to hold info meeting Sept. 22

Pseudonym Required, IWU’s workshopping group and online literary magazine, will have an informational meeting tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in CNS E108.

The meeting will give students information about Pseudonym Required and also give students a chance to share their ideas. “We’re interested in anything we can do to help IWU student writers, so come with your suggestions,” Kylie Peters said. “We’ll discuss our submission process and organize some workshops. We’re also looking to add new editors to our staff, so definitely come if you’re interested in that.

If you can’t make the meeting but would like to join, email Peters at

Faculty update: two publications and three conferences

Professor Mike Theune has two new publications: “Trust the Turn” (in Poets on Teaching, edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010) and “The Quarrelsome Poem” (in Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets, edited by Blas Falconer, Helena Mesa, and Beth Martinelli, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).

Professor Dan Terkla will chair sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries in Santa Fe, N.M., September 12-14, and will present a paper at the 2010 Annual Meeting of The American Folklore Society, Nashville, Tenn., October 14-17.

And yours truly, as president of The John Updike Society, will head for Reading, Pa. October 1-3 to preside over the Society’s first conference, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rabbit, Run. I’ll also moderate a panel featuring members of the Updike family, present a paper on “More than Just Looking: John Updike’s Personal and Poetic Relationship with Art,” and conduct a pedagogy session for high school teachers. The conference has attracted 101 Updike scholars and aficionados from eight different countries.

Schedule announced for Sept. 25 MUSE conference

It’s free, it’s open to the public, and it’s fast approaching. In addition to presentations of undergraduate research papers and panels on grad school and professional options, this year’s MUSE Undergraduate Literature Conference features professor Srikanth Reddy, from the University of Chicago. Reddy, who received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Ph.D. from Harvard, is the author of Voyager, which will be published by the University of California Press in 2011.

Here’s the schedule:

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Registration (CNS Commons)

9:30-10:45 a.m.—Session I: “Lessons from Literature, Lessons for Literature” (CNS 103); “Rethinking the Classics” (CNS E104)

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Session II: “Genius Loci: Spirit of the Place” (CNS E10); “Construction of Character” (CNS E104)

1-2:15—KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Writing and Erasure: Notes on Voyager,” Prof. Srikanth Reddy (CNS C101)

2:30-3:30 p.m.—Panel Presentations: “Teaching and Education in English” (CNS E108); “English Graduate School and Academia” (CNS E106); “Technical Writing and Publishing” (CNS E105)

For more information, contact Casimir Frankiewicz (

Ready to come home to the English House, alums?

Molly McLay (’06) is organizing a Homecoming event for English majors.

Join faculty, staff, and your favorite alums during Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 8, for a “meet, greet, ‘n’ eat” at Mugsy’s Pub. Everyone is invited to gather at 5 p.m. at the English House, which you all better remember is on the corner of Main and Graham! Then everyone will walk over to Mugsy’s. It’s totally informal, but Molly would appreciate an email ( if you’re planning to attend so she has an idea of how many will be coming. Even if you can’t do that, still drop by.

Alumni update: Rachel Slough

Rachel Slough (’07) writes that this January she was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association, which is a semester-long, national leadership program. She worked with a team of six from across the country to plan sessions for the ALA annual conference in June, prepared materials to help first-time conference attendees, and blogged on topics relevant to first-time attendees or early career professionals.

Rachel graduated from Indiana University in May with a master’s in library science, and in August started her in a tenure-track position as the E-Learning Librarian for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her job includes supporting online and distance learning and working with faculty and students to create digital learning objects to support teaching and research.