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"Why I Hire English Majors"

Best-selling author Steve Strauss recently wrote an article in the Huffington Post on, you guessed it, why he hires English Majors, outlining their strengths and characteristics. You can find the article here, and remind yourself that as English majors, we're simply "pleasant to be around."

BSU Authors Making Waves

The English department is proud to announce three BSU faculty members being published this year: Lauren Cobb, Sean Hill, and Jeanette Lukowski.

Lauren Cobb, Professor of English, will be publishing a collection of linked stories titled Boulevard Women in fall 2013 by BkMk Press at the University of Kansas City Press. It was the 2012 G.S. Shandra Charat Prize for short fiction.

Sean Hill, Director of the Northwoods Writer's Conference, will publish a poetry collection titled Dangerous Goods with Milkweed Editions. It was one of five finalists for the Milkweed Editions' Lindquist and Vennum Poetry Prize, and it will be published with a prose booklet, Some Whys and Wherefores of Dangerous Goods as a companion piece.

Jeanette Lukowski, Professor of English, has recently published a memoir, Heart Scars, with the North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc. It was published June 1, 2013 and Lukowski recently did a book signing at Bemidji's Book World. In addition, Lukowski also published an essay titled "The Greatest Job I Never Thought I'd Want" in Minnesota English Journal, Volume 48, 2013 issue.

Congratulations to all three as they, along with the other members of the English faculty, continue bringing the concept of practice to the theory taught in the classroom.

BSU Junior Kelsey Sutton To Publish Debut Novel

Kelsey Sutton is a twenty-year-old college student who divides her time between attending classes and writing novels. She can also be found pounding out horrible renditions of Beethoven on the piano and trying bizarre drinks at her local coffee shop.

Ms. Sutton will publish her first novel, Some Quiet Place, to be released July 8th, 2013 from Flux. You can find more information about Kelsey Sutton on her blog, and find her young adult novel at Book World in Bemidji, or on



Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Returns

Bemidji will host the Northwoods Writers Conference once again, starting Summer 2014. The conference started in 2003, and many writers from various parts of the United States gather to practice their literary arts. You can find more information on the Northwoods website.

Please watch this section of the news page for more updates.

Congratulations To Our Recent Graduates

We'd like to congratulate many of our English students, both in the undergraduate and graduate tracts, on the completion of their degrees. Five students received their masters this past spring: Matt Adams, Matt Bruflodt, Sara Dennison, Ivory Hilliard, and Lyla Owens.

We would also like to congratulate our undergraduates that received their bachelors from the English department this spring. We sent five of those undergraduate students on to graduate study at various universities in English: Sarah Barott, Brittany Goettlich, Toni Judnitch, Andy Hotzler, Kevin McColley, and Amanda Pearson.

We wish you all the best of luck in the future, please keep in touch, and as always: May the words be with you.

BSU Alum Ben Westlie

BSU Alum Ben Westlie published his first collection of poetry in January of 2012, titled Sometimes Out of Turn. Westlie graduated with a degree in Professional and Creative Writing in 2006. Since then, he has gone on to a MFA in Creative Writing. He had four poems published in early 2010 in Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets under 25. There's an autographed copy in the Hole-in-the-Wall on the third floor of Hagg-Sauer if you want to see Ben's work.

His first collection of poetry can be pre-ordered from Vermont College of Fine Art's website. We would like to congratulate Ben on his accomplishments and look forward to more excitement from him.

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