Creative Writing Capstone Event

 

McKenny Hall Ballroom
April 14th at 6pm

Free and open to the public


With the winter semester coming to an end, Capstone approaches for our creative writing undergraduates. We have spent the past couple months organizing and preparing our projects for the event and will be preforming our creative pieces on April 14th in the McKenny Ballroom. The event will be a great opportunity to get a look into our creative writing program; there will be students preforming poetry and prose, as well as mixed media projects. Please come out and support our writers.

The Capstone event will feature seventeen creative writers:

Eric Berry
Brian Clark
Meghan Endahl
Justin Fluellen
Ashley Gallaher
Ashleigh John
Jeremey Kazdan
Kasha Lovato
Adam Malinowski
Alyssa Martinez
Emma Mayhood
Hannah Overhiser
Isaac Pickell
Sean Ruona
Kristen Todd
LeeAnne Baumdraher
Victoria Pozyczka

 

Miranda Mellis: An Introduction by Aaron Smith

BathHouse reading series welcomed Miranda Mellis this fall, and Aaron Smith (a current graduate student) wrote a wonderful introduction to her reading. I thought I’d share it here!

“Today we welcome Miranda Mellis, a powerfully surreal mind & voice in a world that cannot slow down or re-trace its steps. Our cultures have carved a heavy path through time, have created & shaped what we imagine as history, and Mellis works intensely to decode our collective views of both history & time, past, present, future, and other realities. She asks a continuous array of questions that guide her readers & characters through fictional realities that further question what is happening to us & them as individuals, and question how we perceive ourselves & our world.

Lucia, the narrator of The Spokes, at one point offers a direct analysis of past & present: “We’ve been this kind of human […] for two hundred thousand years […] If we don’t know ourselves, how can we know the ancestors?” Our vision of history is blurry at best, and the ways in which our knowledge of the past is commonly obscured cause us to un-learn countless ways of living that have much to teach us about collaboration & communication. Mellis’s vivid imagery opens doors to the past & versions of the present that we might otherwise overlook forever. In a 2012 interview with Green Apple bookstore, she explains:   “our everyday lives are outrageously pressurized in ways that we become habituated to, that become invisible, and then rear up in all sorts of painful intensifications, symptoms  & so forth. Forms of magic – magical thinking, magical transformations, and magical actions – represent reachable, alternative forms of agency & knowledge in lieu of  political power for the disenfranchised, abandoned, and oppressed.”

In another 2012 interview with City Lights bookstore, she alternately describes fiction as “an organ for detecting what otherwise goes unregistered.” By utilizing these “alternative forms of agency,” Mellis is able to both openly ridicule & rigorously analyze “what otherwise goes unregistered” for many people: the ways in which our cultures & histories push themselves forward at maddening speeds, inevitably crash & collapse, then slowly repeat the long, determined climb back to some epic climax. In The Spokes, her narrator Lucia argues that “Sometimes the impossible is the missing ingredient.” This element of “the impossible” is what drives powerfully meaningful pieces of our own reality deeper into our minds when winding through the fantastic landscapes assembled by Mellis; over time her imagined landscapes begin to feel more familiar than our own.

I would like to close with a quote from The Revisionist; a paragraph that stands alone on pg. 63, and in many ways defines the sense of time that pours through all her parables:  “There were so many different kinds of time. There was time measured in objects & time measured in space. There was time enclosed by language […] There was the way a person measures the distance between what she once felt & the moment she realizes she no longer feels that way. There was also the void, for which time was conventionally the foil.”

Miranda Mellis teaches at Evergreen State College. She is the author of The Quarry, The Spokes, None of This Is Real, Materialisms, and The Revisionist, which was the subject of a 90-foot mural at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis. Miranda is also a founding editor with The Encyclopedia Project, a hybrid publication that plays with the ideas of reference book, literary journal & arts catalogue, blending all into a hybrid series of cross-referenced hardcover volumes. Please welcome her to our small pocket of time & space.”

Upcoming: Temporal Arts Collective Reading 10/18

Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm.
128 W Michigan Ave, apt 5

Performances by TAC & friends. All are welcome! Come out and enjoy what this Ypsi community has to offer.

TAC presents guest reader Cynthia Spencer:

http://www.commonlinejournal.com/2009/10/poetry-by-cynthia-spencer-2009.html

http://www.poetrycemetery.com/spencernew.htm

CRTW Graduate Showcase

CRTW Graduate Showcase 2013It excites the Creative Writing blog to announce the Creative Writing Graduate Showcase on Thursday, April 18th from six until eight in the evening. This blessed event will be hosted in the Carillon Room in the Halle Library on EMU‘s campus. The graduate performances promise to “blow down doors and hurl windows from the highest of towers.” Those performing include Nicholas “Mr. Electric Ocean” Mourning, Arthur “Ace” Challenger Oemke, and the articulated semtex-man Gerard Breitenbeck. Each will be performing an aspect of their Creative Masters Thesis projects. Mourning’s work is a an ethnographic mapping that bisects poetics and the electric self. Oemke’s can best be referred to as debauched fiction that attempts to undermine the authority of the sensorium. Capping the event, Breitenbeck will showcase new forms which break stale narrative sculptures and blast through our rectangular age with a re-percussive return to the early eighties.

 

 

Spotlight on CARPE DIEM COLLABORATORS

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Student group CARPE DIEM COLLABORATORS is helping to fight student social fatigue by stashing First Aid Books across EMU’s campus which encourage students to get involved. If you find yourself lacking engagement, you’ve only your self to blame.

Their unique presentation of a collaged work includes statistics, images, and a slew of motivational slogans. In addition to providing information to students in a non-standard format the Hear This book also serves to highlight student organizations like SEUSS, the parking escort service, the LGBT community and points to resources like the Smith Health Center, among others. I encourage you to check out their work. It is a hopeful sign that redistributes information through channels that are less likely to be looked over. How many times have we passed kiosks plastered with benign advertisements? The Hear This first aid kit is a wonderful repackaging of information available across campus.

A series of Reviews by Nicholas Hohman

October 18, 2012:

Collaboration Panel

When I did research papers in middle school, before the internet was the first place anyone went to for information, I remember pulling heavy encyclopedias and informative books that had several volumes in the series. When citing them there would always be several authors, which made sense because there was lot of information to be organized in these books. I never really gave how the informative tomes had come into existence until I attended a lecture about collaboration.

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Taylor Cyr Reviews November 2012 Bathhouse Events

I’m sitting in the scratchy auditorium chair, flipping through my phone. I got here early because I hate crowds and I wanted to get a seat close to the end so I can make a quick get away once this is over. I know, I know -I’m a terrible person. These Bathhouse events are for the students. And as a creative writing minor, I should be interested. I should be attentive. But the fact is I just got done with a long day of class and the only thing I’m thinking about is how early do I need to go to bed to get up in the morning without wanting to shove a fork in my eye?

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