Apr3rd

30th Anniversary Mackey Keynote Reading

We celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mackey program with a keynote reading by renowned Chinese-American poet Marilyn Chin.

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English Professor Chris Fink helps students find and express their personal experiences through their writings.

The Stories We Tell

Just as his new book draws on his travels, English professor Chris Fink helps students find and express their personal experiences through their writings and guides them through the publishing process with the Beloit Fiction Journal.

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Best American Essays

Shawn Gillen Essay Wins National Recognition

Shawn Gillen’s essay “The Irish Gambit,” which appeared in The New Hibernia Review in 2018, was named a Notable Essay of the Year in the most recent collection of The Best American Essays, edited by Rebecca Solnit.

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Susan Choi

2015 Mackey Chair Named 2019 National Book Award Finalist

Susan Choi, our 2015 Mackey Chair, was named a 2019 National Book Award Finalist for her novel Trust Exercise. Choi is the fourth Mackey chair in the last decade to receive this honor!

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Fink book cover

National Book Review interviews Chris Fink about new book

In her National Book Review interview with Chris Fink, Christine Sneed describes his new short story collection Add This to the List of Things That You Are: “In this book of 14 stories, Fink has offered us a virtuoso collection in which he addresses with unflinching insight, humor, and empathy his characters’ complicated interior lives, which so often are a welter of confusion and misguided love.”

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Fran and Reese write poetry about hell

During the Sanger Summer Research Program, Reese’18 and Professor Francesca Abbate worked on poetry inspired by the personal hells that people often carry inside of themselves. It’s not as dark as it sounds - we promise!

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Eight students in the 2019 Beloit Summer Blocks course “Writing on Two Wheels” are combining creative writing with bicycling to explore the community of Beloit and the area beyond it. The ride is lead by English Professor Chuck Lewis.

Writing on Two Wheels

Eight students in the 2019 Beloit Summer Blocks course “Writing on Two Wheels” combined creative writing with bicycling to explore the community of Beloit and the area beyond it. The pedaling poets stopped at a variety of field destinations for “plein air” writing exercises. This ride, led by English Professor Chuck Lewis, took them on a 20-mile loop west of town to Beckman Mill. For their final project the students created a collaborative website of their work.

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Writer and food blogger Tenaya Darlington’94 teaches writing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. One of her recent books is about the iconic Philly cheese shop Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese.

How to Cure Homesickness: Try the Salami and Cheese

Far from home, writer Tenaya Darlington’94, aka Madame Fromage, has crafted a foodie’s dream job that taps her Swiss heritage, Midwestern upbringing, and passion for food and culture.

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Christi Clancy

Learn which books professor of English Christi Clancy recommends, ranging from teen tragedy to short stories.

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Trend Report: Converse Shoes and Mom Jeans

This spring, in a course called “Writing Beloit,” 13 students led by Christi Clancy, a professor of English, created a magazine called “Inside the Bubble,” intended for fellow students.

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