English Major Career Advising
The Department of English, Language and Literature is hosting a career advising night for all English majors or students considering an English major. Current students, faculty, and academic advisors will be available to answer questions and assist you with finding pathways to your future career.
Fiction Reading with Alissa Nutting
Thursday, March 20
Park Library Baber RoomView flier
is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls,
which was selected by judge Ben Marcus as winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. The book is currently a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist, as well as current Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist for thought-provoking texts. Her first novel, Tampa
(Ecco/HarperCollins), published in July, 2013, focuses on a female sexual predator with sociopathic tendencies who becomes a middle school English teacher and pursues one of her students. She is assistant professor of English at John Carroll University, where she teaches creative writing.
Admission is free and open to the public. Her visit is sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature and the CHSBS Visiting Writers Series. For more information, contact Jeffrey Bean (ENG) at 989-774-2661 or
Revitalizing Detroit With the Educational Non-Profit Hostel Detroit
Sunday, March 23
Park Library AuditoriumView flier
Emily Doerr, CMU alum and founder of Hostel Detroit, will discuss her experiences developing non-profits. Sponsored by the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Open to the public. For more information, contact Libby Aldrich, Public Relations Officer for Pi Sigma Alpha, at 989-774-3259 or
Fiction Reading by Matt Bell
Thursday, April 3
Park Library Baber Room
Matt Bell's novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, was published by Soho Press in Spring 2013. He also is the author of Cataclysm Baby, a novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction, as well as three chapbooks, Wolf
Parts,The Collectors, and How the Broken Lead the Blind. His fiction has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy.
For more information, contact Jeffrey Bean, Department of English Language and Literature, at 989-774-2661 or
Saturday, April 5
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Library
(301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant, MI)View library's website
How does poetry get us tapping our feet and singing its rhymes? Who's your favorite poet? What's your favorite poem? At this family friendly celebration in honor of National Poetry Month, local poets and CMU English professors Jeffrey Bean and Robert Fanning will begin by sharing a few favorite poems, discussing their passion for the art of poetry, and answering questions from the audience. Then guests, both children and adults, will be encouraged to share poems they've brought by some of their favorite poets.
For more information, contact Barb Sanford of the Chippewa River District Library at 989-774-3242 (ext. 23) or email@example.com
Wellspring Literary Series featuring Patricia Clark
Monday, April 7
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway Street, Mt. Pleasant)
Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of four books of poetry:
Sunday Rising (February 2013),
She Walks Into the Sea,
My Father on a Bicycle, and
North of Wondering. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as
The Atlantic Monthly,
The Gettysburg Review,
New England Review,
North American Review,
Seattle Review, and
Iowa Woman. She has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary women writers called
Worlds in Our Words.
Dinner provided by Max & Emily's. Free and open to the public. CMU student poet and musical guest TBA.
For more information, contact Robert Fanning at
or 989-774-2665. Sponsored by the CMU Department of English Language and Literature, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Art Reach of Mid Michigan.
2nd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies
Saturday, April 26
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The 2nd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies is intended to promote discussion on the themes of Revolution, Reconstruction, and Revival as it pertains to current trends and possible futures of English in the humanities. We will address the revolutionary techniques used to develop, articulate, and mold the minds of young English studies students. We will also discuss areas that could or have been reconstructed in the current and future of the English studies curriculum. Finally, we will be meditating on the revival of historic pieces and their importance in the education scene, of English studies.
The conference will start with a roundtable discussion about the current environment and future of English in the humanities. Then, throughout the day, panels of undergraduate and graduate student presenters will share papers and lead discussions about these themes.
Hosted by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. Registration is required. For more information and to view conference fees, contact Brittney Head at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
Journey Through the Jungle: A Fascinating Look at Life in the Rainforest
103 Rowe Hall
Central Michigan University
View Museum website
"Journey Through the Jungle: A Fascinating Look at Life in the Rainforest" is on display at CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History. The exhibit includes photos and displays of plants and animals that live in the rainforest, live critters and a display on rainforest conservation. The exhibit features a large children's section that includes a replica bat cave and tribal hut, passports for kids to earn stickers at each station they visit, and several hands-on activities. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (989) 774-3829 or email@example.com.