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2020-2021 English Department Events









January 2021

Tues. Jan. 26 - Undergraduate Dramatic Literature/Theatre Research Symposium, 7:00 pm online. Essays by English majors Tiffany Ayres-Dunn, Jurnee Evans, and Maria Ruettiger were selected for presentation by a faculty panel of judges. There will be a Q & A session following the talks. The event will be held online--the link is
Meeting ID: 444 119 1155
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Sat. Jan. 30 - Virtual Lions in Winter Festival of Writing (reading series) featuring Joy Harjo, 1:00-2:00 pm reading and Q & A in conjunction with Booth Library's National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program. The reading and Q & A will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and is open to everyone. Those interested in attending the reading and Q & A can find a link to participate in Microsoft Teams here.


February 2021

Thurs. Feb. 4 - Virtual Lions in Winter Festival of Writing (reading series) featuring Joan Kane, 5:00 pm reading and craft talk. The event is free. 




Fri. Feb. 12-Wed., Mar. 31 - Virtual Professional Development Seminar/Spring Conference given by Rebekah O'Dell,  "Moving Writers: Finding and Amplifying Voice" available online from February 12-March 31. This Virtual Workshop Series will feature Moving Writers' curator, teacher, and author, Rebekah O'Dell, and is sponsored by the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and EIU's English Department. This free virtual conference is for pre-service teachers and teachers across the curriculum. Registration is open and will be available until March 31. By registering for this conference, you have free access to both of Rebekah O'Dell's workshops as well as area teachers' excellent classroom work. In her two sessions, Rebekah O'Dell will focus first on "Helping Students Find Their Voice" and second on "Amplifying Student Voice." In both sessions, O'Dell will emphasize concrete, practical ways to encourage students toward authentic writing experiences and strategies to help them experiment, play, and find a voice through writing. Presentations and workshops from area teachers will amplify these sessions. Register here


March 2021

Mon. Mar. 29 - Virtual Workshop/Discussion for department faculty, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Assignment Sheet Swap Meet. If you plan to attend, send Dr. Taylor a copy of an assignment sheet that has been successful for you and your students. Prior to the workshop/discussion, he will share those assignments with those who plan to attend, and will discuss some of your favorite writing assignments. The Zoom link is



April 2021

Thurs. Apr. 1 - Hennings Memorial Reading featuring Daiva Markelis and Heather Gardewine, 6:00 p.m., virtual reading. Register here 

Thurs. Apr. 8 - Virtual English Studies Conference, featuring keynote speaker EIU MA Alumna Terri (Coleman) Simon. Students can register here.  

Wed. Apr. 14 - Virtual English Department Celebration of Students, 7:00 p.m., virtual celebration of students being awarded departmental scholarships and awards. See it on Zoom here 

Mon. Apr. 19 - Virtual reading and presentation featuring Kim Blaeser, 6:00 p.m., "Native Arts & Indigenous Flourishing." The Zoom link is

Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, is the author of five poetry collections including Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also edited Traces in BloodBone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.  Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her photographs, picto-poems, and ekphrastic pieces have been included in exhibits such as “Ancient Light” and “Visualizing Sovereignty.” She lives in rural Wisconsin; and, for portions of each year, in a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. Blaeser is founding director of the literary organization In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets.

Thurs. Apr. 22 - Discussion/Workshop of Joy Harjo's Crazy Brave, 6:00-7:30 p.m., virtual event hosted by Charlotte England and Daiva Markelis. Registration is required by April 20. More details are available here.    


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(217) 581-2428
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