Oakland English Department Alumni Network

Oakland English Department Alumni Network This is a place for all alumni, friends, and family of the Oakland University English Department to come together and connect. Through this network we can set up reading groups, talk shop and job searches, and even set up readings and writing groups!!!
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Sometimes you sit down to write and the ideas don’t flow. Here are four ways to help you figure out what you have to say...
02/11/2021
4 Ways to Always Have Fresh Writing Ideas

Sometimes you sit down to write and the ideas don’t flow. Here are four ways to help you figure out what you have to say.

Strategies to ensure you always have something worthwhile to say

#BookishMotivationalMonday
02/08/2021

#BookishMotivationalMonday

We know the feeling...
02/05/2021

We know the feeling...

"It can be extra hard to get unstuck in your career during a pandemic when many of us are at home and day-to-day life ca...
02/03/2021
It can be extra hard to make a career change during a pandemic, but right now could also be the perfect time to explore the possibilities. Here are 15 great resources to help you find a more fulfilling career or make your current job a little better.

"It can be extra hard to get unstuck in your career during a pandemic when many of us are at home and day-to-day life can feel repetitious. But it can also be a good time to gently explore the deeper aspects of what you want to do..."

These popular online classes, books, podcasts, and blogs will help you find a new career path, stick out on LinkedIn, or improve your current job.

One part of studying English and the humanities is learning to be an effective citizen in dealing with information, with...
01/28/2021
The enduring value of an English degree

One part of studying English and the humanities is learning to be an effective citizen in dealing with information, with narratives...

Despite a struggling labor market and emerging technologies that emphasize the importance of STEM fields, an English degree is as useful as ever, says JHU Professor Mark Christian Thompson

#BookishMotivationalMonday
01/25/2021

#BookishMotivationalMonday

01/21/2021

OU Creative Writing Program Faculty/Alumni Reading
with Annie Gilson and C. R. Grimmer
February 9th, at 6:00 PM via Zoom
(contact Professor Hartsock at [email protected] for meeting info)
See you there!

Annie Gilson has taught at Oakland University for 21 years. She writes both children's fantasy and realistic fiction, and is at work on five novels, a YA fantasy trilogy entitled Skyrider, and two stand-alone novels, one entitled Mouse and Goose, the other A Book of Mirrors. Her first novel, New Light, explores how the longing to imagine a better world can also lead people into cults. She received a B.A. in creative writing from Bard College and a Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

C. R. Grimmer (she/her or they/them) is a poet and scholar at The University of Washington (UW), Seattle. They are the author of The Lyme Letters, which was completed with support from a Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellowship and forthcoming February 2021 from Texas Tech University Press as the Walt McDonald First Book Award Recipient. Their poems are in journals such as Poetry Magazine and Fence Magazine; their research can be found in journals and reviewed collections, such as The Comparatist. C. R. created and hosts The Poetry Vlog, a free video and podcast series dedicated to building social justice coalitions and teaching materials through poet and scholar dialogues. Recently, C. R. completed their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington. In addition to serving as Communications Manager for the Simpson Center for the Humanities, they are also currently a Public Scholarship Project Director in the UW Department of English. You are welcome to learn more about their various projects or reach out to them at crgrimmer.com.

Here are some of examples of just how flexible and adaptable the concept of ‘the library’ can be, and how we’ve ensured ...
01/21/2021
Boats, Bread, and Biblioburros: Unusual Libraries Around the World

Here are some of examples of just how flexible and adaptable the concept of ‘the library’ can be, and how we’ve ensured that many people have access to books and information.

Explore libraries that have unusual collections, exist in strange places, or use novel modes of transportation to deliver books to readers.

National Thesaurus Day, on January 18th, honors Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this ...
01/18/2021

National Thesaurus Day, on January 18th, honors Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this day in 1779.

#BookishMotivationalMonday
01/11/2021

#BookishMotivationalMonday

Some bookish humor to start your weekend!😅
01/08/2021

Some bookish humor to start your weekend!😅

What are some New Year's resolutions that will help make your workday that much smoother?
01/05/2021
9 professional new year's resolutions you should keep

What are some New Year's resolutions that will help make your workday that much smoother?

It's that time of year again: making your professional new year's resolutions. These are the top 9 ones that you should stick too.

Happy New Year from all of us to you Golden Grizzlies!🐻
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from all of us to you Golden Grizzlies!🐻

#BookishMotivationaMonday
12/28/2020

#BookishMotivationaMonday

Happy Holidays from all of us at the OU English Alumni Network to you!
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at the OU English Alumni Network to you!

"The library does more than save me the cost of a paperback — it provides me with a template for navigating the great se...
12/17/2020
Library Books: A Small Antidote to a Life of Perpetual Dissatisfaction

"The library does more than save me the cost of a paperback — it provides me with a template for navigating the great sea of longing.."

A little realism goes a long way in a world where the next book purchase, the next apartment, the next significant other promise to finally deliver the goods.

As the most widely used library classification system, the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Dewey Decimal System ha...
12/10/2020

As the most widely used library classification system, the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Dewey Decimal System has been in use since 1876.

#BookishMotivationalMonday
12/07/2020

#BookishMotivationalMonday

Here are five tips to beat writer's block and get back to your pen and paper.
12/03/2020
Beat that writer’s block

Here are five tips to beat writer's block and get back to your pen and paper.

The ‘new normal’ has thrown many down the spiral metaphorically blocking the sap of creativity. We explore more.

In what ways do you organize your books?
11/30/2020

In what ways do you organize your books?

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

#BookishMotivationalMonday
11/23/2020

#BookishMotivationalMonday

If you're having trouble reading, try these activities to keep a bookish lifestyle.
11/19/2020
Keeping Up a Bookish Lifestyle Without Actually Reading

If you're having trouble reading, try these activities to keep a bookish lifestyle.

Reading is a nonstarter for some of us these days. Here's how one reader maintains a bookish lifestyle without the actual reading.

"The now-widespread institution of a class in which undergraduates talk about literature didn’t begin to become normal u...
11/16/2020
The meaning of a college literature class — during a pandemic and always

"The now-widespread institution of a class in which undergraduates talk about literature didn’t begin to become normal until after the 1960s. What we do in the classroom has a history that connects it to the world beyond."

English departments are increasingly under pressure to justify their existence. But have the eternal lessons of great books ever mattered more?

Please join us for our upcoming Sigma Tau Delta annual lecture! Professor Jeff Inkso, "Rivers of Fire, or Why We Can't S...
11/12/2020

Please join us for our upcoming Sigma Tau Delta annual lecture! Professor Jeff Inkso, "Rivers of Fire, or Why We Can't Solve Climate Change Without English Majors"

November 19, 5:00 PM, via Zoom. See attached flyer for QR code or Zoom link to join meeting: https://oakland-edu.zoom.us/j/9931553602#success

11/10/2020

Earthlings and Aliens: Jeff VanderMeer Reads From his Work

Department of English, Oakland University
November 11, 2020, 5:00pm EST

The Creative Writing program and the English Department at Oakland University, with support from Dean Kevin Corcoran of the College of Arts & Sciences, invite you to a Zoom webinar featuring fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer. He will be reading from his work and doing a question and answer chat afterward.

Jeff VanderMeer was recently profiled in the New York Times. His NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and was made into a movie by Paramount in 2018. Recent works include Dead Astronauts, Borne (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), The Strange Bird. These novels, set in the Borne universe, are being developed for TV by AMC and continue to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. His novel A Peculiar Peril (FSG Kids) just came out to rave review, and his novel Hummingbird Salamander (MCD/FSG) has been optioned by Netflix and Michael Sugar (Anonymous Content). Called “the weird Thoreau” by The New Yorker, VanderMeer frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann, cat Neo, and a yard full of native plants.

To get the link for the Zoom meeting, please email professor Annie Gilson at [email protected].

#BookishMotivationalMonday
11/09/2020

#BookishMotivationalMonday

The Creative Writing program and the English Department at Oakland University, with support from Dean Kevin Corcoran of ...
11/08/2020

The Creative Writing program and the English Department at Oakland University, with support from Dean Kevin Corcoran of the College of Arts & Sciences, are inviting you to a Zoom webinar featuring Jeff VanderMeer. He will be reading from his work and doing a question and answer chat afterward.

Webinar: https://bit.ly/356q0Cw

Are you participating in #nanowrimo2020? Let us know!
11/05/2020
Find Your Story with National Novel Writing Month | Signals AZ

Are you participating in #nanowrimo2020? Let us know!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the annual phenomenon of writers around the globe drafting a novel in 30 days, kicks off November 1st! This is the 21st year of the nonprofit encouraging crea

It's National Author's Day. Purchase some books by your favorite author to support them. Share your favorite novels onli...
11/01/2020

It's National Author's Day. Purchase some books by your favorite author to support them. Share your favorite novels online while encouraging an aspiring author.

Happy Halloween! 🎃
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Are you burned out on video chat, webinars, online meetings? Try these Bookish Podcasts!
10/29/2020
10 Bookish Podcasts to Bring Fun and Inspiration to This Screened-Out World

Are you burned out on video chat, webinars, online meetings? Try these Bookish Podcasts!

Are you burned out on video chat, webinars, online meetings? My screen time increased exponentially during these COVID-times. There were many days I found myself exhausted from watching or participating in another video-related activity. Enter another form of media that totally changed the game: pod...

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