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Spring 2016 Events

Quiz & Quill's Haiku Death Match
Thurs, Feb 18 ~ 7-9:00 pm
 ~ 3rd floor of Bag of Nails
Bring your original haiku to compete against fellow writers. Last year's Haiku Death Match Master, Claire Winslow, will defend her much-coveted victor's sash. 

Department-Wide Meeting for Majors, Minors, and Faculty
Fri, Mar 11 ~ 4:30-6:00 pm ~ Towers 112

As mandatory as we can make it. Faculty want to hear from current students about what courses, events, visiting writers, and happenings they'd like the department to focus on in the future. We'll also preview the special topics courses, travel, and internship opportunities to look for in 2016-17. And there may be pizza. 

Sigma Tau Delta's Literary Heroes Party
Sat, Mar 12 ~ 7 pm ~ location TBA

Celebrate and inhabit the guises of your favorite literary characters, authors, and thinkers at Sigma Tau Delta's masquerade gathering.

Writers & Scholars Series: Claudia Rankine
Literary Reading: The Making of Citizen
Mon, Mar 21 ~ 7-9:00 pm ~ Pit Theater, Campus Center
Rankine’s bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014), uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. A defining text for our time, Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (it was also a finalist in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. On Tues, Mar 22, Rankine will also hold open class sessions in Essay Writing (12-1:45 in Roush 426) and Critical Race Theory (2-3:45 in Towers 239). 

Senior Readings
Sun, Apr 3 ~ 12-4:00 pm ~ Towers 112
Senior Writing Project writers from the Literary Studies and Creative Writing programs read from their Senior Projects. Readings will be grouped into distinct sessions, which will be announced in mid-March. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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