Category: Plymouth State University

PSU Student Works: Shayla Locke’s YA Novel “Rise From the Ashes”

This fall, Plymouth State University offered a Special Topics in Writing course on Young Adult Fiction. This writing-intensive class, held by Professor Joseph Monninger (a veteran YA novelist), had students work on a singular, novel-length piece of YA fiction throughout the entire course. Senior English major Shayla Locke was one of the students who dipped their toes into writing for young...

PSU’s Cluster Composition Class Makes Digital Magazines

During the Fall 2017 semester, Professor Taylore Aussiker’s Composition class published several digital magazines to show that communication is not just textual, but also visual. The digital magazine publication assignment went hand in hand with the new Cluster Composition model, which was recently rolled out by Plymouth State University. These cluster classes aim to take a required course, Composition, and...

Plymouth State’s Open Textbook to be Featured at OER Conference

You have been hard at work all semester–researching, teaching, blogging, and writing their own literary prefaces based on topics such as nonhumans, reproduction, slavery, and social activism. As you all know, part of your work includes the creation of this newest iteration of PSU’s “Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature”–an ongoing, open-access, digital anthology of […] via THE OPEN ANTHOLOGY OF...

English Student Takes Second at PSU Panther Pitch

Last week, English Education major Isabelle Elsasser took second place at Plymouth State University’s annual Panther Pitch competition. In the Panther Pitch, students propose a business or entrepreneurial idea that helps solve societal challenges on a local, national, or international level. PSU students of all disciplines and majors can participate in the event. Elsasser earned second place for her nonprofit,...

Become a Graphic Novelist – Take ST: Comic Art & Narrative This Spring

In Spring 2018, Plymouth State University will offer a Topics in Writing course titled ST: Comic Art & Narrative (CRN 31480). This course, taught by English professor Dr. Elliott Gruner, will teach students how to create stories using sequential art. Sequential art, also known as “graphic narratives”, use sequences of images as a medium for storytelling. These works include comic strips, graphic...

Poet Jenny Johnson on Queer Literature and Genre

On November 7th, award-winning poet Jenny Johnson came to Plymouth State University for a reading from her new book, In Full Velvet. Johnson’s performance was part of the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, which brings diverse and revered poets to Plymouth State’s campus throughout the year. In Full Velvet tackles issues of gender, nature, and sexuality, and has been said to “speak into the...

Why Cluster English Majors with Technology?

In Fall 2017, Plymouth State University kicked off its integrated cluster program. This program threads complimentary majors into units called “clusters”. English majors have been placed in the Arts and Technologies with programs such as Computer Science and Information Technology. Some may ask, “Why cluster English majors with technology?” At face value, the two disciplines can seem worlds apart. But in...

New English Courses on Mindfulness and Contemplation

In the upcoming Spring 2018 semester, Dr. Karolyn Kinane will be teaching two new ENDI courses that have a focus on Contemplative and Mindful studies. The Canon interviewed Dr. Kinane to learn more about these courses. What are courses you will be teaching this spring? I’ll be teaching two General Education courses this spring. One is Curiosity, Playfulness, and Creativity,...

Data Visualization in Studies in English–a New Approach

As part of our new four credit curriculum at Plymouth State University, our intro to the major course, Studies in English, took on a new learning goal: data visualization. Our general education program requires all majors to have a “Quantitative Reasoning” connection within the discipline, so we thought we’d introduce students to new ways of thinking about reading, research, and...

Reading Juvenilia with MESA

This past Thursday, MESA members and English students gathered at Plymouth State’s Frost House for a reading of juvenilia. Participants showed off their childhood and adolescent work, which included poetry, picture books, diary entrees, videos, and even fan fiction. About twenty English Department students participated in the reading; MESA hopes to bring the event, titled “MESA Memories”, back for the...