Chapbook Contest 2015!

Chapbook Contest 2015 is underway. This is an excellent time to relax and write 10- 20 pages of prose, poetry or a hybrid.
The Chapbook Champion will receive $100, have a small print run of your book and be the featured reader at the annual Script reading. Last year’s champion will not be considered in the competition this year.
Deadline is Monday, December 8 at 5 p.m.
When submitting to the English front desk, please don’t put your name on the manuscript, rather attach name, major and contact info on a separate sheet. There is no entry fee and multiple entries are permitted.
This year’s guest judge will be Daniel Bowman Jr., author and Associate Professor of English at Taylor University.
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Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country (virtual artists collective, 2012) and Beggars in Heaven: A Novel (forthcoming 2015). His work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Books and Culture, The Cresset, The Midwest Quarterly, Rio Grande Review, Saint Katherine Review, Seneca Review, and many other journals. A native of the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, he lives in Hartford City, Indiana and is Associate Professor of English at Taylor University.

For more information, contact Annie Stillar [].

Postcard from Iceland by Kirsten Bleeker (’15)

The air in Iceland smells of waffles, the sea, and the eternal threat of volcanic eruptions. This is everything I have been looking for. This is a country where fish is the prominent menu item, the way to say goodbye is “bless bless,” and both men and women sport top knots and tight pants. Many of the university buildings are absurdly modern. I don’t start my classes for a few more days, but they range from Italian fashion (the only art history course offered in English) and Japanese literature. I’m hoping to introduce the importance of setting up a snack and tea roster on the first day of class. Although dried cod and beer might be the Icelandic equivalent of comfort food. All is well here in Iceland, and I wish a wonderful Fall semester upon you all in Westminster! I will be updating my blog from time to time:

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Kirsten Bleeker is spending her last semester of undergrad at the University of Iceland, and will be graduating with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Art History.

Song Of My Shelf


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When you return to the hallowed halls of Westminster this fall, you’ll notice a fetching display of literary journals in the second-floor lounge.

Tin House, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Ninth Letter, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and other titles await you. Imagine drinking a cup of tea or a mason jar full of kombucha, sitting in one of those leather-ish chairs, reading some new poetry and prose. As if you needed another reason to be excited for the new academic year!

Coming soon: on the corkboard above the journals, we’ll have copies of recent publications by our own illustrious faculty! Good reads abound.