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The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series presents Amy Sage Webb reading from her fiction on Thursday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. in the Balkans Room of the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus. Webb, whose short story collection Save Your Own Life was published in 2012, teaches creative writing, literature, and literary editing at Emporia State University, where she was named Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor. She shares co-directorship of the Creative Writing program in the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. She has edited several literary journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Flint Hills Review. She served as managing editor for Bluestem Press, and she continues to serve on the editorial boards of several presses, and as a reviewer for numerous publications, contests, and arts commissions. Webb also serves as a consulting pedagogy specialist for Antioch University, Los Angeles, and has directed the pedagogy forums for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Her poetry and fiction appear in numerous literary journals, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives with her husband in the Kansas Flint Hills.
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Undergraduate students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English have an array of degree program options. In addition to a Traditional Emphasis in Literature, we offer undergraduate emphases in Creative Writing in Poetry or Fiction as well as a Technical/Professional Writing Emphasis.
Students interested in a teaching career can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Undergraduate students who are minoring in English have similar options. We offer minors in the Traditional Emphasis in Literature, Creative Writing, Technical/Professional Writing, and teaching.
Graduate students pursuing the Master of Arts in English also have several degree program options. In addition to the traditional Literature Emphasis, we offer a Creative Writing Emphasis, a Technical / Professional Writing emphasis, and an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric.
Those who already have a master's degree can pursue a Specialist in Education degree with English as the major teaching field.
The facilities in our department enhance students' reading and writing abilities. The Department has a Computer Lab and supports The Writing Center @ PSU. In addition to staffed, physical facilities, the English Department helps coordinates a university-wide program called Writing to Learn. All PSU students enroll in a series of Writing to Learn courses that emphasize intensive writing skills across the disciplines.
Faculty and students in the PSU English Department participate in a range of departmental activities outside the classroom. The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brings prominent writers to our campus for readings, class discussions, and conversation. Each year the winner of the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize is invited to campus to receive the prize and present a scholarly lecture. Our students write, edit, and produce Cow Creek Review, the student literary journal that showcases our students' fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The department also sponsors Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.
Faculty and students also work with a number of community organizations, including the Veterans Writing Group led by Professors Skip Morris and Mick White, Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, and Pittsburg Public Library.