English department

Graphic novels. They're just a fancy name for long-form comics. But when you think about one, you may picture the bulging muscles of Marvel's superheroes. But my guests say not to judge comics by this preconceived imagery.

Cole Closser and Jennifer Murvin teach a course at Missouri State University on creating comics and are paving the road to an interdisciplinary program that is largely unheard of at the undergraduate level. Murvin and Closser share about what keeps them intrigued in this medium.

American society has come a long way since the inception of the feminist movement. Even as recently as the 1990s. Gender studies could be seen as quite radical. Now, those same notions are largely internalized for kids, thanks to pop culture references, social media, and positive role modeling.

After the sirens are turned off and the emergencies are diffused, the police officer’s work is not done. Reporting the event in detail is next, but what should it include?

Dr. Leslie Seawright, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University., is interested in the creation of police reports.

Seawright’s husband was a police officer while she was pursuing her degree and she found the report writing process fascinating. 

The Ozarks Writing Project (OWP), housed in the English department within the College of Arts and Letters, is a collaborative program between Missouri State University and the National Writing Project (NWP), the premier effort to improve writing in America. It’s about working with teachers in all disciplines, kindergarten through university, to improve writing skills and to empower teachers to share their expertise.

Breakups: Everybody has been through one, or multiple ones, and each split is a little different. Michael Czyzniejewski, an assistant professor of creative writing at Missouri State University, recently wrote “I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories.”

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