NC State MFA alumna Noel Crook has achieved what felt like an unattainable dream: She is a poet, and a prize-winning one at that. Crook won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, a national prize providing up-and-coming poets with the opportunity to publish their first book. Crook, who earned her MFA in creative writing from NC State in 2008, gave her $2,500 prize money to NC State to support the MFA program, telling the university’s development office there wouldn’t be a book without John Balaban, the university’s emeritus poet-in-residence.
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NC State linguistics has been cited as the gold standard of community-based research and engagement. Professor Jeffrey Reaser explains why, tells us about a forthcoming national conference for linguists taking place at NC State, and explains why we're so fascinated by dialects and language variation.
John Kessel and Dorianne Laux discussed the NCSU MFA program for “Episode 3: Write Hard, Die Free” of in the margins: a podcast for writers.
English major and Technician editor Katherine Kehoe says the deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha "left us something to stand for. ... Throughout their lives they spread a message of love and giving to those in need. They didn’t deserve to die, and as a community we know the next step in honoring these people is fighting to keep senseless acts of hatred and violence from ending more lives and breaking more hearts."
NC State holds one of the largest free annual poetry contests in the Southeast. Don't miss your chance to participate. Acclaimed poet Gibbons Ruark is serving as our guest judge this year.