Ex Post Facto Spring 2017

The GEA Executive Board is thrilled to announce that this year’s Ex Post Facto will be held on May 3, 2017, from 5-7 PM at The Imperial (726 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030).

Come and celebrate the end of the semester with us and the rest of the GEA, English Department faculty  and staff, friends, partners, and families. We’ll provide some appetizers, and y’all just bring yourselves! Please see the flyer below for more information.

Ex Post Facto 2017 flyer

The Facebook event for Ex Post Facto is also up, so feel free to share it with other graduate students, faculty, and staff in the English Department.

Please contact GEA Events Chair Josh Martin with questions regarding this event.

We hope to see you at Ex Post Facto!

GEA Writing Group Meetup: Apr. 13

The GEA Writing Group is a monthly gathering of graduate students who meet to discuss, read and address their past, current or new writing projects. This informal group not only works as a form of peer review but also serves a great place for support and encouragement. This month, we will meet Thursday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. in Troy Moore Library. Please feel free to bring something that you’re working on for your final papers, or ideas for future projects. Writing Group Moderator and GEA Amanuensis Dionne Clark will circulate your paper among those who plan to attend, and will do so in the most efficient and effective way to protect your intellectual property and ideas.

If you plan to attend, please do the following:

  • contact Dionne Clark (dclark50@gsu.edu)
  • submit your paper and/or topic you wish to discuss

If you simply want to attend, and read and discuss the work of your peers, or if you have questions, please contact Dionne as well! The GEA would like for this to be an ongoing, productive, and supportive space for graduate work and graduate students!

Grads Mentor Grads: Writing a Conference Paper Proposal–April 5

“Grads Mentor Grads: Writing a Conference Paper Proposal”
April 5 at 3 p.m.; 25 Park Place, Room 2325
Session moderators: Josh Privett and Jen Carter

Please join Josh Privett and Jen Carter for a roundtable discussion on writing a proposal for conference papers and panels. Using proposals of their own as examples, they will explain the conventions of an abstract, specifically as they relate to literary studies and rhetoric and composition. They will also share their experience and advice on finding a conference, analyzing a call for papers, and writing a paper proposal that fits the conference’s theme. Most importantly, Jen and Josh invite everyone to bring a draft of an abstract—or even an idea for one—to share with the group for feedback.

Questions regarding this session can be directed to Josh Privett.

Professionalization Series

The GEA is excited to announce two upcoming professionalization sessions for Spring 2017. Hosted by Dr. Michael Harker, this series will address professionalization topics relevant to graduate students in the English Department as they move forward with their careers. The GEA is thrilled to sponsor this series and hopes that we will see you at both of these events.


Job Market Q & A
March 23rd, 2017
On Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00am in Troy Moore, four GSU Department of English faculty members will discuss general strategies for the upcoming academic job market.
This informal roundtable will also spend time answering job market related questions you might have. The participants will be Professors Jay Rajiva, Mark Noble, Lindsey Eckert, and Josh Russell. Coffee will be provided.


Job Market and Dissertation
April 26th, 2017
On Wednesday, April 26 at 11am in Troy Moore, four faculty members will provide advice about how to conceptualize a dissertation topic, focus your research, and write a dissertation with the goal of succeeding on the academic job market.  The participants for this roundtable will be Professors Ashley Holmes, Gina Caison, Eddie Christie, and Josh Russell. Coffee will be provided.



Grads Mentor Grads: What You Need to Know about the Dissertation Prospectus–Mar. 21

The Graduate English Association is excited to announce the next Grads Mentor Grads session will be “What You Need to Know about the Dissertation Prospectus.” This session will be held on March 21 at 9:30 AM in Troy Moore Library and will cover information on and related to the dissertation prospectus process for Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and Literary Studies.

Join us for this event as Doug Hall (Rhetoric and Composition), Jocelyn Heath (Creative Writing), and Jennifer Olive (Literary Studies) discuss the general experience of preparing the prospectus from the end of comprehensive exams to defending and turning in the necessary paperwork and everything in between. We’ll also offer our own insights into the process from what a prospectus looks like for each program to how to put together your committee. At the end of the session, we would also like to hear from you and help answer questions about the process.

Questions regarding this session can be directed to Jennifer Olive.

Grads Mentor Grads: Real Talk on PhD Comprehensive Exams

The Graduate English Association would like to invite graduate students in the English Department to a round table discussion, “Grads Mentor Grads: Real Talk on PhD Comprehensive Exams.” The session will begin at 4 pm on February 15th in the 23rd floor conference room, 25 Park Place.

Come by on the 15th to listen as Matthew Sansbury, Jennifer Castle, and Mostafa Jahlal converse about preparing for and taking PhD Comprehensive Exams. Our  three panelists will cover the experience from the perspectives of Rhetoric & Composition, Literary Studies, and Creative Writing. Christine Anlicker will be moderating and will leave time for questions at the end.

New Voices 2017 Schedule Announced

The 2017 New Voices schedule is now available! Check out the details in the PDF below!

PDF of New Voices 2017 Schedule

New Voices 2017 will be held February 3-4 in the English Department (25 Park Place). The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on Friday, February 3, from 4-6 PM in Troy Moore Library and will feature speakers from the GSU English Department faculty. Panels will begin the next day and run from 8 AM to 4:30 PM in the English Department. The annual Creative Writing Reading session will be held at Cafè Lucia from 5-7 PM followed by the closing ceremony at Slice at 8PM.

Registration for GSU affiliated attendees and presenters is $20, cash or check only. This includes admission to the panels and kick-off, as well as food on both days (kick-off dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday).

For those who are unfamiliar with New Voices, it is an annual conference that is run by the graduate students in the Georgia State University English Department. This year’s conference theme is “What is Home?” For more information about New Voices, please see their website (http://sites.gsu.edu/new-voices/).