GEA Meeting Minutes–January 24th 2018

Graduate English Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

Officers Present: Jen Carter, Brittny Byrom, Ben Leake, Carlye Schock


Budget: Will be discussed at a later date when Stephanie is present. Questions remain: what is the budget and its constraints? What are repeat items in terms of allocation?


Upcoming Events: Brainstormed ideas for both social and academic events. Outlined events the GEA currently supports, such as Ex Post Facto, A Priori, and National Day on Writing.

New ideas included a trivia night, graduate writing support groups, a potential stronger connection to New Voices, a young faculty roundtable, partnering with Sigma Tau Delta to provide undergraduate major mentoring/support, CV/graduate school application workshops for the department.

Ben agreed to conduct a poll to find out which events would generate the most interest among GEA members.


General Business: Ben agreed to make posters advertising the GEA Facebook group in order to attract new members. All members agreed to continue researching departments/groups to partner with for programming and new initiatives.

Brittny will follow-up with both Shari and Dr. McHaney in regards to the Provost Visiting Fellow request.

Jen suggested a Slack group to facilitate brainstorming and conversation between members of the GEA executive board.


Proposed date of next meeting: Wednesday, February 21st at 2:00 PM

PDF of Minutes: geameetingminutes-213vypo




The GEA’s 2017 Executive Board would like to invite you to share appetizers and good times with other members of the English Department. Guests are welcome! Please feel free to bring along anyone you care about: friends, partners, children, etc.

The event will be held at Manuel’s Tavern (602 N. Highland Ave.) on Dec. 13 from 5-7 PM. For more information, please see the Facebook event page and download the flyer below.

Downloadable PDF Flyer for Finale event.

   Finale Event Flyer

National Day on Writing

The GEA is thrilled to announce that we will once again be participating in GSU’s National Day on Writing celebration on October 18 from 10 AM-2 PM in the Library Plaza. We will have a booth that facilitates our annual book sale amongst the festivities; so, feel free to drop by and buy a book or just chat. We also encourage you to follow and contribute to the celebration on social media by tagging posts with #WhyIWrite.

The National Day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration. This event is hosted by the English Department, and many of the gradaute and undergraduate groups within our department are putting together great booths that you can visit and participate in various celebratory activities.

image of National Day on Writing Flyer with link to download a PDF

National Day on Writing flyer

Featured Tables:

Come by and create your own bookmarks with The Writing Studio, or record your literacy narrative with the DALN!  Play Slang Word/New Word Connection Game hosted by New Voices, or try your hand at the Free Form Writing Contest by Underground! Play Jenga with Playtest, or buy a book from the GEA, and more!

We hope to see you there!

Spooky Stories–Oct. 13

The Graduate English Association and The Writing Studio are getting in the mood for Halloween!

Face your fears in our annual flash fiction challenge. Can you craft a creepy tale that, in under five minutes, will leave listeners feeling haunted? Email your story, your name, and contact info. with “Spooky Stories” in the subject line to The first 20 submissions will be guaranteed a spot in the reading. Audience members will secretly vote for their favorite tale. All are welcome to join.

We will be in room 2411 for the event. We hope to see you there!

PDF flyer for Spooky Stories event

                Download a printable flyer

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 (
  • 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!