Congratulations to Karen Loeb!

(Contributed by Brian Kraegenbrink) Karen Loeb, a consultant for the English department here at UW-Eau Claire, is the winner of Wisconsin People and Ideas 2014 Fiction Contest. Loeb’s story, “The Walk to Makino” will be published in the spring issue of Wisconsin People and Ideas and will also be read at the 2014 Wisconsin Book…

Recent Faculty Honors

The Foreword would like to recognize the following English Department faculty for recent honors and awards they’ve received: BJ Hollars: Recently was awarded the 2014 Knox College Young Alumni Achievement Award, for his writing achievements. He received the award on February 21. See the story at http://uwecfsnews.blogspot.com/. He also was given the 2014 Wisconsin Writers…

Say Hello to Katie Vagnino

(Contributed by Rachel Tiede) The first thing Visiting Professor Katie Vagnino did when I met her was apologize that her sparse decor made her look like a serial killer. The second thing she did was offer me carrot cake. Katie has good reason to have bare office walls. She applied for a position to teach…

Getting to know Christa Tiernan

(Contributed by Bailey Hoffmann) New to the English Department, Christa Tiernan has much to offer the UWEC community as an educator and the Assistant Director of the Center of Writing Excellence. Christa holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in English Literature from…

Musical Notes of the English Department — Part 2

Apart from being involved in The Eggplant Heroes, Dr. Joel Pace has also had a hand in the genre-crossing band Irie Sol. As I learned from my interview with Joel, knowing the vision and purpose of Irie Sol is central to understanding the music it expresses. With this in mind, Joel explained the roots of…

Musical Notes of the English Department — Part 1

As the editor for The Foreword this semester, I am especially pleased to personally contribute a couple of pieces spotlighting the musical involvements of some of our very own faculty. This first piece centers on a band called Eggplant Heroes, of which founders Professors Max Garland, Duffy Duyfhuizen, and Joel Pace have all participated in…

A Moment with Blake Westerlund

The Afterword would like to take a moment to recognize professor Blake Westerlund on his recent move to join the tenure track within the English department. Blake is the self-described “old-new person” of the English department as he’s recently been added to the tenure track, in his fifteenth year at the university. His official title…