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April 26: English Graduate Student Group Hosts Statewide Literary Conference

Keynote talk by Ed Bok Lee is at noon Saturday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-22-2014

Mankato, Minn. – An English graduate student group at Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting fellow English graduate students from around the state university system on Saturday, April 26 for a literary conference centered on expression in a time of massive and instant communication.

The group, Graduate Scholars of English Association, is hosting “The World As I See It,” consisting of English graduate students from around the Minnesota State Colleges & University system sharing their writings revolving around the conference’s theme.

Covering topics that range from how technology can foster a global voice to the effects of rapid-fire communication on the English language and expression, the conference will feature works from various disciplines within English programs, including creative writing, literature, technical writing and teaching English as a second language.

The conference includes a keynote talk by poet and playwright Ed Bok Lee at 12 p.m. on Saturday in Centennial Student Union Room 245. Lee is a 2012 American Book Award Winner for his poetry collection “Whorled” and recipient of a 2006 PEN/Open Book Award.

The conference is free and open for the general public to attend. A conference schedule along with registration information is available here.

The College of Arts and Humanities, English department, and the College of Graduate Studies & Research are supporting the event this year.

For more information, please send an email to or contact Jen Rogers at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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