IU professor Michael Adams watches our language in the new book ‘In Praise of Profanity’

“Profanity is a stubborn fact of speech and cannot be disregarded simply because some people disapprove of it.” Michael Adams, Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, makes this declaration well into his latest book, “In Praise of Profanity” (Oxford University Press, 2016). “There was nobody who was looking at profanity from a current cultural […]

Indiana University graduate student chosen as official poet of the Indianapolis 500

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: In a game of word association, the Indianapolis 500 and poetry and are not obvious counterparts. And yet for the 100th running of the race May 29, an official poet has been selected: Indiana University student and instructor Adam Henze. The race-day program will feature his poem “For Those […]

100-year-old published poem reveals spirit, skill of pioneering IU student Carrie Parker

Last summer, Indiana University Archives director Dina Kellams happened upon the name of IU’s first female African American student in a brief newspaper story. At first, IU knew little more than her name: Carrie Parker. Kellams continued her research, often on her own time, and piece by piece an extraordinary story fell into place. News […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo to read his work at IU Bloomington

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Contemporary poet Gregory Pardlo will visit the Indiana University Bloomington campus for a reading from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, “Digest.” The free reading, which is open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Pardlo’s collection ranges from the delicate […]

Prominent poet Rosanna Warren to read from her writings Oct. 15 at The Venue

Award-winning poet Rosanna Warren will visit Bloomington Oct. 15 for a public reading and reception. The free event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Venue, 114 S. Grant St. In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Warren has written poetry, produced translations and published literary criticism. Her most recent collection […]

Poet and IU alumnus Khaled Mattawa awarded ‘genius grant’ as 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Khaled Mattawa, who earned his MFA in poetry at Indiana University, was recently named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. This year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded unrestricted grants of $625,000 to 21 individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in their work. The foundation called Mattawa a “cultural ambassador” whose masterful translations make the […]

‘The Poetics of Rap’ — IU English professor breaks it down in the classroom

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. Video by multimedia intern Lena Morris. Adrian Matejka asks his students to raise their hand if they’ve ever heard of American hip hop artist Mos Def. Most of them – about more than half of the class – raise their hands. Then he asks if they’ve […]