Student Groups and Clubs
Whether you’re looking for light, literary conversation in a social setting or critical engagement with new and hybrid literary genres; whether you want to screen films or get your game on with like-minded peers, there is an organization or an outlet for you at Wayne State. Below is an always-partial list of on-going groups and opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom. Always check back for new additions, or follow the department on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Open Field: A Creative Writing Series at Wayne State
Previously known as the @noon Reading Series, Open Field is a series of on-campus readings and Q & A's by regional and national creative writers of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, usually taking place on Mondays at noon. Past non-fiction writers have included Benjamin Busch, essayist and author of the memior Dust to Dust, and Kiese Laymon, essayist, novelist, and author of the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the story collection Battleborn and, more recently, the novel Gold Fame Citrus, is among the most recent visiting fiction writers. Poets have included Jamaal May, author of Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies; Tarfia Faihzullah, author of Seam; and Chris Tysh, author of Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic, and Malloy: The Flip Side, among others.
Love film? Want to watch, discuss, dissect, and even create films of your own? Meet like-minded peers in Wayne State's Kino Club 313. Named for the innovative Kino film movement and its collaborative Kino Kabaret, Kino Club 313 is Wayne State's student film group, dedicated to "sustaining a rich and vibrant film culture on our campus." To that end, the group hosts free screenings, lectures, conferences, and discussions that are open to all. "Through these events, academics across a variety of disciplines and members of the community are able to come together to do what we love: watch and discuss movies." You can keep up with the Kino Club by clicking the link to their website above, by finding them on Facebook, and by following them on Tumblr.
All members of the Wayne State community are invited for fun and fiber arts with Knit Lit, a monthly meet-up for casual discussions of light readings, while stitching and weaving some threads together. "Have any good books you've been wanting to read and discuss?" the group asked in their inaugural blogpost, in September of 2014; "then Knit Lit may be for you!" The group encourages knitters, crocheters, and fiber arts fans of all skill levels to attend—faculty, staff, and students all included.
If you love language and literaure, story and writing, or any and all things English, Warrior English is the club for you. This general-interest club is "for English majors, minors, and superfans" seeking to build "a community of English lovers...doing awsome things with awesome people!" Past events have included theater trips, movie screenings, and social meet-ups, but all include lively conversation. Events take place on campus and off, with meet-ups just as likely to occur at 5057 Woodward as they are at Cass Cafe or Circa 1890 Saloon. Follow the Facebook link above for miscellaneous opportunities open to English majors as well.
Wayne Literary Review
The Wayne Literary Review is an annually published magazine of local and national literary writing. The Review publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comic strips, and visual art. Wayne State students and local writers and artists are encouraged to submit; while the magazine does draw work from a national pool of submissions "to reach a large, diverse audience," their "chief goal" remains the showcasing of "the literary talent of Wayne State University and Detroit at large." Follow this link for submissions guidelines.
Wayne State Comics Collective
Are you interested in visual narratives? The ways that the visual and the literary can build on one another to tell a story? Do you just like great comic books? The Wayne State Comics Collective is a group of students, faculty, and comic fans in general, dedicated to reading and discussing comics, graphic novels, graphic memiors, and the scholarship surrounding these hybrid forms. The collective meets monthly. Follow them at the link on Facebook above to keep up on meeting times and the comics and graphic works currently under discussion.
WSU Video Game Scholarly Interest Group
Students in the WSU Video Game Scholarly Interest Group meet monthly to discuss recent popular and scholarly writing related to the burgeoning subdiscipline of Video Game Studies (bonus: see our Q&A with WSU English alumnus and Assoc. Prof. at Purdue University, Samantha Blackmon, on the field of critical game studies). The group seeks to "put scholarly essays into conversation with our own experiences as players and scholars." Which means, of course, plenty of gaming at the monthly meetings, too. "We don't care if you are a hard-core gamer or a novice," the group declares on their blog, linked above; "if you are interested in studying video games, we invite you to join us at our monthly meetings."
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