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Northwest Missouri State University


Brenda Lewis

Brenda Lewis

Email

Office

2770 Colden Hall

Phone

660.562.1566
660.562.4007 (cell)
660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2007

Senior Instructor


Education

  • M.A., English, Northwest Missouri State University
  • M.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Kansas
  • M.A., Soviet and East European Affairs, University of Kansas
  • B.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Composition: Academic Literacies
  • Composition: Writing as Engagement
  • Introduction to Literature

Academic Interests

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Writing and Language Theory
  • Creative Writing
  • Russian Literature

Scholarly Activity

Publications

  • “From Personal Narrative to Personal Essay by Means of a Four-Step Process.” Selected for The Best of the AWP Pedagogy Papers 2010 by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, published on-line at www.awpwriter.org.
  • “Shostakovich and His Times.” Baltimore Opera 2002-2003 Opera Companion and Study Guide. James Harp, ed. 2002: 30-32.
  • Graham, Otis L., ed. Soviet-American Dialogue on the New Deal. Soviet-American Dialogues on United States History. 1. Columbia: Univ. of MO Press, 1989. (A compilation of 11 essays by Soviet historians, translated from Russian into English, with response commentaries by American peers.)
  • “On Terms: Russians are Soviets, But Soviets Aren’t Always Russians.” (Co-authored with Richard W. Couch.) Behavior Analysis and Social Action. 5.1-2 (1986): 44.

Presentations

  • “From Personal Narrative to Personal Essay by Means of a Four-Step Process.” Pedagogy Forum. Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2010 Annual Conference. Denver, CO. Apr. 2010.
  • “Robert Henry’s Hands”: A Novel Excerpt. Sigma Tau Delta International Convention. Portland, OR. Mar. 2006.
  • “The Price of Self Sacrifice”: A Study of Edna Pontellier and Mr. Shimerda. Sigma Tau Delta International Convention. Portland, OR. Mar. 2006.
  • Excerpt from Endless Green Horizons, a novel-in-progress. Celebration of Quality Symposium. Northwest Missouri State University. Mar. 2005.
  • “An Instructional Design for Elementary Russian.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Conference. Washington, DC. Dec. 1984.
  • “What Went Wrong”: Women in Contemporary Soviet Society. Midwest Soviet Studies Student Conference. University of Kansas. Mar. 1984.

Writing Residencies and Fellowships (competitive)

  • Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow. Eureka Springs, AR. July 2008, July 2009 & July 2010
  • Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Women. Lutsen, MN. Sep. 2004.
  • Ragdale Foundation. Lake Forest, IL. Apr. 2004 & Feb. 2000*
  • *Feb. 2000 residency funded by a National Endowment for the Arts/Ragdale Fellowship.
  • Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow. Eureka Springs, AR. Feb. – Mar. 2002

Writing Conferences/Workshops (competitive)

  • Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. July 2016.
  • “Writing Fiction.” Tim Gautreaux. Ropewalk Writers Retreat. New Harmony, IN. Jun. 2001.
  • “Fiction Workout.” Geoffrey Becker. Iowa Summer Writers Festival. Iowa City, IA. Jul. 2003.
  • “The Search for Voice and Form in Personal Essays.” Nancy Barry. Iowa Summer Writers Festival. Iowa City, IA. Jul. 2003.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Editor, Green Tower Press, Northwest Missouri State University, Aug. 2007 – 2010.
  • Graduate Assistant Editor, Green Tower Press, Northwest Missouri State University, Sep. 2005 – Apr. 2007.
  • Staff Writer, Nodaway News Leader, Maryville, MO, Sep. 1997 – Jul. 1999.
  • Author and Host, Random Thoughts from a Simpler Perspective, KXCV/KRNW, Maryville, MO, Sep. 2000 – Sep. 2001.

Memberships

  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs, 2000 - present.
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Northwest Missouri State University, 2005 - present.
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2008 - present.
  • National Council of Teachers of English, 2008 - present.

Residencies and Fellowships (competitive)

  • Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow. Eureka Springs, AR. Feb.-Mar. 2002; July 2008; July 2009; July 2010; June 2010.
  • Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Women. Lutsen, MN. Sep. 2004.
  • Ragdale Foundation. Lake Forest, IL. Apr. 2004 & Feb. 2000 (Feb. 2000 residency funded by a National Endowment for the Arts/Ragdale Fellowship).