Geek Speak takes it to the Black Box Theatre for Professional Creative Readings

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, September 10, 2018/Categories: Events, Students, Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Events, Faculty, 2018

This semester’s series of Geek Speak lectures continues Sept. 13 with “East Meets West (River): Creative Readings from BHSU and USD Creative Writing Faculty.” The readings will take place at 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Woodburn Hall on the Black Hills State University campus. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.
This Geek Speak, somewhat atypical to the classic lecture style, will include readings from BHSU and USD Creative Writing Faculty. Readers include Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika, associate professor of English at BHSU, Matthew Bauman, lecturer of creative writing at BHSU, Douglas Murano, lecturer of English at BHSU, and USD Creative Writing faculty members, Dr. Leah McCormack, assistant professor of English, and duncan b.barlow, lecturer of English.
Huse-Wika says these performance based live readings will appeal to a wide audience, whether interested in creative writing or not. The diverse and eclectic writings shared at the Geek Speak will range from fiction to creative nonfiction, magic realism to poetry. Rather than an audience reading and interpreting the creative works on their own, Huse-Wika notes that ears will be tickled with the intentional emphasis and style of each writer.
“Live readings are a very different experience than just reading from a print text; audience members will hear the works as they are meant to be read—the spirit we each intended for our texts,” Huse-Wika says. “There’s always a sense of excitement and anticipation in attending a creative reading; it’s a performance.”
With a discussion after, the creative writers hope to inspire conversations about literature, their processes, and their craft.
BHSU recently began offering a minor in creative writing, in addition to the English major and minor, writing concentrations, and professional writing certificate already offered through BHSU. During the Geek Speak, the styles and techniques of the BHSU and USD creative writing faculty will be showcased for those interested in the newly debuted creative writing minor at BHSU or graduate work at USD.
During the cross-state visit, USD professors will speak with near-graduation English majors and guest lecture in the Advanced Creative Writing course at BHSU. All three BHSU faculty reading at this event completed programs at USD, including both master of arts and doctoral programs, specializing in creative writing.
“Students interested in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction can attend a reading by professional writers, be inspired to add the creative writing minor, and/or potentially get their work published in an undergraduate literary journal in the spring!” says Bauman, adding that the journal is open to all students, not just those within the English program or creative writing student organization.
About BHSU Geek Speak:
The Geek Speak lecture series, sponsored by the BHSU Honors program, features academic discussion and topics not normally discussed in the traditional classroom. The goal of the weekly lectures is to expose students and the community to diversity within the disciplines. Some Geek Speaks are also presented at the Jacket Zone store located on Main Street in downtown Spearfish. All lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Sept. 20: Naomi Even-Aberle, instructor of art history: "Wonder Woman, Board Breaking, and Performance Art"
  • Sept. 27: No Geek Speak: Swarm Days Festivities 
  • Oct. 4: Dr. Tim Steckline, professor of speech: “Zoot Suits and the Sailor Riots of 1943: Race Terror in Aztlan”
  • Oct. 11: Kelly Kirk, instructor of history, and Carrie Gray-Wood, instructor of geography: “A Taste of Place: The History and Geography of Food in Italy”
  • Oct. 18: Art Faculty at BHSU: “Beyond the Classroom”
  • Oct. 25: Dr. Du-Lu Hsiao, assistant professor of Spanish: “How to be Spanish”
  • Nov. 1: Dr. Andrey Reznikov, professor of English: “The role of Bible Translations in Establishing the English Language”
  • Nov. 8: Aaron Bauerly, system librarian: “You are the Hero: Interaction with Mythic Archetypes Through Games”
  • Nov. 15: Kelly Kirk, instructor of history: “Honoring Veterans' Legacies”
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 6:  University Honors Capstone Defenses
  • Jan. 10: Desy Schoenewies, associate professor of art: “Drawings from China: Experiences from the BHSU/Baoding University Partnership BHSU Artists at Baoding University”
  • Jan. 17: TBA
  • Jan. 24: Tracy Hunt and Chelsey Groseclose, counselors: “The Matrix Within: from Insomnia to Lucidity, the Powers of Sleep and Dreaming”
  • Jan. 31: Altman Studeny, Carrie Gray-Wood, Tim Steckline: “Twisted Fibers: Felt as Art, Technique, and Social Critique”
  • Feb. 7: Dr. David Cremean, professor of English:  “Bruce Springsteen as Storyteller”
  • Feb. 14: Jeffrey Winter, instructor of mathematics: “Secrets and Unconventional uses of Microsoft Office”
  • Feb. 21: Dr. Holly Downing, professor of biology: “Why Our Mascot is Not a Bee—The Frustrations of a BHSU Entomologist”
  • Feb. 28: Dr. Max Marc, professor of management information systems: “Artificial Intelligence vs. Humans: Thought Experiments on the End-Game”
  • March 14: Dr. Jarrett Moore, assistant professor of research and assessment: “Manufacturing (Real)ity”
  • March 21: Dr. Chris Hahn, assistant professor of music: “We’re All Musicians: Exploring the Brain-Music Relationship”
  • March 28: BHSU Research Symposium Keynote Speaker, Meier Hall
  • April 4: Petrika Peters: “Global Dumping: What Happens to Your Electronic Waste?”
  • April 11/April 25: Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English: “A Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings:” A Two-Part Poetry Writing Workshop to celebrate National Poetry Month
To read short descriptions of each lecture topic, visit
For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or email

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