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LaDonna Friesen

LaDonna Friesen

My education at Evangel University contributed to my identity formation as I explored my faith in all aspects of learning. Now that I am a faculty member, I encourage students to explore truth as it relates to the human condition. It is an honor to be a part of Evangel's teaching community.

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Humanities Department

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Professional Information: B.A. in English, Evangel University
M.A. in English, Missouri State University

Courses Taught: ENGL 102 Basic Grammar, ENGL 111 Composition, ENGL 222 Young Adult Literature, ENGL/EDUC 333 Children's Literature, ENGL 436 Creative Writing

Publications: “’The truest, least selfish heart’: Childlikeness in George MacDonald’s Fairy Tales," a chapter in What's so Liberal about the Liberal Arts?: Integrated Approaches to Christian Formation, edited by Martin Mittelstadt and Paul Lewis.

Her poems have been published by Christianity and Literature (a Sage publication, March 2019) and Edify Fiction Magazine (Winter 2019), The Write Lunach (Issue 29)

Her creative nonfiction work "The Chip-Toothed Heart" was published by Adelaide Literary Magazine.(2018) "Student's Poetry on Display at Springfield Art Museum" in the Springfield Newsleader: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2015/04/26/students-poetry-display-springfield-art-museum/26417915/

“The Lion Roars: C.S. Lewis’s Literary Legacy.” Centralife. Spring/Summer 2011. 6-7. Print.

Over several years, at least 30 devotions for the Assemblies of God publications "God's Word for Today" and "Take 5"

Conference Presentation 2001 “Discovery Along Nature’s Pathway: Tending the Soil of the Child’s Soul in Golden Age Children’s Literature,” Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, April 2001, Middle Tennessee State University

Started Work: 2005

Favorite Thing About Work: Life has been especially meaningful through listening to students and having real conversations about ideas and life. I value observing students' spiritual and academic formation during their journeys at Evangel.

Was an Evangel Student: 1994-1998

Originally From: Springfield, MO

Personal Information: When I am not preparing for class or grading papers, I creatively write in various genres. My husband is also a writer of fantasy literature, and my daughter consistently writes as well. We don't mind being nerds of words.

Some Favorite Books: Phantastes by George MacDonald, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Temple by George Herbert, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Godric by Frederick Buechner

Other: Every other year, the Humanities Department invites students to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, Michigan, and students consistently report they are enriched by the experience. The conference features over one hundred published authors in all genres: novels, memoirs, poetry, script writing, children's and young adult literature, sermons, song, etc. Those who wish to attend drive to Grand Rapids in vans and stay for the three-day conference. This trip also nurtures good relationship-building with faculty and students.

(The book mentioned above) What's so Liberal about the Liberal Arts?: Integrated Approaches to Christian Formation, edited by Martin Mittelstadt and Paul Lewis.
The Festival of Faith and Writing
The Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award
Student Blog about Evangel's Children's Literature Course
An article on my student writing poetry about art at the local art museum

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