A non-tech side of Ivy Tech: Published authors

Ivy Tech, as an institution, has been around for more than 50 years, and Ivy Tech Northeast has been around for nearly that long (we’re five years behind). In that amount of time, it’s only natural for the community to develop a certain viewpoint or opinion of the College: that of a technical or vocational school.

And why not? The College did start out as Indiana Vocational Technical College. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for foreign language and writing classes. Its name didn’t change until 1995, to Ivy Tech State College, then to “Community College” in 2000. Institutional memory is long, and Fort Wayne’s lifers will continue to hear the “tech” in “Ivy Tech” long after this blog post.

Which may make it surprising to some that the College employs a number of published authors. Because community colleges don’t grant tenure, there’s no pressure for its faculty to publish; but, as English instructor Paula Ashe points out, when you teach writing and/or literature, publishing is sort of what you do.

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She shares a story of one student who googled her before the first day of class and found her Amazon author page.

“‘You have a book.’ His face was shocked,” she says, and she told him, “Yes, I do. Lots of faculty here have books because we write.”

While this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the published work of Ivy Tech faculty, here are some pieces for your reading pleasure:

Troy and book

John and book

Ivy Tech Northeast instructor’s story available on Amazon.com

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Ivy Tech Community College Northeast instructor Paula Ashe has published her short story, “The Mother of All Monsters,” on Amazon.com. The story is available for purchase via Kindle download.

The story originally appeared in “Serial Killers Iterum” (“Iterum” is Latin for “again; for the second time”), which was published last year by the Indianapolis press James Ward Kirk Fiction, a publisher for writers of horror, crime and science fiction. The anthology includes stories from writers across the country.

“A lot of people want to read my work but don’t want to buy the whole collection,” says Ashe of her decision to self-publish the story.

Ashe has had stories in other James Ward Kirk Fiction anthologies, including “Indiana Science Fiction 2011,” “Indiana Crime 2012” and “Indiana Horror 2012.”