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The Department of English Language and Literature welcomes you! We are a diverse department in which English studies is broadly conceived: We offer courses in literature, creative writing, linguistics, rhetoric, and secondary English education. Courses in our department also span time periods and genres: you can study Chaucer and Steampunk, Shakespeare and Morrison, classical Greek and endangered languages, African American poetry and global literature, the rhetoric of Aristotle and of videogames, poetry writing, and flash fiction. We are proud of the fact that many of our faculty have won teaching awards and that all of our faculty members are committed to being strong, innovative classroom teachers.


  • Spring 2018 Course Descriptions are now available.

  • The MFA in Creative Writing launches in the Fall of 2018.  It’s designed for students interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry, and is especially tailored to students who are interested in exploring a variety of career paths. Applications open September 2017 and close on February 1st, 2018. 
  • We're thrilled to announce that poet Tiana Clark will be joining the faculty next fall, too. Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, which won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. A graduate of Vanderbilt's MFA program, she's currently the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.
  • The IRIS Center is holding a brown bag series this year!  Check out the official announcement on the IRIS website for details.
  • Thursday, November 9, 5 p.m. in the MUC bookstore

    Fiction Writer Mary Troy

    Mary Troy will be reading from her recently released novel, Swimming on Hwy N, and answer questions from the audience.

    Mary Troy is the author of the novel, Beauties, winner of the USA book award, and finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award. She has also published three short story collections: Cookie LilyThe Alibi Cafe and other stories, and Joe Baker Is Dead. Her short stories and essays have been published widely in Boulevard, New Letters, American Fiction, The Arkansas Review, Pleiades, and more. She has won a Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a Nelson Algren Award, a John Gould Fletcher Award, and was a finalist for the William Rockhill Nelson Award. She teaches fiction writing and contemporary literature for the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she has won the MO Governor’s award for teaching excellence and the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Leadership. She is also the editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature.

    All readings are free and open to the public.

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