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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.

NEWS

  • Wednesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. in the bookstore at the MUC, the Creative Writing program presents Tiana Clark reading from her work.

Tiana Clark is the author of the just published debut poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, Lenny Letter and elsewhere. 

  • English Department Spring 2019 Course Descriptions now available. We're thrilled to announce two new additions to our faculty this fall, poet Tiana Clark and compositionist Maggie Black
  • The MFA in Creative Writing launched in the Fall of 2018.  We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019. The MFA is 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.
  • Congratulations to Jessica DeSpain, Kristine Hildebrandt, Jill Anderson, Ben Ostermeier, and Katie Knowles, who just received an NEH grant to work on "Conversation Toward a Brighter Future" with the Mannie Jackson Center in Edwardsville.  Go IRIS!
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