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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.


  • 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 still 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.
  • The MFA in Creative Writing is hosting a special two-day event on April 5th and 6th featuring two visiting writers and a flash reading by MFA faculty. Click here for details.
  • 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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