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Powerful Writing. Creative Reading. English for the Twenty-First Century.

Language is what makes human civilizations possible, and English is one of the world’s most influential global languages, written and read on every continent, by people of every profession and income group, every level of education, every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. Once a minor island dialect, dominated by elite classical and continental languages, English is now the world’s major “second language”, used and transformed by millions of people with different mother tongues. The most important works in other languages have immigrated into English, translated and adapted and absorbed by Anglophone writers.

Florida’s smartest English department reflects the enormous diversity and potential of the language that connects us. Our internationally acclaimed faculty have won more teaching awards than any other academic department at Florida State. We also write prize-winning fiction, prize-winning poetry, prize-winning scholarly editions and critical essays and ambitious books. We explore the best of the past in order to create a better future for everyone who reads (or hears) English.

With innovative new academic programs, we equip our prize-winning undergraduate and graduate students to venture out into every corner of the new creative economies: from Broadway to the ACLU, from tenure-track jobs in other Research 1 universities to Pulitzer Prize-winning artistic entrepreneurs. Come read with us, and write the future.

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By Amber Deschene

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet Stephanie Burt when she visits Florida State University to give a talk titled “Why Songs Are Poems, Why Songs Are Not Poems, and Why On Earth We Can’t Stop Asking” and a reading of her own poetry. The English Department’s Literature and Creative Writing programs are co-sponsoring Burt’s visit.

Sometimes an award comes to a person just when they need the prize the most. For Yolanda Franklin, the timing was spot on for her winning a McKnight Dissertation Fellowship.

Professor Kathleen Yancey and her co-authors Liane Robertson and Kara Taczak recently won their second major award for Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing (Utah State UP) when the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) named the publication as its Best Book on Writing Program Administration for 2014-15.

David Kirby has won many significant awards during his career as a writer. A couple of Pushcart Prizes, back-to-back Florida Book Awards, and a finalist position for a National Book Award are all on his list of honors, which also includes a Guggenheim Fellowship and the title of Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English. His most recent honor takes all of that recognition and wraps up everything into one package: the 2016 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing.