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Powerful Writing. Creative Reading. Language for a Lifetime.

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 and present in order to create a better future for everyone who reads (or hears) English. We aspire to train every student, at every level, how to get more from what they read, and how to achieve more with what they write.

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 Lauren Olster

Students who are earning advanced academic degrees find many ways to enhance their research and scholarship. They rely on professors to mentor them and guide them through the process. They engage and collaborate with other graduate students who have similar interests. And they read. A lot.


Come out to the Knott House Museum tonight as Yolanda J. Franklin reads some of her original pieces from her new book of poetry Blood Vinyls (Anhinga, July 2018), as well as work from several classic jazz poets.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Franklin earned both her undergraduate degree and a PhD in English from Florida State University. In a previous interview with english.fsu.edu, Franklin said, “growing up in the South is the backbone of my writing.”


Into the Wolf's Den: A Profile of Kaveh Akbar

By Charles Fernandez

As the collection of poetry and literature stacked on Kaveh Akbar’s desk grows, so does his mind. He regularly has conversations between his own voice and with the writers of the countless books he keeps nearby.


During the fall of 2015, when Associate Professor Tarez Samra Graban began designing the course material for a future English Honors in the Major seminar, she looked to Florida State University’s past. Specifically, she concentrated on the notable role women had as writers or instructors of writing in FSU’s history.