• David Johnson selected as 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar

    The award gives Johnson time for research beginning in January 2021 to analyze Flemish poet Jacob van Maerlant's works. Johnson will teach at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, as well.

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  • Tarez Samra Graban serves as a consultant for new nightly national newscast

    WGN America-News Nation executives invited Graban to lead a training session for the network’s staff, and she offered input on rehearsals and scripts for the show as well.

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  • Maxine Montgomery leads FSU's efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion

    University President John Thrasher appointed Montgomery to chair a three-person executive committee that will direct the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion.

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  • Ravi Howard earns McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship

    Howard will use the year-long sabbatical to further research the role of African-American U.S. Army soldiers in the Battle of Blakeley, the last engagement of the Civil War, for his next novel .

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With innovative academic programs, we now graduate more English majors than any other public university in America. Our sustained and continuing strategic commitment to diversity has been a role-model for other departments at Florida State and around the country. We equip our ambitious, multi-talented undergraduate and graduate students to venture out into every corner of the new creative economies: from Broadway to the ACLU, from tenure-track professors in other Research 1 universities to Pulitzer Prize-winning artistic entrepreneurs. Come read with us, and write the future.


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The Literature, Media, and Culture program exposes students to provocative questions that spark scholarly engagement and creativity, helping them discuss the social and political impact of literature. 

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Department News


Forde won the 2020 Furious Flower Poetry Prize for a trio of poems that focused on Black women in the Bible, work that encouraged her to study her own maternal lineage. She continues to study and learn how far she can go with her writing.


Moody graduated in Spring 2020 with dual majors in English-EWM and media communication studies. She is currently enrolled in FSU's Integrated Marketing Communications Program.


​The University of Pittsburgh Press selected her book from a pool of 639 manuscripts. Boudreau's committee chair Professor James Kimbrell says, "she takes her poetry very seriously and has the results to show for it.”


Doran, a doctoral candidate in English-Creative Writing, shared the initial news of winning the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize with her 4-year-old son, Dante. In addition to the joy of sharing that moment with him, her manuscript is now scheduled for publication in 2021.