• Alumna Mikaela Bender finds down-to-earth success with her science fiction

    Her latest story, Expiration Date, has millions of fans and the pilot episode debuted June 7 on SYFY.

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  • A recharged perspective leads to advocating novel future paths for students

    George Mills Harper Professor of English Judith Pascoe has merged her own academic pursuits with empowering the next generation of students to broaden their opportunities and outlooks on learning.

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  • English department awards ceremony celebrates writing and teaching excellence

    In addition to showing appreciation for the undergraduate and graduate student winners, the 2018-19 event featured FSU President John Thrasher honoring Professor David Kirby's first 50 years of teaching.

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  • A New Perspective: Literature, Media, And Culture At FSU

    The Literature, Media, and Culture Program wants students to share their sense of the positive social impact that literature and other cultural forms have on society.

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Florida’s smartest English department reflects the creative diversity and interdisciplinary 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, essays and 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 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 jobs in other Research 1 universities to Pulitzer Prize-winning artistic entrepreneurs. Come read with us, and write the future.

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SyFy Network, Wattpad, and Tongal select recent FSU English graduate's science-fiction thriller to receive a story-to-screen production.


In addition to showing appreciation for the student winners, the 2018-19 English department awards event featured FSU President John Thrasher celebrating Professor David Kirby's first 50 years of teaching.


Creative writing doctoral student Dorothy Chan and rhetoric and composition doctoral student Amy Cicchino shared the 2018-19 Bertam and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Career as a Graduate Student.


The Department of English’s top honor for doctoral students during its annual awards ceremony is the Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Graduate Fellowship. Tanya Grae and Christopher Michaels are the 2019 recipients, and both expressed appreciation for the recognition.