• Stan Gontarski brings Samuel Beckett to the local screen and stage

    "Beckett Short Films," which he directed, kicks off a two-week showcase of Beckett's work, including a performance of his revised version of "Endgame."

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  • Kathleen Yancey receives career-defining award for her commitment to education

    The National Council of Teachers in English honored her in a November ceremony that recognized her influential contributions to the discipline.

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  • Robert Stilling's first book earns a second recognition for 2018 publication awards

    The Modern Language Association named "Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry" as Honorable Mention for its Prize for a First Book, which followed the Modernist Studies Association naming the book as its 2018 First Book Prize.

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  • Best American Essays selects Gary Taylor's essay for inclusion in 2019 edition

    His “Death of an English Major” is part of the collection that was published in early October. The editor cited the essay’s "deep humanism" as one reason for its place in the publication.

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While continuing her work in the community educating formerly incarcerated and underprivileged adults, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in 2009, an experience that English faculty members made "really special" for Meisenzahl.


The sophomore English major's research is a literature review focusing on autism intervention through virtual reality. This study allows Justus to do research that engages her interest in both psychology and literature.


The junior English major says her research revealed that Latinas in the technology field tend to support each other when it comes to advancing in the technology industry.