The Department of English prides itself on offering students the most innovative scholarly programs with courses that cover a wide range of fields such as women’s studies, poetic technique, critical theory, film studies, and visual rhetoric, among others.
English Professor Erin Belieu comes from a family of educators, and she remembers dinners when her father would speak eloquently about the potential nobility of teaching as a calling.
Professor Kathleen Yancey has collected numerous awards and honors during her 30-plus years as a professor of rhetoric and composition and a sometime administrator. Her most recent achievement, however, is one she never expected nor sought to win: the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication Exemplar Award.
Professor Andrew Epstein’s book "Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture" (Oxford, 2016) has been named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.
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.
Assistant Professor Alisha Gaines places her first book-length publication, Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy (U of North Carolina P, 2017), high on her list for career achievements.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Tallahassee, Yolanda Franklin earned both her undergraduate degree and a PhD in English from Florida State University. Her new book of poetry Blood Vinyls (July 2018) is available for pre-order through Anhinga Press.
Professor Robert Olen Butler has a lifelong writing career and three-plus decades of teaching, skillfully juggling both. He has earned acclaim and major awards for his storytelling prowess, and Butler has guided hundreds of students through their own creative process, watching them win their own writing awards or become teachers as well.