Award-winning director Barry Jenkins is creating a buzz about winning more Oscars. The positive energy surrounding Jenkins’ new film If Beale Street Could Talk, in turn, is generating renewed appreciation for the Florida State University alumnus, especially in the English department.
Students, faculty members, and Tallahassee locals can find different, creative ways to spend a Tuesday evening in the capital city.
If a night of literary readings, a pleasant crowd, and delicious food sounds appealing, then The Bark at 8 p.m. is a good place and time to settle in.
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.
Ribó, assistant professor in the English department at Florida State University, has academic interests in Latinx, Caribbean, queer, border, cultural, and critical race studies that stem from personal experience, curiosity itself, and a love of literature, music, and film. He takes these interests and helps students explore them in class, around campus, and across Tallahassee, sharing an active and inquisitive approach to teaching.
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.
When Dorothy Chan was an undergraduate at Cornell University, she met with one of her advisors, Associate Professor of English Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, to discuss the process for applying to graduate programs. Chan specifically asked if she should cater the package of poems she sent with her applications to the specific schools.