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By Lauren Olster

Students who are earning advanced academic degrees find many ways to enhance their research and scholarship. They rely on professors to mentor them and guide them through the process. They engage and collaborate with other graduate students who have similar interests. And they read. A lot.

Yolanda Franklin

Come out to the Knott House Museum tonight as Yolanda J. Franklin reads some of her original pieces from her new book of poetry Blood Vinyls (Anhinga, July 2018), as well as work from several classic jazz poets.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Franklin earned both her undergraduate degree and a PhD in English from Florida State University. In a previous interview with english.fsu.edu, Franklin said, “growing up in the South is the backbone of my writing.”

Kaveh Akbar

Into the Wolf's Den: A Profile of Kaveh Akbar

By Charles Fernandez

As the collection of poetry and literature stacked on Kaveh Akbar’s desk grows, so does his mind. He regularly has conversations between his own voice and with the writers of the countless books he keeps nearby.

During the fall of 2015, when Associate Professor Tarez Samra Graban began designing the course material for a future English Honors in the Major seminar, she looked to Florida State University’s past. Specifically, she concentrated on the notable role women had as writers or instructors of writing in FSU’s history.

Stephanie Burt

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.

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.