• Kathleen Yancey Wins 2018 Exemplar Award for Composition Studies

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    AWP announced Belieu as the winner of the organization’s prestigious George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature.

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    Professor Andrew Epstein’s book Attention Equals Life has been named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.

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    In her first book-length publication Alisha Gaines investigates "Empathetic Racial Impersonation"

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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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By Gaby Paez

The single source of light in John Ribó’s office is a soft but warm lamp, and the ambiance in the room foreshadows his outlook on both learning and teaching.


Janelle Jennings-Alexander considers her teaching as a natural extension of her scholarship. So, Alexander, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Florida State’s Department of English, felt profoundly honored when she recently found out she is a winner of a prestigious educator award.

Alexander won the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color (EC-EOC) Leadership Award.  


Figuring who you want to be and what direction you want your life to go is a constant struggle many college students face.

For Florida State University English department alumna and independent filmmaker Kat Candler, her own enthusiasm for movies and the help of some film students during her first year in college led her to the world of filmmaking.


Department of English alumna Christina Parodi had what could be called by any description an exhaustive college experience.

A first-year semester studying abroad. An internship teaching English in Peru. Another internship with Florida State University’s International Rescue