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Dedicated to the intellectual curiosity, analytical dexterity, and creative thinking of its students, the English Department at CWRU fosters reading, writing, and media skills through a broad selection of seminars and research. Our classes combine the study of English and American literature, exploring the craft of poetry, Shakespearean drama, science fiction, the techniques of horror films, the rhetoric of medicine, and the dynamics of novels, plays, short stories, and creative non-fiction.

There is no better place to learn the art of communication. In addition to being a stand-alone major, English effectively complements many other disciplines and serves as excellent preparation for law school, medical school, and business school. Our smaller class sizes allow individual attention from professors who have published acclaimed books and won awards including the Fulbright, the Guggenheim, and the Pulitzer Prize.

 Friday, March 23rd

“Programmable Type: the Craft of Printing,

the Craft of Code,” a Lecture by Ryan Cordell

Freedman Center, Kelvin Smith Library

Refreshments at 3:00, Lecture at 3:15

Dave Lucas Named Ohio Poet Laureate

Date posted: January 10th, 2018

Dave Lucas has been named the new Ohio Poet Laureate. He follows Dr. Amit Majmadar, a radiologist in the Columbus area, who was the state’s first poet laureate. Lucas says, “I am grateful, humbled, and eager for the opportunity to serve as the Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio, and to celebrate poetry wherever we may find it—in books, on stage, and on screens; and in the metaphors that help us to understand our world and each other.”
5 questions with… Dave Lucas, Ohio’s new poet laureate and CWRU English lecturer …Read more.

Department of English Newsletter: December 2017

Date posted: December 11th, 2017

in this issue
Past Faculty: Sarah Field Barrow/Faculty Notes/Dinner with Professor Orlemanski/Alumni News/ Writers Resource Center Workshops
Faculty of the Past
Sarah Field Barrow
b. …Read more.

Department of English Newsletter: September 2017

Date posted: October 6th, 2017

in this issue

Letter from the Chair/Faculty Notes/Past Faculty: Mary Esson Reid/Alumni News/Book Beetle/Fall 2017 Colloquia

Letter from the Chair
Dear Friends of English,
Since I addressed you last year in this column, there has been, considerable volatility in our nation. …Read more.

Department of English Newsletter: June 2017

Date posted: June 5th, 2017

in this issue

Post Retirement Life/Faculty Notes/Writing Program Awards/Alumni News/Past Faculty:Lyon Norman Richardson/Graduation 2017

Post Retirement Life
by Judith Oster
When Mary Grimm asked me to write “about [my] post retirement life—teaching and living in another country,” flattered though I was, something in her request sounded a strange note and I soon realized it was her term “another country.” I am of course in a country other than my almost native USA, where I will always feel at home, but having worked so much in the field of “others” and “othering,” I had to ask myself is Israel really “other” to me?  …Read more.

Department of English Newsletter: March 2017

Date posted: March 30th, 2017

in this issue

Postgrad:LA/Faculty Notes/Faculty Spotlight/Alumni News/Past Faculty: Oliver Farrar Emerson/Schedule of Events

Postgrad in the Entertainment Industry
by Samantha Flinn
The year 2009 was probably the worst time for any college senior to graduate and enter the workforce. …Read more.

Department of English Newsletter: December 2016

Date posted: December 19th, 2016

in this issue
Carlisle Interview/Faculty Notes/Ongoing Projects: Iris Dunkle/Past Faculty: Katherine Harriet Porter/Alumni News/Thank You/
Interview with Anne Carlisle (’73)
A published novelist and journalist, Dr. …Read more.

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