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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.

Bill Siebenschuh’s last class (after 39 years).

Department of English Newsletter: March 2018

Date posted: April 4th, 2018

in this issue

Ohio Poet Laureate/Past Faculty: Frederick Lovett Taft/Faculty Notes/Ukrainian Singers/Alumni News/Alumni Spotlight
A Toast to Dave Lucas, Ohio’s New Poet Laureate

On Thursday evening, February 15th, Dave Lucas was honored as Ohio’s new Poet Laureate during an event jointly hosted by the English Department and SAGES Program at Case Western Reserve University and the English Department at John Carroll University. …Read more.

William Marling Wins the Nancy Dasher Award

Date posted: April 2nd, 2018

Bill Marling’s Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s (Oxford University Press 2016) is the recipient of this year’s College English Association of Ohio’s Nancy Dasher Award. …Read more.

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.

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