In the News

  • April 18, 2017

    Reading poetry, with intensity and pleasure

    Professor James Longenbach's next books—<em>Earthling  and <em>Lyric Knowledge</em>—will soon be released. This National Poetry Month, Longenbach reminds us, “the best poems ever written constitute our future.”

  • April 13, 2017

    An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

    The works of Romantic era poet and artist William Blake pervade modern writing, music, film and TV. The William Blake Archive, newly redesigned, has digitized nearly 7,000 images from Blake's creations, making them more accessible than ... more

  • April 12, 2017

    The future of the past

    Trained as a scholar of medieval literature, Gregory Heyworth has become a “textual scientist.” He recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time. To rescue ... more

  • April 11, 2017

    Opening a Window: a poet reflects on a monastic retreat

    Poet Jennifer Grotz, just named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for poetry, reflects on place, inspiration, and the ‘vocabulary’ she found in a baroque French monastery.

  • April 10, 2017

    Jennifer Grotz receives Guggenheim fellowship for poetry

    The author of four volumes of poetry, Grotz joins 20 other current Rochester faculty who have received Guggenheim Fellowships, which are among the most coveted academic awards.

  • April 6, 2017

    Anthony Hecht: A poet’s life, in letters

    Pultizer Prize–winning poet Anthony Hecht was on the Rochester faculty for nearly two decades, arriving in 1967. Alumnus Jonathan Post ’76 (PhD) published Hecht's correspondence in a book that sheds new light on his poetry.

  • April 4, 2017

    Poetry in the age of the tweet

    Can poetry thrive in an age of instant communication? As April's National Poetry Month begins, University's poetry faculty and students have found that the answer is an emphatic "yes." The pace of digital life has only ... more

  • March 30, 2017

    Students win scholarships to New York State Summer Writers Institute

    Aaron Banks ’18 and Julianne McAdams ’17 have won scholarships to the highly competitive program of workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • March 10, 2017

    University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

    According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.

  • March 9, 2017

    English professors are Bogliasco Fellows this spring

    Poet James Longenbach and novelist Joanna Scott, both members of the English department, have received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation this spring, for notable achievement in the arts and humanities.

Plutzik Reading Series: Nnedi Okorafor

Tuesday, April 25th
Welles-Brown Room, 5:00pm

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Did you know?

  • English department faculty have garnered numerous awards and honors, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Newberry Library, and Modern Language Association, among others.

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  • For 20+ years, Professor Emeritus Russell Peck led the “Theater in England” course, shepherding participants to multiple plays each day over two weeks. Katherine Mannheimer now leads the course.

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  • Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, a journal devoted to the artist and poet William Blake, is celebrating its 50th year in 2016-17.

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126internships and research projects

In the last two years, undergraduates have completed 126 English Department honors theses, local and national internships, and independent research projects.

Alumni in the News

Kali Quinn illustration by David CowlesKali Quinn '03
BA in English

Via Rochester Review: "What’s Your Script?"
Through ‘compassionate creativity,’ theater artist Kali Quinn ’03 finds her own script, and helps others find theirs. Artwork: David Cowles for Rochester Review

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