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Welcome to Morey Hall

Home to the Department of English, Morey Hall is named for William Carey Morey, 1843-1925, class of 1868. Professor Morey taught Latin, history, and political science, and also helped found the Rochester Historical Society.

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In Memoriam

Morris Eaves, 1944-2024: irreverent innovator, steadfast colleague and devoted teacher

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Professor Tawil sitting in his office with his feet on his desk and a dog in his lap.

In Memoriam

Ezra Tawil, 1967-2024: Joyful spirit, beloved colleague, extraordinary teacher and scholar

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in one of our four distinct program tracks.

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Graduate Studies

The National Research Council ranks our English PhD program among the best in the country.

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Our faculty and students participate in numerous individual and collaborative research projects.

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Department News

Lillian Fairchild Award returns, honors five artists

Five artists are the latest recipients of the distinguished Lillian Fairchild Award, a longstanding honor bestowed to residents of the Rochester area for meaningful contributions to art and literature.

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Award-winning author closes series

Stephanie Powell Watts will join us for our final Plutzik Reading Series event of the semester on Wednesday, April 17 at 5pm in Hawkins-Carlson.

We Are Taking Only What We Need (2012) won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was named one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads by O: The Oprah Magazine.

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Writer's Lounge meets weekly

Join us every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the Humanities Center Lounge for the Writer's Lounge.

Share and edit your own work, talk shop and catch up with fellow students and professors.

It is free and open to all. Refreshments are provided.


A poet's meditation on loss, light and legacy

Following news of a close friend's illness, Jennifer Grotzprofessor of English and an award-winning poet and translator, distilled her emotions and reflections into a poem titled “The Conversion of Paul," published in her latest collection, "Still Falling" (Graywolf Press, 2023). 

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In the News

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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.

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