Author Archive

English Major Profile: Connor Sullivan (B.A. 2021)

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Connor Sullivan majored in English Education. He currently teaches at the West Prairie Junior/Senior High School in Sciota, Illinois. M&L: Why did you choose to major in English at Western? I chose a… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Zee Almutairi (B.A. 2012)

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Zee Almutairi majored in English, with a particular focus on theory and culture. He went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science from Western and then attended the University of Iowa Law… Continue reading

Meet Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Gilchrist

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Dr. Matt Gilchrist is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Western and he is serving this year as the Director of the Writing Program. He earned his Ph.D. at The… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Ayana Contreras (B.A. 2006)

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As an undergraduate English major, Ayana Contreras focused on literature and creative writing courses. She also minored in communication and hosted a soul music radio show on WIU’s own 88.3 The Dog. She… Continue reading

2019–2020 Awards and Announcements

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The 2019 EGO committee with keynote speaker Dr. Ariana Ruiz at the 16th Annual EGO/ΣΤΔ conference Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate… Continue reading

Teaching from Home–Covid-19 Empties Simpkins Hall

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English’s home in Simpkins Hall is the envy of faculty and students across the Western campus. A magnificent Works Progress Administration building from the 1938, its beautiful stone facade, high ceilings, oak woodwork,… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair

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In English, we are students of the imagination. This is the great strength of reading the traditions of literature. Works of poetry and fiction ask us to imagine the world, and I believe… Continue reading

Bonnie Sonnek Retires

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On the occasion of Dr. Bonnie Sonnek’s retirement, I was honored to make the following speech at the College of Arts and Sciences Holiday Reception in the Lamoine Room of the University Union… Continue reading

2017-2018 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

2016-2017 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading