Author Archive

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

2015-2016 Awards and Announcements

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

Dean Johnson: English Alum Writing His Way Into the Future

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When you talk to Dean Johnson (BA English ‘61, MA ‘68) about his remarkable career as a teacher, journalist, editor, and writer, he often says “I had the good luck to be in… Continue reading

2014-2015 Awards & Announcements

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 Award Winning Students Each spring, the English & Journalism 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… Continue reading