Author Archive

University Writing Center Supports Writers Remotely During COVID-19

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In January the University Writing Center (UWC) added asynchronous (e-tutoring) appointments to complement its face-to-face and online (real-time) appointment options. Little did we know how crucial those alternative options would be in the… Continue reading

Helwig Publishes Major Book

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  Timothy Helwig is a Professor in the Department of English at Western Illinois University. He specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and antebellum print culture, with an emphasis on working-class identity and cross-racial… Continue reading

New Reading Room Series

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The Reading Room Series, spearheaded by undergraduate student Grayson Stoik, is an effort to celebrate writing at Western Illinois University, build community amongst English faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, and feature the… Continue reading

What Teaching College Night Classes Taught Me About Teaching High School English

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“The job is yours if you want it!” This sentence was music to my ears after hours of background checks, tax forms, and applications. “You start tomorrow.” This sentence was the wakeup call.… Continue reading

English Department Scholar of the Year

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The department of English is delighted to celebrate this year’s Scholar of the Year, Erica Parrigin, a full-time student on the QC campus! At this year’s department awards ceremony, held everywhere and nowhere… Continue reading

2018-2019 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

Proust Questionnaire-Ishimine Goins

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Ishimine Goins just completed her M.A. in English, focusing on film studies, queer theory, and African-American literature, film, and culture. >What is your idea of perfect happiness? In a world where perfect and… Continue reading

The Difference Between Reading Your Life & Writing It

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Here is the speech I wrote for Honors Convocation, under the guidance of Dr. Macchi and Dr. McGinty. I was thrilled when a young woman told me after the ceremony that my speech… Continue reading

Grad Student to Full-Time Academic: A Transformation

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by Sheldon Gaskell On May 30th, 2017, my birthday, I packed my truck and left Macomb, Illinois, vowing to never return. The 5:00AM sky was clear until the upper troposphere where a layer… Continue reading

Why I Study—and Teach—Literature

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By Dr. Zachary Dilbeck Zac Dilbeck earned his PhD in English and English Education at Idaho State University (2015), where he wrote a dissertation titled “Middle-earth, Middle-margins: Seeing Dwarves in the Shadows of… Continue reading