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2020-2021 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 spring… Continue reading

English Department Scholar of the Year 2020-2021: Abigail Gindlesberger

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Abigail Gindlesberger was named the Department of English’s Scholar of the Year for 2020-2021. Abigail is a full-time student on the Macomb campus, and she is particularly focused on creative writing. The Mirror… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair

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A year ago, I would have been shocked if you had told me that I would be writing the “Letter from the Chair” for The Mirror and the Lamp this spring. But, then again,… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Rebecca Gonner (B.A. 2017)

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As a student, Rebecca Gonner focused on professional writing and was the Managing Editor of The Mirror & the Lamp for a record three years. Before graduating, she held a summer internship with… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Molly Hall (B.A. 2016)

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As an undergraduate, Molly Hall focused on professional writing, worked on The Mirror & the Lamp, and wrote a successful grant to help fund a teen center in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She went… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Juliana Goodman (B. A. 2014)

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Juliana Goodman majored in English and minored in Creative Writing. She went on to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from Purdue. Her first novel will be published in the spring of 2022.… Continue reading

Sigma Tau Delta Virtual Trivia Night

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Every semester, English faculty and Sigma Tau Delta students gather together discuss and celebrate all things English. While a normal semester would see us breaking bread and reading aloud at Dinners and Conversations,… Continue reading

English Minor Profile: Carlos Williamson (B.A. 2015)

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Carlos Williamson majored in journalism and minored in English, focusing on Creative Writing. He is currently an editor and designer at The Chicago Tribune. His creative writing has appeared in journals including Vol.… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Holly Hanna (M.A. 2011)

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Holly Hanna, a high school English teacher, joined the English M.A. program in 2005. She earned her M.A. while teaching full-time. After graduating, she co-created and led an alternative school, East Campus in… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Rachel Troyer (B.A. 2017)

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Rachal Troyer, an English major and film minor, says that she “discovered a welcoming place at Western and within the English department. It was a place where I could share my love of… Continue reading