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: 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

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

English Major Profile: Kristin Stradt (B. A. 2012)

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Kristin Stradt is a professional academic advisor at Scott Community College in the Quad Cities. She majored in English and then went on to earn her MA degree in Higher Education Leadership from… Continue reading