My Life in Four Books: Patricia Young

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  A Separate Peace by J. Knowles. I loved this book because it illustrated the depth of darkness in the human heart. The fact… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: William Thompson

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why? Not a book per se, but a play and a poem. The poem was a short one that inspired me to… 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

Is Our Era a Return to the Divisions of the 19th Century? An Interview with Professors Dan Malachuk and Tim Helwig

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It is hard to escape news stories or posts on Twitter and Facebook that compare 2020-2021 to the national divisions that defined the United States in the nineteenth century and culminated in the… 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: 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