The Art of the Handwritten Letter

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I’m lying in a well-stained cot in ninety-degree heat while allowing a small child to draw Pokemon on my leg in black Sharpie. Around me, I hear the whispers of little girls as… Continue reading

Huizinga on Lateness: 10th Annual Magliocco Lecture with Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck

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By: Sheldon Gaskell Late winter, 11:30 am, Tuesday, March 7th一the calm, sunny morning after tornado sirens and harsh, relenting winds beat the Macomb streets a shade of twigs and leaf buds—my fellow graduate… Continue reading

A Magical Experience: Harry Potter Study Abroad

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By: Haley Helgesen I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was eleven years old. Staying up past my bedtime, reading by lamp light, I never imagined the series would… Continue reading

Rebecca Gonner, Managing Editor, Signing Off

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By: Rebecca Gonner Time has this annoying habit of constantly moving forward; and though it technically does so at a constant pace, I find the experience of it to be anything but constant.… Continue reading

Lynne for the Win

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Congratulations to Lynne Ward, Staff Clerk in the Department of English for 5 years, for being selected as the College of Arts and Sciences Civil Service Award winner for 2016.

Murder, Mystery, and English Majors: Experiencing an Evening of Sherlockian Detection

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By: Tess Tyler I have always had an immense passion for literature, so when I joined Sigma Tau Delta and was promptly invited to the Dinner & Conversations event entitled “Murder at the… 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

Interview with Barbara Harroun

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, By: Brittany Douglas I had the privilege of interviewing one of the creative writing professors here at Western Illinois University, Barbara Harroun. Initially, Harroun’s educational path lead her down the road to… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair – A Major that Matters

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I have been thinking a lot this year about the courses our students take and what they learn when they come to Western. I have concluded, maybe not surprisingly, that the English Major… Continue reading

Fall of the Puddle

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By: Rebecca Gonner As the spring semester begins, Western students have flocked back to campus from their winter break retreats. The halls of Simpkins are once again filled with the chatter of classmates… Continue reading