amattison on May 6th, 2017

Jessie at Award Ceremony

The College of Arts and Letters held its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2017 in Doermann Theater. English major Jessica Aberl (above, fourth from left) was honored as the English Department’s Outstanding Student for the Class of 2017 and winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Long Prose Essay. Other English majors honored were Philip Zaborowski, winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Short Prose Essay, and Zainab Hussein, winner of the Dean’s Essay Prize for Creative Writing.
amattison on April 26th, 2017
ENGL 4520: Victorian Literature meets outside to discuss The Importance of Being Earnest on the last day of classes.

ENGL 4520: Victorian Literature meets outside to discuss The Importance of Being Earnest on the last day of classes.

Sara Lundquist, English Department Chair, and Sara YaklinThe English Department Congratulates Sara Yaklin (at right, with Department Chair Sara Lundquist), Senior Lecturer in the Composition Program, for her nomination as a finalist for the University’s first Distinguished University Lecturership. The Department celebrated her accomplishment in the Department Office prior to the university-wide celebration in Doermann Theater on April 20, 2017.

amattison on April 23rd, 2017

InmaculadaInmaculada Zanoguera, a student in the MA program in English as a Second Language, has been awarded the 2017 Helen M. Fields Memorial Award. The Fields Award recognizes a graduate student who achieves an outstanding academic record in English or Education. The award carries a prize of $2,500. Inma will be recognized at the Graduate Council meeting on May 2, 2017.

amattison on March 30th, 2017

Mill Cover 2017

The Mill Literary Magazine has released its Spring 2017 issue featuring student poetry, fiction, photography, and graphic artwork. The magazine is available in stands on the first floor of the Field House and in the English Department office. This issue ends the Mill’s hiatus and is the first issue published since 2014. Lead editors Joe Heidenescher and Marisa Mercurio, first-year English Literature Graduate students, worked hard to revive the Mill and gear it towards English students and faculty, but also all UT students. The issue features the work of UT students: Luke Skowronek, Morgan Kovacs, Emily Modrowski, Devon Ertle, Kit McBee, Nicholas Gaietto, Philip Zaborowski, Ben Berry, Samantha Arbogast, Abby Filka, Michelle Coleman, Aubrey Thompson, Marisa Mercurio, and Joe Heidenescher A digital issue can be found at Submissions for the Mill are now open for Fall 2017. Students can submit works at and find submissions guidelines on the magazine’s website. Questions can be directed to Joe Heidenescher at
or the Mill’s Facebook page: @themillmagazine.
amattison on March 8th, 2017


The English Department was delighted to welcome four of our distinguished alumni back to UT for a workshop and discussion with current undergraduate and MA students about their own career experiences and what they have learned about career paths and choices for English majors. Since the department also hosts annual workshops to discuss academic careers and the application process for PhD programs, this event, hosted by Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Parama Sarkar, focused on careers outside of academia. Presenting were Andrea Falcone, a librarian and Head of Education & Outreach Services at the University of Colorado Denver Library; Rebecca Dorosz, a public school teacher in Pettisville, Ohio; Sam Fetters, an editor at Beacon Press in Boston; and Feliza Casano, an editor, freelance writer, and founder and editor-in-chief of the website Girls in Capes. More photographs of the event are available on the English Department website.
amattison on March 8th, 2017

Stephanie Opfer, who earned her MA in Literature from UT in 2010, has recently accepted a job offer at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Beginning this summer, she will be an Assistant Professor and Chair of their Graduate Humanities program. Stephanie will be graduating from Northern Illinois University in May with a PhD in Medieval Literature. Her dissertation, “Old English Elegies: Language and Genre,” uses Systemic Functional Linguistics and several online programs in order to analyze the poems linguistically, looking for similarities and characteristics that can define “Old English elegy” and determine which poems belong in the genre.

Gressman_Melissa_PicMelissa Gressman, a recent graduate of the English BA program at UT, has been accepted into the University of Michigan School of Education and awarded the highly competitive Rackham-Education Scholar Master’s Fellowship from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at UM. The fellowship provides full tuition and a stipend for two years of study in the School of Education. Melissa, pictured here with her son Corbin, is looking forward to her studies in Ann Arbor and her career as a teacher.

amattison on March 8th, 2017

Charity Conference AwardCharity Anderson, a current graduate student, who is working on her MA in Literature in the English department, was awarded a “Best Paper” certificate and a cash prize as the runner up at the Practical Criticism Midwest Conference, held at Ball State University on February 3, 2017. Charity’s paper, “Don’t Hold Your Tongue: Overcoming the Monolingual Bias in Schools,” began as an assignment for a course taught by Dr. Douglas Coleman. The conference’s theme was “Community and the Civic Sphere,” and Charity addressed the harsh stigmas that inhibit students from learning a second language within the environment of American schools.


English Department alumna Sean Shannon (BA in Creative Writing, 2004; MA in English Literature, 2006) has just released her first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban, on Kindle. The novel, about a small-town Minnesota library that doubles as a clandestine high-class brothel, was previously shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and a quarterfinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (under its working title, The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon).