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Novelist Kamila Shamsie '88 MFA Receives Praise for 'Home Fire'

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kamila Shamsie '88 MFA is seeing praise for her new novel Home Fire, a retelling of Sophocles' ancient Greek play Antigone. In a recent New York Times review, Home Fire is described as having "one of the most memorable final scenes... in a novel this century".

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New English Department Faculty and Their Courses

Friday, August 18, 2017

We are delighted to announce that three new faculty members will be joining the Department of English in the fall 2017 semester....
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Composition and rhetoric students and faculty.

UMass Department of English Announces Revival of Elbow Symposium

Monday, August 14, 2017

The UMass Amherst Department of English will revive a long running symposium devoted to the study of the teaching of writing, founded and endowed in 1999 by Professor Peter Elbow. 

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English alumni address students at the HFA NYPOP space in New York.

Students Connect with Alumni in New York City

Monday, July 24, 2017

On April 21, fifteen senior English majors traveled to New York City for the English department’s first-ever Career Roundtable through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts’ New York Professional Outreach Program. 

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Meidav Awarded $25,000 from President's Creative Economy Fund

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Edie Meidav, assistant professor of English, has been awarded $25,000 from President Marty Meehan’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund to help pregnant and parenting teens in Holyoke gain job skills...
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A Retirement Tribute to Jenny Spencer

Friday, June 16, 2017

Some years ago Jenny Spencer and I figured we overlapped by some years at the University of Iowa—she in her first years as a graduate student, me in my last years as an undergrad. She said she...
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