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Paul CollinsPaul Collins won a 2014 Oregon Book Award in the General Nonfiction category for for his book, Duel with the Devil.

Per HenningsgaardPer Henningsgaard co-authored
“A Pedagogical Tool for Studying the History of the Book: Thirty-Five Years of Bibliographical Presses in Australia and New Zealand, 1977–2012,” published in Script & Print, Vol. 38 No. 1.

Jennifer RuthJennifer Ruth authored an article, “Non-Critical Thinking in China,” published in The Chronicle Review, Feb. 24, 2014.

Susan KirtleySusan Kirtley presented a paper entitled, “The Political is Personal: Dual Domesticity in Dykes to Watch Out For,” on Feb. 18 at the Western States Communication Association.


Jonathan Walker
Amy Greenstadt
Dan DeWeese
Paul Collins
Tony Wolk


Susan Kirtley
Katya Amato
Michael McGregor
Anoop Mirpuri


Paul Collins
Susan Kirtley
Leni Zumas

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Our department offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature, rhetoric, composition, and critical theory, students in the Department of English acquire experience in intertextual and cross-disciplinary inquiry represented by many cultures and historical periods. They learn critical approaches to texts and issues that enable them to interpret and compare positions, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise. To learn more about us, please use the menu at the top of the page to navigate our site, or visit the Quick Links.
conference AAALS 2014 Conference

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies is holding its annual conference where members present their academic work in Australasian literary and cultural studies. An evening reception will be held on Thursday, April 24, and conference sessions will take place on both Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26. The keynote speaker will be Professor David Carter from the University of Queensland. arrow See the conference program

When: April 25 & 26
Where: Ondine, Room 218
Time: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
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Every year the Nina Mae Kellogg Awards ceremony rewards our most promising English, Writing, and Publishing students with cash prizes and scholarships. Your donation to the Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Fund provides critical support for this program. Gifts of any size truly make a difference, and we deeply appreciate them. Please help support future Kellogg Award winners by making a gift today!

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award 50th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony

Please join us for the 50th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony where our guest speaker will be George Saunders, MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow and the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories. His talk is entitled, “A Writing Life.” For more information, see the 2014 Kellogg Awards Ceremony page.

When: Monday, May 12
Where: Smith Student Union Ballroom, SMSU 355
Time: Reception: 5:00–6:00 pm; Ceremony: 6:00–8:00 pm
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Start the spring term off right! Communicate with each of your professors early in the quarter. See Spring Office Hours, which has contact information for all spring term Department of English faculty.
spring Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

They're here! Spring 2014 course descriptions are now available. If you want to know more about an instructor, see Faculty Profiles.
bullhorn Good News !

Alexandra Haehnert, Fulbright Scholar and graduate student in the Master's program in Publishing, won a travel grant to attend the Society for Scholarly Publishing conference in Boston in May 2014.

Congratulations to Paul Collins, who won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for his book, Duel with the Devil, in the General Nonfiction category at the 2014 Oregon Book Awards.

Kendall Leon's article “Chicanas Making Change: Institutional Rhetoric and the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional” was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing and Service Learning.

Per Henningsgaard co-authored “A Pedagogical Tool for Studying the History of the Book: Thirty-Five Years of Bibliographical Presses in Australia and New Zealand, 1977–2012,” which was recently published in Script & Print, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 5–25.

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Faculty Bookshelf

The Parable of You The Parable of You by Tony Wolk
Duel with the Devil Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins
The Listeners by Leni Zumas
Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass by Susan E. Kirtley
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction by Grace Dillon
Speaking of Gods in Figure and Narrative by Deeanne Westbrook
Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins