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The Department of English was one of the first departments at the University of Minnesota (est. 1851).

We continue to be a leader in literature, language, and literacy education. Our English@Minnesota Writer series is free and open to the public.

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The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway: A Conversation with Prof Katherine Scheil - The History of European Theatre 06/06/2024

Loved Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet? Prof Katherine Scheil talks about that novel and other positive and negative portraits of Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway on the "History of European Theatre" podcast:

The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway: A Conversation with Prof Katherine Scheil - The History of European Theatre Episode 121:For this episode I’m very pleased to welcome Katherine Sheil, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota for the second part of our conversation about Anne Hathaway, based around her book ‘Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway’.In this part we went...

06/04/2024

Two books by alums out today! PhD/MFA alum Taiyon Coleman publishes Traveling Without Moving: Essays from a Black Woman Trying to Survive in America and BA alum Patrick Nathan publishes a second novel, The Future Was Color

PEOPLE’s Most-Anticipated Summer Books: Best Beach Reads, Thrillers, Fiction, YA and More 05/31/2024

Alum Asha Thanki's debut novel A Thousand Times Before makes this People list: "A multigenerational tale that travels from the partition of India and Pakistan to the present-day United States, this sweeping, moving saga follows the women in one magical family."

PEOPLE’s Most-Anticipated Summer Books: Best Beach Reads, Thrillers, Fiction, YA and More From books perfect for the beach bag to hair-raising thrillers, see PEOPLE's list of the most-anticipated books of the summer.

05/29/2024

Cheers for these new grads of the MFA in Creative Writing, the writers you’ll soon be reading: fiction writers Noel Haines and K Ho; creative nonfic writers Natalie Dalea and Jordan Young; and poets John Lapine and Chi Kyu Lee. Best wishes from Pillsbury Hall!

Unlocking the Power of Words: A Poetry Primer 05/23/2024

Free poetry class! Prof Brian Goldberg discusses poems by Wordsworth, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others in this recorded talk. Whether you don't know much about poetry or you love it, this award-winning teacher makes it fun to plumb its depths...

Unlocking the Power of Words: A Poetry Primer A beginners guide to reading poetry.

05/20/2024

“[AI] almost never sounds at all natural. If I was talking to someone and they said these things out loud, I’d be like, ‘What are you thinking about right now? Because it’s not Shakespeare, clearly.’” - PhD student and instructor Addison Cox

Q: How can a professor, lecturer, and graduate student tell AI and student writing apart?
A: Shakespeare within the University of Minnesota English department!

🗞️: https://mndaily.com/283905/top-story/ai-or-not-ai/

Pillsbury Hall Welcomes Public During Doors Open Minneapolis 05/16/2024

We’re opening the doors of Pillsbury Hall to the public this weekend May 18-19 as part of Doors Open Minneapolis! Discover gargoyles and a defunct state seal via scavenger hunt. Take a tour and learn about the building’s unique history and architecture—and the 2021 complete renovation for English and the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub. Join us! More doors open on campus: Huntington Bank Stadium (Sat), the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building, and the University of Minnesota Libraries archives under the West Bank.

Pillsbury Hall Welcomes Public During Doors Open Minneapolis Guided tours of the freshly renovated building, constructed in 1889—plus scavenger hunt (with prizes!).

05/14/2024

Congrats to Prof V. V. Ganeshananthan!!!

Who’s afraid of Brotherless Night? 05/13/2024

"What does it mean to call something a wound, and what is the range of what a wound can be and look like, and how can it be treated? I think that storytelling and medicine are linked rather intimately." Prof V. V Ganeshananthan on writing about doctoring and war in her novel Brotherless Night, which is a finalist for both a Carol Shields Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Who’s afraid of Brotherless Night? When I ask people if they have read Brotherless Night, V.V. Ganeshananthan’s stunning novel set in Jaffna during Sri Lanka’s civil war, the answer is always the same: I want to. I really want to. I just can’t bring myself to. And who can blame you? Thirty deafening years of war. Nearly fifteen...

05/08/2024

Congrats to MFA student Chaun Webster, who won the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry last night, and MFA alum Emily Strasser, who won the MNBA for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction!

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Graduating Senior Spotlight: Q&A with Corrine Olson 05/06/2024

English major Corrine Olson recommends taking ENGL 3023: Children's Literature: "This class is going to make you think about the stories you were read growing up in a new light. You also have an opportunity to either volunteer with youth or do a creative research project!"
Love these graduating senior spotlights from College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota

Graduating Senior Spotlight: Q&A with Corrine Olson Corrine Olsen takes her interest in the English language and uses it to teach others.

Doors Open Minneapolis 05/03/2024

We're opening the doors of Pillsbury Hall to the public May 18-19 as part of this free annual event that encourages exploration of Minneapolis' unique spaces! We'll have tours, a scavenger hunt, etc. to celebrate the 2021 renovation of Pillsbury for English and the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub. Join us!

Doors Open Minneapolis Doors Open Minneapolis, produced by Rethos, is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give ...

05/02/2024

To our students in English and Creative Writing (and all UMN students) starting finals today: best wishes for a satisfying end to spring semester!

04/30/2024

And the winners are... Three of our Creative Writing minor students have been selected as recipients of the department's 2024 Walter Nathan Prize for Undergraduate Creative Writers. Cheers for Lum Chi, Sarah Horner, and Ariana Nguyen, who receive $1,000 and will be honored at our Senior Celebration May 10. Cheers!

Announcing the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist! - Women's Prize 04/24/2024

Congrats to Prof V. V. Ganeshananthan, whose novel Brotherless Night has been selected for the shortlist of the Women's Prize for Fiction! [Also a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction.]

Announcing the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist! - Women's Prize Many of the books depict characters who are navigating seismic changes in their identity, undergoing a process of self-reckoning and self-acceptance, with several also dealing with the inheritance of trauma and the resilience of women in overcoming the weight of the past. Half of the books in this y...

04/18/2024

Prof John Watkins has been recognized by peers and former students with the forthcoming volume Early Modern Improvisations: Essays on History and Literature in Honor of John Watkins (Routledge), co-edited by Prof Katherine Scheil and PhD alum Linda Shenk (Iowa State). Congrats! There is currently a 20% discount on preorders with the code EFLY01:
https://www.routledge.com/Early-Modern-Improvisations-Essays-on-History-and-Literature-in-Honor-of-John-Watkins/Scheil-Shenk/p/book/9781032698298

Siobhan Craig Wins Top Teaching Prize 04/16/2024

“Professor Craig’s knowledge and passion for the topics covered in her classes, as well as her wholehearted kindness and generosity, made me want to be an English major" - Former students speak on Prof Siobhan Craig's excellence, honored this year with the U's top undergrad teaching award:
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Siobhan Craig Wins Top Teaching Prize The professor is the recipient of the 2023-24 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education for her excellence in the classroom and in curriculum development.

Photos from College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota's post 04/11/2024

Reminder: This is tomorrow, online! With English Prof Brian Goldberg:

2024 Shortlist — Carol Shields Prize for Fiction 04/10/2024

Prof V. V. Ganeshananthan's novel Brotherless Night was just selected as a finalist for the second annual Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. Every finalist receives $12,500, so congratulations! The winner is announced May 13....

2024 Shortlist — Carol Shields Prize for Fiction SHORTLIST SHORTLIST The 2024 Shortlist for the Carol Shields Prize for FictionThe 2024 shortlisted authors are Eleanor Catton (Birnam Wood), Claudia Dey (Daughter), Kim Coleman Foote (Coleman Hill), V. V. Ganeshananthan (Brotherless Night), and Janika Oza (A History of Burning). One of these writers...

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Habiba Ibrahim: "The Black Art of Watchfulness". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 04/04/2024

Next Thursday April 11! Moving from the photos of Emmett Till in an open casket to Toni Morrison’s only short story, this online and in-person talk by Habiba Ibrahim explores how a subversive effect of Black watchfulness holds us in a present that requires something of us; to act, think, commit, for the sake of a future. Online registration:

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Habiba Ibrahim: "The Black Art of Watchfulness". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. REGISTRATION NECESSARY FOR ONLINE ACCESS ONLY. The Joseph Warren Beach Lectures series presents Habiba Ibrahim, Professor of English at the University of Washington. In this talk, Ibrahim will consider a black aesthetic of watchfulness that accompanies imaginative returns to the civil rights era. Ph...

Photos from College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota's post 04/02/2024

Congrats to our Professor Emeritus John Wright, also an alum of the department, for this well-deserved College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota recognition:

English Major Spotlight: Beatrice Handlin 04/01/2024

Excited for fall 2023 English BA graduate Beatrice Handlin, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant in Bulgaria for the 2024-2025 school year! Congratulations! Here's our interview with Beatrice last year:
College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota

English Major Spotlight: Beatrice Handlin Being an English has given this senior several transferable skills, especially around writing and teaching.

Stages of discovery: Shakespeare's enduring appeal 03/28/2024

"The plays don’t really come to life until you hear the language. I think you have to try to bring the performance aspect to life, even in the classroom.” - Prof Katherine Scheil quoted in this MPR story, along with Guthrie Artistic Director Joseph Haj:

Stages of discovery: Shakespeare's enduring appeal In advance of The Guthrie opening “Richard II,” “Henry IV” and “Henry V,” three experts look at Shakespeare’s ability to resonate across cultures and generations.

Photos from College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota's post 03/27/2024

Prof Goldberg last year won the Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for undergraduate teaching, so you know this will be both fun and brain expanding!

03/26/2024

Prof Katherine Scheil has been selected as a 2024 Career Readiness Teaching Award recipient, honored for exemplary leadership in CLA's Career Readiness Initiative. Scheil regularly teaches Shakespeare courses--and helps students hone and recognize the important job skills they develop through researching and writing about Shakespeare's plays. Congrats!

The National Book Foundation Announces its 2024 5 Under 35 Honorees 03/19/2024

Congrats to MFA alum Antonia Angress, author of the novel Sirens & Muses, a 2024 "5 Under 35" honoree from the National Book Foundation. Angress will be reading from her work March 29 at our First Books event!

The National Book Foundation Announces its 2024 5 Under 35 Honorees The National Book Foundation announced its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.

Carol Shields Prize for Fiction 03/14/2024

Prof V. V. Ganeshananthan's novel Brotherless Night has made the longlists of not only this year's Women's Prize for Fiction but the 2nd annual Carol Shields Prize for Fiction--which recognizes women and non-binary writers in Canada and the US, and awards the winner $150,000. Cheers!

Carol Shields Prize for Fiction The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction is the first major English-language literary prize to celebrate creativity and excellence in fiction by women and non-binary writers in Canada and the United States, awarding $150,000 USD to its winner, and $12,500 USD to each of its four finalists. Prize Award Ge...

Internships abroad enrich student experience 03/13/2024

Fun to see English major Maria Heinzen, currently studying abroad in London, talking about her internship at the City of Westminster Archives: "It’s taught me how to work in a team, how to take initiative, and how to work with materials that need to be conserved and are very delicate”

Internships abroad enrich student experience At a university where studying abroad is common, an internship adds a unique angle to the experience.

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