Monmouth College English Department

A page for the Monmouth College (IL) English Department to post news and updates.

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Award-Winning Poet 03/04/2024

Please join us tomorrow Monmouth College to hear poet Taylor Byas read from her newest collection.

Award-Winning Poet Chicago native Taylor Byas to read from her works March 4 at Monmouth College.

NEH Grant 01/19/2024

Thanks to Barry McNamara for putting together the story of the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Monmouth College was awarded for "Resituating the Humanities in Place-Based Learning." Bob Holschuh Simmons, Valerie Deisinger, Anne Mamary, and I posed for the album cover.

NEH Grant Monmouth receives $149,965 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities to fund ‘Resituating the Humanities in Place-Based Learning’ project

Photos from Monmouth College English Department's post 05/12/2023

Celebrating the conclusion of another good year for our students and faculty in the English Dept. What started with a community building retreat ended with a senior send off this week as seniors completed their work in Prof. Marlo Belschner’s senior seminar. Special congratulations to these graduating seniors: Addison Cox, Alex King, Kylie McDonald, Josee Varboncouer, Kestrel Woeltje, Lisette Zaragoza, Elizabeth Hermosillo, and Gabriella Ramirez, and Jacob Duncan!


Mentoring day on campus. Also, follow our Twitter feed!

Photos from COIL at Monmouth College's post 10/10/2022
Photos from Monmouth College English Department's post 05/16/2022

We couldn’t be more pleased for our 2022 graduating seniors: Catie, Carrie, Liv, Brooke, Abbie, Karisa, Ashlynn, and Caroline. A perfect day to celebrate your great work and watch you all commence. Profs. Belschner, Roberts, and Wright applaud you all!

Photos from Monmouth College English Department's post 04/03/2022

Prof. Marlo Belschner and three students from our department traveled to this year’s Sigma Tau Delta conference. Kylie McDonald, Addi Cox, and Carrie King all presented papers as part of the nationwide English honors society’s meetings. We’re so proud of them and of their work. Monmouth College


I am thrilled and so very proud to announce that four current English majors have had papers accepted for the spring 2022 Sigma Tau Delta conference:

Addi Cox, “Away from the Feminine: An Analysis of Grief, Trauma, and Identity in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”

Kylie McDonald, “Confronting Jouissance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Carrie King, ‘“Not made to woo’: Helena’s Inversion of Gender Expectations in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Mel Delbridge, “Does The ‘Cowl Make the Monk’? Examining Identity and Costuming in Twelfth Night”

Congratulations to Addi, Kylie, Carrie, and Mel!


The department of English mourns the passing of Dr. Gary Willhardt, an inspiring professor who impacted so many English graduates. He was a great man who will be missed by many. We also send our condolences to his son, Dean Mark Willhardt.

We are heartbroken over the loss of Monmouth giant Dr. Gary Willhardt. 💔

He graduated from Monmouth in 1959 and was a beloved English professor at the College for 33 years. In addition to serving on various faculty committees, Willhardt was a presence on the Warren County Library Board, the Monmouth City Planning Committee and as a founding trustee of the Buchanan Center for the Arts.


English alum! We are meeting at Market Alley Wine on Saturday, October 23rd (this Saturday) before the Homecoming game to catch up with our alumni and to toast your acccomplishments. Please join us for a drink from noon - 2 pm!

There is seating outside, too, if you have kids with you!

Please share this to your pages to get the word to more alum!

Photos from Monmouth College English Department's post 05/13/2021

Lovely to celebrate with poems, stories, and good wishes these English majors completing senior seminar. On to more success, each one of them, for sure.


Former students: Prof. Belschner is talking with first year students tomorrow about the major and careers. Please post your graduate year below and your current position, And anything else you think they need to hear or would want to hear!

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