FAMU English Department

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FA

Operating as usual


The English Literary Guild is hosting a Podcasting 101 discussion this week featuring Jason Barnes. Open to all FAMU faculty and students! Zoom ID on flyer!


Look at what we dug out of the archives: Miss English Literary Guild 2013-2014 (name not given in yearbook but let us know if you recognize her)! Happy Homecoming Rattlers!


Join the tonight, October 10, @ 7PM, as they host a talk with alumnae, Cecka Rose Green, who will share how an English degree helped shape her career. ZOOM ID: 931 7486 1521


Congrats to the graduates of the Florida A&M University class of 2022! Special shoutout to the graduates of the Department of English and Modern Languages — WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 04/26/2022

Are you majoring in English? is looking for YOU to intern! Summer and fall internships are available—SWIPE for application information!


The Spring 2022 edition of is active now! Visit cakeliteraryjournal.com to view the amazing submissions!!

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 04/21/2022

is HERE!!! Want more information about the initiatives you can support (like CSSAH Shines!)? Visit www.1887strikes.com 🐍

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Join Associate Professor Dr. Natalie King-Pedroso for a book reading and discussion of Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child! April 30th from 10a-noon!


FAMU’s 1887 Strikes Annual Day of Giving is April 21-22! Last year, your donations totaled $16,000 for CSSAH Shines! This year, Dean Matthews is challenging us to raise $20,000, and with your help, we can meet and surpass this goal!

You can make your donations using the link in our bio or by visiting 1887strikes.com. Make sure that you notate the English Department in your giving 😉 Let’s STRIKE! 🐍

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Recently, Creative Writing Professors Rafael Gamero and Kristine Snodgrass hosted a writing workshop as part of the “Write Your Way Up!” series in the Writing Resource Center. Faculty and students learned about Tankas, a classical form of Japanese poetry.

To read the finished Tankas from the participants, visit www.cakeliteraryjournal.com! Bravo to all of our participants and workshop leaders!

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 04/08/2022

Last night, Drs. Kendra Mitchell and Natalie King-Pedroso (left to right) were honored for their innovative course redesigns for the FAMU and FSU Gulf Scholars Program!

Dr. Mitchell redesigned Improving Writing, where students will identify, describe, and analyze the written and verbal expressions of marginalized Gulf Coast residents. Dr. King-Pedroso designed a new course, “Literature and Culture of the Afro-South: Gulf States.”

Congrats to both Drs. Mitchell and King-Pedroso for their innovation and commitment to our students’ global educational experience at FAMU!


We have another Rattler novel! FAMU alumna ’s Like a Sister drops March 8! Let’s support our ! 🐍🧡 ——



The FAMU English Literary Guild built and dedicated a Tiny Library at the entrance of the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program Community Garden! The premise: readers of all ages “Enjoy A Book | Leave A Book.

The goal, as outlined by Lit Guild President Zipporah Reeds, is to address literacy issues on Tallahassee’s South side, as well as make books more accessible to the community. Make sure you visit, leave a book, take a picture, and tag and !




From our department to you: THANK YOU! 🧡💚


Join the tonight for a reading and Q&A with at the FSU Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House! This event, in conjunction with FAMU Lit Guild Week, is from 6-8pm!


Tonight, our very own Dr. Kendra Mitchell will give a talk for the Leon County Library Lecture Series on “Creating Beloved Communities: Lessons from Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Professional Work.” It will be held at the Leon County Main Library at 6pm! Come out and support Dr. Mitchell and the NEA Big Read!


Movie Night with on Feb. 17 in !




“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”


Got poems or art you want the world to see? Do you have the next great short story or piece of flash fiction? Submit to ! ‼️The deadline for submissions is THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 14‼️


We are so close to reaching our goal of sponsored copies of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by ! Only 16 copies to go!

There are two ways to donate — QR codes are on the flyer!! Will you help us reach our goal? Deadline is January 31!!

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 01/07/2022

Happy Birthday to author, essayist, anthropologist, and filmmaker Zora Neale Hurston!

What is your favorite Hurston work?


Welcome back to The Hill, Rattlers, and Happy New Year! We wish you much success and productivity this semester. As always, KEEP STRIKING! 🐍🧡

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 12/15/2021

We are deeply saddened about the passing of author, essayist, and cultural critic bell hooks. Born Gloria Jean Watkins, hooks’ writings span decades, offering salient thoughts on love, teaching, gender, race, and so much more.

hooks, 69, was a force in the world, and we find solace that her words and teaching lives on forever.

Favorite bell hooks memories? Texts? Please share them in the comments!


Dr. Mitchell with one of our Fall 2021 graduates, Amber! We are so excited for your future and look forward to hearing all of the amazing things you accomplish!


Former Associate Professor of French Dr. Mary Diallo’s name will be enshrined on a newly-erected first-year student residence at the University of Georgia! Opening in fall 2022, Black-Diallo-Miller Hall will be named after the first African-American students — Dr. Diallo, Harold A. Black, and Kerry Rushin Miller — to enroll at UGA as freshmen and complete their degrees. The hall’s opening will mark the 60th anniversary of the trio’s historic freshman year.

Congrats to Dr. Diallo on being a trailblazer at UGA and leaving a lasting impression on the Department of English and Modern Languages here at FAMU! 🐍🧡🐶

Source: 11Alive News Atlanta Online


We are in the middle of accepting donations for sponsored copies of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, written by FAMU Alumna Dawnie Walton! If you would like to donate to support our English majors, please use the QR codes on the flyer below!

Deadline is January 31, 2022! 🐍


In preparation for the 2022 Spring Literary Forum, the Department is soliciting sponsorships of our focus novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, for our English majors! The novel was written by FAMU alumna ! The donation deadline is January 31, 2022!
If you would like to donate through the FAMU Foundation, please click the link in the bio and put “Opal and Nev” in the comments box to ensure it gets to us. If you would like to send a book directly to the department from Amazon, our address is:

The Department of English and Modern Languages
Attn: Revival
Florida A&M University
446 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307


Happy Thanksgiving to all Rattlers, near and far. We are thankful for each and every one of you! 🧡

Photos from FAMU English Department's post 11/08/2021

The has some amazing events in the coming weeks that you DON’T want to miss! On the 10th, join us for a viewing of the film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s novel, Passing! Then, on Nov. 18, join us for a virtual discussion of FAMU alumna Dawnie Walton’s novel The Final Revival of Opal and Nev! We hope you join us!


November is National Novel Writing Month! Have an idea that you want to expand into a book? Visit the this month and bring those ideas into fruition!


Wrapping up our countdown: Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson!

In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best, spinning tales like “Precious,” in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In “A Habit of Waste,” a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she’s shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In “The Glass Bottle Trick,” the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband’s superstitions—to horrifying consequences.

Happy Halloween, Rattlers! 🐍🎃


It’s HOMECOMING at the College of Love and Charity!!! 🐍🧡 Happy Homecoming, Rattlers!!!


Countdown: The Between by Tananarive Due!
The Between
When Hilton was a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. 

When Hilton's wife, the only elected African American judge in Dade County, Florida, begins to receive racist hate mail from a man she once prosecuted, Hilton becomes obsessed with protecting his family. The demons lurking outside are matched by his internal terrors—macabre nightmares, more intense and disturbing than any he has ever experienced. Are these bizarre dreams the dark imaginings of a man losing his hold on sanity—or are they harbingers of terrible events to come? 

As Hilton battles both the sociopath threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep, the line between reality and fantasy dissolves . . . 

Chilling and utterly convincing, The Between is the haunting story of a man desperately trying to hold on to the people and life he loves as he slowly loses himself. 

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