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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a beloved retired member of our department, Dr. Willie T. Williams. Hailing from the small town of Monticello, FL, Dr. Williams never played life small and had the presence, voice, intelligence, and care that made her a beloved Professor and colleague of many. Her contributions to the students of FAMU and the department were immeasurable. We send her family our sincere condolences as we all mourn her passing. Information on her funeral services can be found @ https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/ecbpublishing/name/willie-tillman-williams-obituary?id=52348371
Thank you, again, to everyone who supported and participated in our inaugural writing camp.
l-r front: Zoria Thomas (WRC tutor), Malik Webb, Joshua McMillan, Zyra Ward, Kayla Davis, Gryffin Thomas, Jaleah Cohen, Veronica Yon (Camp Director), Valencia Matthews (CSSAH Dean); l-r back: Rafael Gamero (faculty), Evan Yon, Conrad Echols (WRC tutor), Kameron Hightower, Kendra Mitchell (Curriculum Coordinator), Makenzie Tucker, Kristine Snodgrass (faculty), MacKenzie Barnes, Ethan Yon, Lily Ma, Lamar Garnes (WRC Director), Daniel Yang
Parents, Students Laud Inaugural Writing Summer Camp - FAMU Forward
The FAMU Department of English and Modern Languages (DEML) recently hosted its inaugural Write Your Way Up! Summer Camp. Organized and taught by DEML faculty and Writing Resource Center staff, the program introduced high schoolers to college-level writing and campus resources. The 14 participants ...
We had a wonderful time celebrating our graduates, reconnecting with some of our retirees, and fellowshipping with current faculty and staff.
Spring Graduates (l-r): Nia Spaulding, Zipporah Reeds, Alani Pierre, Jessica Parisien, Samantha Romain, and Heaven McIver (not pictured)
Looking for somewhere to send your high schooler this summer? Join the FAMU Department of English and Modern Languages for a week of exciting writing activities.
Registration is now open at https://cvent.me/WqQYDy.
For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].
The Writing Resource Center, along with Freshman Studies and the First Year Experience Common Read, has planned a V.I.P. event to engage the students who read the common read book, Jelani Favors's A Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism, and to introduce it to those who haven't.
At 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, we will watch episodes of A Different World and discuss them in conjunction with specific chapters from the book. Food, drinks, laughs, and other treats will be provided.
Fun times with the English department and majors sharing at the 2023 Spring Forum.
Tomorrow’s the big day! Don’t miss the 15th Annual Spring Literary Forum. 🎊🎈👏🏽
Jonathan Escoffery is the featured artist at Florida A&M University’s 15th Annual Spring Literary Forum. The virtual event, “I Am Because We Are”: Identity, Migration, and Defining Self in the African Diaspora, will take place Thursday, March 2, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Escoffery’s talk will include readings from If I Survive You, his debut collection of eight linked stories focusing on the experiences of a Jamaican immigrant family living in Miami as they navigate place, liminality, family dynamics, and the American mythos.
“A sometimes funny, sometimes engaging, sometimes wrenching novel…Escoffery’s writing is lively… his well-crafted stories, and he’s insightful and witty about Miami’s multiracial, multicultural, multilingual population. If I Survive You is a most promising debut,” writes Colette Bancroft of the Tampa Bay Times.
A national bestseller, If I Survive You is the 2023 winner of the Pen/Jean Stein Open Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction, it also earned the 2022 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, among many other honors.
Escoffery’s fiction has been featured in The Paris Review, The Best American Magazine Writing, the Prairie Schooner and other outlets. Raised in Miami, he earned a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, among other awards. He is also a fellow in the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. Creative Writing and Literature program.
The 2023 Spring Literary Forum is presented by Florida A&M University’s Department of English and Modern Languages; College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; and the Literary Guild.
For additional information, please call (850) 599-8697.
Join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 945 8716 2582
DEML has a lot going on!🔥 Join us for our upcoming events!
February 25th, 12pm-3pm: Drop off a children's or young adult's book to the CSSAH booth at Harambee Festival this Saturday! Lit Guild members will be there collecting books to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Tiny Library they installed last spring at the FAMU Community Garden on Orange Avenue.
February 27th (Monday), 8am-12pm: Looking to get in some service before the end of Black History Month? Come on down! Volunteer to lead a student discussion of any one of the four books selected for FAMU DRS's African American Read-In event. The Read-In is part of a national reading day create by the NCTE.
March 2nd (Thursday), 12:30pm: It's that time again! Join DEML students and faculty as we hear from keynote speaker and novelist Jonathan Escoffery, the author of If I Survive You.
March 7th (Tuesday), 7:00pm: Do you have a podcasting idea that you have been thinking about, but you wish you could vet it with someone? Tune in for the second installment of our Podcasting Workshop 101 series. This will be a loose pitch event where attendees have the chance to pitch their incubating ideas to the co-hosts of Let Me Get My Headphones!
The 1st Issue of the DEML’s newsletter is here! Take a look at some of the highlights from 2022 and hear from our Fall 2022 graduates and alumna.
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!
Are you majoring in English? is looking for YOU to intern! Summer and fall internships are available—SWIPE for application information!
We are excited to be hosting the Write Your Way Up! Summer Camp! This 3-week camp will expose attendees to writing techniques paired with exploration of visual arts, history, and archives at FAMU!
For registration, visit: https://web.cvent.com/event/c3aa9d7f-b184-4f32-8e05-90cfa75ca96d/summary
Hurry; spots are limited! 🐍
The Spring 2022 edition of is active now! Visit cakeliteraryjournal.com to view the amazing submissions!!
is HERE!!! Want more information about the initiatives you can support (like CSSAH Shines!)? Visit www.1887strikes.com 🐍
Swipe for event details!!
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!
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!
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 ! 🐍🧡 ——
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!
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