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The English Department allows you to write a degree program that will help you reach your career goals as you choose one of our six undergraduate concentrations: African American Literature, Creative Writing, ESL, Language and Linguistics, Literature, and Professional Writing.

In addition to our 300 undergraduate students, we have over 100 graduate students, pursuing Masters' Degrees, MFAs in Creative Writing, Graduate Certificates in ESL and African-American Literature, and PhDs.

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Department of English News

  • Creative Writing Coordinator and Professor Cary Holladay's new book Brides in the Sky is now available for purchase! Burke's Book Store is also hosting a book launch and reading on Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30-7:00pm. Check it out here! Brides in the Sky has also received glowing reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Garden & Gun. Congratulations Cary! 
  • The Department of English MFA Program will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019! Make sure you check out the program here, the amazing faculty members Cary Holladay,  Alice Bolin, Marcus Wicker, and Courtney Santo, and stay tuned for more celebration! 
  • Department of English Professional Writing Professor Dr. Liz Lane  has just been named a Principle Editor for a new journal, Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal. "Spark will be an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed journal published annually. It will provide a forum for activist students, teachers, and researchers in writing, rhetoric, and literary studies to articulate the public and disciplinary value of their social justice pursuits. Ultimately, the work published in Spark speaks to the power of intersectional and collaborative efforts working for political change." Congratulations Dr. Lane!!
  • Creative Writing Professor Alice Bolin's book "Dead Girls" is being featured on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018! Check it out here  and join us in congratulating Alice! 
  • Professor Cary Holladay's new book, Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella will be available in early 2019. Join us in congratulating Professor Holladay and make sure you check it out! 
  • The Department of English is very proud to announce new publications by two of our very own MFA students, Sarah Cozort and Christine Guaragno! Sarah Cozort's Deborah Talbot Poetry Award-winning piece "A Spell for my Mother's Memory" is available for viewing at The Academy of American Poets website. Christine Guaragno's poems "During a Beat Bobby Flay Marathon I Think-" and "Feast Day" were published in the latest issue of Seventh Wave and are available on Seventh Wave's website. Congratulations to Sarah and Christine!

Department of English Upcoming Events

"Write it True: On Writing About Memphis and its People" Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00pm

University Center Theatre

"Join us on January 29th as Memphis-based writer Troy L. Wiggins discusses how writers can navigate the complex relationship between place, culture, and truth and how a commitment to those three elements can help place-based authors to not only truthfully reflect on the present but also to dream of alternative futures for the places and people we both love and critique." Troy L. Wiggins is the author of "Memphis: A Tale of Two Cities" and "Letter to My City" found in the Writing Memphis textbook.  His work can also be found in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Memphis Noir anthologies, the Memphis Flyer, Literary Orphans Magazine, and PEN America. He is also currently the co-editor of Fiyah Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction.