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Department of English and Journalism

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Department of English Events

  • Feb. 10, 2016: SIgma Tau Delta Bake Sale

    Sigma Tau Delta will be hosting a bake sale on the ground floor of Simpkins Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, Wednesday, February 10, and Thursday, February 11.

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  • Feb. 10, 2016: FILM CLUB MOVIE: Sudden Fear

    February 10th - Sudden Fear (1952, US): After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (IMDB) Director: David Miller; Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame

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  • Feb. 11, 2016: SIgma Tau Delta Bake Sale

    Sigma Tau Delta will be hosting a bake sale on the ground floor of Simpkins Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, Wednesday, February 10, and Thursday, February 11.

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  • Feb. 24, 2016: FILM CLUB MOVIE: Monkey Business

    February 24th - Monkey Business (1952, US): A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth. (IMDB) Director: Howard Hawks; Starring: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe

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  • Mar. 03, 2016: Boiler Room Reading Series

    We are so pleased to announce our initial line up, and hope you will share the following events. The readings will all be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery on the dates below:

    A Very Special Thursday BRRS: Thursday, March 3rd
    Featured Faculty: Dr. Alisha White
    Featured Undergraduate Students: Jon Naskrent and Jocelyn James
    Featured Graduate Student: Micah Tuhy

    We hope to see you there!

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  • Mar. 09, 2016: FILM CLUB MOVIE: Pink Floyd the Wall

    March 9th - Pink Floyd The Wall (1982, UK): A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. (IMDB) Director: Alan Parker; Starring: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson

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  • Mar. 11, 2016: Creative Writing Awards Deadline

    Creative Writing Awards (English Department)

    Today is the last day to submit.

    For more information go here:

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  • Mar. 23, 2016: FILM CLUB MOVIE: WestWorld

    March 23rd - Westworld (1973, US): A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (IMDB) Director: Michael Crichton; Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

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  • Mar. 24, 2016: Elements: WIU's Literary Magazine Submission Deadline

    WIU's Literary Magazine for students for over Fifty Years
    Western Illinois University's Literary Magazine, Elements, is now taking submissions for the 2016 publication.

    We will be accepting submissions for the following categories: original short stories, original poetry and original non-fiction.

    Submission deadline is 4PM, March 24th in English 124.

    For more details:

    Elements Webpage

    Submission Requirements

    Submission Form

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  • Mar. 24, 2016: Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case writer-in-residence: EDWIDGE DANTICAT

    Please join us for a reading with Edwidge Danticat, a nationally recognized author, March 24th at 5PM in Sherman Hall Auditorium (3rd FL). She is part of our prestigious Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case writer-in-residence series. She will be reading from her newest book. She is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

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WIU's Literary Magazine, Elements, is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Publication! Click here for More Information

WIU's Phi Delta Chapter Wins International Honor

STD Award

"Our English majors and minors have worked very hard to achieve this international recognition." Helwig, who also serves as the Midwestern Regent for the international organization, added, "With 145 active chapters in the Midwest and 30 chapters in Illinois alone, I know the competition for this award is very high, and winning speaks volumes about our students' talent and hard work." ....Read the whole article HERE

CAS Scholar of the Year!


Marybeth Hornbaker is the CAS Scholar for this year. Picture was taken at the Annual CAS Scholarship Dinner.


WIU Film Minor Wins a Film Festival Award!

One of our film minors, Austin Thompson, has won an award at a film festival in Missouri this past weekend!

Austin Thompson is a senior in General Studies (minor in film, creative writing and theater). His short film 'The Break In" was awarded at the Fault Line Film Festival held at Southeast Missouri State University this past November the 13th. Austin's film won the best mystery/suspense category and he attended the festival this past Friday to receive his award. (Austin is on the right, holding the award). As mentioned by Austin, the project was encouraged by his theater instructor Carolyn Blackinton and his film professor Roberta Di Carmine.



The Myth of the Unemployed Humanities Major

“For the last time: No, earning a degree in English, philosophy, art history, name-your-humanities-discipline will not condemn you to a lifetime of unemployment and poverty….”  Read this blog by Wilson Peden on November 11, 2015


Veteran Poet & Author, Bruce Lack:

Bruce Lack

Bruce Lack, veteran poet and author of the award-winning collection *Service*, speaks to Barbara Harroun's Introduction to Creative Writing class about the art of poetry and his own writing process. During his September 23-24th visit,Lack visited both WIU campuses to give readings, meet with students, and connect with veterans. This visit was sponsored by the English Department,Council on Student Activity Funds,Disability Resource Center, Foundation and Development, Quad Cities campus, University Libraries, and Veterans Resource Center.

Bruce Lack


Spring 2016 Course Descriptions Now Available! 

Detailed descriptions for English courses are ready: Spring 2016 Course Descriptions (.docx)

Use STARS for complete list of courses.

Dr. Mark Mossman, Dr. Mohammad Siddiqi, Dean Sue Martinelli-Fernandez. Presentation at College of Arts & Sciences retirement party.


Lois C. Bruner Creative Nonfiction Awards

1st Place - Kirsten Dillender
2nd Place - Sandra Sepaniak
3rd Place - Alyson Eagan

Cordell Larner Award in Fiction

1st Place - Emilee Cox-Deboer
2nd Place - Kimberly Ackers
3rd Place - Katelin Deushane

Cordell Larner Award in Poetry

1st Place - Kimberly Ackers
2nd Place - Matthew Medley
3rd Place - Jon Naskrent

Unity was awarded "Outstanding Large Student Organization" at the WIU Leadership Award reception. Paris Hamm, President of Unity, was awarded a Gordon A. Taylor Student Leadership Award. The department is so proud of this amazing group of students!

The Mirror and The Lamp

A publication of the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Western Illinois University

Adventures in Creative Nonfiction: The Stranger than Fiction Reading Series
Alumna Spotlight: Kristi Relaz
2014-15 Awards & Announcements