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Department of English Events

  • Dec. 02, 2015: FILM CLUB Movie: What We Do in the Shadows AND WIU Film Minor's Award Winning ...

    What we do in the Shadows (2014, New Zealand): Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane –like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. (IMDB) Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

    The Film Club will host a special screening of the short film "The Break-In" with Austin Thompson, WIU film minor whose film has recently won an award at the Fault Line Film Festival in Missouri! Pizza and soda provided by the English department and Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

    Please come watch the movie tonight at 7 p.m. in Simpkins 220 with the film club. Anyone is welcome!

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    Film Professor Roberta Di Carmine and film student Rachel Troyer invite you to test your film trivia knowledge! Dec 3, 6:00 p.m. in the Tanner Hall circle - all students are welcome!

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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