College of Arts and Sciences

Magdelyn HelwigMagdelyn Helwig

Associate Professor 
Writing Program Director

Verbal-Visual Collaboration, Poetry, Visual Rhetoric
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park
M.F.A. (Poetry) University of Maryland, College Park



Magdelyn Hammond Helwig is the Writing Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Western Illinois University. She specializes in verbal-visual collaboration, Modern and Postmodern transatlantic poetry, visual rhetoric and multimodal composition, textual culture, and the role of women in higher education administration. She has presented on poets such as C.D. Wright, Walt Whitman, Ted Hughes, Frank O’Hara, and Robert Schultz, as well as on training graduate teaching assistants. Her poetry and essays can be found in Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (2010), Kairos (2014), The Ekphrastic Review (2016), The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (2016), and Plainsongs (2017). She is currently conducting research, in coordination with the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City, to curate a scholarly exhibition of the verbal-visual book Stones, a limited-edition collaboration between New York School poet Frank O’Hara and the Abstract Expressionist visual artist Larry Rivers.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Magdelyn is serving as the Midwestern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.