English and Journalism

Magdelyn Helwig

Assistant Professor
Writing Program Director
Verbal-Visual Collaboration, Poetry, Visual Rhetoric
PhD University of Maryland, College Park; MFA-poetry University of Maryland, College Park

Email mh-helwig@wiu.edu
Office 127 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-2136
Office hours M 1-3, Th 1-2 (SP 15)

Magdelyn Hammond Helwig is Director of the Writing Program in the Department of English & Journalism at WIU. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1997, an M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999, and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010.

Her dissertation, Verbal-Visual Collaboration in Twentieth Century Poetry, confronts the problem of reading a multi-media text and posits “integrated reading” as a constructive critical approach that privileges neither word nor image in order to interrogate issues of representation demonstrated in the process, presentation, and meaning-making of verbal-visual collaborations. Her article, “Scratching the Surface:  Frank O'Hara and Larry Rivers' Integrated Collaboration on Stones” is forthcoming in the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Her current research focuses on the production of multimodal texts and the impact of collaboration on print culture.