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    Tolkien 2024 is Coming…

    About our keynote speaker: Dr.Sara Brown is Chair of the Language and Literature Faculty at Signum University, USA. Dr. Brown currently serves on the editorial board of Mallorn, the academic journal of the Tolkien Society, and is co-presenter on podcasts such as The Tolkien Experience, The Rings of Power Wrap-Up, and The Prancing Pony. Her essay on an alchemical reading of the Ring of Power won the Tolkien Society Award for best article in 2023, and she is currently working on a number of other projects for publication.

  • Faculty Feature: Professor Emily Casey

    Meet Professor Emily Casey! In her first semester at UVM Professor Casey has been teaching Written Expression and a non-fiction class Writing About Illness & the Body.  Pictured on the left is Professor Casey's first book, Made Holy (2019), a collection of “haunting prose” that explores intertwining themes of love, loss and addiction. 

  • A Reading, Book Signing, and Q&A with Camille Dungy

    Join the English Department on October 18th at 4:00pm in the Ira Allen Chapel for a reading, book signing, and Q&A with award-winning poet Camille Dungy! She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. Learn more about Camille Dungy. ADA: For accommodations please contact the English department at 656-3056.

  • Join the English Department on September 18th at 5:00pm in the Livak Ballroom (Davis Center 417/419) for a reading and book signing with one of American fiction’s most celebrated new voices, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black and Chain Gang All-Stars. Learn more about Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. ADA: For accommodations please contact the English department at 656-3056.

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    Book Review: 'Lesson in Red' by Maria Hummel

    Margot Harrison of Seven Days writes in depth about Maria's new thriller. Read the Seven Days review.




    Photo courtesy of Karen Pike
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    A Poetry Reading with Sydney Lea - CANCELLED

    CANCELLED! Join the English Department on October 5th at 5:00pm in the John F. Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 3rd floor) for a reading with former VT Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. He is the author of twenty-three books, founding editor of the New England Review, and 2021 winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Learn more about Sydney Lea. ADA: For accommodations please contact the English department at 656-3056. This event has been CANCELLED. 

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    English 2023: A Student Symposium

    Our Spring 2023 English and FTS student symposium will be held on Monday, April 3rd in the Waterman Lounge! The decision date for submissions will be on Wednesday, March 22nd 2023. Presentation Workshops for accepted presenters will be offered on Tuesday, March 28th 2023 on Teams.

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    Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Nilsen Speaks with NPR

    Dr. Sarah Nilsen, who recently appeared in the Disney+ documentary, Mickey Mouse: The Story of a Mouse, speaks with National Public Radio about Disney’s upcoming 100th anniversary.  Listen to the interview.

  • Emily Bernard Named 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

    Professor Emily Bernard was named one of the coveted Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Winners of 2020. Bernard won for a proposal titled “Unfinished Women,” a proposed collection of eight nonfiction essays about black women artists and public figures. Read More

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    Careers in English

    Learn more about what careers an English graduate can expect.

  • Minor in Writing

    Serious about success? A writing minor can help diversify your resume and stand out to future employers by having excellent writing and communication skills!

UVM English offers programs that cover a vast range of human experiences and essential skills in communication, persuasion, creativity, and analysis. Because of the broad interdisciplinary focus of the College of Arts and Sciences, English majors are equipped with a wide range of transferable skills, enabling them to succeed in virtually any profession. Learn more about the Department of English.

Opportunities to Explore

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The English Department offers incredible opportunities for students to further their education and to start exploring a variety of unique topics. English students are able to expand their horizons through our semesterly event offerings, featuring award-winning authors and speakers, as well as through special internship and travel abroad programs. With a B.A. or minor in English students will have all the tools they need to have a successful college and professional career!

Fantastic Faculty

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The English Department’s dedicated faculty and staff are here to offer students all the support they need! Our incredible instructors are passionate about the subjects they teach and can offer students a wealth of knowledge as educators, advisors, and professionals. Many of our faculty members are published authors and researchers who can provide connections, insights, and opportunities that go far beyond the classroom.

A Bright Future for English

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Pursuing a career in English can offer a variety of enriching and fulfilling opportunities for professional and personal growth. The English Department is here to help students learn what they are passionate about and to provide guidance on how to turn that passion into a rewarding career. Learn more about what our graduate students and alumni are up to, or check out English careers in the news.