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Graduation 2022!  Congratulations to all of the English department graduates!
05/25/2022

Graduation 2022! Congratulations to all of the English department graduates!

Graduation!  Congratulations to all of the 2022 English department graduates!!!
05/25/2022

Graduation! Congratulations to all of the 2022 English department graduates!!!

Stop by the Castle Dining Room tomorrow evening and hear Arcadia’s graduating Creative Writing seniors share excerpts fr...
04/21/2022

Stop by the Castle Dining Room tomorrow evening and hear Arcadia’s graduating Creative Writing seniors share excerpts from their thesis manuscripts!

Congratulations to Daijah Patton, the winner of Arcadia’s Excellence in Creative Writing Award for 2022! Swipe to see he...
03/25/2022

Congratulations to Daijah Patton, the winner of Arcadia’s Excellence in Creative Writing Award for 2022! Swipe to see her work, and see below for our interview with her!

Q: Is there a particular piece of media — book, movie, poem — which inspired you to start writing in the first place?

A: When I was in 6th grade, my English teacher showed us a video of Kanye West's "Homecoming" and broke down his lyrics and various other rap lyrics as if they were poetry. My parents already raised me on rap, but I would rap these songs with these lyrics and not really consider what they were saying. "Homecoming" was one big metaphor about the Windy City of Chicago and how it had treated West, and for the longest time I had no idea. In that moment, I realized that I wanted to do that same thing. I wanted to provide a message in a way that people could feel it. 

Q: Who is a writer who inspires you?

A: A writer that has always inspired me is Maya Angelou. She was a black woman that did spoken word, and was able to capture so many life experiences into her poems and still be the driving force that she was. When she passed away in 2014, I was devastated, but I still listen to her poem "Still I Rise" to remind myself that even after loss, depression, judgement, all of the bad stuff, we still rise out of it. 

Q: What topics, themes, and genres are you drawn to, and why?

A: I'm drawn to a lot of different themes, but I was say the most kind of have to do with my mental health, politics, growing up, societal standards, pretty much anything that's at the forefront of my mind. I write about these things because not only are they relatable, but I also find an urge to spread awareness about some of these topics, and tell people my story in a way that's not just telling it how it is, but showing it.

Congratulations to Michaela Coll, our first featured senior from the Undergraduate Creative Writing concentration! Swipe...
11/17/2021

Congratulations to Michaela Coll, our first featured senior from the Undergraduate Creative Writing concentration! Swipe to read some of her work, and see below for an excerpt from our interview with her.

Q. Is there a particular piece of media — book, movie, poem — which inspired you to start writing in the first place?

There isn’t a specific text that inspired me to start writing but I always loved reading as a child. In fact, I used to wake up early in elementary school just so I could read through a few more chapters of a book. There were many mornings I almost missed the bus because my lack of control was pitiful. I loved to read everything.

I attribute my inspiration to become a writer to Mrs. Gil, my middle school librarian. She taught a class during my 8th grade year and at the time I had no idea that I could write with any talent. She challenged me so much and encouraged me every day to write. I wrote so many amazing things that year. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Q. Who is a writer who inspires you?

Neil Gaiman is a constant amazement. Every time I read one of his novels I either feel like my head is going to explode or I’m going to burst into tears. There is no in between. I’m doing my thesis on American Gods because it’s one of my favorite novels. The best writers make their readers think and I can promise you you’ll never walk away from a Gaiman novel without scratching your head and wondering if you’re stupid, or if Gaiman is just a genius.

Keep an eye out for more of our featured seniors!

The English Department would like to offer congratulations to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, who has been recently appoi...
07/23/2021

The English Department would like to offer congratulations to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, who has been recently appointed the Director of University Seminars here at Arcadia. He will bring his leadership and ethic of care to offering strong interdisciplinary seminars to our students over the next few years. Keep up the great work, Dr. V!

Commencement scenes from Haber Green today!  🎓
05/21/2021

Commencement scenes from Haber Green today! 🎓

Today is the day! ☆ Cheers to our MA, MFA, and Dual MA/MFA graduates! It's a proud & beautiful day on campus☆
05/20/2021

Today is the day! ☆ Cheers to our MA, MFA, and Dual MA/MFA graduates! It's a proud & beautiful day on campus☆

Looking for a summer graduate course? Join Dr. Chauhan for EN640: Virginia Woolf and Her Circle!
05/19/2021

Looking for a summer graduate course? Join Dr. Chauhan for EN640: Virginia Woolf and Her Circle!

A loud round of applause please! Graduate students Deja and Elizabeth delivered impressive & inspiring MA thesis present...
05/14/2021

A loud round of applause please! Graduate students Deja and Elizabeth delivered impressive & inspiring MA thesis presentations last night! Our Knight hearts 💜 are full of admiration and best wishes.Thank you to the talented Prof. Varlack & Prof. Heitzman for the support and guidance they provided to their students. Congratulations 🎉

Wow--these smiles say it all! Our beloved seniors celebrating the completion of capstone presentions! ~Congratulations~
05/08/2021

Wow--these smiles say it all! Our beloved seniors celebrating the completion of capstone presentions! ~Congratulations~

The department of English is now on Instagram! Give us a follow
04/28/2021

The department of English is now on Instagram! Give us a follow

We are beaming with pride over our 2021 Honors Award recipients! Please join us in congratulating Jared, Lauren, Abigail...
04/15/2021

We are beaming with pride over our 2021 Honors Award recipients! Please join us in congratulating Jared, Lauren, Abigail, and Kayla 😊

Congratulations to the spring 2021 Sigma Tau Delta English honor society inductees! 🎉 The ceremony will take place tomor...
04/09/2021

Congratulations to the spring 2021 Sigma Tau Delta English honor society inductees! 🎉 The ceremony will take place tomorrow, Saturday, April 10 @ 10:00 am.

Please join us tomorrow at 7pm for  YA author Laura Sibson's virtual reading event, hosted by Prof. Gretchen Haertsch! (...
04/06/2021

Please join us tomorrow at 7pm for YA author Laura Sibson's virtual reading event, hosted by Prof. Gretchen Haertsch! (webinar link on flyer).

You know where we'll be for commencement: cheering on Marlene & our beloved graduates!!Sokolow '21| A Degree 31 Years in...
04/02/2021

You know where we'll be for commencement: cheering on Marlene & our beloved graduates!!
Sokolow '21| A Degree 31 Years in the Making 🎓 (dept news link in bio)

Save the date! Author Laura Sibson  will join us for a virtual reading and discussion of her YA novels on Wednesday Apri...
03/30/2021

Save the date! Author Laura Sibson will join us for a virtual reading and discussion of her YA novels on Wednesday April 7th @ 7pm. Event is free~see flyer for details!

Calling all pioneers! Join the Arcadia Honors Program for this inspiring virtual Pioneer Series event, March 25th at 7pm...
03/16/2021

Calling all pioneers! Join the Arcadia Honors Program for this inspiring virtual Pioneer Series event, March 25th at 7pm. Registration via QR code or visit the event page :

RESCHEDULED For March 26th 6-7:30pm eastern *Same Zoom Link!!Poetry party anyone? Don't miss the Spring Sappho Slam host...
03/09/2021

RESCHEDULED For March 26th 6-7:30pm eastern *Same Zoom Link!!

Poetry party anyone? Don't miss the Spring Sappho Slam hosted by Arcadia's Writing Center, Quiddity Lit Mag, The Writer's Bloc, and Sigma Tau Delta! Friday, March 26, 6-7:30p eastern.
https://arcadia.zoom.us/j/96085719145

Calling all Arcadia Graduate students! Stay   by joining this Counseling Services support group created just for you! De...
03/02/2021

Calling all Arcadia Graduate students! Stay by joining this Counseling Services support group created just for you! Details:

🤩The AU Writing Center is available to assist students from any home time zone! Visit https://arcadia.mywconline.com/ to...
02/18/2021

🤩The AU Writing Center is available to assist students from any home time zone! Visit https://arcadia.mywconline.com/ to Submit-A-Draft, schedule a Zoom session, or view Zoom Drop-In availability~

Join the African American Read In: Revolution, Resistance and Righteous Essays and WorksTuesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 2...
02/15/2021

Join the African American Read In: Revolution, Resistance and Righteous Essays and Works
Tuesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. To sign up & for more info: arcadia.edu/BHM2021

Have you visited Quiddity Lit Mags new website yet? The spring 2021 submission period is open! Quiddity is Arcadia Unive...
02/12/2021

Have you visited Quiddity Lit Mags new website yet? The spring 2021 submission period is open!

Quiddity is Arcadia University's undergraduate literary magazine, accepting works of fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and art from all undergraduates currently enrolled at Arcadia. Follow Quiddity on Instagram and Twitter

https://sites.google.com/arcadia.edu/quiddity/home?authuser=0

There are so many career paths for English majors! Our talented faculty can help prepare you to enter the job market thr...
01/25/2021

There are so many career paths for English majors! Our talented faculty can help prepare you to enter the job market through our BA, MA, and Dual MA/MFA programs. Tell a friend! 🌼 www.arcadia.edu/english

Spring '21 Course Info: Junior and senior English majors: EN387 Women, Writing and Rhetoric will count as a 300-level li...
11/04/2020

Spring '21 Course Info: Junior and senior English majors: EN387 Women, Writing and Rhetoric will count as a 300-level literature elective. Consider adding it to your roster!

The course will meet Thursday 7:10-10:00 pm with Dr. Elizabeth Vogel | 4 credits | -CL-W- | Online Sync. For more information see Self-Service or contact your English department advisor!

Sharing scenes from Arcadia's fun and festive drive-thru celebration Sept. 26 & 27. Photos compliments of Olivia, Monica...
09/30/2020

Sharing scenes from Arcadia's fun and festive drive-thru celebration Sept. 26 & 27. Photos compliments of Olivia, Monica, Megan, Lydia Rose, Kapri, Bobbie, and Becky!

09/24/2020

Cue the confetti for our brilliant 2020 EN grads near and far!
September 26th & 27th

Please join us as we warmly welcome Dr. Christopher Varlack to the department of English! Dr. Varlack teaches undergradu...
08/19/2020

Please join us as we warmly welcome Dr. Christopher Varlack to the department of English!

Dr. Varlack teaches undergraduate as well as graduate courses in African-American literature, world literature, and creative writing. In addition to promoting the education of today's youth, he is an avid researcher and scholar with emphases on race, gender, and cultural politics.

When he is not in the classroom or producing scholarship, Dr. Varlack can be found writing poetry and creative non-fiction addressing issues of social justice, identity, and race.

For more information visit:
https://www.arcadia.edu/profile/christopher-varlack

We are so proud of  . Keep shining!
05/15/2020

We are so proud of . Keep shining!

Interested in polishing your professional writing skills and mastering the art of persuasive messaging? Sign up for EN 2...
05/05/2020

Interested in polishing your professional writing skills and mastering the art of persuasive messaging? Sign up for EN 218 Business Writing fall 2020 today!

A snapshot of our talented and resilient 2020 Creative Writing seniors who shared their fantastic culminating manuscript...
04/24/2020

A snapshot of our talented and resilient 2020 Creative Writing seniors who shared their fantastic culminating manuscripts in poetry and fiction with us on April 23rd!

Congratulations and many thanks to faculty advisors Tracey Levine and Dan Schall!

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Stop by the Castle Dining Room tomorrow evening and hear Arcadia’s graduating Creative Writing seniors share excerpts from their thesis manuscripts!
Congratulations to Daijah Patton, the winner of Arcadia’s Excellence in Creative Writing Award for 2022! Swipe to see her work, and see below for our interview with her!

Q: Is there a particular piece of media — book, movie, poem — which inspired you to start writing in the first place?

A: When I was in 6th grade, my English teacher showed us a video of Kanye West's "Homecoming" and broke down his lyrics and various other rap lyrics as if they were poetry. My parents already raised me on rap, but I would rap these songs with these lyrics and not really consider what they were saying. "Homecoming" was one big metaphor about the Windy City of Chicago and how it had treated West, and for the longest time I had no idea. In that moment, I realized that I wanted to do that same thing. I wanted to provide a message in a way that people could feel it. 

Q: Who is a writer who inspires you?

A: A writer that has always inspired me is Maya Angelou. She was a black woman that did spoken word, and was able to capture so many life experiences into her poems and still be the driving force that she was. When she passed away in 2014, I was devastated, but I still listen to her poem "Still I Rise" to remind myself that even after loss, depression, judgement, all of the bad stuff, we still rise out of it. 

Q: What topics, themes, and genres are you drawn to, and why?

A: I'm drawn to a lot of different themes, but I was say the most kind of have to do with my mental health, politics, growing up, societal standards, pretty much anything that's at the forefront of my mind. I write about these things because not only are they relatable, but I also find an urge to spread awareness about some of these topics, and tell people my story in a way that's not just telling it how it is, but showing it.
Congratulations to Michaela Coll, our first featured senior from the Undergraduate Creative Writing concentration! Swipe to read some of her work, and see below for an excerpt from our interview with her.

Q. Is there a particular piece of media — book, movie, poem — which inspired you to start writing in the first place?

There isn’t a specific text that inspired me to start writing but I always loved reading as a child. In fact, I used to wake up early in elementary school just so I could read through a few more chapters of a book. There were many mornings I almost missed the bus because my lack of control was pitiful. I loved to read everything.

I attribute my inspiration to become a writer to Mrs. Gil, my middle school librarian. She taught a class during my 8th grade year and at the time I had no idea that I could write with any talent. She challenged me so much and encouraged me every day to write. I wrote so many amazing things that year. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Q. Who is a writer who inspires you?

Neil Gaiman is a constant amazement. Every time I read one of his novels I either feel like my head is going to explode or I’m going to burst into tears. There is no in between. I’m doing my thesis on American Gods because it’s one of my favorite novels. The best writers make their readers think and I can promise you you’ll never walk away from a Gaiman novel without scratching your head and wondering if you’re stupid, or if Gaiman is just a genius.

Keep an eye out for more of our featured seniors!
The English Department would like to offer congratulations to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, who has been recently appointed the Director of University Seminars here at Arcadia. He will bring his leadership and ethic of care to offering strong interdisciplinary seminars to our students over the next few years. Keep up the great work, Dr. V!
Looking like a superhero! Check out Marlene's story in the Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/news/arcadia-commencement-76ers-championship-harold-katz-20210529.html
Commencement scenes from Haber Green today! 🎓
Congratulations to our graduates!
Today is the day! ☆ Cheers to our MA, MFA, and Dual MA/MFA graduates! It's a proud & beautiful day on campus☆
Looking for a summer graduate course? Join Dr. Chauhan for EN640: Virginia Woolf and Her Circle!
A loud round of applause please! Graduate students Deja and Elizabeth delivered impressive & inspiring MA thesis presentations last night! Our Knight hearts 💜 are full of admiration and best wishes.Thank you to the talented Prof. Varlack & Prof. Heitzman for the support and guidance they provided to their students. Congratulations 🎉
Wow--these smiles say it all! Our beloved seniors celebrating the completion of capstone presentions! ~Congratulations~
The department of English is now on Instagram! Give us a follow