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Stuart Dybek has been named the next recipient of the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. “The Fuller” is awarded to a Chicago author who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature.
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Harris Feinsod talks about poetry’s cultural power in an interview in Northwestern's Research magazine.
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Juan Martinez was announced as one of the inaugural winners of the 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award in Speculative Fiction.
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Litowitz MFA+MA in English and Creative Writing

This program offers intimate classes, the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing, and close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our three-year curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature. Students complete two degrees concurrently --an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English.

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MA in English Literature

Designed to be completed in one year and flexible in its requirements, our Master's in Literature allows students considerable freedom in choosing courses in English and in related disciplines. Most are planning to move on to Doctoral study elsewhere, improve their credentials as teachers in secondary schools and community colleges, or to take their experience into the business and publishing sectors.

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PhD in English Literature

Our PhD program offers advanced study and research in literary history, criticism, and theory, with excellent opportunities for study between both disciplines and departments. Courses within the department cover major genres, periods, authors, and a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches. Significant support in professional development and on the job market are cornerstones of the program.

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2018 undergrad honors students
The 2018 English Honors cohort; (left to right) Helen Murphy, Kori Cooper, Henry Burg, Taylor Mikulski, and Anna Kubacsek

The second annual English Honors Colloquium occurred on April 13, 2018. The Hagstrum Room was packed as five seniors presented work from their honors theses. During a panel on modernism in literature and the arts...

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Dybek, Martinez, and Stielstra named to NewCity's 2018 Lit 50
Recent alum Payton Danner named a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar.
Vivasvan Soni selected as a 2018 ACLS Fellow

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