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In the 1600s Hester Pulter wondered, "Why must I forever be confined?" – now her manuscript poems are online for all. Wendy Wall and colleagues convened an international team of editors to create The Pulter Project, an innovative digital edition of Pulter’s works.

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Why is it so hard to put our phones down? Something keeps us attached. Something both pleasurable and anxiety-inducing. Jim Hodge's video essay, Touch, explores the experience of always-on computing...
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Monument, Natasha Trethewey's newest collection of poetry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018), was reviewed recently in the New York Times.  An interview with Trethewey was also published as part of their By The Book column after Monument's release.
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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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Jay Grossman's 2018 Research Seminar
Jay Grossman's and the students from his 2018 research seminar

Students in Professor Jay Grossman’s Winter 2018 English 397 Research Seminar celebrated the launch of their new website with cake and a party.  The website, hosted on Northwestern’s Arch site, makes each of these student’s research papers on 19th-century American poetry accessible to anyone who has computer access to the web.  And such a wide potential readership is appropriate, since readers with a variety of interests will want to learn more about what these students have discovered.

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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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