Williams College English Department

Please see this important page for current instructions on how to declare the major.  Don’t forget Pre-registration Zoom open house, on May 13, 5-6pm Eastern Time. English Department faculty will be available in breakout rooms to chat about the major and their 2021-22 courses. All are welcome!  Zoom link here.


Please click here for this year’s guidelines on the Conger and Bell Prize, due May 17.

For more information about our events and Zoom links please click here.

English majors study our many-sided attempts to come to grips with the world in language and story. To find out more click here.

Dear graduating English Majors,

Ordinarily, the English Department holds a cocktail hour reception for grads and their families the Friday before Commencement. We can't do that this year, but we still want to have a chance to congratulate you and your families, so we've scheduled a virtual reception on Saturday June 5, from 4:30-5:30pm EDT (Zoom link in bio). The College Marshall's Office requested that departments not schedule their receptions during the compressed Senior Weekend, since it will already be so packed with College-wide events. So even though it'll be some days after the graduation ceremony itself, please join us! We'd love to meet your families and congratulate YOU! Recommended: BYO beverage of your choice, to sip and toast! Faculty will be hanging out in breakout rooms so that it's possible to have meaningful smaller conversations. We also recommend that you and your family members make sure your Zoom clients are updated before the event, which will enable you to move between breakout rooms more easily.

It's hard to believe this year (indeed, all four of your years here) are nearing an end. 😢 Please savor these last few weeks. Sending you all strength (for the final push!) and sympathetic joy. 👏🎉🥳💜

So thrilled to announce that Franny Choi will be teaching at Williams for another year! She's been named next year's Arthur Levitt, Jr. '52 Artist in Residence. Check out this amazing course she's offering in the fall!

Repost from @fancyrhino

I’m excited to be staying at Williams for another year as an Arthur Levitt, Jr. ‘52 Artist in Residence, a position aimed at facilitating connections between the arts on campus. Really looking forward to this class I’m teaching this fall, an advanced creative writing class called Poetry and Performance! Can’t wait to keep building with Williams students and making beautiful poetry happenings together. Pictured: Gil Scott-Heron, @ellomelissa, @speakdeadly, Allen Ginsberg.

ID: A collage of photos of poets Gil Scott-Heron, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Paul Tran, and Allen Ginsberg, in color and b&w, all caught mid-performance. A text box floats in front reading, “ENGL 399: Poetry and Performance / With Prof. Franny Choi, Fall 21”

The first night of the English Department's COVID-era hybrid honors thesis presentations went off without a hitch, or at least as smoothly as we could have hoped! Definitely super weird being in Griffin 3 masked and distanced like we were, with one of our honors presenters and most of the audience members Zooming onto the big projection screen at the front of the room. But in the end, it's the people -- their brilliant minds and their big hearts -- that matter, and as far as that was concerned, these honors presentations were as wonderful as any have ever been. Huge congratulations to the four thesis candidates who presented last night (Delsa Lopez, Peter Fousek, Kate Howley, and Nelly Lin-Schweitzer). We are so proud of you and the amazing work you've produced!

And thanks to all of you who tuned in! The one upside of this hybrid format is that it's easy for friends and family to attend, and we saw a number of family members on the Zoom grid. It was good to have you all there!

Good luck to the rest of the English Department's honors presenters this week. Break a leg. We can't wait to learn about what you've been writing.

And remember, these presentations are open to all. Tune in if you'd like to hear any of the presentations! Zoom link in our bio.

Video of tonight's info session about the major declaration process is now available at the link in our bio. Not the most scintillating video, I'm afraid, but hopefully useful for those who are beginning the major declaration process. I went over the process as a whole and the various forms involved. Thanks to those of you who attended tonight! Wonderful to see you all. ...