Williams College English Department

English at Williams

We can't wait to welcome you back in the fall, whether you decide to come back to campus or continue your studies remotely. The English Department has created a Covid-19 info page to fill you in on how the department is modifying its policies in response to this crazy moment. We hope this info will help you picture what the fall will look like and to decide whether coming back to campus is the right call for you. Link in bio. Or copy and paste: https://english.williams.edu/covid-19/ ...

~* GOOD NEWS ALERT *~ ivana onubogu ‘21, american studies major and ADRF fellow working with english prof owen, was selected for two highly competitive summer programs: African American Literatures and Cultures Institute @utsa and Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research @ucla | #goodnews #summerresearch #williamslit ...

~*GOOD NEWS ALERT*~ arselyne chery ‘21, american studies major and ADRF fellow working with english prof phillips, was selected for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, a program that supports the training of future faculty of color | #goodnews #transformingtheprofessoriate #williamslit ...

prof ianna hawkins owen has an op-ed in the @williamsrecord on police funding | #publicfacingwork #newwork #defundthepolice #williamslit ...

~*GOOD NEWS ALERT*~ prof. Franny Choi has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The Holmes National Poetry Prize was established in memory of Princeton 1951 alumnus Theodore H. Holmes and is presented each year to a poet of special merit as selected by the faculty of the Creative Writing Program... The award was first made to Mark Doty in 2011 and has since also been awarded to Evie Shockley, Natalie Diaz, Matt Rasmussen, Eduardo Corral, Solmaz Sharif, Claudia Rankine, and Jenny Xie. Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). A Kundiman Fellow and graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers Program, she co-hosts the podcast VS alongside fellow Dark Noise Collective member Danez Smith, who was recently named a Princeton Arts Fellow for 2020-22. Choi teaches at Williams College as a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow. “We are thrilled to celebrate Franny Choi,” said Jhumpa Lahiri, director of the program in Creative Writing, in a statement provided by the Lewis Center for the Arts, “a poet who’s dazzling and necessary poems challenge and celebrate notions of identity, race and sexuality, through lightning-hot lyric poems that strike sparks.” ...

~*GOOD NEWS ALERT*~ prof bernie rhie has been awarded the college's Nelson Bushnell '20 Prize in recognition of his teaching and mentoring!!! bernie is well known around campus for his contemplative pedagogical style that emphasizes thoughtful vulnerability, mindfulness, growth, and personal courage. some of his most popular classes include What is a Self? and Zen & the Art of American Literature. in addition to sharing with students in venues like Storytime, running a variety of meditation sits on campus, teaching for the joint williams college and berkshire county jail program called Inside Out, co-running the First3 program for junior faculty, and serving as a wonderful mentor to individual faculty, bernie has also been an advocate for diversity in hiring practices and has co-authored with students. bernie will become chair of the english department on july 1. finally, a little known fact: bernie is an ordained zen priest. | photo is from the course for Inside Out which joins currently incarcerated students with currently enrolled williams students to learn together from a williams prof for college credit | #goodnews #vulnerablepedagogies #williamslit ...

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE FALL 2020 PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

English majors study our many-sided attempts to come to grips with the world in language and story. To find out more click here.
Please click here to find out the winners of our Prizes for 2020.