Williams College English Department

Please click here for this year’s guidelines to student poetry and fiction contests.

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.

Happy to share news of a new book by Prof. Jenna Grace Sciuto, a colleague down the road at MCLA’s English Department. This book launch event is open to the public. Please use the link in our bio to RSVP.


Law, Sexuality, and the Color Line in Twentieth-Century Hemispheric American Literature

Tuesday, May 4th, 5:30pm ET
via Zoom

Join Dr. Shun Kiang, Assistant Professor of English at University of Central Oklahoma, for a conversation with Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto about her forthcoming book, _Policing Intimacy: Law, Sexuality, and the Color Line in Twentieth-Century Hemispheric American Literature_ (University Press of Mississippi, 2021).

_Policing Intimacy_ analyzes literary depictions of sexual policing of the color line across multiple spaces with diverse colonial histories and constructions of race: Mississippi through William Faulkner’s work, Louisiana through Ernest Gaines’s novels, Haiti through the work of Marie Chauvet and Edwidge Danticat, and the Dominican Republic through writing by Julia Alvarez, Junot Díaz, and Nelly Rosario. The book maps the widespread effects of racial and sexual policing that persist in current legal, economic, and political infrastructures across the circum-Caribbean and brings to light permutations of resistance to the violent discriminations of the status quo. As a study of interracial intimacy, multiracial identities, and the interconnected nature of social relations, Policing Intimacy leaves space for local particularities and incorporates multiple stories, histories, and traumas into accounts of the past.


Subject to Change: Poetry and Conversation
Thu, April 15th, 2021
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Zoom link in bio.

Featuring poetry and interviews, Subject to Change collects the work of Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and Kay Ulanday Barrett—five poets who are unreservedly transgender. Lauded by 2016-17 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as “a culture and power border-smasher & a piercing examination of brilliant, painful, and transcendent Trans consciousness and experience,” this anthology is a testament to the power of trans poets speaking to one another—about family, race, class, disability, religion, and the body. Through a range of trans experiences and poetics, Subject to Change expands the possibilities of what it means to be both trans and a writer in the twenty-first century.

Join us for poetry readings and conversation with four of the poets featured in this 2020 Williams Reads book selection, Subject to Change – Cameron Awkward-Rich, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer & Kay Ulanday Barrett. The conversation will be moderated by the book’s editor, H. Melt. Audience Q&A to follow. Sponsored by Williams Reads, Claiming Williams, the English Department, the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Class of 1946 Memorial Fund for World Brotherhood, the Lecture Committee and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.

If you missed tonight's lecture by Michael Sardo, the video of it is now uploaded to YouTube. Link in bio.

Huge thanks to Michael for sharing his deep wisdom and experience. If you're interested in a career in TV (or just want to know more about what goes into making the shows we watch), definitely check this talk out.

Check out this wonderful set of events to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month! Bravo to the hard working student organizers.

Zoom links for the ENGL-sponsored and associated events can be found on our Linktree (in bio): the Crip Time convo tomorrow (Tues) evening, the follow-up workshop on mental health for AAPI students (on Thurs; there's also one for Latinx students on Wed), and Prof. Bernie Rhie's Storytime on Friday.

Repost from @aasiaatwilliams

AAPI Heritage Month is usually celebrated in May, but AASiA celebrates in April! We have a lot of exciting events lined up for the rest of the month (and a few in early May) - stay tuned for more details on upcoming events! DM us (at @aasiaatwilliams) to subscribe to the AASiA listserv.

(Poster designed by @max.yyang 💚)

*Correction: ORGANIZING FUNDAMENTALS was organized by AASiA, not CASO.

Posting on behalf of WASO (@williams_africans). The zoom link can be found in our bio. Event co-sponsored by the English Department. ...

"Anti-Asian American Violence: A Conversation on Atlanta and Beyond" with Asian Americanist professors Jan Padios (AMST), Kelly Chung (WGSS), and Dorothy Wang (AMST) and students.

Wed., April 7, 2021, at 12:45 p.m.

Zoom link in bio. Zoom passcode: 979542

MinCo and the Davis Center are providing lunch from Blue Mango for student attendees in Williamstown:


Please fill out this form to RSVP for the lunch (you must attend the webinar in order to get the Blue Mango food).