North America's Largest Lit Conference Hits Twin Cities

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You may not have heard of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), but next April it's taking over Minneapolis. The literary conference (open to the public) goes down at the Minneapolis Convention Center (with lit stars from T C Boyle to Roxanne Gay), but events will be erupting all over town. Predictably, our Creative Writing Program is involved up to its eyebrows.

Help Bev Atkinson Help Students

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Until the end of December, former adviser and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies Bev Atkinson and her husband Steve are matching all giving up to $1000 to the Beverly Atkinson Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students.

New Pages

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It's the time of the year for lists: best of lists, gift lists, wish lists. As you're writing up yours, get inspired by this annotated list of well-reviewed poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by English faculty, students, and alums!

What We're Reading: Ellen Messer-Davidow

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The Chair of the Department of English has assigned the Affordable Care Act as required reading. Her department classes have titles such as "Probing the Social Text," "Civil Rights Discourse," and "Consumer Culture." In her research, Professor Messer-Davidow explores how one phenomenon is explained differently by different parties, from scholar and activists to lawmakers, the media, and the public, and how movements and institutions orchestrate change. The world is her text, you might say, along with such soundings as Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.

News

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BA alumna Cheryl Strayed saw her younger self played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie version of her book Wild. BA alumnus Mark Mishek leads the world's largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider as the new CEO and President of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. English alums make a difference across disciplines and fields--which is why we want to make a video starring you!

Faculty News

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Check out new books, articles, and paper presentations from our award-winning English professors.

PhD News

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What are you presenting, publishing, working on? Tell us here. Plus learn what your peers--and PhD candidates--accomplished this fall!

MFA News

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Keep us up to date about what you're writing and where you're working! And read about other alumnae/i accomplishments--not to mention those of our over-achieving MFA candidates.

BA News

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What adventures did you embrace in 2014? Let us know here--and read about your peers' latest accomplishments!

Events: A Collaboration with Penumbra

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Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage gives the Esther Freier talk February 18, 2015, co-presented by English and the pioneering St. Paul theater Penumbra. Penumbra's production of Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark runs February 5-March 1.