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English department convocation

The English & Creative Writing Convocation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Smith Memorial Hall at 5pm. This ceremony is for students graduating in May or August 2019, and further details can be found on the convocation website. Please note that participating students must register in advance using the form available on that site, and that registration will close April 10.

Celebrate our excellent teachers

Please join us in celebrating Professors Manisha Basu and Sandra Ruiz and Graduate Teaching Assistant Kate Norcross, who have won awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching at both the college and campus levels, along with English majors Hannah Preston and Princess White, winners of the Edward W. Collins and Doris Strickland-Collins Intern Award for LAS 101 and LAS 102 respectively. Congratulations to all!

2019 CREATIVE Writing Contest RESULTS

Congratulations to these wonderful writers! Click here for more information about the awards and praise for the winning entries.

Winners of Fiction Prizes: Vi Aldunate, Cathlin Rosean, Emily Alameda (Honorable Mention: Zach Kensik)

Winners of Poetry Prizes: Christel Thompson, Angelica Heaney, Sarah Patrick (Honorable Mentions: Angela Fu and Luke Misiak)


Please join us in congratulating our most recent teaching award winners!

English Department Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  • John Claborn
  • Hilary Gross
  • Alexis Kapczynski
  • Heather McLeer
  • Kate Norcross
  • Katie O'Toole

CHECK OUT ESC's Free Little Library!

Stop by the library outside Room 200 in the English Building and leave or take a book. If you take a book, please make a note of what you took and why, and snap a picture of yourself with it and post it on ESC's Instagam @escillinois!

Photo of Free Library


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