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If you like to read, to think and talk with others about what you’ve read, to write and hone your writing, to catch and convey thought and emotion beyond yourself, English might be the major for you. English majors concentrate in writing or literature, but all are concerned with the power of words to enlighten, to move, to liberate, to discover, to breathe forth new realities.

English graduates become teachers, scholars, screenwriters, journalists, editors,  copywriters, web designers, lawyers, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, poets… there are no limits.

Upcoming Events: 

Please join us!  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


e.j. levy, fiction writer

october 15 | 7:30 p.m.
peeler art center, auditorium

E.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, The New York Times and the Paris Review, among other publications, and has received a Pushcart Prize. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and the 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award (previously awarded to Alice Munro and Louise Erdrich for first books); a French edition is forthcoming from Editions Rivages. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. A graduate of Yale, she earned an MFA from Ohio State University, where she held a Presidential Fellowship; she teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University.

jess walter, novelist and nonfiction writer

november 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital hall

A former National Book Award finalist, winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and New York Times bestselling author, Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 28 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.

His books include, We Live in Water: Stories, Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of the Poets, The Zero, Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, Over Tumbled Graves, Every Knee Shall Bow.

faculty reading

december 3 | 7:30 p.m.
peeler art center, auditorium

English Department faculty read from their latest works in this annual Kelly Writers Series event.