Prof. Joe Heithaus, On Sabbatical in Costa Rica, Has Essay in New York Times
The October 15, 2017, edition of the New York Times features an essay by Joseph Heithaus, professor of English. He and his family are spending his sabbatical in Monteverde, Costa Rica.Read More
Alum Clayton Adam Clark ('06) Wins The 2017 Moon City Poetry Award
His collection A Finitude of Skin will be published by MCP next fall and he will receive a $1,000 cash prize.Read More
Alum Michael Sears (’11) has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.
The prestigious fellowship was created by Wallace Stegner in 1946. Stegner Fellows include ZZ Packer, Tobias Wolff, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Raymond Carver. To read more about Michael:Read More
Acclaimed Poet Marilyn Chin Teaching at DePauw in 2018
Marilyn Chin, an award-winning Chinese-American poet, writer, and activist, is coming to DePauw University in the Spring of 2018 as Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.Read More
Professor Lili Wright's Debut Novel Wins a 2017 Housatonic Book Award
Wright--who won the first place prize for fiction--and the other winners will each receive $1,500 and will appear at residencies of the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing in 2018.Read More
Career Week 2017
Our English Major Alumni Panel: poet and editor Monica McClure, AI software engineer Stephen McMurtry, DPU ITAP director Doug Fellegy, and professor Sarah Summers.Read More
DePauw alum Chinonye Chukwu ('07) is an Athena List winner for her screenplay "Clemency."
Presented by the Athena Film Festival, the award is presented to screenplays with strong female protagonists.Read More
Read an article about film, culture, and identity in The Atlantic by DePauw alum Rajpreet Heir ('12).
"When ['Bend It Like Beckham'] debuted 15 years ago, it taught me that shaping a hybrid identity could be a beautiful, inventive, and at times lonely experience."Read More
Professor Chris White’s debut novel has a cover and a release date!
“The Life List of Adrian Mandrick” was selected as the runner-up for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition. It will be published by Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) in April 2018.Read More
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language. English majors read; they interpret. As they read a text, they peel back the layers of time and language to uncover meaning. They critique and discuss, debate and analyze these meanings. They communicate and decode communication. They create and re-create; they attempt to understand the act of creation. They research and present and struggle and learn.
In our classrooms, this learning process becomes real. Students come together with scholars and working writers in small, congenial classes where together they read closely, construct arguments, and hone their critical and creative skills. Our literature majors develop a keen understanding of literature’s ability to move, to enlighten, to liberate, to provide insight into the human condition. Our creative writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that could come from no one but themselves. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
In the end, we seek to provide students with something to say and how to say it, and with the motivation and means to be engaged members of society, regardless of the path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and many other fields. We teach students how to think, speak, read, and write about meaningful issues, and how to communicate with precision and grace. We produce agile minds: the foundation of a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century.