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The winner of the 2020 Henfield Prize, given to a creative writer in our graduate program for an excellent work of fiction is third-year poetry MFA student Aimee Seu for her story “Continued Existence.”  The judge for this year’s award is the...

Samuel Lemley is the sole winner of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities, among the highest honors that a graduate student can earn in recognition of their dedication to teaching at the University of Virginia....

Please see the full announcement on the Poetry Society of America's website,

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English Major Kristen Barrett earns Marshall Scholarship

Professor Woolfork is featured in an article on UVAToday, found

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Professor Kate Kostelnik's course "Tutoring Writing Across Cultures" was featured in UVA Today.  Follow

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Professor Lisa Russ Spaar was interviewed by Book Marks as part of their "Secrets of the Book Critics" series.

Alumnus Kyle Dargan (APPW) featured in UVA Today.

Full article with all 16 Fulbright scholars from the University featured in UVA Today.

The annual ceremony awards Intermediate Honors to the top 20 percent of third-year undergraduate students who have finished at least 60 hours of co

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Members of the UVa English Department have suggested the following texts as ones that might be helpful to students, colleagues, and other members o

Fourth-year English major Ellie Sohm was invited to present the results of her archival work on William Faulkner’s letters to his daughter at the a

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Jerome McGann, the John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, was this year’s recipient of the highest honor given to University faculty, the Thomas

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Stephen Railton’s Digital Yoknapatawpha project has received a three-year, $286,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborat

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UVA Today spoke to graduate and undergradute creative writers who had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed writer Caryl Phillips during

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The English Department will welcome Caryl Phillips, the 2016 Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, to Grounds April 11 to 22.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will deliver a poetry reading with commentary entitled “Rising to the Rising: Poetry and Politics in I

Jeffery Allen, the newest professor in the English Department's Creative Writing Program, talked to UVA Today about writing, teaching, and travelin

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The English Department remembers longtime professor Ralph Cohen (b. February 23, 1917, d.

Professor Bruce Holsinger has led an investigation into the origins and composition of parchment, specifically the variety called "uterine vellum."

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Professor Anna Brickhouse has been named the winner of the Modern Language Association's forty-sixth annual James Russell Lowell Prize for her book

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is turning 150 this year, and Professor Peter Baker, a scholar of medieval literature, has contrib

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Professor Anna Brickhouse has been awarded the inaugural book prize from the journal Early American Literature for her recent monograph The Unsettl

The English Department mourns the loss of Martin C. Battestin, William R.

The 2015 Lyell Lectures, delivered by University Professor and Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

Professor Emily Ogden has been given the Cory Family Teaching Award for her "dedicated and innovative teaching of courses in English.

The English Department has awarded its annual departmental scholarships to the following excellent undergraduate majors:

Professor Lisa Woolfork has been awarded an All-University Teaching Award for her creative and rigorous commitment to student learning.

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Alison Booth has received a highly competitive Level-II Startup Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities,

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar has been selected as one of three finalists for Baylor University's 2016 Robert Foster Cherry

A committee of English professors were instrumental in attracting William Shakespeare's "First Folio" to the University of Virginia.

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English Professor Stephen Cushman has received the state's highest honor for professors, the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the State Council

USA Today College ranks the University of Virginia’s English Department as one of the top ten places to get an English degree in the count

The English Department will host a community reading and discussion event this Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge.

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar is one of five finalists for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for the National Book Critics Circle

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry.

Author James Salter spoke to UVA Today recently about his time in residence with the UVA English Department's Creative Writing Program.

If you are an English major or potential English major, come out to The Great English Exposition this Wednesday at 7pm in Bryan Hall 229.

Professor Gregory Orr spoke to Robin Young on Here and Now about living after an accidental shooting death.

Professors John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek spoke to UVA Today about their new web application for Thomas Jefferson's

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USA Today interviewed current Poet Laureate of the US and Emeritus Professor of English Charles Wright.

Professor Andrew Stauffer spoke to CBC Radio about Book Traces, his crowd-sourced web project to find draw

The Furious Flower Poetry Center’s once-a-decade conference is dedicated this decade to Professor Rita Dove.

Professor Gregory Orr reflects in The New York Times on the recent incident in which a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her ins

This fall, American author James Salter will teach and lecture for the semester as the University of Virginia’s Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Wr

Professor Paul Cantor explains what Shakespeare can teach us about politics on a new website in the Great Th

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PhD candidate Andrew Ferguson was quoted in The Guardian speaking about the works of science-fiction author RA Lafferty.

Audrey Golden, a recent PhD and lecturer in the English Department, has been named third prize winner in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Co

Professor Lisa Woolfork's recent summer class on 'Game of Thrones' continues to capture media attention.

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Professor Lisa Woolfork has garnered a flurry of media attention with her popular 'Game of Thrones' course.

The Library of Congress will name Charles Wright, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Virginia, America's next poet laureate.

Jerome McGann, University Professor and John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Professor Andrew Stauffer traveled to Greece as a representative of the Byron Society of America, where he gave a lecture on Byron’s poetry to appr

An interview with Professor Bruce Holsinger will air on With Good Reason beginning May 31st to June 6th.

Anna Ioanes, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has won this year's Zora Neale Hurston prize for best graduate student essay.

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, has released the following statement on Maya Angelou's life and work:

At its 313th Commencement on Monday, May 19, 2014, Yale University bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of E

The 2014-2015 Scholars' Lab graduate fellows include three graduate students from the English Department- Jennifer Foy, Amy Boyd, and Andrew Fergus

This year, the UVA quizbowl team consisting of Matt Bollinger (undergrad, English), Tommy Casalaspi (undergrad, English), Evan Adams (grad, law), a

Congratulations to the following English majors who have just been elected to the UVa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!

Laura Goldblatt, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has won the 2013-14 All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Arts and Humani

Professor John O'Brien of the English Department has been awarded the Daniels Family National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching P

A C Spearing, William R Kenan, Jr Professor of English, has been awarded the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D) from the University of Cambridge, an honor

Professor Bruce Holsinger was on Here and Now to talk about his new novel, A Burnable Book.

UVa alumnus Daniel Jones, editor of the popular personal-essay column “Modern Love” in the New York Times, will be in the Bryan Hall Facul

A new track has been added to the undergraduate English major.

The Teaching Awards Committee has honored Professor Stephen B.

Eleanor Henderson's first novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is being made into a film.

"Forget Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa tower; the hot new super-agent is 14th-century writer Geoffrey Chaucer.

Professor Brad Pasanek talked to Ploughshares Literary Magazine as part of their "People of the Book" series, a series of interviews chart

Professor Jane Alison's newest work, Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, has just been released from Oxford University Press.

English Department doctoral candidate William Rhodes has been awarded the 2014 Schallek Fellowship by the Medieval Academy of America.

Jahan Ramazani, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, talked to UVA Today about his recent professional accomplishments and service.

James Seitz, the new director of UVA's academic writing program, spoke to UVA Today about undergraduate writing requirements and the ways

Mary Szybist, a graduate of the University of Virginia and former English major, has been awarded the 2013 National Book Award for poetry.

Charles Tyson, a fourth-year student majoring in Political and Social Thought and English, became one of two University of Virginia undergraduates

Professor Gregory Orr discussed his latest collection of poems, Ri

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar was awarded the 2013 Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize.

Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove’s paperback edition of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry will be released on Sep

Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove published her new poem "Trayvon, Redux" on July 16, 2013 in the online magazine

Professor Mark Edmundson's piece on the "Ideal English Major" was recent

Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, UVA’s Commonwealth Professor of English Rita Dove will delive

On March 13, 2013, UVa’s Commonwealth Professor of English toured the Children’s Inn and a pediatric unit of the Clinical Center at the National In

A team including Professor Stephen Railton were recently awarded one of the NEH's new Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

Professor Paul Cantor's article was recently featured in UVA Today's Daily Report.

This year, U.S. News also conducted new peer surveys and published new rankings for Ph.D.

On Monday, March 11, English PhD student Joanna Swafford will launch the pre-release of Songs of the Vict

The ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and rel

Rita Dove was one of numerous luminaries to briefly speak at The Peace Ball on January 20, 2013, one of Washington, DC’s more creative big parties

Yesterday, the announcement about Professor Spearing's new book, Medieval Autographies was posted on UVA Today.

The winter special issue of the Cortland Review focuses on UVA poet Gregory Orr's work, including a video interview and visit to his home.

Check out this great Q & A interview in UVA Today about Paul Cantor's new book:

Paul Cantor, The Invisible Hand in Pop Culture

Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English Paul Cantor's new book, The Invisible Hand in Pop Culture was recently reviewed in the Wall St

We are delighted to announce the very recent publication of the 4th edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics with Steph

Graduate student Camilla Ammirati's play "In the Ebb" is currently being performed at the New York International Fringe Festival.

Click the link below to hear Professor Andy Stuaffer and other expert readers discuss A. S. Byatt's Possession on the Diane Rehm Show:

June 8, 2012 — As the Spanish explored the New World, a ship stopped in the Chesapeake Bay in 1561 and picked up a Native American youth, whom they

When University of Virginia fourth-year students Allison Geller and Sarah Grigg took a workshop on the poetics of place with

Rita Dove, one of the nation's most preeminent poets, has published a novel, a play, a

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The Thomas Jefferson Award is the highest honor the University community bestows upon its faculty.  

"Make it new!" exhorted Ezra Pound, the expatriate American poet and key figure in the Modernist movement of the early 20th century.

"You can't imagine the U.S. without including the South," said Jennifer Greeson, author of "Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature," published by Harvard University Press last fall. 

 

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Dove was recognized for her 2009 book, "Sonata Mulattica," the story of African-Polish violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower.