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2017 Creative Writing Contest Winners

Monday, April 24, 2017

The English Departments is honored to announce the winners of its 2017 writing contests. The department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry works by English majors and non-major undergraduates. Fiction(The department offers... Read More »


Poems that join and bind through books and years

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nathaniel Mackey’s poems entwine across pages and volumes and years, nearly half a century now. Somerville’s Black Ocean has recently published “Lay Ghost,’’ a potent — and beautiful to hold — set of eight pieces lifted from Mackey’s ongoing series of poems, “Song of the... Read More »


Chloe Hooks (T’18) on Idiom, Poetry, and Audrey Hepburn

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chloe Hooks (T’18) weaves the “mythed mesquite” and “sargasso green” grass that grow in her home state of Texas into poems of intricate lyrical sincerity and deft, fatally precious power. Hooks is a sophomore majoring in the Department of English and minoring in the Department of Theater Studies,... Read More »


2017 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

Friday, April 21, 2017

The William M. Blackburn, Francis Pemberton, and Margaret Rose Knight Sanford Scholarships are awarded each spring semester by the Creative Writing Committee to undergraduate students for work done in one or more creative writing courses.  Nominations are made by English faculty.  Students must be... Read More »


'Speaking of Duke': New Brodhead Book Reflects on the University & Higher Education

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In essays, Brodhead shows a university thinking its way forward through challenges Read More »


Morgan Presents at West of Walden: Thoreau in the 21st Century

Monday, April 17, 2017

Patrick Morgan, English Ph.D. candidate, was invited to present his paper, “Thoreau in China: Reflections on Teaching Walden to Chinese Students” at the West of Walden: Thoreau in the 21st Century conference hosted by Huntington Library, in California on April 7-8, 2017. The... Read More »


The Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Are you an undergraduate who enjoys creative writing?  You could win an award for your talents! The Rosati Creative Writing Prize is awarded each spring in recognition of an outstanding work of creative writing.  All Duke undergraduate students are eligible to submit work for consideration. ... Read More »


How to Win a Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Duke alum Sara Danius peels the cover back on the Nobel process ... Read more Read More »


How to Get a Nobel Prize In Literature, Explained

Monday, April 3, 2017

Swedish Academy official, a Duke alumnus, will explain what goes on that we don't see...Read more Read More »


Ambassador Emphasizes Value of English Degree

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fast forward to young adulthood, where Ward is a junior majoring in English at Duke and one of only three “Ambassadors” for the Duke Department of English.  Along with the other two ambassadors—Elizabeth George (T’17) and Alexandra Bratton (T’17)—Ward plays a critical role promoting and... Read More »


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