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Duke English Announces 2019 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Duke English is honored to announce the 2019 Creative Writing Scholarship recipients.  Each spring semester the Creative Writing Committee awards the William M. Blackburn, Francis Pemberton, and Margaret Rose Knight Sanford scholarship to undergraduate students for work done in one or more creative... Read More »


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Duke English Names Caroline Waring, 2019 Critical Essay Award Winner

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Duke English is honoree to announce that Caroline Waring has been selected by the critical essay competition committee as the 2019 Critical Essay Contest winner. The critical essay competition is open for essays written by any Duke undergraduate enrolled in an English department... Read More »


Dr. Taylor Black teaches a Bob Dylan course in the English Department.

On America, Bob Dylan, and Superstition: An Interview with Dr. Taylor Black

Sunday, April 14, 2019

I met Taylor Black in his classroom as students headed out from the day’s lesson. I went in with curiosity and a slight sense of vengeance, having tried and failed to secure a spot in his “Single American Author: Bob Dylan” course. Over the 20 minutes for which the chat lasted, our discussion... Read More »


Tsitsi Jaji (left) and Romeo Oriogun (right) at the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Poetic Traditions in Metamorphosis: Romeo Oriogun Explores New African Poetry

Friday, April 12, 2019

Guests at the Rubenstein Arts Center Ruby Lounge on February 28 were treated to a poetry reading and interview from Romeo Oriogun. Sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute with Co-Sponsors including the English Department, the event brought in poets and poetry fans across disciplines and... Read More »


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Duke Makes 12-Month Funding Commitment to Ph.D. Students

Thursday, April 11, 2019

All Ph.D. students in their five-year guaranteed funding period will receive 12-month stipends beginning in fall 2022 Read More »


The Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award Deadline is May 14

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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 »


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Congratulations to Caoime Harlock and Sonia Nayak, 2019 Versatile Humanists at Duke Interns

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Duke English would like to congratulate Caoime Harlock and Sonia Nayak for being two of the eleven 2019 Versatile Humanists at Duke Interns. Read More »


Jessica Stark is a Graduate student, poet, and professor of Creative Writing.

Dean’s Awardee for Teaching Blends the DIY Ethos of Creative Writing with Scholarship

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I met Professor Jessica Stark when she taught my Introduction to Creative Writing class last spring. Focusing on themes of place and complacency, Stark led units on short story, poetry, and open form writing. Now completing her PhD and anticipating the release of her forthcoming poetry book, Savage... Read More »


Alex Sim, Trinity '19, studies English and Pre Med.

Alex Sim Finds Beauty in Film and Medical Humanities

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In my quest to report on the most interesting events, courses, and people of the Duke University English Department, it was impossible for me to miss Alex Sim. Sim, a senior from California, studies English and Pre-Med. The English Department Ambassador finished his senior thesis last semester, and... Read More »


Professor Russing teaches a lecture to his "Writing the Movie" class.

Write Your Own Adventure

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A bar mitzvah gone wrong. A thief supporting his family. “Fight Club meets Perks of Being a Wallflower.” These movie premises are just some of the ideas that students are developing into screenplays for Professor Cole Russing’s “Writing the Movie” course, offered as part of both Duke’s English... Read More »


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