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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 »


Sara Behn, Trinity ‘21, studies Computer Science and English and writes poetry in her free time.

Decoding the Poetic Life of Sara Behn (Trinity ’21)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It is a busy Sunday night for most Duke students, rushing to finish assignments before a week of classes begin, as I settle into a seat outside of the practice rooms of McClendon Tower Floor 2. The competing harmonic and chaotic vibrations of practicing piano players felt like the perfect musical... Read More »


Image from the cover of Joseph Donahue's Book "Wind Maps I-VII"

Winter Books: The Beatles, Ellington and 'The Magic of Collaboration' and Other Great Reads

Monday, January 28, 2019

English Professor Joseph Donahue's new collection of poetry "Wind Maps VII" published by Talisman House one of of a number of works released by Duke authors during the winter of 2019. Read More »


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Jessica Stark, Awarded 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The English Department is proud to share that The Graduate School is honoring English Ph.D., candidate Jessica Stark as one of the four 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching winners.   “I love teaching as a means to share my most longstanding passion for examining the nuances and radical... Read More »


Image from NYT Article: The best harpooners among the Lamalerans are revered. Credit Doug Bock Clark

The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Monday, January 14, 2019

The novelist Thomas McGuane moved to Montana many years ago, he has said, because he didn’t want “writer hands.” He wanted to hunt and fish and walk outdoors. He wanted to avoid a soft life. The journalist Doug Bock Clark, in order to write his immersive, densely reported and altogether remarkable... Read More »


Photo Doug Bock Clark reading during Deman Weekend

English Alum, Doug Bock Clark, '09, 2018 DEMAN Talk Featured Guest, Releases First Book

Monday, January 7, 2019

English Alum Doug Bock Clark’s non-fiction work entitled The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life is being released by Little, Brown and Company, January 8, 2019 and is currently available of for pre-order on Amazon, ... Read More »


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Graduate School awards 6 Professional Development Grants for 2019

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Graduate School has awarded six Professional Development Grants for 2019. The grants, established in 2014, provide up to $2,000 to help graduate students and their departments create discipline-specific professional development programming and resources for exploring both academic and broad... Read More »


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