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A group of Albion College students on the steps of Baldwin Hall, 2012.

Knowledge of ethnic traditions and ethnic relations is sought after in many fields, including but not limited to politics, social services, business, law, medicine, and psychology-related careers. This demand recognizes both that America is an increasingly multicultural society and that business people and professionals need to know these multiple groups in order to serve them better.

The Department of Ethnic Studies and Career and Internship Center look forward to assisting students as they consider options to pursue after their Albion careers.

2012-2013 Reading Series

Danielle Cadena DeulenDanielle Cadena Deulen
Creative Nonfiction Reading

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room, Stockwell Library

Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of The Riots (University of Georgia Press), a memoir that won the 2010 AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize in Nonfiction, and won the 2012 GLCA New Writers Award. She also published a collection of poems, Lovely Asunder (University of Arkansas Press), which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in such journals as The Utne Reader, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and The Indiana Review. A 2007-2008 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Deulen received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah. She currently lives in Ohio, where she is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the Graduate Creative Writing program at the University of Cincinnati. Visit her online at www.danielledeulen.com.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

 

acreadingseries-shane-book-200Shane Book and Alan Heathcock
Poetry and Fiction Reading

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room, Stockwell Library

Poet and filmmaker Shane Book is the author of Ceiling of Sticks (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which won both the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His work has appeared in over fifteen anthologies and forty literary magazines in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. He has studied at New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. The recipient of various awards, including a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award, Shane Book has also received various scholarships to residencies and conferences such as the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Cave Canem.

acreadingseries-alan-heathcock-200Alan Heathcock is the author of VOLT (Graywolf), a collection of short stories. VOLT was recognized as a Best Book 2011 by numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland; in addition, VOLT was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month, and won the GLCA New Writers Award. Heathcock’s fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Zoetrope: All-Story, Kenyon Review, VQR, and The Harvard Review. A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Heathcock is currently a Literature Fellow for the state of Idaho. A Chicago native, he teaches at Boise State University.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

 

Thisbe NissenThisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo
Poetry and Fiction Reading

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room, Stockwell Library

Thisbe Nissen is the author of two novels, The Good People of New York (Knopf) and Osprey Island (Knopf), and a story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night (University of Iowa Press), which was the winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is also the co-author, with Erin Ergenbright, of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook, a collection of stories, recipes and art collages. Her fiction has been published in various literary journals, such as The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, Story, Seventeen, The Virginia Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, Glimmer Train, and NANO Fiction, while her creative nonfiction has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, and The Believer. Nissen has received many awards, including fellowships for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1994 and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches at Western Michigan University.

Jay Baron NicorvoJay Baron Nicorvo is the author of Deadbeat (Four Way Books); he has also contributed poetry, fiction, nonfiction and criticism to The Literary Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review and The Believer. He's served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). He teaches at Western Michigan University, where he's faculty advisor to Third Coast, and he lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their son, Sonne, and a dozen vulnerable chickens. Visit him online at www.nicorvo.net.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

Thisbe NissenTraci Brimhall
Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 4, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room, Stockwell Library

Traci Brimhall is the author of two poetry collections, Our Lady of the Ruins (Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. In March of 2013, Diode Editions will release her chapbook of collaborative poems, Bright Power, Dark Peace, written with the poet Brynn Saito. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals such as New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, and Southern Review; and her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, PBS Newshour, and Best American Poetry 2013. Lastly, Brimhall’s poetry comic collaborations with Eryn Cruft can be found in Guernica, Ninth Letter, TheThe Poetry Comics, and Nashville Review. Brimhall has received many awards and fellowships, including an NEA, the Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi, the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and fellowships at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Vermont Studio Center. She earned a B.A. from Florida State University, an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and she is currently working toward her Ph.D. at Western Michigan University, where she serves as Editor in Chief for Third Coast. Visit her online at www.tracibrimhall.com.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

Joseph J. Irwin Society

The Joseph J. Irwin Society is an English Department honor society.

Awardees include:

2017 Awardees

  • Alce Garvin
  • Cayla Dupuis
  • Dana Demchak
  • Ellen Koppy
  • Emily McCaleb
  • Emily Miller
  • Kathleen Casebeer
  • Nicole Kurlich

2016 Awardees

  • Emma Stapley
  • Emily Espinosa
  • Hannah Catalano
  • Audrey DeGroot
  • Shenoa Butcher
  • Taylor Shell

Student Opportunities

Students outside Ferguson Hall on the Albion College quad.English majors enjoy a rich variety of research, writing, and internship opportunities both on and off campus. Writing and editorial positions on the online student newspaper and the annual literary magazine are available, and the department helps place students in off-campus programs in Great Britain, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. In the past several years, majors have completed off-campus internships with the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, and NBC News.

The department encourages qualified and interested majors to consider writing an honors thesis in English during their senior year. Successful completion of the thesis results in graduation with departmental honors in English.

Outstanding English majors are invited to join the Joseph J. Irwin Society, the English Department honorary.

The English Department sponsors a series of programs each year which bring distinguished writers and critics to campus for readings, lectures, and meetings with classes. Campus visitors have included Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Maria Howe, Galway Kinnell, Li Young Lee, and Gary Snyder.

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