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Department of English

Department of English

Department of English

Monmouth University’s Department of English gives students the opportunity to study literature, writing, and rhetoric in a supportive and engaging intellectual community of faculty and peers. English majors and minors are encouraged to pursue their interests under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors both inside and outside the classroom, and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing and professional writing. Students will enhance their close reading and analytical skills as they encounter the pleasures and possibilities found in reading literary works of aesthetic and cultural value. A major or minor in English enables students to develop critical awareness that prepares them for careers in the areas of teaching, law, business, publishing, writing, and administration, and most importantly, lays the foundation for a lifelong engagement with the versatility, power, and beauty of language.

M.A./M.F.A in Creative Writing

Monmouth’s M.A./M.F.A. dual-degree program builds upon our 30-credit M.A. in English with a new 18-credit M.F.A. curriculum. Graduates will leave the program ready to pursue publication of their own work and qualified to seek careers in higher education, publishing, and related fields.

After completing their M.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration, Monmouth’s M.F.A. students will immerse themselves in an additional 18 credits of intensive study that includes advanced craft seminars, workshops, networking opportunities with publishing professionals and visiting writers, and career preparation in our internship program and reserved adjunct teaching positions.

Transfer students from other M.A. programs and alums with non-CW M.A. degrees from Monmouth may apply for our bridge program to complete the M.F.A. Part-time status, night classes, financial aid, graduate assistantships, and paid teaching opportunities available.


Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club is hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas. Each month they’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion!

Tuesday Night Book Club selection, February 22, 2022. Go to MCA page.
Toni Morrison, Beloved
February 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register here.

Tuesday Night Book Club selection, March 22, 2022. Go to MCA page.
Patti Smith, Just Kids
March 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register here.

Tuesday Night Book Club selection, April 12, 2022. Go to MCA page.
Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet
April 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register here.

Tuesday Night Book Club selection, May 10, 2022. Go to MCA page.
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
May 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register here.

For more information about the Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club, please visit

Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature. Founded by Michael P. Thomas, poet and Associate Dean for the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Series has become a celebrated component of the University’s Center for the Arts.

Anna Qu, EN MFA Adjunct faculty, Visiting Writer 3.2.22
Anna Qu
Wednesday, March 2

Image of Jane Wong, Visiting Writers Series, March 22, 2022. Go to MCA website.
Jane Wong
Tuesday, March 22, 4:30 p.m.

Image of Rivka Galchen, Visiting Writers Series, April 14, 2022. Go to MCA website.
Rivka Galchen
Tuesday, April 14, 4:30 p.m.

Image of Emma Copley Eisenberg, EN Adjunct/Writer in Residence
Emma Copley Eisenberg
Erlanger Gardens,
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Image of Visiting Writers Series speaker, Said Sayrafiezadeh, 11.9.21 - click or tap to watch video
Click or Tap to Watch Video
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, please visit

Scholarly Speaker Series

Photograph of Helne Quanquin
Hélène Quanquin
“Men in the American Women’s Rights Movement, 1830-1890: Cumbersome Allies.”

Monday, March 1, 2021

Read the article on this unique series featured on page 4 of our Department Newsletter, Words Matter.


Welcome back message from EN department. Go to EN webpage.
Have a great Spring 2022 semester!

The 3rd Annual
Toni Morrison Day
will be held on February 18, 2022.
Image for Toni Morrison Day Poster Contest 2.18.22. Go to Department Events webpage.
TMD Poetry Contest flyer w/ extended deadline. Go to English Events webpage.

Words Matter, EN Department Newsletter, Fall 2021 - Click or tap image to view and download newsletter
Read the Fall 2021 issue of our Department Newsletter, Words Matter.

Do you have exciting news to share? Let us know by emailing!

Allison Long, EN Graduate student
Graduate student, Allison Long’s story, “Other Mothers,” was published in the online journal, Promethius Dreaming.
Read the article on her success in the Fall 2021 issue of Words Matter.

John Vurro, EN graduate student
Graduate student, John Vurro’s novel, Play, Rewind, has been shortlisted in Craft Literary magazine’s First Chapter Contest.

Lauren Niesz '17 '19M, EN
Congratulations to
Lauren Niesz ’17 ’19M, on her selection to the Philadelphia Keeper Program.
Read the article on her success in the Fall 2021 issue of Words Matter.

Congratulations to Regina Betz-Madge ’14M on her featured poem in the Of Earth and Sky Project installation in Charlotte, NC.
Read the article on her success in the Fall 2021 issue of Words Matter.


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We’re eager and available to help with any of your questions and concerns. Please reach out to us at any time
via email ( or call us at 732-571-3439.

Monmouth Now:

Photo of Heide Estes. Click or tap for faculty directory profile.
Professor Estes gave the keynote lecture, at the International Medieval Congress, held virtually by the University of Leeds from July 5-9, 2021. Read the article in Monmouth Now.

Congratulations to Professor Estes on her election to the MLA Forum Executive Committee. Read the complete article.

Kristin Bluemel, PhD, EN Professor
Congratulations to Professor Bluemel for winning the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship! Read the full article.


Photo of Logo for Modern Language AssociationRead the “MLA Statement Deploring Systemic Racism” at