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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.

 

Tuesday Night Book Club

The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 by Michael P. Thomas as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature. The series, directed by Alex Gilvarry, Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, has become a celebrated component of the University’s Center for the Arts.

Book cover of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
July 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register online.

Book cover art of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
August 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Virtual
Register online.

For more information about the Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club, please visit www.monmouth.edu/mca/series/tuesday-night-book-club/.

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.

Image of Rivka Galchen, Visiting Writers Series, April 14, 2022. Go to MCA website.
Rivka Galchen
Erlanger Gardens
Thursday, April 14, 5:00-6:15 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, 2022

Anna Qu, EN MFA Adjunct faculty, Visiting Writer 3.2.22
Anna Qu
Tuesday, March 2, 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Image of Jane Wong, Visiting Writers Series, March 22, 2022. Go to MCA website.
Jane Wong
Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, please visit www.monmouth.edu/mca/series/visiting-writers-series/.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Thank You Susand Goulding, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Goulding is stepping down as our Chair after 10 years of service. We extend our thanks for her work with so many students and for our Department.

Tuesday Night Book Club promotional image
Tuesday Night Book Club will continue to meet on Zoom throughout the summer! See the blue box on this page, or visit the MCA web site, to view the upcoming novels.

Cover of Word Matter Newsletter Spring 2022 Issue - click or tap to view and download issue
Read the Spring 2022 issue of our Department Newsletter, Words Matter.

The English Department congratulates Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters whose poetry was published in the Spring 2022 issue of Ploughshares.

The English Department congratulates Alexandra Kleeman and our former colleague
Melissa Febos
on being named Guggenheim Fellows!

Monmouth Review, volume 64. Go to English publications webpage.
Pick up a copy of the Monmouth Review in the Great Hall Annex.

Do you have exciting news to share? Let us know by emailing english@monmouth.edu!

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

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.

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 (english@monmouth.edu) or call us at 732-571-3439.

Monmouth Now:

Heide Estes, Professor, English. Go to English department webpage.
Dr. Heide Estes will present “Ecocriticism, Disability, and the Beowulf Manuscript” as a hybrid lecture at the University of Rochester on April 15 at 3 p.m. Registration is required.

Dr. Bluemel (EN) gives Leverhulme Lecture on March 10, 2022. Go to EN webpage.
Dr. Bluemel gave the Leverhulme Lecture 2022 on March 10, 2022 at 12pm EST.

Brittany Scardigno, EN Adjunct faculty, semifinalist Fulbright Schoar
Congratulations to adjunct professor Brittany Scardigno ’21M, one of three Monmouth University scholars named as semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read the full 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.

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