department of english

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 20 (National Day on Writing)
Chantel Acevedo
Schmidt Gallery, 6 pm
Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year; Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults; A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award; and The Distant Marvels, (Europa Editions), which Booklist called "a major, uniquely powerful, and startlingly beautiful novel." She is currently an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.

Wednesday, November 4 (Off the Page)
Majestic Palm Room (Student Union), 7 pm
Russell Banks
A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks’s titles include The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Affliction, Success Stories, Continental Drift,Searching for Survivors, Trailerpark, The Book of Jamaica, The New World, Hamilton Stark, The Reserve and Lost Memory of Skin. His most recent book, a collection of short stories titled A Permanent Member of the Family, was published in November 2013 from Ecco/Harper Collins. Banks has contributed poems, stories, and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper’s and numerous others. His novels, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were adapted into feature films which received widespread critical acclaim.

Included among the numerous honors and awards Russell Banks has received are the Ingram Merrill Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were Pulitzer Prize finalists; Affliction, Cloudsplitter, and Lost Memory of Skin were PEN/Faulkner Finalists. Lost Memory of Skin was a Finalist for the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Banks was New York State Author (2004–2008) and is the founder and President of Cities of Refuge North America. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from seven colleges and universities. He is the winner of the 2011 Common Wealth Award for Literature. In 2014 he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.


Thursday, January 28 (Lawrence Sanders Writer in Residence 2016)
Tom Sleigh
Majestic Palm Room (Student Union) 7 pm
Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed; Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL); and Space Walk, winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the AAAL, The Dreamhouse was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award, and The Chain was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Travel

Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He's received the PSA's Shelley Prize, and awards from the American Academy in Berlin, Civitella Ranieri, the Lila Wallace Fund, the Guggenheim, two NEAs, among others. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.




Past Events

Thursday, January 15, 2015: Lawrence anders Writer-in-Residence- This year’s Sanders Writer-in-Residence is Jo Ann Beard. Jo Ann Beard is the author of a collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth,and the novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "Tin House," "Best American Essays," and other magazines and anthologies. She received a Whiting Foundation Award and nonfiction fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. 7 p.m. Majestic Palm Room, reception to follow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon , and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK . She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist , and Hunger , forthcoming from Harper in 2016. Free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. Student Union Building

Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War . His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. Co-sponsored by FAU Military and Veterans Affairs. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Student Union Building

Thursday, March 26, 2015: Bingham Visiting Writer- Lucie Brock-Broido is a professor and Director of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She received her BA and her MA from Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from Columbia University. Her most recent book Stay, Illusion was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry and for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her previous collections of poetry include Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), recipient of the Massachusetts Book Award; The Master Letters (1995); and A Hunger (1988). Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize for poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Free and open to the public. 4 p.m. Schmidt Center Gallery

Friday, September 5, 2014: English Club Fall Kickoff The time has arrived! The English Club is back! Come rub elbows with other English majors and minors on Sept. 5th, at 4pm on the 3rd floor of the CU building. 4:00 p.m. CU Building, 3rd Floor Atrium

Friday, September 12, 2014: Professor Dalleo will be starting our Fall Brown Bag Symposium with his presentation, "'A romance of the race, just down there by Panama’: West Indians in the Harlem Renaissance and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti.” 12 p.m. CU 321

Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Where Are They Now: What They Did With Their English Degree Alumni Panel. Come to our FAU English Alumni Panel to find out about the diverse positions our graduates have accepted. See flyer 7 p.m. AH 205

Thursday, October 30, 2014: I Know What You Did Last Semester: Murder Mystery Costume Party . Join the English Club for a little murder mystery fun! Dress up as your favorite literary character or villain and help us figure out whodunit! 7 p.m. Book Wise Bookstore (see flyer attached for address and details)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Thursday April 17, 2014 The English Graduate Student Society will be having their Spring 2014 Graduate Student Conference.

Monday, March 24, 2014: Brown Bag Series- Professor Regis Mann , "Theorizing freedom as an Economy of Violence in Harriet Wilson's Our Nig." 12pm p.m. CU 321

Thursday, March 20, 2014:Tayari Jones A recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Tayari Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, where she was awarded with a Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, a Leader in Faculty Diversity Award. Her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts and The United States Artists Foundation and the arts councils of Arizona and Illinois. She spent the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her forthcoming novel, Dear History.
7:00 p.m. Student Union Majestic Palm Room

Friday, March 14, 2014: English Students vs. English Faculty Spelling Bee. Are you up for the challenge? The English club is hoting a Spelling Bee- English Students vs. English Faculty. Up for prize is a $20 Visa Gift Card and Bragging Rights.
3:00 p.m. CU 321, Boca Campus

Thursday, February 27, 2014: English Internship Information Session Come learn about the English Internship Program and how to set yourself up for success. Check out the flyer! 3:30-4:30 p.m. AH 209, Boca Raton campus

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014: What Can I Do With My English Degree?
Come and learn more about life after English and what you can do with your degree. The workshop is open to English undergraduates and undecided students.Check out the flyer! 3:30-4:30 p.m. AH 205, Boca Raton campus

T hursday, February 20, 2014: William Boggess William Boggess began his career at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, before working at Barer Literary as the agency assistant until 2010.  After leaving for two years to work on the editorial side at Little, Brown and Company, he is returning to represent literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as provide editorial support for the agency’s authors.  He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

7:00 p.m. Student Union Majestic Palm Room

Thursday, January 16, 2014: Timothy Donnelly Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets published by Minus A Press in 2012.. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.4:00 p.m., Schmidt Center Gallery

Thursday January 24, 2014: Brian Turner Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry—Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books; 2005, 2010). Both collections are also available in the U.K. from Bloodaxe Books (2007, 2010). Here, Bullet is a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection and has won numerous awards (including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award and the 2007 Poets Prize). The 2009-2010 Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar, Turner has also been awarded a 2009 USA Hillcrest Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. His work has been published in Poetry Daily, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, and others. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College. 7:00 p.m. Student Union Majestic Palm Room


For more information contact the Department of English at 561-297-3830 or at english@fau.edu

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