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“I love that most everyone here is incredibly passionate about what they do. From faculty to staff to students, we all seem to be driven by a higher purpose and find great meaning in our work. For me, spending my days reading and discussing great literature and craft with smart and engaged students and mentoring them in their writing is as good as it gets.” - Marin Heinritz, Assistant Professor of English

Program Information

Professors: Fong, Heinritz, Katanski, Mills, Mozina, Salinas, Seuss, Sinha, Smith (Chair)

The primary mission of the English Department is to create communities of learning in which students can enter into the power of language. Through the study of literature in English across global and historical cultures, the study of film and critical theory, the discipline of writing in a variety of genres, and the constant practice of collaboration, we lead students toward a comprehension of the complexity of their world, of themselves, and of the way word and image shape reality. Throughout history, writers and readers have acted as witnesses to the human situation, never more so than in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, we aim for our students to become witnesses in and for the word.

English Department News

Senior Presents SIP in Paris

ustinDanzyParisTHUMB Justin Danzy ’16 always believed in himself and his writing; he just wasn’t sure others would feel the same way. When he began to work on his Senior Individualized Project (SIP) at Kalamazoo College, he had one thing in mind: … Continue reading

Blind Date

iSeussArticle DI SEUSS NAMED one of two finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry! A first in the history of Kalamazoo College to have one of her own so honored. Di is an alumna (class of 1978) and Di is … Continue reading

Pro Voice: “You are not in her shoes.”

Throughout Winter Quarter 2016, students in the Kalamazoo College “Feminist Psychology of Women” course have interviewed a range of individuals associated with Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan. “ProVoice: The Abortion Monologues — You Are Not in Her Shoes,” a … Continue reading

Morowa Yejidé ’92, author of “Time of the Locust,” will give a reading at Kalamazoo College on Feb. 16

orowa Yejide_2 The Kalamazoo College Department of English will host a reading and discussion with author Morowa Yejidé ’92 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe Street, on the K campus. The event … Continue reading

CONTRARY MOTION Hits the Right Note

ozinaThumb On a musical instrument, contrary motion refers to a melodic motion in which one series of notes rises in pitch while opposing notes descend. In his debut novel, Contrary Motion, English professor Andy Mozina moves his 38-year-old character, Matthew Grzbc, … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College alumni Annie Gough ’15 and Eric Silverstein ’14 selected as Challenge Detroit Fellows

Annie Gough ''15 Kalamazoo College alumni, Annie Gough ’15 and Eric Silverstein ’14 have been selected as two of 30 Fellows to participate in Challenge Detroit, an urban revitalization program focused on attracting and retaining talent in Detroit in an effort to spur revitalization. Gough and Silverstein were chosen … Continue reading

Book launches, annual colloquium concludes for Olasope Oyelaran

Olasope Oyelaran Within a 24-hour period, Kalamazoo College Scholar-in-Residence Olasope O. Oyelaran, Ph.D., will see his new book launch and his annual International Colloquium at the National Black Theatre Festival close for another year. Oyelaran, husband of K President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, edited … Continue reading

The (Busy) Life of a Writer

euss_diane_2013 The New Yorker magazine has accepted for publication a poem by Kalamazoo College Writer-in-Residence Diane Seuss ’78. The poem is expected to appear in the fall. Many other good things happening relative to Di’s writing. Her third book of poems, … Continue reading

Student-Led Forums Focus on Race and Ethnicity on K’s Campus

Kalamazoo College students host two forums this week focusing on race and ethnicity on the K campus. “Konsciousness” (Wed. March 4, 7PM, Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center) is a structured discussion open to K students, faculty, and staff to hear … Continue reading

Alumna Novelist Nominated for Award

orowaThumb Kalamazoo College alumna Morowa Yejidé ’92 is a nominee for a 2015 NAACP Image Award to be awarded Friday, February 6, in Los Angeles. She is nominated in the category of Outstanding Literary Debut Work for her first novel Time … Continue reading