English

MarinHeinritz
“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: Baez Bendorf, Fong, Heinritz (Chair - Winter, Spring), Katanski, Mills (Chair - Fall), Mozina, Salinas, Sinha, Smith

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

Bags to Benches Targets Plastic, Unites K

Bags to Benches Plastics Drive_FB The Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives (KCCSR) and the Eco Club are offering [...]

Washington Internship Boosts Student’s Love of Museums

Washington Internship for Facebook A fortunate pairing of four people with Kalamazoo College ties provided one student with a [...]

Honors Day Rewards Student Excellence

Honors Day Convocation_Facebook Family Weekend served as the backdrop for the Honors Day 2019 convocation. More than 250 [...]

Celebrated Poet Visits, Inspires K

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo When an award-winning poet speaks on campus, you can bet Kalamazoo College students are [...]

Nature Center Nurtures Student’s Love of Writing

Paige Chung and Oliver Baez Bendorf at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Nature Center A nature center and biological field station in Hastings, Michigan, is home for a Kalamazoo [...]

Get Versed in National Poetry Month

Kayla Park National Poetry Month_2 If your knowledge of poetry is limited, April is the perfect time to expand your horizons and [...]

Honors Day 2018 Celebrates Student Achievements

5 students and Provost on stage during Honors Day 2018 Convocation Kalamazoo College Family Weekend served as the backdrop for the Honors Day 2018 convocation. [...]

Journalist to Deliver Hilberry Symposium Keynote

Hilberry Symposium Keynote Speaker Lauren Trager The Kalamazoo College English Department will conduct its annual Hilberry Symposium, which [...]

Five Faculty Members Receive Tenure

Noriko Sugimori presenting at inauguration With specialties ranging from the psychology of adolescents to Victorian literature, five [...]

K Alumni Launch Black Diaspora Project

Black Diaspora Project Co-Editor Justin Danzy Kalamazoo College alumni Justin Danzy ’16 and Marquise Griffin ’15 have created a virtual [...]