The English Department works with joy and vigor to create a vibrant and creative intellectual environment on campus through exciting programming, orientations to guide our students into graduate schools and career, and rip-roaring social events.

Please check this page regularly to keep up with department happenings, which are almost always open to the broader community and public.

Timothy Libretti serving as editor of online magazine engendered

In October 2020, Tim Libretti (Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and one-time Chair of English) began serving as an editor for the online medium magazine Engendered, a publication featuring writing that explores the world through the lens of gender, with emphases on trauma, equality and accountability, power, and systems and transformation "through a gendered power lens." Tim's mission, as he has chosen to accept it, is to build a community through its pages, and he wants YOU to contribute your writing! 

Students, alumni, colleagues: if you are interested in publishing your writing in Engendered on the topic of your choice, reach out to Tim Libretti at t-libretti@neiu.edu.

Check out their Submission Guidelines here.

Ryan Poll JOins POPmatters as staff writer

In Spring 2020, Prof. Ryan Poll became a staff writer at PopMatters, an online, "international magazine of cultural criticism and analysis, which has been independently owned and operated since its inception. Our scope is broadly cast on all things pop culture and we are the largest site that bridges academic and popular writing in the world." Almost immediately, Ryan created the ReadingPandemics series now featured on the site, to which he continues to contribute. Ryan also established a one-credit English course for Fall 2020 to examine historical pandemics in literature (Love in the Time of COVID, anyone?), inclusive of several more English faculty, whose lectures were then published online.

PopMatters continues to seek writers, including students, alumni and colleagues. Check out their submission page.

fall 2020 english faculty online symposium

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 via Zoom

Please fill out the Fall 2020 English Faculty Symposium link form to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Attend this illuminating one-day virtual conference with your favorite English faculty sharing their works-in-progress. Free and open to the public!

Program of Speakers:

10-10:10 a.m.: Tim Libretti, "Thinking Through Race: The Politics of Sovereignty in the Literatures of the U.S. Nations Within."

10:10-10:20 a.m.: Amanda Goldblatt, "LOTS," excerpt from an in-progress novel

10:20-10:30 a.m.: Kristen Over, "As yet the Negro is incapable of equality:" the discourse of white supremacy in William Faulkner's "A Word to Virginians" and "Requiem for a Nun."

10:30-10:40 a.m.: Tim Scherman, "The Mysterious Failure of The Egeria (1852), projected as the first Woman's Right's Journal in the US"

10:40-10:50 a.m.: Q & A

10:50-11 a.m.: Emily Garcia, "Foundational Impurities in Santiago Puglia's El desengano del hombre (1794); or, What the US's First Spanish-Language Text Teaches us about Latinx History and Interdependence"

11-11:10 a.m.: Bradley Greenburg, "The Shadow of the Hunter," excerpt from an in-progress novel.

11:10-11:20 a.m.: Olivia Cronk, "She-Crumb," excerpt from a manuscript that merges literary and film criticism with poetry and fiction and memory-writing.

11:20-11:30 a.m.: Chielozona Eze, "Moral Capital: Love in James Baldwin's Political Thoughts"

11:30-11:40 a.m.: Q & A

11:40-11:50 a.m.: Christine Simokaitis, "Gemini Rising, Stories from the Zodiac," from a manuscript-in-progress.

11:50-noon: Ryan Poll, "Aquaman and the War Against Oceans: Comics Activism and Corporate Authorship in the Anthropocene"

Noon-12:10 p.m.: Larry Dean, "A Cheesecake in the Bunker: Poems inspired by the films of Lucio Fulci"

12:10-12:20 p.m.: Q & A