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 careers, 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.


4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2021

In Fall 2021, we began hosting a monthly Zoom series featuring successful NEIU alums who majored in English, to show undergrads how to market their skills and attributes as English Major in a wide variety of fields. Each session features four alums who present their unique paths to their current positions, and then answer questions from students and colleagues who want to know more!

Featured alumni:

Watch the event. D2L login is required.

Future Teachers and Admins
4:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 2021

Featured Guests: Allison Ruggles, Morgan Park High School; Mimi Cross, Steinmetz College Prep; Kyle Fitzmyer, Morton East High School; Josh Smith and Hans Kim, Lane Tech; and Ken Johnson, Dean at Chicago Math and Science Academy

The Fields Outside of Teaching
4:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 2021

Featured Guests: Jenn Lee, MFA candidate, Columbia College; Emmanuel Cruz, Manager, Implementation Branch--Federal Aviation Administration; Ashley Miranda, Sarah 

English M.A. Students
3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2021

Featured Guests: Susan Landwer, Ph.D. candidate, Marquette University; Katelyn Jurjens, Ph.D. candidate; Northeastern University; Elias Cepeda, Ph.D. candidate, Southern Illinois University; Rebecca Wiggins, Technical Writer

ONE BOOK ONE CHICAGO: Community, Diversity and Local histories with northeastern illinois university

6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
Online event via Chicago Public Library's YouTube channel and Facebook page

Attend a distinguished online panel as they discuss this year's One Book, One Chicago choice, "Bedrock Faith" by Eric Charles May, as it relates to themes of community, diversity, and local histories, hosted by the Chicago Public Library. The novel "reflects on God, the living and the dead, and the possibilities of finding love without reservation."

Panelists are:

  • Tim Libretti, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, NEIU
  • Andy Meyer, Director, F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections, Brandel Library, North Park University
  • Stephany Perez, Former Teaching Artist/Company Manager, Albany Park Theater Project

More Info


The doors open wide for Spring 2022 class registration starting on Oct. 11, 2021! Students who want and need particular courses should meet with their advisor before registration to make appropriate choices and be certain of meeting the requirements for the major:

  • English is offering three 300-level ELE courses in Spring 2022
  • You need 40 credit hours at the 300 level in order to graduate, so grab those 300 level electives!
  • You need 120 total credits overall to graduate

Plan ahead, but plan now for Oct. 11!


7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.12, 2021

Join The Poetry Foundation for a live virtual reading in October! The Open Door series presents work from new and emerging poets and highlights writing instruction and poetic partnerships. Two of this event's featured poets hail from NEIU English:

  • Isaias Rogel (B.A., English, 2020) is an MFA student in New Mexico State University's Creative Writing program, and is pursuing a graduate certificate in the Borderlands and Ethnic Studies.
  • Amanda Goldblatt teaches Creative Writing at NEIU and was a 2018 NEA Writing Fellow.

sign up ONLINE

Lit & Luz festival returns with guest artist and poet Rocio ceron

3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
Main Campus, Fine Arts Center, Room FA 160A

Come to Lit & Luz! In particular, join us for the in-person event: "A Bilingual Performance by Mexican Poet & Multimedia Artist Rocío Cerón,” sponsored by the Creative Writing Minor, the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures, arranged by Creative Writing instructor Amanda Goldblatt.

Lit & Luz is a yearly Mexico City/Chicago cultural exchange between writers and artists from both places, by welcoming Mexican poet and multimedia artist Rocío Cerón for a bilingual performance. There will be an interview following the performance.

More info about the artist

The 82: Student reading - Fall 2021 event

5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Online via Zoom; email Olivia Cronk at to request link.

Join our Creative Writing Instructors, students and friends at The 82's Fall 2021 event, featuring several talented Creative Writing students who will read from their own works and answer questions from attendees. Names of the student artists to be announced.

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 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

Check out their Submission Guidelines.

Ryan Poll JOins POPmatters as staff writer

In Spring 2020, Professor 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 Reading Pandemics 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.