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Courtney Houpt talks about being an English major at UTC

Courtney Houpt, a junior, talks about studying English at UTC.


Pretty River Writers' Conference

Dr Richard Jackson and several UTC Creative Writing students have been invited to attend the Pretty River Writers’ Conference in Tecumseh, Missouri in late September. The students, who will be chosen later in August, will participate with students from Hope College in Wisconsin as well as MFA and post MFA students. At the Conference Dr Jackson will be on the staff which also features essayist Robert Vivian and several other writers. Earlier this Spring Jackson led a group of students to Arizona where they met Native American writers, explored native culture and natural sites, and participated in workshops. Each year, in fact, Jackson takes a number of writing students to explore various writings and cultures. Past trips have been to Lisbon, Rome, Colorado and New Mexico, Prague, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland.


Dr. Rick Jackson

The English Department’s Dr. Richard Jackson has published two books of poems, a new book Out of Place (Ashland University Poetry Press) and a translation of a previous book,  Resonancia (Kriller 71 Editions, Barcelona).  A third new book, Retrievals, is the Maxine Kumin Award winner and will be published this Fall. He is the author of 20 previous books of poetry, criticism, translation and anthologies and several dozen essays and several chapbooks. Winner of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, Witter-Bynner and NEH Fellowships, recently he attended and gave a reading in Barcelona to celebrate the Spanish edition and lectured in Maribor Slovenia on Modern Poetry. He has been invited to attend International Literary conferences in the Czech Republic in October and in India in November. He will be giving workshops this June at Yale University and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and in July at Ashland University.


Internship blog goes live!

As the English Internship program continues to grow, Dr. Rebecca Jones, Internship Coordinator, has built a blog that includes student testimonials about the program, as well as general information for future interns and potential hosts of interns.


Department scholarships

The Department of English Scholarships Committee invites you to apply for the following five scholarships specifically designated for English majors: the Arlie E. Herron Scholarship, the Sally B. Young Scholarship, the Marian J. Tyte Scholarship, the Robert W. and Beatrice R. Anderson Scholarship, and the Dr. Margaret N. Kelley Scholarship. The application and instructions are available here.


Student Writing Contests

[31 January 2013]

The English Department is pleased to invite submissions to no fewer than four student writing contests (click on the links below for details and guidelines for each contest):

The submission deadline for all four contests is noon on Friday, March 7, 2014


Dr. Bryan Hampton publishes Fleshly Tabernacles: Milton and the Incarnational Poetics of Revolutionary England (University of Notre Dame Press)

Dr. Bryan Hampton's book, Fleshly Tabernacles: Milton and the Incarnational Poetics of Revolutionary England (University of Notre Dame Press), is soon to be released. 


Dr. Rick Jackson inducted into East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Dr. Rick Jackson, celebrated poet and creative writing teacher, will be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 25th.  Please visit the following web address to read more about this honor:


English majors vs. English faculty softball

English Majors vs. English Faculty Softball Game!  The results:  the faculty trounced the majors in a stunning 31-6 contest.  (Yes, 31 to 6!)  Food and fun had by all.  See you in the spring! 


Dr. Charles Sligh Interviewed for Open Road Integrated Media Website

"Meet Lawrence Durrell" video clip featuring Dr. Charles Sligh