Department of English

Sonia Sanchez’s visit to Kent State University’s campus on Wednesday, September 18, touched many members of the community, both students and visitors alike.    In addition to her speaking event in the KIVA on Wednesday evening, Sanchez had a conversation with a small group of students in the early afternoon at the May Prentice House, home of...

Sonia Sanchez, a recipient of the 2019 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, will speak at Kent State University on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the KIVA auditorium on the Kent campus.    Sanchez’s visit is part of the year long 50th Commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State. Sanchez will discuss...

Toni Morrison, the bestselling author who died Aug. 5, at one time was offered a job in Kent State University’s Department of English, recalled English professor Yoshinobu Hakutani, Ph.D. Hakutani, who wrote part of his dissertation on Morrison’s writings, recalled meeting the late author at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The encounter...

Many students in the Middle East learn basic English, but applying their language skills to professional life can be challenging. A grant from the U.S. Department of State will allow some Palestinian students to take their English to the next level with the help of Kent State University professors. The grant, administered through the U.S. Embassy...

It is with heavy and reverent hearts that we share news that Emeritus English Professor Dr. Dolores Noll, trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights and people, passed away at the age of 88 on January 8th. Dolores’s impact is seen today at Kent State University. In the 1970’s she cofounded the Kent Gay Liberation Front, currently known as...

What first gained attention in Hollywood has now spread to a classroom at Kent State University, where an English professor is turning the #MeToo movement into curriculum. Vera Camden, Ph.D., in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, is leading the university’s first class of its kind in discussions about...

Weighing in at barely 100 pounds, Brooke Mullins summoned every ounce of strength she had, and even more she didn’t. Her muscles were shaking; her mind – exhausted. The Kent State University junior had one last shot at overcoming the most grueling portion of a physical exam. If she could pass it, Mullins would follow in her father and...

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman, Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Ohio Humanities Council and the Cleveland Public Library have partnered to organize a symposium that celebrates the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture and feminism....

The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University will expand its successful Traveling Stanzas project with $125,000 in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich Akron through the arts.    Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across...

A senior pursuing degrees in both English and vocal performance, Rosemary Heredos is currently working on a Senior Honors Thesis that provides a perfect fusion of her two areas of study. Inspired by a poem she read in a Medieval literature course offered by the Department of English, her thesis will provide an examination of both the Auchinleck...