Department of English

Alena stands next to her thesis research poster "Translating Music into Words: Musical Expression of Figurative Words" at an exhibition in Portland, Oregon.

Alena Miskinis, a senior and triple major in the Kent State University Honors College, has passionately seized every opportunity she can to pursue her combined interests in the arts and science. With a diverse array of classes intensified by Honors courses, as well as projects, internships, and events to attend, Alena has changed what it means to be a busy college student.  The task of completing three majors is no small feat, but Alena refuses to sacrifice any of her passions while in pursuit of her goals. With majors in English, piano performance, and psychology, Alena pushes herself...

Emeritus Professor Vera Camden (left) and Valentino Zullo (right)

We recently celebrated all of our first-generation students and alumni during “I Am First” week, but we want to congratulate one particular alum who is a shining example of what a first-gen student can accomplish at Kent State University and beyond, with just the right amount of creativity and drive partnered with the guidance and encouragement from an outstanding faculty mentor. Congratulations to Valentino Zullo, Ph.D., a 2020 English doctoral graduate who was recently named the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Public Humanities at Ursuline College. The fellowsh...

Honors student Olivia Eader takes a group of children on a hike through the woods as part of her summer research for the SURE Program.

Olivia Eader is a second-year Kent State University Honors College student from Bellefontaine, Ohio. She is the first recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Howard Memorial Honors Scholarship, the newly established fund for Honors students in memory of Elizabeth Howard, Ph.D., who was a prominent member of the Honors College community, as well as the Department of English. The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is chosen to reflect the academic and creative interests of Professor Howard. Olivia double majors in English and Environmental Studies, with an Italian Studies minor. She also serves as the ...

Professor Emeritus Jerry Lewis speaks at the inaugural luncheon established to honor his legacy as a May 4, 1970 historian and advocate.

The inaugural Jerry M. Lewis May 4 Lecture Series and Luncheon took place May 2 at the Kent Student Center Ballroom with Tammy Clewell, Ph.D., professor in Kent State University’s Department of English, as the featured speaker. Clewell’s presentation, titled “Remembering the Contested May 4 Memorializing Process,” discussed the contentious and lengthy process of creating a May 4 memorial on the Kent Campus. The lecture series was created to honor the legacy of Lewis, Ph.D., Kent State Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and to advance the scholarship of May 4, 1970 – the day the ...

Dr. Elizabeth Howard standing with one of her Freshman Honors Colloquium classes.

Elizabeth Howard, an award-winning instructor in the Honors College Freshman Honors Colloquium, passed away on April 10th, 2021. Dr. Howard’s contributions to the Honors College and Kent State University meant much to our students and colleagues over the years. In addition to teaching Freshman Honors Colloquium, she taught advanced classes in Honors and advised many Honors theses. In her honor and with an aim to continue her interests in Honors education at Kent State, the Honors College seeks donors to help fund a scholarship in her name. Please consider making a gift of any am...

Olivia Farina standing outside in downtown Medina, Ohio.

Olivia Farina is a third-year honors student majoring in English with a professional writing concentration and a creative writing minor. Originally from Painesville, Ohio, Olivia has had many successes at Kent State, from tutoring in the Writing Commons to winning awards from the Department of English. Olivia’s latest achievement, interning at the Wick Poetry Center through the English department’s Writing Internship Program (WIP), combines her passion for professional and creative writing. Coordinated by Dr. Uma Krishnan, the WIP is a 3-credit hour course that finds relevant internship sites ...

Decorative "K" fixture on the Kent campus.

Lindsey Sellman, a senior Honors College student majoring in journalism and minoring in creative writing, has spent her final year at Kent State as the Editor-in-Chief of Luna Negra magazine. Luna Negra is a student-led literary and arts magazine in Kent State’s Student Media department. Since 1956, the magazine has changed names and departments, but maintained its tradition of publishing the art and writing of Kent State students. Lindsey recalls being apprehensive about applying to the position of Editor-in-Chief. She explains, “I was afraid I couldn’t handle that big of a responsibility,...

Photo of Staircase in Student Center

Dirk Remley has been with Kent State University since 1990.  Remley graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He continued his studies at Bowling Green State University by earning his Masters of Arts in English Literature. He then completed his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Kent State University. Prior to becoming a professor at Kent State University, Remley worked in retail at a department store following his graduation from college. He then worked in public relations during his graduate studies at Bowling Green State Universi...

Kent State University sign on front campus.

Connor Lillis has always aspired to be a creative writer, but he thought that his writing would remain a part-time hobby. However, Connor’s Senior Honors Thesis has since helped Connor decide to pursue a career as a novelist after graduation. A senior Honors College student from Green, Ohio, Connor is graduating this spring with a major in English and a minor in creative writing. Before graduating, Connor will also have completed a novel as his honors thesis project. Currently in the last semester of his thesis project, Connor is making final revisions to his novel. Connor’s novel is in the f...

Panoramic view of the Lefton Esplanade and the Wick Poetry Center.

Charlie Malone, ’02 and ’04, has been announced as the 2021 Distinguished Honors Faculty Award Recipient. The announcement came during an April 3rd virtual celebration of the ‘2021 Senior Honors Recognition Ceremony’, which applauded the Honors College’s spring, summer and fall 2021 graduating seniors.  The event, which, in years prior to COVID-19, was held in a luncheon format with a formal recognition ceremony, also recognized the recipients of the Distinguished Honors Faculty and Distinguished Honors Alumni awards for both 2020 and 2021. The ceremony was cancelled last spring soon aft...