Department of English

books

For scholarly authors, the journey of publishing a book is more than just the actual writing. For Jennifer MacLure, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Kent State University’s English Department since 2017, writing a book is more like an ongoing conversation. Of course, the process involves a lot of reading and analysis of others’ w...

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Ever have an idea for a book that you can’t seem to get on paper? Maybe you don’t have the time, or maybe the first draft seems daunting. Whatever your reason, NaNoWriMo is here to help you get over that very important first hurdle. You might have even already heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you are currently writing something, or maybe y...

Photo of textiles in process by Honors student Gabrielle Volz

Gabrielle (Gabby) Volz is a second year Kent State University Honors College student from Mansfield, Ohio, and a graduate of Lexington High School. She is the second recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Howard scholarship, the recently established fund for Honors College students in memory of Elizabeth Howard, Ph.D., who was a prominent member o...

Angelina DiFranco and the Dancing Wheels Company performing Incommunicado at the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center

Angelina DiFranco started dancing when she was just three years old and wearing a diaper under her leotard. “I was terrified of my dance teacher,” DiFranco joked. "No, she's great." She got her start at Starship Dance Studio in Guilford, Connecticut, about 90 miles from Lincoln Center in New York City. She knew she wanted to be a pro...

Honors College
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 m...

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 encourag...

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 ...

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 ...

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 advanc...

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, internin...