English Department News and Events

English Department Career Night

Wednesday, March 1

The English Department will be hosting a career night on Wednesday, March 1, from 7-9 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Alumni Room. Come learn about career options from English Department alumni working in a variety of fields. We will have lots of pizza and cookies!


Former English Department Chair and Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Feldman is the winner of the 2017 Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press for his poetry collection The Golden Coin, which will be published by the press in 2018.  Alan was a previous recipient of the Four Lakes Prize in 2015 for his book Immortality, which also won the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry.

Professor Colleen Coyne's poem, "Tricks for the Camera Owner," will appear in LUMINA Vol. XVI: Borders and Boundaries.

Dr. Bartholomew Brinkman’s book, Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print, has been published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Former English Department Chair and Professor Emerita Dr. Miriam Levine’s poems, "White Asters at Candlewood" and "Orpheus and Eurydice: Revising the Old Story," appear in the winter 2016 issue of The Southern Review;  Also published  in winter 2016, the additional poems "Golden Cosmos," "Iris Germanica," "The Shave," and "John's Story," in Constellations; "Star Magnolia," in Valparaiso Poetry Review; "Filthy Pleasure" and "Teens," in Broad Street; and "On the Steps of the Miami Beach Cinematheque,” in South Florida Poetry Journal

Professor Patricia Horvath’s essay, “Wrath,” which was published in The Los Angeles Review last year, was named a Notable Essay of 2015 in the 2016 edition of The Best American Essays, which was edited by Jonathan Franzen.

Former English Department Chair and Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Feldman’s book, Immortality, is the recipient of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. The Massachusetts Book Awards program, administered by the Massachusetts Center for the Book in association with the Massachusetts Library Association, recognizes significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's/young adult literature written by Commonwealth authors or about Commonwealth topics. The books become part of the permanent collection of the Massachusetts State Library and are promoted in libraries throughout the Commonwealth.

President and Professor Emerita Dr. Helen Heineman’s article, “Mother and Son: The Writing Trollopes,” has been published in The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought (Summer 2016, Volume LVII, No. 4).

Dr. Beth Bennett has been elected Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association.  She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana for the 2014-15 academic year, where she taught American literature, African-American literature, and writing. Dr. Bennett has been a visiting lecturer in the English Department since 2015.

Professor Colleen Coyne’s ENGL 377 Business Writing class completed a number of projects during the spring 2016 semester for Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR), a 501 c3 nonprofit guiding the revitalization of downtown Framingham. On the last day of class, Professor Coyne’s students presented FDR Executive Director Holli Andrews with four completed documents: Framingham Business Guide: The Complete Steps to Starting a Small Business in Framingham; An FSU Student’s Guide to Downtown Framingham (a directory of restaurants, services, and retail outlets); FDR Social Media Handbook: Best Practices and Platforms for Branding and Success; and Framingham Downtown Renaissance: Intern and Volunteer Handbook

Professor Suzanne McDonald’s ENGL377 Writing for Online and Social Media class created an integrated social media plan during the spring 2016 semester for Opportunity Works Connecticut (OWC), a nonprofit which enhances the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful and gainful employment services. Professor McDonald’s students presented their plan to OWC board member Bill Scully, CEO of Digital Marketing Fuel, and OWC Marketing Director Suzanne Aude on the last day of class.   

Dr. Alexander Hartwiger’s essay, “The Postcolonial Flâneur: Open City and the Urban Palimpsest,” was published in Postcolonial Text (Vol. 11, No 1, 2016).

Senior English major Melina Bourdeau’s poems, “An Open Note to the Girl Who Wanted to Wait Until Marriage,” “O-,” and “The Rabbit” were published in Sigma Tau Delta’s eastern region publication, Mind Murals (2016).  Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. The FSU chapter is advised by Dr. Carolyn Maibor.  

Dr. Kristin Comment has been appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth. Dr. Comment teaches English at Belmont High School, where she co-advises the Gay Straight Alliance. She has been a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department since 2001.

Professor Sam Witt’s book of poems, Little Doomsday Clock, has been accepted by Carolina Wren Press, and will be published in early 2017. 

Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s article, “Mrs. Dalloway and The Defense,” translated into Russian, was published in Nabokovskii Sbornik [Nabokov Collection] (St Petersburg: Nabokov Museum, 2015).

Professor Colleen Coyne was awarded a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry.   The award was given to seven poets (there were 342 applicants).  

Dr. Alexander Hartwiger’s essay, “Shifting Proximities: A Case for Global Reading in US Higher Education,” was published in the journal New Global Studies (Vol. 9, No. 3, December 2015).

Professor Colleen Coyne’s poetry chapbook, Girls Mistaken for Ghosts, was published by Dancing Girl Press in December 2015. 

Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s book of poems, Antiphonal Fugue for Marx Brothers, Elephant, and Slide Trombone, was published by Finishing Line Press in November 2015.  

Dr. Elaine Beilin’s essay, “Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: A Discourse of Life and Death,” was published in The Ashgate Research Companion to the Sidneys, 1500-1700, Volume 2 (2015).  

Professor Patricia Horvath’s essay, “Patience,” part of a collection-in-progress, was published in The Massachusetts Review (Vol. LVI, No. 4, 2015).

Dr. Claudia Springer’s book, Acting, co-edited with Julie Levinson, a Professor of Film at Babson College, was published by Rutgers University Press as a volume in the Behind the Silver Screen series in August 2015.  One of the book’s chapters, “Classical Hollywood (1928-1946),” was written by Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Nolletti, Jr.