English Department News and Events

Student Literary Awards

Thursday, April 19

The submission period for the Student Literary Awards for this year is open. The deadline for submissions will be March 2. An application can be downloaded by clicking here.

The awards ceremony will be held on April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 17

Harvard Professor Steph Burt and Dr. Rachel Trousdale will be reading from their poetry on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room.

Fall Authors and Artists Event

Wednesday, October 18

Dr. Bartholomew Brinkman and Professor Samuel Witt will be the featured at the fall Authors and Artists event October 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Center. Professor Witt will read from his latest poetry collection, Little Doomsday Clock, and Dr. Brinkman will discuss his recently published book, Poetic Modernism in the Age of Mass Print.

National Day of Writing Event

Friday, October 20

The English Department is co-sponsoring events for the National Day of Writing on October 20 with the Center for Academic Achievement and Success in the lobby of the McCarthy Center.

Student Poetry Slam

Friday, October 20

The English Department is hosting a student poetry slam on October 20 at 7 p.m. in Sandella’s. Refreshments will be served!

Student Reception

Wednesday, October 25

The English Department is hosting a reception for English majors and minors on October 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Pizza and other refreshments will be served!

Film Night

Monday, October 30

Dr. Claudia Springer is hosting the first English Department Film Night on October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the North Hall Commons Room. She will be screening the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and leading a discussion afterward. Refreshments will be served and students are encouraged to come in costume!

Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival

Thursday, November 2

The Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival, featuring the award-winning authors Andrea and Brian Pinkney and a dinner talk by Mary Lee Donovan of Candlewick Press, will be held November 2 in the McCarthy Center.

Journalism Career Night

Wednesday, November 8

The English Department is hosting a Journalism Career Night featuring recent alumni of the program on November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room.


Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s edited collection, Humor in Modern American Poetry, has just been released by Bloomsbury Academic.

Dr. Kelly Matthews is the 2017 recipient of the Golden Bridges Award for Irish Literature.  The Irish Echo’s Golden Bridges Awards honor those forging transatlantic partnerships in business, education, or arts and culture initiatives between Ireland and the United States. 

Robert Renaud, ‘18, has been informed that Junto Magazine will be publishing his short story, “Birdsong.”   He wrote the story in Professor Patricia Horvath’s ENGL 411 Seminar in Prose Writing class last spring.

Jonathan Golden, ‘15, is a first-year Ph.D. student in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.  He is the Library Director at St. Mark’s School.  

Dr. Elaine Beilin’s entry on Anne Askew has just been published in the online Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy.

Dr. Lucas Dietrich’s article, “’At the Dawning of the Twentieth Century’: W.E.B. Du Bois, A. C. McClurg & Co., and the Early Circulation of The Souls of Black Folk,” has just been published in Volume 20 of the journal Book History.

Dr. Chu’s essay, "Sea Urchins and Circuses: The Modernist Natural Histories of Jean Painlevé and Alexander Calder," has been accepted by Modernist Cultures and will be published in a 2018 issue.  

Dr. Claudia Springer’s article, "Shadow Films: Picturing the Environmental Crisis," has been accepted for publication by Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

Alexandra Gomes, ’17, an English major with a concentration in Journalism who was Editor-in-Chief of The Gatepost last year, has been hired as a full-time reporter for The Sun Chronicle.  

Carla Hauck ’18, published a contribution to the forum, “Teacher Commentaries,” in Peabody Journal of Education (volume 92, Issue 4, 2017).  

Professor Eamon Cunningham’s article, “Authentic Questioning as a Form of Inquiry: Writing in the Dialogic Classroom,” has just been published in The Journal of Teaching Writing (Indiana University – Purdue University: Vol. 32 No 1). 

Dr. Alexander Hartwiger was a member of the Men’s Masters Ultimate Frisbee team representing the United States at the Beach World Championships in Royan, France from June 18 to June 23.  The U.S. beat France in the finals 13 -7 to win the gold medal. 

Dr. Evelyn Perry’s poem, “Blitz Poem,” has been published in the 2017 Crosswinds Poetry Journal.  The poem is from her manuscript, Johnny and Maggie, a verse retelling of “Hansel & Gretel” concerning the child evacuation in Britain during World War II.  .

Dr. Kelly Matthews’ article, "Brian Friel, the BBC, and Ronald Mason," has been accepted for publication in a special issue on writing from Northern Ireland by the peer-reviewed journal Irish University Review, which is based in Dublin.  Additionally, she gave a paper on Brian Friel at the recent American Conference for Irish Studies meeting in Kansas City, where she also introduced a keynote speaker.  She was also invited to speak about her work at an Irish Studies colloquium hosted by Boston College on April 8.

Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s article, “Salman Rushdie and Islamophobia,” has been published online by The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.  It is scheduled to appear in hard copy as part of a special issue on Rushdie. 

Dr. Lisa Eck was named Framingham State’s 2017 “Phenomenal Woman of the Year.”

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.