English Department Events

Regie Gibson’s “Letter and Spirit: The Rants, Chants, and Coos of a Literary Musician”

By Monica Sager Regie Gibson is not just a lecturer at Clark University or the head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in Schools Program.” The widely-loved poet is also a literary performer who has presented across the United States, Cuba, and Europe. Clark students were welcomed to hear Gibson’s poetry April 22 for an…

Professor James Elliot and Retirement

With his retirement close on the horizon, Monica Sager interviews Professor Jay Elliot about his life, career, and future plans.By Monica Sager James Elliott came to Clark University in the fall of 1971. He was hired to teach American literature in the English Department. At the time, James Beard, another professor who Elliott called his…

Professor Jay Elliot on the 2021 James Fenimore Cooper Conference

Sophie Stern discusses the upcoming James Fenimore Cooper Conference with the English Department’s very own Professor James ElliotBy Sophie Stern The American Antiquarian Society will host the James Fenimore Cooper Conference May 25 and 26 to honor the 200th anniversary of Cooper’s major novel, “The Spy.” James Elliott, an English professor at Clark University, wrote the…

Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’”

Guest writer Adelyn García reflects on Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’” by Adelyn García When a piece of writing strays beyond the conventional tropes of those of classic literature and becomes a hybrid of creativity and preservation, then readers are drawn in through an amalgamation of intrigue and…

“The Winston Napier Conference: Then and Now” (2020)

Monica Sager reflects and reports on the Winston Napier Conference, which was held to honor and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Napier’s foundational “African American Literary Theory.”By Monica Sager Winston Napier lived “expansively, graciously, and generously,” according to SunHee Gertz, Professor Emerita of English. Napier was born in Jamaica, before migrating to the United States.…

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020 (left to right: Lee Gaines, Kulani Abendroth-Dias, Cara Gross, Bryan Tamburro) By Milena Germon (’21) Although we could not gather in person for this year’s annual Chowder Fest, in many ways, I found myself doing the same thing I would normally be doing at Anderson House: wearing a big…

Benjamin Garcia Reading and Workshop September 2020

In the second installment of the Clark Poets and Writers Reading series, Latinx poet Benjamin Garcia gave a reading and led a workshop, sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the English Department.Blog post written by Prof. Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez; edited by Sophie Stern. In the second installment of the Clark Poets and Writers Reading…

A Clarkie Reflects on Presenting at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention

Azariah Kurlantzick reflects on presenting their honors thesis at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention, the final event they attended before Clark shut down.As a senior, it’s easy to feel like I’m losing a lot over the next few months. Graduation is online, Senior Week is canceled, my final Spring Fling took place virtually. I have…

Q&A Commentary: Reflections on the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers Poetry Reading and Workshop

Professor Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez and students reflect on their experience attending the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers poetry reading and workshop this past February, speaking to the importance of events such as these and sharing work of their own.Can you start by telling us a little bit about the Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers poetry reading and workshop? M.G: The…