Humans of the English Department–Interviews with Faculty and Students

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…

Professor Karen Osborn on Writing Her Novel, THE MUSIC BOOK

New York City-based writer Linda Shockley speaks with Clark University Professor and author Karen Osborn on her fifth published novel, THE MUSIC BOOK.By Linda Shockley Congratulations on the publication of your fifth novel, THE MUSIC BOOK. I think this woman musician in the male preserve of chamber music in the 1950s is a fascinating tale.…

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…

A Note of Inspiration from Professor Kourtney Senquiz: Earning her Ph.D. and the Importance of Academic Support

Professor Kourtney Senquiz speaks on the academic support she received while completing her Ph.D. as a first-generation college student. February 18th, what would have been Toni Morrison’s 89th birthday, I defended my dissertation, The African American Gothic Double, and earned my Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. My dissertation…

Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction Course Takes on the 2020 Climate Crisis

Olivia Simonds revisits Michael Carolan’s creative writing course, which is now engaging with the environment and confronting reality.By Olivia Simonds It’s gray and raining on a Monday as students slowly file into Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction class. They are a reserved group of eight, but present nonetheless. The room hums with anticipation. When I…

From Clark to Iceland and Beyond: Student Alum Nicola Imbracsio Speaks on Studying Abroad and Teaching Post-Graduation

Nicola Imbracsio reflects on studying at Clark and abroad and the ways they have inspired her teaching work today.As a first-generation college student starting at Clark University in the Fall of 1994, I didn’t know much about college. But I did know two things: I wanted to be an English major and I wanted to…

Doing Too Much and Still Making it Work: An Interview with Emily Buza

Emily Buza is a senior at Clark University studying English and Theatre, and she is currently working on her honors thesis. She is also the Editor in Chief of Clark Writes, Clark University’s official creative writing blog, as well as an actor in The List, one of this year’s Playfest plays. Additionally she is a…

An Interview with Professor Senquiz on her Spring ’20 Course, Toni Morrison

Olivia Simonds’s interview with Professor Senquiz on her upcoming Spring 20′ Course, Toni MorrisonI got the chance to ask Professor Senquiz some guiding questions about her upcoming spring course, Toni Morrison, where she discusses how her class will honor the literary legacy Morrison has left behind. O.S: Can you talk briefly about yourself? (Personal projects/passions,…