News from the English Department

Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency in Young Readers

Dean Esther Jones explains the ways science fiction can benefit young readers, especially during Covid-19 times. Young people who are “hooked” on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially…

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…

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…

Welcome to the freshman class of 9/11

This essay was published by The Washington Examiner: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/welcome-to-the-freshman-class-of-9-11 This is the first day in 18 years that I didn’t spend 9/11 in New York City. It was the first time nothing took place at my school. The first time people didn’t even bring it up. The first time no one seemed to remember what…

A New Earth Conversation: The World Is Changing; We Should Be, Too

A New Earth Conversation is a campus-wide initiative that, in exploring our relationship with the climate crisis, seeks to cultivate positive change through our response to climate change. Bringing together various Clark faculty from different departments including English, IDCE, Geography, the program is interdisciplinary, built on the premise that in order to make substantive change,…

Queering the Curriculum through the Exploration of Queer Victorians

  This semester Professor Kasmer offered a new special topics course in 19th Century British Literature titled Queer Victorians. This course has worked on exploring the ways queer sexuality and gender were viewed during the Victorian Era which can be studied through the themes present in many Victorian works. In this interview, Professor Kasmer describes…

Professor Joan Houlihan Releases Fifth Book of Poetry

We at the English Department are always impressed with the phenomenal work of our faculty and staff, and love to learn everything we can about what they do. This month, our esteemed Creative Writing instructor Joan Houlihan has published her fifth book of poetry, entitled Shadow Feast, available here. I took a minute to talk…

Voice of the Voiceless: An Interview with John Morano

The English Department is thrilled to welcome John Morano ‘82, professor of Journalism, Monmouth University and author of the Morano Eco-Adventure Series to our campus this March. His work, which focuses on the lives of endangered species, has been endorsed by World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Ocean Conservancy, and The American Society for…