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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The English department at PC has something for everyone — not just future teachers and college professors, but anyone who loves to read, think, and write. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of literature in English — from the medieval adventures of Chaucer's pilgrims to the vibrant novels of Toni Morrison and beyond. You will engage with brief but meaning-packed poem​s like Emily Dickinson's and with challenging and absurd plays like Samuel Beckett's. Mostly, you will read, write, and discuss because our classrooms are places where students and professors talk freely about the ideas, characters, and artistic choices they encounter. 

We offer three bachelor's degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education​. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one will enhance your ability to analyze, communicate, and research — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.​

The Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Ficti​on Series​ ​welcomes​​ Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey​Please join the Providence College Department of English for the Second Annual Reading of the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry & Fiction Series. This year’s reading features Pulitzer Prize Winner and  Two-Time U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey​.  The reading is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017,  5 p.m., Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105.​ Please register for the event here.

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About the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series 

Professor eme​rita Jane Lunin Perel ’15Hon. arrived to teach English and creative writing at Providence College in 1971. She has stretched students’ creative capacities ever since. She also led the initiative to establish the College’s Women’s Studies Program in 1994, serving as its first director, and was devoted to it and the Department of English until her retirement in 2014. 

The annual Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series “celebrates a life in which poetry and fiction synthesize the imagination with the Divine.” ​


News & Events

Poetry Reading and Discussion on Diversity, Editing and Publishing​​​
The English Department's Poetry and Fiction Series and the Office of Institutional Diversity welcomes Poet and Editor Ed Ochester.  Ed is ​the longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry Series (University of Pittsburgh Press), and the  founding editor of the journal 5AM.  The reading and discussion is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7 p.m., Harkins 300.

​Russell Hillier Receives Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award

Dr. Russell M. Hillier, associate professor of English, has been awarded Providence College’s first Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award. The honor, which will be awarded annually, is given to a tenured faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards in research, scholarship, and contributions to his/her field.  He is the author of two books, Milton’s Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction: Souls at Hazard (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and his journal contributions include essays on John Donne, George Herbert, John Milton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Cormac McCarthy.​

Alumni Author PanelProvidence College Hosts Millennial Authors Panel​
​A panel of Providence College alumni discussed their paths to becoming published authors during a “Published & Proud – Millennial Alumni Authors” discussion. Panelists for the discussion were Alison Espach ’07, an assistant professor of English at PC and the author of The Adults, Michael Hartigan ’04, the auth​or of the psychological thriller Stone Angels, Matt Weber ’06, the author of Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith and Operating on Faith: A Painfully True Love Story, and Emily Benfer ’99, the founder and director of the Health Justice Project at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the author of several journal articles.​ The panel was moderated by PC associate professor of English E.C. Osondu, whose literary career includes the 2009 Caine Prize for his story entitled “Waiting” and his highly regarded collection of short stories entitled Voice of America. ​

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culty Accomplishments​

Tuire Valkeakari’s book Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction was published by University Press of Florida​ (2017). Tuire analyzes the writing of Toni Morrison, Caryl Phillips, Lawrence Hill, and other contemporary novelists of African descent. She shows how their novels connect with each other and with defining moments in the transatlantic experience, most notably the Middle Passage and enslavement. ​Tuire Valkeakari is professor of English at Providence College and the author of Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952-1998. 

Russell Hillier's book Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction: Souls at Hazard was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017).  Russell is the author of Milton’s Messiah (2011) and has published numerous scholarly articles on William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Donne, George Herbert, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Cormac McCarthy.​​​

Eric Bennett's book Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War was publi​​shed by University of Iowa Press (2015).  Eric is the author of A Big Enough Lie, and his writing has appeared in A Public Space, New Writing, Modern Fiction Studies, Blackwell-Wiley’s Companion to Creative Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, MFA vs. NYC, and Africana

Chard deNiord named Vermont Poet Laureate. Chard succeeded Sydney Lea as Vermont Poet Laureate on November 2, 2015. Poet Laureate is a four-year appointment made by the Governor based on the recommendation of a distinguished panel. Read more.​

Professional & Graduate Opportunities​

The Providence College Center for Career Education & Professional Development​ partners with all students to help them identify, enhance and accomplish their career development, internship, job search and educational goals in their transition from college to career.

wordsworth-for-web.jpgA group of English majors recently spent the week abroad in England as part of the Maymester course, Wordsworth in the Lake District​. After a week of study at PC, the students traveled to Grasmere, William Wordsworth’s home in the picturesque English Lake District. ​