Summer & Fall 2021 Course Preview

We’re sharing some previews of our upper-level course offerings this week. Remember, Fall 2021 Registration starts Monday, March 29th! Summer 2021 Courses ENGL 155: Creative Writing—Poetry | Dr. Pablo Peschiera | May Term & June Term, 2021 | Online, MTWRF 9:00 am – 9:50 am Why do we love to know the lyrics to a […]

2021 Senior Showcase – Internship Feature

Senior Mary Laffey speaks with our blogs administrator Hannah Jones, and shares her internship experiences working with both the Van Wylen Library and the Joint Archives of Holland. What did you work on at Van Wylen? What was your favorite aspect of that internship?My internship at Van Wylen involved four main “projects”: rewriting databases, interviewing […]

Alumnae Feature: Shanley Smith (’19) on Community Building in Romania

Recent grad Shanley Smith (2019) spoke with the English Department about her post-Hope path, which included mission work in Romania and a sudden return home to Holland in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “What do you plan on doing with your degree?” Of all the answers I had prepared throughout my years of undergraduate, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Henry (’12) “Everything Sustainable Takes Time”

Emily Henry (2012) has published six books, and her most recent novel, Beach Read, spent over 12 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. She spoke with the English Department recently and shared her insight on publishing, how failure makes you a better writer, and what her Hope education brought to her career. Check […]

Get To Know Your English Professors: Round 2!

Here is the second round of #GetToKnowYourProfs! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about our faculty! Michael Brooks How long have you been at Hope? I graduated from Hope in 2013 and began teaching here last autumn (2019). Favorite Subject to teach? My favorite class to teach is Outdoor Writing, an ENGL 113 class thematically […]

Alumnus Highlight: “Why Visit America” author Matthew Baker (’09)

English Department alumnus Matthew Baker (2009) is still on a roll. His new story collection, Why Visit America, was named one of Esquire‘s “20 Must-Read Books of Summer 2020” and received a starred review from Booklist, which wrote: “Bold, captivating, and deeply relevant, Baker’s imaginative stories offer approachable, optimistic perspectives on morally ambiguous topics facing […]

Sneak Peek of Fall 2020 English Courses!

Check out your upper-level English options for next semester! Remember, registration starts the week of March 30. ENGL 248: Intro to Literary Studies – Dr. Emily Tucker We will explore a variety of texts from different genres, including poetry, short fiction, drama, and the novel. We will begin by focusing on methods of close reading […]

Writer as Witness: Finding Our Common Humanity

Welcome back! In this week’s post, we want to share an incredible project that the students in Professor Susanne Davis’s Introduction to Creative Writing class completed last semester. The English 253 class created podcasts as part of the course curriculum, aiming to delve into a range of common human experiences in order to deepen and […]

Books to Curl Up With Over Winter Break

Happy (almost) winter break to our lovely students! We asked our faculty & staff to share a text that they would recommend for students on vacation looking to relax and take a break from scholarly pursuits. Be sure to stop by Van Wylen before you leave to check some of these out, and may your […]