For the English Major with No Plan: Alumni Interview with Brooke Furry ’13

Hope graduate Brooke (McDonald) Furry shares her surprising journey into the world of marketing, and how her English degree prepared her to thrive in business and leisure. Thanks for speaking with us, Brooke. So, what do you do now? And we’ve love to hear about how you got there, as well. I’m a marketing manager. […]

The Benefits & Beauties of Pairing English with Another Discipline

Today we continue with more brief personal reflections written for Professor Curtis Gruenler’s Literary Theory course. Aine O’Connor and Taylor Lombard illuminate how their study of history and biology (respectively) has intersected with their literary learning. Aine O’Connor, “Miracle of Miracles: Storytelling as Power” I am often asked, especially now in my senior year, what […]

Words and Images. Images and Words.

Artists often take inspiration from each other’s work. Picasso’s painting Don Quixote, inspired by the literary character of the same name, may be more recognizable to viewers today than the story itself. The famous painting Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, depicting that character from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, almost seems to be part of the play. […]

Helping Sick Kids Just Be Kids: Alumni Interview with Sarah Smith ’97

Sarah (Lepard) Smith (’97) is a former secondary English and Psychology education major at Hope. Currently she works at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. We asked Sarah to share some of her walk with us. Share your work path in your pre-Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital years. After graduation, I was hired as a […]

The Kid with the Book in Her Hands

On the second day of English 480: Literary Theory, I ask students to bring a “mirror paper” reflecting on their study of English literature thus far in their lives. As they read their responses out loud to the class this year, I was struck by how well they articulated a variety of perspectives — with […]

“What can I learn?”: An Interview with Heather Sellers

This Tuesday, 10/1, the Hope campus will experience a double homecoming. Today we catch up with memoirist, essayist, mentor, award-winner, and former Hope professor Heather Sellers. Come see her, along with former Hope student Mira Bartók, at the upcoming Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series event, plus two additional events! (Details below.) Professor Sellers, you’re well-remembered […]

A Fantastical World of Words and Pictures: Mira Bartók Interview

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing former Hope student Mira Bartók, now a professional writer and illustrator. Author of the inventive novel The Wonderling and the award-winning memoir The Memory Palace, she will be visiting Hope on Tuesday, October 1 as part of the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series! Mira Bartók, many of us […]

10 Crisp, Well-Seasoned Quotations about Fall

A new season’s upon us here in the Northern United States — fall! And a new season’s upon us here at Hope College — the presidency of Matthew Scogin, inaugurated today. In celebration, here are a few of our favorite literary quotations on changing seasons and new beginnings. As a special encore below, we’ve also […]

Rebel Butterflies, One-Eared Foxes, & the Return of a Hope Prof: Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series Fall 2019 Preview

The glow of summer is fading and fall is preparing to blanket the campus, which means that once again we’ve arrived at a new semester… and new season of the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series (JRVWS)!  We’ve got a great mix of books and authors this fall, from middle grade fantasy to historical fiction. You […]

“My Summer Vacation”: English Writes Back

Welcome back, people of Hope, and welcome class of 2023! It has been a summer of big changes in the English Department. We’ve said a fond goodbye to retiring professors Beth Trembley and Dianne Portfleet, we’ve regretfully seen Prof. Kendra Parker and office manager Raquel Niles go off to new jobs with our good wishes, […]