2021 American Academy of Poets Prize Winners

About the Prize The Hope College Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize award is funded by the University and College Poetry Prize program of the AAP. The academy began the program in 1955 at 10 schools, and now sponsors nearly 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. Poets honored through the program have […]

2021 Senior Showcase – Volume 3

This week, we’re continuing our series on our graduating English Dept seniors. Blogs Administrator Hannah Jones interviewed 3 more seniors: Celia O’Brien, Casey Schafer, and Samuel Vega. Celia O’Brien What year do you plan to graduate? I will be graduating in the Spring of 2021. What is your major? I am an English, Creative Writing […]

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 […]

March is National Reading Month: Hope College and Ready for School Collaborate for Our Youngest Readers!

On Friday 2/26, Hope College featured a live virtual visit with author Kwame Alexander in conjunction with national Black History Month*. The virtual talk was entitled, “Light for the World to See: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander.” Alexander’s visit was a collaborative effort of several Hope organizations: the NEA Big Read Lakeshore, Black Student Union, […]

2021 Senior Showcase – Volume 1

This spring, we will be featuring English Department Seniors as they reflect on their time in the department and look forward to life after Hope. Our first volume features Grace Alex and Jory Wynsma. These interviews were conducted by Hannah Jones (’21), who is our Blogs Administrator. Grace Alex What year do you plan to […]

Alumna Feature – Kasidee Karsten (’13): “There’s No Right or Wrong Way.”

Kasidee Karsten ’13 took her English degree into the social media realm, working for the past few years as Social Media and Content Manager for the National Football League Players Association. She shares with us her insights on how her English courses at Hope led to her success. What are you up to now? I […]

Kaijsa Johnson’s “A Look Back for Looking Ahead”

Editor’s Note: Students in English 480: Introduction to Literary Theory began the semester by writing reflections on their lives of reading thus far. This post is a revision of one of those essays. Reading literature has always been a passion of mine, ever since my mom would read Harry Potter to me. I eagerly anticipated […]

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 […]

#KeepingHope: Hosting the First VIRTUAL Michigan Medieval & Renaissance Undergraduate Consortium

by Marla Lunderberg “Thank you for your presentation. Does anyone have any questions?” A pregnant pause. The kind that sometimes tempts me to fill the silence with my own voice, my own questions. But after a moment, my computer screen shows a mic being unmuted. A student’s voice rings in my headphones. My student is […]

Hope College Academy of American Poets Prize 2020

By Pablo Peschiera About the Prize The Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize program begin in 1955 at 10 schools, and now sponsors nearly 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. Poets honored through the program have included Mark Doty, Louise Gluck, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, […]