2021 Senior Showcase: Volume 5

This is our final post in our 2021 Senior Showcase series. This week’s blog features Hannah Jones, Kaijsa Johnson, and Natalie Weg. Congrats to all of our 2020-2021 grads! Hannah Jones What year do you plan to graduate? I’ll be graduating in May of 2021. If applicable, what are your major(s) and minor(s) aside from […]

2021 Senior Showcase: Volume 4

This week, we’re finishing our series on our graduating English Dept seniors. Today, we are featuring: Anna Scott, Keely Iacovoni, Katelyn Ornduff, and Andrea Lowing. Anna Scott What year do you plan to graduate? I graduate in May 2022 (hopefully). If applicable, what are your major(s) and minor(s) aside from English? How do you see […]

2021 English Department Award Winners

We have compiled our list of the 2021 Annual English Department Award winners. Although we could not gather in person to honor these students at Honors Convocation or a department award ceremony, we want to recognize these students for their exceptional work. The English Department is proud of each of you. Congratulations! Academy of American […]

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 […]