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 […]

Centering Black Voices

A book is not enough right now. We need more than a book to recognize, address, and reckon with the violence against Black lives which has long been ignored and normalized. Even so, reading is a place to start and bolster change. Literature aids us in educating ourselves, exercising our imaginations, enacting empathy, dispelling isolation, […]

A Message of Solidarity and Hope to the Hope College Community

Chair of the English Department, Dr. Ernest Cole, shares his reflections on living through the Ebola outbreak and how we can instill hope during the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Cole did not contract Ebola, but learned much from being close to the chaos. In May 2014, I was home (Sierra Leone) on sabbatical leave on what […]

Transformed by Hope: An English & History Alum Returns

Meet our new Office Manager & Hope Alum ’12, Alison Lechner, as she shares how her experience at Hope shaped her career. How did your Hope education shape you? I feel very blessed to have earned a liberal arts education, and that has absolutely benefited me in my career post-graduation. I was a History and […]

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. […]

Freshly Picked: Spring English Courses!

Not sure which English classes to take this coming spring? We’ve got you covered. Here are just some of the courses we will be offering for the coming semester: ENGL 213.01 – Expository Writing – TR 3-3:50 PM – David James In this workshop-oriented course, students will make all their own choices about both topics […]

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 […]

Angela Dominguez and Diverse Children’s Literature: A Faculty Feature by Dr. Regan Postma-Montaño

This past week, English Department faculty members Susanna Childress, Jesus Montaño, and I, along with student Sarah Herrera, met children’s book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez for lunch at a downtown Holland restaurant. Perhaps you know Angela from her bilingual Pura Belpré Honor Books María Had a Little Llama and Marta! Big & Small, or […]

A Christmas Treasury from the English Faculty

December can be dark and dreary in Michigan and other northern places, a season of cold and clouds and final exams. The holidays we celebrate during this time bring warmth and light we often badly need. But if we’re weary or chilled, in body or soul, how do we get in the spirit? When I […]