English Department Awards Reception

Faculty and students gathered for a reception on Thursday, April 21 to honor and celebrate this year’s achievements. A total of 12 department awards were presented to students by faculty members. Here is a list of the awards and honorees: Stephen I. Hemenway Award for Promising Achievement in English Teaching – This award in honor …

Opus Soup

Hello! My name is Adriana Barker, and I am one of the co-editors of Opus Literary & Arts Magazine. I’m a junior, a creative writing and communication double major, a photographer and a former intern for the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series. You could say I’m pretty much geeked about all things writing and art, …

JRVWS Preview: Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Marcel “Fable the Poet” Price

[Editor’s note: Thanks to JRVWS intern Claire Buck for this post.] As winter ices the sidewalks and coats the campus in snow, it’s the perfect time to come in from the cold and gather around good literature. This semester’s Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series promises community, conversation, and a lineup of diverse and talented authors …

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 …