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VCU Grads PhD-bound!

Four graduates of the MA Program have been accepted into PhD programs. Jake Hertz (MA/Research ’17) was accepted into Boston University’s competitive, nationally ranked program in English to study medieval literature. He was awarded a fully funded, five-year fellowship by the department. After receiving his Master’s degree in May, he looks forward to continuing to…

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What Do You Do With An English Major?

What do you do with two degrees in English, you ask? VCU English BA and MA graduate Aíne Norris has the answer! Featured in the latest post on “Dear English Major” blog, Aíne details her journey from her first post-collegiate employment at Apple Retail to her current post as Senior Communications Administrator at Virginia Commonwealth…

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Interview with Alum Patty Smith in VCU News

English alum Patty Smith (MFA/Fiction ’01), author of The Year of Needy Girls, is interviewed in the March 30th edition of VCU News.  Patty’s debut novel examines homophobia, false accusations and community unrest. Patty explains, “I was teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts, years ago, in a fifth/sixth-grade classroom, when a young boy in Cambridge was abducted,…

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English Alum Cory MacLauchlin’s Biography to Become Feature Film

A Butterfly in the Typewriter, Cory MacLauchin’s biography of John Kennedy Toole, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Confederacy of Dunces, will be made into a feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Offerman. The movie, shot entirely in the New Orleans area, is targeted for a 2018 release. Toole unsuccessfully sought publication of his novel, finally…

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After the Fire…The Fire Still Burns

Former VCU Professor and renown poet Larry Levis is the feature of a new documentary, “A Late Style of Fire.”  VCU MFA alum Michele Poulos is director and producer of “A Late Style of Fire,” which was also co-produced by Professor Greg Donovan. Using funds from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Poulos and Donovan were able…

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