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In Memoriam: Richard Karl Priebe (1943–2017)

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English is saddened to report that Professor Emeritus Richard Karl Priebe passed away on June 9, 2017. Richard graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1964 and pursued graduate study in English and German at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He earned his PhD in English in 1973 from…

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English Grads to Serve in Peace Corps

English department graduates Erin Geraghty and Erica Ingram will share their knowledge of the English language by serving stints in the Peace Corps. Erin Geraghty (BA ’16) will teach English in Madagascar beginning with a three-month home stay in order to focus on language and culture. She will then spend two years teaching middle and…

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Alum Anna Journey Featured in VCU News

An interview with alumna Anna Journey (MFA/Poetry ’07) is featured in the May 17 issue of VCU News. Journey attracted international news when she discovered an unpublished poem, “Ennui,” by Sylvia Plath. “Ennui” was published in November 2006 in the English department’s online literary journal, Blackbird. Journey continues to attract attention for her writing, drawing…

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May Graduates Publish with a Mission

May 2017 graduates Taneasha White and Brandon Clarkson recently created online publishing platforms to highlight their own writing and that of others. Although the two students have never discussed their publishing efforts, their platforms share the common goal of widening social and political discourse. Taneasha White is the co-founder and co-editor of Better Futures Press….

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VCU News Casts Spotlight on Dr. Bassard and the Digitization of Historic Slave Manuscript

“A Scetch of My Own Life by Fields Cook” is one of the few, if only, surviving manuscripts written before the Civil War by a slave still in bondage. The historic document recently was discovered by Katherine Bassard, Ph.D., senior vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of African American literature in the Department of English in the College…

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