Corona Virus Response

Academic Continuity
Department of English faculty are working hard to change the nature of your classes in a very short period of time. Please check Blackboard for regular updates from your professor and read your VCU email regularly for updates from faculty and the university. Until further notice, classes will be conducted remotely. Please note access to Hibbs is now restricted to employee entry only. 

Continue to make advising appointments with Dale Smith via the “advising appointments” link on your MyVCU page. Dale will email you on the day of the meeting, responding to the reason for your appointment.  If a phone call is also needed, mention that when booking the appointment. Dale will then set up a call with you. Please note, advanced registration has been moved back to March 31.

Contacting Office Personnel
In compliance with CDC recommendations and university guidance, the department’s staff is working remotely. If you need assistance, please email Alternately, please visit our directory at for a list of faculty and staff emails.

See also The College of Humanities and Sciences Covid-19 Resources.

Department Contacts

Hours: On-site office hours are suspended for now; staff will telecommute and be available by email between 8 a.m.–4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.

Phone: 804.828.1331
Fax: 804.828.8684

VCU Department of English
900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306
Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284-2005                         
[Address deliveries to street, building, & room; address mail to box number]

Additional faculty offices, two seminar rooms, and the main Blackbird office are located in Anderson House.
913 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23284-2005                          

Catherine Ingrassia
Hibbs 306  |  804.828.1331

Associate Chair
Sachi Shimomura
Hibbs 306  |  804.828.1331

Assistant to the Chair 
Kelsey Cappiello
Hibbs 306 | 804.827.8305

Business and Human Resources Manager
Margret Vopel
Hibbs 306 | 804.827.8308

Office Administrative Assistant
Greg Patterson
Hibbs 306 | 804.828.1331

Graduate Programs Advisor
Thom Didato
MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in Media, Art, and Text
Hibbs 306  |  804.828.1329

Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising
Dale Smith
Hibbs 318  |  804.827.8320

Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts
Caitlin Wilson
Lead Associate Editor
Anderson House 101A

Technology Coordinator & Senior Online Editor, Blackbird
Michael Keller
Hibbs 317  |  804.827.8317

English Website
For updates or comments regarding English and MATX graduate program web pages, or alumni news, contact

For all other English web-related error reporting, updates, or issues, contact