We’re Here for You

Academic Continuity 
We may not be able to be on campus right now, but we're still here for you as a department. Our classes are still going, our faculty are still teaching, and we are continuing to work together as a community. 

Getting in Touch 
If you need to get in touch with someone please see our for assistance, or email english@vcu.edu. 

If you need to make an advising appointment with Dale Smith, please use the “advising appointment” 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. 

Social Media 
If you just want to see what we're up to during this period of staying at home, check us out on social media:

Twitter@VCUEnglish  •  Instagram@englishvcu  •  Facebook@VCUEnglish

 Stay safe friends! We'll see you again very soon!

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