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Natasha TretheweyContemporary Writers Series Presents US Poet Laureate
Natasha Trethewey

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard

Q & A with John Hoppenthaler
October  25, 1:00 p.m.,
Greenville Museum of Art

Public Reading
October 25, 8:00 p.m., Fletcher Music Hall

The CWS is sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Department of English.

The Department of English welcomes 7 new faculty members to the department for the 2012-2013 new school year:
Solveig Bosse (Linguistics)
Nicole Caswell (Rhetoric & Composition)
Matthew Cox (Technical & Professional Communication)
Amber Flora Thomas (Creative Writing)
Kristy Ulibarri (Multicultural and Transnational Literatures)
Peter Franks (Teaching Instructor)

Tracy Ann Morse (Rhetoric & Composition) joined our department in January 2012 and serves as Director of Composition/Writing Foundations.

Power of Language:
U.S. Poet Laureate shares poetry, anecdotes

U.S. Poet Laureate Phillip Levine read for members of the Greenville community on April 25 at Greenville Museum of Art. Levine was visiting the area as part of East Carolina University's Contemporary Writers Series.



Harvard Professor Stephen Burt speaks, studies at ECU

Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Art of the Sonnet, with David Mikics (2010); Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (2009); Parallel Play, a book of poems (2006); and Randall Jarrell and His Age (2002). His writings on poets and poetry appear regularly in the Nation, the London Review of Books, Boston Review, and other journals in Britain and America. His next book of poems, Belmont, will appear from Graywolf Press in 2013.
Interview with Stephen Burt by John Hoppenthaler

bland_simpson80The Thomas Harriot Lecture:
Bland Simpson

“Temperate Air, Requisite Care”—from Thomas Harriot’s “Conclusion” in A Briefe & True Report on the New Found Land of Virginia (1588)
February 2, 7:00 PM, Wright Auditorium



bbourke4Contemporary Writers Series Visiting Writer
Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin will be visiting campus November 9 and 10.

The Art of Fiction, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Bate 1031
Public Reading, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Museum of Art

The CWS is sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Department of English.

henry_gates80A University Lecture: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"African-American Lives: Genetics, Genealogy, and Black History
November 10, 7:00 PM, Wright Auditorium

PREMIER LECTURE: Sir Salman Rushdie on campus


nclrweb_1North Carolina Literary Review Hits Milestone with 20th issue in 2011

The North Carolina Literary Review 2011 special feature section focuses on environmental writing in North Carolina and features essays by award-winning writers.

Liza Wieland

Liza Wieland: My Life in Books

Course Descriptions for Summer & Fall 2011


Summer & Fall 2011 Course Schedules Posted
Undergraduate Course Schedules
Graduate Course Schedules

ECU-Notes-Quickening-100x150 ECU fiction writer Liza Wieland to read from her new book of short stories, Quickening
Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 PM at Joyner Library, 2nd floor

Wieland's poetic tales offer spirited tour
Poetic tales communicate an era before the age of the iPhone

Short Takes from the Boston Globe

CWSContemporary Writers Series Inaugural Events: Colm Tóibín
Beginning with the novelist, journalist, and travel writer Colm Tóibín February 23-25, 2011, the CWS will invite exciting, world-renowned writers to campus to read from their work, visit classes, and speak to the local and national press. The CWS is sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Department of English.   

The Common Reader
, December 2010

8th Annual TALGS Conference, February 19

Conference Schedule

jmiddleton-1ECU English professor tapped for Toni Morrison honor 



Collection focusing on Southern authors added to Joyner Library

2010cover From the Mountains to the Coast: The 2010 North Carolina Literary Review Reflects the State's Wide-ranging Literary Talent

The North Carolina Literary Review 2010 issue on N.C. Appalachian literature is now available and includes essays on John Ehle, Robert Morgan, and Ron Rash • Poetry and Fiction by Kathryn Stripling Byer • An Interview with Pamela Duncan • Poetry by Robert Morgan • An Interview with Eddie Swimmer, Director of Kermit Hunter’s Unto these Hills • Art by Will Henry Stevens • Photography by Rob Amberg • And more . . . 

Department of English Welcomes New Chair, Jeffrey Johnson

Eastern N.C. Literary Homecoming set for September 17-18, 2010

The Common Reader, May 2010

Life's Back Nine
Life's Back Nine Like many Southern writers, James Dodson '75 made his reputation Up North with three bestsellers. But he is spending the second half of his career back in North Carolina because "that's where I'm meant to be."

NCLR cover imageNCLR Notes Drama Tradition
The North Carolina Literary Review 2009 issue on Drama is now available and includes A 1960 Interview with Paul Green Articles on North Carolina Plays by Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Spencer
Jim Grimsley Talks about His Dramatic Work Original Drama by Richard Krawiec and Kat Meads Bland Simpson on Musicians’ Theate and more.

Eastern N.C. Literary Homecoming set for Sept. 25 & 26

Hurricane Symposium Stresses Response, Recovery, Research

Mitchelson Steps in as Interim Chair of English

The Common Reader May 2009

English professor unravels the word puzzles of 19th Century British Literature

ECU seminars promote dialogue on the humanities

Fall 2008 Museletter

ECU hosts Latin education conference

ECU’s Hi-tech “ROVER” van educational

Hecimovich Assumes Roles as Harriot College Associate Dean

ECU hosts fifth North Carolina Literary Homecoming

Tar River Writing Project inspires teachers

Humor focus of ECU’s 2008 North Carolina Literary Review