Thursday April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day!


If you didn’t already know, April is National Poetry Month! And to celebrate, and the Academy of American Poets wants all English lovers to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day! The idea of it is to choose a poem that you love, carry it around with you and share it others throughout the day. Pretty simple, right? But if that doesn’t interest you, also has some other ideas you could try. Some of them are:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” give-a-way in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends

Some of these might not be as easy to do as others, but just try and be creative with it. It’s all for fun after all! So get out there Thursday and show off your favorite poem to your friends and classmates!

Tomorrow–Grad School Workshop

If you think graduate school might be in your future, don’t forget about the “So You Think You Want to Go to Grad School” workshop! Join several of our department’s professors for a roundtable discussion about all your masters degree needs. The workshop is from 4:00-5:00 p.m.Grad School pic

How Did You Become An English Major? A Weekly Article

Hi everyone! I hope all is going well during these last weeks of school. This week I had the opportunity to interview Laura Mahaney, who is an English for Secondary Teachers major here at WKU. This is what she had to say about her chosen major:


I, ironically, started out as a Marketing Major which seems to be the exact opposite of an English Secondary Teacher Major.  I’ve always loved English, since my high school days, but I never fully connected to the idea of teaching the subject until I learned that my favorite high school AP English teacher passed away.  When I heard of her passing, it made me realize how much she affected my life with her teaching.  That’s the moment I realized I wanted to to be an English teacher, and have the impact on students that she had on me during my years in high school.

Being an English major, I learn something new every day from my studies.  I recently discovered my love for Grammar, because there are so many rules and parts to language. It’s just amazing what the human mind is capable of doing.  ​I’ve had so many wonderful professors at WKU which just intensifies my love for the subject of English.  Reading has always been a comfort for me.  Not a lot of things do I love more than a heart wrenching, meaningful story.  Stories have different meanings, and the ability to make the reader see the world in a way they’ve never looked at it before.  So many topics in English involve matters of the heart, and the stories that affect you most will stay with you forever. 
“Let what you love be what you do.”
Here is Laura’s personal blog for those of you interested!

Congratulations to the Three Students Who Received Outstanding English Awards from PCAL

Congratulations to Anthony Gross, Jr., Bliss Powers, and Cameron Calvert-Carr, who are joined by English Department Head, Dr. Rob Hale and Dean David Lee of PCAL

From left to right: Dr. Rob Hale, Anthony Gross Jr., Bliss Powers, Cameron Calvert-Carr, and Dean David Lee

Dean David Lee of Potter College of Arts and Letters and Dr. Rob Hale, English Department Head, congratulated our three Outstanding English Majors at the PCAL Awards Ceremony recently. Be sure to congratulate them , too, when you see them!

Outstanding English Major: Anthony Gross Jr.

Outstanding Graduate Student in English: Bliss Powers

Outstanding EST Student: Cameron Calvert-Carr

The 124th Issue of Victorians is Now Available

The 124th issue of Victorians features essays on Arnold, Eliot, Thackeray, Browning, and Corelli.

The 124th issue of Victorians features essays on Arnold, Eliot, Thackeray, Browning, and Corelli.

The 124th issue of Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature was released last week. For over sixty years, Victorians (formerly The Victorian Newsletter) has been publishing scholarly articles featuring analyses of Victorian culture and literature. Please contact Dr. Deborah Logan for more information about subscribing to Victorians.

Here’s a list of the contents of the 124th issue:

“George Eliot’s ‘strange printing’: Exegesis, Community, and Daniel Deronda” by Michael Toogood

“Dobbin’s Corduroys: Sartorial Display and Modes of Masculinities in Vanity Fair” by Eva Chen

“Matthew Arnold and the Talmud Man” by Peter Brier

“Robert Browning and the Keepsake: Memory, Memorialization, and the Future of Poetry” by Alison Chapman

“‘fear them which kill the soul’: Marie Corelli’s Manifesto against Positivist Education” by Anastassiya Andrianova

Book Review: “Roy Morris, Jr., Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America” by Nikolai Endres

Need a Cool Job? The English Office is Hiring NOW!

Apply in the English office (Cherry Hall 135) for the open office worker position today!Anthony, our senior student office worker, is leaving us behind as he graduates in May. We’ll miss him terribly, but will have to press on in his absence.

That’s where you come in.

We’ll have an open position in the English office, and Tomitha Blair, the office worker supervisor, will be interviewing candidates soon for the job (which will start in August).

If you’re interested in applying, check out the student office worker job description and duties listed below:

Job Description:

The qualified applicant must be punctual, courteous, organized, work well with others, take direction and understand it, have knowledge of MS Office Suite. Applicant should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. General knowledge of the University and its layout is a plus.

Additional qualifications:

Experience with CIS or CMS systems. Website maintenance will eventually become part of this position. On the job training is provided.


Operate reception/front desk, greet visitors, answer incoming telephone calls, operate various office machines, sort mail, typing, copying, campus errands. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and department head.

Pay rate: current minimum wage
Hours per week: 15-20
Work schedule: M-F 8:00-4:30 (will work around class schedule)
Position start date: 8/25/2014

Application procedure: Pick up application in English department or download a copy here and deliver along with fall class schedule to Ms. Tomitha Blair, Cherry Hall 135 by noon on Friday, May 2nd.