English Department

Student News


Spring 2011

Colleen Mayo and Tyler Schroeder won Fulbright teaching awards to South Korea and Germany, respectively.

Claire Burns won a Walker Fellowship to spend nine months studyin coastal lifestyle sustainability in the British Isles and Iceland.

Lance St. Laurent won the Audience Choice and the Most Affective awards at Hendrix's Red Brick Film Fest.

Southern Literary Festival: poetry, first place, Sydnee Abernathy; short story, third place, Sal Salam;  traditional journal, second place, The Aonian (Joseph Hayden and Colleen Mayo, editors). 

Associated Writing Program's Intro Journal Awards: Fiction, Honorable Mention, Colleen Mayo.     

Fall 2010

Tim Wojcik: three poems accepted by Spork Press 

Study Away: Heather McPherson, University of Lausanne; Colin Bagby and Caufield Schnug, Oxford

Summer 2010

 Sydnee Abernathy, internship with The Exquisite Corpse   

Heather McPherson, internship with Temenos Publishing   

 Natascha Morris, internships with ENC Press, Runway Passport, and Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency 

Colleen Mayo, internship with The Oxford American  

Hanna Al-Jibouri, Poetry & Screenwriting class at Charles University in Prague







  Abby Coleman, Colleen Mayo, Tym Wojcik, Mason Boling, William Brown, Savannah Saunders, and Courtney Everest attended the Nebraska Summer Writer's Conference 

Chris Eaton, Research Assistant to Dr. Dorian Stuber   

Spring 2010

Bernice McMillan, internship with The Oxford American  

Fall 2009

Oct '09: Hanna Al-Jibouri attended the Nimrod Literary Awards Conference for Readers and Writers at the University of Tulsa. She will spend a month at a poetry workshop in Prague this summer.

Fall '09: Natalie Ramm '10 is an intern at the Oxford American magazine

Oct '09: Kim Herrington '10, Adam Iddings '10, Lauren Rosales '10, Matt Sharos '10, and Kara Stewart '10 conducted research at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Summer 2009

Adam Iddings '10 and Taylor Adams '10 received Odyssey Funding to attend the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference.

Jennifer Byerly and Alex Sego won Odyssey funding to travel in Jane Austen's footsteps.

Colleen Mayo '11 and Daniel Partain '11 joined eight other students and two faculty members on a service trip to south Vietnam (Miller Center). Daniel also attended the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment annual conference in Vancouver (Murphy).

Rae Hamaker '11 interned with the literary journal the Exquisite Corpse and The Review Review 

Heather Wilson '11 interned with The Cupboard, a literary journal

Spring 2009

Ben Molini '09 won a Walker fellowship to study martial arts in several countries.

Fall 2008

Several recent English Deparment alumni entered graduate school: Katherine Brannon (Northwestern, English); Jennifer Tate (Washington-St. Louis, English); Thomas Henry (Arkansas, English) d Amy Elkins (Virginia, English).

Rae Hamacker serves as the Assistant to the Writer-in-Residence.

Lauren Klaskala (poetry) and Rae Hamacker (fiction) were nominated for the Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award.

Summer '08 

Robin Ferris-Hanson '09 interned at Oxford American magazine.

Spring 2008

Jennifer Tate ('08) won one of two nationwide American Graduate Fellowship awards as well as Hendrix College's President's Medal, the highest honor for a graduating senior.

Kelly Hill ('08) was accepted into Vanderbilt University's and New York University's International Education Development graduate program.

Fall 2007

Oct 07: Congratulations to majors Susan Meyer ('08) and Megan Herrold ('08) for being two of the college's four nominees for a Watson Fellowship.

Two department alumni entered graduate school: Laura Faulk ('07) at LSU, and James Szenher ('06) at the Clinton School for Public Service. 

Two students joined Professors Carol West and Allison Shut at an African Studies conference at the University of Kansas.

Six students and one faculty member traveled to Vancouver for an international Jane Austen conference.

Summer 2007

Amy Elkins ('08) received funds to spend five weeks in the UK researching Virginia Woolf.

Mary Kate Crumpler ('10) interned at and published articles for At Home Arkansas.

Max Deicthler ('07) has joined the John Edwards presidential campaign.

Ryan Norman ('08) and Casey Coman ('08) studied in China.

Tara Allison ('08) interned at the Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., and helped organize their annual Pro Se Divorce Clinics.

AY 2006-2007

Carolyn Harder ('08) interned for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Alison McKeever ('08) and spent the fall at Oxford studying Dickens and Chaucer. Amy Elkins ('08) also studied in Oxford in the fall.

Nine students attended the Southern Literary Festival in Memphis in the spring.

Russell Moore ('08) won the McQuiston Prize for the outstanding English major. Thomas Henry ('07) won the inaugural Kenneth Story Best Senior Thesis award.

Summer 2006

Six students attended the African Literature Association's annual conference in Ghana.

Erin Blagg ('07) received a Hendrix-Lilly grant to peform archival research in St. Louis on Kate Chopin. 

Ryan Norman ('08) traveled to China to attend an international conference on process theology.

Jennifer Tate ('08) spent the summer studying in Oxford.

AY 2005-2006

Jessica Bates ('06) won the McQuiston prize for outstanding English major.

Christine LeBlanc won an Odyssey grant to study the Shirley Jackson papers housed at the Library of Congress

Christine LeBlanc ('06) won best short story and best overall piece in The Rectangle, the journal of the national English majors' honors society (Sigma Tau Delta).

Marli Kauffman, Jessica Bates, and Christine LeBlanc presented their work at the national English majors' honors society's national conference (Sigma Tau Delta).

Christine LeBlanc and Attila Karai, and Tara Allison presented papers at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Summer 2005

Melissa Kunz worked as an intern at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Kevin Thompson as an intern at the Oxford American, and Mark Hengel at the North Little Rock Times.

AY 2004-2005

Congratulations to Sarah White and Katie Whitney, class of 2005, for their admission, financial package, and acceptance to (respectively) the University of Washington's and the Michigan State University's graduate English programs!

Jon Crawford's documentary Pink Houses won the biography category at the  New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Jenny Linscott, Sarah White, and Katie Whitney conducted a critical panel on the mockumentary film genre at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference this spring.

Jennifer Gilley, Shana Woodard, Sarah White, Evan Brickell, Laura Faulk, and Katie Whitney presented papers in March at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Claire Cooper, Katie Whitney, and Sara White presented papers at the ACS British Studies Symposium  at Birmingham-Southern University (Feb. 2005).

Sarah White, Katie Whitney, and Jessica Bates won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the critical analysis category at the Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Conference (Lamar University, November 2004). Christine LeBlanc presented a short story at the conference.

Brandon McClinton played the lead in Rita Dove's play The Darker Face of the Earth.

Summer 2004

John Liem, Sarah White, and Katie Whitney won scholarships to study at Oxford.

AY 2003-2004

Congratulations to Wesley Beal and Grant Bain, class of 2004, for their admission, financial package, and acceptance to (respectively) the University of Florida's and the University of Arkansas' graduate English programs!

Two students presented papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in  Indianapolis:  Evan Rogers, "Eternal Love Through Death:  Trolius and Criseyde," and Jessica Sardashti, "Acting in Love:  Suppression of Love in Jane Austen."

Sarah Kresse, Matt Fuller, Daniel Doyle, and Jenny Reiss presented papers at the British Studies Student Symposium, hosted by Rhodes College on Feb. 20 and 21, 2004.

Sigma Tau Delta inducted fourteen new members on Jan. 29, 2004.

Wesley Beal presented "Unreliable Narrators and Fabricated Fiction in Absalom, Absalom! and In Our Time as Denials of Truth" at the 2003 Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Regional Conference at Oklahoma City University in November, 2003;