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UM Professor, Student Top Winners in Poetry Competition

By Edwin B. Smith Beth Ann Fennelly (left) distinguished professor of English at the University of Mississippi and former Mississippi poet laureate, recently won first place in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. She is congratulated by Ellie Black, an Ole Miss doctoral student in English who placed second in the national competition. Photo by […]

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón

  On the evening of February 7th, the University of Mississippi was honored to host the 24th U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to give us our annual Baine Lecture in Fulton Chapel. Ada Limón has written five poetry books, one of which is The Carrying, which has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for […]

Southern Literary Festival Winners

  Three University of Mississippi students recently placed in the 2023 Southern Literary Festival (SLF) Undergraduate Writing Competition. The competition includes multiple categories of writing: poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction, formal essay, and literary magazine. Michael Moon won first place for his one-act play The Last Moment, Adele Cardwell won second place for her poem […]

US Poet Laureate Ada Limón to Speak at 2023 Baine Lecture

The Department of English at the University of Mississippi is pleased to continue its lecture series that invites the best and brightest scholars and writers to our campus. The Baine lecturers and writers are chosen on the basis of energetic and engaged scholarship and creative work, innovative approaches, and dynamic presentation styles. The lectures showcase paradigm-shifting research and groundbreaking […]

UM English Professor Named Humanities Council Teacher of the Year

Article by Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi English instructor described by colleagues as a “shining example” among educators has been selected as the 2023 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. She will deliver a special lecture as part of her honor. Beth Spencer, senior lecturer in English, said she is appreciative of […]

UM graduate students participate in the SREB Doctoral Scholars and Dissertation Scholars Program

AUGUST 22, 2022 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI GRADUATE SCHOOL Diego Fleitas, a doctoral student in the Department of English and UM’s newest SREB Doctoral Scholar. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars and Dissertation Scholars Program has a main goal to encourage more racial and ethnic minority Ph.D. students to […]

Ethel Scurlock Named Honors College Dean

          OXFORD, Miss. – Ethel Scurlock has always been a trailblazer, and in her new role as dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, she hopes to exceed everyone’s expectations – even her own. After serving a year as interim dean, Scurlock is the first […]

Remembering Dr. Colby Kullman

The University of Mississippi Department of English remembers and honors Dr. Colby Kullman, Professor Emeritus of English. Dr. Kullman, originally from New York, came to the University of Mississippi in 1984 after graduating from DePauw University (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), and the University of Kansas (M. Phil. and Ph.D.). As a scholar, he […]

Sarah Stephens Loomis

2022 McCool Lecture in Faulkner Studies Featuring Speaker Sarah Stephens Loomis

We are please to announce the 2022 McCool Lecture in Faulkner Studies featuring speaker Sarah Stephens Loomis. Loomis will deliver her lecture, “Bland Treacherous Water: Thinking and Feeling Catastrophic Floods in Faulkner’s ‘Old Man'” on Monday, April 4th at 6:30 pm in Bondurant Auditorium on the University of Mississippi campus. Sarah Stephens Loomis, a PHD […]

UNC Chapel Hill Literature Expert to Speak at Second Annual Howry Lecture in Faulkner Studies

The second annual Howry Lecture in Faulkner Studies will take place on Monday, March 21st at 7PM in the Bondurant Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Sharon P. Holland, the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her lecture is titled “How to Tell a […]