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Department of English 2024 Awards and Scholarships Winners

English Department Award Winners! 2024 Award Winners:  Drane Lester: Larina Anderson,  Alton Bryant: Josiah Avery, Kennedy Beamon, and Israel Cummins Evans-Harrington: Noah Walters, Poetry “Appeal To Craft” | Locklyn Wilchynski, Poetry Runner-Up ” Crossed” | Sydney Stepp- Prose “Dragons Do Not Live Here” | Nathan Donohue- Prose Runner-Up “Stormchild” Ella Somerville: Catherine Carter- Poetry “Country […]

Tom Franklin is the University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of 2024

Pulling Stories Out of the Air           Celebrated Associate Professor of Fiction Writing Tom Franklin will present “Dead Towns of Alabama: Looking for Stories” at his University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year lecture. Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and UM’s College of Liberal Arts, the free public event […]

Southern Literary Festival to be Hosted on Campus

Festival Schedule For more information on breakout sessions, visit the SLF website: Southern Literary Festival Thursday events will be held at or near Oxford University Depot. Friday and Saturday’s SLF events will all be on the 3rd Floor of the UM Student Union. Ongoing: Celebrating 85 Years of the Southern Literary Festival Archive Exhibit Second […]

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 […]