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    The English department offers a rich curriculum that covers topics in writing, literature and teaching through a variety of undergraduate majors, minors and emphases, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a Master of Liberal Arts and licensure in English as a Second Language.

    Courses are taught by highly educated and highly published faculty with diverse teaching and professional backgrounds whose expertise spans an array of specialty areas, including composition, American, British and World literature, creative writing, technical report writing, publishing, and more. Together students and faculty are part of a vibrant literary community that draws distinguished visiting authors to campus through the Glasrud Lecture Series and McGrath Visiting Writers Series. Students are incredibly active outside the classroom through opportunities to become involved in Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society; Red Weather, the campus literary magazine; the Write Site, a student tutoring service; and New Rivers Press, a nonprofit literary small press. Graduates of the program are poised to excel in graduate school or a variety of English-related careers as writers, editors, publishers, teachers and more.

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  • Red Weather seeking poetry, prose, and visual art for inclusion in first issue

    Red Weather, the now-biannual literary journal edited and designed by students at MSUM, is seeking poetry, prose, and/or visual art (photos, drawings, illustrations, paintings, prints, and any creative work that can be presented in an image file) for inclusion in the first issue of its thirty-fourth volume. This year, we are releasing two issues instead [...]

    Making a Scene: The power of poetry

    By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM MOORHEAD – It’s been a banner year for Yahya Frederickson’s poetry. The Minnesota State University Moorhead English professor was awarded a $5,000 Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship literary/performance grant, his collection of poetry “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali” won the 2013 Idaho Prize for Poetry and was published by Lost Horse [...]

    John D. Early retiring after 34 years of teaching

    Dr. John D. Early, Professor of English, will retire after 34 years of teaching — 27 years at MSUM. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Dakota. Among his service to the university and to the department, John chaired the Freshman English Committee for 12 years and was a member [...]

    Turning the page: Honored with recent Minnesota Book Award, Vinz moves ahead on new projects

    By: John Lamb, INFORUM MOORHEAD – Seven years after retiring from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Mark Vinz has two book projects in the works. That’s enough to make the 71-year-old seem pretty busy – to everyone but himself. “I see people like David Ferreira, and I don’t think I’m doing anything,” Vinz says with a [...]

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