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English

In Grinnell’s English curriculum you will read, analyze, discuss, and enjoy American, British, Irish, and Postcolonial literature. You will do intensive writing, with the chance to produce both creative and critical works. You can study independently and travel abroad, such as on the Grinnell-in-London program, and connect with visiting authors and critics on campus.  English majors go on to pursue advanced degrees or careers in fields such as education, journalism, law, public relations, or research.

Writing at Grinnell

Dorothy Allison at Grinnell College

Writers@Grinnell

Writers@Grinnell, the English department’s reading series, brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers.

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Creative Writing

The English department believes that creative writing ought to be fully integrated into the formal study of literature.

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Jenny Zhang & Tommy Pico: Week of Sept. 27, 2020

Join award-winning writer and poet Jenny Zhang, along with poet, podcaster, and TV writer Tommy Pico, for a reading from their works and conversation with Writers@Grinnell Director Dean Bakopoulos.
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Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil: Week of Oct. 4, 2020

Join award-winning poets Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil for a reading from their works and conversation with Writers@Grinnell Director Dean Bakopoulos.
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Jessica Care moore: Week of Oct. 11, 2020

Join internationally renowned poet and performance artist, jessica Care moore, Writers@Grinnell, Virtual Artist-in-Residence 2020-21, for a reading from her work and discussion. Moderated by Professor Lakesia Johnson.

Department Information

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