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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.

Ralph Savarese and Stephen Kuusisto

Ralph Savarese and Stephen Kuusisto: Oct. 29, 2020

Join us for a virtual event celebrating the publication of two recent books of poetry by acclaimed authors: “Republican Fathers” (Nine Mile Books) by Ralph James Savarese and “Old Horse, What Is to be Done?”(Tiger Bark Press) by Stephen Kuusisto.
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Ada Limón and Jennifer Knox: Nov. 10, 2020

Poets and pals Ada Limón and Jennifer L. Knox read from their award-winning work and share a public conversation, moderated by Dean Bakopoulos.
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Dean and Natalie Bakopoulos: Nov. 17, 2020

Writers @ Grinnell director Dean Bakopoulos interviews his sister, novelist and essayist Natalie Bakopoulos, author of the acclaimed new novel, Scorpionfish (Tin House, 2020).

Department Information

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