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Today the building provides attractive office space for faculty in the English, history, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies departments, smaller classrooms ideal for discussion, and a lounge.  

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The Creative Writing Scene at Grinnell Grinnell has a vibrant creative writing scene. There are many published writers on campus--faculty, staff, and students. There are also a number of published writers living in town. The College regularly brings in prominent authors to give...
Jonathan Brown, Professor of Biology The National Science Foundation has funded, "Evolution of Color Variation in Hawaiian Damselflies: Causal Links for an Ecological Selection Hypothesis," as part of its Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions program (DEB...
Many of the English faculty have developed online projects to enhance our teaching.This page highlights a few examples of such projects. Stephen Andrews has collaborated with Ralph Russell of the music department and technologists David Berk and Munindra Khaund to create a...
English Department Faculty Writers George Barlow George Barlow is a poet who earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Hayward, an M.A. in American Studies and an M.F.A. in Poetry, both from the University of Iowa. He specializes in African-American literature,...

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Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate [2012-2013]. In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history - personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago-to explore the human struggles that we...
Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
The winners of this year’s creative writing contests are: Nick Adams Short Story Nelson Ogbuagu ’16, winner — $1000 for “Playing It Safe” Grace Lloyd ’16, honorable mention — for “Crush” James Norman Hall '10 Aspiring Writer Award Alejandra Rodriguez Wheelock ’17 — $2000 for “...
The winners of this year’s creative writing contests are: Nick Adams Short Story Nelson Ogbuagu ’16, winner — $1000 for “Playing It Safe” Grace Lloyd ’16, honorable mention — for “Crush” James Norman Hall '10 Aspiring Writer Award Alejandra Rodriguez Wheelock ’17 — $2000 for “...
Jack Shuler will present a free public lecture, “The Thirteenth Turn:  A History of the Noose,” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in ARH Room 102 - Kallaus Lecture Hall. Shuler is an associate professor & John and Christine Warner Professor of English and the author of a new...
Staring out at an assembly of bright-faced Grinnellians, Verlyn Klinkenborg announced: “The way you’ve been taught writing is wrong.” A few people flinched. “Forget about the rules and the writing myths,” he continued. “All you can do is jump in and start thrashing around.” He...
Award-winning poet and playwright Dan O'Brien's second visit to Grinnell College this semester features a reading of the first act of his award-winning play, The Body of an American, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. In March, O’Brien taught an English and theatre short intensive...
Award-winning poet and playwright Dan O'Brien's second visit to Grinnell College this semester features a reading of the first act of his award-winning play, The Body of an American, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. In March, O’Brien taught an English and theatre short intensive...
Award-winning poet and playwright Dan O’Brien will be in residence March 1–7 and April 16–19, sponsored by Writers@Grinnell and Artists@Grinnell. O’Brien is giving a free public works in progress talk about his creative process at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Faulconer...
Award-winning poet and playwright Dan O’Brien will be in residence March 1–7 and April 16–19, sponsored by Writers@Grinnell and Artists@Grinnell. O’Brien is giving a free public works in progress talk about his creative process at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Faulconer...
In the first grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000 each to 37 fiction and creative nonfiction writers including Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence at Grinnell College...
In the first grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000 each to 37 fiction and creative nonfiction writers including Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence at Grinnell College...
The Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), which features works in the creative arts by students at Grinnell College, will open with a reception at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. BAX is an exhibition of works by advanced art...
Roxane Gay's visit to Grinnell on April 7, 2016 has been cancelled.  Bestselling author and feminist scholar Roxane Gay will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, April 7, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series and Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College. The...
Roxane Gay's visit to Grinnell on April 7, 2016 has been cancelled.  Bestselling author and feminist scholar Roxane Gay will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, April 7, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series and Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College. The...
Are you ready to shape your own learning? The individually advised curriculum at Grinnell College puts you in charge. There’s only one required course outside of your major, the First-Year Tutorial. So each semester you’ll have 16­–18 credits for exploring the academic world....
  For Erik Simpson, English is more than a discipline; it's the family business. He grew up in Olean, N.Y., the son of an English professor at St. Bonaventure University. His mother, too, is in academe, running the learning center at the local community college. His parents met...
Grinnell College and the University of Iowa have received a $1.6 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop humanities-centered collaborations that expand the use of digital technology among faculty and students. The new partnership is distinctive because it...
First-year students in Shuchi Kapila’s tutorial take a walk on the supernatural side as they study ghosts and literary ghost stories. In the course, Ghost Stories, the students will explore questions such as: Do such fantasies provide an escape from an oppressive reality into a...
Edward Cohn, assistant professor of history, has won two grants that will support his archival and oral history research on KGB tactics to manage threats to political stability in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 to the collapse of the...
Alison Bechdel, a noted cartoonist and graphic memoirist, will deliver the Scholars' Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 8, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public with a free pizza lunch provided. Bechdel is best known for her long-...
“I never had just one thing that I was pursuing. I wanted to keep exploring and keep doing what I was naturally interested in doing. Every opportunity I’ve had just combined all those passions.” These words of wisdom reveal the key to Adam Kempenaar ’97’s success. In a world...
Nelson Ogbuagu ’16 has been named the winner of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest 2016 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. His story, "Playing it Safe," was selected from the 32 stories submitted by students from ACM colleges. Author Bill Hillman, who served as the final judge...
Nelson Ogbuagu ’16 has been named the winner of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest 2016 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. His story, "Playing it Safe," was selected from the 32 stories submitted by students from ACM colleges. Author Bill Hillman, who served as the final judge...
Most students have to worry about finishing 20- or 30-page research papers or equally long essays in their final semester of college. Emily Mesev ’15 will hand in a 300-page novel. Originally from Northern Ireland, Mesev considered attending a university in the United Kingdom...
Most students have to worry about finishing 20- or 30-page research papers or equally long essays in their final semester of college. Emily Mesev ’15 will hand in a 300-page novel. Originally from Northern Ireland, Mesev considered attending a university in the United Kingdom...
  Connelly Lecture: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Rosenfield Center Room 101 Srinivas Aravamudan is a distinguished scholar of 18th-century English literature with wide-ranging interests and an unusual approach to contemporary issues. On Oct. 9, Aravamudan is presenting this year’s...
The Armando Alters Montaño ’12 Writers@Grinnell Endowment Fund has been established by the parents of the Grinnell graduate who died in June 2012 while working as an intern with the Associated Press in Mexico City. Diane Alters ’71 and Mario Montaño have created the fund through...
Professor of English Ralph Savarese’s nonfiction essay, "River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies," was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. The essay — which originally appeared in the journal Fourth Genre Spring 2012 — is about reading The...
Professor of English Ralph Savarese’s nonfiction essay, "River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies," was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. The essay — which originally appeared in the journal Fourth Genre Spring 2012 — is about reading The...
*/ Zoe Sherinian, associate professor and chair of ethnomusicology, University of Oklahoma, will present two free public events about the reclamation of an untouchable drum, the parai. Sherinian has conducted extensive research on the Dalit, a class of people in South India who...
Silvia Elena Foster-Frau ’15 has received the Hearst Journalism Fellowship, a two-year digital media journalism fellowship awarded to four to six aspiring journalists each year. For the first year of her fellowship, Foster-Frau will be reporting for the Hearst Connecticut Media...
*/ Grinnell alumni return to campus for a two-day symposium on written communication Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, 2016. The free, public symposium features informational panels, writing challenges, an internship and information fair, and plenty of opportunities to talk...
*/ Grinnell alumni return to campus for a two-day symposium on written communication Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, 2016. The free, public symposium features informational panels, writing challenges, an internship and information fair, and plenty of opportunities to talk...
When Sydney Banach ’18 browsed college websites as a prospective student, Grinnell College’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program quickly grabbed her attention. “I remember reading about it on the website and the program contributed to my decision to apply to Grinnell early decision...
Srinivas is a Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University.  He has also served as President of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes). Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah,...
Undergraduate research tends to evoke images of either a library or a laboratory. The Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL) offers students in social studies and the humanities something different. The lab has computers with statistical analysis programs that can help...
  Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101 The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem. Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman...
Theresa Geller, EKI associate professor of film theory and history in the English department, has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship entitled “Thinking the Humanities in the 21st Century” at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University for the 2015...
  Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer GalleryPanel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were...
Antonya Nelson, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Thursday, October 29: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction (three...
Antonya Nelson, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Thursday, October 29: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction (three...
Writers@Grinnell brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers. “Interacting with writers, hearing them not only read from their work but also talk about their...
Award-winning author Alissa Nutting will read from her work and discuss writing on Friday, April 22nd as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The free, public event will start at 4:15 p.m. in the Burling Library Lounge. Alissa Nutting authored the short story...
Award-winning author Alissa Nutting will read from her work and discuss writing on Friday, April 22nd as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The free, public event will start at 4:15 p.m. in the Burling Library Lounge. Alissa Nutting authored the short story...
Writers@Grinnell brings poet and memoirist Brian Turner to campus for two free public events on Thursday, March 12 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center, Room 209. Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center...
Writers@Grinnell brings poet and memoirist Brian Turner to campus for two free public events on Thursday, March 12 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center, Room 209. Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center...
Novelist and short story writer Daphne Kalotay visits campus for Writers@Grinnell. She’ll present two free public events on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Rosenfield Center Room 209 Reading: 8 p.m., Rosenfield Center Room 101...
Novelist and short story writer Daphne Kalotay visits campus for Writers@Grinnell. She’ll present two free public events on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Rosenfield Center Room 209 Reading: 8 p.m., Rosenfield Center Room 101...
Celebrated poet Edward Hirsch ’72 will join Professor of English Ralph Savarese in a conversation about poetry and parenting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Faulconer Gallery.  “‘If the Music is Too Loud You’re Too Old:’ A Conversation with Edward Hirsch ’72 about Poetry,...
Celebrated poet Edward Hirsch ’72 will join Professor of English Ralph Savarese in a conversation about poetry and parenting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Faulconer Gallery.  “‘If the Music is Too Loud You’re Too Old:’ A Conversation with Edward Hirsch ’72 about Poetry,...
Haitian American best selling author and social activist Edwidge Danticat will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, Feb. 25 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in the...
Haitian American best selling author and social activist Edwidge Danticat will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, Feb. 25 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in the...
Jami Attenberg, the next author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Tuesday, Sept. 22: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books,...
Jami Attenberg, the next author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Tuesday, Sept. 22: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books,...
Award-winning poet Jeffrey Harrison will read from his work and discuss writing on Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. In...
Award-winning poet Jeffrey Harrison will read from his work and discuss writing on Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. In...
Acclaimed writer Jess Row will give a reading as part of the Writers@Grinnell creative writing series. The reading will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302. This event is free and open to the public. A native of Washington, D.C., Row...
Author Kevin Gonzalez will present at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the Kallaus Lecture Hall, ARH Room 102. Kevin A. Gonzalez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and holds MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin (in poetry) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop (in...
Kiese Laymon, the second author in this year’s Writers @Grinnell series, will present two events on Thursday, Sept. 17: Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209 Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Laymon is an African-American southern writer,...
Kiese Laymon, the second author in this year’s Writers @Grinnell series, will present two events on Thursday, Sept. 17: Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209 Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Laymon is an African-American southern writer,...
Note: Venue has changed from Faulconer Gallery to Sebring-Lewis Hall. Celebrated poet Mary Szybist will read from her latest book, Incarnadine, a 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, during the Writers@Grinnell creative writing series. Szybist will give a presentation at 4:15 p....
Photo Credit: Brigitte Sire Writers@Grinnell brings Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere, to campus for two free public events on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Rosenfield Center 209 Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday,...
Photo Credit: Brigitte Sire Writers@Grinnell brings Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere, to campus for two free public events on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Rosenfield Center 209 Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday,...
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell, will be on campus for two events on Thursday, November 12: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Russo received the Pulitzer...
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell, will be on campus for two events on Thursday, November 12: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Russo received the Pulitzer...
Award winning author, Rob Spillman, will read from his work and discuss writing on Monday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. in ARH 302. In addition, Spillman will lead a roundtable discussion which is free and open to the public, at 4:15 p.m. April 18 in JRC 209. Rob Spillman is Editor and...
Award winning author, Rob Spillman, will read from his work and discuss writing on Monday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. in ARH 302. In addition, Spillman will lead a roundtable discussion which is free and open to the public, at 4:15 p.m. April 18 in JRC 209. Rob Spillman is Editor and...
Stephanie Ford '95 is next in Writers@Grinnell series. Stephanie Ford will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, March 3 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in the...
Stephanie Ford '95 is next in Writers@Grinnell series. Stephanie Ford will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, March 3 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m. in the...
Picture books that beg to be reread dozens of times are a unique and challenging art form. Molly Beth Griffin ’05 has published two picture books so far, Loon Baby and Rhoda’s Rock Hunt, which was recently released. She has a dozen manuscripts in various stages of preparation...
Picture books that beg to be reread dozens of times are a unique and challenging art form. Molly Beth Griffin ’05 has published two picture books so far, Loon Baby and Rhoda’s Rock Hunt, which was recently released. She has a dozen manuscripts in various stages of preparation...
Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, took a break from editing his third novel, Summerlong, to talk about writing, teaching, and James Franco. Here’s what he had to say: Summerlong Summerlong is about four main characters...

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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...