English

Poetry in motion

English professor Laura-Gray Street, Celina Matthews '19, and Elsker look through some of the submitted poetry and artwork for their project.

If you walk up to the fourth floor of Smith Hall this summer, you might hear the sound of music coming from English professor Laura-Gray Street’s office. And if you enter, you’ll probably find Street and Celina Matthews ’19 strumming ukuleles while a bearded dragon named Elsker watches intently from her perch on Matthews’s shoulder.... READ MORE >>

Randolph presents 2018 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College presented numerous  students on Wednesday with academic and leadership awards. The annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony honors students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. Academic Awards Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence: Morgan Osburn and Stacey Samuels Best... READ MORE >>

Code Girls Declassified: Dorothy Braden Bruce ’42 can finally reveal her secrets as a WWII codebreaker

Dorothy Braden Bruce ‘42 holds a copy of the recently released book that details her previously top secret experiences as a WWII codebreaker for the U.S. Army.

Alumna’s role in top secret military program finally revealed Dorothy Braden Bruce ’42 was one of the first to learn that the Japanese had surrendered and World War II was over—she even knew before President Harry Truman. But for 70 years, she and the rest of a top secret group of women recruited by the... READ MORE >>

Randolph English major wins second place for essays at national convention

Miranda Hudson '18

Miranda Hudson ’18 recently won second place in the creative nonfiction category for her essays at the 2018 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hudson’s award-winning piece, “Orokomono,” was a moving essay about her journey to uncover stories of her Taiwanese grandmother. It sprung from the death of her... READ MORE >>

Randolph student spends spring break studying original works by Hemingway

Alison Hyler '18 goes through the archives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Alison Hyler ’18 used her spring break to visit Boston, Massachusetts and research one of history’s most famous authors in the archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. An English literature major and aspiring English teacher, Hyler is writing a paper that details her pedagogy plan, which explains how she would teach... READ MORE >>

Pulitzer Prize winner to kick off Randolph’s first M.F.A. residency

Gregory Pardlo

Randolph’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program will celebrate the beginning of its inaugural residency this summer with a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Gregory Pardlo will meet with M.F.A. students this summer. Pardlo’s poetry collection, Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has also been selected for fellowships with the Guggenheim Foundation, the... READ MORE >>

Professor Laura-Gray Street publishes chapbook of poems

Laura-Gray Street

Randolph English professor Laura-Gray Street recently published a collection of poems in the chapbook, Shift Work. Printed by Red bird Chapbooks, the publication explores the often overlooked role of women and femininity in the historical struggle for dignity in work. In addition to her writing accomplishments, last fall Street received Randolph’s Kathryn Graves Davidson Service... READ MORE >>

MFA program adds New York Times best-selling author to faculty

Erika L. Sánchez (Photo by Robyn Lindemann)

Randolph College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program has added yet another nationally recognized and multi-genre author to its faculty. Erika L. Sánchez, a renowned and bestselling poet, novelist, and essayist from Chicago, joins the already stellar lineup. Sánchez’s debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf Press in July 2017, and her... READ MORE >>

Randolph Launches New M.F.A. in Creative Writing

From left, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Aviya Kushner, Phillip B. Williams, Layli Long Soldier, Kaveh Akbar, and Mira Jacob

Acclaimed and award-winning writers will serve as first faculty for new program A new graduate program at Randolph will bring some of the hottest writers to campus beginning this summer. Starting in July 2018, Randolph will add a two-year, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program, which is the first of its kind... READ MORE >>

Louisa Branscomb ’71 receives award from International Bluegrass Music Association

Louisa Branscomb '71 holding her 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Louisa Branscomb ’71 recently earned a 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The award is given to musicians who have made substantial contributions that broaden the genre’s accessibility and recognition. The Distinguished Achievement Award is one of the IBMA’s highest honors. It is reserved for those who been forerunners in... READ MORE >>