Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

English Alumna Wins Major Poetry Prize

Marci Calabretta has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new ... Read More »

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English Department News

Toy Story Turns 20

Ralph Guggenheim was a lead producer on the film, "Toy Story," and a two-time Carnegie Mellon University alumnus. As a sophomore, he created a student-defined major called Communication: Film and Television, housed in the Department of English.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards Accepting Entries Through Nov. 30

Students are invited to share personal narratives about their experiences with racial and cultural differences or personal reflections on Dr. King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail.

Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By Night

After working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. program.

Jim Daniels’ “The End of Blessings” Takes Second Place in Short Film Competition

Daniels wrote and co-produced “The End of Blessings,” based on his poem of the same name. The film made its world premiere at the 2015 Three Rivers Film Festival, where it earned second place in the festival’s short film competition.

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Highlighted Events

Book Launch! Author: Associate Professor Chris Warren
Friday, December 4, 12:30-2pm., MA Lounge, Baker Hall A-60G
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Dinner with the Department Head
Tuesday, December 15, 5-6pm, Andreea Ritivoi's Office, BH 259
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Faculty Books

Warren, Christopher. Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680. Oxford University Press, 2015.

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