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

Are You Ready For Some Football?

In his new book, Adam Lazarus (MAPW’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Announced

Eight Dietrich College seniors, including two from the Department of English, have been selected to the Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars Class of 2016.

Three Books, One Year

Ever since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he’s been a prolific writer of significant books.

How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English Degree

As Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine. 

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Highlighted Events

Prospective MA Student Open House
Friday, October 16, 1:00pm-3:00pm, the Swank Room, Baker Hall 255B
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Pizza with the Department Head
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Schoenwald Lounge, BH 145T
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Faculty Books

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

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