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Viet Thanh Nguyen  

Writing Forward Reading Series to Feature Pulitzer Novelist, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Kirk Glaser explains that one of the key goals of this program is to provide students in-depth contact with writers. Read more

Kirstyn Leuner  

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member

Kirstyn Leuner specializes in 18th Century British Literature and Digital Humanities.  Read more

English 2017 Canterbury Scholars  

Canterbury Scholars Profiles

Provided faculty mentoring and financial support by the Canterbury Program, this year's scholars, Mary Maeve McGeorge and Giannina Ong, describe their projects. Read more

English 2017 CCCC  

Student Research

Faculty and students working in writing and rhetorical studies shared their research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Read more

Writing Award Winners and Honorees 2016-2017
  • Silvia Signore - Winner of the Christiaan Lievestro Prize for her portfolio of Essays From Dubliners, Tennessee Williams’ Plays, and Beloved: “From Where The Narrator Stands” “A Portrait Of Reality: Misunderstood Women In A Man’s World” “The Catharsis Of (Re)Memory”
  • Emma Ferrell - Winner of the Katherine Woodall Prize for her essay “Uncontrollable Consumption: Double-Colonization in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  • Emma Ferrell - Winner of the Tamara Verga Prize for her poems “Ode To A Beautiful Button”, “Finding The Memory Box In My Parents’ Basement” & “I Was Trying To Pin Down These Thoughts With Thumbtacks”
  • Madeline Nguyen - Winner of the McCann Short Story Contest for her short story “I Hope You Felt Loved”
  • Shelley Valdez - Winner of the Shipsey Poetry Prize for her poems “The Great Glass Jar”, “For the Girl Who Introduced Me to Anne Carson”, and “Postcards”
  • Tim Shur and Mark So - Winners of the Multimodal Writing Prize for their collaborative webtext: “An Examination of SCU’s Model For First-Year Housing”
  • Mary Maeve McGeorge and Giannina Ong - Canterbury Scholars 2016-2017
  • Henry Strickland - Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Review 2016-2017
Featured Graduating Seniors

An update from a few of this year's graduates:

  • Henry Brown is working as a technical writer for LinkedIn, after completing an internship with them during his senior year.
  • Madeleine Fawcett is working at a PR agency called Bite Communications in San Francisco, after completing Stanford University Business Schools Summer Institute for General Management.
  • Aidan Mahony is an editorial intern at HarperOnePublishers (an imprint of HarperCollins) in San Francisco.
  • Mary Maeve McGeorge has a contract with Barking Rain Press for a four-book series. See her Canterbury Fellow profile in this newsletter.
  • Djenenway Se-Gahon will begin the MFA program at California College of the Arts this Fall.

Alumni News

The names of two SCU English alumna were among the list of 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

Tatiana Sanchez


Tatiana Sanchez '10

Tatiana Sanchez, a reporter for the East Bay Times, was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists who covered the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. Tatiana’s writing and reporting helped to share the stories of the many young and talented artists who lost their lives that day.  Read more

Wendy Warren  

Wendy Warren '97

Wendy Warren, a historian at Princeton University, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in History for her extraordinary book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. The winner of the Merle Curti Award for the best book of American social history, Wendy’s book exposes the practice and experience of slavery in colonial New England, changing what we thought we knew about America’s origins.

The English Department is proud to see the powerful writing of our students (former and present) bring voice to those who are marginalized, in the pursuit of a better, more just, world.

In Memoriam: Susan Frisbie and Christiaan Lievestro

Susan Frisbie   Christiaan Lievestro  

The English Department remembers two beloved faculty members who helped transform students' learning and lives. Read more