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Charif Shanahan is one of four poets nationally to receive the 2024 Whiting Award. “Designed to recognize excellence,” the prestigious award is given annually to ten early career writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, "based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.”

Shanahan's poetry collection, Trace Evidence, was also a finalist for the 2024 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, longlisted for 2023 National Book Award for Poetry, and winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.

Kelly Wisecup has been awarded the 2023 Early American Literature Book Prize for Assembled for Use.

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Litowitz MFA+MA in English and Creative Writing

This program offers intimate classes, the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing, and close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our three-year curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature. Students complete two degrees concurrently --an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English.

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Designed to be completed in one year and flexible in its requirements, our Master's in Literature allows students considerable freedom in choosing courses in English and in related disciplines. Most are planning to move on to Doctoral study elsewhere, improve their credentials as teachers in secondary schools and community colleges, or to take their experience into the business and publishing sectors.

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PhD in English Literature

Our PhD program offers advanced study and research in literary history, criticism, and theory, with excellent opportunities for study between both disciplines and departments. Courses within the department cover major genres, periods, authors, and a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches. Significant support in professional development and on the job market are cornerstones of the program.

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Charif Shanahan serves as Poetry magazine guest editor for summer 2023

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