Graduate Student Achievements

The last few months have been exciting ones for recent UIC graduate students. Danielle Christmas’s post-doc at the University of North Carolina was turned into an assistant professorship in the same department, and Tyler Mills, just starting as an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University, saw her poem “The Sun Rising, Pacific Theater” appear in The New Yorker. Her poems also appeared inThe Adroit Journal The New England Review, Pinwheel, Blueshift Journal, and Narrative Magazine. Another very recent graduate, Brianna Noll, had her dissertation, a collection of poems titled Flavor Is the Price of Scarlet, selected for the University Press of Kentucky’s new Contemporary Poetry and Prose Series.

Meanwhile, our current students are just as active.

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Student Profile


Transfer student and English Major Anthony Reitz wins 2015-2016 LAS Undergraduate Research Award (LASURI)

Dr. Jennifer Rupert, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies in English, interviews undergraduate Anthony Reitz about transferring to UIC from community college, his experience majoring in English at UIC, and his current award-winning research.

  • Tony, when we met you were an incoming transfer student from one of Chicagoland’s many community colleges, Joliet Junior College. When did you know you were going to be an English major?

Two semesters before I transferred to UIC, I was taking the equivalent of English 161, and we had to write an essay in response to The White Tiger. Our instructor was calling us up one by one to get our papers.
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Message from the Head

Welcome back, everyone, to what promises to be an exciting school year. 2014-15 was both an engaged and a fulfilling one. The list of prizes and fellowships won, major talks (keynotes and plenaries) given, significant writing published, and exciting activities undertaken is so long that...


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