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Article Accpeted for Publication
April 23, 2015
Prof. Kathy Schoon-Tanis of the department of English and Prof. Deb Van Duinan of the department of Education recently had their article, "Who are our mockingbirds? Participatory literacies in a community-wide reading program" accepted by the Journal of Language & Literacy Education. Congrats!

Position with Missoula Children's Theatre
April 7, 2015
2015 grad Taylor Ann Krahn announces that she'll be working with Missoula Children's Theatre, starting at the end of May. As a touring actor/director, she will be traveling around an area of North America (the exact region is still to be determined) with a fellow actor/director, doing one-week residencies in various communities. During each residency, they will cast and direct 50-60 of the community's children in a 45-minute musical, which they will perform with them at the end of the week. This is an exciting opportunity for Taylor Ann to not only travel and gain valuable teaching tools and experiences, but to impact the lives of young people, empowering them and their creativity through theatre.

Debut Novel Published
March 17, 2015
Alumni Matthew Baker ('09) has his debut novel, If You Find This, on shelves now! Congrats, Matt!

More Great MFA Program Acceptance News
February 6, 2015
American University has awarded our Anna Gazmarian with one of five merit scholarships for an MFA in fiction. Congrats, Anna!

Micah Matthews has been accepted for the MFA program at Warren Wilson. Congrats, Micah!

Good News for Susanna Childress
February 23, 2015
Prof. Susanna Childress's "chosen" poem for Best American Poetry and an interview are up at Columbia Poetry Review's blog.

She also has three new poems and a new creative nonfiction essay over at Awst Press, along with republications of four poems and an interview later this week. They're a new, Austin-based press with a unique vision and a great big heart. And Susanna is their first Featured Author! Congrats, Susanna!

2015 Nyenhuis Grants Awarded
Friday, February 20
Out of 30 total grants awarded this year, four were awarded to English department faculty: Ernest Cole, Natalie Dykstra, Julie Kipp, and Curtis Gruenler (who will doo cooperative research with student Anna Goodling). Congratulations!

Student Accepted to MFA Program
Feburary 18, 2015
Allyson Hoffman has not only been accepted to the 3-year MFA program in fiction at the University of South Florida but she's also been awarded a Graduate Assistantship, which includes full tuition remission. She'll be teaching first- and second-year comp. Hurrahs to and for Allyson!

Graduate School Acceptance
February 15, 2015
English major Katharyn Jones has been accepted to the graduate program in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University! Congrats, Katharyn!

Faculty Promotion
February 12, 2015
Hope English graduate Mike Theune ('92) has been made full Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Congratulations, Mike!

Publication News from English Grad
February 6, 2015
English grad Kristin Brace recently published an interview she did with her Spalding mentor Eleanor Morse on Fiction Southeast last month. Kristin also has a couple poems being published by The Other Journal. Congrats!

Childress Poem Selected for Best American Poetry Anthology
February 3, 2015
Sherman Alexie has selected a poem by Hope professor Susanna Childress for the 2015 edition of The Best American Poetry! Forthcoming in September. Congratulations, Susanna!

MFA Program Acceptance
February 2, 2015
Recent grad Anna Gazmarian was admitted to the George Mason MFA Program! One George Mason faculty member wrote: "I wanted to write to say that I admired your application portfolio very much and hope that you will come and study with us." Congrats, Anna!

Publication Accepted to Quarterly West
January 28, 2015
December grad Anna Gazmarian just sent word that her creative nonfiction essay, "Interview with Manoushag Paulian Boyajian: (My Great Grandmother)" has been accepted for print publication by the literary journal Quarterly West, out of the University of Utah. It's a wonderful journal...for a wonderful, innovative, and stark lyric essay addressing the Armenian genocide. Huzzah, Anna!

BCUR Paper Accepted
January 19, 2015
Allyson Hoffman's paper on the rhetoric of the Sherlock Holmes universe has been accepted by the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR)! This is one of the papers that she wrote for her senior Mellon Scholars independent study with Prof. Courtney Werner last term. Congrats!

NCUR Papers Accepted
January 15, 2015
English majors Megan Stevens and Stephanie Emanuele had their papers accepted by NCUR! Their papers, "The Quiet Feminist: How Erma Bombeck Brought Feminism to Suburbia" and "Shedding Light on Illuminated Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Age: An Investigation into the Life and Illustrations of J.R.R. Tolkien," respectively, were two of 3,700 submissions. Congrats!

MFA Program
Recent alum Daniel Mauleon has recently started work toward an MFA in children's and young adult literature with a speciality in the graphic novel at Hamline University. Among others he will be working with the fantastic Gene Luen Yang.

Review of Chapbook
English alum and recent JRVWS guest Laura Donnelly's recent chapbook, Watershed, was reviewed by critic Judith Kitchen in The Georgia Review. Congrats, Laura!

Reference in Christianity Today
December 4, 2014
A portion of Prof. Susanna Childress's poem "Bethlehem, Indiana" is featured in an article by Sarah Arthur in the December 14 issue of Christianity Today. Check it out!

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award
November 21, 2014
Hope English alum Kathi McGookey has received a 2014 Fall Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Congratulations, Kathi!

Baker Invited to Vanderbilt Alumni Reading
November 16, 2014
English grad Matt Baker has been invited back to Vanderbilt in April to give a reading -- their first Vanderbilt MFA Alumni reading. Congratulations, Matt!

Executive Director of the Creative Youth Center
November 13, 2014
Former English major Kristin (Olson) Brace recently stepped into the role of Executive Director at the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center, a non-profit organization that prepares kids for life's adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. Kristin participated in a poetry chapbook exchange this fall with a dozen other writers across the United States. Remaining copies of her chapbook The Farthest Dreaming Hill are available for sale at The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand. Forthcoming work includes an interview with novelist Eleanor Morse on Fiction Southeast and the poem "Lukewarm Coffee at a Blue Desk in Michigan" on The Other Journal.

Chapbook Published by Finishing Line Press
November 3, 2014
Former English major Katie Budris's chapbook, Prague in Synthetics, has been published by Finishing Line Press! Congrats, Katie!

Chapbook Published
October 30, 2014
Our Kathi McGookey just had her chapbook, Mended, published from Kattywompus Press. Contratulations, Kathi!

Book Review Published
October 27, 2014
Professor Ernest Cole has a book review of Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone published in the International Journal of African Historical Studies Volume 47, 2 (2014). Well done, Ernest!

Faculty Co-Authored Publication
October 22, 2014
English faculty Courtney Werner and her coauthor Nicole Caswell (East Carolina University) have a publication hot off the press in this year's California State University digital resource book titled Pupil, A Sourcebook for Teachers: Rhetoric and Composition. Their piece is a brief discussion of best practices in integrating peer review into the composition classroom. You can access the entire sourcebook (pretty cool!) online.

Student Work Accepted
October 20, 2014
Senior English and Classics major Allyson Hoffman has received word of her first creative writing publication. Rufous City Review will be publishing her short story, "The Wanderer." Congratulations to Allyson!

Work to be Published by I-70 Review
October 20, 2014
Recent English grad Alex Mouw has had work accepted by I-70 Review. Alex is in his first semester in the MFA program at Purdue. He is studying with Marianne Boruch.

Chapter from Faculty in Recently-Published Book
September 29, 2014
Faculty member Courtney Werner has a chapter entitled "Not Just Checkboxes: Using Tables to Guide Peer Review" in the recently published Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom. Congratulations, Prof. Werner!

Grad Named Editor-in-Chief
September 23, 2014
Hope English grad Katie Budris is editor-in-chief of GLASSWORKS, the literary review
of Rowan University and teaching a graduate level course in editing/publishing. Well done, Katie!

Award Nomination
August 22, 2014
Faculty emeritus Jack Ridl has been nominated for a Community Literacy Award in the area of Talent. Awards will be presented at the Community Literacy Summit on September 29 at Calvin College.

The Talent Award is given to an individual that has made outstanding contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in his/her commitment to the advancement of literacy. The individual will meet the highest standards in his/her literary contribution to the field (i.e., poetry, essays, articles, stories, storytelling, etc.). This award may be given to any individual living and working in West Michigan.

The summit would be a great opportunity for faculty and students alike (there is a discounted student registration fee). The keynote speaker is Dr. Ernest Morrell, Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Registration also includes 2 workshops, breakfast and lunch, and a Literacy Cafe with poets Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah.

Faculty Book Published
July 28, 2014
Congratulations to faculty member John Cox for publication last week by Cambridge University Press of a collection of essays, “Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics,” which he co-edited with Patrick Gray of Durham University. John contributed an essay, "Shakespeare's Prayers," to the collection. The book grew out of a conference at Yale University in 2010 on Shakespeare and Renaissance ethics, at which John delivered a plenary lecture on “Shakespeare and Christian Ethics.”

Latest Edition of Tupelo Quarterly
July 16, 2014
The latest edition of Tupelo Quarterly is chock-full of wonderful offerings from Hope grads! This interview of Katie Bode-Lang as well as seven of her poems. This Prose Open near-winner by Rachael (Pridgeon) Peckham, and these prose poems by Kathy McGookey.

Poetry Chapbook Published
July 14, 2014
Why War
, the latest and greatest chapbook from English faculty member David James (D.R. James), has recently been released by Finishing Line Press. Congratulations, David!

Publication in Catch Up
June 30, 2014

English alum Matt Baker has a piece entitled "Please Steal My Stories" on Catch Up. Well done, Matt!

Poetry Awards
June 30, 2014
Forward Review released their 2013 IndieFab Awards. Our very own Jack Ridl earned gold for Practicing to Walk Like a Heron and our Chris Dombrowski picked up silver for Earth Again.

Chapbook Accepted for Publication
June 12, 2014
Former English major Katie Budris has had her chapbook accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press! Congrats, Katie!

Faculty Publication
June 12, 2014
Faculty member Ernest Cole has an article, "Cultural Ambivalence and Hybridity: Negotiating the Victorian and the Indigenous in Kossoh Town Boy", in the latest edition of At the Crossroads: Readings of the Postcolonial and the Global in African Literature and Visual Art, which was just released by African World Press.

Conference Presentation
June 10, 2014
English alum Anna West recently presented a paper at the French Association of Thomas Hardy conference in Lyon, France. Well done, Anna!

Faculty Book Chosen for "Read Along with the Bishop"
May 19, 2014
Whacked by Josie Gordon (pen name of Prof. Beth Trembley) is one of two summer reads for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan! Find out more here.

Book Release Announced
May 15, 2014
English professor Kathy Schoon-Tanis has co-authored a book, Can Pop Culture and Shakespeare Exist in the Same Classroom?: Using Student Interest to Bring Complex Texts to Life now available for purchase! Congratulations, Kathy!

MFA Acceptance
April 11, 2014
English major alum Colleen Kolba has been accepted into the MFA fiction writing program at the University of South Florida with a full teaching assistantship and support. Congrats, Colleen!

Galvin Interview
April 4, 2014
English alum Chris Dombrowski conducted an in-depth interview with acclaimed poet James Galvin, which is now available online at Orion Magazine. Well done, Chris!

MFA Acceptance
March 31, 2014
English major alum Leigh Clouse has been accepted into the MFA program at Boston University with full funding. Congrats, Leigh!

U of M Accpetance
March 6, 2014
English major Amanda Palomino has been accepted to the University of Michigan School of Information to pursue a graduate degree in library science and information--and she got a nice scholarship too! Congrats, Amanda!

Screenplay Competition Winner
March 3, 2014
Junior English/Creative Writing major Megan Stevens has just won first place in Hope College's Screenplay Competition for her screenplay "Caution Deer Crossing." It will be produced and available to view (at a public screening and later online) by the end of the semester!

Published Article
February 28, 2014
Former student Anna West is at St. Andrews University in Scotland, writing a dissertation on Hardy, and recently senta copy of her first publication, "The Woman and the Dog: Moral Sense and Moral Agency in Far from the Madding Crowd," which appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Thomas Hardy Journal. Well done, Anna!

Grad School Acceptance
February 21, 2014
English major Alex Mouw has been accepted to the MFA program at the University of Mississippi with full tuition covered and a stipend. He was also accepted to He's been accepted to Purdue's MFA and has more schools to hear from before deciding where to head. Congratulations, Alex!

Chapbook Publication Date Announced
February 21, 2014
Congratulations to former English major Jennifer (Stults) Dykema, whose chapbook, I Call You Light, will be published by Finishing Line Press this May 30, 2014. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Joint Article Published in Newsletter
February 6, 2014
The Winter 2014 East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) newsletter just came out, featuring an article from faculty Courtney Werner and student Allyson Hoffman on the front page! "What's Your Website Say About You?: Varied Discourse Communities on Writing Center Websites"

Student to Present at Posters on the Hill
February 5, 2014
Allyson Hoffman, a junior creative writing major, has been selected to present her project "The Passing of the Test is Inconsequential: The Relationship Between AP English Literature and Composition Courses and First-Year Composition Courses" at Posters on the Hill in April.

Short Story in Image
January 28, 2014
English faculty Susanna Childress has a short story, "Looking Good", published in the Fall 2013 Image, published by Seattle Pacific University. Congrats, Susanna!

Essay Accepted for Publication
January 27, 2014
Our former student Rebecca Miller recently had her piece, "Personal Fracture: A Portrait Undone" accepted for the Spring 2014 volume of The Truth About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Student Selected to Present at NCUR
January 15, 2014
English major Allyson Hoffman has been chosen to present her paper (""The Passing of the Test is Inconsequential": Exploring the Relationship Between Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Courses and First-Year Composition Courses") at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this year. Congrats, Allyson!

Faculty Position at Columbus State University
January 14, 2014
Former English major Erinn (Raymond) Bentley is now an assistant professor (and assistant department chair) at Columbus State University (GA). She is doing amazing work -- she's published 3-4 major articles in the past couple of years and has really established herself as a powerful scholar in English education. Best wishes in your position, Erinn!

American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize
January 10, 2014
Hope alum Katie Bode-Lang's manuscript, The Reformation, is the 2014 winner of The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize! Stephen Dunn was the judge. The Reformation is due to be published this September and will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press. The news is at APR and on Katie's website:

Script Accepted for Festival Reading
December 20, 2013
English major Jasmine Robb wrote a play called Little Kindling, and entered it in the American College Theatre Festival at the regional level. It was recently accepted for a reading! Congratulations, Jasmine!

Hope Alum Makes "40 Under 40" List
December 3, 2013
Hope alum and recent (2012) VWS reader Jeffrey Brown was recently listed on Crain's "40 Under 40 for 2013" list. Check out Jeff's feature by clicking on his picture here:

Article Published
November 20, 2013
Professor Courtney Werner's article"Dear Professor X, This is not my best work: Multimodal composition meets (e)portfolio," has been published in Computers and Composition Online, vol. 30.3. You can read the piece here: under the "Virtual Classroom" section. Congrats, Courtney!

Article Accepted for Publication
November 20, 2013
Former English student Maria Awan's essay "Silent, Sullen Peoples: Servants Disrupting Imperial Geographies during the Raj" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Commonwealth and Post-colonial Studies. Well done, Maria!

Poem Featured on Poetry Daily
November 20, 2013
Professor Heather Sellers will have a poem featured on Poetry Daily on December 1! Congratulations, Heather!

Chapbook to be Published
November 18, 2013
Former English student Jennifer (Stults) Dykema will publish her first chapbook with Finishing Line Press. Jennifer recently completed an MFA at Murray State U; the volume is her thesis. Congrats, Jennifer!

Five Poems Accepted for Publication
November 7, 2013
Former English Major Kristin (Olsen) Brace recently had five poems accepted for publication in The Chariton Review. Editor Jamie D'Agostino said of the poems, "They all crackle with such vibrancy!" Well done, Kristin!

Alum Publishes Third Novel
November 1, 2013
Bart Bultman, a recent Hope graduate and English major, has just published his third novel, Subtle Ties. Congratulations, Bart!

Alum Receives Scholarship
October 29, 2013
Former English major Rachel Brownson has been selected as the first receipient of the Carol Houck Smith Scholarship at Warren Wilson. Congratulations, Rachel!

MLA Presentation by Alum
October 25, 2013
Melissa Sexton, English department alum, will present as part of the Transcendental Materialsims panel at the 2014 Modern Language Association convention. Melissa will present "'Making the Earth Say Beans': Thoreau's 'The Bean Field' as Latourian Mobilization."

Perspectives Article
October 25, 2013
Colin Hoogerwerf, recent Hope College graduate and English major, has written the lead article in the September/October 2013 issue of Perspectives.

Facutly Article Accepted for Publication
October 15, 2013
Prof. Ernest Cole's article "Demystifying the Unfamiliar: Competing Discourses and the Pedagogy of Agency in Things Fall Apart and Poems from Sierra Leone" has been accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter Special Edition in the Teaching of African Literature of the Journal of African Literature Association (JALA). The volume would be out in February/March 2014.

Students Selected as Semi-Finalists in Poetry Contest
September 20, 2013
Hope English majors Alex Mouw and Lindsay Timmerman are listed as Semi-Finalists in the Four-Year Colleges category in the 2013 Norman Mailer Writing Award for Poetry! Congratulations, Alex and Lindsay!

Collection of Essays Accepted for Publication
September 14, 2013
Congratulations to John Cox, who received word this morning that Cambridge University Press has accepted for publication a collection of original essays, Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics, that John has co-edited with Patrick Gray of Durham University. Great news, John!!

Poetry Collection Wins Award
August 16, 2013
English Alum Laura Donnelly's first full-length collection of poems, Watershed, won the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize and will be published by them in 2014. You can see their announcement here. Best wishes, Laura!

Panels Accepted for The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conferece
August 1, 2013
Susanna Childress has had two panels accepted for The Association of Writers and Writing Programs' annual conference, held in Seattle in 2014. She will lead the panel, "Where Your Life Still Matters: Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town and the Creative Writing Classroom" and will also be a panel member in “The Subversive Spirit: Poetry Writing from the Edge of Faith." These two panels were among 530 accepted out of 1300 proposals. Congratulations, Susanna!

Review Published in Grand Rapids Press
July 7, 2013
English Department lecturer Mark Lewison had a review of Robert Morgan's The Road from Gap Creek published by the Grand Rapids Press this weekend! You can find a PDF of the article here.

Good News from Secondary Education Grads!
June 20, 2013
Courtney Lastacy had a second interview with Zion-Benton Township High School (Zion, IL) and she got the full-time position. She'll be teaching World Lit and Comp for one of her preps and Advanced Oral and Written Communication for another.

Both Hannah Mielke and Sharon Hecker were offered full-time positions with Abundant Life Christian School in Honduras. Hannah will have six different English language arts preps in grades 7-12. Sharon's load will be similar to Hannah's.

And finally, Skyler Adams will be working for Hope College as an Admissions Rep. He will be teaching potential students and their parents about Hope College. Skyler worked for the Admissions Department while a student here at Hope.

Alum Featured on
June 9, 2013
English department alum RJ Casey was interviewed for CBR (Comic Book Resources) on his role at Yeti Press.

Faculty Receives Book Contract
June 11, 2013
The manuscript for Ernest Cole's second book (single author) is under contract by Africa World press. The book titled "Theorizing the Disfigured Body: Mutilation, Amputation, and Disability Culture in Sierra Leone" uses war narratives from Sierra Leone between 1991 and 2005 to explore the connections between injury and identity and argues for a redefinition of amputation/bodily scarification through the creation of a new culture of disability in order to foster forgiveness and reconciliation. The production date for the book is January 2014.

Poem in Georgetown Review
May 20, 2013
Former English major Laura Donnelly has a very nice poem called "Letter from Stonington" published in the most recent issue of Georgetown Review. Laura is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Knox College.

Chapbook Accepted for Publication
May 16, 2013
Our Kathi McGookey has just had her chapbook titled Method accepted by Kattywompus Press, a group that took over for Pudding House. This is Kathi's third collection published in recent years.

Publishing News
May 8, 2013
Former English major Matt Baker has written a children's book that will be published in 2014 by Little Brown & Co. Congratulations, Matt!

Employment Acquired at Northwestern University
May 7, 2013
Bethany Katerberg is now a Research Administrator with the Research Administration Services team at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Congratulations, Bethany!

Engineering Technical Writer
April 29, 2013
Jessica Schmidt, Hope English major graduate in 2006, has just accepted a position in Holland, Michigan, as Engineering Technical Writer (writing end-user documentation for heavy lifting warehouse equipment and warehouse management software) at Egemin Automation ( Congratulations, Jessica!

Alumni Published in Online Magazine
April 19, 2013
Colleen Kolba ('12) has published her interview with Dylan Landis in the online magazine PANK. Congratulations, Colleen!

Work Accepted for Publication
April 19, 2013
Ernest Cole learned today that a collection of essays on the Sierra Leonean poet and novelist Syl Cheney-Coker, which he has co-edited with Eustace Palmer, has been accepted for publication by Africa World Press. The collection includes an interview Ernest conducted with Cheney-Coker, and two essays by Ernest on Cheney-Coker's poetry. Hearty congratulations, Ernest!

Faculty Named to Exectuive Board
April 12, 2013
Professor Courtney Werner has been elected to a 3-year at large position on the East Central Writing Center's Association executive board.

MFA Program News
April 12, 2013
Current English minor Rebecca Hawkins has received funding at both Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas, in their creative writing MFA programs. Congratulations to Becca!

Emily Hendren has decided to pursue her MFA at Western Michigan University. Congratulations, Emily!

PhD Program Commences
April 11, 2013
Former English student Jackie Canonaco will enter the PhD program at U-Wisconsin Madison (Psychology) in the fall. Congratulations to Jackie!

Grad School Acceptance
April 10, 2013
Class of 2013 English major Emily Dammer has been accepted into graduate school at Minnesota State University. Congratulations, Emily!

Award Finalist
April 2, 2013
Natalie Dykstra's book Clover Adams is a finalist for a 2013 Massachusetts Book Award, for books published in 2012. The winners in each category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's/young adult) will be announced at the end of April. Here's a link to more information:

NEH Summer Institute
April 2, 2013
Pablo Peschiera has been selected to participate in a three-week NEH Summer Institute on The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities. The Institute will be held at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign in July. It will be valuable for Pablo's own work as a translator and for the Literary Translation Workshop course he has been developing at Hope.

Article in The New York Times
March 25, 2013
Professor William Pannapacker has an article in The New York Times on the value of a Liberal Arts Education:

MFA Program Acceptance
March 25, 2013
Jeri Fredrickson ('11) received her letter of acceptance to the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jeri has decided to defer for one year and attend in the fall of 2014. Congrats, Jeri!

Article on Alum by Alum
March 13, 2013
Former Hope English student Jonah Ogles, now editor at Outside Magazine, interviews former Hope English student Chris Dombrowski for and article called "The Flyfishing Poet."

PhD Program Acceptance
March 7, 2013
Former English major Meaghan Elliott has been accepted to the PhD program in composition and rhetoric at University of New Hampshire! It was her first choice for programs. Congratulations, Meaghan!

Poem Chosen for "Best" Anthology
February 25, 2013
Our Lauren Jensen is going to have one of her poems in The Best American Poetry 2013. The judge this year was Denise Duhamel. Thousands of poems are considered. Congratulations, Lauren!

Second Book Published
February 14, 2013
Recent graduate and English major Bart Bultman's second novel, Onward, has just been published and is available in paperback or on Kindle through His first novel, The Quiet Star of Hope, published in 2012, had lots of connections to the life of an English major at Hope.

Creative Writing Teacher Position
February 5, 2013
Ashley Perez (2006) is currently in her 5th year of teaching and is now a full-time creative writing teacher at School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. Congratulations, Ashley.

Prize Finalist
February 5, 2013
Former Hope creative writing student Katie Bode-Lang's poetry collection The Resurrection is finalist in the Phillip Levine prize.

New Collection to be Released
January 9, 2013
Emeritus faculty Jack Ridl's new collection of poetry, Practicing to Walk like a Heron will be released February 1 from Wayne State University Press. Congratulations, Jack!

LA Times Book Review
December 17, 2012
Former Hope College student Tom Andrews received a review from the LA Times Book Review:

Poem Publication
December 11, 2012
Our Rachel Brownson will have her poem "Third Baptism" published in The Christian Century issue dated the day after Christmas: 12/26/12. Rachel is a hospital chaplain in Ann Arbor and at the same time finishing up her MFA from Warren Wilson.

Pushcart Nomination
December 3, 2012
Join us in celebrating with Rob Kenagy (Hope English alum and current Hope faculty), whose poem "It's Hard For Me To Think Of My Heart As Anything" was nominated for this year's Pushcart Contest by Vinyl Poetry.

Successful Dissertation Defense
November 20, 2012
Congratulations to newly declared Dr. Elisabeth Bauman on her successful dissertation defense at the University of Virginia!

Essay Contribution
November 16, 2012
Susanna Childress has just been asked to contribute to an upcoming special issue of Poetry East, scheduled for the spring of 2013. Richard Jones, the editor, says this about the series, "In 1996, Poetry East published Origins, a volume of essays by poets about their composition process. Contributing poets included Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Hayden Carruth, Sharon Olds, Tess Gallagher, Eleanor Wilner, and many others." A third volume of this collection will include "Sweetly from the Tree" from Childress's Entering the House of Awe, along with a comment from Childress about composing the poem.

Job Acquisition
November 8, 2012
Former student Lindsey Wolf has just accepted a job as Program Associate with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's Off-Campus Study Programs (based in Chicago). Great news, Lindsey!

Chapbook Publication
November 5, 2012
Our former student Clara (Everts) Quinlan has had her chapbook accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. They do beautiful books and have published several folks we all know. Congratulations, Clara!

Promotion News
September 20, 2012
Recent English grad Bethany Stripp was recentlypromoted from Online Editor at Chicago Athlete Magazine to Editor-in-Chief at Chicago Athlete Magazine! Bethany says, "Take heart, current English majors! You can find employment with a B.A. in English!"

New Coaching Position
September 17, 2012
Recent English grad Sam Hirt, the Arts Coordinator for the Greencastle Library, was recently named the Greencastle Middle School 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach! Congrats, Sam!

MFA Earned
July 20, 2012
Kristin (Olson) Brace graduated on May 26, 2012 with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction from Spalding University. Her thesis, "What the Body Forgets: A Selection from a Novel," follows the central character Marieke on a journey from grief to a new life in Siena, Italy. Congratulations, Kristin!

Assistant Professorship Earned
June 1, 2012
Laura Donnelly has been invited to spend the last two weeks of June at Ragdale. She has also accepted the visiting assistant professorship at Knox (Illinois) College. She will be teaching poetry writing and a literature course in their 2-2-1 schedule.

Job News
May 30, 2012
English major and recent grad Sam Hirt has landed a job that he has been hoping for, as Director of Community Relations at Putnam County Public Library in Greencastle, IN. Congratulations, Sam!

Commencement Speaker
May 30, 2012
Our former student John Strand has been asked to be the commencement speaker at the high school where he teaches, Minneapolis Edison. Congratulations!

Faculty Publishes Dante Article
May 17, 2012
Kathleen Verduin announces the publication of her essay "Bread of Angels; Dante and the Moral Vision of Charles Eliot Norton," appearing in Dante Studies CXXIX (2011): 63-97.

Former Student Accomplishments
May 9, 2012
Congratulations to former English student Matt Baker, who has several recent accomplishments to share: Fulbright Student Award to undertake research and creative writing at University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland for academic year 2012-2013; Summer residency (four weeks this June) at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire;Fulbright Summer residency (this August) at Blue Mountain Center in New York. Congratulations, Matt!

Student to Study at St. Andrews
May 6, 2012
English student Anna West was accpeted to all three PhD programs she applied to in the UK, and the University of St Andrews has also offered her one of two Macpherson scholarships, which will cover her overseas tuition fee and most of housing for the three years of study. Anna will be heading to Scotland this fall to start her PhD work at St Andrews. She'll be heading over the pond in late August to present a paper at the Thomas Hardy conference first, then to St Andrews to study! Congrats!

Program Acceptance
May 2, 2012
Former English student Maria Awan has been accepted to the Asian Studies Program at Cornell University! Congratulations, Maria!

Poetry Prize Awarded
April 24, 2012
Susanna Childress has won the Society of Midland Authors 2012 Poetry Prize for Entering the House of Awe (New Issues Press, 2011); the prize honors an outstanding book of poetry by a writer in the Midwest from the previous year...Jack Ridl won a few years ago, as have folks like Gwendolyn Brooks and Stuart Dybek.

She also presented four times at Calvin's Festival of Faith and Writing:
"Borrowing the Fictive for Poetry: How Imagination and (Auto) Biography Can Blur & Shimmy" -- a solo presentation
"Poetry Spoken & Sung" -- as one of several poets who participated in a reading and concert by Calvin's Capella Choir
"The Evolution of a Poem" -- as one of three poets speaking about the genesis and growth of a poem
"Poetry of Life: A Conversation with Julia Spicher Kasdorf & Susanna Childress"

New Publications
April 23, 2012
Heather Sellers has new poetry forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, nonfiction forthcoming in Blue and Brevity, and a cover essay forthcoming in The Georgia Review. The essay treats the difficulty of adjusting from Florida to Michigan. It's through local artist Mary Brodbeck that Sellers came to see Michigan as a landscape she could call home; Mary Brodbeck's work will be displayed in a portfolio in the magazine, and on the cover.

Former Student Award
April 19, 2012
Former English student Rob Kenagy won this year's Composition Program Award for Outstanding Teaching by an MFA or PhD Student at Virginia Tech. Well done!

University of Michigan Graduate School
April 19, 2012
Our Lauren Eriks has been accepted to and will attend graduate school at The University of Michigan.

MFA Acceptance
April 15, 2012
Our Brianne Carpenter has accepted a wonderful offer from Purdue's MFA program. She will get to teach creative writing and composition, work on The Sycamore Review and study with Marianne Boruch who read at Hope and under whom our Laura Donnelly also studied.

Former Prof. Jack Ridl Receives Award
April 9, 2012
Jack Ridl's poem "Easter, 1948” was been named the 2012 winning entry for the Gary Gildner Poetry Award!

An announcement of the winning poem will be in Poets and Writers, and will be announced and published on their website:

Program Acceptance
April 3, 2012
More good news from our Brianne Carpenter. She has been accepted for the MFA program at the U of Minnesota. They accept only four students each year into their poetry program.

Student Accepted to Graduate Program
April 2, 2012
Meghan Florian has been accepted into the wonderful creative writing - nonfiction program at Queens University.

The Writer's Almanac
April 2, 2012
An interview with our own Jack Ridl is up on The Writer's Almanac! Check it out here:

Poems Published
March 30, 2012
Alex Mouw has had two poems accepted in Glass Mountain, a terrific journal (based at the University of Houston).

Western Michigan University
March 27, 2012
English alum Brianne Carpenter was offered a fully-funded spot at Western Michigan University with a teaching package and the whole shebang. Congratulations, Brianne!

Graduate School Acceptance
March 25, 2012
Current student Lauren Bull has been accepted for graduate study in creative writing at Stonecoast, Texas State, and the University of New Orleans. Congratulations, Lauren!

Works Published
March 22, 2012
Our Kathi McGookey has had not one, but two books published. October Again is a collection of her own stunning prose poems (with cover by Meridith Ridl). Kathi has also translated nearly 100 prose poems by the French poet Georges L. Godeau. About the collection, titled We'll See, Sharon Bryan has written ". . . [McGookey's] translations are so translucent I feel as if I am reading the French originals." Godeau was
born in 1921 and his work received the Prix du Livre in Poitou-Charentes in 1991.

University of Michigan Acceptance
March 18, 2012
Alan Sielaff, a former creative writing student, is going to the University of Michigan for Emergency Medicine. "It was my first ranked program and a dream come true!" he writes. Congrats, Alan!

St. Andrews Acceptance
March 13, 2012
Our former student Anna West has been accepted into the Ph.D. and also the M.Lit. programs at St. Andrews University in Scotland!

National Book Critics Circle Award!
March 9, 2012
Former Hope student, Mira Bartok, who read in the VWS this year, WON the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography!!!!

Former Student Publishes Novel
February 23, 2012
Bart Bultman (2010 Hope graduate and English major) has just published his first novel, The Quiet Star of Hope. It details the lives of a small group of male Hope students in a typical Monday to Friday week as they meander through the Hope Campus from College East to Lubbers Hall to the Van complex. It is very realistic, often funny, at times philosophical. Not much happens, but that is the point.

Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
February 19,2012
Our grad Allison Rivers has been accepted to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Congratulations, Allison!

MFA Program Acceptance
February 15, 2012
Current English major Lauren Bull was accepted to the MFA program at Stonecoast! Congratulations, Lauren!

Cincinnati Magazine Article Published
February 10, 2012
Our Jonah Ogles, an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, has written a fine feature about the Zanesville, Ohio private zoo disaster. It's online now.

Poem to Be Published
February 7, 2012
English major Jordan Walters will have a poem, "The Thaw", published in Ruminate. Congratulations, Jordan!

Finalist for Short Story Competition
January 31, 2012
Amanda Evinger (formerly Amanda Vaalburg, class of 2001) was a finalist for the Short Story Award competition from Glimmer Train. Congratulations, Amanda!