We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

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Kathleen Verduin
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Dr. Beth Trembley
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Sarah Baar
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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Kendra Parker
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Dana VanderLugt
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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David James
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

Recent blog posts

  1. Why English 113 Is a Must

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By: Trevor Sooy, ‘19 Most students coming to Hope College are required to take a semester of Engli...

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  2. Writing In Community

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Leigh Clouse, ’13 As a writer, there is often nothing more terrifying than sharing my work ...

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  3. For my Fellow Writers: How to Stay Motivated during the Summer

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By: Katie McMorris ’17 If you’re anything like me, your first month or so of summer probably inc...

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  4. Adventures in Liverpool

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    By: Professor Bill Moreau I am 40,000 feet above the Atlantic as I write this—aboard American Airl...

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  5. 7 Things: Some Advice

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By Sarah Baar Though I am not really an expert at anything, I have general knowledge about many thin...

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  6. Eight Peas in a Podcast

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    By Susanna Childress This past January, on an icy Sunday afternoon, I took my husband on a hot date....

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