Department of English

Jacinda Townsend

March 26, 2014

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A real-life story involving a familial murder lies behind the new novel Saint Monkey, by Jacinda Townsend, assistant professor of English.

Adrian Matejka

October 17, 2013

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Already an award-winning poet, Matejka’s new collection on boxer Jack Johnson is a finalist for the National Book Foundation’s 2013 National Book Award in Poetry.

by Christoph Irmscher


‘I am your opus …’

September 28, 2012

During a fall semester at IU Bloomington nearly 40 years ago, I sat in a windowless room high in the tower of the Main (now Wells) Library and had my eyes opened. I was taking a class on 20th-century women writers, including H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. That class was […]


It’s the end of “Welcome Week” on the IU Bloomington campus. A record-breaking 7,590 first-year students came to campus this week, along with the rest of the classes. Facebook and Twitter feeds brimmed with messages from new and returning students celebrating their return to campus and alumni waxing nostalgic. This week is an unofficial homecoming […]


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Ellen MacKay’s love of Shakespeare was born when she was just 9 years old, after seeing her first Shakespeare production, Twelfth Night, at Stratford, England. Today, the associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington is is making it possible to interact with Shakespeare in a whole new way. […]