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    Welcome to the Harvard English Department

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  • Sam Marks Workshop

    Creative Writing Workshops

    Workshop applications for Fall 2021 are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, August 22. 

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We, as a department, as scholars, teachers, students, and staff, are committed to holding up our community, past and present, to the light of recent events, specifically the movement for racial justice. We will take what immediate actions we can, as we also consider the courses, colloquia, and public talks and reading the Department is running now or planning for the future. In addition, we shall reassess our hiring and admissions practices, our scholarship and pedagogy, our advising of students, and our relationships with the wider community.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Undergraduates

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Graduate Students

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Creative Writing

The English Department is proud to house Harvard’s creative writing program. The vital presence of creative writing in the department is reflected by our many distinguished authors who offer small, intensive workshops each term in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and television writing. Concentrators may also apply to work on a year-long creative senior thesis with our faculty.

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Featured Faculty

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Jorie Graham

Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric
(on leave Fall 2021)

Education: B.A., New York University (1973)
M.F.A., University of Iowa (1978)

Interests:
English Poetry; American Poetry; Contemporary...

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Office: Barker 263
p: 617-495-2533
Office Hours: (on leave Fall 2020) By appointment. Schedule via email.
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Arts and Humanities Division

Arts and Humanities Division

The Division seeks to optimize both the ability of its faculty to pursue knowledge through the study of the arts and humanities and the opportunity of its students to share in that pursuit. 

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Child Memorial Library

Child Memorial Library

Named for Francis James Child, Harvard's first Professor of English, Child Memorial Library is the English Department research library. 

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Faculty Bookshelf

Explore our faculty's publications and discover their many research interests and creative works.

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