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    Welcome to the Harvard English Department

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  • Sam Marks Workshop

    Creative Writing Workshops

    Fall 2022 Application Deadline: 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, August 21.

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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.

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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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Upcoming Events

2022 Oct 26

Stratis Haviaras reading with Jos Charles and Jana Prikryl

6:00pm

Location: 

Thompson Room

Jos Charles and Jana Prikryl PortraitsJos Charles is author of a Year & other poems (Milkweed Editions, 2022), feeld (Milkweed Editions, 2018), a Pulitzer-finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series selected by Fady Joudah, and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016). She is...

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2022 Nov 07

Morris Gray Reading with Jericho Brown

6:00pm

Location: 

Thompson Room

Jericho Brown PortraitJericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won...

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2022 Dec 01

A Map Buried in our Hearts: An Evening with Poets Joy Harjo and Patrick Rosal

7:00pm

Location: 

Smith Campus Center

Joy Harjo and Patrick Rosal PortraitsJoy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022.
The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several...

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ALL EVENTS

Featured Faculty

Nick White

Nick White

Visiting Associate Professor of English

Education: MFA, The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Interests: Queer narratives, fiction writing, horror...

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Pronouns: He/Him/His
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Wednesdays 3-5pm, and Fridays 3-5pm.
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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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