This Week in English | Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Happy Halloween! Here are some events and announcements for our community as we turn away from bright fall towards darkling November.

Please don’t forget to vote next Tuesday!

Alumnus Ryan Stovall to read from new book:

English graduate, former Green Beret, two-time Purple Heart awardee, and adventurer Ryan Stovall has published a book of poetry, and will be reading on November 9. He will read from his upcoming book Black Snowflakes: smothering a torch, or how to talk to your Veteran, a Primer. The reading will take place in the Coe Room of the Memorial Union, November 9, from 10-11 am.

Wondering how you can use your English-related skills in the workplace?

ENG 496 will help you to connect your English studies to exciting careers in publishing, editing, web content development, professional writing, arts management, social justice work, and more! This course is for students who are looking to apply for an English-related internship, who are currently completing an internship, or who have recently completed an internship. Students with an interest in all types of writing—analytical, creative, and professional—are encouraged to take the class!

I’m an English Major; what about law school?

On Monday, November 7 at 5:00 pm, the McGillicuddy Humanities Center will be hosting a speaker for an informal Zoom session intended for students in the humanities who might be curious about or interested in applying to law school. Our virtual guest, Patrick Maley, will take questions and talk about the LSATs, the application process, and the day-to-day experience of law school, with particular focus on the transferability  (as well as the challenges) of humanities-based undergraduate training for law school and legal practice.

Maley is a second-year law student at Seton Hall, where he is a member of Law Review, the Moot Court team, and the American Constitution Society. This summer he interned with the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and in the spring will intern with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Maley, the author of After August: Blues, August Wilson, and American Drama (UVA Press, 2019) also holds a PhD in English and spent a decade as a professor of English before budget retrenchments led to his position being cut and his pursuit of a second career in law. For access to the Zoom link for this event, contact MHC Humanities Specialist Brian Jansen at

What’s happening in Creative Writing 205?

Caral Billitteri’s class is working on their skills as creative nonfiction writers this week. After reading a guide to writing personal essays and immersing themselves in David Sedaris’ “ironical, playful, and self-reflective” prose, they will produce their own sketch. Sounds like fun to me!