Professor Andrew Epstein’s book "Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture" (Oxford, 2016) has been named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.

Assistant Professor Alisha Gaines places her first book-length publication, Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy (U of North Carolina P, 2017), high on her list for career achievements.

Professor Robert Olen Butler has a lifelong writing career and three-plus decades of teaching, skillfully juggling both. He has earned acclaim and major awards for his storytelling prowess, and Butler has guided hundreds of students through their own creative process, watching them win their own writing awards or become teachers as well.

When Dorothy Chan was an undergraduate at Cornell University, she met with one of her advisors, Associate Professor of English Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, to discuss the process for applying to graduate programs. Chan specifically asked if she should cater the package of poems she sent with her applications to the specific schools.

By Lauren Olster

Students who are earning advanced academic degrees find many ways to enhance their research and scholarship. They rely on professors to mentor them and guide them through the process. They engage and collaborate with other graduate students who have similar interests. And they read. A lot.

Come out to the Knott House Museum tonight as Yolanda J. Franklin reads some of her original pieces from her new book of poetry Blood Vinyls (Anhinga, July 2018), as well as work from several classic jazz poets.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Franklin earned both her undergraduate degree and a PhD in English from Florida State University. In a previous interview with, Franklin said, “growing up in the South is the backbone of my writing.”