Powerful Writing. Creative Reading. Language for a Lifetime.
Florida State University's English department reflects the creative diversity and interdisciplinary potential of the language that connects us. Our internationally acclaimed faculty have won more teaching awards than any other academic department at Florida State. We also write prize-winning fiction, prize-winning poetry, prize-winning scholarly editions, essays and books. We explore the best of the past and present in order to create a better future for everyone who reads (or hears) English. We aspire to train every student, at every level, how to get more from what they read, and how to achieve more with what they write.
With innovative academic programs, we now graduate more English majors than any other public university in America. Our sustained and continuing strategic commitment to diversity has been a role-model for other departments at Florida State and around the country. We equip our ambitious, multi-talented undergraduate and graduate students to venture out into every corner of the new creative economies: from Broadway to the ACLU, from tenure-track professors in other Research 1 universities to Pulitzer Prize-winning artistic entrepreneurs. Come read with us, and write the future.
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The English Department at Florida State University
Jenna Kelley graduated from Florida State University in 2018 with an English degree, and her work as an on-air reporter at WJBF in Augusta, Georgia, recently earned her a 2020 GABBY for Best Online Produced Story..
Now a professor of English at Montgomery College in Maryland, John Wang talks about the inspiration behind starting 'Juked' 20-plus years ago. in addition to how he handles writing, teaching, and family responsibilities.
Forde won the 2020 Furious Flower Poetry Prize for a trio of poems that focused on Black women in the Bible, work that encouraged her to study her own maternal lineage. She continues to study and learn how far she can go with her writing.