• Personal experiences and transitions fuel and guide Dustin Pearson's writing

    Pearson chose FSU for his doctoral studies because of the English department's reputation and the opportunities to work with a community of strong writers.

  • David Johnson selected as 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar

    The award gives Johnson time for research beginning in January 2021 to analyze Flemish poet Jacob van Maerlant's works. Johnson will teach at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, as well.

  • Tarez Samra Graban serves as a consultant for new nightly national newscast

    WGN America-News Nation executives invited Graban to lead a training session for the network’s staff, and she offered input on rehearsals and scripts for the show as well.

  • Maxine Montgomery leads FSU's efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion

    University President John Thrasher appointed Montgomery to chair a three-person executive committee that will direct the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion.


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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Department News

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.