• Best American Essays selects Gary Taylor's essay for inclusion in 2019 edition

    His “Death of an English Major” is part of the collection that was published in early October. The editor cited the essay’s "deep humanism" as one reason for its place in the publication.

  • Feroz Rather tells the stories of everyday Kashmiri lives

    English department Ph.D. student Feroz Rather's "fierce and lyrical" writing gives a voice to the silenced people in his home country.

  • A recharged perspective leads to advocating novel future paths for students

    George Mills Harper Professor of English Judith Pascoe has merged her own academic pursuits with empowering the next generation of students to broaden their opportunities and outlooks on learning.

  • Alumna Mikaela Bender finds down-to-earth success with her science fiction

    Her latest story, Expiration Date, has millions of fans and the pilot episode debuted June 7 on SYFY.


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The insights Feroz Rather can provide into the violence the people of Kashmir are experiencing have garnered a lot of attention recently. The Guardian recently heralded his book as one of “the best books to understand the current geopolitical crisis caused by India’s military siege and communications blackout in Kashmir."

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Michaels joins FSU English Ph.D. alumnus Blake Stricklin and English Professor S.E. Gontarski to focus on Burroughs' archives.