News and Events
Alumni, Students, and Faculty News
April 11, 2014
English major alum Colleen Kolba has been accepted
into the MFA fiction writing program
at the University of South Florida with a full teaching assistantship
and support. Congrats, Colleen!
April 4, 2014
English alum Chris Dombrowski conducted an in-depth interview with acclaimed
poet James Galvin, which is now available online at Orion
March 31, 2014
English major alum Leigh Clouse has been accepted into the MFA program
at Boston University with full funding. Congrats, Leigh!
U of M Accpetance
March 6, 2014
English major Amanda Palomino has been accepted to the University
of Michigan School of Information to pursue a graduate degree in library
she got a nice scholarship too! Congrats, Amanda!
Screenplay Competition Winner
March 3, 2014
Junior English/Creative Writing major
Megan Stevens has just won first place in Hope College's Screenplay
Deer Crossing." It will be produced and available to view (at
a public screening and later online) by the end of the semester!
February 28, 2014
Former student Anna West is at St. Andrews
University in Scotland, writing a dissertation on Hardy, and recently
senta copy of her first publication, "The
Woman and the Dog: Moral Sense and Moral Agency in Far from the Madding
Crowd," which appears in the Autumn 2013 issue
of The Thomas Hardy Journal. Well done, Anna!
Grad School Acceptance
February 21, 2014
English major Alex Mouw has been accepted to the MFA
program at the University of Mississippi with
full tuition covered and a stipend. He was also accepted to He's been
accepted to Purdue's MFA and
has more schools to hear from before deciding
where to head. Congratulations, Alex!
Chapbook Publication Date Announced
February 21, 2014
Congratulations to former English major Jennifer (Stults) Dykema, whose
chapbook, I Call You Light, will be published by Finishing
Line Press this
May 30, 2014. Congratulations, Jennifer!
Joint Article Published in Newsletter
February 6, 2014
The Winter 2014 East Central Writing
Centers Association (ECWCA) newsletter just came out, featuring an article
from faculty Courtney Werner and student Allyson Hoffman on the front page! "What's
Your Website Say About You?: Varied Discourse Communities on Writing Center
Student to Present at Posters
on the Hill
February 5, 2014
Allyson Hoffman, a junior creative writing major, has been selected to
present her project "The Passing of the Test is Inconsequential: The
Relationship Between AP English Literature and Composition Courses and
First-Year Composition Courses" at Posters on the Hill in April.
Short Story in Image
January 28, 2014
Susanna Childress has a short story, "Looking Good",
published in the Fall 2013 Image, published by Seattle Pacific
University. Congrats, Susanna!
Essay Accepted for Publication
January 27, 2014
Our former student Rebecca Miller recently had her piece, "Personal Fracture:
A Portrait Undone" accepted for the Spring 2014 volume of The Truth
About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. Congratulations,
Student Selected to Present at NCUR
January 15, 2014
English major Allyson Hoffman has been chosen to present her paper (""The
Passing of the Test is Inconsequential": Exploring the Relationship
Between Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Courses and
Composition Courses") at the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research this year. Congrats, Allyson!
Faculty Position at Columbus
January 14, 2014
Former English major Erinn
(Raymond) Bentley is now an assistant professor (and assistant department
she's published 3-4 major articles in the past couple of years and has
really established herself as a powerful scholar in English education.
Best wishes in your position, Erinn!
American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize
January 10, 2014
Hope alum Katie Bode-Lang's manuscript,
is the 2014 winner of The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book
judge. The Reformation is due to be published this September
be distributed by Copper Canyon Press. The news is at APR and on Katie's
Script Accepted for Festival Reading
December 20, 2013
English major Jasmine Robb wrote a play called Little Kindling,
and entered it in the American College Theatre Festival at the regional
level. It was recently accepted for a reading! Congratulations, Jasmine!
Hope Alum Makes "40 Under 40" List
December 3, 2013
Hope alum and recent (2012) VWS reader Jeffrey Brown was recently listed
on Crain's "40 Under 40 for 2013" list. Check out
Jeff's feature by clicking on his picture here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/40under40-2013
November 20, 2013
Professor Courtney Werner's article"Dear Professor
X, This is not my best work: Multimodal composition meets (e)portfolio," has
been published in Computers and Composition Online, vol. 30.3.
You can read the piece here: http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/english/cconline/index.htm under
the "Virtual Classroom" section. Congrats, Courtney!
Article Accepted for Publication
November 20, 2013
Former English student Maria Awan's essay "Silent, Sullen Peoples:
Servants Disrupting Imperial Geographies during the Raj" has been
accepted for publication in the Journal of Commonwealth and Post-colonial
Studies. Well done, Maria!
Poem Featured on Poetry Daily
November 20, 2013
Professor Heather Sellers will have a poem
featured on Poetry Daily on December 1! Congratulations, Heather!
Chapbook to be Published
November 18, 2013
Former English student Jennifer (Stults) Dykema will publish her first
chapbook with Finishing Line Press. Jennifer recently completed an MFA
at Murray State U; the volume is her thesis. Congrats, Jennifer!
Five Poems Accepted for Publication
November 7, 2013
Former English Major Kristin (Olsen) Brace recently had five poems accepted
for publication in The Chariton Review. Editor Jamie D'Agostino
said of the poems, "They all crackle with such vibrancy!" Well
Alum Publishes Third Novel
November 1, 2013
Bart Bultman, a recent Hope graduate and English major, has just published
his third novel, Subtle Ties. Congratulations, Bart!
Alum Receives Scholarship
October 29, 2013
Former English major Rachel Brownson has been selected as the first
receipient of the Carol Houck Smith Scholarship at Warren Wilson. Congratulations,
MLA Presentation by Alum
October 25, 2013
Melissa Sexton, English department alum, will present as part of the
Transcendental Materialsims panel at the 2014 Modern Language Association
Melissa will present "'Making the Earth Say Beans': Thoreau's 'The
Bean Field' as Latourian Mobilization."
October 25, 2013
Colin Hoogerwerf, recent Hope College graduate and English major, has written
the lead article in the September/October 2013 issue of Perspectives.
Facutly Article Accepted for Publication
October 15, 2013
Prof. Ernest Cole's article "Demystifying the Unfamiliar: Competing
Discourses and the Pedagogy of Agency in Things Fall Apart and Poems from
Sierra Leone" has been accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter
Special Edition in the Teaching of African Literature of the Journal
of African Literature Association (JALA). The volume would be out in February/March
Students Selected as Semi-Finalists in Poetry Contest
September 20, 2013
Hope English majors Alex Mouw and Lindsay Timmerman are listed as Semi-Finalists
in the Four-Year Colleges category in the 2013
Norman Mailer Writing Award for
Poetry! Congratulations, Alex and Lindsay!
Collection of Essays Accepted for Publication
September 14, 2013
Congratulations to John Cox,
who received word this morning that Cambridge University Press has accepted
essays, Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics, that John has co-edited with
Patrick Gray of Durham University. Great news, John!!
Poetry Collection Wins Award
August 16, 2013
English Alum Laura Donnelly's first full-length collection of poems, Watershed,
won the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize and will be
published by them in 2014. You can see their announcement here.
Best wishes, Laura!
Panels Accepted for The Association of Writers and Writing
August 1, 2013
Childress has had two panels accepted for The Association of Writers and
Seattle in 2014. She will
lead the panel, "Where Your Life Still Matters: Richard Hugo’s
The Triggering Town and the Creative Writing Classroom" and will also
be a panel member in “The Subversive Spirit: Poetry Writing from
the Edge of Faith." These two panels were among 530 accepted out of
1300 proposals. Congratulations, Susanna!
Review Published in Grand Rapids Press
July 7, 2013
English Department lecturer Mark Lewison had a review of Robert Morgan's
The Road from Gap Creek published by the Grand Rapids Press this
weekend! You can find a PDF of the article here.
Good News from Secondary
June 20, 2013
Courtney Lastacy had a second interview with Zion-Benton
Township High School (Zion, IL) and she got
the full-time position. She'll be teaching World Lit and Comp for one of
her preps and Advanced Oral and Written Communication for another.
Hannah Mielke and Sharon Hecker were offered full-time positions with
Abundant Life Christian School in Honduras. Hannah will have six
different English language arts preps in grades 7-12. Sharon's load
will be similar to Hannah's.
And finally, Skyler Adams will be working for Hope College as
an Admissions Rep. He will be teaching potential students
and their parents about Hope College. Skyler worked for the Admissions
Department while a
student here at Hope.
Alum Featured on ComicBookResources.com
June 9, 2013
English department alum RJ Casey was interviewed for CBR (Comic Book
Resources) on his role at Yeti Press. http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/living-the-small-press-life-an-interview-with-rj-casey-of-yeti-press/#more-156078
Faculty Receives Book Contract
June 11, 2013
The manuscript for Ernest Cole's second book (single
author) is under contract by Africa World press. The book titled "Theorizing
the Disfigured Body: Mutilation, Amputation, and Disability Culture in
war narratives from Sierra Leone between 1991 and 2005 to explore the
connections between injury and identity and argues for a redefinition
of amputation/bodily scarification through the creation of a new culture
of disability in order to foster forgiveness and reconciliation. The
production date for the book is January 2014.
Poem in Georgetown Review
May 20, 2013
Former English major Laura Donnelly
has a very nice poem called "Letter
from Stonington" published
in the most recent issue of Georgetown Review. Laura is
a Visiting Assistant Professor at Knox College.
Chapbook Accepted for Publication
May 16, 2013
Our Kathi McGookey has just had
titled Method accepted by Kattywompus Press, a
group that took over for Pudding House. This is
Kathi's third collection published in recent years.
May 8, 2013
Former English major Matt Baker has written a children's book that
published in 2014 by Little Brown & Co. Congratulations, Matt!
Employment Acquired at Northwestern University
May 7, 2013
is now a Research Administrator with the Research Administration Services
team at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Congratulations,
Engineering Technical Writer
April 29, 2013
Jessica Schmidt, Hope English major
graduate in 2006, has just accepted a position in Holland, Michigan,
Writer (writing end-user documentation for heavy lifting warehouse
equipment and warehouse management software) at Egemin Automation (egeminusa.com).
Alumni Published in Online Magazine
April 19, 2013
Colleen Kolba ('12) has published
her interview with Dylan Landis in the online magazine PANK. Congratulations,
Work Accepted for Publication
April 19, 2013
Ernest Cole learned today that
a collection of essays on the Sierra Leonean poet and novelist Syl
with Eustace Palmer, has been accepted for publication by Africa World
Press. The collection includes an interview Ernest conducted with Cheney-Coker,
and two essays by Ernest on Cheney-Coker's poetry.
Hearty congratulations, Ernest!
Faculty Named to Exectuive Board
April 12, 2013
Professor Courtney Werner has
been elected to a 3-year at
large position on the East Central Writing Center's Association executive
MFA Program News
April 12, 2013
Current English minor Rebecca Hawkins has received funding at both
Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas, in their creative writing
Emily Hendren has decided to pursue her MFA at Western Michigan University.
PhD Program Commences
April 11, 2013
Former English student Jackie Canonaco will enter the PhD program at
U-Wisconsin Madison (Psychology) in the fall.
Congratulations to Jackie!
Grad School Acceptance
April 10, 2013
Class of 2013 English major Emily Dammer has been accepted into graduate
school at Minnesota State University. Congratulations, Emily!
April 2, 2013
Natalie Dykstra's book Clover Adams is a finalist
for a 2013 Massachusetts Book Award, for books published in 2012. The
in each category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's/young adult)
will be announced at the end of April. Here's a link to more information:
NEH Summer Institute
April 2, 2013
Pablo Peschiera has been selected to participate
in a three-week NEH Summer Institute on The Centrality of Translation
The Institute will be held at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign
in July. It will be valuable for Pablo's own work as a translator and
for the Literary Translation Workshop course he has been developing
Article in The New York Times
March 25, 2013
Professor William Pannapacker has an article in The New York Times on
the value of a Liberal Arts Education: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/03/24/for-the-college-bound-are-there-any-safe-bets/a-liberal-arts-foundation-for-any-career
MFA Program Acceptance
March 25, 2013
Jeri Fredrickson ('11) received her letter of acceptance to
the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jeri has decided to defer for one year and attend in the fall of 2014.
Article on Alum by Alum
March 13, 2013
Former Hope English student Jonah Ogles, now editor at Outside Magazine,
interviews former Hope English student Chris Dombrowski for and article
PhD Program Acceptance
March 7, 2013
Former English major Meaghan Elliott has been accepted to the PhD program
in composition and rhetoric at University of New Hampshire! It was her
first choice for programs. Congratulations, Meaghan!
Poem Chosen for "Best" Anthology
February 25, 2013
Our Lauren Jensen is going to have one
of her poems in
The Best American Poetry 2013.
The judge this year was Denise Duhamel.
Thousands of poems are considered. Congratulations, Lauren!
Second Book Published
February 14, 2013
Recent graduate and English major Bart
Bultman's second novel, Onward, has just been published and is available
Kindle through amazon.com. His first novel, The Quiet Star of Hope,
published in 2012, had lots of connections to the life of an English
major at Hope.
Creative Writing Teacher Position
February 5, 2013
Ashley Perez (2006) is currently in her 5th year of teaching and is now
at School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. Congratulations, Ashley.
February 5, 2013
Former Hope creative writing student Katie Bode-Lang's
poetry collection The Resurrection is finalist in the Phillip Levine
New Collection to be Released
January 9, 2013
Emeritus faculty Jack Ridl's new collection of poetry, Practicing
to Walk like a Heron will be released February 1 from Wayne
State University Press. Congratulations, Jack!
LA Times Book Review
December 17, 2012
Former Hope College student Tom Andrews received a review from the LA
Times Book Review: http://staging.lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=1249&fulltext=1&media=#article-text-cutpoint
December 11, 2012
Our Rachel Brownson will have her poem "Third Baptism" published
in The Christian Century issue dated the day after Christmas: 12/26/12.
Rachel is a hospital chaplain in Ann Arbor and at the same time finishing
up her MFA from Warren Wilson.
December 3, 2012
Join us in celebrating with Rob Kenagy (Hope English alum and current
Hope faculty), whose poem "It's Hard For Me To Think Of My Heart
As Anything" was nominated for this year's Pushcart Contest by Vinyl
Successful Dissertation Defense
November 20, 2012
Congratulations to newly declared Dr. Elisabeth Bauman on her successful
dissertation defense at the University of Virginia!
November 16, 2012
Susanna Childress has just been asked to contribute to an upcoming special
issue of Poetry East, scheduled for the spring of 2013. Richard Jones,
the editor, says this about the series, "In 1996, Poetry East published
Origins, a volume of essays by poets about their composition process.
Contributing poets included Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Hayden Carruth,
Sharon Olds, Tess Gallagher, Eleanor Wilner, and many others." A
third volume of this collection will include "Sweetly from the Tree" from
Childress's Entering the House of Awe, along with a comment from Childress
about composing the poem.
November 8, 2012
Former student Lindsey Wolf has just accepted a job as Program Associate
with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's Off-Campus Study Programs
(based in Chicago). Great news, Lindsey!
November 5, 2012
Our former student Clara (Everts) Quinlan has had her chapbook accepted
for publication by Finishing Line Press. They do beautiful books and
have published several folks we all know. Congratulations, Clara!
September 20, 2012
Recent English grad Bethany Stripp was recentlypromoted from Online Editor
at Chicago Athlete Magazine to Editor-in-Chief at Chicago Athlete Magazine!
Bethany says, "Take heart, current English majors! You can find
employment with a B.A. in English!"
New Coaching Position
September 17, 2012
Recent English grad Sam Hirt, the Arts Coordinator for the Greencastle
Library, was recently named the Greencastle Middle School 7th Grade Boys
Basketball Coach! Congrats, Sam!
July 20, 2012
Kristin (Olson) Brace graduated on May 26, 2012 with her Master of Fine
Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction from Spalding University. Her thesis, "What
the Body Forgets: A Selection from a Novel," follows the central
character Marieke on a journey from grief to a new life in Siena, Italy.
Assistant Professorship Earned
June 1, 2012
Laura Donnelly has been invited to spend the last two weeks of June at
Ragdale. She has also accepted the visiting assistant professorship at
Knox (Illinois) College. She will be teaching poetry writing and a literature
course in their 2-2-1 schedule.
May 30, 2012
English major and recent grad Sam Hirt has landed a job that he has been
hoping for, as Director of Community Relations at Putnam County Public
Library in Greencastle, IN. Congratulations, Sam!
May 30, 2012
Our former student John Strand has been asked to be the commencement
speaker at the high school where he teaches, Minneapolis Edison. Congratulations!
Faculty Publishes Dante Article
May 17, 2012
Kathleen Verduin announces the publication of her essay "Bread of
Angels; Dante and the Moral Vision of Charles Eliot Norton," appearing
in Dante Studies CXXIX (2011): 63-97.
Former Student Accomplishments
May 9, 2012
Congratulations to former English student Matt Baker, who has several
recent accomplishments to share: Fulbright Student Award to undertake
research and creative writing at University College Dublin and the National
Library of Ireland for academic year 2012-2013; Summer residency (four
weeks this June) at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire;Fulbright Summer
residency (this August) at Blue Mountain Center in New York. Congratulations,
Student to Study at St. Andrews
May 6, 2012
English student Anna West was accpeted to all three PhD programs she
applied to in the UK, and the University of St Andrews has also offered
her one of two Macpherson scholarships, which will cover her overseas
tuition fee and most of housing for the three years of study. Anna will
be heading to Scotland this fall to start her PhD work at St Andrews.
She'll be heading over the pond in late August to present a paper at
the Thomas Hardy conference first, then to St Andrews to study! Congrats!
May 2, 2012
Former English student Maria Awan has been accepted to the Asian Studies
Program at Cornell University! Congratulations, Maria!
Poetry Prize Awarded
April 24, 2012
Susanna Childress has won the Society of Midland Authors 2012 Poetry
Prize for Entering the House of Awe (New Issues Press, 2011); the prize
honors an outstanding book of poetry by a writer in the Midwest from
the previous year...Jack Ridl won a few years ago, as have folks like
Gwendolyn Brooks and Stuart Dybek.
She also presented four times at Calvin's Festival of Faith and Writing:
"Borrowing the Fictive for Poetry: How Imagination and (Auto) Biography
Can Blur & Shimmy" -- a solo presentation
"Poetry Spoken & Sung" -- as one of several poets who participated
in a reading and concert by Calvin's Capella Choir
"The Evolution of a Poem" -- as one of three poets speaking about
the genesis and growth of a poem
"Poetry of Life: A Conversation with Julia Spicher Kasdorf & Susanna
April 23, 2012
Heather Sellers has new poetry forthcoming in The Bellingham Review,
nonfiction forthcoming in Blue and Brevity, and a cover essay forthcoming
in The Georgia Review. The essay treats the difficulty of adjusting from
Florida to Michigan. It's through local artist Mary Brodbeck that Sellers
came to see Michigan as a landscape she could call home; Mary Brodbeck's
work will be displayed in a portfolio in the magazine, and on the cover.
Former Student Award
April 19, 2012
Former English student Rob Kenagy won this year's Composition Program
Award for Outstanding Teaching by an MFA or PhD Student at Virginia Tech.
University of Michigan Graduate School
April 19, 2012
Our Lauren Eriks has been accepted to and will attend graduate school
at The University of Michigan.
April 15, 2012
Our Brianne Carpenter has accepted a wonderful offer from Purdue's MFA
program. She will get to teach creative writing and composition, work
on The Sycamore Review and study with Marianne Boruch who read at Hope
and under whom our Laura Donnelly also studied.
Former Prof. Jack Ridl Receives Award
April 9, 2012
Jack Ridl's poem "Easter, 1948” was been named the 2012 winning
entry for the Gary Gildner Poetry Award!
An announcement of the winning poem will be in Poets and Writers, and
will be announced and published on their website: http://i70review.fieldinfoserv.com/.
April 3, 2012
More good news from our Brianne Carpenter. She has been accepted for
the MFA program at the U of Minnesota. They accept only four students
each year into their poetry program.
Student Accepted to Graduate Program
April 2, 2012
Meghan Florian has been accepted into the wonderful creative writing
- nonfiction program at Queens University.
The Writer's Almanac
April 2, 2012
An interview with our own Jack Ridl is up on The Writer's Almanac! Check
it out here: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/bookshelf/ridl.shtml
March 30, 2012
Alex Mouw has had two poems accepted in Glass Mountain, a terrific journal
(based at the University of Houston).
Western Michigan University
March 27, 2012
English alum Brianne Carpenter was offered a fully-funded spot at Western
Michigan University with a teaching package and the whole shebang. Congratulations,
Graduate School Acceptance
March 25, 2012
Current student Lauren Bull has been accepted for graduate study in creative
writing at Stonecoast, Texas State, and the University of New Orleans.
March 22, 2012
Our Kathi McGookey has had not one, but two books published. October
Again is a collection of her own stunning prose poems (with cover by
Meridith Ridl). Kathi has also translated nearly 100 prose poems by the
French poet Georges L. Godeau. About the collection, titled We'll See,
Sharon Bryan has written ". . . [McGookey's] translations are so
translucent I feel as if I am reading the French originals." Godeau
born in 1921 and his work received the Prix du Livre in Poitou-Charentes
University of Michigan Acceptance
March 18, 2012
Alan Sielaff, a former creative writing student, is going to the University
of Michigan for Emergency Medicine. "It was my first ranked program
and a dream come true!" he writes. Congrats, Alan!
St. Andrews Acceptance
March 13, 2012
Our former student Anna West has been accepted into the Ph.D. and also
the M.Lit. programs at St. Andrews University in Scotland!
National Book Critics Circle Award!
March 9, 2012
Former Hope student, Mira Bartok, who read in the VWS this year, WON
the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography!!!!
Former Student Publishes Novel
February 23, 2012
Bart Bultman (2010 Hope graduate and English major) has just published
his first novel, The Quiet Star of Hope. It details the lives of a small
group of male Hope students in a typical Monday to Friday week as they
meander through the Hope Campus from College East to Lubbers Hall to
the Van complex. It is very realistic, often funny, at times philosophical.
Not much happens, but that is the point.
Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
Our grad Allison Rivers has been accepted to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
MFA Program Acceptance
February 15, 2012
Current English major Lauren Bull was accepted to the MFA program at
Stonecoast! Congratulations, Lauren!
Cincinnati Magazine Article Published
February 10, 2012
Our Jonah Ogles, an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, has written a fine
feature about the Zanesville, Ohio private zoo disaster. It's online
Poem to Be Published
February 7, 2012
English major Jordan Walters will have a poem, "The Thaw",
published in Ruminate. Congratulations, Jordan!
Finalist for Short Story Competition
January 31, 2012
Amanda Evinger (formerly Amanda Vaalburg, class of 2001) was a finalist
for the Short Story Award competition from Glimmer Train. Congratulations,