We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

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Kathleen Verduin
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Dr. Beth Trembley
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Jesus Montaño
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Dr. Kendra Parker
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Dana VanderLugt
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Dr. Ernest Cole
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Dr. Marla Lunderberg
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David James
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Prof. Curtis Gruenler
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Dr. William Pannapacker

 

Recent blog posts

  1. “Some Autumn Reflections”: A Faculty Feature from William Pannapacker

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    We teach because we are not immortal; knowledge must be passed down. We get older, but the students ...

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  2. “Writing Basically Constantly”: Alumni Interview with Matthew Baker ’08

    Posted by Natalie Dykstra

    Matthew Baker ’08 is coming to town, and the English department snagged an interview with our New ...

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  3. 25 & Counting: The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series 2018 Preview

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    It’s been 25 years since Hope English professor Jack Ridl founded his Visiting Writers Series R...

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  4. Hello! We’ve Got Some Catching Up to Do

    Posted by Christiana Salah

    At the end of Spring semester, the last exam lets out. Students scatter to all parts of Michigan, th...

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  5. “The Art of Attention and a Hope Education”: A Faculty Feature from Alex Mouw (’14)

    Posted by Alex Mouw

    During the spring of 2014, I’d walk into the south entrance of Lubbers Hall and pass the oil paint...

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  6. Hope College Academy of American Poets Prize 2018

    Posted by Pablo Peschiera

    About the Prize The Hope College Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize award is funded by the Unive...

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