Saying Goodbye: Emma Arace ’17

Emma 17

It’s simple: the Wittenberg English department has changed my life for the better. In every single class, I have been wowed by the passion, dedication, and sheer brilliance of our faculty. They care so deeply about their work and their students. It is because of them that I have had learning experiences that have not only deepened my love and understanding of language, but of the world around me.

Saying Goodbye: Korie Sharrar ’17


The Wittenberg English department has given me so much.  What I will miss most is working with our professors.  They have listened to my endless ideas, read draft after draft, and worked with me as I would change a thesis over and over again.  Their encouragement to get me through every challenge has allowed me to grow and become a better student and writer every semester.  I am thankful for the experiences and relationships this department has offered me.



Saying Goodbye: Camila Quinones ’17

Camila 17

Wow, four years have come and gone so fast, but how blessed I’ve been by this department.  Faculty, you are incredible.  You’ve opened my eyes to new worlds and taught me lessons that transcend the books we’ve studied.  My fellow English majors, thank you for friendship, support, and your never-ending love of literature.  We’ve been through so much together, and though we’re ready to cross that stage, I’ll always cherish our many memories in Hollenbeck’s hallowed halls.  Thank you Wittenberg for being my home these four years, and thank you Wittenberg English Department for changing my life.  I’ll miss you dearly.

Saying Goodbye: Jillian Edwards ’17


My time as a part of Wittenberg’s English Department has definitely impacted the person I am today and the person that  I will be one day.  My time at Wittenberg has been short (only two years), but in these short years I have met and had the opportunity to get to know an amazing group of professors who not only supported me through every little obstacle, but also loved literary puns as much as I did.  The English Department at Witt isn’t just a group of faculty and students, but rather a family.  I know that as graduation nears, I will have to soon leave this home and the people in it, but I am not worried because I know that I am prepared to tackle whatever comes next.

Saying Goodbye: Amanda Rogus ’17

Amanda Shakespeare

Wittenberg English department has given me a haven and a home for four years and has provided me the confidence to spread my wings and fly.  I entered Wittenberg four years ago knowing that I wanted to be a double major in English and Theatre.  What I did not know is that these majors would enable me to become the person that I am today.  Throughout my four years, I have had the blessing of getting my work published in Spectrum and have had counteless wonderful discussions with professors during their office hours.  Some of my greatest memories of Wittenberg occurred in the one-on-one conversations with the sensational professors in this department.  I am forever thankful for the wise advice I have received in the Hollenbeck halls.  Thank you Dr. Buckman, Dr. Hinson, Dr. Incorvati, and Dr. Askeland for being my second family.  Wittenberg’s English department has helped me get into the graduate school of my dreams.  I am leaving for MAry Baldwin’s MLitt and MFA Shakespeare and Performance Program determined and sure.  I know what I am destined to be and who I want to become.  The English department has enabled me to think deeper and dream beyond myself.  Thank you to every professor who helped me along in my Wittenberg literary journey, you have helped mold a strong storyteller and a destined dreamer and as Shakespeare says, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”


Finals Schedule

From the Office of the Registrar:

Spring Semester 2017 classes will end on Wednesday, May 3. Thursday, May 4 is designated as a READING DAY with no exams scheduled for that day or evening.

Arrangements for approved make-up examinations during final exams week are to be scheduled with the instructor of the class.

Friday, May 5

8:00A-11:00A for classes meeting at 1:00P   MWF

12:00P-3:00P for classes meeting at 3:30P MWF

3:30P-6:30P for classes meeting at 9:15A MWF

(7:00P-10:00P for Wednesday only evening classes & MW evening classes)

Saturday, May 6

8:00A-11:00A for classes meeting at 8:00A MWF

12:00P-3:00P for classes meeting at 9:45A TTH

3:30P-6:30P for classes meeting at 1:00P TTH

(7:00P-10:00P for Thursday only evening classes & TTH evening classes)

Monday, May 8

8:00A-11:00A for classes meeting at 2:15P MWF

12:00P-3:00P for classes meeting at 2:45P TTH

3:30P-6:30P for classes meeting at 11:45A MWF

(7:00P-10:00P for Monday only evening classes)

Tuesday, May 9

8:00A-11:00A for classes meeting at 4:30P TTH

12:00P-3:00P for classes meeting at 10:30A MWF

3:30P-6:30P for classes meeting at 4:45P MWF

(7:00P-10:00P for Tuesday only evening classes)

Wednesday, May 10

8:00A-11:00A for classes meeting at 8:00A TTH

Thursday, May 11

Senior Grades are due to the Registrar by 12 NOON

Monday, May 15

All Final Spring 2017 Grades due to Registrar by 12 NOON

Symposium is Upon Us!

We are less than 24 hours away from perhaps one of the most important if not the most important moment in the English Department!  Drum roll, please….

The Senior Symposium!

So whether you’re a senior presenting your thesis or a student excited to learn about all different kinds of literature, check out the symposium schedule below and attend a panel.  And let’s celebrate tomorrow how special this department is.

For more information about the symposium, visit the department’s website.





The Journey to Juniper


Every summer, writers come together at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the Juniper Institute, an immersion program into the life of a writer, and this coming summer, one of our very own alumni hopes to spend time at the institute.  Chebrya Jeffery ’16 has a passion for poetry; Juniper is the next step toward her dreams.  But she needs our help.  Read on to see how you can support Chebrya–especially through her Go Fund Me–as she raises support for the Juniper Institute:

For me, poetry was the impetus for declaring a creative writing minor, but I didn’t get around to the course until my senior year. When I finally took advanced poetry it was under Heather Christle, the Dixon Professor of Creative Writing, last spring. What a stroke of luck! I learned about the Juniper Institute through Heather, and she encouraged me to apply.

When I was accepted, I was paying my way through Witt and knew I wouldn’t have the extra money to go, so I made a Go Fund Me account. I ended up raising $465. Although that was more than enough to be grateful for, I was short of my $1900 dollar goal ($1550 for tuition, $368 for room and board, not including round-trip transportation and meals), and wasn’t able to make it.

For those who don’t know, the Juniper Institute is a week-long immersion in the “writer’s life,” hosted by the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. At the heart of the institute are daily workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, where work is generated and shared among small groups.

In addition to the workshops, craft seminars, manuscript consultations, Q&As, and evening readings are held all week long. (and, one of the writers in residence is the author of It Is Daylight, a book I recently read and loved). In short it’s an opportunity too good to miss, twice.

When I applied to Juniper, I referenced one of my favorite children’s books, Are You My Mother, in my personal statement. The book’s about a little chick’s quest to find its mom. He approaches dogs, cats, boats, and even machines, asking “are you my mom?”

These interactions fall flat as each prospective mother denies the chick, and so he moves on. Eventually, though after falling into some danger (spoiler alert), he finds her.

Idealist that I am, I would love to say I’m going to Juniper because I know poetry is my life’s purpose, and that I’ve decided, beyond the shadow of a doubt, to pursue writing with my life. The truth is, I’m more like the chick. I’m out in the world, looking for my “mother,” and I’ve got this feeling that Juniper can give me some clues.

I applied again in February and was accepted a second time. This year Juniper is June 18-25, and I want to go, but the financing is an obstacle. Of course, the post-grad financial life of an individual with a self-designed major in what may as well have been called Go to Grad School, Joblessness and Impracticality (at least in the beginning), should be a little tricky.

Thus, I am trying my hand, again, at fund-raising for my tuition and boarding expenses, which, minus the $465 I raised last year, comes to $1435. That’s $14.35, to this page,, from one hundred people. I think it’s do-able. Would you help me?

– Chebrya Jeffrey

Click here to read one of Chebrya’s poems, “You Might Also Feel Dizzy.”