Amber Thomas’s National Poetry month Reading!

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Thomas

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Flora Thomas

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amber Thomas gathered together a wonderful group of poets, new and experienced, to read in Joyner Library on April 5. Featured readers included her Intro to Poetry Writing students, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, and Word of Mouth—as well as Thomas herself!


Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of images from the event!

Photo Credit (photos on the blog): Gabrielle Carrero




Amber Thomas at podiumWord of mouth poetGabrielle Freeman at podium

Picture from Pirates Abroad Open House 2017

The Department of English participate in the Pirates Abroad Open House

The Department of English participated in the Pirates Aboard Open House for Admitted Students held on Saturday, April 1. Our English majors Shainah Andrews, Ina Cariño, Kalifornia Dolan, and Garrett Yarbrough helped engage interested students and shared their academic experiences and career plans. Several faculty members came to discuss everything from service learning to internships & careers to study abroad. 

Are you fascinated by the power of language and inspired by creative expression? Contact the department to learn about courses in English and hear how studying English sets you up for career success. As an English major or minor, you’ll learn to analyze texts and images and create literary texts and professional documents for different people and purposes. You’ll develop digital design and editing skills, and apply an understanding of how language develops and works to help people to communicate better.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page and flip through this events album:

Marianne Montgomery and Professor Liza Wieland and Chancellor Stanton

Chair Marianne Montgomery and Professor Liza Wieland honored as Women of Distinction

Marianne Montgomery and Professor Liza Wieland and Chancellor Stanton Photo of Tonya Lynch and Chancellor Stanton

Chair Marianne Montgomery and Professor Liza Wieland were honored this week as Women of Distinction (featured top and left). The guest speaker at the banquet in their honor was ECU MA alumna Tonya Lynch, who works for the University Writing Program and is an entrepreneur and community activist (featured top right). An additional photo of Chair Marianne Montgomery and Professor Liza Wieland is below. Congrats to all!

Photo of Montgomery and Wieland

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Writers on the Side, A Reading by Moonlighting English Faculty on 4/18

Please join English faculty who moonlight as writers on the side: poets, storytellers, essayists. Creative writing is their avocation, but also their passion. Margaret Bauer, Randall Martoccia, Marame Gueye, Amanda Klein, and Guiseppe Getto will read from our recently published work in a variety of genres.

Join us Tuesday, April 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library for an evening of literary celebration!

Profile Picture Anna Froula

Congratulations to Anna Froula!

Congratulations to Anna Froula, whose project, Soldier to Scholar Bridge Program, has been funded through the National Endowment of Humanities through their Dialogues on the Experience of War program. Anna has been awarded $64,899 to run a summer bridge program for incoming student veterans at ECU in August. The program will cultivate discussions about war experience through the study of humanities texts and prepare veterans for academic success through an orientation component.

Anna is also a co-PI on Jennifer McKinnon’s (Maritime Studies) project, War in the Pacific: A Difficult Heritage, has been funded. Jennifer, Anna, and Anne Ticknor (Education) have been awarded $97,529 to travel to the island of Saipan to help enrich and enhance their war tourism efforts.

Having two NEH grants funded in the same cycle is a major accomplishment. Go English!

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Congratulations to service award winners Wendy Sharer, Nikki Caswell, and the NCLR Staff!

The department cleaned up at the ECU Service Awards Ceremony last night. Congratulations to the award winners from English:

  • Wendy Sharer received the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership (Faculty).
  • Nikki Caswell received the Diversity and Inclusion Award (Faculty).
  • The NCLR Staff–Margaret Bauer, Christy Hallberg, Randall Martoccia, Diane Rodman, and Liza Wieland–received the Centennial Award for Excellence in Ambition (Team).


Plus: Nikki Caswell and Andrea Kitta were inducted into the Servire Society (which requires 100 hours of community service in the year).


We also had nominees recognized:

  • Will Banks and Margaret Bauer were nominated for the James R. Talton Leadership Award.
  • Jessi Bardill was nominated for a Diversity and Inclusion Award.


Congrats to all whose service was celebrated last night. Go English!

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Congratulations to Will Banks, Stephanie West-Puckett, and Kerri Flinchbaugh

Congratulations to Will Banks, Stephanie West-Puckett, and Kerri Flinchbaugh, who have received a $15,000 federal National Writing Project SEED Invitational Leadership Institute Grant for 2017-2018 to build teacher leadership cohorts in eastern NC. The Tar River Writing Project leadership institute will focus on advocacy and social justice as a frame for thinking about writing, learning, collaborating, leading, and going public with teachers’ work. The TRWP team will be recruiting local teachers and kicking off the institute with a retreat at Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge this summer. Go English!

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