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EGSO Cookout

You’re invited to the EGSO cookout!


Who: All Graduate Students and Faculty!

When: Sunday, October 4th @ 4pm

Where: Jim Kirkland’s House! (220 Belvedere Drive, Greenville)




Take Greenville Boulevard heading west.

After Outback Steak House take left onto Belvedere Drive.

#220 is the house on the right: white van and grey Honda in driveway.

Jim Kirkland’s house is about 8 minutes from the edge of ECU.

Food and beverages will be provided, but please feel free to bring a side dish.


Friends and children welcome!

1st Creative Writing Club Meeting

CrEaTiVe WriTiNg ClUb


Mark your calendars for the

1st Creative Writing Club Meeting

Here’s what you need to know:


What: CWC Club Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 30 @ 6 pm

Where: English Lounge, 2nd floor of Bate


Please Bring:

  • A piece of writing you are currently working on (even if it’s just an idea!)
  • Anything you’ve written that you believe best represents your writing style.

Don’t Forget:

  • Your laptop or notebook (and anything else that helps you write.)

Our amazing advisor – professor and award-winning poet, Amber Thomas – will be there. Oh, and there will be snacks.

In memory of Associate Professor Emeritus Alfred Shih-p’u Wang

Associate Professor Emeritus Alfred Shih-p’u Wang passed away Sunday at his home in Missouri City, Texas, surrounded by his wife of 54 years, Veronica, and his two daughters Dorothy and Lisa.

Dr. Wang taught in the Department of English at East Carolina University from 1967 to 1994. In 2001, he and his wife moved to Missouri City, where their second daughter, Lisa, is a pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Wang was the author of several articles on American literature and comparative literature in such journals as Literature and Medicine and Walt Whitman Review. From 1990 to 1996, he served on the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Dr. Wang and his wife both taught in the Department of English at ECU. They were one of the very few Chinese nationals not only to earn Ph.D.s in English Literature at an American university but also to teach as American college professors in that field in the era before the normalization of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. They were also one of the first American academics to teach and publish in the new field of Asian American literature.

Dr. Wang was born March 16, 1931 (lunar calendar) in Yantai (Chefoo), China, the son of Wang Chen-dong and Lin Yu-ying. His father and aunt were active in the work of the YMCA in China, and Wang began to learn English at an early age. He grew up and lived under the shadow of the Japanese occupation of China.

Dr. Wang graduated from the prestigious high school of St. John’s University in Shanghai. Determined to obtain a Ph.D. in English literature, he smuggled out of the People’s Republic of China in 1952 to Hong Kong. In 1955, with the personal intercession of John Foster Dulles, Wang came to the United States to attend Davidson College in North Carolina, on a full scholarship. He was Class Poet at Davidson in 1958. While at Davidson, he met his wife Veronica (Chou Ch’eng-fang), who was attending nearby Queens College. After they both graduated with B.A.s in English, they worked for two years in New York City, where they were married in 1961.

In 1967, he and his wife earned their Ph.D.s in English literature at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and took up positions as Assistant Professors at ECU. They lived for 34 years in Greenville, N.C. where they raised their daughters. His older daughter, Dorothy, is an Associate Professor who teaches English literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Dr. Wang was an artistic spirit who loved literature and music; he also had a deep sense of social justice. He is deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his wife and daughters Dorothy (David Paul) and Lisa (Jeffrey R. Steinbauer), his grandson Henry Wang Steinbauer, and three sisters-Stella W. Chu, Ming-zhen Wang, Quan-zhen Wang-and a brother, Shi-yu Patrick Wang.

Community Day – Write Time, Write Place

The Department of English is participating in the Community Day events at the Lucille Gorman Intergenerational Center this Saturday, September 19, from 10am-1pm. The Center is located in Greenville at 1100 Ward St. Faculty members from the English Department will provide free writing advice and instruction, as part of its “Write Time, Write Place” initiative, to teenagers and adults from the community who seek assistance with their individual writing projects. The English Department views this service as part of its commitment to regional transformation, so please inform anyone you know who might benefit from some writing advice.

Huang offers new translation, presentation, publication


Congratulations to Dr. Su-ching Huang, who recently released the Chinese translation of Erin Khue Ninh’s book Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature. The book is the winner of the 2013 Asian American Studies Association’s prize in Literary Studies. For more details, visit the publisher’s page on Ingratitude.

Dr. Huang also recently gave a presentation titled “Translator as Intercultural Mediator” on translating Ninh’s book in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, and she has recently published an article on the Sinophone US writer Shi-kuo Chang, “Home and Diasporic Imagination: Incorporating Immigrant Writer Chang Shi-Kuo in (Chinese) American Literary Studies” in Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature.

Alumnus Spotlight: Stacey Cochran

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 12.26.33 PM > Why did you choose ECU?

Well, the truth is both of my parents are ECU graduates and met on campus in the early 1960s, and so ECU has been a part of my family my entire life. It was one of my first choices, and I was honored to be accepted.

> What drew you to English as your Major?

I knew I wanted to be a writer, and the faculty were amazing. As a grad student, the TA opportunities were a draw, and I started to learn the craft of teaching writing with the help of some outstanding mentors in the English Department at ECU.

> What is the best part of the program?

I think the thing I loved the most was the encouragement and support that faculty in the English Department offered. I was very much finding my way when I was a student, and their guidance shaped who I am as a writer and teacher today.

> What course would you most recommend to other students, why, and who taught it?

Well, that’s forcing me to choose sides isn’t it! :-) I loved all the classes I took in the English Department at ECU, but at the end of the day my heart probably lies with the CW folks. Although the Lit folks, FYW folks, and the Rhet/Comp folks are pretty amazing, too. Not to mention some of the amazing NTT faculty, too!

> What published work (article, book, etc.) had the greatest influence in development of your research interests?

Getting to know Ron Rash in the past few years has had a tremendous impact on my writing. I thank Amy Rogers (formerly publisher of Novello Festival Press) for first introducing us a good decade or so ago. Ron has become my literary idol in many ways.

> When did you graduate?

I graduated in 2001.

> How has your major benefited you since graduation?

Well, I’m not sure I can put into words all of the ways it has helped me. I mean, it’s shaped my entire adult life. I met my wife as a result of my success in the program. We have two kids. I taught at NC State University from 2006-2015, and we’ve most recently taken positions at the University of Arizona to begin in the fall (2015).

> What are you engaged in now?

My novel Eddie & Sunny launched in March 2015. Ron Rash gave me a nice blurb, and the News & Observer wrote a pretty darn nice review of it. An excerpt of the novel was originally selected as a finalist for the James Hurst Prize for fiction, and the novel itself was selected for publication by Kindle Press as one of the first ten novels acquired via Kindle Scout. I also have a co-authored textbook coming out this fall with Bedford/St. Martin’s Press titled The Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing.

A couple of links:

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Come Participate in EGSO’s Haiku Death Match

Call for Haiku Judges:


The EGSO Haiku Death Match rises again. Last year we enjoyed an evening of laughter and competition, as English faculty members battled each other to write the best haiku poems. This semester our haiku death match will be held on Friday, November 13 (location to be announced). EGSO seeks faculty willing to judge the competition. Please email Brianne Holmes, EGSO Vice President, if you are interested in judging (