Berryman on stage with students watching

Berryman keynotes Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony

English major and Honors College EC Scholar Glenesha Berryman was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony held at ECU’s Hendrix Theater on Friday, May 11, 2018. Glenesha spoke to the attending 7th graders enrolled in the 7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search program about “minding the gap” as they progress from middle school to high school and college. These students were invited to State Recognition Ceremony because they achieved 22 or higher on the ACT English, Math, Reading, and Science tests; or at least 540 on SAT Math and Reading/Writing tests normally taken by high school juniors and seniors.  Glenesha captured her audience’s attention and made us very proud. Go English!

Cariño’s poem “Feast” printed in broadside

Broadsides of East Carolina Department of English alumna Ina Cariño’s poem “Feast” are available for pre-order. “Feast” was the winner of our 2017 Poetry Broadside Contest.
The broadsides will be printed at Sundress Academy for the Arts on a full-size working 19th century Challenge copy of a C&P old-style letterpress.
Josephine “Ina” Cariño’s work has appeared in such journals as New American Fiction (New Rivers Press), One (Jacar Press), and december. She grew up in the mountains of the Philippines, a folkloric and aesthetic background to many of her poems. Cariño currently resides in Raleigh, NC, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at North Carolina State University.
Like much of Cariño’s work, “Feast” is built on childhood memory, the natural world, and the interplay between life and death. The broadside edition combines her work with an original piece by Mariana Sierra, graphic designer at Sundress Publications.
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Congratulations ECU Graduates!!

Congratulations ECU English Class of 2018!

A special shout out to the department’s Outstanding Graduating Students:

Undergrad: Victoria Ann Dudley, with honorable mentions going to  Madeline Ann Daniel and Paige A. Vaughan.


Master’s: Omar Sutherland, with honorable mentions going to Cameron Green and Kelsey Burroughs.


As we wrap up the semester, we would like to wish all of our: graduates, current students, and faculty, a restful and happy summer!


Go English!!


From left to right: Tracy Morse, Will Banks, Wendy Sharer, Michelle Eble

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, William Banks!


Reclaiming Accountability Book Cover

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, and Will Banks, whose edited collection Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments (Utah State UP, 2016) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award.

Reclaiming Accountability brings together a series of critical case studies of writing programs that have planned, implemented, and/or assessed the impact of large-scale accreditation-supported initiatives. The book reimagines accreditation as a way to leverage institutional or programmatic change. The award will be presented at CWPA’s conference this summer in Sacramento. Go English!

English Department

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta!!

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, whose article “Medicine and Health Practices” was just published in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies. It can be found here.


Here’s the abstract:

Folk medicine and health practices have long been thought to be primarily old-fashioned and antithetical to modern medicine, whereas in actuality they are often used alongside and as a complement to mainstream medicine. The tension between vernacular authority and institutional authority has always been complex, but it has become increasingly so due to the Internet, both as a source of information and as a source of community. Online communities have defined not only how patients create identity but have also helped to define the care they choose and receive. These issues are further complicated by immigration and globalization and the rise in social movements such as feminism, LGBTQ rights, disability studies, and fat studies, among others.


Go English!

Anna Froula

Congratulations Anna Froula!

Congratulations to Anna Froula, who was honored with the Scholar-Teacher Award at the University Teaching Awards ceremony on Monday night. Anna received a nifty engraved box from Chancellor Staton.


We also celebrated several teaching award nominees from the department at the ceremony:

Brent Henze — nominated for Outstanding DE Teaching award

Andrea Kitta — nominated for Alumni Association/Robert L. Jones award

David Wilson-Okamura — nominated for Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching


Anna Froula


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Pirates Aboard and Go English!

ECU’s Pirates Aboard Open House for Admitted Students was held on Saturday, March 24. English faculty and students were on hand to offer information and answer questions during the morning fair and in the subsequent Go English! sessions for prospective English and English Education majors. Big thanks to all the participants who helped make these events a success!  Below are some photos of the event:

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American Shakespeare Center Photos

On March 24th through the 25th, the ECU English department hosted a trip to Staunton Virginia to the American Shakespeare Center.  They saw three plays: a tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a history, Shakespeare’s Richard II, and a restoration comedy Congreve’s The Way of the World, and took a few wonderful pictures of their adventures! (Pictures below). Students also had the opportunity to hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains!

There are many great opportunities and experiences one can have as an English major at ECU, the world of English is truly an adventurous one!

Go English!


American Shakespeare Center Trip Photos:

Together at the American Shakespeare Center Together at the American Shakespeare Center Together at the American Shakespeare Center Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains! In the Blueridge Mountains!


#MeToo@ECU! (PDF attached)


In recognition of
Sexual Assault
Awareness Month

April 9


Mendenhall Great Rooms

Lunch will be provided.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals about how to prevent sexual violence.

Register for the event or individual sessions at

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Schedule of events in the link Below!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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