News & Updates


John Michael Kilgore, a senior majoring in professional and technical communication in the Department of English, completed an internship with Oyova. (Photo courtesy of Kilgore)

English student polishes technical writing skills interning with local software development company Oyova

English student John Michael Kilgore put his professional and technical communication skills to the test in his recent internship with a Florida-based software development company.

May 20, 2024Department News

Natalie Scenters-Zapico stands in Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library (Photo by Corey Lepak)

The Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library: Fostering community, craft, and a sense of self

When MFA student Michael Kuperman passed away in 2006, his family donated his beloved poetry collection to the USF English Department, creating the foundation of the space located on the third floor of Cooper Hall now known as the Michael Kuperman Memorial Poetry Library. Now, the director of the space wants to see it become a haven for creatives across our campuses.

April 25, 2024Department News

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New book examines the work of English playwright John Marston through a feminist lens

Su Senapati, a professor of instruction in the Department of English at USF Sarasota-Manatee, published “Images of Women and Gender Identity in John Marston's Plays.

January 30, 2024Department News

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Assistant Professor Mark Leib celebrates release of new book “Image Breaker”

The book centers around protagonist Tristan Wishnasky, whose meteoric professional rise as a novelist is threatened when he begins to hallucinate mysterious messages telling him he's wasting his life.

January 29, 2024Department News

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Fall 2023 Department of English’s New Faculty

The USF Department of English is ecstatic to welcome new and returning students for the Fall 2023 term. Alongside new students, we would like to announce our new faculty members. Go Bulls!

September 14, 2023Department News

Creative writer’s club president Ariana Matondo (center) has revived the club with the goal of giving all students a place to share their work. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/ARIANA MATONDO

Advocating for equality: Student club president strengthens community through creative writing

At the most recent creative writer’s club workshop, the space where the group normally meets was overflowing. It seems unusual that a new club could find such rapid growth, but for junior and club president Ariana Matondo, a group like this has been a long time coming.

April 3, 2023Department News

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Fall 2022 New Faculty

The USF Department of English is thrilled to be welcoming new and returning students to the Fall 2022 term. Alongside new students, we offer a warm welcome to our new faculty. Go Bulls!

September 6, 2022Department News

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USF English Undergrad Makes Finals in Fems Slam Poetry Tournament

University of South Florida English undergraduate Sara Hammami made the finals in the Solo Poets category of the Feminine Empowerment Movement’s Slam (FEMS) Poetry Tournament. For this article, we asked Hammami what it’s like to compete in the FEMS tournament.

December 18, 2019Department News

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Award Created to Honor the Late Quincey Upshaw

“Her death was not just a cruel loss for her family; it denied future students the wisdom and sensitivity that she would have shared over a long career,” reads a scholarship flyer posted in the University of South Florida’s English department.

October 10, 2019Department News

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English Department Attends USF’s Hispanic Heritage Showcase

USF celebrated its annual Hispanic Heritage Showcase and Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Many USF faculty, staff, and students received awards for their service and work with Hispanic communities in Florida and globally.

October 7, 2019Department News

USF Students Help Launch Grammy Winner’s Latest Studio Album

USF Students Help Launch Grammy Winner’s Latest Studio Album

When Grammy Award winning jazz musician Lannie Battistini releases his fourth studio album this month, students in the University of South Florida Department of English will know they played an integral role in its success.

May 8, 2019Department News

Chelsea Dingman, a poet and alumnae of USF's MFA program

USF Poets Sweep Top Spots for Georgia Poetry Prize

The Creative Writing Program at USF is pleased to congratulate Chelsea Dingman, a poet and alumnae of USF's MFA program, for winning the 2018 Georgia Poetry Prize.

March 29, 2019Department News

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Department of English students, alumni, and faculty can submit news of accomplishments and events for our News section. We welcome announcements of publications, works presented, jobs procured, awards garnered, scholarships awarded, graduate school placements, and upcoming events.