English News & Announcements

Browse the links below for recent WCU news of interest to current and prospective English students and their families.

Catherine Carter

Dr. Catherine Carter

Dr. Carterhas won the NC Poetry Society's 2014 Poet Laureate contest; the poem "Day of the Dead" was selected by Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti.  http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/winners/

Annette Debo

Dr. Annette Debo

Dr. Debo has been named WCU's recipient of the 2014 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her award will be presented on May 10 during the undergraduate commencement ceremony, and she will be a speaker for the May 9 graduate commencement.

Mimi Fenton

Dr. Mimi Fenton

Dr. Fenton, Professor of English and Dean of Graduate School and Research, has been nominated for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wyoming. (Award recipient to be announced May 2014)


Dr. Brent Kinser

Dr. Kinser's recent research and scholarship regarding W.E. Gladstone, John Ruskin, and Thomas and Jane Carlyle have resulted in grants and awards totaling $276,000 with an additional amount of £30,000 from sources in the UK.


Dr. Mae Claxton

Dr. Claxton was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award 2014.


Dr. Elizabeth Heffelfinger

Dr. Heffelfinger is the recipient of a Scholarly Development Assignment Award for fall 2014.


Ron Rash

Ron Rash honored during the month of October: Ron Rash delivered the annual Thomas Wolfe lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill on October 2, 2013 and was the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe prize recognizing him for his significant work as a contemporary writer.  In October he also had readings at high schools, universities, and literary festivals in Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Rash received a 2013 Governor's Award in the Humanities from the Humanities Council of South Carolina which honors excellence in defining South Carolina's cultural life to the nation or world.

Rash's short story collection, "Nothing Gold Can Stay," won the Mountain Fiction and Poetry Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Banff, Alberta, in Canada in mid October.

Literary critics loving new book by WCU’s Ron Rash: As filming begins on a motion picture based on one of his earlier novels, Ron Rash is collecting his usual basketful of rosy reviews for his latest short story collection.


Dr. Marsha Lee Baker

Dr. Baker and five other founding members of the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators were recognized at the tenth anniversary conference of the Council of Writing Programs Administrators in Little Switzerland, NC, September 2013.


Dr. Brian Gastle

Dr. Gastle is appointed  WCU Provost Fellow for academic year 2013-14.



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