Dear English Department Alumni:Please join us for a virtual alumni mixer on December 9, 2021. We'll be celebrating the release of faculty member Johnny Damm's new graphic novel. It has been described as "Damm's distinctive style of collage transforms 1950s horror comics into true stories of artistic failure."
Publisher's Weekly called it "[S]ophisticated and delightfully bizarre... Damm's ideal reader is an open-minded culture junkie and fan of poetry, high art, and comics, someone with a penchant for everything from Dada to Derrida." That sounds like English majors to me!
Register in advance (and for free) for this webinar:
Dr. Damm will be doing a reading and Q & A. Although we can't physically mix this year, we can chat with each other and enjoy what promises to be an entertaining night in.
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Our department offers four B.A. concentrations that include focuses on literature, creative writing, teaching, and technical writing. The department also houses the composition program in which undergraduates complete their general education writing requirements.
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