English students’ literary research published in The Pegasus Review

January 18, 2019  Technical communication student Kennedy Harkins and English alumna Ivy McKay ’17 had their research articles published in issue 10.1 of The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal. The highly selective journal, which accepts just seven articles per issue, features essays that go through a thorough editing process, with the writers...

Technical communication blends passions, paves way for student success

January 11, 2019  For student Andrea Romero, success can be found through the English Department’s technical communication track and the connections she’s found along the way.

Call for Papers for Identities Remixed: 8th Annual UCF English Graduate Symposium

December 11, 2018  The Department of English calls for papers for the 8th Annual UCF English Graduate Symposium on April 5, 2019.

I AM UCF encourages creativity, rewards with scholarship

December 07, 2018  The I Am UCF Digital Storytelling Initiative allows students to get creative by fusing together writing, performance, visual displays and digital media.

Don Stap, founder of English journals reads November 8

October 31, 2018  Don Stap is the author of two books of natural history prose—Birdsong and A Parrot Without a Name—and a collection of poems, Letter at the End of Winter.

Aquifer named finalist for Firecracker Award

May 18, 2018  The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has named Aquifer as a finalist in the Best Debut Magazine category of their annual Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature. This distinguished literary awards series spotlights books and magazines making a sparkling contribution to our literary culture, and publishers striving...

Professor Terry Thaxton 's 'Mud Song' wins Florida Book Award

March 23, 2018  Terry Ann Thaxton, professor of English and M.F.A. program director, has won her second Florida Book Award for her third book of poems, Mud Song. Her first Florida Book Award was in 2014 for her second book of poems, The Terrible Wife. Mud Song won the silver and The Terrible Wife won the bronze, both in the poetry...

Creative Writing alumnus named 2018 NEA Literature Creative Writing Fellow

December 14, 2017  Jaroslav Kalfař ‘11 might feel that literary success is elusive, but it seems to be following him closely. Kalfař was recently awarded a highly competitive and prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000. Kalfař majored in Creative Writing at UCF before completing his MFA at New...

UCF Alumna Named First Orlando Poet Laureate

October 31, 2017  Susan Lilley ’75 ‘80MA has been chosen as Orlando’s first poet laureate after a five month search. Lilley, an English major for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and formerly a UCF faculty member for 12 years, was chosen from forty-nine applicants. The three award-winning finalists were all UCF Alumni:...

English Professor’s Prize Winning Book of ‘Harrowing’ Poems

August 29, 2017  Terry Ann Thaxton, a professor in the Department of English, won Truman State University Press’ 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for her third book of poems, Mud Song. Each year, TSUP receives about 500 manuscripts that are screened and judged by a nationally known poet. Kevin Prufer, author of...

Student's Comic Book Dream Becomes Reality

August 15, 2017  UCF senior Branden Hall hopes that one day Zeek St. Cloud finds his true purpose in life – but he knows that’s going to take thousands of years. Hall, who is majoring in creative writing and advertising/public relations, and his brother Horacio are enabling Zeek on his journey, and recently...

T&T Students Interview Dr. Kirk St.Amant about Technical Communication

June 21, 2017  Dr. Kirk St.Amant, Professor and the Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Technical University, visited the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus on April 11, 2017, to speak with students and faculty in the Texts and Technology Doctoral Program, as well as to perform other on-site...

Dr. Kevin Meehan Receives Fulbright Award

April 13, 2017  Dr. Kevin Meehan of the English Department has received a Fulbright Award for a research project based at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St. Kitts. Kevin will be developing educational resources on non-traditional agricultural systems for Caribbean schools, completing a textbook on hydroponics for climate change adaptation, and teaching...

Creative Writing professor Ephraim Scott Sommers releases his first book The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire

March 13, 2017  UCF Creative Writing professor Ephraim Scott Sommers has released his first book, a collection of poetry entitled The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, this month through Tebot Bach Press. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire focuses on the underrepresented—the convicts, the grave-diggers, the addicts—the...

Five UCF First-Year Composition Students' Writing Featured in New Issue of Stylus

December 15, 2016  Congratulations to UCF students Kristina Abicca, Dana Mikkelsen, Taylor Rayfield, Amber Steward, and Shravan Yandra, all of whom have had work they produced in their first-year composition classes published in the latest issue of Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing. The subjects of their individual articles vary—from considerations of writing...

If Our Gatekeepers Can't Function Properly, We Are Doomed

June 23, 2016  Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientific paper published in The Lancet that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism and Crohn’s disease. His claims, though bogus, were widely reported and led to a decline in vaccination rates and...

New Chapbook Reno Published by Florida Review

April 12, 2016  Reno, by Memphis author Nat Akin, has been published by Florida Review Publications as the fourth in a new series of chapbooks. The chapbook project was started by former editor Jocelyn Bartkevicius in honor of previous editor Jeanne Leiby, who had gone on from UCF to become the first female...

Censorship Is Not All Bad

March 09, 2016  Censorship is not all bad! Free-speech idealists argue that the solution to bad speech (misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc.) is not censorship but more speech. But bad speech can, and often does, drown out the good. A classic form of bad speech is hate speech. Jeremy Waldron, a law professor...

Students Selected for University's Highest Honor

February 16, 2016  Congratulations to Michael Scimeca, Gabriela Wolk and Amy Maitner, recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus Award. Michael Scimeca is a part of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and College of Arts and Humanities, and majoring in biomedical sciences and the Spanish language. He is a member of The...

'The Big Read' at UCF to Focus on Zora Neale Hurston

December 22, 2015  UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Grant recipients around the...