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Want to know the latest happenings, events, news, and book publishing in the department? Meet faculty, alumni, and students in each issue. Just a Minute is published on a monthly basis.

Latest Issue

May 17, 2024

In this issue, we celebrate our graduates and their awards, look back at the English Undergraduate Excellence Conference, explore summer and fall course opportunities, learn about alum Kat Zinn, read the latest edition of Philologia, listen to our podcast on the boundaries of fiction, anticipate IG takeovers during London Calling! 2024, reminisce on last year’s trip, and check out Ari Corradi's trip to the Comm Lab.

Past Issues Archive

May 17, 2024

In this issue, we celebrate our graduates and their awards, look back at the English Undergraduate Excellence Conference, explore summer and fall course opportunities, learn about alum Kat Zinn, read the latest edition of Philologia, listen to our podcast on the boundaries of fiction, anticipate IG takeovers during London Calling! 2024, reminisce on last year’s trip, and check out Ari Corradi's trip to the Comm Lab.

April 12, 2024

In this issue, see the winners of our annual poetry prize, out our conference on your schedule, meet alumna Jennifer Butlin, see our faculty in the media, read Julie Deacon’s story, look back at a linguistics conference and see Eliza Quesenberry’s IG takeover, view how we did at trivia night, and check out Shakil Rabbi’s class on intercultural issues.

March 15, 2024

In this issue, see our gratitude firsthand, read an interview about Doubly Erased, meet alum Josh Reid, catch-up on our news and kudos, look back on a day-in-the-life of Nataly Lopez, meet a Disney intern, and get a look at the Contemporary Fiction class.

Feb. 16, 2024

In this issue, meet the students your donations support; get ready for Giving Day; refresh your knowledge of Shanks Hall’s emergency protocols; catch up with Orlando Dos Reis; remember the dream-interpreting AI octopus; read a student’s reflections on a field trip and two national interviews with Kelly Wright; check in with Words & Pictures’ Instagram Takeovers; and look at our bookshelf for Ed Falco’s latest offering.

Jan. 12, 2024

In this issue, get a sneak peek at our not-to-be-missed 2024 events, learn about a new class that explored professional realms, become a Giving Day ambassador, meet alumna Paula J. Yost, and see who just retired.

December 15, 2023

In this issue, read how our students define place after a collaboration with a refugee education organization; get to know alumna Marie Paretti; celebrate the pre-order of Bessie Flores Zaldivar’s novel; see highlights from the English Club’s study day and holiday party; and meet Kari Woodard, our new business manager.

November 17, 2023

In this issue, meet the current DAB, catch up with L.Lamar Wilson, get to know Ana Portillo, consider us on Giving Tuesday, and learn the latest department news from the passing of JoAnn Harvill to one of our alumnae being the youngest poet laureate of Prince William County. And then see scenes from the English Career Connections.

October 20, 2023

In this issue, we explore Halloween Homecoming, Ashley Reed and Edgar Allan Poe, Nick Brown’s scary project, the look books, course spotlight videos, the latest news, Stefon Flego’s passion for linguistics, a podcast interview with Eunice Kwak, Corridors 2023, and First Year Experience with Shakespeare and Harry Potter.      

September 15, 2023

In this issue, learn about visiting writer Monica Sok and plan to attend her craft talk and reading; congratulate Abby Walker on her latest NSF grant; read about Julie Gerdes’ work with a research team that received a Destination Area 2.0 Phase II award; meet Jimmy Ivory, who just joined our department; and listen to Audrey Hayes interview with Aileen Murphy for the “Not Everyone Hates Poetry” microcast.

August 18, 2023

In this issue, learn about National Book Award winner Andrew Aydin and plan to attend his talk; wish Tony Colaianne and Jane Wemhoener well on their retirement; say goodbye to Andrew Fortin as he starts a new chapter; witness Sweta Baniya and Khadijah Queen living like students; watch Katharine Cleland discuss Shakespeare studies; congratulate Justin Greene on publishing his first book; celebrate the second edition of one of Jeff Mann’s books; read Katherine Hall’s words about her new roles in the department; listen to Riley Vinluan’s “The Real English Department;” and look back at Ari Corradi’s summer class.

July 21, 2023

In this issue, view Shanks as an enigma, learn about Geovani Ramírez's Juneteenth Scholar research, congratulate those who have recently received tenure and promotions, join us on Threads, discover Ashley Reed's passion for teaching a specific class, listen to Madison Frazier's dream job episode on The English Podcast, and straddle two time zones with London Calling!

June 16, 2023

In this issue, get to know our new chair, reminisce about commencement; meet award-winning students; say farewell to a Distinguished Alumni Board Member; see news from the college awards, Jim Dubinsky, Su Fang Ng, Julie Gerdes, Nikki Giovanni, Jennifer Mooney, Sophia Terazawa, Stephanie Sheets, and Tyechia Thompson; watch Sophia Terazawa and her poetry in motion; listen to Harper Mugford’s microcast, catch up with the M.F.A. program, and see scenes from Kira Morse’s ENGL 1106.

May 5, 2023

In this issue, look back on the English Undergraduate Excellence Conference, Glossolalia, and the Undergraduate Language Research Showcase; read an interview with NEH-Mellon fellow Tyechia Thompson; get a sneak peek at our end-of-year award winners; meet alumnus Timothy Larson; listen to a microcast featuring Grace Turner;  learn about the student founder of Kids Can Write; watch Jim Dubinsky talk about one of his favorite courses; and travel along with Sherri Craig’s Studies in Rhetoric class  as they visit a historic site on campus. 

April 21, 2023

In this issue, Sweta Baniya sounds the alarm, study abroad calls to students, meet alumna Sandy Hagman, faculty go above and beyond for students, an English major is part of the 50 years of women in the Corps legacy, Lucinda Roy discusses D.E.I., and Nikki Giovanni visits campus.

April 7, 2023

In this issue, catch up with our keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Excellence Conference, meet alumnus John Archer, read Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq’s arctic research guide, relive the VT Authors Event, see Matthew Vollmer’s memoir, learn more about the Writing Center’s diversity statement writing workshop, follow our Words & Pictures Correspondents on Instagram, and enjoy a moment from Derek Mueller’s food-themed course as it tries out ChatGPT.

March 24, 2023

In this issue, learn how the Writing Center helps students, check out our course Look Books, meet alumna Crystal Starling, learn about M.F.A. alumna Soraya Palmer’s upcoming reading with Matthew Vollmer, say goodbye to Don Rude, see how Travis Webster incorporates D.E.I. into his writing, and take a therapy dog break with Katherine Hall’s class.

March 10, 2023

In this issue, learn about Katy Powell’s Andrew Mellon Foundation grant project, see the Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize ceremony video, discover what a degree in English did for Distinquished Alumni Board member Mimi Walters, get to know alumnus and guest speaker Orland Dos Reis, celebrate Clinton Craig’s new book, mark your calendar for Audrey Hayes’ Instagram takeover, and take a look at Women & Madness — Jane Wemhoener’s Introduction to Women’s Literature. 

Feb. 24, 2023

In this issue, learn what undergraduate poets experience as they prepare for the Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize and see who won; meet L. Lamar Wilson ’10; Giving Day gratitude; catch up with once facilities staff, now English student, Millie Yopp; and get to know Molly Ryan.

Feb. 10, 2023

In this issue, see who you support when you donate on Giving Day, meet Distinguished Alumni Board member Laurel Beeden, join us for special events such as the Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize Celebration, read about our movers and shakers, meet some of our Words & Pictures Team who will be doing Instagram takeovers, get some great teaching advice from Vanessa L. Ruccolo, and get to know André Jones.

Jan. 27, 2023

In this issue, discover the student researchers who work on the Juneteenth Scholars Program, meet alumnus and Distinguished Alumni Board member Michael Germana, help welcome Douglas Kearney to the Visiting Writers Series, see the department’s offerings for Humanities Week, check out where our faculty will be outside of the department, learn how graduate teaching assistant Kat Gray incorporates DEI into her classes, and get a sneak peek at Khadijah Queen’s latest publishing enterprise.

Jan. 13, 2023

In this issue, share the adventures of an alum who minored in English, make plans to join Khadijah Queen as she moderates a Q&A with Kevin Young, celebrate two retired faculty members, see our prestigious ranking, catch up with Kelly Wright, and check out our faculty book offerings.

Vol. 10 — Dec. 16, 2022

In this issue, we take a moment to congratulate our graduates, thank Rebeca Weaver-Hightower for her service, see how experiential learning affects our students, share our latest news and kudos, meet Bessie Flores Zaldívar, kick-off a new column by Kelly Elizabeth Wright, and introduce LaKela Atkinson Webson.

Vol. 9 — Dec. 2, 2022

In this issue, we look back at the English Career Connections; celebrate M.F.A. Literary Award Winners; catch up with Devon Keyes, an M.A. alumnus; learn about Shelly Maycock’s dedication to diversity; and meet Kelly Elizabeth Wright.

Vol. 8 — Nov. 18, 2022

In this issue, hear about the impact the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies has on interns; faculty, staff, and graduate students came together for Shanksgiving; hear from Sweta Baniya about her work with displaced people; meet Kira Gulko Morse, and more…

Vol. 7 — Nov. 4, 2022

In this issue, discover what one of our Distinguished Alumni Board members put in William Addison Caldwell’s backpack, follow a Marching Virginian on game day, relive moments from Ginney Fowler’s bench dedication, and so much more.  

Vol. 6 — Oct. 21, 2022

In this issue, we chase spiders, vote for the Great Pumpkin Prize winner, celebrate the thrills of autumn, share our favorite scary stories, meet an alumna who is an attorney at the Department of Justice, kick off a new column by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and see the latest book offerings from the department.

Vol. 5 – Oct. 7, 2022

In this issue, we congratulate Safyque xRichardson, a creative writing major, who won the Wilson Essay Contest; invite you to our events; ask for scary stories; celebrate alumni and faculty achievements; catch up with Lucinda Roy; and introduce you to Megan Richardson and Ari Corradi.  

Vol. 4 — Sept. 23, 2022

In this issue, meet Janine Joseph, Michael Craddock, and Hannah Ballowe. We also have some great events and opportunities coming up. And we mourn the death of Lisa Leslie.

Vol. 3 — Sept. 9, 2022

In this issue, Nikki Giovanni retires, see our upcoming events and reminders, celebrate the accomplishments of colleagues, meet Geovani Ramírez, and get a peek at Janine Joseph’s upcoming book.

Vol. 2 — Aug. 26, 2022

A new semester brings new events. We bid Virginia Fowler a fond farewell. We celebrate our faculty accomplishments, meet Clay Delk – our Distinguished Alumni Board President  — and say hello to Sophia Terazawa, a visiting assistant professor. 

Vol. 1 — Aug. 12, 2022

Our inaugurial issue of Just a Minute. Meet Khadijah Queen and see what we've been up to this past summer.