Department of English

Department of English

The Department of English offers students deep engagement with literary study, a pursuit that develops writing and critical reading abilities along with strengthening communications skills and critical thinking.

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Department News

Brooke Jarvis ’07 was featured in the New York Times

Matt Mattox ’02 was featured in Richmond Times Dispatch for Martin Agency.

Lucy Nalen, ’19, had her literary magazine "And So Yeah" profiled in The Collegian.

Department of English Writers Series

Writers Series Events

The University of Richmond’s Writers Series exposes Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers. Readings are free and open to the public, though seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each reading will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. 

The Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of English and the School of Arts & Sciences.

C. Pam Zhang

C. Pam Zhang

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 7 P.M. | Location TBA

Born in Beijing, C. Pam Zhang is mostly an artifact of the United States. She is the author of Land of Milk and Honey and How Much of These Hills Is Gold, winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature; nominated for the Booker Prize; and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Zhang’s writing appears in Best American Short Stories, The Cut, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree.

Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 7 P.M. | Location TBA

Shane McCrae is the author of the memoir Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping and ten books of poetry, including In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Sometimes I Never Suffered, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and most recently Cain Named the Animal. McCrae is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Nathan Snaza
Snaza Published

Nathan Snaza, assistant professor of English, published Tendings: Feminist Esoterisms and the Abolition of Man by Duke University Press.

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Dr. Elizabeth Outka
Outka Receives SCHEV Award

Elizabeth Outka, professor of English and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities, has been named an Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Learn more.

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Dr. Nathan Snaza
Snaza Published

Nathan Snaza, assistant professor of English, published "Why This? Affective Pedagogy in the Wake" in The Affect Theory Reader 2: Worldings, Tensions, Futures

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Dr. Elisabeth Gruner
Gruner Awarded

Elisabeth Gruner, professor of English, received the 2023 Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond at Colloquy.

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
English Department, Humanities Building 318
106 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8287
Fax: (804) 289-8313

Department Chair: Dr. David Stevens
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Emily Tarchokov