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English Department

"What can you do with an English degree? Write a celebrated novel, manage a political campaign, or fund-raise for an Ivy League university. Become a television journalist, an investment broker, or an award-winning professor of law. How do we know this? Because these are just a few career fields our graduates have excelled in.

The English department at PC has something for anyone interested in the discipline — lovers of great books, writers and poets, and future teachers and college professors. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of English literature: authors, genres, and historical periods.

We offer three bachelor's degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one promises to sharpen your writing, analysis, and research skills — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.

​News & Events 


Dr. Eric Bennett's first novel, A Big Enough Lie, will be published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly in June 2015.  ​ ​

An International Maymester Course, Wordsworth in the Lake District, May 18-30, 2015
After a week of study in Providence, students will travel to Grasmere, Wordsworth’s home in the picturesque English Lake District, and work at the Jerwood Centre and the Wordsworth Museum, where most of the poet’s books and manuscripts are stored. This three credit course will offer a unique opportunity to study a writer’s works in the place where he lived, and visit the exact places he described.  Students will also be trained in the handling of manuscripts, original drawings and paintings, and other archival objects.  For further information, contact Dr. Bruce Graver at

Caine Prize Winner E.C. Osondu to Appear at Special NYC Event
E.C. Osondu, Associate Professor of English, will appear in conversation with Windham Campbell Prizewinner Aminatta Forna and novelist, critic, and Pulitizer-winning journalist Lorraine Adams on Friday, September 19, 7:00 PM at the Hotel Particulier New York.  The event is free and open to the public.  Read more.​​ 

Poetry Reading
The Poetry & Fiction Series presents Carl Dennis on Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 PM in the Great Room, Ruane Center for the Humanities.  Read more.​

English Professors Collaborate on a Translation of Mieczyslaw Jastrun's Memorials

Professor Dzvinia Orlowsky, one of two translators along with Jeff Friedman, and Professor Chard deNiord, who wrote the introduction, collaborated on the recently published volume of poetry Memorials by Mieczyslaw Jastrun.  Jastrun was born in Korololowka, Poland, in 1903.  Over his lifetime he published more than a dozen books of poetry along with other volumes of essays, memoir, and translations from German, Russian and French literature in Polish. Read more.​

Novel Accepted for Publication

E. C. Osondu's novel titled, This House Is Not For Sale, will be published by HarperCollins in early Spring 2015. It will also be published by GRANTA in the U.K. and by Farafina in Nigeria. An Italian translation of the novel will be published in Italy by Neri Pozza.

deNiord Discusses Craft with U.S. Poet Laureate
Chard deNiord, professor of English, recently added another highlight to his already praiseworthy career when he interviewed Natasha Tretheway, the U.S. Poet Laureate, in front of hundreds at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Read more.

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The Department of English is located in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, LL37. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, email or contact the following people.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32

Administrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-1192 [Fax]

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