With nearly a hundred full-time faculty and teaching fellows, the Department of English is one of the largest and most diverse in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, we established a major new award for poetry, the UNT Rilke Prize.
The Department of English at the University of North Texas cultivates scholarly/creative achievement and provides graduate- and undergraduate-level instruction in the areas of Anglophone literary and cultural studies, creative writing, and rhetoric/composition. We strive to promote greater understanding of literary and cultural texts and to guide students toward practical fluency in literary theory; to contribute to the literary traditions of the language by fostering the creation of new works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; to develop theories and methods of writing instruction; and to investigate the history and forms of persuasive writing.
Julie West with the UNT office of Research of Research and Development conducted a podcast with the 2013 Rilke Prize Winner, Paisley Rekdal.
Please see the link for details: https://research.unt.edu/media/podcast-interview-paisley-rekdal-poet-and...Read more »
The English Department has swept the 2013 University Writing Awards: all six graduate and undergraduate winners are English Department students.
The graduate winners are Kara Dorris (poetry), Erin Stalcup (fiction), and Matthew Davis (scholarly prose).
The undergraduate winners are Melissa Finefrock (poetry), Jon Savage (creative prose), and Caitlin Smith (scholarly prose).
Congratulations to all six!Read more »
The Department of English is pleased to announce a $200 Academy of American Poets prize endowed by Paul Voertman for creative writing graduate students. The winner will be recognized at the UNT Rilke Prize reading on April 9, 2013. Final judging will be by Paisley Rekdal, winner of the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize.Read more »
Paisley Rekdal’s Animal Eye, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, has won the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize. The $10,000 prize recognizes a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision. Rekdal will read at the University of North Texas on Tuesday, April 9 and at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on Wednesday, April 10. For KERA radio coverage of this year's prize, including an interview with Rekdal, see http://artandseek.net/2013/02/26/unt-announces-second-winner-of-its-10000-poetry-prize/Read more »