A highly talented and productive group of graduate students call UGA’s English department home. Here, both M.A. and Ph.D. students enjoy the benefits of working closely with a dedicated and distinguished faculty. Each semester, an array of course offerings allows students to create a challenging program of study personalized to their interests. Recent seminars include the Native American Novel; Disability, Health, and the Early Modern Body; and Fade to Black: African American Novels, Page to Screen. Current students’ research interests are wide and varied, including but not limited to ecofeminism, Latinx literature, lyric theory, Southern literature, queer studies, modern Irish and British literature, and the early African American periodical press.
The English Graduate Organization helps create scholarly and social connections among all students, no matter their focus, and the Creative Writing Program’s numerous events foster a lively and collegial atmosphere. Students regularly attend conferences and are often aided by funding from the English Department or the Graduate School. Several of our students are recipients of Willson Research Center Grants, which they have used to conduct research or attend courses in locations such as Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Many of our students, both critical and creative in focus, have been awarded fellowships. Examples include fellows hosted by the Vermont Studio Center, the Chawton House Library, and the University of Liverpool.
Our creative writers have published numerous chapbooks and books of prose and poetry through publishers such as the University of Iowa Press and Simon & Schuster. A prolific group, our students’ essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in The New York Times, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, The Nation, Barrow Street, and many other publications. Critical students’ scholarship has been published or is forthcoming from multiple peer-reviewed journals, including Postcolonial Interventions, Renaissance Papers, South Atlantic Review, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-line.
When not at work, students enjoy the benefits of living in Athens, Georgia, a city renowned for its music venues, local eateries, and independent shops. A little over an hour from both the city of Atlanta and the foothills of Appalachia, Athens offers an ideal location for UGA’s students and their families.