Sept. 2, 2014

Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowningwill appear at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the General Classroom Building Auditorium
Chronicling three generations of the Bradshaw family in the Virgin Islands, Land of Love and Drowning mesmerizes from the first sentence onward. Stories of magic and lust, unknown connections and hidden mysteries, family legacies, an island world undergoing historical changes – Yanique’s debut delves into the ways her characters survive, the fierce beauty her protagonists possess, and the deeply complicated bonds created by love and family secrets.
Yanique is from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The author of the story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, she is a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winner and was named by the National Book Foundation as one of 2011’s “5 Under 35.” She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and St. Thomas.
Her visit is courtesy of BookMarks Festival in Winston-Salem, and sponsored by the English Department, Creative Writing @ NCAT, the Liberal Studies Department, and the Honors Program.
Her talk will be followed by light refreshments and book signing. For more information, contact Professor Valerie Nieman at

September 12, 2013

Sessions on advising, assessment, and working with the STEM disciplines highlighted the English Department fall retreat, held Aug. 19 at the Bluford Library.

Following a continental breakfast, the program was opened by the chairwoman, Dr. Faye Spencer-Maor, who gave an overview of the challenges and opportunities in the academic year ahead.

A session on working with STEM was moderated by Dr. Gregory Meyerson, and featured comments by Adri-Anne Jones and Chad Rohrbacher. They discussed how English and the STEM disciplines can coordinate with and complement each other in areas of critical thinking, effective writing, and scientific literacy.  

Over lunch, Dr. Elon Kulii offered highlights of the chairs retreat, held earlier in the month.

The afternoon programs included an advising workshop by Sahnye Johnson, and a workshop on assessments conducted by Dr. Jason DePolo and Dr. Moussa Issifou.

The retreat committee was chaired by Valerie Nieman, and included Dr. Kulii, Bryon Turman, Myrtle Soloman, Anwar Alston, Dr. Meyerson, Jones, Dr. DePolo and Dr. Issifou.

August 26, 2013

Classes have resumed after summer break - and during, the summer. our Creative Writing program received a nice mention in the NC Arts website in this essay by state poet laureate Joseph Bathanti:

"On April 3 I trekked to the beautiful campus of North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro. My hosts were professors and poets, Valerie Nieman and Kevin Rippin (who, worth noting, grew up in Pittsburgh, my home town). I spent a working-lunch talking about poetry and literacy with university librarians and a few administrators. We were joined as well by Anjail Rashida Ahmad, also an A & T professor and poet. Before my evening public reading, I visited in a variety of venues with A & T students: Creative Writing, Honors, and Liberal Studies classes, and even first year students, still contemplating majors. These students were not only conversant with poetry, but their styles and tastes cut across a wide swath, from the traditional to spoken word and performance artists. Their candor, their wildly imaginative and elastic use of language – above all, the aural integrity of their poems, whether written or recited – underscored again and again how important the ear is to poetry. In fact, our refrain for the day, literally, was “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” from Duke Ellington’s famous 1931 composition of the same name. Here’s a suite of poems by Anjail. And here’s a poem, “Adam and Eve as Fire and Water,” by Valerie Nieman.

May 2, 2013

The graduating seniors in English will be honored with a reception from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. This will  be held in the Dean's Conference Room on the fourth floor of the General Classroom Building. The new members of Sigma Tau Delta will be initiated at this time as well.

April 3, 2013

Joseph Bathanti, award-winning poet, professor and advocate for literacy, will visit North Carolina A&T State University for workshops and a reading on Wednesday, April 3.

Bathanti was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in 2012 by then-Gov. Bev Perdue, who noted his “robust commitment to social causes.” He first came to North Carolina to work in the VISTA program and has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years.

North Carolina’s seventh poet laureate, Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University where he is also Director of Writing in the Field and Writer-in-Residence in the University's Watauga Global Community.

He is the author of several books of poetry, including This Metal  (St. Andrews College Press, 1996 and Press 53, 2012), two novels, Coventry (Novello Festival Press, 2006) and East Liberty (Banks Channel Books, 2001) along with a book of short stories, The High Heart (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007).

His schedule will include meetings with faculty and students, a writing program for A&T students interested in poetry and spoken word, and a reading at 7 p.m. followed by light refreshments and book signing. The reading, which is open to the public, will be in the auditorium of the Academic Classroom Building, with parking available close by in a surface lot and parking garage.

Bathanti’s special visit during National Poetry Month is sponsored by the N.C. A&T Honors Program, F.D. Bluford Library, NCA&T Department of English and Creative Writing @ A&T.

Creative Writing @ A&T is also cosponsoring a special Poetry Month event on Thursday, April 4, at UNCG, where poet A. Van Jordan will read from his new book Cineaste at 8 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center.

March 26, 2013

A Technical Writing Showcase will be held from 5-8 p.m. March 26 in the second floor auditorium of the General Classroom Building. Technical writing students and their work will be featured. Dr. Jane Gibson Brown, Director of Technical Writing, said, "Come see what technical writing students are producing that makes them employable and sought after in the market place." Refreshments will be served.

 January 30, 2013

Graduate Student/Faculty Meet 'n' Greet

A casual meet 'n' greet for the graduate program has been set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the English Department on the fourth floor. Stop by to socialize, discuss the program, meet your fellow students and the faculty.

January 22-24, 2013

 Technical Writing Awareness Week 

The Technical Writing Program is presenting the following three events during the week of January 22, 2013:

  • ·         Careers in Writing, January 22, 2013 at 6 pm in GCB Auditorium
  • ·         Etiquette Workshop, January 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm in GCB Auditorium
  • ·         Technical Writing Resume Workshop, January 24 at 6:00 pm in GCB Room 310

These events are open to all NCAT students.  If there are questions about these events please contact Prof. Veloisa Marsh at or 285-3521.

October 4, 2012

Applications are being taken for English Department scholarships. Three funds support these annual awards: the Hilda Hayes Fountain Satterfield Foundation, the Mary E. Peek Endowed Scholarship, and the Ida Freeman Jenkins Endowed Scholarship. English majors with a 3.0 or higher GPA may be eligible. For complete information and application forms, please see M. Johnson in Room A-426, General Classroom Building. The completed applications and supporting materials are due by Nov. 2.

May 29, 2012

The Creative Writing Program at North Carolina A&T State University is proud to announce the finalists in its annual poetry prize competition. 

Thanks to all entrants submitting poems this year

The Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka Poetry Prize is a national competition offered on an annual basis. We are pleased to announce the 2012 finalists.

 List of Competition Winners


  • First Place ($250.00): Carolyn Beard Whitlow of Greensboro, NC for “Birthright”
  • First Runner Up: C. Liegh McInnis of Clinton, MS for” What Good Are Poems”
  • Second Runner Up: Marty Silverthorn of Greenville, NC for “Swimming Pool”


  • First Place ($250.00): Grace C. Ocasio of Charlotte, NC, for “Grandma’s Scrapbook”
  • Runner Up: Amaris V. Howard of Chicago, IL, for “mamisis’ libation”

On the anniversary of the A&T Four Greensboro Sit-in Movement and the onset of Black History Month, we celebrate the courageous legacy of African-American literary achievement by honoring the legacies of two literary giants. Their literary works and personal life energies have been spent in service to the upliftment of black people worldwide and to the struggle for freedom, justice and equality for all oppressed peoples. Their scholarship activism and poetry have reminded the world about the sacredness of human dignity and the need to preserve it. We are looking for poetry that seeks to honor the spirit of this tradition.

DEC. 1

English Department Holiday Social, Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:30-1:30 p.m., General Classroom Building, Fourth Floor.

NOV. 16

Poetry Reading. Spoken Word & Performance Class End of Term Poetry Show. Auditorium A218, GCB. Nov. 16, 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.  For more information contact: Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Phone: 336.334.7771, ext. 2370;  Email:

NOV. 10

Book Discussion. Lunch and Literature at the Bluford Library. Valerie Nieman will read excerpts and discuss her novel Blood Clay. Bluford Library, Seminar Room (2nd floor), Nov.10, 12:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

NOV. 9

Poetry Reading: NC A&T Carolina on My Mind Reading Series, featuring some of the best of North Carolina’s Black poets writing and performing today. November 9, 7 p.m. General Classroom Building Auditorium A218. Free and open to the public. For more information contact: Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Phone: 336.334.7771, ext. 2370; Email:

NOV. 4

The English Department Conference on College Composition, “Composition Pedagogy and Teacher Enrichment.”  Dr. Cheryl Glenn will be the featured speaker. A&T’s Premiere Spoken Word Troupe:Poetic Insurgents (Richard Allen, Jastin Batts and Dana Gerald) will perform poetry developedfor the program. 9-12 and 1-3 in GCB auditorium A218.  

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