Catherine Singletary, Zenobia McCoy and Krystal Isaac were Sigma Tau Delta initiates for 2013

Student Organizations

Student organizations within the English Department include:

  • Freedom Scribes, the NC A&T Creative Writing Club, is open to all writers, dreamers, creative thinkers, poets and any one invested in speaking, writing and sharing the word on campus. “Come learn what’s happening, be a part of the “writingest” club on campus!” For more information contact Dr. Anjail Ahmad, arahmad@ncat.edu
  • Poetic Insurgents is a premier performance troupe that presents spoken word poetry at venues on campus and off campus. Poetic Insurgents began in Spring 2004 as a group of student performers under the guidance of Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, the newly appointed director of A&T’s Creative Writing Program. From semester to semester and from year to year, new students filled the ranks. In Spring 2006, the members of the group named it Poetic Insurgents. In 2007, the new Creative Writing Program curriculum included a course designed to instruct students in the art, history and practice of spoken word and poetry (ENGL 208: Spoken Word and Performance I, a Practicum).

    From that time, Poetic Insurgents has been a vehicle to instruct student performers in the art and practice of poetry as spoken word. The organization encourages:

    • Public speaking and speech fluency
    • Self-confidence
    • Interpretation skills
    • Writing skills
    • Collaborative skills
    • Performance skills
    • Community building
    • Community service

    While student members of Poetic Insurgents may have experience in performing spoken word, far more students, though talented, can lack both the self-confidence as well as the public performance components. Through instruction in the history, method, and tradition of spoken word and poetry along with collaborative discussions, writing and staging practice, a loose-knit group of unaffiliated students who may lack specific skills at the outset, through their dedication to study and disciplined practice, soon become polished performers.

    Poetic Insurgents performs throughout the A&T campus and greater Greensboro community, including appearances at the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, The AIDS/HIV Aids Awareness Day, Congo Day during Congo Week, the Multicultural Center’s Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration, the A&T Writing Center Writing Conference, the English Department’s Composition Central Writing Conference and with Nikki Giovanni at the Greensboro Public Library’s PoetryGSO. Advisor: Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Director of Creative Writing.

  • Sigma Delta Tau, the International English Honor Society, has a chapter at A&T - the photo above, Catherine Singletary, Zenobia McCoy and Krystal Isaac were Sigma Tau Delta initiates for 2013. The organization was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy. With over 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
  • Technical Writers in Society (TWIS) is the technical writing club for students majoring in English with a concentration in Technical Writing and students who are working toward a Technical Writing certificate.  TWIS is designed for students interested in becoming technical writers, editors, content developers, grant and proposal writers, usability specialists, visual designers, medical or science writers, and any student who is interested in working to make technical information accessible to those who need it. The goals of the organization are to enhance students’ writing skills, provide students with networking opportunities with technical writers in the community, and to provide writing services to those who need them. Students also join the Society for Technical Communication. See http://www.stc.org/