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Opportunities

As an English major or minor, you have many unique opportunities available to you. 

The Department of English is home to many publications. Learn more about the many opportunities for sharing your writing and where to read your peers’ work.

  • Dart Magazine is a student-designed magazine that features student writers and journalists. 
  • Corridors is the annual juried electronic journal that highlights best student essays from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth English Department's foundation courses for the major. Corridors showcases essays that demonstrate the objectives of these foundation courses in writing, literary analysis and explication, and the application of literary and rhetorical theory.
  • Temper is UMass Dartmouth's Annual Literary Review. It is a student-based, faculty-supervised annual publication. Temper's pages are filled with original poetry, short stories, one-act plays, and non-fiction prose. Submissions are accepted year-round through the English Department.
  • Word is a bi-annual newsletter which highlights the achievements of the English Department family including students, faculty, and alumni. The newsletter keeps readers informed on current literary events, the latest in faculty publication, scholarship deadlines, student and alumni success, and more.

Events are scheduled in the department throughout the year, connecting English majors with writers and research from both within and beyond the department. Learn more about some of our ongoing, annual events. 

Living Literature Series

The Living Literature Series hosts writers from around the nation, offering students and members of the UMass Dartmouth community opportunities to learn from published and award winning authors.

Recent visiting writers include:

  • Bestselling journalist and author Jeff Sharlet who writes for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's, GQ -- really every good magazine in America.  He won a National Magazine Award in 2015.
  • Poet Vievee Francis who recently won both the Hurston/Write Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  
  • Novelist, essayist and critic Leslie Jamison, the author of The Gin Closet: A Novel, and The Empathy Exams, a collection of essays that was a New York Times bestseller.  She has written for Harper's,The Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe Oxford American, and The Believer, and is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review.  She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Columbia University.
  • Novelist Dawn Tripp, the author of The Gin Closet: A Novel, and The Empathy Exams, a collection of essays that was a New York Times bestseller.  She has written for Harper's,The Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe Oxford American, and The Believer, and is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review.  She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Columbia University.

For more information about the Living Literature Series, please contact Professor Lucas Mann.  

Celebrating Student Research Conference

The Celebrating Student Research Conference is an opportunity for students to share their academic work and learn from their colleagues in the English department. This conference has two primary goals: to highlight for the larger university the range and quality of research English students do in their classes, and to provide students with a supportive forum for receiving feedback on their final projects before they are due. We also hope that this conference will encourage students to seek out other opportunities to present their work and will foster a sense of community across the English department. To participate, students may present a paper or a poster.

To learn more about this annual conference, contact Professor Karen Gulbrandsen or Professor Laurel Hankins.

The English Department also collaborates with community partners to create new opportunities for engagement for students.

The RIPR Journalism Alliance

The English Department and Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) are collaborating in a Journalism Alliance that will engage UMass Dartmouth students through:

  • A downtown New Bedford RIPR bureau staffed in part by UMass Dartmouth interns
  • A graduate assistantship in business and technical communications at RIPR headquarters
  •  A service learning collaboration on the undergraduate and graduate level involving  social media, public relations, news journalism, feature story writing, online web writing, and more.
  • A series of co-hosted events on campus each year
  • Class visits to RIPR's facilities and observe its operations. 

For more information about the RIPR journalism alliance please contact Professor Caitlin Amaral.

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