Department Profiles

Department Profiles

Meet English Major Gabe Marx ’19

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland Major: English Major, Sociology Minor   Any highlights of your time here that you want to share? Academically, one of the highlights of my time here has been the amount of diversity of backgrounds and opinions I have been able to experience through my English and sociology… Continue Reading: Meet English Major Gabe Marx ’19

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Department Profile: Professor Joanna Ruocco, Creative Writing

  Professor Joanna Ruocco is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, and editor. She writes across several genres, including fantasy and romance. In 2008, she co-founded a handmade annual literary magazine, Birkensnake, that The New York Times called a “sacred art object.” Today, she is the Chair of the Board… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Professor Joanna Ruocco, Creative Writing

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Department Profile: Alum Christina Berry ’17

  Hometown: Riverside, California Major:  English Major, Art History Minor, Class of 2017 Current Employment: Professional Services Associate at TrackMaven in Washington, DC    What role has the English major played in your career path? I am a firm believer in majoring in what you love, because your passion and… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Alum Christina Berry ’17

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Department Profile: Alum Emily Hershman ’12

  Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia Major/Minor: Major in English and double minor in History and Women’s and Gender Studies Current Employment: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame What role has the English major played in your career path? After taking my first English course (an American literature survey during fall… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Alum Emily Hershman ’12

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Department Profile: Dr. Erin Branch, Associate Teaching Professor, Writing, and Director of Wake Forest Writing Program

Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. After four years at Middlebury College, where I majored in English, I taught English both in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and at a private school in rural Virginia. Those experiences taught me that I had much more to… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Dr. Erin Branch, Associate Teaching Professor, Writing, and Director of Wake Forest Writing Program

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Department Profile: English Major Boone Aiken

Hometown: Florence, South Carolina Major(s)/Minors: English Major / Creative Writing Minor Any highlights of your time here that you want to share?: I have enjoyed my time as a Deacon both inside and outside of the classroom. From cheering on our athletic teams with fellow students, to engaging in a variety of student organizations,… Continue Reading: Department Profile: English Major Boone Aiken

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Department Profile: Alum Catherine (Coelho) Riley ’10

Hometown: Hilmar, CA Major/Minor: Majors in English and Communication, minor in Spanish  Current Employment: Part-Time Assistant Professor, WFU Department of Communication, Owner and Director, Great American Writer’s Camp What role has the English major played in your career path?  English was my double, “just for fun” major. That’s what I… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Alum Catherine (Coelho) Riley ’10

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Department Profile: English Major Ariana Weaver

Hometown: Elmsford, New York Major(s)/Minors: English Major / Communications Minor Any highlights of your time here that you want to share?: I’ve enjoyed all the moments with my friends here exploring Winston-Salem and Wake, along with receiving the benefit of establishing multiple relationships with different excellent professors in the English Department. I’ve… Continue Reading: Department Profile: English Major Ariana Weaver

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Department Profile: Dr. Sarah Hogan, Assistant Professor of Literature

Professor Sarah Hogan is a scholar of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, in her fifth year of employment at Wake Forest University. She hails from the snowy Rust Belt region, having grown up just outside of Rochester, NY, before earning a BA and MA from Syracuse University and a PhD… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Dr. Sarah Hogan, Assistant Professor of Literature

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Department Profile: English Major Carly East

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina Major(s)/Minors: English major, Sociology and Medieval and Early Modern Studies minors Any highlights of your time here that you want to share?:  I recently became an intern for the WFU Press, which publishes Irish poetry for distribution in North America.  I love working with the Press because it… Continue Reading: Department Profile: English Major Carly East

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Department Profile: Dr. Jefferson Holdridge, Professor of English and Director of WFU Press

I was born in White Plains, NY and grew up in Weston CT, then studied in California at SFSU. After living and studying in Ireland for 12 years for an MA and PhD at University College Dublin, I was fortunate to be hired here at Wake to teach Irish literature… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Dr. Jefferson Holdridge, Professor of English and Director of WFU Press

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Department Profile: English Major Alec Jessar

Hometown: Falls Church, VA Major(s)/Minors: Double major in English and French  Any highlights of your time here that you want to share?:  I am a member of SAFAR (Student Association for the Advancement of Refugees), a group which works to support refugees in the Winston Salem community and advocate for refugees in… Continue Reading: Department Profile: English Major Alec Jessar

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Department Profile: Alum Sarah Hendricks ’15

Hometown: Vienna, VA Major/Minor: BA English, with minors in Journalism and Sociology Current Employment: Associate Editor at DEFY Media What Role Has the English major played in your career path?  Less than a week after graduating from college in 2015, I started as an intern at Gurl.com, a website for… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Alum Sarah Hendricks ’15

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Department Profile: Professor Amy Catanzano, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

Professor Catanzano is a poet and the author of three books. She has been honored with major national awards and prizes for her poetry. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she studied the craft of poetry and poetics. One focus in… Continue Reading: Department Profile: Professor Amy Catanzano, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

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