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Submit art, poems, or stories to Tridentmag@gmail.com by February 11!

Submit 1-3 poems (1 page max) or 1-2 short stories (2000 words max) to Tridentmag@gmail.com by February 11, 2018.




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Deadline for application

December 8, 2017



Minimum four (4) semesters of undergraduate coursework completed

Minimum four (4) courses completed in English (ENGL) beyond English Composition

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5


Minimum nine (9) graduate courses in English or English Education (ENED) completed

Minimum GPA of 3.5 


Students must fill out an application available here or in the English department office by December 8, 2017, for consideration.

Questions? Email faculty advisor, Dr. Ann Siegle Drege at Ann.SiegleDrege@fredonia.edu.


Associate Professor speaks on the relationship between translation and loss in Amsterdam

Birger Vanwesenbeeck

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, spoke this past August at the annual Modernist Studies Association Convention in Amsterdam. Vanwesenbeeck was part of a panel that explored the connections between translation and loss. His paper focused on Sylvia Plath’s little-known translation of the poem, “Ein Prophet,” by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. A lecture given by Dr. Vanwesenbeeck earlier this year at Western Illinois University was also reviewed in The Mirror and the Lamp, a publication of the Phi Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Western Illinois University. 

Additionally, Stefan Zweig and World Literature: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives, co-edited by Dr. Vanwesenbeeck and Mark H. Gelber, was recently re-released on paperback in May. The book can be found on Amazon



We are thrilled to announce that we have hired two full-time Lecturers and two part-time Adjunct Lecturers in creative writing.  Please join us in welcoming Lecturers Sarah Green and Eric Schlich and Adjunct Lecturers Rebecca Cuthbert and Cornelius (Neil) FitzPatrick to Fredonia English!

Sarah, Eric, Rebecca, and Neil will be supporting our Creative Writing minor by teaching such courses as Introduction to Creative Writing, Form and Theory of Writing, Intermediate Creative Nonfiction, Intermediate Fiction Writing, Intermediate Poetry Writing, Literary Publishing, Advanced Fiction Writing, and Advanced Poetry Writing.

Over the next two years, Sarah and Eric will help reinvigorate the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series, mentor students as they produce the next issue of our literary magazine The Trident, and lead departmental efforts to reimagine the future of creative writing—and indeed of writing—at Fredonia.

Sarah, Eric, and Neil will be standing on the shoulders of those who helped build creative writing at Fredonia, including tenure-stream faculty David Lunde, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dustin Parsons, and James Stevens, Lecturer Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Visiting Assistant Professors Joshua Kalscheur and Eric Neuenfeldt, and Adjunct Lecturers Jose Alvergue, Martin Baum, Luke Daly, Pat Doyle, Carolyn Grady, Joe Hall, and Susan Lord.  Rebecca will be rejoining Fredonia’s creative writing team, even as Luke leaves us to take over as sous chef for Thin Man Brewery at Elmwood and Utica in Buffalo.


Rebecca (Schwab) Cuthbert writes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and articles. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Slipstream, The Future Fire FFX Anthology, and elsewhere, most often reveling in the feminine grotesque. She enjoys teaching writing classes and workshops at the college level and in community settings, with a focus not only on the written product but on the joy of the process. She received her B.A. in English Literature from The University of West Georgia in 2005 and her M.F.A. in Fiction from West Virginia University in 2011.

Cornelius (Neil) FitzPatrick is a fiction writer with fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and A Public Space, the latter of which published his story, “The Future of Statues,” in issue 23. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Colorado State University, where he also taught creative writing and composition. He is working on a collection of stories and a novel.

Sarah Green is the author of a debut poetry collection, Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016) as well as a chapbook, Skeleton Evenings (Finishing Line Press, 2015), which won the 2014 New Women’s Voices prize. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, the Incredible Sestina Anthology, Pleiades, FIELD, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Gettysburg Review, Redivider, Ruminate, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize winner, Sewanee Fellow, and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, she earned her B.A. at Oberlin College, her M.F.A. at Purdue University, and her Ph.D. at Ohio University. She is currently at work on her second book of poetry.

Eric Schlich is a fiction writer from Lexington, Kentucky. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Electric Literature, Redivider, River Styx, Nimrod, New South, and others. He is the recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship, Hambidge Center residency, and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He earned a B.A. in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky and an M.F.A. in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where he was the Assistant Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review. He was the Nonfiction and Production Editor for The Southeast Review and is currently at work on a novel for his dissertation in the Ph.D. program at Florida State University.


Please see our departmental Facebook page for more on Sarah, Eric, Rebecca, and Neil. All searches for Fall 2017 are now closed and all courses covered.



The Fredonia English Department is proud to announce its new mission statement, program objectives, learning outcomes, and redesigned English and English Adolescence Education majors.


Fredonia English B.A.

The restructured B.A. in English thoughtfully responds to fundamental shifts in our discipline, our student body, and our students’ needs to achieve academic success and to become skilled, creative, responsible, and connected professionals and global citizens. The B.A. in English combines required foundational courses with a wide range of options among skills- and content-based course categories in order to open pathways for every student to gain the most from the major and our faculty. Internships and other applied learning opportunities in English-related fields help our students turn those pathways into careers.

Skills Development + Flexible Structure + Personal Goals


Customized Major

Fredonia’s 42-credit customized English major allows students the freedom to:

  • construct a major of courses that help you define, prepare for, and realize your career objectives;
  • add virtually any minor, including our minors in Creative Writing or Writing and Rhetoric;
  • earn a double major with a B.A. or B.S. in another discipline;
  • participate in one of the many practical internship opportunities offered through the department;
  • study abroad for two weeks in January or the summer, or for an entire semester.

Our new major’s progression mirrors Fredonia’s baccalaureate goals: a series of lower-level foundational courses imparting disciplinary literacies and skills prepares students to achieve academic success in upper-level courses that challenge them to broaden their awareness of the practical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary applications of our field while further developing their writing skills and creative experiences. The major culminates in a capstone course in which students apply their oral and written communication skills to engage situations beyond the classroom (such as community, professional, or advanced academic settings). Both students’ progress and evidence of their concrete achievements will be documented through completion of an e-portfolio, which will serve the department’s assessment needs while simultaneously providing students with a meaningful record of their experiential growth and a valuable resource for their career or graduate-school search.


Fredonia English Adolescence Education B.A.

The restructured B.A. in English Adolescence Education thoughtfully responds to fundamental shifts in our discipline, our student body, and our students’ needs to achieve academic success and to become skilled, creative, responsible, and connected professionals and global citizens. It is designed to parallel the English major's required categories, with up to 39 credits applicable to it if needed. The B.A. in English Adolescence Education combines required foundational courses in literature and pedagogy with a plethora of field experiences in order to open pathways for all students to develop the ideas and practices that will make them effective in the classrooms of an increasingly complex and diverse society.



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