Name your five favorite living poets.
This is Professor John Pursley III’s favorite “get to know you” question to ask students at the start of the semester. More often than not, they are unable to answer. He does that to emphasize that creative writing is not simply a historical act to be studied, but rather an ongoing process and living practice. As we get older, we drift away from creative writing to focus more on criticism and analysis. … Continue readingUnlocking Creativity through Practice in ENGL 2020
Emily started her college career at Loyola University in Chicago. Her first year there did not go as planned, so she took a leap and ended up in Clemson, S.C. From that point on, she grew into the person she is today. As she reflects on her time at Clemson, she recalls the people she has met, the things she has done and the love she has for this university. … Continue readingTransferring and Doubling: The Inimitable Emily Rogers, Class of 2020
How do you end a novel when the actions you are writing about are still happening? That is the question Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and recipient of Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, was faced with when writing Citizen: An American Lyric. … Continue readingOpening up Hard Conversations: Award-Winning Poet comes to Clemson to Discuss Police Brutality and Anti-Black Racism through the Common Read