English Language and Literature News

By the Book: English Literature Alumna Christine Modafferi

Christine was born in the United States, but grew up in a small town called Caulonia, in Calabria, right at the tip of Italy’s boot. She graduated from JCU with a major in English Literature and a minor in Communications.

JCU to Welcome Dolen Perkins-Valdez as Summer 2018 Writer in Residence

John Cabot University is pleased to announce that celebrated novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be the 2018 Writer in Residence at the 9th Annual Summer Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

Italy Reads 2017 Welcomes Poet Billy Collins and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

On Thursday, October 12, John Cabot University Italy Reads welcomed former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Keynote Address on Emily Dickinson. The event kicked off with a greeting from outer space from Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

Extravagant Stranger: a Reading by Daniel Roy Connelly

On Wednesday, September 20, the JCU Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation hosted a reading by JCU English Professor Daniel Roy Connelly, actor, theater director, and Shakespeare scholar, as well as former diplomat.

Igniting Change through Literature: Adriana DeNoble

Adriana DeNoble is an English Literature and Creative Writing student from New Jersey. She recently published a piece in Thought Catalog titled "The Reality of Racism in America."

English Language for University Studies Welcomes Record Number of Students

JCU’s English Language for University Studies (ENLUS) welcomed a record number of students for Fall 2017, a total of 77 students in three different levels.

Professor Daniel Roy Connelly Publishes Article in The Irish Times

Professor Daniel Roy Connelly recently published an article titled “Daniel Roy Connelly: an Extravagant Stranger on his unusual Irish roots.”

Carson McCullers in the World: a Centenary Conference on the American Novelist

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) is one of the great authors of American southern literature. The conference celebrated the hundredth anniversary of her birth.

The Death of the Cockfighters: A BBC Documentary Featuring Prof. Carlos Dews

Carlos Dews, Professor of English and Director of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation at John Cabot University, recently discussed cockfighting in a BBC World Service documentary.

Carson McCullers in the World: International Conference at JCU

John Cabot University will host an international conference on the American novelist Carson McCullers from July 14 through 16, 2017.

Donkey See, Donkey Do and Extravagant Stranger: New Books by Professor Connelly

Born in Essex, south-east England, Professor Connelly has spent much of his adult life being educated in Italy, India, Bangladesh, the USA, Scotland, and China.

Literature Club Launches JCU’s First Literary Magazine Ex Animo

John Cabot University’s Literature Club recently launched JCU’s first-ever literary magazine, Ex Animo.

John Cabot University Announces 2017 Student Award Winners

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, John Cabot University students, faculty and staff gathered in the Aula Magna for the annual Student Awards Ceremony.

English Major Marialaura Grandolfo Accepted to University of Oxford

Marialaura Grandolfo comes from Modugno, a town near Bari (Puglia, Italy). She is an English Literature major with a minor in Communications (Class of 2017). She has worked as a Writing Center tutor and as an assistant to Prof. Carlos Dews, managing the public relations of the Institute for Creative Writing, and co-organizing the upcoming conference "Carson McCullers in the World."

Creative Writing Institute Welcomes Rod Mengham

A writer, editor, and translator, Rod Mengham is member of the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge, Jesus College.