Public Writing

English department alumni, faculty and current undergraduate and graduate students address urgent contemporary topics, including the pandemic, the national reckoning with racism, the environment, and the role of arts in times of crisis.


Monica Huerta, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies | “On Rearrangement,” ArtForum

Anne Cheng, Professor of English | “Waiting for Barbie,” Los Angeles Review of Books


D. Vance Smith

Professor of English

Meredith Martin

Associate Professor of English, Princeton University

Virginia Jackson

UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric, University of California, Irvine

Anne Cheng

Professor of English

Rob Nixon

Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Adrienne Brown, Ph.D. ’11

Associate Professor, The University of Chicago, Department of English, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Monica Huerta

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Joshua Bennett, Ph.D. ’16

Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College

  • “Dad Poem” (Ultrasound #2), Poem-a-Day on June 24, 2020 by the Academy of American Poets

Autumn Womack

Assistant Professor, Department of English and African American Studies

Briallen Hopper, Ph.D. ’09

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Queens CUNY

Ingrid Norton, Ph.D. candidate

Jeff Dolven

Professor, Department of English

Lauren Collins ’02

Joani Etskovitz ’17

Adin Walker ’16