In addition to encouraging you to explore your individual interests in literature and writing in class, the English program sponsors and supports many other creative outlets. Two of the most popular groups led by English students are those devoted to student publications – Aurora and The Senator. 


The literary and creative journal of Davis & Elkins College, Aurora is a student-edited publication. First published in 1962 under the name Adum, the journal features poems, artwork, short stories and critical literary essays submitted by students, faculty and staff at the College. In addition to its annual publication, Aurora frequently hosts open mic nights for anyone who would like to share his or her writing, whether it’s a short story, essay, poem or song.

The Senator – Newspaper and Yearbook

Our campus newspaper, The Senator is also a student-run publication. While students in all academic programs are welcome to contribute, students studying English spearhead the monthly digital newspaper, including page layout, management and the dynamics of running a paper with an all-volunteer staff of writers, editors and photographers. The Senator newspaper staff also collects photos throughout the year to preserve memories as displayed in the annual yearbook publication.

Spring Picnic

Every spring English faculty and students gather at a professor’s house for delicious eats, a game of kickball, group poetry and literary Pictionary. English majors, minors and friends are welcome!

Writer Visits

Once a year, the English Department hosts a visiting writer on campus. Over a two-day period, the visiting writer facilitates class discussions, leads a writing workshop and presents his or her work in a public reading. Previous visiting writers include Ann Pancake, Maggie Anderson and WV Poet Laureate Mark Harshman.

Writing Showcase

Every March, the department organizes a showcase of student writers from across campus. Nominated by their writing instructors, select students share their essays with an audience of their peers and professors. Past plenary sessions have featured faculty reading their own poetry, upper-class English majors sharing their creative writing and a panel of seniors meditating on their journeys at D&E.

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