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
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!
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.
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.