Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

First Place Literary Awards Winners

2013

  • Poetry: Carrie Kline, “One More for the River”
  • Creative Prose: Fiona Lochtefeld, “The Judgment of Maria Olivia Taylor December 15th”

2012

  • Poetry: Sarah Titus, LewElyn: A Three Poem Collection
  • Creative Prose: William Paplham, “Pitch-black Closet”
  • Critical Essay: Jens Paasen, “If You Want to Belong, You Have to Buy: Disney's Pocahontas and Consumerism in a Natural Disguise”

2011

  • Poetry: Katie Meyer, “For All the Florence Thompsons”
  • Creative Prose: Joseph Paul Simurdiak, Excerpt from The Shadows of Autumn
  • Critical Essay: Paige Caulum, “Sense and Sensibility in James Joyce's Ulysses: Establishing the Link Between Identity and Intimacy”

2010

  • Poetry: Paige Caulum, “Lying through her teeth,” “Of one mind,” “A survivor’s confession” and “Happier”
  • Creative Prose: Kim Hansen, “The Droll Haircut”
  • Critical Essay: Claire Dailey, “Racial Revolutions: The Evolving Image of the Black Individual in Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’”

2009

  • Poetry: Magdalynn O’Leary, “Sun Prairie High,” “Midnight Mass,” “The Collage,” “It Was the Summer of Raspberry Vodka” and “A Dream Referred”
  • Creative Prose: Paul J. Utterback, “Afraid to Fly”
  • Critical Essay: Christine Garten, “An Unseen Hand: Gender and Gaze in Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’”

2008

  • Poetry: Paul Strickler, “blues metal,” “daughter,” “to build a fire,” “war is hell” and “wish you were here"
  • Creative Prose: Stuart Ninabuck, “The One and Only”
  • Critical Essay: Paul J. Utterback, “Silence Amidst Racial Injustice: Complacent Catholicism in O’Connor”

2007

  • Poetry: Dan Kiefer, “the smell of books”
  • Creative Prose: Zachary Willis, “The Sound of Birds”
  • Critical Essay: Stefanie Jochman, “The ‘Naming of the Unnamed Name’: How the Rose Unlocks T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets”

2006

  • Poetry: Meghan Fahy, “Overdone”
  • Creative Prose: Stuart Ninabuck, “Rooster”
  • Critical Essay: Erin Grams, “Fairy Godmother and Wicked Witch: The Veiled Dichotomy of Dicken‘s Miss Havisham in ‘Great Expectations’”

2005

  • Poetry: Julie Ennenbach, “Meals on Wheels,” “Sweat” and “My dad, his hands”
  • Short Story: Andrew McIlree, “Duffer (a tale of the Great North Woods)”
  • Personal Non-Fiction (tie): Karen Aschenbrenner, “Minutes” and Dan Karel, “Strangers and Stars”
  • Critical Essay: Elizabeth Hermans, “The Devolution of Female Strength in ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’”

2004

  • Poetry: Kristin Alberts, “Water Doesn’t Want Us,” “Water Solitude” and “Boats on the Rhone”
  • Short Story: Andrew McIlree, “Nothing More to Fear”
  • Critical Essay: Kristin Alberts, “From Romantic to Realistic: Shifting Emotions in the Poetry of World War I”

2003

  • Poetry: Bridget Esterhuizen, “Hairy Carrie,” “chickens understand sharp things,” and “Neither Poached nor Scrambled”
  • Short Story: Margaret Bridge, “The Little Minnow”
  • Personal Essay: Karen Aschenbrenner, “Deciphering What’s Right with All That’s Left”
  • Critical Essay: Mike McIntyre, “Inequality with Poetic Ingenuity: Chaucer’s “Clerk’s Tale”

2002

  • Poetry: Maureen Pratt, “First Confession,” “Music Scene” and “Mining Engineer”
  • Short Story: Kelley Kepler, "Breakdown"
  • Personal Essay (tie): Kelley Kepler, “Happy Hollow Road” and Jennifer A. Broberg, “The Guilt of Settling”
  • Critical Essay: Kelley Kepler, “Huckleberry Finn: The End is Just Cheating”

2001

  • Poetry: Alan Kellermann, “something god doesn’t know,” “farinelli” and “adam’s elegy”
  • Short Story: Alan Kellermann, “That’s Why They Play the Blues”
  • Personal Essay: Liz Langemak, “For Carmen”
  • Critical Essay: Theresa Andre, “Totalitarian Goals vs. Utopian Ideals: Orwell’s Warning on the Antithetical Nature of Totalitarianism to Humankind’s Pursuit of the Ideal Society”

2000

  • Poetry: Liz Langemak, “Green Accent, 1935,” “The Blue Rider, 1903” and “Impression IV, 1911”
  • Short Story: Jacob Paplham, “The Last Temptation of Bill”
  • Personal Essay: Michelle Bergen, “Thunder Rolls"
  • Critical Essay: Kelley Kepler, “Gatsby’s Connection with Myrtle: Reevaluating his Greatness”