Why Study English?

As an English major at Merrimack College, you will learn how literature, film and other forms of storytelling can challenge history and influence social change.

You will develop an understanding of the creative process, from the imaginative act of writing to its interpretation through close reading.

 Why Merrimack?

Visiting Writers Series

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Hisham Matar, Pulitzer Prize-Winner

His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won numerous international prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, the Premio Flaiano and Premio Gregor von Rezzori. His second book, Anatomy of a Disappearance, published in 2011, was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. He lives in London and New York City.

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IN PERSON: Chigozie Obioma at The Writers House

The Fishermen was adapted into an award-winning stage play by Gbolahan Obisesan that played in the UK and South Africa between 2018-2019. He was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. He is the James E. Ryan Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and divides his time between the US and Nigeria.

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IN PERSON: Douglas Manuel at The Writers House

A recipient of the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts, he is a Bayard Rustin Fellow at Whittier College and teaches at Spalding University’s low-res MFA program.

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IN PERSON: Meghan O’Rourke at The Writers House

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, among her many other awards, O’Rourke writes for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and is the editor of The Yale Review. O’Rourke resides in Brooklyn, where she grew up, and Marfa, TX. She is currently a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction for her latest book, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness.

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Get Involved

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Writers’ Circle: A Student-led, Open-genre Writing Workshop
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No Shelf Control: A Student-led Book Club
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The Broadsheet, English Department Magazine
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Jail Education Project Teaching Assistantship in Creative Writing