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Leigh Rubin: The Business of Cartooning

Tuesday, November 6th 12:00PM, University Gallery

Syndicated newspaper cartoonist Leigh Rubin will discuss his career in cartooning and how to manage intellectual property.

Leigh Rubin is RIT's first Cartoonist-in-Residence. His daily newspaper comic Rubes is published in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle and over 400 other media outlets worldwide. Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978, when he established his... Read More

Matt Hern: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life

Monday, November 5th 12:00PM, MAGIC Spell Studios Theater (MSS, Room 2180)

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life chronicles a series of road trips to the tar sands of northern Alberta—perhaps the world's largest industrial site, dedicated to the dirty work of extracting oil from Alberta's vast reserves.

Carol Tyler: FAB 4 Mania

Thursday, October 11, 4:30PM, Liberal Arts Hall A205

Carol Tyler is a cartoonist who creates stories about gardening, her family, and her lifelong love of the Beatles. Her work has been nominated for various cartooning awards, including an Ignatz Award, an Eisner Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. Her comics memoir A Soldier's Heart won the 2016 Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Tyler will discuss her new comics memoir about The Beatles.... Read More

RIT Women Read

March 7th 5-7:30PM Reading Room, Campus Center

RIT faculty, staff, and students who identify as women will present their own creative works and/or works they admire from other women to express solidarity and mutual support.


Tina Chapman, Kijana Crawford, Taylor Goethe, Miriam Lerner, Chan. McKenzie, Lisa Metzger, Sharon Morgan Beckford-Foster, Megan Tornow, Ren vanMeenen, Laura Shackelford, Paulette... Read More

We're Hiring!

The Department of English is currently searching for three tenure track positions - check out the links for more information!

Linguistics / Computational Linguistics:

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Signatures Magazine

SIGNATURES, RIT’s art and literary magazine, is a magnificent collection of the most interesting and thought-provoking student art featured in all forms: fiction/nonfiction prose, poetry, 2D/3D work, film/animation, and installation pieces.

Submissions are now open for the 33rd publication of SIGNATURES, which can be done through

For more information, check out our web site and like us on Facebook!

Center For Engaged Storycraft

The English Department hosts the newly launched Center for Engaged Storycraft (CES), an interdisciplinary center that exploits the potential of story and craft, in combination, to support research, creative production, education, civic partnerships, and professional workshops, all of which work to engage scholars, communities, and students in and through innovative practices and applications of story, story-based analytics, and technical craft.

What is CLaSP?

If you're interested in computational linguistics, check out CLaSP -- the Computational Linguistic & Speech Processing Lab:

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Study Abroad in Portugal!

Digital Storytelling in Portugal

Develop your digital storytelling skills in the medieval cities of Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto!

Program Dates: May 30 – June 28, 2019

To start an application: Click here

Credits: 6 (ENGL 386, World Building Workshop, and ENGL 389, Digital Creative Writing Workshop, or one + Independent Study. Applicable to Creative Writing or Comparative Media & Digital Literature minor/immersion)

Application deadline: February 28, 2019

For more information: Contact faculty directors, Robert Glick ( or Trent Hergenrader (

Study Abroad in Portugal Flyer

Undergraduate Writing Awards

The Department of English offers numerous awards for students. These awards include:

  • Creative Writing Awards
  • Language Science and Computational Linguistics Student Excellence Award Fund
  • Robert Root Endowed Award for Excellence in Literature
  • Kearse Student Honor Awards
  • Stan McKenzie Prize for Writing in the First Year


Please visit the awards page for more information.