Department News and Events 2021 - 2022

Activities and events within the department afford LLP students the opportunity to explore creative aspects of language, literature and philosophy beyond the classroom.  Events include publications, conferences, informal reading groups, spoken word events, public lectures, drama and film screenings. To learn more about LLP events, feel free to reach out to the department: Contact Us.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Congrats to Bryanna Scott: New LLP Spotlight and Sigma Tau Delta Inductee

Graduating Senior Bryanna Scott is our latest LLP Spotlight.  She was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta International Honor's English Society earlier this month.  Scott is also a member of the Pep Club, Golden Keys, Honors College, and the NAACP.    Learn more about Scott by clicking here: Student Spotlight

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I Want to Write 2022 Schedule Released
This year's theme: Journey and Transformation

I Want to Write  is a FREE, virtual poetry writing workshop series and performance extravaganza! I Want to Write is held annually during poetry month in April at Tennessee State University.  This year's theme,  Poetic Justice: Journey and Transformation, features workshops inspired by current events and the call for uplift and transformation. Poetry related workshops and events will occur throughout the month and are sponsored by    TSU’s English and Art Departments, Southern Word, TSU Media & Libraries, Regional Authors, and Soul Fire Poetry Organization. Details/Registration here: I Want to Write 2022



Congrats to our New LLP Spotlight: Dr. Deborah Burris-Kitchen

Deborah J. Burris-Kitchen, Ph.D. is a Professor of Criminology and Department Chair at Tennessee State University in Nashville.  She is also a new member of the LLP community, currently pursuing a BA in English with a Spanish Minor! "I have already achieved my professional goal of being a college professor, but can always learn more." Dr. Burris –Kitchen is also an activist who fights against violence, racism, exploitation, greed, and capitalism. "I love reading and writing literature and poetry." Learn more about Burris-Kitchen, and her publications, including a recent poetry anthology, by clicking here: Student Spotlight.

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The Annual African American Read: Feb. 11, 2022

The Black Arts and Literature faculty of the Language, Literature, and Philosophy department presents the African American Read-In between 12:00-1:00p, Feb. 11, on Zoom. For one hour, enjoy hearing literature written for and about the Black experience. Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to come read, listen, or recite examples of African American literature or their own creative works. For more information regarding this year's event, contact Dr. Zeba Khan-Thomas. 

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PRIDE Training Day: Feb. 10, 2022!

The  P.R.I.D.E. (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) program  aims to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two spirit (LGBTQ2S+) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the TSU community can show their support.  By participating in the P.R.I.D.E. Training, participants show their support for people of all genders and sexualities and commit to developing allyship skills.  For more information, contact Dr. Jill Anderson. 


PASS Tutoring is Back, Spring 2022

This semester, faculty members from the English department are working with Tiger Tutoring. Tutors will be available starting Jan. 31. This service is free to students. PASS is a great opportunity for students who need help with writing to receive immediate feedback from faculty.  Our writing tutors are equipped to help students at the University with various writing assignments and activities (within English department classes and beyond). They can assist the student at any stage of their writing process from brainstorming ideas to providing strategies for revision. For tutoring schedule and related information, visit the PASS Tutoring Webpage.

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Congrats to Our New LLP Spotlight: DeAnthony Reed

LLP English major DeAnthony Reed is our latest spotlight. He was recently accepted into the MUSE Scholar program at Michigan State University for prospective graduate students. Reed is a writer who plans to be a medical editor/writer.  Although he has experienced many challenges in his professional pursuits, he likens hmself to Dory, the fish said in Finding Nemo, "I Just Keep Swimming, I can not stop." Learn more about him, and our other student spotlights, by visiting the  Student Spotlight.



Words Worth English Club Seeking Membership 

 The Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy welcomes you to apply to become a Student Director on the Board of Student Directors for Words of Worth, your  NEW  friendly neighborhood Readers and Writers Association. This organization will serve as a communal space for those that love literature (in any form!!), believe in the power of words, and desire to explore the use their words to make TSU’s campus and the world a better place.  Questions? Contact faculty advisor: Dr. Emily Murray.

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Soul Fire is Back! 
"We Want Live Words!"

Soul Fire  Poetry Group and Workshop will return Fall 2019.  The first meeting of the semester will be held at  5 p.m., Weds., Sept. 8, On ZOOM . This departmental organization meets once a week to hone poetry writing and performance skills, organize open mic performances, and to workshop their ideas.  It features a Poet Mentor from Southern Word, who helps students craft their skills. Learn more about their efforts by clicking here: Soul Fire Mini-Documentary.

*Check Out Spoken Word Performances by the Soul Fire Members and Friends.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle J. Pinkard

Our news develops over the school year as students and faculty participate in TSU activities, present at conferences, explore
through class activities, and much more. We hope you will check back frequently to see what we are doing! Please report news to LLP Webmaster Dr. Michelle J. Pinkard.