Monmouth University's Department of English gives students the opportunity to study literature, writing, and rhetoric in a supportive and engaging intellectual community of faculty and peers. English majors and minors are encouraged to pursue their interests under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors both inside and outside the classroom, and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing and professional writing. Students will enhance their close reading and analytical skills as they encounter the pleasures and possibilities found in reading literary works of aesthetic and cultural value. A major or minor in English enables students to develop critical awareness that prepares them for careers in the areas of teaching, law, business, publishing, writing, and administration, and most importantly, lays the foundation for a lifelong engagement with the versatility, power, and beauty of language.
The English Department is proud to introduce our first-ever Artist-in-Residence, and 2014 "5 Under 35" National Book Foundation Honoree, Alex Gilvarry. Gilvarry received his MFA from Hunter College in 2012, where he specialized in fiction. His first novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, was published by Viking/Penguin in 2012. Currently, he writes book criticisms for NPR and the Boston Globe while working on his second novel. Gilvarry taught creative writing to undergraduate and graduate students at Wesleyan University and Manhattanville College prior to joining the faculty at Monmouth.
His interests include the contemporary American novel, book criticism, the literature of Vietnam, and war reporting. Although new to the Monmouth University campus, Gilvarry is excited to work with the students. He enjoys seeing what his students are capable of and how he can learn from their unique insights—especially during book discussions! Gilvarry hopes that when they complete his courses, students will be able to apply what they learned to future courses in order to transform them into stronger writers across multiple disciplines.
To find out more about Alex Gilvarry, please visit http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/english/Gilvarry.asp