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Welcome to the Department of English blog.

My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
head of the department on July 1, 2016. I'll be using this site to post updates and information of interest to our faculty, students, and alumni,
along with reflections about our discipline(s) in particular and the humanities in general. As anyone who has ever worked or studied here knows, the Department of English is a vibrant place. If you have something you'd like to see posted here, or if you want to contact me about the content of this blog, drop me an email at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New 9L has arrived

The Fall/Winter issue of Ninth Letter arrived in my mailbox earlier this week, replete as always with eye-catching layouts and intriguing poems and prose-pieces. I've always been interested in contemporary poetry, and so it is no surprise that I especially liked reading this issue's poetry, which is sometimes direct, sometimes resonantly oblique, and sometimes even funny. There is a complete listing of the contents of the new issue here, at the 9L website. It is also worth checking out the blog that the intrepid Ninth Letterers maintain. And if you have not yet subscribed you can do so here.

In the meantime, let me leave you with this photo of the new cover and layout. Since an insert covers up a portion of the cover, let me say this: issue 7.2 comes with a bellybutton, but without lint.

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