Creative Writing Center Renovations

Creative Writing Program Receives Record Number of Applications, Moves into Lamont

For the second year in a row, a record number of students applied to and enrolled in the English department’s creative writing workshops. This spring, the program includes 24 workshops — another all-time high — in both fiction and non-fiction disciplines.

Jill Abramson

Former NYT Editor Jill Abramson Accused of Plagiarism, Admits Citation Errors

Allegations of plagiarism embroiled former New York Times Executive Editor and Harvard lecturer Jill E. Abramson ’76, whose latest book, “Merchants of Truth,” came under scrutiny from journalists Wednesday.

Lehman Hall

International Graduate Students Petition Harvard for More Resources

The petition calls on Dench and GSAS administrators to hire ESL tutors at the school’s Writing Center, among other requests.

Construction on Lamont

Harvard Converting Fourth Floor of Lamont Library Into Creative Writing Space

The fourth floor of Lamont Library is currently halfway through renovations and is on-track to reopen by the start of the spring 2019 term.


English Professor Jorie Graham to Receive National Prize for Poetry

The Library of Congress will award Harvard English professor Jorie Graham a national prize for poetry in December, the library announced last week.

Classics Carmen

Why I Declared: Humanities Edition

Last but certainly not least, Flyby sophomores planning studies in Humanities fields share their declaration process.


Marathon Reading of 'Frankenstein' Revisits Novel 200 Years Later

Houghton Library hosted a Halloween reading of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the book’s publication.

Barker Center

Creative Writing Program Offers Science Writing, 'Journalism in the Age of Trump'

The Creative Writing Program is expanding its course offerings this academic year, particularly to include a wider variety of nonfiction workshops.

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee, who is the author of Free Food for Millionaires (2007) and Pachinko (2017), spoke about her publications and work at Emerson Hall.

Jesse D. McCarthy

McCarthy Hired as English, African and African American Studies Assistant Prof

"Jesse McCarthy stood out unequivocally as the hottest new star on the horizon,” the Chair of the African and African American Studies wrote of the new hire.

Student Groups

English Department Launches Peer-Led ‘Critical Pizza’ Talks

The weekly peer-led discussions are held over pizza. Organizers said they hope the informal environment will encourage more students to explore literary criticism.

Barker Center

Demand For Creative Writing Classes Reaches All-Time High

​The English Department received a record number of applications to its creative writing program this academic year, according to the program’s director.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Professor Studies Book Exteriors

​While most English professors are largely concerned with what’s inside a book, David J. Alworth studies a text’s exterior.

Writers in the Parlor: Fact and Fiction

Journalists Debate Power of News Media

While Abramson said she remains a staunch believer in the power of news, Adams said that the public’s thirst for sensational material prevents it from actually improving society.

Steph Burt

Hey Professor: Science Fictional Future

We need ways to imagine a future that is different from the present, because the present isn't really working out all that well and because we would like the future to be different.