Sample End-of-the-Year Letter
June 2, 2008
As you know, the Cornell English Department celebrated its annual Awards Night on May 14th, 2008. The event was filled with literary readings, live music, original artwork, refreshments, and the awarding of prizes for academic and creative work. Families of awards winners came as far as Missouri and Colorado to surprise their students, and the evening culminated with the unveiling of the 2008 Open Field, Cornell's student-edited literary magazine.
It has been an exciting and eventful year for us. We welcomed the department's newest member, Rebecca Entel, who earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, to teach American Literature and Fiction Writing. Glenn Freeman, poetry professor and author of the award-winning volume Keeping the Tigers Behind Us (2007), spearheaded a vibrant reading series, featuring visiting writers Sasa Stanisic, Sheryl St. Germain, Marthea Harvey, and others.
The program continues to flourish. Next year, acclaimed poet Ross Gay, whose work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Columbia: A Journal of Poetry and Art and other national publications, will teach a Distinguished Visiting Writer's seminar on advanced poetry. Mike Conklin, long-time, award-winning journalist with the Chicago Tribune, will lead a Distinguished Visiting Writer's workshop on feature-writing. The Readers Series will continue to bring upcoming and experienced writers to campus under the Professor Freeman's leadership.
Student interest in creative writing, both nationally and at Cornell, has never been stronger, and we thank you for supporting a growing community of creative writers and thinkers on our campus. As department chair, I welcome your comments and questions throughout the year.
Chair, Department of English
CC: Brenda Tooley, Dean of Academic Affairs, Cornell College
Steve Miller, Associate Director of Development, Cornell College