You love literature, and so does the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of English. But your English degree program doesn’t start and end with books. You can win awards and scholarships;study abroad in Rome; join the Association of Departments of English or the Graduate English Association; contribute to the Journal of Modern Literature, Tinge or Hyphen; participate in the Writer-in-Residence program; or attend a DuPlessis Lecture or Philadelphia reading series.


Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of an education. College graduates today find themselves in diverse workforce settings, and would benefit from hands-on experience and training that strengthen their resume and prepare for a future career. The English Department is dedicated to providing a wealth of internship opportunities for students throughout the University. Internships are made available through the English 3805 course. You can read more to learn about frequently asked questions and see a list of recent internship placement. Students cannot register themselves for English 3085. In order to be registered, a student who has been accepted as an intern should email Professor Robison,

Awards and Scholarships

The entire list of awards and scholarships for English majors is listed along with applications and instructions on the College of Liberal Arts Awards and Scholarships page.

Association of Departments of English

The Association of Departments of English advocates for English departments and promotes the value of English studies. As a project of the Modern Language Association, the ADE provides information and research for its member departments, creating institutional, national, and professional contexts for exploring policy, disciplinary challenges, trends, and best practices in the broad field of English studies in higher education.

Journal of Modern Literature

The Journal of Modern Literature (JML) is a journal of scholarly research covering literature written in the twentieth century and beyond. It is published four times a year, including its annual review issue which consists of approximately 250 reviews, plus thousands of listings of articles, books and dissertations that appeared during the preceding year. Temple University English professors Morton Levitt (retired) and Daniel O’Hara are two of JML’s Editors; many English faculty are on the Advisory staff. The editors welcome research-based studies of American, English and world literature published during the last century. Manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines.

Graduate English Association

The Graduate English Association (GEA) is an organization for all graduate students in the English department, regardless of program (Literature or Creative Writing) or funding status (fellowship, GA, TA or otherwise). The organization conducts regular monthly meetings, and its purpose is to make recommendations to the faculty on departmental issues (instructor training, program changes, etc.) and to enrich the graduate experience with developmental workshops and social events.

TINGE Magazine

TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online literary journal, is usually published twice a year, in the Spring (May) and in the Fall (December). The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. The journal has an open submission policy.


Hyphen Students Hyphen Literary and Arts Magazine is Temple University’s only undergraduate literary magazine. We were founded in 2000 by Jena Osman, with the mission of providing Temple students with an outlet to showcase their creative skills. Every year, we are proud to present a new round of the best of student writing and art. Interested in becoming a part of Hyphen? Contact us at Our faculty advisor is Don Lee.

Writer-in-Residence Program

The Creative Writing Program invites a distinguished novelist (in the fall) and poet (in the spring) to be in residence for several days in order to work with MFA students. These guests read student manuscripts in their genre, meet with students individually in conference, give a reading, attend graduate workshops, and spend informal time with the students over the course of their visit. Recent Writers-in-Residence have included Alexander Chee, Norma Cole, Craig Dworkin, Brian Evenson, C.S. Giscombe, Francisco Goldman, Jaimy Gordon, Mat Johnson, Bhanu Kapil, Tracie Morris, Peter Straub, Cole Swenson, and John Yau.

DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

The DuPlessis Lecture is named after Professor Emeritus Rachel Blau DuPlessis. DuPlessis is a widely published poet and critic and one of her significant contributions to the field of poetry and poetics is her interweaving of these two practices. Her poetry often speaks to the concerns of her critical work and her critical works often stretch the conventions of the scholarly essay. This lecture series honors DuPlessis’ expansions of literary form, and features poets who write in a number of different registers.

Local Philadelphia Reading Series

  • Chapter and Verse Reading Series Founded by graduate fiction writer Steve Dolph (class of 2007) and is currently curated by Ryan Eckes (also class of 2007) and Stan Mir. It takes place at Chapterhouse on 9th Street between South and Bainbridge.
  • Kelly Writers House Located at the University of Pennsylvania (3805 Locust Walk), the Kelly Writers House hosts readings and literary events almost every night of the academic year. Follow this link for the full calendar.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia The Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library (at 1901 Vine St.) bring some of the biggest literary names around to read from their works. Some of the events are ticketed, but many are free to the public.
  • Bryn Mawr College Reading Series Bryn Mawr can be easily reached via public transportation by taking the Paoli/Thorndale line to the Bryn Mawr station.
  • Villanova Literary Festival This festival happens every Spring semester. Villanova can be easily reached via public transportation by taking the Paoli/Thorndale line to the Villanova station.