News, Publications, and Presentations

Jessica Schnepp (Ph.D. candidate) published her article, "The Catholic Grotesque: Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia and Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood" in Vol. 100, Issue 5 of English Studies. The article is part of a special issue on O'Connor, titled "Walking Hand in Hand: Flannery O'Connor's Artistic and Spiritual Companions" and available here.

The English department will be represented at University Research Day on April 15th by two senior English majors:

Anna Mowery (B.A. English & History '21) is presenting "A Dissonance of Expectations: Literature and Disillusionment in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway" (Advisor: Dr. Gregory Baker) in Poster Session I.

Rachel Wood (B.A. English & Theology '21) is presenting "Giving Students the Time they Need: The Possibility and Potential Benefits of Longer Writing Center Appointments" (Advisor: Dr. Taryn Okuma) in Poster Session K.


Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground

The Library of America in partnership with the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers presents

Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground
Thursday, April 15
6:30 – 7:30 pm ET

Join Richard Wright’s daughter Julia Wright, grandson Malcolm Wright, and bestselling author Kiese Laymon for a special program to mark Library of America’s release of a previously unpublished novel about race and police violence by a great American writer at the height of his powers.

Richard Wright wrote The Man Who Lived Underground in the 1940s just after Native Son. He considered it his finest work—but American publishers wouldn’t touch it. It tells the story of Fred Daniels, a Black man framed by the police for a double murder. Brutally beaten until he confesses, Daniels escapes into the city’s sewer system, initiating an uncanny underworld journey into the dark heart of American life.

In this special LOA Live presentation, Malcolm Wright—who contributes an insightful afterword to the novel—discusses his lifelong fascination with his grandfather’s vision and its inescapable relevance to today. Joining him are his mother Julia Wright, the driving force behind this historic publication, and, from Wright’s hometown Jackson, Mississippi, acclaimed novelist and memoirist Kiese Laymon.

This event is free but requires registration.


Write for The Annex!

If you are a current English major/minor or alumna/us of the department and would like to contribute to The Annex, please email Dr. Taryn Okuma ( The Annex is always seeking writers to contribute alumni profiles, faculty/class/program profiles, articles about department events, or original writing relevant to the newsletter's focus on the English Department.