Robert Jacks

Robert Jacks Receives Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising

Robert Jacks, coordinator of advising for the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2017 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advi...

Poetry Reading to Celebrate Diversity

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, will give a multimedia reading from Fabric, her new collection of poems, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cube in the Moss Art...
Lynda Barry

Creativity Unbounded

“The original digital device is this,” cartoonist Lynda Barry said, holding up a hand and waggling her fingers. “Plus! It’s wireless and biofueled.” As part of the Virginia Tech Department of Englis...
Bobbie Allen

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

How should Bobbie Allen’s music be characterized? Stumped, she turns to Wikipedia. “It says here I’m an indie-pop alternative artist,” she says, laughing. “I guess that’s about right.” Allen’s hesi...

Poets as Astronauts of the Future

When the head of NASA visits a university founded in the polytechnic tradition, you might expect him to be addressing aerospace engineers. Instead, Charles Bolden, Jr. visited Virginia Tech in Februar...
Katrina Powell (right), coordinator for VT Stories, reviews the website with Tarryn Abrahams, a graduate research assistant, with Jessie Rogers working in the background.

VT Stories Captures Alumni Experiences

Every Hokie has a story. Whether attending as a cadet in the years following World War II, breaking ground as one of the first African American women to be accepted as a student, or using tim...
Ariana Mollers (left) is welcomed to the orientation stage by Gwen Coleman.

Keystone Fellow Ends Her Student Experience by Serving Those Just Starting

“This recent grad’s got Georgia on her mind, but Virginia Tech is never far behind. From Chantilly, Virginia, it’s Ariana Mollers!” This booming introduction prompts Mollers to run across the stage...
Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni to Be Honored for Lifetime Contributions to Literature

Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will receive the 2016 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Li...
Nora Salem

Creative Writer Receives Fulbright

Nora Salem of Redlands, California, a master of fine arts student in creative writing, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study Islamic feminism in Malaysia. “I think it’s important ...
Steger Poetry Prize winners and finalists joined their supporters following the awards ceremony. Back row, from left, Nneoma Nwankwo; Roxanne Smith; Amanda Nicole Bouvette; Shelby Dodd; Michaela Goldammer, first-place winner; Charles W. Steger, president emeritus of Virginia Tech; Dennis and Donna Treacy, Steger Poetry Prize supporters; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; Layne Mandros; Aimee Hahn, third-place winner; Caroline Sutphin, second-place winner; Daron Hennessey; and Rachel Molloy. Front row, from left: Joseph Eska, Department of English chair, and Steven Critchfield, Steger Poetry Prize supporter.

Steger Poetry Prize Winners for 2016

“When we think of poetry, we think of the soul of humankind,” said world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. “Today, we have lifted that to the heavens.” Giovanni, University Distinguished Professo...
The names of Virginia Tech alumni who have died while in military service are carved on the university’s War Memorial Pylons.

Societal Perceptions of Veterans

What does it mean to be a military-service veteran in the United States? Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and University Libraries will join the National Endowment f...

English Department Symposium Showcased Student Talent

The Department of English at Virginia Tech held its 11th annual Undergraduate Research and Writing Symposium on April 15. Eighteen students presented undergraduate research in such fields as ...

Poem in Your Pocket 2016

Poems are pocket-sized powerhouses, packed not just with lyrical detonations, but also with nuanced insights and subtle subversions…so where better to carry them than in your pocket? On April 21, 2...
William Shakespeare portrait

All’s Well that Ends Well

Think Shakespeare has no swag? He invented the word. Such hipster memes, witty tweets, and even the translation of “Hamlet” into Klingon — a “Star Trek”­–inspired language — all pay homage ...


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The cover of Lucinda Roy’s latest poetry collection bears a painting inspired by her father, a carver who carried on a centuries-old tradition.




Cover of Toughs


Cover of Wolf Point

Wolf Point