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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Past News and Events


LSSU Undergrad. 2015-2016 Writing Contest Winners Announced at End-of-Year Banquet!

Jessica Care Moore, internationally renowned poet and spoken-word performance artist, at LSSU

Fifteen elementary school students recognized in quest-themed writing contest at LSSU

2015 Superior Children's Book Festival a big success!

Award-winning post-apocalyptic novelist and poet, Julianna Baggott, at LSSU


LSSU Undergrad. 2014-2015 Writing Contest Winners Announced at End-of-Year English Banquet!

Ellen Airgood to Read and Receive Writing the U.P. Award at LSSU

2014-2015 Creative Writing Contests Close 3/31; Judge Announced as Ellen Airgood

Best-selling memoirist and novelist Jeanine Cummins visits LSSU

LSSU chooses Ellen Airgood as Winner of the Writing the U.P. Award

Regional elementary students win LSSU Superhero Graphic Story Contest

Announcing the LSSU Short Story Prize for High School Writers

2014 Superior Children's Book Festival a great success

Performance writing students collaborate with Acting students to see plays performed

Award-winning poet Kim Addonizio gives master-class for creative writers


2013-2014 Creative Writing Contest Results

Annual Expository Writing Contest Winners Announced

Poet and writer Jim Northrup speaks to packed Crows Nest

Canadian television does story on LSSU creative writing project

Nine local elementary students recognized in LSSU Tall Tales writing contest

LSSU journal Border Crossing seeks art submissions


English Professor Eric Gadzinski is U.P. Poet Laureate finalist!

Five English professors' writing published in a new anthology from Wayne State University.

The English Department was voted 2012-2013 Department of the Year by Student Government! Thanks, SG, for the recognition!

The Annual English Department Awards Ceremony was held in the Crow's Nest on Wednesday, April 17th from 4:30 to 6 pm. Thanks for coming!

Winners of the annual essay-writing contests have been announced here!

The winners of the Annual Creative Writing Contests have been announced here.

The deadline for the Annual Writing Contests is 2/28/13. New this year is a Best English 091 Paper Contest! Please visit the Annual Writing Contest page to learn more!

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of seven novels-in-poems, visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 11, 2013 to present a reading and master class. For more information, visit the Visiting Writers Series page.

The second issue of Border Crossing, the CWP journal of literature and art, arrived from the printer on October 30, 2012. The launch party for our second issue took place at Bayliss Public Library in Sault Sainte Marie, MI on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. Read more here.

Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry for Head Off & Split, and known as one of the most eloquent, fearless and necessary poets in America, visited Lake Superior State University on Thursday, Oct. 4, to present a reading and master class. Read more here.

Creative writing professor Julie Barbour read from her recently-released chapbook of poetry, Come To Me and Drink, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Bayliss Public Library, here in Sault Ste. Marie! Read more here.

Four LSSU professors participated in the U.P. Book Tour!


The book launch party for Creative Writing professor Julie Brooks Barbour was held Friday, April 20, 3-4:30 PM in the library! Read an interview with Brooks Barbour about her chapbook, Come To Me and Drink, here.

The end-of-semester department reception was Thursday, April 19, from 6-8 pm at the Ontario/Michigan rooms in the Cisler Center. Winners of the annual writing contests were announced; departmental awards were presented; and Border Crossing editors talked about their experience on the journal.

Our Summer and Fall 2012 courses are posted on the University scheduling site. Be sure to check out our new INTD literary journal internships.

Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award-winning novelist and inaugural LSSU Visiting Writer, visits a creative writing class.The Lake Superior State University Visiting Writer Series, a part of the new Creative Writing Program, hosted National Book Award–winning novelist, Jaimy Gordon, as its inaugural Visiting Writer on Monday, February 20, from 7-9 pm at the Crow's Nest in the Walker Cisler Center! The reading and reception was free, open to the public, and a great success.


Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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