Margaret Harvin Wilson Award

The Margaret Harvin Wilson Award is designed to inspire students to explore new worlds and be grounded but imaginative and creative. The contest is open to currently enrolled undergraduate Georgia College students majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, who submit a suite of poems, a short story, or a one act play. More information is available here. Pictured below: Jessica McQuain, Lizzie Perrin, President Dorman, Natalie Mau, and Boston Chandler during the 2016 Wilson Award ceremony.

Jessica McQuain, Lizzie Perrin, President Dorman, Natalie Mau, Boston Chandler

Outstanding Seniors

Each year, the Creative Writing, Literature, and Rhetoric Programs announce their outstanding seniors at the 15 Minutes of Fame Ice Cream Social. The Creative Writing Program chose two outstanding seniors for the class of 2017: Caroline Karnatz, for her high GPA and meaningful writing about the environment, and Heather Waldron for her participation as the submissions chair for the Peacock's Feet and for her excellence in poetry writing.  The Literature Program selected Matthew Dombrowski, a member of Phi Kappa Phi who has served as head editor of Non-Fiction for The Peacock's Feet and as secretary of Sigma Tau Delta. He has taken courses with nearly all of the faculty in the literature program, where he has consistently produced insightful research. Matt's paper "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Women's Storm" won the first annual prize for the best undergraduate paper in the literature program. He has presented research papers on Suzan-Lori Parks and International Literary Women at the Women's Studies Symposium. His final thesis project deals with female empowerment in Game of Thrones. The Rhetoric Program also chose two outstanding seniors. Brynna Bridges has the highest GPA of any of our Rhetoric Graduates this year. She has a minor in English Literature. While at Georgia College, Brynna has been a member of the Honors Program. She is also a member of the Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Brynna has worked at the library here at GCSU. Upon graduation she is interested in seeking employment as a communication analyst or in human resources. Abigail Leroy is a Rhetoric major with a Ceramics minor. As a member of Lambda Pi Eta she has served the last year as its President. While a student here in Milledgeville she has worked at Grant’s Jewelry Store. Abby has been accepted into Teach for America and will be a Special Education teacher in New Orleans.


Scholarships for English majors include the Sarah Gordon Scholarship and the Wellington Scholarship.

Information regarding institution scholarships for entering freshmen and returning students is here.

Sarah Gordon Scholarship: The scholarship helps literature students who plan to become teachers and literary scholars. The recipient should

  • Be a rising junior or senior majoring in English with a concentration in Literature
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Have earned at least 15 semester hours at Georgia College
  • Show promise as a literary scholar and /or teacher
  • Be recommended by the chair of the department, based on input from faculty
  • If in any given year, should there be no student to meet each of the criteria for eligibility set down in the agreement, an award may be made to a student who most closely meets the criteria as determined to be appropriate by such University authority as may be designated for that purpose.

Wellington Study Abroad Scholarship: The scholarships helps English majors study abroad.

  • Fund will always be used for awarding a study abroad scholarship, preferable to a female student, majoring in English

Student Organizations

Literary Guild

Literary Guild is Georgia College's book club. The club is sponsored by the English Department but is open to non-majors as well. It meets once a month to discuss novels suggested by the membership, ranging from classics like The Great Gatsby to modern day satire like Good Omens. Ms. Nancy Beasley is the sponsor of this organization (

Shakespearean Circle

Shakespearean Circle meets once a week to do a round table reading of a Shakespeare play. Plays are chosen at the beginning of the semester by the membership. All English majors and non-English majors are welcome to attend. The organization also puts on small events such as staged monologues and scenes as well as trips to National Theatre Live events in Macon. The faculty advisors are Dr. Jenny Flaherty ( and Mr. John Sirmans (

Sigma Tau Delta

The International English Honor Society. English majors are eligible to be considered for membership with at least 36 semester hours and at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average that includes at least two English courses beyond first-year composition. Mr. John Sirmans ( is the sponsor of this organization.

Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities

Black Market Radio Show

Programmed by the undergraduate Creative Writing and Literature Social Media Interns (Hallye Lee and Analyn McVay; Olivia Martin and Sophia DiCarlo, pictured below), the Black Market Radio Show promotes students writing and musical talent by offering an opportunity to read nonfiction, fiction, and poetry as well as perform music.

Hallye Lee, Analyn McVay, Olivia Martin, Sophia DiCarlo

The Corinthian

Students work with faculty mentors to revise essays for submission and blind review by our university's student research  journal.

Red Earth Reading Series

Sponsored by The Peacock's Feet, the series is an opportunity to see your fellow students read their fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Red Earth Readings are scheduled throughout the year, usually in the evenings at Blackbird Coffee.

Student Research Conference

Students work with faculty mentors to prepare presentations for the annual event that is organized by MURACE (Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors).

Women's and Gender Studies Symposium

Students work with faculty mentors to prepare presentations for the annual event that is organized by the Women's and Genders Studies Program.

External Opportunities

Students are also encouraged to consider applying for research opportunities beyond Georgia College, such as the Rutgers English Diversity Institute, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Creative Writing, Literature, and Rhetoric offer senior capstones based on study abroad experiences. For example, the undergraduate Creative Writing Program has a significant history of coordinating with students to do independent study projects in travel writing and cultural exploration and the Literature Program works with students to study the literatures of the countries while they’re away for their study abroad projects.

Department faculty teach courses abroad. Dr. Callender co-directs the European Council Summer Study-Abroad Program in Berlin and has taught the lower-division core course World Literature and the upper-division literature course From the Roaring 20s to Reunification: Berlin through the Ages in Berlin. Dr. Flaherty has taught the lower-division core course GC2Y 2000 Underworlds and Afterlives in Italy, Paris, and Madrid; Dr. Flaherty has also taught upper-level literature classes abroad: Imagining Italy for Italy, Picturing Paris for Paris, and Shakespeare and Cervantes for Madrid.  Dr. Mary Magoulick has taught the lower-division core course World Literature and the upper-division literature course Irish Folklore in Waterford, Ireland.

Information about study abroad opportunities is here.


Each year the undergraduate Creative Writing Program selects two undergraduates for creative writing program internships, which help to build leadership skills and increase knowledge of social media platform building, and these interns gain community outreach experience. The undergraduate Literature Program also annually selects two undergraduates to be social media interns.

Students majoring in English with a concentration in Literature have the option to complete an internship for their senior capstone experience. Recent internships have been in the fields of teaching, publishing, and marketing.