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Chad Simpson

Chair & Associate Professor of English

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Galesburg, IL 61401



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Creative writing students have ample opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom. Opportunities include working on a collection of creative works as part of an Honors project, getting a feel for a possible future through an internship, or taking advantage of one of Knox's many off-campus study programs.

Sharing Our Work

Our students not only learn from leading poets, authors, and scholars, but have many opportunities outside of the classroom to create and share their own work:

Catch -- nationally award-winning student creative arts magazine

Cellar Door -- literary magazine

Quiver - specializing in humor, sci-fi, fantasy, and children's literature

Common Room -- online student journal of literary criticism

The Knox Student -- award-winning student newspaper

We also offer many writing awards to recognize outstanding student work and encourage our students to submit their best work for national publication and writing competitions, such the prestigious ACM Nick Adams Fiction Competition. In its 32-year history, more winners and finalists have come from Knox than from any other college.

Student Research and Creative Projects

Many of our majors -- and minors -- pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects.  Some students even present their work at national or international conferences.  Here are a few recent projects.

  • "Communities and Objects of Faith: A Multimedia Student Project," Ariana Lisefski '14, Johnny Bergholz '14, Ashley Wolfgang '14, Kelly Clare '16, Grace Glowiak '14, Nicole Holtzman '14.
  • "Poem-making: Teaching Kids to Paint with Words," Amanda Shiew '14, and Morgan Blakley '14, English literature majors.
  • "Bukhoor: A Collection of Poems About the 1990 Occupation of Kuwait," Rana Ayoub Javaid Tahir '13.
  • Fiction: "People Things: A Body of Fiction," Erik Steven Hane '12.
  • Fiction: "Zen Umbrella," Margaret Mercedes Hayertz '12.
  • Nonfiction: "In Passing: A Collection of Generally Gendered Anecdotes," Michael Cassio Fingold Martinez '12.

Off-Campus Programs

Knox students take advantage of more than two dozen off-campus study programs.  Programs of interest to students in writing and literature include:

  • London and Durham Programs
  • London and Florence Program
  • Chicago Semester in the Arts
  • Newberry Library Program in the Humanities
  • Chicago Urban Studies Semester
  • Study abroad in Asia and Latin America
  • Green Oaks Term


There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships:

  • Christopher Poore '14, an English Literature major, Copper Canyon Press
  • Chelsea Embree '14, St. Louis Beacon
  • Max Potthoff '14, Environ Consulting in Shanghai, China
  • Kathryn Suits '15 and Ryan Cuscaden '14, Carl Sandburg Birthplace Museum

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