Many writers and scholars visit the Knox campus each term supported by the English Department and the Caxton Club, a scholarly and creative presentation series by faculty, visiting scholars and artists.
- JoAnna Novak, 2020 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest winner, poet and author of, New Life, Noirmania and Abeyance, North America.
- Caitlin Horrocks, award winning author, author of the story collections Life Among the Terranauts and This Is Not Your City, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selections.
- Bruce Fulton, the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation, translator, editor, and co-author of What Is Korean Literature?
- Rachel Swearingen, 2018 New American Press Fiction Prize winner.
- Laura Donnelly, the 2020 Richard Snyder Prize winner, author of Midwest Gothic.
- Josh Tvrdy ’17, 2021 Pushcart Prize winner, poet and teacher.
We have a policy of recognizing outstanding student work. Each year, the following prizes are awarded by outside judges:
- The Howard Wilson Prizes in Literary Criticism: awarded to students writing the best pieces of literary criticism
- The Lorraine Smith Prize in English: awarded to a sophomore for writing the best essay in an English course
- The Elizabeth Haywood English Research Award: given annually to support a student project in England.
- The Nina Marie Edwards Memorial Fund: provides assistance to juniors and seniors carrying out independent or Honors projects in English and Creative Writing
- The Davenport Awards in Poetry, Playwriting, and Fiction: for outstanding original work
- The Procter Fenn Sherwin Prize in Fiction: awarded to a senior who submits the best original short story
- The Bev White Prize in Fiction: given to a beginning writer for the most outstanding piece of creative writing
- The Scripps Prize: awarded to a graduating senior with the highest grades in English.