The Department of English at UTSC is proud of the accomplishments of its faculty, students, and alumni, and the work we do on our campus and in our larger community.

Orange Shirt Day 2020

UTSC English stands in solidarity with Indigenous people as we acknowledge the legacy of Residential Schools. Click for events and resources.

Randy Lundy at WOTS Festival

Creative writing professor Randy Lundy was featured at Word on the Street Toronto Book & Magazine Festival, speaking at the "Poets on the Tangibility of Living" panel on Sunday 27 September.

Interview with Prof. Andrew DuBois on CBC Radio

Curious about Prof. Andrew DuBois's life in Carbonear, Newfoundland -- including what he's selling at the Green Door Bookstore and why he wouldn't think of selling his Anita Loos hat collection?

Welcome to the English & Film A-level Courses

We at the UTSC English Department are so pleased to welcome our new students, who will be starting their explorations in our A-level courses this fall.The instructors for these courses would like to offer a brief introduction to their classes, and how

UTSC Creative Writing Alum Wins Trillium Book Award

We are excited to congratulate Téa Mutonji, whose story collection Shut Up You're Pretty, has won the 2020 Trillium Book Award! We're so proud of Téa and her connections to Scarborough and our department.

UTSC English Commencement Address 2020

A socially distanced commencement message from current Chair Professor Katie Larson and incoming Chair Professor Neil ten Kortenaar on behalf of the faculty and staff of UTSC English.

ENGA01 TA Wins Teaching Award

Congratulations to Julie Prior, who has received a TATP Teaching Excellence Award for her work in ENGA01: What Is Literature?

UTSC English Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Department of English at UTSC is delighted to announce the appointment of two new faculty members following our recent TRC-response search in Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures, and Oral Traditions: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Randy Lundy.

Prof. SJ Sindu's New Novel Forthcoming

Congratulations to our newest Creative Writing professor, SJ Sindu, whose second novel, Blue-Skinned Gods, will be coming out with Soho Press (distributed by Penguin Random House and Penguin Random House Canada) in 2021.

Prof. Goldman Talks Atwood on CTV

Prof. Marlene Goldman was recently interviewed by CTV News for her expert reaction to the excitement about Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, the newly published sequel to The Handmaid's Tale.

We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty whom won awards on June 25th.

English Faculty Win Awards

We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty whom won multiple awards on June 25th.

Natasha Ramoutar, Adrian de Leon, Téa Mutonji


FEEL WAYS is an upcoming anthology led by our own alums (Adrian de Leon, Téa Mutonji, and Natasha Ramoutar) that showcases writing from Scarborough writers on Scarborough.

Congratulations Professor Tysdal

Congratulations to Daniel Tysdal, whose collection of short stories, The Entertainment Room, has been accepted at Wolsack and Wynn. We can't wait to get our hands on your collection!


Congratulations Dr. Assif!

Congratulations to Maria Assif, whose book, Beyond Five Paragraphs: a Beginner's Guide to Writing Academic Essays, will be published by Oxford University Press. We are so proud of you!


Congratulations Amy Coté

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Amy Coté, who received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the tri-campus Department of English for her contributions to ENGB28 and ENGA01.

Congratulations Dr. Gaston

A huge congratulations goes to Dr. Gaston whose book, Reading Chaucer in Time: Literary Formation in England and Italy, has been accepted at Oxford University Press and will be published later this year! Be sure to look out for its release.

UTSC Alum Niyosha Keyzad Interviewed by CBC

Niyosha Keyzad, a UTSC English graduate who is currently teaching in our department, was interviewed by CBC Radio regarding her fledgling "Scarborough Studies" initiative.

Daniel Tysdal's H-Wing Story Recognized

Congratulations to our creative writing program supervisor, Daniel Tysdal, whose story "Humanity's Wing" was runner-up in the 2018 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award competition organized by the Canadian literary journal The New Quarterly.

Ashfak Khan Chosen for LEAD Program

Our department's Business Officer, Ashfak Khan, has been selected to participate in UTSC's 2018-19 Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) program. Congratulations, Ashfak!

2018 Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Sonja Nikkila and Amy Coté, who each won a 2018 UTSC Teaching Award!

Graduation Success Story

Congratulations to Marylin Kwan, a UTSC employee in human resources, who has been working toward her degree in English for a decade.

Writers-in-Residence at UTSC

Since its inauguration in 2013, UTSC's Writer-in-Residence program has been bringing students into dialogue with select accomplished writers.

Teaching Video Games Student Research Team

Dr. Sonja Nikkila is considering the feasibility of proposing a course on video games as narrative and literary experiences, and she is looking for a team of students to explore the problems and practical concerns of such an endeavor, as well as help develop a set of learning goals for such a course. Deadline to apply is Nov 30.

Kara Gatson & Andrew Westoll

Faculty Spotlight

The English Department welcomes two new faculty members: Kara Gaston and Andrew Westoll.

The Best Essay Prize

Congratulations to our students at the English Department who won 2013 Department awards!