English majors can do just about anything. They learn writing, reading, and critical thinking skills in their English classes here at UAB, and as you can see from the stories below, they put these skills to work in a lot of different ways and different places. The faculty here in the Department of English is incredibly proud that our students are out there doing excited, unexpected, and imaginative things. Explore their stories to see how studying English has opened doors for these students.



Quinn LewisQuinn Lewis graduated the UAB Department of English Creative Writing Program in 2010 and is now working on her MFA in Poetry at the University of Oregon. She recently talked about her experiences with graduate student Halley Cotton.

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Jacyln Wells (center) and two of her students.

Students Discover Birmingham by Writing About It

The city of Birmingham is an open book for students in one UAB English course. It serves as both subject and setting for their work, which hones their skills for writing about place for different public and academic audiences. And they quickly find that Birmingham’s story has plenty of blank pages for them to fill.


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Actors in "A Will Not His Own." “A Will Not His Own” tells the fictional story of Will, a man with dementia and his struggle to maintain his memory while accepting its loss. The play was crafted from a collection of interviews captured by UAB students during visits with the elderly at South Highland Day Center.

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Alexis Silmon, John Thurber IV, and Kyle Thompson. Composition Students Combine Service with Style
UAB freshman Kyle Thompson made a new connection over lunch recently. It was mealtime at the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at UAB Highlands Hospital, and Thompson listened as his companion, a World War II pilot, recalled an aerial adventure.

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Ashley Jones. Ashley Jones knew about the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s reputation for churning out top scientists and physicians. As a rising high-school senior with aspirations of becoming a writer, though, she wondered if UAB would be a good fit.

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Irene Latham. UAB Alumna Finds Novel Inspiration in Alabama
Irene Latham always knew she was meant to be a writer. It just took her a few decades to find the right path. The author and 1991 UAB graduate recently returned to her alma mater to talk with students about the craft of writing, the art of finding inspiration, and her first novel, Leaving Gee’s Bend, which debuted this spring.

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