The Wall of Hope

Check out this short video documenting a UPRM Department of English initiative: a wall for the UPRM Community to express itself upon returning to classes after Hurricane María.

Credits: Initiative, design, and implementation by Dr. Mary Sefranek, Jenaira Martínez, and other volunteers, messages by UPRM community, video by Samara Pérez and Victor Soto. Video produced for the English Department Website as a project in Prof. Leonardo Flores’ Digital Humanities Internship class.

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Department of English Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry

We’re (re)building a community! The UPRM Department of English is creating an Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry so we can stay in touch with members of our community. Sign up with this brief form and let us know how you’ve been and what you’re up to. Our promises: no sharing of contact information with third parties without your consent and no spamming. We will e-mail you 2-3 times a year via an e-mail list that you can unsubscribe from whenever you like. So please take a few minutes to fill in this form. And share it with other alumni, retirees, … Read more…

English Department Fundraising and Food Drive for Come Colegial

After the passing of Hurricane María and its devastating effects on communities across Puerto Rico, the UPRM initiative Come Colegial, dedicated to ensuring low-income students receive alimentary support on a routine basis, urgently requires support. Its warehouse of supplies was nearly depleted after distributing emergency provisions to students prior to the natural disaster. On a regular basis, the organization serves 60-70 students per semester. After the Consejo General de Estudiantes (General Student Council) conducted an online survey last week, however, nearly 600 students reported they would require alimentary assistance in the wake of María. This is a dire situation and … Read more…

Solidarity with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

In the wake of Hurricane María, the Department of English would like to recognize and affirm the significant work being accomplished by the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste/the Solidarity Brigade of the West ( on a daily basis. This grassroots organization, comprised of a collective of distinct groups across the western coast of Puerto Rico, has taken a hands-on, pro-active approach to address the resulting humanitarian and social crisis. The Brigada collectively meets each Friday in Mayagüez, identifying communities severely affected by the hurricane, taking a census of needs, and ensuring that provisions have been delivered – or other aid provided- to meet … Read more…

And the Mellowes Award Goes to… Carlos Santaella and Claudia Irizarry!

Every year, the English Department honors its most distinguished students with the Mellowes Award. The students awarded are selected by a committee of several professors, who take into consideration the candidates’ GPA, number of withdrawals, extracurricular activities, and any other exceptional accomplishments. This year’s winners were no exception. Without much further ado, the English Department would like to congratulate its two winners, Carlos Santaella and Claudia Irizarry! Both Claudia and Carlos, felt very excited and shocked when they found out they were this year’s Mellowes Award Winners. Claudia received the news via email, and she is “very excited and very grateful.” … Read more…

Personal Statement Workshop

Are you having problems writing your personal statement for that internship or grad school application? The English Writing Center at UPRM cordially invites you to a personal statement workshop where EWC tutors will discuss those important elements you need to include in a personal statement. When? Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Where? Chardón 222 Time? 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity! Interested in The English Writing Center? Follow them on FB: English Writing Center-UPRM

Retired Faculty Profile: Joan Baker-González

We are pleased to launch the first of our retired faculty profiles with a profile of a beloved retired colleague, Joan Baker-González.

Joan Baker-González was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school there, she went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for her undergraduate work, receiving a BA in English Literature and Linguistics (magna cum laude) in 1962. After a year in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, she returned to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Educational Psychology (MS 1965) and got her secondary teaching certification in English and French. Her first teaching job was at Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia where she taught 12th grade English and started English as a Second Language classes for the non-native English speakers in the school. Joan met her husband, Rafael González, while teaching at Washington-Lee. They were married in 1966 and their two sons, Eric and Evan, were 4 and 1 when they moved to Puerto Rico in 1972. … Read more…

Featured Alumn: Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Meet Ana Portnoy Brimmer, a graduate of our Department who earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and received the Luis Stefani Raffucci Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Award, and the John S. and Sarah E. Mellowes Award in 2016.  Ana is a poet and performer, creative nonfiction writer, artivist, and a Master’s student of Literature in the Department of English at the UPR: Río Piedras Campus. Her area of specialization is creative writing, particularly political poetry in the form of spoken word, and she will be producing a manuscript of original work as her Master’s thesis. She is currently … Read more…

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