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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Voted 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 Department of the Year by Student Government!

Recent News

LSSU Undergrad. 2014-2015 Writing Contest Winners Announced at End-of-Year English Banquet!

Now accepting secondary English education students for Fall 2015

Ellen Airgood to Read and Receive Writing the U.P. Award at LSSU

2014-2015 Creative Writing Contests Close 3/31; Judge Announced as Ellen Airgood

Best-selling memoirist and novelist Jeanine Cummins visits LSSU

LSSU chooses Ellen Airgood as Winner of the Writing the U.P. Award

Regional elementary students win LSSU Superhero Graphic Story Contest

Announcing the LSSU Short Story Prize for High School Writers

2014 Superior Children's Book Festival a great success

Performance writing students collaborate with Acting students to see plays performed

Award-winning poet Kim Addonizio gives master-class for creative writers

Department News Archive


Do you love writing, literature, or teaching? The English Department at LSSU is for scholars in all of those areas. Scholars of writing take coursework to increase their fluency in academic, professional, and creative forms of writing. Scholars of literature get a thorough preparation in the analysis of literary, social, and cultural texts and histories, as well as in methods of research and theory. Study in either of these areas lets students pursue significant work in teaching, scholarship, commercial communication, and productive cultural, ethical, and intellectual life.

Department of English faculty are accomplished teachers, scholars, artists, and practitioners. Our courses and programs feature high academic standards, instructional innovation and variety, enthusiastic engagement, flexibility to student needs and interests, and individual student attention.

"Lake State gave me the experience and the opportunity I was looking for. My courses and the work experience I received allowed me to accept a position as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State University. I've been working on my Master's in Education with a specialization in Student Affairs and Counseling. 

The class size at Lake State gave me the opportunity to learn and make connections with both the students and faculty. It provided a great student-to-teacher ratio that allowed for in-depth and provocative conversation, a key element in learning. The compassion of the professors shows as they have helped me with every aspect of my education and future planning."

— Amy Chrispell ('08)

The department that once worked with the Unicorn Hunters to publish the Woods-Runner now provides editing and publishing opportunities for undergraduate English literature and creative writing students. Competitive internships are available for editors and readers in poetry and fiction through Border Crossing, the Creative Writing Program's teaching journal, which occasionally publishes the very best student work alongside that of emerging and established writers. Students may also serve as interns for Snowdrifts, our annually published student journal, and join our active English Club.

Our creative courses were recently featured in the Soo Evening News!

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If you want to know more about English at LSSU, please fill out the form below, or contact Prof. Janice Repka, Chair at (906) 635-2448, or

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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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