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WKU English Club

WKU English Club

The WKU English Club is a student run organization open to new members and new ideas. You don't even have to be an English major to join, only share our passion for literature, writing, and the humanities.


Spring 2017 meetings:

Every other Monday at 4:30 in the student lounge (CH 124). (updated spring 2017)

Off campus readings to be announced


  • Weekly Meetings to Discuss Activities, Share Ideas, and Socialize

  • Used Book Sales

  • "Open-Mic" Readings

  • Workshops and Discussions of Student Writing





Goldenrod is the English Club's annual poetry festival in which students submit up to five poems for consideration. After submissions are turned in, the English club will narrow the poems down to ten finalists. The poems will then be submitted to a guest poet for final judging. The guest poet provides all ten finalists with a workshop and focuses specifically on their submitted works.

Maggie Woodward was the 2017 guest poet.

The 2017 Golden Rod Winners were:

  • 1st place: Natalie Rickman
  • 2nd place: Emily Houston
  • 3rd place: Heather Borders

Gary McDowell was the 2016 visiting poet.

The 2016 Goldenrod Winners were:

  • 1st place: Josh Arend
  • 2nd place: Taylor Reyes
  • 3rd place: Bridget Yates

For 2015, Saeed Jones was the guest speaker.  Due to scheduling issues, Saeed was present via Skype. 

The 2015 Goldenrod Winners were:

  • 1st place: Derek Ellis
  • 2nd place: Jared Johnson
  • 3rd place: Isiah Fish

2014 was the tenth anniversary of Goldenrod, and the event took place on Tuesday, February 18th with guest poet Matt Hart. In honor of the tenth anniversary, English Club decided to have 11 finalists instead of the usual 10.

The 2014 Goldenrod winners were:

  • 1st place: Ashley Coulter
  • 2nd place: Kate Warren-Westbrook
  • 3rd place: Richard Heyne

In 2013, we were fortunate to have Nickole Brown as our guest poet. The English Club hosted an event on March 19, where Nickole gave a spectacular reading.

The 2013 Goldenrod winners were:

  • 1st place: Tracy Jo Ingram
  • 2nd place: Maggie Woodward
  • 3rd place: Elizabeth Gatten


For more information about English Club, contact:

English Club sponsors:

Dr. Jerod Hollyfield

Or e-mail us directly at:

English Club Photo Gallery

See some of our activities, group photos, and shots of our Eclub mascot, Ms. Sophia Pawthorne (named after Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife). Join us for the fun!




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