Summer Reading Recs from Detroit Mercy English

Each summer, the Detroit Mercy English Department offers reading recommendations for the season of rest and relaxation. We hope you find time to curl up, stretch out, and read a whole stack of good books. Leave your own recs in the comments! Layli Long Soldier’s WHEREAS Stephen Pasqualina, Assistant Professor “An equal parts experimental andContinue reading “Summer Reading Recs from Detroit Mercy English”

The Crown Jewel, by Mehar Soni

Dudley Randall Poetry Prize Winner (1st Prize), 2022 The Crown Jewel My mother used to braid my hair;her seasoned hands untangling my dark waves.The percussion of the rain against the window;a perfect counterpoint to her lilting voice. With each pass of the comb, she wove a fairytale.Stories of how she met my father laced intoContinue reading “The Crown Jewel, by Mehar Soni”

What They Don’t Tell You About Suicide, by Aly Porcerelli

Dudley Randall Poetry Prize Winner (3rd Prize), 2022 I’ve spent my life being easily impressed.So when I overdosed on my bedroom floorOn lamotrigine, blood and tearsI couldn’t help but admireThe way the room started to shakeOr how my frail fingers could still dial 911;How life only exists in patterns,O, what a wicked cycle.I laid wearyContinue reading “What They Don’t Tell You About Suicide, by Aly Porcerelli”

A Monologue in the Drive-thru, by Jeremy St. Martin

Dudley Randall Poetry Prize Winner (2nd Prize), 2022 I think that will be it. Just rub the chip, sometimes the card gets fussy…there it is. Thanks. Hey, can I get a couple of napkins? Also, my dad is dead. Like just now, dead. We pulled him off a vent–it wasn’t Covid related, so don’t worry,Continue reading “A Monologue in the Drive-thru, by Jeremy St. Martin”

10 Tips for Success in your Online Classes!!!

Words of wisdom from the Detroit Mercy Student Success Center: Wake up early before your classes start! A “morning” or class routine before you get started can help you to get in the right state of mind for the day! Regardless of what time your classes start, get ready no less than one hour aheadContinue reading “10 Tips for Success in your Online Classes!!!”

Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Grace Kowalski

Grace Kowalski, English major with a Concentration in Professional Writing, Leadership minor  Next steps: Gracie is pursuing her MBA at University of Detroit Mercy. What is one class you took or book you read that you will remember when you are 70? Why? One class that I will always remember was Diverse Voices in Literature.Continue reading “Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Grace Kowalski”

Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Zoey Oatis

Zoey Oatis, Health Services Administration major and Professional Writing minor Zoey is currently pursuing a M.S. in Information Assurance at the University of Detroit Mercy If you could go back in time, what would you tell your high school self about how they should approach college? I would tell myself that college is a journey. “YouContinue reading “Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Zoey Oatis”

Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Jasmina Cunmulaj

Jasmina Cunmulaj, Double Major in Developmental Psychology and English Literature Next step for Jasmina: Masters of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health What is your best Detroit Mercy memory? Becoming a Teaching Assistant for Professor [Nick] Rombes Creative Writing Class was one of my best memories. I loved getting toContinue reading “Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Jasmina Cunmulaj”