Department News



'Nebo: A Literary Journal' Fall Issue Turns 40

Arkansas Tech University's student lead literary journal printed its 40th Fall issue in Fall 2020. Students interested in serving as a part of the 'Nebo' staff can sign up for ENGL 2881: Editing the Literary Journal. This is a practicum course in which students read and vote on submission for one hour a week. Once a student has completed this class, they can sign up for higher-level "Nebo" courses which vary in terms of credit hours and course level. Students with 45 credit hours or more can apply for the position of editor, which is a three-hour course and comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Contact Dr. Tori Sharpe at for more information. For those interested in submitting to be publishing you can submit your writing and artwork to "Nebo!" submission guidelines can be found here.


Dr. Michael Wang Earns National Recognition

Creative Writing Assistant Professor Michael Wang is the 2021 winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Wang earned the award based upon his 2020 book “Further News of Defeat,” which tells the story of fictional village Xinchun, China. A summary provided by publisher Autumn House states that Wang’s short stories “explore themes of tradition, family, modernity and immigration in a country grappling with its modern identity.” The book also won the 2019 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize and was also a finalist for the 2021 CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction.


Sigma Delta Pi ATU Chapter Named honor Chapter

The Arkansas Tech University chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities during the 2019-2020 academic year. The recognition was only awarded to 11 of the 627 chapters nationwide. This was the 5th year our chapter has received the distinction.