Robert Siegel is First Nick Barker Writer in Residence

Covenant College is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Siegel is with us this semester as the first Nick Barker Writer in Residence. This position is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Covenant alumnus who wanted to honor Dr. Nick Barker, retired professor of English and former vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. This grant enables the English department to bring to campus an established writer to teach an intensive writing course, to interact with students, and to present a public reading and a chapel address. This is also the same grant that made possible the campus visit of award-winning author Leslie Leyland Fields in the fall of 2007. To recognize Dr. Barker's gifts as a poet, the English department selected a poet as the first writer in residence.

Dr. Robert Siegel is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. His poetry includes The Waters Under the Earth, The Beasts & The Elders, and In a Pig's Eye and has received prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, America, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Siegel's fiction includes the award-winning Whalesong trilogy, which has been translated into several languages. Siegel received his BA from Wheaton College, his MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University, and his PhD in English literature from Harvard University. Before he retired, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

In addition to teaching a class this semester, Dr. Siegel's schedule as the Nick Barker Writer in Residence includes the following events:

Date Time Event Location
Thursday, March 27 7:00 pm Poetry reading Andreas Hall 108
Monday, March 31 Noon - 2:00 pm Discussion with students about his fiction Carter Hall 131
Wednesday, April 2 11:00 am Chapel address Chapel auditorium

The public is invited to attend the poetry reading and chapel address.

Lydia Holt

"I really love the faculty in the English department. All the professors are wise and caring, and they do an excellent job of connecting the study of the English language to faith and calling. In addition, as an English major, there are so many opportunities for work and service that will open up for me because of the well-rounded and rigorous training I’m receiving in the various branches of English."
 - Lydia Holt '19

Evan Lecksell

"I’m really interested in my Introduction to Literary Studies course. It is the first class I’ve had that actually got me excited about poetry, and if you have to have class at 8 a.m., Dr. Barham is the best professor to transition you from being asleep 5 minutes ago to being energized and excited about what you study. Dr. Barham’s love for literature is contagious, and you find yourself happily engaged in types of literature you never thought you would care about."
 - Evan Lecksell '19