Department of English

Alumni & Friends

You, our Auburn Department of English alumni, have gone on to become leaders as administrators, educators, journalists, lawyers, publishers, sports photographers, writers and more working in the government, non-profit, and for profit sectors. You have been admitted to PhD programs and MFA programs at Cornell, UNC Wilmington and the University of Washington-Seattle, and other excellent programs in the United States and beyond.

We hope you will stay in touch, and let us know about your many successes to come!

Here’s how to do that:

Find us online

Share updates, follow our updates, and learn about what’s new in the Department of English via our Facebook pages and our Twitter accounts.

Celebrate your success

Visit our Alumni News, learn about what your former classmates and fellow alumni are up to, and send us your good news, too.

Provide support

Your support is always appreciated, and donations may be made online. You can also support our programs in other ways—by attending English Department events open to the public, volunteering your expertise in classrooms, encouraging internships for AU English students in your own place of employment, and—of course—by telling the college-bound people in your life how great it is to be an English major AND an Auburn Tiger!

Alumni News

Matthew PollockMatthew Pollock (BAs in English Literature and Spanish, minors in Linguistics and German, 2015. One of three Auburn graduates to receive a grant from the Fulbright Commission for a 10 month stay in Germany Matt began his position as an English teaching assistant at the Gymnasium Trittau in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost German state. He assists in 7th through 13th grade classes and studies part time at the University of Hamburg. Upon his return to the States, he will begin his masters in Hispanic linguistics at Indiana University focusing on linguistics and language acquisition.

Jordan WamplerJordan Wampler (BA in English Literature, 2015) currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He works for Epic, a company leading the country’s Health Information Technology industry, providing Electronic Health/Medical Records for over 50% of patients in the United States and 2.5% of the world’s healthcare patients. Jordan leveraged the critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills he developed as an Auburn English major to land his project management position at Epic, implementing EHRs at healthcare organizations across the country. Despite working at a tech company, Jordan refuses to use E-books, and in his free time he can be found reading books with broken spines and tactile pages.

Gabby Bates Gabrielle Bates Stahlman (BA in Creative Writing, 2013) lives in Seattle, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington, coordinating editor of the Seattle Review, and twitter editor of Broadsided Press. Recently, she was named a finalist for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, winner of Gigantic Sequins’ Poetry Comic Contest, and her poems have appeared in Guernica, Rattle, The Pedestal, Southern Humanities Review, Radar Poetry, and other journals. At AWP 2016, she will present on the panel The Poetry of Comics. Additionally, she is in the editing stage of two Young Adult novels, one of which traces its roots back to her undergraduate creative writing capstone. While at Auburn, Gabrielle was a Miller Writing Center tutor, an undergraduate research fellow, and an avid consumer of all things SHR.

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Susan MonroeGrace Moss (BA in English, 2012) currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany. After working for a cultural outpost of the Fair, the German Book Office New York for three years, she now works for the Frankfurt Book Fair as a Sales Manager. In New York, she also freelanced as a copy editor and continues to use those skills in the Frankfurt office to edit English-language translations of German texts. In her spare time she writes poetry that may or may not be published one day. She is pictured here in front of the of the Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus.

Garrard ConleyGarrard Conley (MA in Creative Writing, 2012) is a writer, teacher, and LGBTQ activist currently living in Sofia, Bulgaria with his boyfriend. A survivor of Love in Action's "ex-gay" therapy, he is at work on a memoir on the subject, forthcoming from Riverhead Books (Penguin). His fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Common, Spork, The Madison Review and other journals, and he was a finalist for Narrative Magazine's Winter 2013 Story Contest. He was a writing fellow at the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in 2012. During his time at Auburn, he served as a Student Editor for the Southern Humanities Review, interned with the Auburn Writers Conference, and taught emerging teen writers in the summer Creative Writing Studio.

Shanna LockwoodShanna Lockwood (MTPC 2011) began her career in Technical and Professional communications with Southwest Airlines. Now, she’s using her editing skills in a new way as a professional sports photographer for USA Today Sports. The job has taken her to the Sochi Winter Olympics, the NBA Finals, and as many Auburn football games as she can get to. As Shanna says, “I always knew I wanted to attend Auburn—I never even applied to any other school.”

Susan MonroeSusan Tanner Monroe (English, 1994) writes that she has used the critical thinking and writing skills she developed in her English Studies coursework to secure over $63 million in community development grant funds for the programs which she administers. Her projects include construction of water and sewer systems, streets and roads, community centers, and parks across the state. Her work has benefited thousands of people and has changed cities all over our State.

Have good news to share? Please tell us about it, sending an updated picture and brief bio to english@auburn.edu, with Alumni News in the subject line.

Last Updated: June 21, 2017