English department cries ‘Tyger!’
The revival of the English department’s newspaper, Tyger! Tyger!, is burning bright. Tyger! Tyger!, whose name is based off the poem by William Blake, is under the direction of English Department Chair George Hahn and Professor Michelle Chester.
The newsletter, according to Chester, came to be when Hahn and Professor and Coordinator of Internships Meghan Behm came up with the idea approximately a decade ago.
“They put out one edition that was it and it just kind of never took off, it was very time consuming and they couldn’t really get it going so it was just kind of shelved,” Chester said.
The idea returned however, when Hahn was named department chair around 2008 and began asking other members of the faculty if they would be interested in getting involved in publishing the English department newsletter once again.
“By the time we got things in place and came up with some good ideas I think it was going on 2010 and then we still needed more time,” Chester said. “Once we got all the pieces written and got everything going the design center was really quick.”
With the hope that future issues will be able to come together much more quickly, Chester said that the hardest part is coming up with ideas and getting the writing together.
“This one was kind of a little bit of everything,” Chester said. “I definitely want to include things from students, it’s for them, it is for alum but we are still playing around with those kind of things.”
The most recent issue was published in the spring of 2012 and included things like upcoming English department-related events, an introduction to the return of the newsletter by Hahn, an article on the closing of Linthicum Hall, a list of Towson English alumni and what they are doing now and a large feature on alum and poet Paul Lake.
“That will be a mainstay, we will always have a person profiled on the front…and it is always going to be an English student or humanities student who went through this whole process here,” Chester said.
The newsletter is going to be a yearly publication in the fall, however if they are able to get more readership and interest the possibility of a twice a year publication would be very exciting for both Chester and Hahn, they said.
“I am hoping that more students will pick it up, again it’s mostly geared to English majors but I would hope people who aren’t would take some interest in it just because it’s Towson,” Chester said.
In future issues, readers can expect to see new things such as a profile on a Towson undergrad that is also in the masters program, a profile on retired professors and a feature on the writing center.
“We revived the newsletter for outreach and community. Our alums are part of the family, and an occasional letter from home is always interesting and sometimes useful,” Hahn said. “It’s also a way for our majors to know what’s possible for them by way of careers–and it has an important networking function.”