Student Spotlight: Joseph Newell, Graduate Student

Student Spotlight: Joseph Newell, Graduate Student


Cary, MS

Why English?

I've always had a love for reading and writing. The type of literature that spoke to me when I was younger was poetry, and that has enhanced and evolved since.

Clubs and Organizations:

I am a member of MSU's Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa chapters. I became a member of both during the 2021-22 academic year.


  • Richard F. Patterson Endowed Scholarship in English
  • William H. Magruder Scholarship
  • Howell H. and Elizabeth S. Gwin Scholarship


  • "Cotton's Art", The Streetcar, vol.10 p.6
  • "Summer's Anatomy", The Streetcar, vol.10 p.74

The poems focus on history of social issues like race and racism and reflect on the response to those issues through observation of nature.


  • road trips
  • go fun places
  • go to church
  • sing in the choir

Favorite books read for class:

  • Sam Selvon’s The Housing Lark
  • Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges are not the Only Fruit
  • Dickens’ Oliver Twist
  • A collection of poetry with Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost