How can being an English major help us right now?

30 June 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder (occurring just 40 miles from our campus), national protests for racial justice, and the continued devastation of COVID-19, we at The Second Laird…

Photo of The George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis

Reading, Writing, and Thinking of Nature

1 June 2020

Over the past few weeks, the editors at the Miscellany have been looking outwards to think about our relationships as readers and writers to nature writing. During the season in…

stream in forest

Laird Nostalgia

18 May 2020

In this COVID-19 era, Laird, our favorite campus building and second home, sits mostly empty. No students bustle through its hallways, wait patiently for their turn in office hours, or…

Sign in front of Laird Hall

Second Laird Community Collective Poem

13 May 2020

How do you put this term into words? This is a question the Miscellany grappled with this week. While we are stuck at home this spring, we have all had…

window- isolation

Welcoming the New English Majors

6 May 2020

One of our favorite spring traditions is welcoming the newly declared sophomores to our department and community. Although we feel a bit far from each other right now, Second Laird…

view of grass and water tower

Dear Readers,

21 April 2020

Dear Readers of the Miscellany, Believe it or not, Spring term is in full swing. Classes have begun; senior English majors have finished with Comps, and new English majors have…


A Goodbye to Laird from a Graduating Senior

28 February 2020

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be graduating early from Carleton. And in a few months, Laird as we know it will be totally different: renovated, changed for the better,…

second laird english department

Alumni Interview: Lucas Jacob ’94 on his Debut Poetry Collection

26 February 2020

In this brief interview with Carleton alumn Lucas Jacob, class of 1994, I hoped to give Jacob an opportunity to detail for our readers the path he took to publishing…

Luke Jacob '94

English Trivia Night at Imminent Brewing

14 February 2020

It was Wednesday, February 12, and twenty-odd English majors, professors, and honorary guests came shivering in from the bitter cold, eager to warm up with pizza, drinks, and friendly competition…

trivia night at imminent brewing

IN SEARCH OF: the next co-editor of the Second Laird Miscellany, the English department blog

10 February 2020

IN SEARCH OF: the next co-editor of the Second Laird Miscellany, the English department blog. If you think you would like to be an editor–tasked with writing, editing, and dreaming up…

the imp