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Sigma Tau Delta members

Sigma Tau Delta

Faculty member Allison Joseph with booksMembers of Sigma Tau Delta have the opportunity to be a part of an academic student organization encouraging the study of English Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Sigma Tau Delta strengthens originality and promotes success.


  • publication in the The Rectangle or The Sigma Tau Delta Review
  • scholarships up to $5,000
  • professional internships with Penguin Random House in NYC and other organizations
  • teaching awards
  • study abroad
  • regional, national, and international conferences to present original work
  • networking opportunities; community service opportunities
  • over 900 chapters in the U.S. and Worldwide

Other Membership Benefits:

Members will receive a Sigma Tau Delta membership certificate, newsletter, lapel pin, and complimentary copies of the organization’s two journals, The Sigma Tau Delta Review (critical writing) and The Rectangle (creative writing). Members who come to at least one public meeting a semester will also receive graduation cords recognizing their participation in the organization.

Rho Delta (SIU) Activities:

  • Guest speaker presentations by SIUC professors followed by Q&A sessions (Scheduled TBA each semester.)
  • Members-only meetings and parties
  • Annual and regional conventions
  • Community outreach, volunteerism, & FUN fundraisers
  • Book club and More


  • beyond 101 & 102 English writing courses
  • major or minor in English or related fields
  • GPA of 3.0 or above in English
  • life-time membership fee of only $45
  • join one of our committees

Officers and More:

President: Raeghan Goins

Vice-president: Greg Kassen

Public Relations: Jacob Kuhn

Historian: Zachary Seibert

Faculty advisor: Dr. Mary L. Bogumil

Assistant faculty advisor: Prof. Pinckney Benedict


International Website:

Rho Delta chapter website:

English website:

Some Famous Members: Edward Albee, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank Herbert, Suzan-Lori Parks, Simon Ortiz, & more. Past speakers at our recent conferences include Neil Gaiman, Azar Nafisi, Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Natasha Thethewey, Ursula Le Guin and more.