The Reavis Companion is a collaboratively run graduate student blog. Our goal is to foster community and offer constructive support for graduate students in English. Our site is run and read by grad students in the English department of Northern Illinois University, and while we are not affiliated with or sponsored by NIU, we hope that we can help NIU’s grad students navigate the ins and outs of grad school and connect with other grad students.

Current Contributors:

  • Amy Erickson (editor)
  • Joey Crundwell (editor)
  • Jordan Pennington
  • Dylan Simons

If you are interested in becoming a contributor for the Reavis Companion starting next semester (Spring 2022), please reach out via email to reaviscompanion@gmail.com, or email Amy or Joey directly.

Latest from the Blog

Exit Interview: Tab London

Photo courtesy of Tab London For the first of what we hope will be a recurring series, we sat down with Tab London to talk about their experiences at NIU and on the academic job market. The exit interview represents an opportunity to learn from our peers and to spotlight their incredible accomplishments. Tab London,… Continue Reading →

Community Theater: Stage Coach Players

by Amy Erickson November 2021 As much as we are living in a golden age of television, it’s also a good time to be a fan of live theater—at least, it was before the pandemic shuttered theaters everywhere. But with the vaccination numbers looking promising and theaters beginning to open again, the good times may… Continue Reading →

Late 20th-Century Musical Theater & Adaptation

A selected bibliography compiled by Amy Erickson November 2021 Block, Geoffrey. Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim. Oxford UP, 1997. —. American Operetta from H.M.S Pinafore to Sweeney Todd. Oxford UP, 1981. Bordman, Gerald. American Musical Theater: A Chronicle. Oxford UP, 1986. —. American Operetta from H.M.S Pinafore to Sweeney Todd…. Continue Reading →


Most of our content is composed originally by regular contributors to our site, but we welcome guest submissions!

We publish thoughts on a variety of topics, including

  • Literature and media
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Theater and drama
  • New research
  • Coursework and candidacy
  • Publishing and professionalization
  • The academic job market
  • Game and film recommendations
  • Reviews
  • Current academic discourse

All submissions should seek to engage with other graduate students in a constructive way.

Send submissions to reaviscompanion@gmail.com. To protect your original research, please keep the blog format in mind and limit your submissions to 1500 words.

(Header image courtesy of Michael Day)

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