Dr. John D. Early, Professor of English, will retire after 34 years of teaching — 27 years at MSUM. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Dakota. Among his service to the university and to the department, John chaired the Freshman English Committee for 12 years and was a member of the MFA faculty. During his tenure, John published two novels — Flesh and Metal and The Little Lame Balloonmen —as well as poetry and short fiction in various journals.