Come Work with Lingua!

January 15th, 2018 § 0

The Board of Student Media is seeking an editor for Lingua for next year.  This is a financially compensated position through ASSP.  If interested please contact either the current editor, Lauren Olson, at olson16@spu.edu or Doug Thorpe, faculty advisor, at dthorpe@spu.edu.

The Board of Student Media is also seeking a board chair to fill in the remainder of the current academic year.  Duties include sending out agendas and running the meetings, which occur roughly twice a month for an hour.  There is no stipend but the chair is traditionally compensated financially at the end of the year.  This is a great opportunity to work with student leaders in media and with faculty, staff and administrators.  Build your resume!  Network!

If interested please contact Doug Thorpe, faculty advisor to Lingua, at dthorpe@spu.edu, or Chuck Strawn, Dean of Students for Community Life, at cstrawn@spu.edu.

Guest Post – Emily Simonson (Class of 2017)

January 3rd, 2018 § 0

Just before Thanksgiving, I got a job offer. Starting next week, I’ll be the publishing assistant at Simon and Schuster. I’ll be working most of the time for the publisher, Jonathan Karp, and the rest for a senior editor, Sean Manning. I had such a great experience interviewing there (part of their process is to have you compile a list of contemporary books you wish you’d had a part in publishing) and was largely chosen based off my list. I attached it, in case you’d be interested to see what I came up with.

I’m very excited for the position. Simon and Schuster publishes a mix of fiction and nonfiction (they’re the original publisher of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, but more recently Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, and Hillary Clinton’s What Happened), but I was chosen for my interest in fiction.

It’s been an interesting first few weeks with the holidays, not to mention HRC and her staff paid a visit to the office last week. Books were signed! Retired secret service crowded the halls! I even gave a book recommendation to Huma Abedin (apparently she’s quite the reader).

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Course Offering – Latinx Lit.

November 19th, 2017 § 0

The English Department is proud to offer English 3339 during Winter Quarter 2018, taught by Professor Yelena Bailey.

Utilizing a combination of fiction, autobiography, poetry, film and song, this course introduces students to U.S. Latinx literature. We will read works by a variety of latinx authors from various genders, class backgrounds, political beliefs and historical contexts. As we examine these works, we will focus on how they speak to the larger human experience, as well as how they reflect the specificity of being latinx in America. We will look at the tensions and debates surrounding a number of key themes, including but not limited to: American belonging; citizenship and rights; social categories of race, gender, class and sexuality; labor; political activism; assimilation and multiculturalism.

The course will include works by Jose Marti, Isabel Allende, Junot Diaz, Gloria Anzaldua, and Sandra Cisneros, among others.

Editorial Job Opportunity with the National Bureau of Asian Research

November 3rd, 2017 § 0

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a part-time Editorial Assistant (8 to 12 hours per week). The assistantship runs from January to June 2018. The NBR is a non-profit research institution that focuses on U.S. policy toward Asia and the Pacific Region. This is a great job opportunity for recent English graduates in the Seattle area who want to gain professional experience in publishing and are interested in peer-reviewed journals.

The application deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017. More information, including job qualifications, materials required, and application details, are available below.

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A Cornucopia of Poetry – SPU Poetry Event

October 30th, 2017 § 0

Come hear SPU poets read poetry on Tuesday, November 21, from 12:00–1:30.

The poets are:

Scott Cairns, Professor of English; Director of the MFA in Creative Writing

Eugene Lemcio, Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Jennifer Maier, Professor of English; Associate Editor of Image Journal

Hannah Notess, Writer, and Editor of Response Magazine, 2010-2017

Doug Thorpe, Professor of English, Lingua Faculty Advisor

Mischa Willett, Instructor of Writing

The event is being put on by SPU’s Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development and will take place in the Upper Gwinn Commons. The event is open to the public, and light refreshments and beverages will be served.