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.

Internship Opportunity at Seattle Met Magazine

October 20th, 2017 § 0

Seattle Met magazine is seeking interns for winter and spring 2018. This could be a great opportunity for English majors and other interested students who are looking into careers in publishing and related fields. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2017. See below for a more detailed job description from Seattle Met and for links and application instructions.

Spring interns will start early March (preferred March 5); those who are interested in the spring internship are encouraged to apply with the winter deadline, since we keep the application open until spots are filled. School credit is available for students who need an immersive internship in a professional setting to fulfill an academic requirement (with school approval of course). Recent graduates are also eligible.

Seattle Met looks for applicants that show an attention to detail, passion and independence, quick learning skills and good writing clips. Experience with news or politics reporting is a plus. Here’s a link with more information on all our internships and instructions; applicants should email associate editor Hayat Norimine with one PDF file containing a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing samples.

Editorial interns are responsible for:

• fact-checking;

• primary research, reporting, and writing for Seattle Met’s five blogs (which can include hard news and politics);

• writing event and business listings;

• participating in team brainstorms;

• assisting editors in conceptualizing and/or executing features such as Best Doctors and multimedia projects such as slideshows, audio, and/or video content;

• assisting with some administrative tasks;

• working closely with the respective editors of their beat(s);

• and pitching articles, independently and proactively, in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

The internship is unpaid, but a great learning opportunity. Interns who shine at simpler tasks will have the opportunity to contribute to magazine features and/or departments. We want our interns to walk away with strong clips that they have earned. The position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week in 4- to 5-hour stints between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm weekdays.

Film Review by Professor Susan VanZanten

June 11th, 2017 § 0

A Quiet Passion and the Myth of Emily Dickinson

The myth of Emily Dickinson often overshadows her profound poetry. Read Susan VanZanten’s review of A Quiet Passion, a new biopic about Dickinson’s unusual life: http://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/a-quiet-passion/