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/

Flannery O’Connor Event

May 31st, 2017 § 0

“An Ultimate Concern”
The Life & Work of Flannery O’Connor

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University
Bannan 102 Auditorium, Bannan Science Building

“The only concern, so far as I see it, is what Tillich calls the ultimate concern. It is what makes the stories spare and what gives them any permanent quality they may have.”
—Flannery O’Connor

Organized by Crossroads Seattle Cultural Center and featuring Image editor Gregory Wolfe, this multi-media presentation will offer insights into the life and art of American writer Flannery O’Connor.

A collage made up of film and audio clips—including O’Connor’s own voice—dramatic readings, and narrative background, “An Ultimate Concern” will delve into this Southern writer’s enigmatic stories and their provocative use of violence and the grotesque.

This event is an opportunity to encounter Flannery O’Connor through her own words, in order to enter into the heart of her thought, her stories, her personality, and her brief but intensely fulfilled life.

Milton Fellow Craft Lecture with Isaac Anderson

May 4th, 2017 § 0

“The We of Me: Writing the Relations that Define Us”

Thursday, May 4 | 3:00 p.m.
Seattle Pacific University
Library Reading Room

Our stories often find their significance where the “me” and the “we” intersect. This talk will consider the ways the personal essay decenters the self to make room for another’s experience, complicating and enriching the individual in the process.

Isaac Anderson is the 2016-17 Milton Fellow at Image journal. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Image, Portland Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literature and Belief, and elsewhere, and his piece “Lord God Bird” (Image issue 72) received honorable mention in Best American Essays. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University, has taught at Ohio State, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Western Theological Seminary, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

As Milton Fellow, Isaac is working on a collection of essays titled This Is How the End Begins, a manuscript that examines moments of personal or historic consequence as threshold moments of birth and death, opening and closure. His essays consider subjects such as American identities and rituals, fidelity, addiction, loneliness and prayer, faith and science, cultivating empathy, religious extremism, and contingency as a native part of human being.

This event is free and open to the public. Q&A to follow.

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