Nate Knapp, an SPU English grad (’11), is now an MFA candidate at Oklahoma State University in fiction writing. He asked us to pass on this email to SPU English majors:
We at The Collapsar publish 5-6 issues a year in a slick online format, and with each issue we try to feature a unique photographer (several of our past photography contributors have been SPU alumni) to accompany the fiction, essays, and poetry that we publish. We’ve published writers from all across the country, both established and emerging, and our readership is steadily growing. Right now, we’re looking for new photographers and writers for the upcoming year. We’re especially interested interested in photographers and excellent, polished essays.
If interested, please check out our current issue and take a look at our back issues to get an idea of the kind of work we’re looking for (although we’re always open to new styles!). You can check us out at www.thecollapsar.com.
Lauren Rogers is currently a grad student in SPU’s School of Business and Economics, having graduated last June from SPU with a Bachelors degree in English. She chose English as her undergraduate major because it was a subject she enjoyed, having always been passionate about stories and writing. As an English major, Lauren particularly appreciated the English department faculty, claiming that it is ”better than [that at] any university anywhere,” though she also said she might be biased.
Upon graduating, Lauren decided she wanted to go into business but needed to figure out how to mesh that desire with her passion for writing, relationship building, and creativity. Now Lauren realizes she wasn’t alone, since ”many English majors do not understand how to effectively apply their skills in business.” SPU’s MA program in sustainable business practices has helped her identify where to go next, which is a career in digital marketing.
For Lauren, degrees in English and business are a great combination because a student comes out of the two programs not merely a skilled communicator, but one with the technical skills for many positions in business. To prepare for life after her next graduation, Lauren is currently serving as a marketing intern at Zulily. The business program has helped Lauren apply the skills from her English degree to the business world.
Tomorrow, May 22, 3-3:50 p.m. in the Library Reading Room award-winning poet and SPU Professor of English Jennifer Maier will read from her latest book of poetry Now, Now. These poems are concerned with questions of time and memory: how our perceptions are shaped, moment by moment, within the continuous meeting of past and future—of what happened, and what has not yet happened, but will.