Milton Fellow Reading

April 6th, 2018 § 0

Thursday, April 12th
7:00 pm
Art Center Gallery

On April 12, Sonya Bilocerkowycz will read from her book-in-progress, On Our Way Home from the Revolution, a collection of linked narrative and lyrical essays. Ms. Bilocerkowycz is the current Milton Fellow at Image journal and is teaching the course Imaginative Writing at SPU this quarter.

All are welcome, and snacks will be provided!

2018 Gates Reading

April 6th, 2018 § 0

Thursday, April 26th
7:00 pm
Art Center Gallery

Please join the English Department in welcoming to campus the 2018 Gates Reader, Bruce Beasley. All are welcome, and admission is free. From Beasley’s website:

Bruce Beasley is the author of eight collections of poems, most recently All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions, September 2017), Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012). The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems was published by The University of Washington Press, in 2007. His previous collection, Lord Brain, an extended meditation on neuroscience, cosmology, theology, and language, won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award and was published in 2005. Beasley won the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 1996 for Summer Mystagogia, selected by Charles Wright, and the 1994 Ohio State University Press/Journal Award for The Creation. Wesleyan University Press published his books Spirituals (1988) and Signs and Abominations (2000).

He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust of Washington and three Pushcart Prizes in poetry. His work also appears in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other anthologies including Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries; Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets; Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary Poets from 1951-1977; and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets. His poems appear widely in such journals as The Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New American Writing, Field, New England Review, and Yale Review.

Beasley grew up in Macon, Georgia, and now lives in Bellingham, Washington. He is a professor of English at Western Washington University and, in 2013, recipient of the university’s Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award. He lives with his wife, poet and nonfiction author Suzanne Paola, and their son Jin.

New Course – ENG 3384 Empires of Asia: Writing and Resistance

February 25th, 2018 § 0

The English Department is pleased to offer, for the first time this Spring 2018, ENG 3384 Empires of Asia: Writing and Resistance, taught by Professor Kimberly Segall.

This course will focus on the Nobel prize winning authors Kazuo Ishiguro and Gao Xingjian and other famous writers like Murakami. The class question is: after war/violence/empire how do societies remember and heal from the past? How does literature show these patterns of remembrance and forgetting? We will also watch films: anime, film clips of history, and modern Asian films. Also we end with the novel Silence about Christian missionaries in Japan, and then we will see the film version.

It should be interesting and fun!

Madison Pack ’16

February 10th, 2018 § 0

Madison Pack—class of 2016—recently checked in with what she has been up to since earning her English degree from SPU.

Since graduation, I was doing a little of this and that trying to decide where I wanted to commit myself. I found myself in the advertising technology industry, managing campaigns, being a digital account manager, and running and developing creative tags. It was actually at the end of last year where I decided I wasn’t feeling fulfilled where I was and didn’t see a future for myself in this line of work. I missed writing and editing, and while I had originally been pursuing opportunities in this field, I had resorted to taking the job in ad tech for money more than passion. In early December I took a leap of faith and quit. It was a difficult decision, especially because I didn’t have any concrete prospects, but I was hopeful my hard work and drive would force some good outcome. I am happy to report I just completed my first full week at my new job! I am now a marking coordinator for a consulting firm in Seattle. I am learning how to build websites, run social media platforms, organize and orchestrate company-wide events, and I’m even getting to write and edit copy which is dream come true! I am finally feeling happy and dedicated to my work and feel this is a stepping stone in the path of my career goals.

Study Abroad Opportunity: Celtic Lit. and Culture

January 25th, 2018 § 0

Ireland and Scotland Study Abroad Poster

The English department is thrilled to offer English 3335: Celtic Lit. and Culture, led by Professor Christine Chaney.

This Study Abroad program runs from August 24 through September 15, 2018,  and gives students the chance to explore the sacred, beautiful Celtic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. We will visit everything from ancient holy sites to spectacular coastal beaches to thriving urban neighborhoods, studying Celtic literature, history, culture, and faith in the context of peacemaking.

We will anchor ourselves in the great capital cities of Edinburgh and Dublin and explore from there, discovering both ancient high crosses and modern challenges. There will be opportunities for learning with Christian reconciliation organizations working through the dark legacy of sectarianism, as well as opportunities to discover the joy of stories, music, and art, too — everything from ancient Celtic myths to Harry Potter. There will be time for faith and reflection as well as excursions to epic sites of history and culture.

Before departure, students will also be expected to participate in several spring quarter orientation sessions and some summer reading by way of preparation.

Applications due to the Study Abroad office before March 1, 2018.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad office.

Destinations and attractions:

Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast, The Highlands, Stirling Castle, Silver Strand Beach, Newgrange Monument, Celtic High Crosses, Wicklow Mountains, “Harry Potter Train” to Mallaig, Scotland, Ferry across the Irish Sea — and more!