Internships for English Majors Discussed

October 27th, 2016 § 0

Darren Davis, Internship Coordinator for Seattle Met magazine, will visit campus to discuss internships in publishing.

Monday, November 14, 2016

6:00 pm

Demaray Hall 259

Panel on MFA Degrees in Creative Writing

October 27th, 2016 § 0


Yelena Bailey Joins English Department

October 27th, 2016 § 0


Yelena Bailey is the newest addition to the English Department faculty. Fresh from her graduate program at UC—San Diego, Professor Bailey says she was attracted to SPU by “its healthy sense of community.” She continues, “In contrast to my experiences teaching at universities and colleges in southern California, as well as my time as a graduate student, I knew my scholarship and teaching would be seen as a valuable contribution to [SPU’s] mission.”

As a classroom instructor, Professor Bailey is keen to emphasize how course content relates to students’ lives and, as importantly, how it will promote “critical thinking and reflection that will continue far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.” Her research interests lie in “understanding the cultural and political histories that contextualize black diaspora literature, as well as how this literature corresponds to political and identity formations,” she writes.

The path to an English professorship wasn’t exactly straightforward for Dr. Bailey but all the more meaningful for its thoughtful twists and turns. “When people find out that I received my bachelor’s degree in physics, they often ask me how I ended up becoming an English professor,” she writes. “The answer is that I took a Spanish and Latin American literature course my freshman year and was astounded by what I learned about world history and issues of social justice. I realized then that literature is unique in its ability to cultivate empathy and convey experiences and histories that were formerly unknown to a reader.

“During that first semester of college, I got hooked. I added a second major in Spanish and Latin American literature, began to study Cuba, and eventually made my way to African-diaspora and English-language literature in graduate school. As clichė as it sounds, I became a professor because I want to inspire similar moments of cultural and social awakening in my students.”

Welcome, Professor Bailey!


Pongo Youth Training

October 6th, 2016 § 0


Learn to facilitate poetry that changes lives!


We think you’ll enjoy this day with Pongo, learning our trauma-informed techniques for helping youth and adults to write poetry about their difficult experiences. In 1,205 surveys, 100% of our authors report enjoying their writing experience, 75% report using poetry to express themselves on topics they don’t normally discuss, and 82% report feeling better after writing. Over one-third of our writers have written only a little or not at all before Pongo. Poetry is a way of engaging people, in an open and powerful way, about painful events that affect them deeply. The training is appropriate for counselors, teachers, artists, and anyone who wants to see change in the world and for themselves. People from out of state are welcome to attend using a scholarship.

English Department Reunion

October 6th, 2016 § 0

English Department Reunion

Saturday, October 8th

9-11 am

Emerson Hall Lobby

What’s being billed as SPU’s Grand Reunion–a celebration of Seattle Pacific’s 125th anniversary–kicks off this Friday and continues into the weekend. Alums of the English major are especially invited to attend a reception hosted by your former professors, who want to see you again.  Come reconnect over coffee with profs and fellow majors.  Hear about what’s new, as in new faculty members and a new lit major.

A tad early on a Saturday morning for some of you, assuming you’ve kept your college habits.  Rouse yourself nonetheless!  This may be the only time you’ll be able to revisit your professors for another 125 years.  And some may have retired by then.

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