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.

Alum Profile: Christye Watkins

May 26th, 2016 § 0


Christye Watkins reported back to us earlier this year about events in her life since graduating, as Christye Estes, nearly seven years ago. An English creative writing major, Christye, now married (obviously, given the name-change), works as editor-in-chief of all outward-facing content for Volt Athletics, a Seattle fitness firm whose mission is “to provide all athletes and teams with affordable access to professionally-built strength and conditioning.” She’s also author of Volt’s blog.  To top off her skill set, Christye’s become a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  “My position allows me to marry my two loves,” she says:  “writing and the human body.”

“I chose to major in English because it combined so many other disciplines that I loved and couldn’t decide between,” Christye writes in an email. “One year after graduation, if you’d asked me if I’d have chosen differently, I would have said yes.  Now going on seven years post-undergrad, I wouldn’t have changed a . . . thing.”

“Never thought I’d actually be able to turn that writing degree into a legitimate career, but not a day goes back that I’m not thankful for it.” Christye’s sentiment isn’t that unusual, though her dynamism and drive certainly are.  Her path shows what can be done with the skills provided by an English major applied to a life that reflects the whole person living it.

Speaking candidly, Christye has this to say about her choice of major, ten years after applying to English: “It’s funny how the thing you choose when you’re a dumb eighteen-year-old can turn out wonderfully for your twenty-eight-year-old self!”

Wonderfully indeed, Christye. We in English are proud of your accomplishments!

2016 Gates Reading

May 5th, 2016 § 0

The annual Fan Mayhal Gates Reading takes place this year at 7 PM on Thursday, May 19th at the Seattle Pacific Art Center.  

This year’s reader is Suzanne M. Wolfe, writer-in-residence at SPU and author of the recently published  novel, The Confessions of X (Harper Collins, 2016).

suzanne wolfe

Admission is free and open to the public.

Levertov Award & Reading

May 5th, 2016 § 0

The Thirteenth Annual
Denise Levertov Award

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, Washington

Join us at Pigott Auditorium on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m., for a poetry reading and dessert reception as we award the thirteenth annual Levertov Award to Dana Gioia.

Dana Gioia is an award-winning poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently Poet Laureate of California, and is the author of four collections of poetry and eight chapter books. He is a recipient of the 2002 American Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Image‘s Denise Levertov Award is named for one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets. Her identity as a Christian believer—a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt—was an important facet of her work, particularly in her later poetry. The Levertov Award is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Admission is free.  For tickets and rsvp:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-denise-levertov-award-with-dana-gioia-tickets-21785408744

Co-sponsored by
Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing & Department of English
Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture & Department of English

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