What's New This Year in the English Department?

  • In addition to the joy of returning to in-person classes this year, the English Dept. has gotten used to our new location in Dundon-Berchtold Hall, on the side across from Pilot House (Dept. office in DB 103).  We welcomed our wonderful new Office Manager Emily Hogan into our fold, as well as our Department’s newest reader, Evi, the newborn daughter of Dr. Sarah Weiger!  This spring, Professor Pat Hannon will be on leave and Dr. Genevieve Brassard will be on sabbatical.  Before he retires in May, Dr. John Orr will close out 27 years on our campus with a seminar on the American novel.

  • Senior Stephen Leeb and his team of editors has given our Department blog a new format as a dynamic Department newsletter. View our first edition here.  For questions and submission ideas, email Stephen or faculty liaison Dr. Sarah Weiger.

  • Our student publication, Writers Magazine, has put out its first-ever fall edition (online only). It is constructed around the theme “Labor of Love.”  Find out how to submit your works to the spring 2022 edition (deadline: Feb. 18) at this site.  The spring edition will be launched (in print and online) on Founder’s Day, April 12.  For more information, contact senior editors Cora Hyatt and Sadie Wuertz, or faculty liaison John McDonald.

  • The English Dept. has launched an exciting new Writing minor, to give students across campus the chance to exercise their expressive and creative skills. Details about this five-course minor (or four additional courses for English majors) can be found here.

  • Our free Readings & Lectures Series brings writers to the Bluff each year to read from their work, visit classrooms, and answer questions about their craft: see details on our website’s Readings & Lectures page. The fall features two poets – Ösel Jessica Plante (Waveland) and Anders Carlson-Wee (The Low Passions) – along with our fall Schoenfeldt Distinguished writer, Pulitzer-winner Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years, Survival Math). In the Spring, join us for trans writer Cooper Lee Bombardier reading from his memoir Pass With Care, spring Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer Yaa Gyasi (whose novel Transcendent Kingdom is the year’s ReadUP selection), essayist Karen Eifler reading from her latest collection Near Occasions of Hope, and biographer Hilary Holladay, who has published the first biography of poet Adrienne Rich.

  • Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, continues to provide opportunities for networking and serving the community. This year, Sarah James serves as president and Crystal Wallace as vice-president. In November, they hosted our English Social and escorted ten English majors downtown for a day at the Portland Book Festival. They can answer questions you may have about Sigma Tau Delta, including criteria for nomination, activities, and opportunities open to members.

  • On Saturday March 19th2022, plan to attend NUCL, our annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. After several cancelled seasons, the conference returns to our campus, under the direction of Dr. Joshua Swidzinski and his team of interns Sadie Wuertz, Mia Tierney, and Jamieson Miller.  The keynote address will be by Dr. Kimberly Takahata (Villanova U.) on “Indigeneity and Indigenous Life in Colonial Virginia.”  NUCL accepts submissions for analytical papers on any literary topic, as well as personal essays and poetry. Check the NUCL website for information about the conference, including opportunities to serve as panel respondents.