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What's New This Year in the English Department?

  • Our Readings & Lectures Series, organized by Larson and Fr. Pat Hannon, brings writers to the Bluff each year to read from their work, visit classrooms, and answer questions about their craft. Look for details on our website’s Readings & Lectures link. This year includes nonfiction writer Paul Collins (Blood & Ivy), novelist/journalist Omar El Akkad (American War), poet (and UP adjunct) Matthew Minicucci (Small Gods), poet Laura Read (Dresses from the Old Country), nonfiction writer Elena Passarello (Animals Strike Curious Poses), and fiction writer Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin, which is this year’s ReadUP selection).

  • Our Department Blog is a great way to share information among current and former English Majors, and also a good opportunity to gain valuable writing and editing experience. Cara Hersh will serve as faculty sponsor for the Blog, and our Managing Editor will be senior Kelley McCaffery. Contact them if you wish to get involved; each academic year we need between three and five students to serve as Contributing Editors to insure that the Blog serves the students’ needs and responds to the interests of English majors.

  • Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English National Honor Society, continues to provide opportunities for networking and serving the community. This year, senior Tayler Bradley serves as president and Caroline Holyoak as vice-president. They can answer questions you may have about Sigma Tau Delta, including criteria for nomination, activities, and opportunities open to members.

  • Our English Lunch Table tradition continues this year: each month, you can join a different pair of English profs for lunch at the Commons (first four to RSVP will eat free!). These monthly opportunities help you get to know your professors and peers outside classrooms or offices. Look for announcements of upcoming dates.

  • Our student publication, Writers Magazine, will be seeking editorial board members for this year’s issue (published in April). For more information, contact Faculty Liaison John McDonald or Senior Editor Emily Nelson.

  • Classes should not be your only source for reading your way across the semester. The Round Table is our campus’s book club, lead this year by Travis La France (president) and Grace McDonnell (treasurer). They meet weekly (Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. in Franz 018) to discuss a short reading for that week. Contact them to be added to their group list.

  • Lastly, NUCL, our annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (steered by Swidzinski & Brassard) will be held on Seattle University’s campus this year (March 23, 2019), as part of a new program of rotating the conference around Pacific Northwest campuses. It will return to the UP campus in spring 2020.