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What's New This Year in the English Department?


  • Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English National Honor Society, continues to provide opportunities for networking and serving the community. Dept. chair Dr. Larson serves as faculty sponsor, and senior Caroline Holyoak and junior Tayler Bradley serve as president and vice-president. Contact them with any questions you may have about Sigma Tau Delta, including criteria for nomination, activities, and opportunities open to members only.

  • Our Department Blog is a great way to share information among current and former English Majors, and also a great opportunity to gain valuable writing and editing experience. Sarah Weiger  will serve as faculty sponsor for the Blog, and our Managing Editor will be senior Laura Misch. Contact her 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 your interests.

  • 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 Pat Hannon, or Senior Editors Keaton Gaughan and Emily Nelson.

  • Our Readings & Lectures Series, organized by Brassard and Dr. Larson, brings a fine roster of writers to the Bluff each year to read from their work, visit classrooms, and answer questions about their craft. Look for the complete list on our Readings & Lectures link. This year includes Pacific-Northwest essayist O. Alan Weltzein, fiction writer Leni Zumas, Washington D.C. poet Joseph Ross, and poet Sarah Bokich, an English major who graduated from UP and is celebrating the publication of her first book. The Schoenfeldt series in February will bring to campus Rebecca Skloot, author of the nonfiction narrative The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is this year’s ReadUP selection.

  • Lastly, on Saturday March 24th plan to attend NUCL, our fourteenth annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. Molly Hiro and Dr. Joshua Swidzinski will be conference co-chairs. 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. Interviews for three intern positions will take place in September.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Kenneth Warren, professor and author of What Was African American Literature?