What's New This Year in the English Department?

  • We have relocated our home from the second and third floors of Buckley Center to the new building Dundon-Berchtold. You can find our department now nearly all together on the first floor.

  • Our free 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. The fall features novelist/essayist Marilynne Robinson(Wed Sept. 11 Chiles Center 7:15pm), writer/biographer Tracy Daugherty (Wed Oct. 2 UP Bookstore 7:30pm), poet/musician Trevino Brings Plenty (Tues Oct 29 UP Bookstore 7:30pm), writer Luis Alberto Urrea (Fall Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer, with free copies of his novel House of Broken Angels available through the English Chair) (Thurs Nov 7th BC Auditorium 7pm).  In the spring we bring in fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers, which is this year’s ReadUP selection, with free copies available in the fall), poet G.C. Waldrep (March 12), poet Anders Carlson-Wee, and a panel of writers speaking on faith and literature.  First-year English majors are expected to attend at least one of this year’s readings, to cultivate the habit of benefiting from these literary encounters.

  • 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 Sam Leicht. 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 Claire Breiholz serves as president and junior Jo Geisen 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.  First year English majors are expected to attend at least one of these sometime this year: faculty would love to get to know you in this informal setting.

  • 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 Editors Sophie Downing and Claire Breiholz.

  • 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 5-6pm in Franz 018) to discuss a short reading for that week.  Contact them to be added to their group list.

  • Lastly, on Saturday March 14th plan to attend NUCL, our sixteenth annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. The conference returns to our campus, following last year’s site of Seattle University.  Joshua Swidzinski and Dr. Genevieve Brassard 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.