Puget Sound English Department

February 28, 2011

Local Writing Internship

Exit133, a local blog and source for all things Tacoma, is seeking writer-interns for a new ongoing feature, Tacoma Arts in Review. If you have an affinity for the arts, an affection for our “City of Destiny,” and are a current student, you are welcome to apply. Applications are still open and accepted on a rolling basis. See link above for further information and application requirements for these positions, including specific samples of written work, and good luck!

TODAY (Monday, Feb. 28)!

Jeff Solomon, candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of 20th-Century Literature, speaks today at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 313:

Young, Effeminate, and Strange: The Queer Debut of Truman Capote

Hope to see you there!

February 27, 2011

Submit to Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents art and literary magazine is accepting submissions for their Spring 2011 edition. You may submit up to 3 works of art, 3 poems, 2 prose pieces, and 1 “other” by email at ccr@pugetsound.edu

Submission Deadline is March 19

More information here; archives available here.

February 23, 2011

Two Events with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Former Puget Sound English Department member Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be back on campus on Monday, February 28, to offer two events:

11 a.m., in the Rotunda, “The Practice (Of the Writing Life)”

3 p.m., Wyatt 326, “The Slings and Arrows of the Publishing World”

Both events are free and open to members of the campus community. For further information, please contact Beverly Conner: bconner@pugetsound.edu

You can find further information about Perkins-Valdez, and about her acclaimed debut novel Wench at her website. Wench (Amistad, $14.99) deals with an unfamiliar aspect of American history: a resort where wealthy white men once vacationed with their slave mistresses.

February 18, 2011

Goings on at the UP Library

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The University Place Pierce County Library recently reopened at 3609 Market Pl. West, after a lengthy renovation. The library now has 3000 square feet of additional space. They are celebrating with a series of events featuring best-selling authors. All events are held at the library, and are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library and Pierce County Library Foundation.

Books by the featured authors can be purchased at the events from Tacoma’s illustrious King’s Books. A portion of the proceeds will go to the University Place Library Campaign, which has been raising funds from individuals and organizations to add innovative features and technology to the new library.

Saturday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.
Mystery writer Mary Daheim has written 27 books in the Bed-and-Breakfast series, and the 22nd book in her Emma Lord series will be published in March.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
Fantasy author Terry Brooks has published dozens of novels, including three series: Word & Void, Landover, and Shannara.

There will also be a Family Concert, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Award-winning musician Aaron Nigel Smith will have the whole family dancing and singing along with his fun, inspired and lively show. Music CDs will be available for sale.

February 16, 2011

One more for the calendars…

Current, aspiring, and interested students: Don’t miss our departmental Pre-registration Extravaganza, which will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 5:30-7 in Trimble Forum. As always, we’ll have detailed descriptions of our Fall 2011 course offerings, insider information on majoring and minoring in English, snacks, witty repartee, and an exhibition of professorial feats of strength (okay, I made the last one up, just to see if you were paying attention).

Join us for the information, the sociality, or the spectacle!

Whatever you do, don’t miss this!

Stanford University English professor, Puget Sound graduate (’75), cultural critic, and intellectual provocateur Terry Castle will be on campus in just a few short weeks, so mark your calendars and/or put this in your smart phones:

“The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011” guest lecture by Terry Castle ’75

March 7, 2011 @ 4:00pm — Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

From our Office of Media Relations, some additional information about Professor Castle and her work:

Castle, a Puget sound alumna of the class of 1975, will discuss the pop psych phenomenon of ‘helicopter’ parents, undergraduate education, enlightenment, and filial rebellion. Castle is the author of eight books, including “The Apparitional Lesbian.” She is professor of British Literature and the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.

Terry Castle is a Stanford University English professor and literary critic, who was a friend of Susan Sontag, and who has published eight books, ranging from the feminist, to ghost stories, to literature of the First World War.

Her new book “The Professor and Other Writings” is currently nominated for a National Book Critics Award. (award ceremony Sat. March 5). She and the new book have recently been covered in Salon, London Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education. She writes regularly for the Atlantic and New Republic. Earlier books include: The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (1993) and Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women, Sex, and Writing (2002).

It’s not too late…

… to hear photojournalist Melanie Burford discuss her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last night, she delivered a spellbinding presentation on the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the lives of an already-threatened bayou fishing community, Delacroix Island, and she speaks again tonight, Weds., February 16, at 6:30, in Kilworth Chapel. Tonight’s talk is titled “Eyes of the Storm: The Photographic Story of Hurricane Katrina,” and will cover the work for which she and her fellow Dallas Morning News photographers earned a 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Burford’s presentations are part of the Brown and Haley Lecture Series, and are free and open to the public. More information on Burford, her work, and tonight’s lecture here.

February 7, 2011

Are you funny?

Professor Joshi forwards an announcement of a new online literary journal dedicated to humor. According to co-editor Neil Thorne, the ShimmyHoots Review is produced by a group of students from Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth universities, and “its focus is to feature humorous, consistently-updated web literature.” Thorne writes, “Right now we are seeking submissions of humorous prose, poetry, artwork, video, and multimedia content. We are looking for a diverse range of quality material from both published and previously unpublished writers.”

Send your previously unpublished, original work to submissions@shimmyhootsreview.com

Direct questions about the publication or submissions to

And please send your scholarly or anecdotal knowledge of the term “shimmyhoots” to your Puget Sound blogmaster, who is utterly befuddled by what is (we hope?) a regionalism from the Other Coast.