Puget Sound English Department

April 25, 2011

Writing Internships: Presentation Session Tuesday, April 26

As you may or may not know, the English department offers a recurring Writing Internship course (English 497), during which students gain practical work experience, make professional connections, and reflect on the nature of careers open to those proficient in the study and use of language. This year, nine of our students are completing their internships, and will be presenting an informational and poster session on the work they have done in their positions and in the course.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. in Trimble Forum. If you’ve ever wondered “What can I do with an English major?” or “How can I help prepare myself for an exciting post-graduate career?,” you owe it to yourself to stop by. Come help celebrate the achievements of this outstanding group of student interns.

April 19, 2011

Suzanne Warren Reading: Weds., April 20

Please join us for a reading by Suzanne Warren, Doctoral candidate at the U of Cincinnati and a candidate for the English Department’s Visiting Assistant Professorship in Creative Writing. Ms. Warren will be reading “Peachface: Short Fiction,” from her collection Nora Halpern, at 4 p.m., Weds., April 20, in Wyatt 313. In addition to the reading, there will be snacks and time for questions.

April 14, 2011

Department reading: Monday, April 18

Please join us at 4 p.m., on Monday, April 18 in Wyatt 313 to hear Renee Simms, adjunct professor at Arizona State University and candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, discuss contemporary African American literature and read from her story collection, Necessity of Wings.

April 11, 2011

Department Reading: Karin Lin-Greenberg

Please join us on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 313 for a reading by Karin Lin-Greenberg, Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster and candidate for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. She will be reading “Prized Possession,” from her collection Those We Miss When They Are Gone. There will be refreshments, of course, and a chance to ask questions of our candidate.

April 1, 2011

Submit your work for departmental awards!

Today is the last day to submit your work for the departmental writings awards–the Heuston Prize (for a literary/analytical essay at the 400 level), the Handy award (one poem of <50 lines), and the Wagner prize for fiction (one story of <25 pages). Details are posted throughout the department on Wyatt's 3rd floor. All currently registered students are eligible. Submit your work in the department office, 335 Wyatt, before the end of the day.

March 23, 2011

Thinking ahead to Fall…

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In anticipation of registration for Fall, 2011, the department will be hosting one of our fabulous Preregistration Events. Please join us for information on courses, free pizza, and the kind of fun that only the literati know how to have. In the meantime, you can find individual course descriptions on the Department website, as well–including exciting new courses offered by our newest colleagues, Professor John Wesley (Early Modern) and Visiting Professor Jeff Solomon (20th C. American Lit). In addition to information about courses in the major, we will also have faculty representing courses they teach in the core and cross-listed programs like Gender Studies, Humanities, and African American Studies. We’d love to see many of our current and graduating students there, too–

Please join us and bring your friends: Thursday, March 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Trimble Forum

March 6, 2011

Terry Castle speaks tomorrow (Monday, March 7)

Please join us for a public lecture by distinguished Puget Sound Alum Terry Castle:

“The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011.”
Monday, March 7 at 4pm in the Rotunda.
Free and open to the public.

Terry Castle is a UPS alum (English, 1975), who is a leading literary and queer scholar. Her 1995 Apparitional Lesbian is still fresh and crucial reading for anyone working in queer, gothic, novel, or gender studies. Castle’s latest book, The Professor has been receiving rave reviews for its powerful writing and incisive self-reflection, its torquing of the genre of memoir; it has been nominated for a National Book Circle Critics prize. Castle is always provocative and astute. Her talk on Monday is titled “The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011” and will discuss the pop psych phenomenon of “helicopter” parents, undergraduate education, enlightenment, and filial rebellion.

February 28, 2011

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.

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