Puget Sound English Department

April 6, 2011

There are months, and then there are months

If April is, as Eliot famously notes, “the cruelest month,” it is also, perhaps in compensation for nature’s vagaries, National Poetry month. Today, local NPR affiliate KUOW featured conversation about poetry with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and local poet Elizabeth Austen. It’s well worth a listen, especially their discussion of ambiguity as the thing that frustrates novice readers but provides the richness and complexity that characterize mature poetry and reward careful scrutiny; Austen pointed out that excessive emotional “clarity” is the hallmark not of poetry, but of sentimentalism.

In other poetic news, local poet and teacher Josie Emmons Turner will be inaugurated as Tacoma’s next Poet Laureate in a free public ceremony and reading on April 28, 2011, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bellaballs, 747 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma.

Emmons Turner’s two-year term follows those of William Kupinse, Antonio Edwards Jr., and Tammy Robacker. More information on the Poet Laureate program can be found at TacomaCulture.


April 5, 2011

Emerging Stories of the Puget Sound

According to KOMO News, Kali Kucera is attempting to evoke and preserve what he describes as “fantastilicious” tales of South Sound folklore. PapaKali, Kucera’s website, solicits and provides exposure for local lore and legends, and aims to practice old-style community, built around shared tales, through 21st-century media.

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

Lots of Opportunities for Fame and (Metaphorical) Fortune!

1. Please note that the deadline for submissions to our outstanding literary and arts magazine, Crosscurrents, has been extended to this Friday, March 25, at midnight. Submit your 3 art, 3 poems, 2 prose, and 1 “other” to ccr@pugetsound.edu!

2. Departmental Awards: The deadline to submit your work for any of these is Friday, April 1 in the Department Office (Wyatt 335).
All awards require blind (anonymous), typed submissions; for all awards, please include a cover sheet with your name, the title of your submission, and the name of the contest.
A. The Heuston Literature Prize: Currently enrolled students may submit a paper from a 400-level Literature or Theory class.
B. The Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Contest: Current students may submit one unpublished poem of no more than 50 lines.
C. The Esther B. Wagner Prize in Fiction: Current students may submit one story of not more than 25 pages.

All awards are sponsored by the Department of English.

Internship in the City of Destiny!

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Thanks to Rose Thompson for alerting us to this internship in communications for a current student or recent grad. It’s unpaid, but requires only a few hours a week and offers experience in a variety of communications and PR areas. Contact information is included below!

ORGANIZATION: City Club of Tacoma

POSITION: Communications Intern


City Club of Tacoma is seeking a smart, organized, energetic person with strong writing, communications and social media skills to assist and help lead our communications committee. This internship offers an excellent opportunity for a talented student to gain public relations and journalism experience while building relationships with Pierce County media, community and legislative contacts.

The Communications Intern will work closely with City Club of Tacoma’s leadership team to develop annual plans and provide support for City Club’s mission and objectives.

Internship Responsibilities:
– Write and distribute press releases.
– Update online calendars and postings with current events and activities.
– Increase City Club of Tacoma’s visibility and membership by using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
– Update and maintain City Club of Tacoma’s database of media and community contacts.
– Other responsibilities depending on our current campaigns.

This position will be unpaid, part time ( three to five hours per week) for six months. The internship will be based at City Club of Tacoma’s downtown offices, but the majority of work will be conducted virtually. As part of an incentive, we can offer free attendance to City Club programs for the duration of the internship.


Desired Qualifications and Abilities:
– Student or recent graduate with major in public relations, journalism or related fields.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Creative thinker.
– Excellent initiative and ability to organize and keep deadlines with minimal oversight.
– Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting and fact-checking.
– Ability to be flexible, positive, take initiative, and demonstrate good judgment.
– Consistent and reliable follow-through on commitments.
– Public relations experience or abilities.
– Professionalism.


Please contact Erik Hanberg at erik@cityclubtacoma.org for more information or to apply.

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

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.

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