Puget Sound English Department

August 17, 2010

Assigned Reading, and a Reading

Just a reminder that today is the “official” release date for Professor Laurie Frankel’s The Atlas of Love.

The lovely and talented Professor Frankel will also read from and discuss her novel this Saturday, August 21, at the new Elliott Bay Book Company (in its new Capitol Hill location: 1521 10th Ave., Seattle 98122). The reading takes place at 4 p.m., and you can purchase your copy on site and have it signed. (My own pre-ordered copy is in transit, I am assured.) What better way to celebrate the end of summer and ease into the impending school year than by attending an event that features a faculty member as a source of reading for pleasure?

Updated to add: there’s a brief interview with Laurie Frankel about what she’s reading here. And if you can’t make it to Elliott Bay Books this Saturday, she’ll be discussing her book on the Puget Sound campus in September…more on that later.

March 29, 2010

Weds. Night Poetry Reading on Campus

from Professor Bill Kupinse, an event this Weds., March 31:

Poetry Reading by Tammy Robacker

Author of The Vicissitudes

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31

Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by Gender Studies and the Department of English

Your Ass Is Grass

cusses my dad who mows the lawn mad on his only goddamned day

off. And he’s ringing my neck for it. From the front window, I hang

back in the curtain and let him curse me but decidedly,

he should be dead. So, I close one eye and cut off his head

with my fingers. Form them like two busy blades born to a pair

of scissors—and cut cut cut that mean mug clean off

his shoulders. He stands in the yard headless, jerking

the pulley of the rotary mower. He huffs and wheezes

final breaths. That floating head hovers for me like poor old Yorick

speckled with soil and lime green seedlings. Running rivulets

of oily adult sweat that break apart and bleed out

once they reach his neck. They leave a watery puddle of fluid

muddled in his deep throat crease. Believe me, I have studied that

pulpy wrinkle many times at the dinner table. The way it jiggled

while he ate. Split when he swallowed. It cuts a liquid line clear

across his throat like a butter knife might. But, that never stuck. So,

I evaporate his face in a haze. In the fumes of raw blue fuel pluming

up from the sputtering motor, I hear his mouth still mutter. Then,

I detach him and gas him in the grass for good measure.

– Tammy Robacker, from The Vicissitudes (2009)

January 26, 2010

Library Doings

From Jane Carlin, exciting information about what’s shaking at our library:
1. Collins Memorial Library hosts local author Erica Bauermeister as part of Pierce County Reads.

Ms. Bauermeister holds a PhD from the University of Washington and is the author of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear it for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14; she has also taught writing and English at the University of Washington. The School of Essential Ingredients is her first work of fiction, and has already been published in 19 countries. She describes the book: “It’s about food and people and the relationships between them – about taking those “unimportant” bits of life and making them beautiful..” The book has received an abundance of critical acclaim: Publisher’s Weekly described it as a remarkable debut. We are so fortunate to have this talented local writer with us on Thursday evening January 28th from 7 to 8 in room 020 Collins Memorial Library. Light refreshments will be served.
Please bring a non perishable food item to the event.

Learn more about Erica here.

2. The Library has lots of new ways to connect with students, including two blogs: Collins Unbound offers news and updates about services, books, and reading.
Library Logged features student comments.
Our tech-savvy Library also offers a YouTube site, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Find links to all of these new tools on the main library site.