Evelyn Wright, associate professor Emeritus of the English Department at Western Washington University and the associate editor of Western’s Journal of Educational Controversy, passed away on Sept. 22. A memorial service for her will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. Wright came to Western in 1972 and retired in 1996.
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Christopher Wise (English) recently published an essay entitled "Deconstruction, Zionism, and the BDS Movement" in Arena Journal, Issue No. 47/48 (2017): 272-304. Wise's article responds to Cary Nelson's and Gabriel Noah Brahm's criticisms of the BDS movement and shows why it is more urgent now than ever before to support BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions).
English Dept. Professor Brenda Miller's essay, "The Wayward Daughter," appears in the October issue of The Sun:
Her essay, "The Shape of Emptiness," which describes a memorable student's final project, appears in the Fall issue of Brevity Magazine:
Western Reads Selects ‘Tulalip: From My Heart’ by Harriette Shelton Dover for its 2017-18 Book Selection
Western Reads has announced that its 2017-18 book selection will be “Tulalip, From My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community,” by Harriette Shelton Dover.
Western Reads is a reading program at WWU designed to promote intellectual engagement and community among new students by offering them the opportunity to participate in conversation and events around each year’s book selection. The 2016-17 book selection was “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which examines the effects of systemic racism in the U.S.
Western Washington University Professor of English Christopher Wise published his new book, “Sorcery, Totem, and Johad in African Philosophy,” in March through Bloomsbury Publishing.
“I wrote this book because of my concern for what happened in Mali, a country in Africa, in the aftermath of the Wahhabi jihad (war fought by Muslims) in Timbuktu, Gao and other places in the region of Mali that briefly led to the establishment of the state of the northern Mali territory, Azawad,” Wise said.
Kaitlyn Teer (MFA 2015 and current NTT Faculty) has had her awarding-winning essay “Drawing a Breath” reprinted in the collection Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Kaity’s essay was first published in Prairie Schooner and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay won Prairie Schooner’s 2016 Bernice Slote Award for best work by a beginning writer
The essay collection has been added to the hallway display case that features publications by Department alumni.
Brenda Miller, Professor of English, has received the Bronze Medal in the Essay category for her book "An Earlier Life" (Ovenbird Books, 2016), in the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Awards.
Western Washington University will host a viewing of the film, “Starving the Beast,” from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, May 8 in Academic West 210 (AW 210).
This event, co-sponsored by the Office of Provost, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Woodring College of Education and departments of Anthropology, English and History, is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University Associate Professor of English Kristin Mahoney will present “Out and Out from the Family to the Community: the Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 in Special Collections, Wilson Library 6th floor, on the WWU campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University Associate Professor of English Kelly Magee has published her collection of fantastical fairy tales and retellings called “The Neighborhood” through Gold Wake Press.
Magee has been working on these short stories since she was in graduate school at Ohio State University. She taught a multi-genre topics class that featured recycled writing, where students choose pieces of literature and rewrite them. Fairytales was one of the popular source genres in the course.
Western Washington University will host four award-winning children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Western’s Performing Arts Center as part of Western’s 14th Annual Children’s Literature Conference.
The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up.
Theresa Warburton, a faculty member in English and WGSS, was awarded the Walter McClintock Fellowship, a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She will spend one month in residence at the library looking at the papers of Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko.
Western Washington University Senior Instructor of English Kami Westhoff has published a new book of poems titled "Sleepwalker," which has been awarded the 2016 Minerva Rising Chapbook prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, River City, The Madison Review, and Sundog Lit. Her short story "The Ways You Are Gone" received the 2007 Editor's Prize from Carve Magazine. She teaches creative writing, and is the faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.
“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me